Pagan Misconceptions (by other Pagans)
Just to clear a few things up.
Not all of us:
- are eclectic Wiccan
- practice witchcraft (of any kind)
- honour ‘the God and Goddess’
- are Earth-honouring or nature-orientated
- celebrate the Wheel of the Year
- cast circles/call quarters/invoke elements in ritual
- believe in/practice divination
- are interested in anything considered New Age
The rest of us:
- are neo-Druids, Heathens, Hellenics, Kemetics, non-Wiccan Witches, Eclectics, Reconstructionists…(the list goes on…)
- practice folk/green/kitchen/hedge witchcraft (if at all!)
- are polytheistic, pantheistic, panentheistic, atheistic…
- celebrate Greek, Egyptian, Roman, Northern European (etc.) holy days (along with or instead of the Wheel of the Year.)
- do not include Crowley-inspired ceremonial practices in our rituals
The point I’m trying to make here is that you can’t lump all neo-Pagans under the same Wiccan-coloured umbrella because not all of us fit nicely underneath it.
Some of us do - that’s OK.
Some of us don’t - and that’s OK, too!
I’m not trying to put down the Earth-honouring, circle-casting, Sabbat-celebrating eclectic Wiccanesque types, not in the slightest. But since they make up the majority of Pagans out there, the rest of us tend to get…over-shadowed.
Do you get me?
Of course, this totally doesn’t help with defining Paganism but I’m not even gonna go there…