What Is Paganism?

Paganism is the name given to some of the oldest religions known to humankind, as well as some of the newest. Ancient paganisms have obscure origins, but are perhaps driven by humans’ need to seek unity with divine forces. Modern pagans follow religions whose roots are as old as humanity but whose practices have been adapted to suit life in the modern world. Concepts which are vital to sustain life are revered and their principles are our guide. Most pagans treasure their heritage and feel a strong affinity with nature, of which we ourselves are a part.

Pagans see ourselves as part of a divine totality. Many pagan religions teach that divinity is present everywhere; in ourselves, other animals, plants, rocks, the Earth, the other planets, the stars, and the void. It can be seen in the phases of the Moon and the changing of the seasons. It is not something which is abstract and aloof, divinity is part of the very fabric of our being, and we of it.

There are many different paths of paganism, just as there any many different traditions within Christianity, Islam, etc. Pagan religions, for example, include Wicca, Druidry, Heathenism, Asatru, witchcraft, shamanism, Shinto and Hinduism.

Paganism does not claim to be the one true way, nor does it suggest that other religions are somehow wrong, or misguided, or inappropriate in today’s world. All spiritual paths point to the divine source.