People who are drawn to magickal spirituality are talented at turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Things that can seem mundane to others can, in fact, be powerfully transformative for the magickally inclined. Even the simplest of acts can be turned into magickal acts. For example, why simply eat food when it can be blessed and enchanted before being consumed? Why overlook an eye-catching rock on the ground when it can be put on the Northern quadrant of an altar and be used to align with the earthelementals? Why discard the end of a sliced onion when it can be hung on string to absorb adverse energy? The list goes on! Our immediate reality can present us with countless opportunities to harness magickal energy and make magick our own.
Pagans may be trained in particular traditions or they may follow their own inspiration. Paganism is not dogmatic. Pagans pursue their own vision of the Divine as a direct and personal experience.
The Pagan Federation recognizes the rich diversity of traditions that form the body of modern Paganism. In a brief introductory booklet, it is not possible to describe each and every one. Rather than attempt this, the pages in this section - links are on the left hand side of this page contain an introduction to six examples of major Pagan traditions.
This is not an exhaustive list, but these six traditions provide a good overview of modern Pagan practice. A suggested reading list is also available.
Some authors see the emergence of Paganism in the twentieth century as a revival of an older Pagan religion and describe all the above traditions as Neo-Pagan.
This term is also used to describe all those who are recognisably Pagan, but who do not adhere to any of the above traditions per se.
A definition of a Pagan:A follower of a polytheistic or pantheistic nature-worshipping religion.
A definition of Paganism:A polytheistic or pantheistic nature-worshipping religion.
Some people can find this a confusing question. Most assume they are both the same things….they’re not!
This is the basic summary of each:
Witch: uses magic, also knows as Witchcraft, to manipulate the energy of the universe to achieve a desired goal. Anyone of any religion can be a Witch.
Wiccan: Follows the religion called Wicca, a Neo-Pagan religion based on re-creations of pre-Christian beliefs and practices, the worship of the Earth and traditions adopted from ceremonial magic. Although Wiccans call themselves Witches, using Witchcraft is not a requirement. Many choose to use magic, while others simply honour the cycle of the seasons, the moon and the Gods without using magic to achieve personal goals.
Pagan: Also known as Neo-Pagans, follow one of several Earth religions that are influenced by ancient Pagan Religions, Wicca is one such Earth religion. Druidry and Asatru (Norse) are the other two most common Earth religions.