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Pagan Pride

Author: Aura
Posted: September 24th. 2006
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Being pagan is more than just a religion you choose, it can be a calling, a lifestyle, a new beginning, spiritual journey, and a future. For most of us; we were raised under our parents Christian influence, which works in most adolescents to set standards. Many of the moral and tenet values of Christianity are inherent within paganism on all spectrums. It’s a definitive need for something more spiritually, a inquisitive search for the divine.

The end of this month signifies the very essence of our religious existence by means of celebration. Pagan Pride Day comes forth as an exemplary coming together of people from all paths and all pagan traditions to create a voice amongst the various statures of religions publicly for our spiritual beliefs.

Most people when they hear the word Pagan assume that it means Witch or some other negative connotation regarding evil. The definition of pagan is a vast and broad term that is often misinterpreted and the meaning of this word is dependent on many factors; namely, who is saying the word, and to whom the word is being applied. Upon researching I found the internet has various definitions all worth noting here in my presentation for positive and negative views:

Pagan: [pey-guhn]

1. One who is not a Christian, Muslim, or Jew, especially a worshiper of a polytheistic religion.
2. One who has no religion.
3. A non-Christian.
4. A hedonist.
5. A Neo-Pagan.

1. Not Christian, Muslim, or Jewish.
2. Professing no religion; heathen.
3. Neo-Pagan.


Attempting to set aside all pagan elitism and getting to the gist of which religions are or are not pagan would send you into a spiral of misconceptions and arguments that would likely drive you and anyone involved mad! The importance is…we all know what the definition of pagan is to us. What it means to us spiritually and to live day to day as we spiritually choose. May it be we are all or are not Witches, Shamans, Druids, Native Americans, Buddhist, and various other paths…we all stand together on the firm belief that the ‘God’ is too vast and too awe-inspiring to fit into one religion or even one pantheon. A common trait among pagans is religious tolerance, from which we may witness every day from the resistance of most publicly accepted religions and even a few of our own pagans.

Religion is a choice…your choice.

How does pagan pride fit into this whole charade of labels and spiritual meddling? It’s just being you. If you’ve been a member of your local pagan community for even the shortest amount of time you see the different types of pagan pride like an abstract painting you cannot take your eyes from. You see the solitary who still practices solitarily but does what they can by aiding their local pagan organizations, recycling, doing kind things for the community in the name of his/her religion. You also see the zealots who are boldly expressing the name of paganism by brandishing their path by means of jewelry, shirts, websites, publications, and word of mouth. You can see also and in my opinion the most important; those who express their spiritual views in the way they carry themselves and just their general energy and how they exist within their workplace and other mundane activities, effecting others by their natural demeanor and personality. A wide array of all three types and even more stand to be represented all on a foundation of a very spiritual standard.

Whether you see it or not…you’re a candle in the dark for paganism. You are the light to which our children’s children may follow our very footsteps spiritually. Our choices, our spirituality will change our future just as any religion would…its just how bright your candle shines for your beliefs.

Perhaps your new to the whole religion, perhaps you’re a seasoned practitioner, or even a elder of your time in experience, we could all stand to step back and experience what we are really accomplishing here. Many years ago, people of our beliefs had no rights or laws to publicly express themselves. Those laws were eradicated and still pagans hid in the shadows in fear of judgment by their friends, family, and co-workers. Things are different now, and remembering the strength of our ancestors and what they have accomplished so we could have public organizations and speak aloud as we choose is not only refreshing but exhilarating as to the future of what is to come. Perhaps instead of having to meet in restaurants or coffee shops; the future of our actions will result in a pagan church or temple within our city, several cities, states, and our country. Its a lot to put on our shoulders as people of pagan faith…but that in itself is not work, it our pride…our future.

So if you find yourself or some friends bickering over trivial disagreements within or about paganism remember: We only have so many years on our divine earth and so many days to spend with our spiritual brethren. Let our choices and words have meaning, power, and reflection on each other and our spiritual connection no matter what form or tradition it may take. So perhaps one day when we are long gone we will be remembered as advocates for bringing our spiritual paths even one step closer to acceptance in our society in light of conventional religion.

If you plan to attend this years Pagan Pride Day (which I hope you all do) be excited for the vendors, the friends you will see, the public ritual, and all other events to take place…but more importantly be aware of what your partaking in…the age old struggle for religious tolerance and freedom, and a celebration of what once was and still is alive within us all.

Be proud…

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