aganism is a spiritual way of life which has its roots in the ancient nature religions of the world.
It is principally rooted in the old religions of Europe, though some adherents also find great worth in the indigenous beliefs of other countries.
Such belief in the sacredness of all things can be found world-wide. Pagans see this as their heritage, and retain the beliefs and values of their
ancestors in forms adapted to suit modern life. We celebrate the sanctity of Nature, revering the Divine in all things. The vast, unknowable
spirit that runs through the Universe, both seen and unseen.
Pagans honor the Divine in all its aspects, whether male or female, as parts of the sacred whole. Every
man and woman is, to a Pagan, a beautiful and unique being. Children are loved and honored and there is a strong sense of community. The
woods and open spaces of the land, home to wild animals and birds, are cherished. Paganism stresses personal spiritual experience, and Pagans
often find that experience through their relationship with the natural world that they love. We seek spiritual union with Divinity by attuning with
the tides of Nature and by exploring our inner selves, seeing each reflected in the other. We believe that we should meet the Divine face to face,
within our own experience, rather than through an intermediary. Although some paths do have leaders and teachers, these people act as facilitators,
using their own wisdom and experience to help guide those in their care towards discovering their own sense and interpretation of the Divine.
Our rites help us harmonize with the natural cycles, and so they are often held at the turning points of the seasons, at the phases of the Moon
and sun, and at times of transition in our lives.
There is a great variety of traditions within the broad spectrum of Paganism. This reflects the range of our
spiritual experience, for we believe that everyone is unique, and so everyone’s spirituality must be equally unique. Some Pagans follow multiple
Gods and Goddesses, their names familiar to all from the pages of European folklore and mythology: others focus on a single Life Force of no
specific gender. Yet others devote themselves to a cosmic couple – Goddess and God, or Lord and Lady. We celebrate our diversity for
we believe that each person should find their spirituality according to the dictates of the quiet, inner voice of their own soul. For this reason we
respect all sincere religions, and do not proselytize or seek converts. From other faiths and from society generally, we ask only tolerance.
In these days of environmental concern and eco-awareness, Pagans are often at the forefront of Green
awareness. Pagans of all paths respect the rights of every living soul, whether human, animal, plant or rock. We are ever mindful of the actions
of cause and effect, whether by thought or deed, upon the creatures of the Earth. We encourage free thought, creative imagination and practical
human resourcefulness, believing these to be fundamental to our spending our lives in harmony with the rhythms of the natural world. We rejoice
that some of our personal beliefs should now be shared by so many other people. These beliefs are the heritage of all people from our distant and
common ancestors – they are equally the concern of all our descendants.
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