Most of you that have found your way here know what paganism is, how it fits into your belief system and how it works with your lifestyle. This is a very brief general overview of what being a pagan is for those that have accidentally stumbled onto this website.
The word "Pagan" comes from the latin word "Paganus" which translate into "country dweller".
Pagans believe that all things existing in the universe are connected. We all share an energy, life force...we are all a part of the Divine. And because of this inter-connectedness we can use our energy to communicate with other energy's and the Divine to help bring about changes or improvements we need in our life or the lives of others. This is usually done through a ritual. We may just want to communicate to give ourselves a sense of peace and belonging or even to thank the divine and show our appreciation.
Methods of using our energy to interact with the universe vary depending on the tradition passed on and used by the individual; but most traditions use meditation, visualization, singing, dancing in a ritual to help the mind focus and make our energy more powerful.
Pagans also have a very high reverence to nature. Many of their rituals are performed at holidays and celebrations that directly correspond to the changing seasons. Early pagans, country dwellers, relied on seasonal good weather for the survival of their livestock and crops.
So as you can see, Pagans, which include those referred to as witches, are nothing like Hollywood's evil devil worshiping spell casters. In fact, Pagans don't even believe in the devil. They believe the devil was something conjured up by those that wanted to scare people into becoming Christians.
Pagans are just a bunch of harmless nature loving people communing with the universe!
Blessed be to all the wonderful Pagans!
P.S. Would you like to learn more about Paganism? We have a wonderful book called "Paganism - An Introduction To Earth Based Religions" that I highly recommend. I have given this book to friends and family to help them overcome their preconceived ideas. Just click on the Book Collection of our menu.