What it means to me to be a pagan

The definitions I found for ‘pagan’ confused me. I am not a country dweller nor do I consider myself rustic. And I don’t understand why pagan is grouped in with heathen, an irreligious or hedonistic person. I certainly don’t think of myself that way. The only definition that makes any sense to me is: a follower of a polytheistic religion, not religious.

For me, being a pagan means the freedom to worship how and when I want, whether it’s before an altar I made or outside beneath the moon. I prefer the freedom of the constraints of a religion that restricts one’s thinking and treats women as inferior. Being a pagan is being close to nature and respecting all the gifts the earth has to offer mankind from helpful herbs to the wonder of a breathtaking sunset. As a pagan I embrace a spiritual way of life over a religious one.

I prefer to keep my personal beliefs to myself, but I will say that part of my belief has to do with the laws of the universe in reference to dualities such as light and dark, good and evil, male and female, etc. I believe it is all about balance and that reflects into my personal life as well.

I would like to clear up one misconception about pagans. I do not worship the Devil. The Devil plays no part in pagan worship. The Devil is a Christian belief. I hope this helps to dispel some of the rumors of pagans being evil Devil worshippers. I feel I am no different from a person of another religion. I just choose to be free from the bonds of organized religion.

When I am outside in that quiet part of morning, breathing fresh morning air and gazing at the mountains painted shades of red by the awakening sun, I feel close to the deities. That is a spiritual connection that cannot be found inside a church. This is what it means to me to be a pagan.

I am curious as to how other pagans feel. Any thoughts?


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6 thoughts on “What it means to me to be a pagan”

  1. Hi Kelley,
    Great post, the actual definition to Pagan is very broad and encompasses a lot. I like how your post defined it and your description of nature based beliefs and doing what is right to you, gives a great imagry on how to live.
    Thanks for sharing,


  2. I guess I’m a little late as I was searching for a few relevant posts to crosslink an article of my own.

    A better modern definition than those you found is “someone who tries to live in harmony with nature” or equally valid “somebody who sees nature as the highest manifestation of divinity.

    This post was originally written as a response to a gang of bullying fundamentalist christians at gather.com who were threatening they would have the gentle pagans expelled from the site for “preaching evil.” Being think skinned myself I joined the argument on behalf of my friends.
    What A Pagan Believes


  3. Yeah, the dictionary is outdated on the definition of paganism. And I find it offensive to be grouped in with heathens since that creates a negative picture. I like your definition better. 🙂


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