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Question of the Week: 100 - 2/24/2003

Why Are You A Pagan or Heathen?

Why are you a Pagan or Heathen? What first attracted you to the Pagan/Heathen religion or path? How or where did you find out about Paganism?

How long have you considered yourself to be a Pagan/Heathen?

What is the most satisfying or meaningful aspect of the Pagan/Heathen religion, path or lifestyle for you?

 Reponses:   There are 142 responses posted to this question. Reverse Sort 


Thanks To The Christian Faith Mar 2nd. at 3:07:03 pm EST

Sloopz (Scotland) Age: 17 - Email


For me it started when i was 7 I was rebelous and was forced to go to church as my parents are strict christians they made me sit in the services and the pastor one George McKimm was talking about paganism and how it represents the "Devil" so i started studying it. I quit the church when I was 12 and studied it more but when I was 15 I started church again anbd got baptised after 3 weeks as a christian the pastor talked about Wicca and how he was trying to get rid of the witches, wiccans etc in Falkirk and I was agaisnt this, I quit the church again and when I found out my friend HoZ did witchcraft I decided to study wicca in more detail and I helped her out with what she does. The main reason I quit the church was I found that christianty ( well the christianity I knew) was full of Racists and hyprocrits and would you believe that the church I attended one Peoples Church of Falkirk are still trying to get rid of paganism but most of there energy is based on me.

Anyway the most satisfying thing about it is the good we do to mother nature and the enviroment and the enjoyment of watching George Mckimm struggle


Default Pagan Mar 2nd. at 7:30:54 pm EST

Tedd Savage (Everetts, NC) Age: 51 - Email


I worship the Goddess, because she was the only one who has spoken to me. I have done a lot of silly speaking to a lot of deaf ears. The Goddess speaks and tells me that I am not silly. No great thing this, we pay attention to those who pay attention to us. We love those who love us. I listen to her, because I love her. I searched for her until I remembered her voice. The others could not speak to me , they did not have her voice. If the sound of a certain voice can enchant, rest assured her voice is indeed enchanting. Perhaps the harsh croaks of the others is pretty to other ears, I do not know for I am
enchanted. Blessed be.


Pagan...most Definitely Mar 2nd. at 7:55:27 pm EST

Rowan (Newport News, VA) Age: 31 - Email


I was raised by a non-practicing Catholic mother. I think she was disillusioned and a little disgusted by the Catholic church. She was also open-minded, compassionate and free-thinking, and this is how she raised me and my siblings. While we were sent to church camp, it was done more so as a way to keep us busy in the summer than it was to teach us the bible. I tried to pay attention in bible study those summers, but it never really clicked. Years later as a teen, I found a book about wicca/witchcraft, read it and bells began to go off in my head. While I didn't start on my path to the Goddess then, it planted the seed. It was always in the back of my mind, and when I finally freed myself from the 10 year relationship with a catholic man who scoffed and silently scorned my pagan beliefs, I began to actively study and pray, and practice. The Goddess had been waiting patiently all those years, I believe, until I was ready to take the step and open myself to a spiritual connection with Her. Since then, my life has been greatly enriched and I learn and discover more about Her and myself every day. I was born a pagan, it just took me a while to realize it.


Christian Reject Mar 2nd. at 8:38:34 pm EST

Ayianna (Irving, Texas) Age: 18 - Email - Web


I was raised by two Baptist parents, neither of whom were very Christian. The people at the churches weren't very Christian either. At 6 I was sent to some kind of kids convention to learn about God and be converted. No one mentioned the fact that children, according to the Christian beliefs, are blameless and are already forgiven until they are 8. I grew up like that, being taught false things and finding them out. I continued, until I realised that the Christian religion, while containing some truth, was a construction of men. So I kept learning about many things. I was pulled into someone else's dreams by a vampiric friend of mine, dreamwalking as I did when I was younger and not taught that is something that is 'not possible'. I didn't think myself a witch then, when I began charging a shell bracelet and metal jewelry, but looking back, that's what it was. That was nearly 7 years ago. I began then to reflect on things, seeing wisps in the dark coming into my window, ghosts moving through the house, things I hadn't yet touched falling on the floor, and joining my brother or sister for dreams. I suppose I used to be a center for activity in that house. I was a witch all along.

The part about being who and what I am that is most satisfying is that I never stop questioning what is out there, always searching for fiction to kill and truth to be found. My biggest achievement recently was realising that all religions worship the same God.

Merry part and Blessed be!


Why I Am A Heathen Mar 2nd. at 9:15:06 pm EST

Walks the Hidden Path (Biddeford, ME) Age: 26 - Email


A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, ... Oh wait, wrong movie. Uh, I have always been someone who did not believe in the teachings of the Catholic church. There seemed to be far too much hypocrisy in their teachings, though I did not know the word at the time.

Then, I began to have visions of things in the past, future and possible futures that did not fit into my world view in the power of the Christian God. My path took a different turn when I first heard a Native American drum song. From then on, I sought a closer connection to the primal energies of nature and my link within it.

Now I am a practising Shamaness, have been learning from a local coven and been teaching others how to take meditative journeys beyond the veil.


Why I Am Me Mar 2nd. at 11:53:20 pm EST

Erinna Fairchild (Killeen Texas) Age: 28 - Email


The question, " Why are you Pagan" is an easy one to answer, because it's who I am. It's the only thing in this life that makes sense to me. It explains all and is all. It's the sky above, the ground below and everything in-between. My question to others would be " Why are you not?"


Definately Pagan Mar 3rd. at 12:33:00 am EST

Steph (Midwest City OK) Age: 31 - Email


I am NeoPagan. I tried Heathenry on for size for a while, but it didn't fit. So I went back to being Pagan, but I am strongly influenced by the things that I learned on that side of the fence.

My initial attraction to this was my own paranormal experiences. I wanted a place where that was okay, and that did not define me as evil. I was disappointed that there were not more people like me (which is very specific and not to be spoken of here) but I loved other aspects of Paganism so much, that it did not matter as much as a positive self image, a personal, reciprocal relationship with divinity and ancestors, and (drum roll please) access to juicy, forbidden knowledge.

People it seemed knew what I was before I did. Of course I was stranger than a two tailed cat as a kid, so perhaps it was less sure than it sounded and just people being judgemental, not knowing I would take words like "Witch, " and "occult" to heart. I have been active in this community for 10 years. So I am no newbie, but I am not really an elder either.

The most satisfying aspect of this for me is my acceptance of myself. Before I was rejected for my unmentioned strangeness. I was labled unpleasant things for a variety of reasons, and after a while, I began to believe it. Its a common enough phenomena. I was able to cast off the fears of others, and take up my own identity through Paganism. I was able to discover, acknowledge, and nurture (for the first time) the sacred parts of myself, and through that, I could discern divine powers at work in the world. I could see this existance as joyous and purposeful rather than demeaning or worthless. My renewal made the world new again too.


Solitary, Eclectic, Pagan, Free Thinker Mar 3rd. at 1:20:42 am EST

Chris (Henderson, ky) Age: 31 - Email


I Ask too many questions. I beleive what I believe. I bow b-4 no god, goddess.
I believe that there is a higher power. But I believe that we are all a part of it.
So why should the cell in your toe worship the cells in your head? How long have I
actively practicing for about 5 yrs. I have found peace & have become a better man. Link to More info related to this post -- HERE


Born Pagan Mar 3rd. at 3:27:27 am EST

Kit Nothing (Dallas, Texas) Age: 20 - Email


My mother raised me to believe in God. She never put a face or a gender on God. My family has never been Christian and this tradition goes back many generations. My family and I believe that there is only one God, but that It has many "faces". Some times God is seen as a woman or maybe a satyr. I believe that we see God the way we want to see God. My mother taught me just about everything I know about herbs and healing but denies that she is a witch herself. The word "witch" can still prevoke negative thoughts in a lot of people, I guess. I came out of the broom closet when I was 13 and I have been learning ever since and I never want to stop! I will teach my children what I was taught about God, but I will never push my religion on them. Finding your "God" is a personal road we all must take and it's only one lane.

Much love,

Kit Nothing


Why I'm A Pagan Mar 3rd. at 10:26:17 am EST

angela capoccia (huntington bch, ca) Age: 16 - Email


i have been so tired of not being able to do anything in my familys religon. my brother was so much more important then me , even though i was older. everything that happens wrong was 'gods will' and i was tired of it. i looked and found a religon that worked for me, but now i have the unwanted problem of discrimination from teachers who ask for your religon, then discriminate.


Beginning The Path... Mar 3rd. at 11:24:11 am EST

Stasia (VA) Age: 26 - Email


I have only recently proclaimed that I am a student of Wicca. Through adolescence I was extremely fascinated with the occult, but had to leave that behind due to the obsession getting out of hand. For the past several years I have professed being agnostic, not knowing what to believe in. I think I found Wicca one day on the Internet while looking up other religions, and it just clicked. I'm most at peace outside in nature, I'm most happy when doing things for others that helps them grow, and I'm always looking to expand my consciousness and sense of self. The most satisfying part for me is the accountability I'm no aware of. I didn't really consider the affect I had on the environment before I began reading about Wicca.


Paganism Is Like A Custom Fit Suit... Mar 3rd. at 11:24:37 am EST

Melanie (Miesau Army Depo, Germany) Age: 29 - Email


Why am I a Pagan...because it fits me. Christianity was like a too tight article of clothing...and now I feel like I'm wearing a suit that was made just for me. All the comfort and flexability I always wanted, but could never find. I have always been attracted to Paganism, I just didn't know what to call it growing up. But I was always at the local libary looking up Herbalism and Myths and stories of other countries and cultures. When I left home and joined the Army, a friend of mind opened my eyes and helped me on to the path. I came out of the "broom closet" a few years ago, and while some people did judge me for being pagan my husband and friends accept me for who I am. I would say that the most satisfying aspect is knowing that I am who I am meant to be and not trying to fit someone elses idea of what I should be. It all comes down to being yourself and being happy with that person.


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