How to Become a Pagan 

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A pagan is a person that is well-tuned to Nature, its cycles, and rhythms. This person feels at one with the ancestors and their rituals, practices, and beliefs.

Most pagans believe in many deities of either gender. Also, they think that everything in the natural world – both animate and inanimate – is divine in Nature.

What is Paganism?

It’s almost impossible to have a definition that satisfies all types of paganism. This is more so because paganism is not a religion per se.

Instead, it is a spiritual and religious movement that ropes in many religions. Pagans hinge their faith and spirituality on four pillars: Nature, Deities, Community, and Self.

Pagan traditions and practices are propagated through an initiation system – a system largely depends on the pagan tradition you choose to dedicate yourself.

In most cases, one is inducted into paganism by existing members. This means you have to join a group or coven where all the ways of that particular tradition will be taught to you.

You may also choose to go it alone or to self-medicate. In this case, you have to study the available material on paganism and decide what to take up or discard.

Usually, this method is favored by those who desire to enter the solitary practice of paganism. They may have one or two mentors to guide them on this way of life, but ultimately, they decide to go it alone.

Advice for Pagan Beginners

In the modern world, there’s no shortage of pagan teachers and mentors that can show you the ropes about this way of life.

They will teach you the values and principles of paganism to equip you to dedicate your life to this spiritual calling fully.

You can also learn to be a pagan from the internet. Many online-based schools on paganism are up and running.

Of course, your choice of school to join will be informed by the pagan tradition you desire to pursue.

You can also subscribe to the pagan magazine for more insight into this spiritual journey.

Some people choose to join groups to be initiated into paganism. Others choose to engage a teacher or mentor for one-on-one sessions to gain insights into a particular pagan tradition.

Either way, there is one rule of thumb. If the teachings contradict your personal beliefs and values, run for your life.

You could have picked the wrong group, teacher, or mentor to guide you on this path. These people may not understand their own paths or, worse still, have no idea of yours.

You don’t need a teacher to be a pagan. All you need is to dedicate your time and effort to learning your chosen pagan tradition very well.

How do you know you’ve learned that tradition very well? Then, people will start consulting you.

In the eyes of others, you’ll look like a pagan priest – someone who can be called upon to illuminate the path for others.

It may take years of serious practice before you can be considered a teacher or priest on this spiritual path.

What Type of Paganism is Good for You?

Learn to Identify Wicca Paganism

Wicca is arguably the biggest group of pagans in the world. Because of their close attachment to magic and witchcraft, Wiccans are commonly called witches – regardless of gender.

Wiccans have a close connection with Nature. They believe that everything in the natural world is sacred.

Although Wicca covens are autonomous, they are bound by the following beliefs:

  • Belief Gods and Goddesses
  • Creation and use of charms and potions
  • Celebration of the Esbats – special astrological events in the annual calendar

These pagans use magic to create the right balance for all things to co-exist peacefully. They also focus on spirituality and spell-work as important ways of expressing their beliefs.

Wicca teaches that no human should intentionally harm another. For this reason, they don’t practice dark magic, hexing, and binding.

Learn to Identify Druidry

Druidism is a branch of paganism that borrows heavily from the Druids of the ancient Celtic culture. These pagans emphasize Nature and its impact on our spiritual lives.

They believe that Nature and the divine realm are intricately welded together; one cannot exist without the other.

The welfare of Nature is at the forefront of every Druid’s endeavor. They go to great lengths to ensure the natural world is well protected.

Druids also believe in the Otherworld – a special place where souls sojourn before they take human form once more.

In the modern world, Druidism has diversified; it is common to meet druids from all religions.

Although there are quite a good number of monotheistic Christian Druids, many pagan beliefs tend to be polytheistic.

How Do You Become a Druid?

Druids encourage freethinking and open-mindedness. It is a simple faith; if you understand and appreciate its basic tenets, you are good to go.

To become a Druid, you should love Nature. All druids are driven by the desire to promote peace and a harmonious co-existence with the natural world.

Their greatest desire is to create the right balance in the ecosystem.

Also, druids believe in the afterlife. They reference the Otherworld, where the soul is held until it is ready for reincarnation.

However, it is up to the individual to choose the beliefs and principles they should apply in their own lives.

A Christian Druid, for example, may not have much faith in the Otherworld.  

You will be evaluated on your readiness for Druidism based on how you treat Nature. If you consciously make an effort to impact the environment positively, you are good to go.

Your priest and priestess will emphasize the importance of living frugally and not producing much waste.

They will teach you why you should be careful about what you do with the metal, glass, and plastic that pass through your home or office.  

For a beginner, reading Druid literature is highly recommended. This is an excellent way of gaining insight into the Druid path.

Learn to Identify Reconstructionist Paganism

Reconstructionist pagans are modern Neo-Pagans that emphasize a particular pantheon of gods.

For example, they may wholly focus on Greek, Egyptian, or Norse gods.

The difference between Reconstructionist pagans and druids is that the latter focus on Nature. These Neo-Pagans also differ from Wiccans because Wicca focuses on magic.

Reconstructionist pagans hinge their faith on an established pantheon of deities. These pagans may include:

  • Heathenry – the worship of ancient Germanic and Norse Gods
  • Eclectic Polytheism – the worship of Gods from different panthea of deities
  • Hellenism – belief in old Greek Gods
  • Kemeticism – belief in the Gods of ancient Egypt

How to Become a Reconstructionist Pagan

Reconstructionist pagans are diverse and are covered under many pagan traditions.

To become a Reconstructionist pagan, the first thing you should do is choose a practice that fits your spiritual needs.

Many choose to follow the religion of their ancestors. As long as you have a strong affinity for the tradition you have opted for, you’ll be on your way to becoming a strong Reconstructionist pagan.

Many have had successful Reconstructionist pagan experiences by observing the practices and rituals of the following traditions:

  • Rodnovery – Slavic Paganism
  • Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism
  • Religio Romana – Roman Paganism
  • Hellenism – Greek Paganism
  • Heathenry – Norse paganism
  • Kemeticism – Egyptian Paganism

Devote Time and Effort to Your Tradition

To become a pagan, you need to use your resources to learn your tradition.

You won’t acquire this knowledge miraculously; you must put in the time and effort to understand the tenets and values of your faith.

This may entail joining an online pagan platform or talking to old members of your pagan tradition. You may also have to subscribe to pagan magazines and other literature.

The more you invest in the learning process, the stronger and more enlightened pagan you are likely to become.

Practice Your Newfound Faith

As it is often said, faith without action is dead. This tells you to act on the lessons you learned from your paganism studies.

You may see the need to celebrate pagan deities by building an appropriate shrine for them. Also, involve yourself more in pagan rites and ceremonies.

Equally importantly, recite prayers as is required by your tradition. The good thing about paganism is that you can devise your own prayers or rituals to satisfy your needs.

Reach Out to Other Pagans

Even if you decide to be a solitary pagan, you can be sure there are other pagans you can get in touch with for guidance and support.

You’ll fare much better if you link up with pagans that support your tradition. Search online to find their location and meeting times.

Alternatively, you can join online platforms that propagate the tenets of your pagan tradition.

Arrange to meet other pagans physically from time to time. This will give you a clearer picture of your chosen spiritual path, and provide you with confidence where you seem to falter.  

Conclusion…

Unlike the Abrahamic and other mainstream religions, paganism doesn’t have a central controlling power.

Paganism exists in many forms and shapes, with most traditions molded along a region’s ancient culture and spiritual practices.

For example, Druidism heavily relies on the rituals and practices of the ancient Celts.

Some pagan traditions are a potent mix of modern spiritual movements and old ones.

Choose to follow or start a tradition whose beliefs and teachings resonate well with your values and principles.

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