Category:Working Within the Pagan and Neo-Pagan Tradition

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A Swedish village gathers for the traditional Små Grodorna Frog Dance held around the Midsummer pole

Paganism is a term that refers to the indigenous local religions of Europe and North Africa, especially as described during the late Roman era, when the Roman Pantheon and local Germanic and Nordic Deities were being superseded by the Catholic panoply of church saints. During the era of European colonialism, the term "Pagan" was sometimes applied to any minor or major indigenous religion anywhere in the world, but that usage is so broad as to be ungainly, because it merely pits every human religion against the Christian tradition, which is colonialist and dismissive of the individuality of the diversity of religions.

Neo-Paganism or Neopaganism, sometimes known as Contemporary Paganism or simply Paganism, is an umbrella term used to identify a wide variety of modern religious movements, particularly those influenced by or claiming to be derived from the various "Paleo-Pagan" beliefs of pre-modern Europe. Although they do share commonalities, contemporary Pagan religious movements are extremely diverse, and there is no set of beliefs, practices, or religious texts shared by all of them.

An English Pagan maypole dance held on May Day to celebrate the fertility of the earth and the peak of springtime
Austrian celebrants at Krampusnacht, a festival honoring the Pagan woods-god Krampus, who, with the advent of Christianity, was made the assistant of Saint Nicholas
A Jack-in-the-Green dance being celebrated on Beltane (May Day) in Bristol, England
The fox dance at a British Pagan Imbolc festival marks the depths of winter

Contemporary Paganism has been characterized as "a synthesis of historical inspiration and present-day creativity," drawing influences from pre-Christian, folkloric, and ethnographic sources in order to fashion new religious movements. The extent to which contemporary Neo-Pagans use these sources differs; many follow a spirituality which they accept is entirely modern, whilst others attempt to reconstruct or revive indigenous or ethnic religions found in historical and folkloric sources.

Neo-Pagan movements emerged in Europe from the late 19th to the mid 20th centuries, influenced by the wider occult movement; among them were Thelema, Druidry, Gardnerian Wicca, and Adonism. With the rise of the counterculture during the 1960s, Neo-Paganism spread rapidly throughout the United States and Europe, giving rise to groups and traditions such as Dianic Wicca, Reclaiming, Jewish Wicca, Feri, Radical Faeries, Neo-Shamanism, Eclectic Witchcraft, Traditional Witchcraft, Hedge Witchcraft, Kitchen Witchery, the Goddess Movement, Trolldom, Asatru, Odinism, Heathenry, Religious Stregheria, Slavic Neopaganism, Canaanite Neopaganism, Semitic Neopaganism, Feraferia, Church of All Worlds, the 1734 Tradition, Sabbatic Craft, Neo-Gnosticism, and more.

As with the modern African and African-Diasporic Tradition, some sectors of Paganism and Neo-Paganism are emerging from or actively discarding the blurred and blended multi-cultural influences that they incorporated during centuries of Christian hegemony, while other sectors of Paganism and Neo-Paganism willingly accept the intermixture of Christian traditions within their practices.

Although the Neo-Pagan movement is extremely disparate in its beliefs and practices, a number of commonalities are shared within many, if not all, of them. For instance, most modern Pagan groups hold to a theology that embraces such beliefs as polytheism, animism, and pantheism, although there are groups who have instead advocated forms of Goddess-centered monotheism, the co-deism of a Horned God and a Triple Goddess, Agnosticism, or Atheism. Similarly, beliefs about an afterlife vary widely, as do conceptions on ethics and morality.

Ritual plays a prominent part in Neo-Pagan religious movements, where it is typically employed to induce an altered state of consciousness in the participants. The choice of which festivals and days of special commemoration to celebrate differs widely among Pagans, although a majority of those who are working within what is known of ancient Pagan Celtic, Gaelic, Anglo-Saxon, or Germanic religious practices adhere to a set of eight seasonally-based festivals, which are collectively referred to as The Wheel of the Year.

Rootworkers who practice within the Pagan and Neo-Pagan Tradition may be initiates or adherents to a single Pagan-derived religion or may practice in two or more of the Pagan religions, with or without multi-cultural influences from Christianity or other religions. Some adherents petition their own tutelary deity or spirit on behalf of all of their clients, while others work with a variety of Pagan deities, powers, ancestors, and spirits on behalf of their clients, directing their petitions and prayers to the deity or spirit who pertains most directly to the individual client's situation, condition, or needs.


Seasonal Festivals: The Wheel of the Year

The Wheel of the Year is a system of marking eight calendar-points, derived from the Solar calendar, for special festivals and commemorative rituals within the Pagan and Neo-Pagan Tradition (Read More ...)

Greek Pantheon of Deities

The veneration of ancient Greek deities, once believed to have ended with the coming of Christianity to southern Europe, has been partially retained and also deliberately revived as a Neo-Pagan Tradition (Read More ...)

Roman Pantheon of Deities

The veneration of ancient Roman deities, once believed to have ended with the coming of Christianity to southern Europe, has been partially retained and also deliberately revived as a Neo-Pagan tradition (Read More ...)

Germanic and Nordic Pantheon of Deities

Germanic and Nordic Deities The veneration of ancient Germanic and Nordic Deities, once believed to have ended with the coming of Christianity to northern Europe, has been partially retained and also deliberately revived as a Neo-Pagan tradition (Read More ...)

Druid, Wicca, and Feri Pantheon of Deities

Druidry, Wicca, and Feri are Neo-Pagan traditions that derive a large part of their cosmology and concepts of deity from ancient Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Gaelic, and other Northern European religions (Read More ...)

Gnostic Pantheon of Deities

The ancient religion known as Gnosticism has been revived as a Neo-Pagan tradition. (Read More...)

Kemetic Pantheon of Deities

The netjeru, or pantheon of Kemetic deities, are those honored in the North African religion of ancient Egypt and in 20th century forms of Kemetic Neo-Paganism, including reconstructionist and orthodox denominations. Consisting of sixty or more entities -- many of whom began as local gods -- the religion grew from being primarily animistic and nature-centered in pre-dynastic times to becoming a theocracy at the center of which stood pharaohs, or kings - rulers who embodied an earthly manifestation of divine power.(Read More ...)

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