Your browser does not support script
TWV Presents...

Articles/Essays From Pagans

[Show all]

Views: 17,727,684

March 1st. 2015 ...

Choosing to Write a Shadow Book

My Concept Of Grey

Historiolae: The Spell Within the Story

February 1st. 2015 ...

Seeker Advice From a Coven Leader

The Three Centers of Paganism

Magick is No Illusion

The Ancient Use of God/Goddess Surnames

The Gods of My Heart

January 1st. 2015 ...

Manipulation of the Concept of Witchcraft

Publicly Other: Witchcraft in the Suburbs

The Six Most Valuable Lessons I've Learned on My Path as a Witch

Pagans All Around Us

Broomstick to the Emerald City

October 20th. 2014 ...

Thoughts on Conjuring Spirits

A Microcosmic View of Ma'at

October 5th. 2014 ...

The History of the Sacred Circle

Abandoning Expectations and Remembering Your Roots

September 28th. 2014 ...

Seeking Pagan Lands for Pagan Burials

Creating a Healing Temple

September 20th. 2014 ...

GOD AND ME (A Pagan's Personal Reply to the New Atheists)

September 7th. 2014 ...

Deer Man- A Confounding Mystery

Web Oh-oh

The All

August 31st. 2014 ...

Coven vs. Solitary

A Strange Waking Dream


August 24th. 2014 ...

Thoughts on Cultural and Spiritual Appropriation

The Pagan Cleric

A Gathering of Sorcerers (A Strange Tale)

August 17th. 2014 ...

To Know, to Will, to Dare...

On Grief: Beacons of Light in the Shadows

The Darkness

August 10th. 2014 ...

As a Pagan, How Do I Represent My Path?

The Power of the Gorgon

August 3rd. 2014 ...

Are You a Natural Witch?

You Have to Believe We Are Magic...

July 27th. 2014 ...

Did I Just Draw Down the Moon?

Astrological Ages and the Great Astrological End-Time Cycle

The New Jersey Finishing School for Would-Be Glamour Girls and Boys

July 20th. 2014 ...

Being an Underage Wiccan

Greed, Power, Witches, and the Inquisition

Malleus Maleficarum - The Hammer of the Witches

Thoughts on Ghost Hunting

July 13th. 2014 ...

A World Of Witchcraft: Belief Is Only The Beginning...

From Christian to Pagan (Part III)

Being Wiccan

My Wiccan Ways...

July 6th. 2014 ...

Keys: Opening the Portals into Other Worlds

The Lore of the Door

Leaves of Love

June 29th. 2014 ...

What Does the Bible Say About Witches and Pagans?

Are You My Familiar ?

Invocations of the God and Goddess

Everything's Alright, Yes: Mary Magdalene

Results Magic and the Moral Compass

June 22nd. 2014 ...

Witchcraft vs. Religion

Christianity and Paganism: Why All Of the Fighting?

Norse Mythology

June 15th. 2014 ...

Becoming Your Own Wise One

Canine Familiars: Role of the Alpha

June 8th. 2014 ...

Moral Relativism and Wicca

Paganism in Cebu, Philippines

Color Infusion

Soul Strings

June 1st. 2014 ...

Rediscovering My Pagan Faith

13 Keys: The Wisdom of Chokmah

May 25th. 2014 ...

Some Differences Between Priestesses and Witches: Duties and Trials

How to Work With Your Muse

Awakening to our Celestial Nature (A Free 8-Day Course)

10 Things I Love about my Sacred Work as a Public Witch

May 18th. 2014 ...

Finding the God (From Christian to Pagan -Part II)

The Medea Within Us All

Visits from the Departed

May 11th. 2014 ...

Breaking the Law of Return

Mental and Emotional Balance- I CAN Have it!

Karma and Sin

The Sin Concept

May 4th. 2014 ...

Embracing my Inner Goddess through Belly Dance

When to Let Go...When to Hold On

Goddessy: Sorceress Speaks On Beauty

NOTE: For a complete list of articles related to this chapter... Visit the Main Index FOR this section.

Article Specs

Article ID: 13134

VoxAcct: 354212

Section: words

Age Group: Adult

Days Up: 2,224

Times Read: 2,412

RSS Views: 81,121
Individualism and Community

Author: Sgian Dubh
Posted: February 1st. 2009
Times Viewed: 2,412

Ancient Paganism was very much about the community, but Neo-Paganism seems to be much more about the individual. What with the innumerable solitaries and countless paths, and the disagreements and differing interpretations even within the same path, it seems like no two Pagans have the same brand of Paganism today. So what does this mean? Should we all retreat to our own corners and practice our own individual forms of Paganism?

Of course not. No man is an island. We live in the world, and we are supposed to love and revere that world, so why withdraw from it? We should be among it—that is our calling after all.

So then, what do we do about our differences? Do we call for more centralization, and forge more unity by saying that we will all believe certain things? Do we talk about our differences and exchange ideas? Do we keep silent about our beliefs since fights will always break out when people disagree about things that are very important to them?

I don’t know. Personally, I don’t like the idea of someone telling me what to believe, and while I like to talk and exchange ideas, fights DO break out, and that can often be frustrating. I’ll admit that sometimes I even verge on proselytizing without meaning to; getting caught up with my delusions of grandeur and my opinions that I’ve formed the perfect system and if they’d only understand then they’d surely jump on board. Of course that idea is ridiculous, but in the heat of the moment, I forget.

However we come to terms with our differences, it should be understood that if we are to truly follow in the footsteps of ancient Pagans, and I don’t mean just in the sense of Reconstructionists trying to recreate the ways of the ancient Greeks, Celts, or Egyptians, I mean to pay homage to the ideas we draw from. If we are to do that, then we must honor the idea of the community. The druids and shamans of old did not horde their powers for themselves, but shared it with their communities, guided their fellow villagers in their spiritual practices, presided over laws and disagreements, and saw into the future to guide their clan, tribe, or village. Here the “no man is an island” idea comes up again. If we all act only for ourselves, what will we accomplish?

When it comes right down to it, it is in our interest to benefit our community. If your town is doing well, generally you will do better than if your town were doing poorly. If you go out and benefit your community, you’re likely to make friends, and create an environment more inclined to you achieving your goals. This can apply both to one’s local community and to the Pagan community at large. And really, in some ways, benefitting one can benefit the other. If, as Pagans, we help our community, we may, in small ways, help to improve the social image of Pagans in the wider community, and those who are not uber-judgmental of alternative paths might be more receptive to the Pagan community in general, which would of course benefit the Pagan community. On the other hand, if we go out of our way to benefit the Pagan community, make friends, donate to groups trying to help our environment, and do social works, then we may, by helping the Pagan community at large, also ultimately come to benefit our local communities as well.

If, for example, you joined Pagan groups for social justice. Let’s say it’s against domestic violence, and called “Witches Against Battered Women. “Well, first of all, you’re benefitting a Pagan group, doing your own little bit to form bonds and ties, and at helping to allow all of us very different Pagans at least get along, even if we don’t agree. Secondly, you’re supporting a group with a worthy cause.

Thirdly, if—Goddess forbid—such a thing should strike an unfortunate woman of your community, this group could come to her aid, and in whatever way they could, therefore benefitting your local community in turn. Now, as a pleasant side-effect, said Pagan group with a good cause becomes known in your community, giving them, at least within your community, a good name, and thus in turn again benefitting the Pagan community, and allowing the group to continue to do good for yours and other local communities and perpetuating the cycle of mutual benefit.

Of course these are by no means the only ways to go about improving the Pagan community, or your local community. The possibilities are endless. If you are a crafty Witch—pun intended—you could make Pagan themed jewelry or little knickknacks to sell at a community street fair. The possibilities are about as varied as there are Pagans, so just get creative and think of something to do for your community.

And of course, let’s not forget what we get out of all this as individuals. From benefitting the Pagan community at large, from joining into Pagan groups and causes, you create a network of friends and associates who can help you in times of need, send energy/prayers/spells, and talk to you if you need it. By benefitting your community, you gain much the same thing: friends and associates you can turn to, talk to, and who can generally help you. The more friendly your environment, and the more inclined your universe is to work to your benefit, the more you are working to allow and magick and intent to work unimpeded. And for the Wiccans and Karmically-inclined, it can’t hurt you to help others.

Finally, if we can advance the pagan acceptance of the Pagan community by our local communities and by societies at large, think, if nothing else, how much easier life would be not having to worry who knows you believe the way you do.

Perhaps this is nothing more than another “let’s all come out of the broom closet” piece, but I think it is important that in our solitude in individualism that we not forget our communities. We mustn’t forget that we are part of something larger, and that no matter how grand our goals, or how esoteric, that we do live in the world, amongst other people, and that it is our duty to live our lives as such. Not with shame, not with fear, but with love.


Sgian Dubh

Location: Yucca Valley, California

Author's Profile: To learn more about Sgian Dubh - Click HERE

Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE

Email Sgian Dubh... (Yes! I have opted to receive invites to Pagan events, groups, and commercial sales)

To send a private message to Sgian Dubh ...

Pagan Essays

Pagan Web
8,000 Links

Pagan Groups
Local Covens etc.

80,000 Profiles

Home - TWV Logos - Email US - Privacy
News and Information

Chapters: Pagan/Heathen Basics - Pagan BOOKS - Traditions, Paths & Religions - Popular Pagan Holidays - TV & Movies - Cats of the Craft - Festival Reviews - Festival Tips - White Pages (Resources) - Issues/Concerns - West Memphis 3 - Witch Hunts - Pagan Protection Tips - Healing Planet Earth

Your Voices: Adult Essays - Young Pagan Essays - Pagan Perspectives (On Hold) - WitchWars: Fire in the Craft - Gay Pagan - Pagan Parenting - Military - Pagan Passages

Pagan Music: Pagan Musicians - Bardic Circle at WitchVox - Free Music from TWV

Vox Central: About TWV - Wren: Words, Wrants and Wramblings - Guest Rants - Past Surveys - A Quest for Unity

Weekly Updates: Click HERE for an index of our weekly updates for the past 6 years

W.O.T.W. - World-Wide Networking

Your Town: A Link to YOUR Area Page (The largest listing of Witches, Pagans, Heathens and Wiccans on the Planet)

VoxLinks: The Pagan Web: 8,000 Listings

Your Witchvox Account: Log in Now - Create New Account - Request New Password - Log in Problems

Personal Listings: Pagan Clergy in Your Town - Adult Pagans - Young Pagans - Military Pagans

Events: Circles, Gatherings, Workshops & Festivals

Covens/Groups/Orgs: Local Groups Main Page

Other LOCAL Resources: Local Shops - Regional Sites - Local Notices - Global/National Notices - Local Skills & Services - Local Egroups - Political Freedom Fighters

Pagan Shopping: Online Shops Index - Original Crafters Sites - Auction Sites - Pagan Wholesalers - Pagan Local Shops

Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2015 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.

Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh G5.

Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections (including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wren’s Nest, etc.) are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witches’ Voice, Inc. TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.

Sponsorship: Visit the Witches' Voice Sponsor Page for info on how you
can help support this Community Resource. Donations ARE Tax Deductible.
The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.

Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.
Witches, Pagans
of The World

Search Articles

 Current Topic
 Editorial Guide

NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.

The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.

All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).