Log In Sign Up

Paganism - How would you explain it?


Forum: Pagan Living

Notices

Welcome to the JustMommies Message Boards.

We pride ourselves on having the friendliest and most welcoming forums for moms and moms to be! Please take a moment and register for free so you can be a part of our growing community of mothers. If you have any problems registering please drop an email to boards@justmommies.com.

Our community is moderated by our moderation team so you won't see spam or offensive messages posted on our forums. Each of our message boards is hosted by JustMommies hosts, whose names are listed at the top each board. We hope you find our message boards friendly, helpful, and fun to be on!

Like Tree9Likes
  • 2 Post By Tuatha
  • 1 Post By Amaranth Dhanya
  • 1 Post By Niamh ૐ
  • 2 Post By MammaHutch
  • 1 Post By Mitra Shonu
  • 2 Post By roving_gypsy

Reply Post New Topic
  Subscribe To Pagan Living LinkBack Topic Tools Search this Topic Display Modes
  #1  
May 12th, 2012, 06:24 AM
Earthy.Mama's Avatar .*.*.*.*.*.*.*.*.*.*.*.*.
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 14,021
If you were sitting down with someone skeptical or even a bit sarcastic about the Pagan religions, how would you explain it to them if you could say anything you wanted to say?

If you met a new Pagan, how would you direct them on their journey to find their path or spirituality?
__________________

Co-Host July 2014 DDC









Reply With Quote
  #2  
May 12th, 2012, 07:55 AM
Tuatha's Avatar Veteran
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Loudon, TN
Posts: 113
I actually had this come up recently in my sons preschool class. The teacher and I were talking about it and I was trying to explain to her how we practiced. As we are a multi-faith family it was kinda confusing. lol.

Anyways, for *me* and how I explained it, its an umbrella term that includes most nature based religions.

Anything further would depend on who I am talking to and how much they *really* wanted to know. For some pagan is anything other than the Abrahamic faiths, but I have met a few Buddhists who disagree and don't consider themselves "pagan".
Niamh ૐ and Earthy.Mama like this.
__________________

Reply With Quote
  #3  
May 12th, 2012, 08:41 AM
Amaranth Dhanya's Avatar aka Hillarie
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: In the West
Posts: 11,176
Send a message via Yahoo to Amaranth Dhanya
Id say its an umbrella term used, primarily, for faiths outside the abrahamic beliefs(Islam, Jew, Christian).

Id say they are usually nature based faiths where most believe in a Higher Power and in the energy of everything living that surrounds us but it varies by the individual because it can be a very individual path.

To the newbie...Id say read, ask questions, make a list of what you do and dont believe, and follow your heart and instinct. When you find that peace and joy that you've never experienced before then you've hit the right area. Keep growing and studying and dont be afraid of the journey. Its an individual one and noone can tell you that you are wrong or should feel guilt or fear for any reason. Enjoy the journey!
Earthy.Mama likes this.
__________________






~My thanks to *Kiliki* for the siggy and Lucy S for the blinkies~
Reply With Quote
  #4  
May 31st, 2012, 08:20 PM
Galactic Som's Avatar is some kind of something
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 147
I'd say that it's a nature based faith, sometimes incorporating praise on Gods/Goddesses (but doesn't necessarily require it), and is generally an umbrella term that can mean many things to many different people.

I'm always hesitant to use the original meaning of anything outside Abrahamic faiths, because, like Tuatha had said, a lot of people don't actually agree with the term, and I've never been a fan of forcing labels on people.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #5  
May 31st, 2012, 09:00 PM
Niamh ૐ's Avatar Green Mama Goddess
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Fallbrook, California
Posts: 10,423
Send a message via AIM to Niamh ૐ Send a message via MSN to Niamh ૐ Send a message via Yahoo to Niamh ૐ
I think when it comes to the VERY basics of the definition of Pagan... a slightly altered version of the "non-Abrahamic religions" definition fits best: "a practitioner of a spirituality or religion that is not Christian, Jewish, or Muslim AND (here's the embellishment) the practitioner self-identifies as a Pagan."

That's the most basic definition, in my opinion.

More specifically... a Pagan or Neopagan is typically (though not always) a practitioner of an Earth-based spirituality or religion. Many or most Pagans follow some form of polytheism (soft or hard, duotheism, henotheistic, etc etc), though they can span the entire spectrum of beliefs about the Divine. From Atheistic, to Pantheistic, to Deist, to Monotheist, to Polytheist, etc. Many or most Pagans also practice some form of spiritual "magic" or energy work.
MammaHutch likes this.
__________________

Reply With Quote
  #6  
May 31st, 2012, 09:55 PM
MammaHutch
Guest
Posts: n/a
I have been asked this before and I keep it way simple.

I believe in mother earth. Then I get called a hippy.
Mitra Shonu and Earthy.Mama like this.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
June 1st, 2012, 07:24 AM
Mitra Shonu's Avatar ~Seeking the Way~
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 4,244
Jess! you hippie, you!
MammaHutch likes this.
__________________


A very special THANK YOU to Bokkechick for my gorgeous new siggy!

Reply With Quote
  #8  
June 1st, 2012, 11:41 AM
roving_gypsy's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: In transit!
Posts: 2,379
Sometimes I'm a smart ***, and just say well the simple definition of a pagan is a common person....

But of course that doesn't seem to settle well with most, so I explain that it is an umbrella term similar to how Christianity is, but the denominations/faith/spiritual paths that are under it vary widely with majority of them being earth based religions/faiths, believing in one or many gods/goddesses etc. And then just take it from there with the questions.

Surprisingly enough I rarely get asked about it and I'm not in the closet, but I'm not really verbal about it either, unless I am asked. But all my profiles online state that I am pagan, and IRL no one has ever approached me about it or treated me differently.
__________________
~Megan


Ask me about dōTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils!

Or click on the picture above to visit my Facebook page!

Reply With Quote
Reply

Topic Tools Search this Topic
Search this Topic:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:54 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0