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What does it mean to be a PAGAN?

Discussion in 'Paganism' started by Moongirl, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. meadowsweet

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    Fairy cakes are good. nom nom nom. lol
     
  2. Richard Lawton3

    Richard Lawton3 New Member

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    But are they good for your 'elf?
     
  3. Reiki Pixie

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    What about angel cakes? Having said that half the pagans I know are not particularly into angels, more into dragons.

    RP
     
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  4. Reiki Pixie

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    Yes Richard, we are all responsible for elf and safety in the workplace!

    RP
     
  5. Richard Lawton3

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    Eating cake counts as work???

    Goodness - I must have reached retirement age a long time ago! :D
     
  6. Reiki Pixie

    Reiki Pixie New Member

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    Well Richard, with one colleague I meet up with occasionally, we do eat cake while discussing business!
     
  7. Richard Lawton3

    Richard Lawton3 New Member

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    Ah, of course. And it's well known that cakes consumed during business proceedings contain no calories.
     
  8. Reiki Pixie

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    Why would calories be an issue? There's more to our daily dietary than calories! ;-)
     
  9. Moonfairy

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    Could you all please get back to the topic of the thread.

    Many thanks
    Moonfairy
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  10. Reiki Pixie

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    OK, moonfairy cake, lol :p

    Yes there is other important aspects of our daily dietary, like giving thanks for it, the abudance or if you like the fat of the land from the great goddess herself who nourishes and supports us all. Isn't that partly what paganism and earth-based spirituality is all about?

    RP
     
  11. Moonfairy

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    Yes, It's Fairy Nuff IF you keep to the topic. :D That's only fair to the OP.;)
     
  12. InfiniteBliss

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    i don't know much about it and probably can't comment more than others on here but to me, being pagan is all about being connected with nature and the elements.. being in tune with the seasons, cycles of life etc..

    wicca or witchcraft is more about practising magic, either in a coven or as a solitarty witch/hedgewitch.. the worship of gods/goddesses and of course, being in tune with the various phases of the moon (maiden, mother and crone) and the 8 festivals or sabbats..

    i have to admit though, i get very confused with it all and tend to practice what feels right to me.. i have never felt the need to belong to anything in particular (perhaps i'm just not there yet) but i delve into both by way of feeling connected with nature, understanding what each of the elements mean (to me) and how to harness that energy when i feel i need it.. also moon phases are something i am finding more and more drawn towards.. i have even begun to practice the occasional candle magic/spell.. i also recognise the importance of each of the sabbats, what they mean, how they can be used to draw, attract and release the things we want in our lives.. i don't fully celebrate each equinox and soltice but i'm aware of the energy behind them and hope to develop this even further as and when the time is right..

    trouble is, there is so much conflicting information out there, when you are just starting out it can make you feel quite inferior.. hence the reason why i find things that resonate with me and let my intuition tell me the rest.. ;)

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  13. Charis

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    Hi everyone,

    I realise this too is going a bit off topic, but I just wanted to respond to a couple of comments from earlier in the thread.

    I know how common the stereotype is, unfortunately, but nowhere in any of the Abrahamic scriptures (Judeo-Christian-Islamic) is there any concept of the Divine as an "old beardy dude". Yes, there are some unfortunate tendencies, ancient and modern, to think of God in an anthropomophic way, and this is reflected in some of the older Biblical accounts. But at the heart of all three monotheistic faiths is the idea that Deity cannot be represented in or limited to any physical form ("Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image") - and, even more profound, God's self-identification as I AM (see Exodus 3:14).

    I agree, too many traditional and scholastic interpretations of these faiths have missed the depth and magnitude of this idea. But it's there, and more than a few followers of these paths are well aware of it.

    More in my next post...
     
  14. Charis

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    Please - if you do accept that truly spiritual living means loving all and judging none - kindly don't write off the majority of the world's seekers of the Divine as fascist. Again, this is a complete stereotype. Even if it is the way too many would-be religious people think, it has nothing to do with true divinity or spirituality, as I'm sure you all know. And more and more followers of the three Abrahamic faiths are actively throwing off the old concepts of "we have the only truth" and "unbelievers will burn in hell". Those are the worst of human beliefs and conceits, not divinity in action at all.

    May I please give an example of how far off the mark this characterisation of monotheism is? I'm a Christian. The denomination I belong to, Christian Science, makes very clear throughout its teachings that God is not a magnified human personality (old beardy dude?) up in the sky somewhere. Instead, it gives seven synonymous names for God: Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit, Life, Truth, Love. These all refer to the one infinite, ever-present divinity, while showing that God has many aspects and attributes - a point that came up earlier in this thread, too.

    Christian Science also refers to God as Father-Mother - the one creator and source of all being, including what we think of as masculine and feminine qualities equally. And no, there is no eternal hellfire for non-believers, nor any concept that "we" have this truth and others are excluded. Truth is Truth. The Bible says it explicitly: God is Love. Who or what can be outside that?

    I apologise for having gone on at such length. I only hope I might have conveyed the idea that monotheism isn't monolithic - and that in truth, having one God must mean including all.

    All love, Charis
     
  15. Eragon

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    Paganism for me is a way of life ~ a choice. Pagans usually don't worship a God or Godess but follow a Spiritul path treasuring Gaia (Mother Earth) we develop a relationship with nature...all nature including animal spirit a little like Shamisim & the Native American Indians....in fact many of our beliefs lay with the NA.
    We tread lightly and walk with the wind, after all at the end of the day Earth does'nt belong to man ~ Man belongs to the Earth!
     
  16. lany

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    Paganism

    I consider myself to be a Pagan but dont particularly follow any specific Gods or Goddesses. I love all nature and the moon and stars. But as a Reiki Healer I also respect the Energy that is all around us. I try to look for the good in everyone, and believe everyone has a path in life to take, but which is not necessarily the same path as everyone else.
    Let us be grateful for the beautiful things Mother Earth has provided for us and harm no-one.
     
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