Welcome to my Pagan Pages. After seeing many great Pagan sites online, I
decided to be brave and contribute my own. Most people I've met don't
know thing one about Paganism and what it is, so this first area is going
to be devoted to explanations of Paganism and some of its various
branches. The one thing this world needs is better understanding and
communication. So this is my way of doing my part for the Pagan community
specifically and the world at large as well. We can end fear and
intolerance if we're only brave enough to be honest with each other and
open-minded enough to listen.
I've been a Dianic Pagan since I was 13 years old,
in other words, since about 1980. What is a Dianic Pagan? Depends on who
you ask, and since I'm answering, I can only give you my answer,
I hope that will suffice. To me, a Dianic Pagan is one who
follows a path centered on Goddess spirituality. This doesn't mean I'm a
monotheist - I'm not. Some Dianics pretty much are from what I have seen,
but there's probably as many answers to that as there are Dianics. I
revere all the Goddesses. My personal path in Dianic Paganism is very
eclectic all around, and the Goddesses I choose to focus my attention
upon can change from time to time, depending on what I feel calling me.
Primarily my worship is very Earth-centered. I view the focal point of my
spirituality to be a connection to Gaia, ie Mother Earth.
The wonderful women of Daughters of the
Moon have a page with another explanation
of Dianic Paganism that people might enjoy checking out. I've also added an essay found at PagaNet, which you can read by clicking here.
Then there are the Wiccans. Though I personally am not Wiccan, I know alot of
them. There are many subgroups of Wiccans including the Gardnerians,
Alexandrians, Celtic, and Feri. I'm not going to explain each one in
detail, mostly because I don't know enough about the various groups to
do them justice. Wiccans in general have some things in common. They
worship the Goddesses and the Gods together. (Dianics worship the
Goddesses and honor the Gods.) They have something they call the rede
which is one of the few rules they have. Some non-Wiccans use it too,
I'm one of them, because it is a good general rule for behavior. The
rede simply stated is "If it harm none, do as you will." Wiccans are
also nature/Earth-centered in their spirituality. One of the things that
most people aren't aware of when it comes to Paganism/Wicca is the fact
that it is a religion recognized by the US government. In
fact, the US Army Chaplain's handbook has a section on Wicca.
There are many other branches of Paganism besides the Dianics and
Wiccans. Included in this are the Shamanic Pagans (not necessarily Native
American in focus, some use early Euroshamanism), Asatru (which is
Scandinavian Paganism), Discordianism, and non-Wiccan Celtic Paganism. I really can't go
into explanations of these groups, but I will be looking on the internet
to find sites for them so I can include them on my links page.
My thanks to Rowan, Lilith Silverhair, Jaz, Sage NicRhiannon, Jonathon Earl Bowser, and many
others for the lovely graphics on these pages. Links to everyone whose
work I have used can be found on my links page.