The word Pagan is taken from the Latin word, paganus, and can be traced back to the Roman Empire. Back then the word was used to describe a person that didn’t practice Judaisim, Islam or Christianity but instead practiced another relgion. Christians in that time often used the word paganus to describe a person that didn’t just worship one god but worshipped multiple gods and goddesses. ‘Country dweller’ or ‘civilian’ is what paganus originally meant in Latin, it is believed that the early Christians used the word in a religious way because they referred to themselves as ‘soldiers of Christ’ making non-Christians or non-believers of their faith ‘civilians’. Although both paganus and heathen have developed more meaning over the years, heathen means ‘uncivilized’ and was often associated with paganus back in that time.
There are many different Pagan religions and beliefs that have and continue to develop and grow overtime, some of the top ones include Wicca and Druidry. Wicca is the most known branch from Pagan beliefs, but it is also the most misunderstood because people outside of the religion often associate Wiccans with being devil worshippers. The main and universal Pagan belief is that nature has the power of the divine, mainly because nature has a cycle in which things live and things die. Most Pagans live an eco-friendly lifestyle and try to minimize the harm that they cause to nature. There are many different forms in Pagan beliefs that represent the divine, some of them are male, some female and some of these representations have no gender.
- “The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.” – Zeno
- “If you submit to the ocean, you drown. If you try to control the ocean, then you’re deluded. You learn how to live with the ocean. You learn how to float, to swim, to be a part of it, to be with it. That is the nature of the Pagan’s relationship with nature.” – Emma Restall Orr
- “I haven’t been baptised. My dad’s not in the church and is not a religious person. My mum is more spiritual – she does Thai-chi and goes to Stonehenge and things like that. I’m proud to be pagan. Finland is not really a religious country. I’m still looking for my god.” – Ville Valo
- “The great pagan world of which Egypt and Greece were the last living terms once had a vast and perhaps perfect science of its own, a science in terms of life. In our era this science crumbled into magic and charlatanry. But even wisdom crumbles.” – D. H. Lawrence
- “Beware of organizations that proclaim their devotion to the light without embracing, bowing to the dark; for when they idealize half the world they must devalue the rest.” – Starhawk
- “A religion without a goddess is halfway to atheism.” – Dion Fortune
- “The voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling of mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers.” – Zitkala-Sa
- “I believe in mystery and multiplicity. To religious believers this may sound almost pagan. But I don’t think so.” – Richard Rohr
- “Abject fear of pagan gods is little different from abject worship of them.” – Gene Edward Veith Jr.
- “A spiritual organization with a hierarchical structure can convey only the consciousness of estrangement, regardless of what teachings or deep inspirations are at its root.The structure itself reinforces the idea that some people are inherently more worthy than others.” – Starhawk
- “Make no mistake about it, magick is an art form, and every true magician is an artist.” – Lon Milo DuQuette
- “She seemed to belong to that pagan, primitive kingdom of birds and forests where everything was infinitely abundant, wild, blooming, and royal in its perpetual decay, death, and rebirth; illicit and clashing with the human world.” – Jerzy Kosinski
- “I am not religious in any way, but I have a pagan ideology and pagan values.” – Varg Vikernes
- “The authentic pagan has no need of religion because, whatever religion can provide, he already has it.” – Rajneesh
- “When you’re outnumbered by trees your perspective shifts.” – Jessica Marie Baumgartner, ‘Walk Your Path: A Magical Awakening’
- “I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
- “Today, on our own turf, we face pagan ignorance about God every bit as deep as that which the early church faced in the Roman Empire.” – J. I. Packer
- “All my life, I have been a celebrant of Halloween. For me, it is the most important day of the year, the turning point in the old pagan calendar.” – John Burnside
- “The happy pagan is wrapped up in the belief that this world and the success it affords are the greatest pursuits in life. He or she feels no need for anything transcendent.” – Ravi Zacharias
- “All beings exist and nothing else and that’s why they’re called beings” – Alberto Caeiro, ‘The Keeper of Sheep’
- “The gods conceal from men the happiness of death, that they may endure life.” – Lucan
- “We are not on this planet to ask forgiveness of our deities.” – Scott Cunningham
- “A soil, exhausted by the long culture of Pagan empires, was to lie fallow for a still longer period.” – John Lothrop Motley
- “Many believe that pagan worship is a thing of the past, but it is ever present-we have just given it a new name: pop culture.” – Billy Graham
- “When every part of ourselves is in alignment with our magick, we become our magick and it is almost impossible for that magick to not become a reality.” – Mat Auryn
- “Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” – Khalil Gibran
- “Religion is about creation, and for that reason religion should be about the earth.” – Laurie Cabot
- “It was only with the rise of capitalism and the need for workers to be freer, more mobile, and prosperous, that societies were able to undermine pagan morality and the ancient institution of slavery.” – Michael Shellenberger
- “The great pagan sadness of modern man is largely due to his premonition of ultimate disaster.” – Francis Stuart Campbell
- “Things don’t have significance: they only have existence. Things are the only hidden meaning of things.” – Alberto Caeiro, ‘The Keeper of Sheep’
- “If we pursue a spiritual path in-depth, then it changes who and what we are. There is no turning back. We can only move forward.” – Vivianne Crowley
- “Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself.” – Henry David Thoreau
- “Monotheism makes me grouchy. I don’t trust any religion that makes God look like one of the ruling class. I guess I’m a pagan or an animist.” – Gloria Steinem
- “The pagan gods are not dead, but can return to topple science with superstition and modern man with bestial pleasures that pre-date civilisation.” – Richard Luckhurst
- “Growing accustomed to small animals and feathered fowl reminds humans that no matter how far we stray from our natural tendencies, the world is still waiting for us.” – Jessica Marie Baumgartner, ‘The Magic of Nature: Meditations & Spells to Find Your Inner Voice’
- “The Fates guide the person who accepts them and hinder the person who resists them.” – Cleanthes
- “The Christian fear of the pagan outlook has damaged the whole consciousness of man.” – D. H. Lawrence
- “Superficial similarities exist between Christianity and some ancient pagan religions. But careful study reveals that there are far more dissimilarities.” – Carl Olson
- “The pagans do not know God, and love only the earth. The Jews know the true God, and love only the earth. The Christians know the true God, and do not love the earth.” – Blaise Pascal
- “Connecting to the future by carrying on certain elements of the past balances my being.” – Jessica Marie Baumgartner, ‘The Magic of Nature: Meditations & Spells to Find Your Inner Voice’
- “You are the spell the universe has cast.” – Phyllis Curott
- “When a pagan race comes in contact with a Christian race, they are converted, absorbed, or exterminated.” – Joseph R. Bartlett
- “With the demise of the biblical religions that have provided the American people with their core values since their country’s inception, we are reverting to the pagan worldview. Trees and animals are venerated, while man is simply one more animal in the ecosystem – and largely a hindrance, not an asset.” – Dennis Prager
- “Pagans exalt sacred things, the Prophets extol sacred deeds.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel
- “There are some situations even a half-Sidhe grand wizard can’t fix.” – Ellen Cannon Reed
- “Even of death Christianity has made a terror which was unknown to the gay calmness of the Pagan and the stoical repose of the Indian.” – Ouida
- “The pagan loves the earth in order to enjoy it and confine himself within it; the Christian in order to make it purer and draw from it the strength to escape from it.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
- “The pagan religion, which prohibited only some of the grosser crimes, and which stopped the hand but meddled not with the heart, might have crimes that were inexplicable.” – Baron de Montesquieu
- “You don’t have to wander around in silk robes burning sage with crystals tied to your head to find the power within.” – Jessica Marie Baumgartner, ‘Walk Your Path: A Magical Awakening’
- “No matter how important everything else is to magical success, belief is the most crucial.” – Dorothy Morrison
- “In paganism light is mixed with darkness, and religion and truth are blended with superstition and error.” – Lindley Murray
- “To a pagan, there is no purpose to suffering. As a result, he lives a life of loneliness and frustration.” – Mother Angelica
- “To fade away at the end of a long life is a blessing from the gods; to die prematurely is a curse.” – Claude Lecouteux, ‘The Return of the Dead: Ghosts, Ancestors, and the Transparent Veil of the Pagan Mind’
- “There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.” – Lord Byron
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