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What is Paganism?


  • roots in ancient world religions, particularly of Europe
  • ancestral beliefs & values adapted to modern life
  • various religions and traditions identify as pagan
  • polytheism: multiple separate gods
  • pantheism: all is god
  • diversity and pluralism encouraged
  • awareness of female divinity


  • all things are sacred, as expressions of the vast divine energy that makes up the universe
  • nature is unchanged expression of the divine, so land and animals are particularly honoured and eco-awareness encouraged
  • the rhythms of nature – seasonal changes, celestial tides, etc – teach us about the Divine, and by living in harmony with them, we can learn about the Divine in ourselves
  • personal life transitions are celebrated as natural rhythms
  • personal spiritual experience is valued, no intermediaries required because we are all part of the Divine
  • teachers and leaders are facilitators rather than authorities
  • do not seek to convert others as believe all find their own path

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