- How To Become Pagan
By SpringWolf, D.D., Ph.D.
- Neo-Paganism (Pagan
Metaphysics) is the fastest growing religion in the US according to a
2001 Census survey. Many people are becoming disillusioned by
mainstream religions. Between internal strife, controversies, and war
in the name of "God"; a lot of people are looking for a spiritual path
that is more at peace and in-tune with the natural world around them.
- This search has turned many to New Age
interests and Pagan Metaphysics. But what is Pagan Metaphysics?
- Many beginners confuse the translation of
the word pagan with it's meaning. Pagan translates to "country
dweller", but that's not the definition of the word. It's just the
translation from the Latin word Paganus. The translation gives us some
insight to understanding the meaning, but it's not the same thing as a
- Pagan means any religion that does not
follow the doctrines based on Abrahamic teachings. These include
Judaism, Christianity and Islamic faiths. These religions share a
common history, and are therefore lumped together as non-pagan.
- Many people add Buddhism and Hinduism into
that list; but it's highly inaccurate. Both of these do not share the
historical Abrahamic correlation and put forth their own entirely
different views of spirituality, creation and living within each of
- As a label, Pagan is a huge category of
religions that would include Witchcraft, Shamanism (of all kinds),
Native American beliefs and so on.
- neo-Paganism is slowly becoming known as
Pagan Metaphysics because the basis of our beliefs are Metaphysical in
nature. There's nothing "new" (ie: neo) about them. And people are
moving away from the label "Witchcraft" because of the centuries of
negative propaganda heaped on the beliefs from the early and modern
Christian Church. Additionally the label "Witchcraft" was coined by
those same early Church leaders who spent decades murdering and
executing people who were labeled as a "witch" during the Inquisitions;
what practitioners call "the Burning Times".
- Pagan Metaphysics is a religion of honor
and respect of all things.
Recognizing and believing that all things, seen and unseen throughout
the divine universe are interconnected and are part of the greater
Divine Consciousness. You are not the God, I am not the Goddess. But
you and I and all things, seen and unseen make up the Divine Universal
Consciousness. We are connected and interconnected; and part of all
- There are many labels for Pagan
Metaphysics, neo-paganism, Paganism, Witchcraft and Shamanism are the
common. There are many denominations of Pagan Metaphysics, what we call
Traditions as the knowledge is seen as being passed down through
generation to generation. The most widely known tradition here in
America; is Wicca. But it's important to
note that not all practitioners of Pagan Metaphysics are Wiccan. Think
of it this way; Wicca is to Pagan Metaphysics what Baptist is to
- In Italy the most common tradition is
Strega, in Celtic areas it could be Celtic Shamanism or Druidism (no
they weren't all Druids), there's also Alexandrian traditions,
Dianic, Gardnerian, Faery traditions and a multitude of other
denominations, including Family traditions. Some are older thank Wicca
and some are younger. As with any religion that grows and evolves over
time, Pagan Metaphysics grows into new forms of practice all the time.
Another way to think of this is to remember that the religion Pagan
Metaphysics sets the foundation of belief and the traditions put those
beliefs into practice and sometimes further define or clarify the
This is no different than non-pagan faiths. The Catholic Church was THE
church of Christianity at one time. But as the practice of the faith
grew, so did additional interpretations of the practice. Lutherians
came into practice, Protestant, Methodist and Baptist. And the
Christian religion still continues to grow in practice creating new
branches of the larger system of faith.
- If you have an interest in this spiritual
path, how do you get started?
- Gather Together:
- A Desire to study and research.
Courage to look within yourself.
A Commitment to work and practice.
- Step 1:
- What Do You Believe:
Whither you're interested in Pagan Metaphysics or some other spiritual
path, you should have an idea of what you believe now. Putting your
beliefs into writing instead of just talking about them, helps you
define the connection between your beliefs, understand what you
believe, and identify what you might not understand or where there are
gaps and conflicts. Check the Additional Resources below for a link to
a detailed description of this Assignment.
- Step 2:
- Read everything! The more you read, the
more you'll be able to distinguish what is good source material from
what is not. With
the advent of the internet, many students of neo-Paganism have tossed
up a website and claimed to be experts. There is a great deal of
mis-information on the internet, so don't believe everything you find
online. Most educational sites will list the resources of their work or
provide a bibliography.
- Read And Research:
Don't take one persons word or teachings as the only truth or as the
only way on this or any spiritual path. No one person has all the
answers for you. Only you know what rings true within your own heart
and soul. The important thing is to read many views on a topic before
you decide what is right for your beliefs and spiritual path.
- Step 3:
- Meditation, Energy & Action:
Practicing what you believe and research is only part of the process.
Behind the rituals, holidays, pomp and circumstance are spiritual
beliefs that will change your life if you adhere to your beliefs and
practice. Meditation is the key to many of the practices of Pagan
- How you express yourself, think of
yourself, the perceptions you hold of your life, and those around you
are all important to your path. This is the energy you create and how
you express it.
- Your actions also impact your spiritual
path. The positive intent of your workings, putting into practice what
you believe instead of just giving it lip service. This is the act of
Walking your Talk. Check the Additional Resources below for a link to a
detailed description of Meditation, Energy and Action.
- For More Information:
- ˇ Defining Your Beliefs - What do
you believe right now?.
- ˇ Meditation, Energy & Action
Walking Your TalkŠ
- ˇ Frequently Asked
- ˇ Getting
Started On Your Spiritual Path - Resources and Information
- Additional Tips:
- ˇ Learn To Meditate and set up a regular
- ˇ Read more than just books on Paganism.
Read historical resources, and anthropological accounts.
- ˇ Visit Spring on her websites:
- Be Careful:
- ˇ Don't believe everything you read. If you
find one person saying something and cannot find another legitimate
resource to support the finding, then discard it and move on.
- ˇ Remember that although you might be
interested in Paganism, all religions have value and deserve respect.
Just because you don't believe as others do, does not mean your beliefs
are the right ones, or the only ones.
is an author and deeply respected teacher of Pagan Metaphysics,
Spiritual Enlightenment and personal development. For over twenty-five
years, she has been committed to making esoteric material
comprehensible and practical for everyone. She has written many
articles for magazines around the world concerning Metaphysical
principles and pagan practices. And she is the author of “Pagan Metaphysics 101 – The Beginning of Enlightenment”.
- Spring holds a Doctorate of Divinity in Metaphysical Science,
a Doctor of Philosophy in Pastoral Counseling and is a licensed
minister in the Commonwealth of Virginia. You can find her complete bio
at Spring’s Haven: Vickie Carey, D.D., Ph.D. She is a member of the
American Metaphysical Doctors Association (AMDA), you can visit her
profile @ AMDA-US and search for Virginia or Dr. Vickie Carey, D.D.,