What´S Paganism? Essay

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Paganism is a broad group of indigenous and historical polytheistic religious traditions—primarily those of cultures known to the classical world. In a wider sense, Paganism has also been understood to include any non-Abrahamic, folk, ethnic religion. Modern ethnologists often avoid referring to non-classical and non-European, traditional and historical faiths as Pagan in favour of less ambiguous labels such as polytheism, shamanism, pantheism, and animism. [Wikipedia p.1] Paganism is the oldest religion in human history, originating with Vikings and Celts. Monotheism is widely rejected in the followers of Paganism and while the use of magic is a stigma usually tied to Paganism and various ...view middle of the document...

Another name for this god is The Green Man. Many Pagans will call upon these gods/goddesses for strength, health, and a plethora of other things. To call on a deity (not just the two primaries), one must cast a circle. For this, one must determine the space wanted to be blessed, and considered sacred. The circles purpose, and member size will dictate where/how big to make it. Now, the witches involved will call upon the four watchtowers. (North; Earth, East; Air, South; Fire, and finally West representing Water.) Traditionally, the God or Gods and Goddess or Goddesses of your choice will be called upon to aid in the circle. Finally, the High Priestess will enter the circle, and announce; “Let it be known that the circle is about to be cast. All who enter the Circle may do so in perfect love and perfect trust.” Then the High Priestess will call upon the four watchtowers, and ask for a blessing or multiple blessings. To ask for guidance from a God/Goddess, one must light four candles, each one representing a different watchtower (Each candle must have be the color associated with it’s respective watchtower). After doing this, they will say either internally-using their third eye- or outwardly, “ *God/Goddess of choice*, please come forth and grant me guidance on this path.” or “*God/Goddess of choice*, I request your hand over mine, guiding me through these times.” The performer of the prayer/ritual will then use their athame (a ceremonial dagger) to make a pentacle over the candles, then thank each watchtower going widdershins around the circle, blowing out each candle. Rituals, and the difference Gods and Goddesses of the Pagan religion have many common misconceptions.

In the Pagan religion and culture, a numerous amount of symbols exist. Ranging from simple protection symbols, to complex diagrams for rituals, the amount of common misconceptions surrounding this religion are astounding. Of the other occult religions, Paganism is most often confused with Wicca and Satanism. One of the most popular ones, is the 5 pointed star. Commonly referred to as a pentacle, pentagram,or simply 5 point star. In Paganism, the 5 pointed star represents the world, and the universe around it. Respectively; EARTH: (bottom left tip) represents stability and endurance.FIRE: (bottom right tip) represents courage..WATER: (upper right hand tip) represents emotions and intuition.AIR: (upper left hand corner) represents intelligence and creativity (the arts).SPIRIT: (at the top point) represents the the divine.

In Satanism, the Pentacle is referred to as the Sigil of Baphomet, sometimes referred to as the 'Seal of Satan' by Devil worshipers. The symbol with the goat head actually originates before Satanism. It is used mainly by various Satanists, sometimes slightly changed. The 5 points of the inverted pentacle, in the context of the Sigil, represent either the Material World as more important than the Spiritual, but theistic Satanists tend to believe it is the...

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