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We hope that you find everything you need here at Pagan Connection to help you on your way to your personal spiritual enlightenment journey. We will be constantly adding to the pagan religion information on this website, while we expand and grow our pagan religious and spiritual content, resources, and available products for your knowledge and spiritual enjoyment. We are constantly learning new things on our path to enlightenment and will share as much knowledge as we can as we move in that direction. Our ultimate goal is to to have different sections for Wiccan spells, Wiccan Rituals, Pagan Holidays, Pagan religions, Pagan symbols, Pagan beliefs, and links to our Affiliate Stores. We will use the Wiccan religion in reference a lot because it is the most commonly known in today's society and is actually the most searched by Google. We will use the spelling magick in reference to Pagan religious ritual magick. Magick refers to actual power and not the make believe fantasy world of Harry Potter and a real distinction should be made.
Eclectic Wicca is our chosen personal paths. We are a group of individual Solitary Eclectic Wiccans that are sharing our knowledge for the good of the Pagan Community. We are not a part of a coven or any structured traditional Wiccan path. We believe by sharing some of the basic foundations of our religions that we may eventually remove some of the "mystery" that surrounds our religion and as a result some of the negative attention that we receive because of that mystery. Let's be honest, the mystery isn't because we are ashamed of our beliefs and practices. The mystery is because of the personal nature of every Pagan's personal path.
There are a lot of specific words that are used within this pagan religion website and others in relation to pagan beliefs. There are a lot of unique words that have specific meanings, and other words that have alternate meanings when used in a pagan context that it helps you to have a good understanding of. We will be expanding this list as we learn ourselves and time allows. If you know of a specific word and the definition that should be added here, please send us a message on our Facebook page, so that we can add it. We are not the overall authorities and additional input is always welcomed. We want new pagans and people who are just curious about our religions directed in the correct spiritual pathways that are where they personally should be. Eclectic Wicca is only one small branch in the Tree of Pagan traditions. Eclectic Wicca is not for everyone, but all are welcome to learn and explore until they find that perfect branch for them!
Pagan Basics ~
You will find a lot of information on our site about different pagan beliefs and pagan traditions. One of the first things to remember about Paganism is that it simply means that one does not follow one of the other 3 main monotheism religions.
Paganism is a catch all of the rest of the religions and spititual beliefs. There is probably a significantly higher amount known about Wicca than some of the other traditions, because it is quite popular these days. Some Wiccans practice a version of Wicca that is fluffier than others. My partners and I are Eclectic Wiccans ourselves, so that is the tradition that we are the most familiar with. But we plan to research some of the other main traditions in depth and add their information to the site as well.
Paganism covers so so many different types of pagan religions. We are always open for new content and new ideas. We have tried to break everything down into smaller groups on Pagan Connection, so that people are not overwhelmed with the wealth of knowledge that is available about Pagan Traditions.
There are separate pages for most of everything like wiccan spells, wiccan rituals, pagan religions, pagan beliefs, pagan holidays, pagan symbols, and there is even an Amazon Store for all your pagan religion supplies and pagan ritual tools.
The word Pagan comes from an adoption of paganus. Pagans have been referred to as "Heathen", "Hellene", or "Gentile" by other non-pagan religions in the past. Pagan literally meant a country dweller or a villager in Ancient times. Paganism and pagan religions are generally described as a "Earth Religion" and a lot of it's pagan beliefs and pagan holidays revolve around nature, the seasons, and the phases of the moon.
The term Pagan can be used to refer to a broad group of indigenous and historical polytheistic religious pagan beliefs and it is understood to include any non-Abrahamic, folk, or ethic religion. Other terms that have been used to describe Pagans over the years are polytheism, shamanism, pantheism, and animism. There is not set pagan doctrine or dogma that is used universally in all pagan religions.
Some of the common held pagan beliefs of the different Pagan religions are pluralism, pantheism, polytheism, the general belief that divinity is found in the mind, in nature , and there is respect and honor in the natural order of life in all it's stages from conception to death. It is perhaps even misleading to say there was a pagan religion as "paganism" in the Ancient times before Christianity. Once there was no religion at all in the sense that we use and refer to religions in today's society. They didn't have an organized system of beliefs to commit themselves to. They didn't have any "religious" authorities. The was not any commitment to a particular group of people or set ideas other than their family and political context. This is the view of Pagan life, and we should note that Paganism is quite simply a religion invented to compete with Christians, Jews, and other formal religions.
Paganism includes those of Greco-Roman, Celtic, Germanic, Slavic tribes, and many other smaller types of old religions that are pre-Christian, and a lot that are not pre-Christian. Some pagan religions are known to practice ritual magick in varying degrees, but not all pagan religions do. It is always a personal choice to practice the rituals of the different pagan religions. The freedom in Eclectic Wicca is one of the reasons that I choose that particular tradition.
Here is a five minute video from Patheos. It really gives a good overview of how we view things in the pagan world.
Being A Wiccan in Today's World ~
A Child is like a butterfly in the wind.
Some can fly higher than others, but each one flies the best it can. Why compare one against the other?
Each one is different.
Each one is special.
Each one is beautiful.
Basic Tenants of Pagan Beliefs ~
Most of the Pagan Religions follow the same basic Faith Tenants. Every Pagan religion has their own rules or dogma, pagan belief systems, pagan rituals, and are really completely separate religions, almost like different Christian churches have different denominations that believe differently in most areas, but hold to the same core beliefs.
Those Pagan Core Beliefs Are ~
Reincarnation, Learning, Balance, Harmony, Love, Trust, Humility, and Tolerance.
Pagan Religion and
Their Categories ~
The Pagan Religions have been divided into three categories by modern pagan researchers to make things a little bit easier to discern when trying to figure out what time period a pagan religion is based on. Not all pagan religions are based on the same time frame of pagan beliefs and in history. Some pagan religions are actually completely modern, but based on ancient beliefs.
Paleopaganism is a pagan religious term that is used in reference to the original polytheistic, nature-centered faiths like the pre-Hellenistic Greek and pre-imperial Roman religion, pre-Migration period of Germanic Paganism, or Celtic Polytheism.
Mesopaganism is a pagan religious term that is used in reference to groups significantly influenced by monotheistic, dualistic, or nontheistic worldviews, but is able to maintain an independence of pagan religious practices like Aboriginal Americans, Australian Aborigines, Viking Age Norse Paganism, New Age spirituality, Freemasonary, Rosicrucianism, Spiritualism, Haitian Vodou, Santeria, Espiritu, and British Traditional Wicca.
Neopaganism is a pagan religious term that is used in reference to a movement by modern pagans to revive nature-worshipping, pre-Christian pagan religions, or other pagan nature-based spiritual paths. Some of the Neopaganism traditions are incorporating comtemporary liberal values that are somewhat different than the ancient paganism traditions orginally were. Wicca, Neo-Druidism, Asatru, and Slavic Rodnovery are examples of Neopaganist traditions.
In The Words of
Gandalf The Grey ~
"Some believe it is only Great Power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I have found that it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
~Gandalf The Grey, Lord of the Rings
Seven Logics for
Peaceful Living For
Pagans and Everyone Else! ~
1. Make peace with your Past, so it doesn't spoil your Present.
2. What others think of you is none of your business.
3. Time heals almost everything, give the time, some time.
4. No one is the reason for happiness except you yourself.
5. Don't compare your life with others, you have no idea what their journey is all about.
6. Stop thinking too much, its alright not to know all the answers.
7. Smile, you don't own all the problems in the world.
You are One with Life ~
You are not separate from the whole. You are one with the sun, the earth, the air. You don't have a life. You are life!
We hope that you find everything you need here to help you on your way to your personal enlightenment on your personal pagan spiritual journey. We will be constantly adding to our pagan information website and expanding and growing our pagan religious and spiritual links, content, resources, and available products for your enjoyment. If you have some things that you think would be a great addition, then please send us a message on our Facebook page or on Word Press, and we will get it added to Pagan Connection and include a link for you if you wish.
We are a small group of Wiccans who want to give back to the general pagan community. We do understand that not everyone is Wiccan that will use this information, and that is fine, just give us a break on the fact that most of our knowledge is based on the Solitary Eclectic Wicca that we personally practice and research, but not practical experience into other pagan religions.
Blessed Be Everyone!