What is Paganism?

What is Paganism?

Defined as:

– a religion that has many gods or goddesses, considers the earth holy, and does not have a central authority. (Merriam-Webster)

– a member of a religious, spiritual, or cultural community based on the worship of nature or the earth; a neopagan. (Dictionary.com)

– Paganism is a broad group of religions, including modern pagan religions, indigenous religions and historical polytheistic religions. Modern knowledge of old pagan religions comes from several sources, including: anthropological field research records, the evidence of archaeological artifacts, and the historical accounts of ancient writers regarding cultures known to the classical world. Paganism is often taken to exclude monotheism, and to express a worldview that is pantheistic, polytheistic, and/or animistic. In a wider sense, paganism has also been understood to include any non-Abrahamic, folk, or ethnic religion. (Wikipedia)

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Devotional: New Years!

I’ve gotten the book Pagan Every Day by Barbara Ardinger, so I’ll be working through it (hopefully) every day. Check it out. From what I’ve skimmed, this book looks incredibly interesting.


A brand new year waiting with new events, new friends, and new chances for adventure. Last year, I got engaged, married, celebrated my first Yule with someone other than myself, and lost my job among other amazing things I honestly can’t remember at the moment. We are all standing in the doorway of a new year. What do you expect to see on the other side?

– Alfrún

My Beginnings and My Transcript

I am beginning my year and day studies in a few days time (November 1st, after Samhain, the new year, seems as good a time as any). I’ve technically started a little early with this exercise, but as I’ve just gotten the new book (Dedicant: A Witch’s Circle of Fire by Thuri Calafia), I was excited to start. I started tonight by producing my Transcript. You can access it from the sidebar menu. I’m not entirely certain what she means by some of what she asks for, but maybe I’ll figure it out along the way. Feel free to pop over there any time you want. It’ll be updated as I go along.

Tomorrow I will be creating colored flashcards. Here’s how and what they are for:

You will need 30 index cards (or cards similar to this)

Markers, paint, or crayons of the primary and secondary colors (red, yellow, blue, orange, green, purple)

Draw a circle and color it in for each card. Five cards of each color, so you’ll end up with 30 cards total. Then, with the colors facing away from you, or downwards, guess which color each card is. I’ll be keeping track of my “scores”. I’m interested to see if I get better.

This exercise helps to develop intuition and psychic muscles. Go for it, and good luck!

– Alfrún