We reached out to the Pagan Community and asked them what their definition of Pagan was.
Here is how Pagan Organizations define Pagan
Selena Fox: Pagan: pertains to a Nature religion or a practitioner of an ancient and/or contemporary Nature religion; also used to refer to a Nature Spirituality, Earth-centered Spirituality, and/or Goddess Spirituality group or practitioner.
Pagan Federation: Pagan: A follower of a polytheistic or pantheistic nature-worshiping religion.
http://ecopagan.com: Paganism is a family of spiritual paths rooted in ancestral religions throughout the world and predating recorded history. Paganism includes polytheistic and pantheistic nature-worshiping religions, and often includes deities of all genders, ancestor veneration, and celebrations in tune with our Earth. A full discussion of the many varieties of Paganism is beyond the scope of this statement.
Church of all worlds: a broad spectrum of personal magicks and beliefs, what brings us together is a shared set of values: immanent divinity (expressed as “Thou art God/dess”); self-knowledge and personal responsibility; deep friendship and tribal intimacy; positive sexuality; living in harmony with the natural world; and appreciation of the diverse nature of human beings.
Earth Religion: A religion whose main tenet is that the worshipper is in harmony with the Earth and with all life. Such religions oppose the idea that the world is a resource to be subdued and exploited.
Pagan :A practitioner of an Earth Religion; from the Latin paganus, a country dweller.
Neo-Paganism :A modern Earth Religion which borrows and adapts from the best of pre-Christian Pagan religions, sometimes with additions from contemporary religious thinkers.
We took a vote and this definition took the lead
“Pagan’s are non Abrahamic religions that focus on recreating and carrying on the old religions of the world.”
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Here is how Pagans described their spirituality
- A group of beliefs that form a non-Abrahamic religion where spirituality, nature, divinity, ancestors, ritual, and mysticism combine in varying amounts. It forms the foundation for many more-specific religions under this umbrella
- Paganism is a collection of religions, spiritual paths, and belief structures that fall outside of modern traditional practice, but often encompass reconstructionist practice, nature and Earth worship, animism, pantheism, and/or polytheism.
- Pagans are non-Abrahamic religions that focus on re-creating and carrying on the old religions of the world.
- Paganism is living in harmony with the earth and all its organisms. It’s seeing the mystical in the signs of nature. It’s not believing blindly in what you are told but always searching for your own higher truth. It’s talking to and having a relationship with your deities, nature, and elementals. It’s like the world of fairy; it’s a time between times, a place between places. It’s moonlight rituals, scavenging the forest for herbs, it’s bare feet on wet grass as you call the elements to your ritual, the beat of the sacred drum As it draws you into a trance state, it’s a shot of rum for Legba or a quick trip to the cemetery to honor Brigitte. It’s also a bare ritual done on your bedroom floor using birthday candles, a glass of water, and powered by nothing but your own will. Mostly, it is something that you just are.
- Paganism can be defined as the set of practices that reveal and follow the wisdom inherent in the human body
- Pagan as a religion is one that focuses on Nature and its Divine energies. It involves following the natural cycles of the earth and recognizing the harmony that comes when all is in balance. Not only is self-exploration a key element but also understanding the energies of nature and how to work with them in harmony. It is something we not only follow but practice as a part of our everyday life.
- Belief system that is different from the majority. Religion that believes in polytheism.
- Pagan: A term that’s come to mean “I’m not a monotheist”
- Pagan means a person holding religious beliefs that are nature-based, open-minded, and are usually polytheistic.
- Paganism is, quite simply, Nature worship. In its broadest sense, refers to persons following alternative spiritual paths, and who probably do not strictly adhere to the tenets of the world’s largest religions, such as Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity. Most modern Pagans feel a close connection to nature and the seasons, and may look to early “Pagan” or indigenous cultures for guidance in strengthening this connection. Modern Paganism (sometimes referred to as “Neo-Paganism” to distinguish it from original and indigenous pre-Christian folk traditions) is a revival and reconstruction of ancient Nature-based religions, adapted for the modern world. Paganism is an umbrella term denoting a collection of natural religions of the living Earth. Pagans generally view humanity as a functional organ within the greater organism of all Life, rather than as something special, created separate and “above” the rest of the natural world. Pagans seek not to conquer Nature, but to harmonize and integrate with Her. Paganism should be regarded as “Green Religion,” just as we have “Green Politics” and “Green Economics.” Examples of Pagan traditions today include Wicca, Druidism, Church of All Worlds, Norse, indigenous African and Afro-Caribbean, ancient Egyptian, classical Greek, Celtic, Cabbalism, Shamanism, Eclecticism, Judeo-Pagans, Hindu-Pagans, Christo-Pagans, and all indigenous Earth-centered paths
- A Pagan is a person who self-identifies as such. If someone identifies him/herself to me as being Pagan, I will accept that as offered. I will not name someone as Pagan who does not claim that identification publicly for themselves.
- The term is a *category* for many and varied spiritual religions, magical traditions, and cultural worldviews, each often with their own traditionally-specific and internal names, mores, guidelines, cosmologies, and cultural constructs. They are not paths of one great religion or tradition, but many religions and traditions themselves, each who deserve and crave visibility, respect, and the right to collectively and internally self-identify. And because each of these religions and traditions is unique, they will not necessarily resemble each other at all, nor need them. We can choose to work together when we wish too though, from the positions of our own religions and traditions.
- A Pagan is a little bit of everything all rolled into one. The paths are many but the realization is one. To find the truth we must often look to ALL different sides not only one or two. There is a hearty respect for Mother Nature. This respect is built with and of itself not out of fear. There is a difference. Love and respect not fear and regret.
- Paganism is worshipping the Earth and the natural energies that flow of and within her. It is recognizing and maintaining a close relationship and mutual respect with the Earth and these energies, and finding even the smallest ways honor the bond we share.
- To be Pagan is to celebrate the forces of Nature as one’s primary religious practice. It doesn’t matter whether those forces are seen as personalities (i.e. deities) or not, or what else you might believe. Paganism has always been defined by practice, not belief
- Pagans generally revere and value the natural world, hold personal sovereignty and equality as high values, and practice ritual observances to celebrate seasonal holidays, points of life passage, and to align themselves with desired outcomes.
- Pagan, Paganism, is a catch-all self-terminology for those who choose to follow religious and spiritual paths that are not encompassed in the major Abrahamic religions or the major Eastern religions. A main belief of Pagans seems to be recognizing that nature is composed of two sexes and that in order for life to progress; both sexes (genders) must be represented and recognized. Being a self-terminology, there will be as many exceptions to what is stated here as there are individuals who use this terminology in self-definition
- A pagan is love, peace and harmony with all that nature has provided us and works with our mind body, and spirit in the manner that comes best to each of us individually.
- Anything other than the mainstream religions
- People that feel all that is life
- One who walks with nature and observes the endless cycles that govern this world.
- Not of the main religious four, 2- country dweller, and 3- any religion, lifestyle or spirituality that embraces and reveres nature, be that by eco-conservation activities or by the most organic living possible.
- With a lowercase “p” it means “anyone who isn’t a Jew, Muslim or Christian.” This doesn’t indicate that lower case “p” pagans have any spiritual path or not. With an uppercase “P” it is an umbrella term for anyone who has a spiritual path that honors multiple deities, or the ancestors, or the Earth (or any combination of those); Pagans usually honor both gods and goddesses. Pagans have neither a savior nor a scapegoat deity to protect them from their actions, Instead, Pagans take responsibility for their actions and expect some sort of karma
- Anyone who loves nature wants to protect it and finds healing from it. Medical or spiritual
- Pagan: A New Religious Movement (often called ‘NeoPaganism’ or ‘Contemporary Paganism’) founded in the 1950s in Britain by Gerald Gardner and his followers. A polytheistic religion emphasizing veneration of the gods and goddesses of Indigenous cultures and Classical civilizations, as well as an animistic belief in the indwelling spirit of the divine in the natural world.
- A pagan is a person who follows a Non Abrahamic religious belief and is an umbrella name for all non Abrahamic belief systems
- “Pagan” as an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of practices, not a single belief. Many pagan beliefs are earth based and follow a spiritual path other than that of Christianity or one of the Abrahamic religions, but instead follow the beliefs and practices of their ancestors or what feels right to them personally. To be pagan is to be one with earth, divine and the universe
- A pagan is a person male or female that lives in the country that lives off mother nature and respects all her ways
- A pagan is a person who believes nature is inherently divine. They often recognize this by recognizing and worshiping the cycles of nature & natural forces. Often they also worship deities from ancient European religions & mythologies. A pagan believes in self-governance, that they are solely responsible for themselves and their actions. A pagan believes every person has a physical, energetic, and spiritual body and that the spiritual body continues after death.
- Someone who has a great love and reverence for the Natural World without having to give credit for that beauty to anyone or anything but nature itself.
- Paganism: A large category of Pantheistic beliefs older than most orthodox, mainstream religions, that pay homage to the duality of Male/Female in the form of the God/Goddess; and either identifies with a particular pantheon or single God or Goddess from ancient lore. Pagans adhere to a chosen tradition that has common factors in the form of honoring the Earth and all her creatures, as well as the Creative force/spark within all beings.
- Paganism is a broad category of religions, magical traditions, and deity cults in western culture. A pagan is one who adheres or subscribes to any of those religions, magical traditions, or deity cults, and often identifies as an adherent or follower of her chosen religion, magical tradition, or deity cult.
- Pagan is referring to a unique spiritual path that is self determined by each practitioner often but not always includes: nature worship, a unique description of the divine with which the practitioner communes, ancient heritage and the practicing of Magick.