Do you often wonder what the rules are to being Pagan? The Pagan path gives you such freedom and flexibility to worship and connect with the Divine in a way that feels right to you. But it’s also comes with no guide book, no official buildings and no main deity. You really are on your own – even if you belong to a group of like minded people there are no official rules.
I popped on over to dictionary.com and looked up the word ‘pagan’. Here are the definitions:
one of a people or community observing a polytheistic religion, as the ancient Romans and Greeks.
a person who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim.
an irreligious or hedonistic person.
Hmmm…interesting. But no help whatsoever. When you think of the whole world then minus the said Christians, Jews and Muslims you’re still left with a whole bunch of Pagans. And they’re all very different. Pagans can be, by definition, Buddhists, Sikhs, Hindus and other people, you know, the ‘Pagan’ Pagans.
I often ponder on what exactly makes me a Pagan and witch. Just for the record it isn’t hedonism – having kids sort of makes that impossible! But seriously, what is that vital spark or criteria which puts you firmly into the Pagan category? What are you rules you follow?
When I have to break it down, these are my 4 personal rules to being a Pagan:
- Finding the Divine everywhere and in everything
- Reconnecting with the Divine feminine
- Taking a step back from modern day life and looking towards our ancestors for guidance
- Being tolerant and accepting of others
But those are my logical, left brain statements. When I connect with my heart I’m Pagan because it feels right and, as an added bonus, I love to make my own rules!
What are your rules? Do you have any? Or does it just come from the heart?