What is Paganism?
Paganism is a term used to describe a wide range of earth-based religions and spiritual practices. Paganism is often characterized by a belief in multiple deities, a focus on nature, and a reverence for the Earth and its resources. pagans often celebrate seasonal and life cycles through rituals and festivals.
Paganism is not a monolithic religion, but rather a collection of diverse beliefs and practices. There is no central authority or creed, and Pagans can believe in and practice as much or as little as they like. Many Pagans also choose to follow a specific tradition or path, such as Wicca, Druidry, Shamanism, or Heathenry.
#1 Decide What Type of Pagan You Want to Be
So you’ve decided you want to be a pagan. Congratulations! This is a big decision, and it’s not one to be taken lightly. There are many different types of pagans, each with its own set of beliefs and practices. So how do you decide which type of pagan you want to be?
#2 Do Some Research
The first step is to do some research. Read about the different types of paganism and see which one appeals to you the most. Once you’ve narrowed it down, talk to people who practice that type of paganism and get a feel for what it’s all about.
After you’ve done your research and spoken to people who practice paganism, it’s time to make your decision. Take your time and really think about which type of paganism is right for you. There is no wrong answer, so go with your gut.
#3 Find Local Groups and Events
Are you looking for a local pagan group to connect with? Whether you’re new to the pagan community or you’ve been practicing for years, finding a local group can be a great way to meet new people and learn more about paganism.
There are a few different ways you can find local pagan groups. You can start by searching online, either on social media or on pagan-specific websites. You can also ask around at local metaphysical shops or festivals. And finally, you can check the events calendar of your local pagan community center (if you have one).
If you’re interested in finding local pagan groups, there are a few ways you can go about it. You can start by searching online for groups in your area. Another option is to attend Pagan events and festivals that might be happening near you. And lastly, you can always reach out to your local pagan community and see if they know of any groups that you can join.
No matter what method you use to find local pagan groups, the important thing is to get involved and connect with other like-minded people. Doing so will not only help you learn more about paganism, but it will also allow you to make lasting friendships.
#4 Join an Online Community
When you don’t have a local community, or even if you do, online pagan communities are certainly an option to connect to a wider range of different pagans to share knowledge and ideas.
With Facebook groups, Reddit, and Discord, the options for pagan groups and communities are huge.
Join the Becorath Discord Server “Old Gods & New Pagans” to join in the conversations.
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#5 Read, Read, Read
Read books on your chosen Pagan Path. You will find some of the most recommended books linked below that I feel are a good initial introduction to some of the more popular paths.
- Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
- Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft
- Celtic Myths and Legends by Peter Berresford Ellis
- Slavic Traditions & Mythology By Stefan Cvetković
- The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt by Richard H. Wilkinson
#6 Experiment and Find What Works for You
After reading a few books about the different mythologies, experiment with some of their practices and see what works best for you. It is important to find a system of beliefs that works for you and helps you connect to the world around you. Try out different rituals and see which ones have the most meaning for you. mythology can be a great way to connect with the past and the world around you.
#7 Respect Nature
Respect for nature is an important part of paganism. Being pagan means that you work to find a harmonious balance with nature and preserve and care for all plants and animals. You believe that all living things are connected and that we must work together to maintain that balance. You also believe in the sanctity of all life and that every creature has a place in the world.
We believe in preserving and caring for all plants and animals, as they are all sacred parts of our world. We see nature as a reflection of the divine, and so we treat it with the utmost respect. To us, every living thing is a miracle, and we strive to keep our planet healthy and thriving for future generations.
#8 Be Open to New Things
A key point of paganism is that beliefs and practices should not be set in stone. Just as nature is always changing and evolving, so too should pagans be open to learning and growth. This means being willing to share ideas and practices with others and to adapt as needed. This flexibility is what allows pagans to continue to grow and learn, and to create a religion that is always relevant and alive.
#9 Seek Out a Mentor
Having a mentor to help guide you on your pagan path can be extremely beneficial. An experienced mentor can offer advice and guidance on a variety of topics, ranging from the best way to celebrate different holidays to how to deal with difficult situations. Having someone to turn to who has been through the ups and downs of paganism can be a great asset, and can help you avoid making some of the same mistakes that they might have made.
#10 Have Fun!
There is no one right way to be a pagan. The most important part is to find what works for you and what you enjoy. If you want to focus on nature, you can become an herbalist. If you’re interested in astrology, you can follow that path. Or you can choose to be eclectic and mix and match different practices. No matter what you do, just have fun and enjoy yourself.
Paganism is an earth-based religion that is inclusive of many different belief systems. There is no one right way to practice paganism, and everyone is welcome to find their own path. If you are interested in learning more about paganism, check out the resources listed in this article. You can also find community and support on the Discord server.