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Christian pagan...
Personal Bio :: I am a medium with shaman traits;
animal healer, I can interpret dreams and visions.
My religious foundation is based in Roman Catholic,
Christianity. I consider myself wiccan with pagan tendecies.
I am looking into Celtic Shamanism which is very pagan
and druid in that respect. Getting back to my Irish Roots.

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Pagan Information
I found this article...
What is a "Pagan?"

Everybody has their favorite definition of "Pagan."
Most people are convinced that their meaning is the
correct one. But no consensus exists, even within
a single faith tradition or religion.

Origin of the term:
There is general agreement that the word "Pagan"
comes from the Latin word "paganus."
Unfortunately, there is no consensus on the
precise meaning of the word in the fifth century
CE and before. There are three main interpretations.
16 None has won general acceptance:

Most modern Pagan sources interpret the word
to have meant "rustic," "hick," or "country bumpkin"
-- a pejorative term. The implication was that
Christians used the term to ridicule country folk
who tenaciously held on to what the Christians
considered old-fashioned, outmoded Pagan beliefs.

Those in the country were much slower in adopting
the new religion of Christianity than were the city folks.
They still followed the Greek state religion,
Roman state religion, Mithraism, various mystery
religions, etc., long after those in urban areas
had converted.

Some believe that in the early Roman Empire,
"paganus" came to mean "civilian" as opposed
to "military." Christians often called themselves
"miles Christi" (Soldiers of Christ).

Thus, the non-Christians became "pagani"
-- non-soldiers or civilians. No denigration
would be implied.

C. Mohrmann suggests that the general meaning
was any "outsider," -- a neutral term
-- and that the other meanings, "civilian"
and "hick," were merely specialized uses of the
term. 17

By the third century CE, its meaning evolved
to include all non-Christians. Eventually,
it became an evil term that implied the possibility
of Satan worship. The latter two meanings are still
in widespread use today.

There is no generally accepted, single, current
definition for the word "Pagan." The word is among
the terms that the newsgroup alt.usage.english,
calls "skunk words." They have varied meanings
to different people. The field of religion is
rife with such words. consider: Christian, cult,
hell, heaven, occult, Paganism, pluralism, salvation,
Witch, Witchcraft, Unitarian, Universalist, Voodoo, etc.

Each has so many meanings that they often cause
misunderstandings wherever they are used.
Unfortunately, most people do not know this,
and naturally assume that the meaning that
they have been taught is universally accepted.

A reader must often look at the context in
which the word is used in order to guess at
the intent of the writer.

We recognize that many Wiccans, Neopagans,
and others regularly use the terms "Pagan"
and "Paganism" to describe themselves.
Everyone should be free to continue whatever
definitions that they wish. However, the possibility
of major confusion exists -- particularly
if one is talking to a general audience.

When addressing non-Wiccans or non-Neopagans,
it is important that the term:

Be carefully defined in advance, or that
Its meaning is clearly understandable
from the text's context.

Otherwise, the speaker or writer will
be referring to one group of people,
while the listeners or readers will
assume that other groups are being referred to.

The six most common definitions of which
we are aware are listed below:

First meaning: Pagans consist of
Wiccans and other Neopagans:
We recommend that this should be
the primary definition of "Pagan,"
for the simple reason that many
Wiccans and other Neopagans embrace
the term for themselves. "Paganism"
in this sense refers to a range of spiritual
paths which are Earth centered --
involving their members living in
harmony with the Earth and observing
its cycles. These are often Neopagan
religions based on the deities, symbols,
practices, seasonal days of celebration
and other surviving components of ancient
religions, which had been long suppressed.

For example: The Druidic religion is based
on the faith and practices of the ancient
Celtic professional class;

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Followers of Asatru adhere to the ancient,
pre-Christian Norse religion;
Wiccans trace their roots back to the
pre-Celtic era in Europe.

Other Neo-pagans follow Roman, Greek, Egyptian
and other traditions.

Some typical quotations which demonstrate
this meaning of "Pagan" are:

"Witchcraft, or Wicca, is considered part of
the occult, but has little relationship to Satanism.
Wicca is pagan (pre-Christian, as opposed to anti-Christian)
and is currently gaining popularity." 1

"Witches do not worship the devil...
Witches are more interested in magical
arts and the divinity of nature...

Wiccans are considered pagans because
they worship several nature gods instead
of a single god." 2

"The World Christian Encyclopedia estimates
6 million Americans profess to be witches and
engage in practices like these. They are a sub-group
of over 10 million persons the encyclopedia says
call themselves pagans, who practice "primitive"
religions such as Druidism, Odin worship and
Native American shamanism." 3

In this sense, "Pagan" refers to a group of
religious traditions, and should be capitalized,
as Christianity, Islam and Judaism are.

Second meaning: Pagans are people to hate:
Religious and social conservatives sometimes use
"Pagan" as a general purpose "snarl" word to refer
to cultures or religions that are very different
from the speaker's. There is no general consensus
as to meaning. It can be seen directed at any religious
or cultural group that the speaker hates.
Some examples: Dr. John Patrick, professor at
the University of Ottawa, Canada was discussing
at a conference the number of abortions performed
worldwide. He said: "Gods and goddesses are beginning
to re-inhabit the Western world. Infant sacrifice
- there are 52 million a year. It is paganism." 4

Dr. Richard Swenson, director of the Future
Health Study Center. said at the same conference:
"We went into post-Christian and neopaganism very
quickly...We want the culture to change, we want
some spiritual sanity, but we need to understand
that this is a pluralistic and even neopaganist society." 4

Jerry Falwell appeared as a guest on Pat Robertson's
"700 Club" program on 2001-SEP-13. He said that God
became sufficiently angry at America that he engineered
the terrorist attack on New York City and Washington
-- presumably to send Americans a message.

He said: "I really believe that the Pagans,
and the abortionists, and the feminists,
and the gays and the lesbians ...all of them who
have tried to secularize America -
I point the finger in their face and say
'you helped this happen.' "

Pat Robertson responded: "Well, I totally concur..." 15
[We have asked Falwell's office via repeated
Emails to tell us exactly to whom he was
referring with the word "Pagans."
As expected, they declined to respond.]
More details.

Third meaning: Pagans are ancient polytheists:
The term "Pagan" is sometimes used to refer to
ancient polytheistic religions:
The Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) contains
many references to the societies surrounding the
Israelites -- Babylonians, Canaanites, Philistines,
etc. These are commonly referred to as Pagans:

There are allegations that these societies engaged
in human sacrifices: II Kings 3:26-27: "...
the king of Moab...took his eldest son that
should have reigned in his stead, and offered
him for a burnt offering upon the wall."

Psalms 106:37-38: "Yea, they sacrificed their sons
and their daughters unto devils, And shed innocent
blood, even the blood of their sons and of their
daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols
of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood."

Their altars were often referred to as "high places:"
II Kings 16:4: "And he sacrificed and burnt incense
in the high places, and on the hills, and under every
green tree."

Surrounding tribes were viewed as committing
idolatry by worshiping golden images of animals:
II Kings 17:16: "And they left all the commandments
of the LORD their God, and made them molten images,
even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped
all the host of heaven, and served Baal."

Some current examples of this usage are:
Referring to sun wheels and obelisks:
"...These symbols of pagan sun worship were
associated with Baal worship, or Baalim,
which is strongly condemned in scripture.
So why are they so prevalent in the Roman
Catholic Church, if they are associated with
paganism and apostasy?" An anti-Catholic essay
on a conservative Protestant Christian web site. 5

Ancient faiths of ancient Celtic, Egypt,
Greece, Norse, Rome, and other cultures
are frequently referred to as Pagan religions.
Even though many of these religions had strict
social and sexual behavioral codes, their followers
are often portrayed as hedonist and immoral:
1 Peter 4:3: "For the time past of our life
may suffice us to have wrought the will of the
Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness,
lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings,
and abominable idolatries."

Fourth meaning: Pagans follow Aboriginal religions:
Paganism is occasionally used to refer to animistic,
spirits-and-essences filled belief systems.
It is based upon direct perception of the forces
of nature and usually involves the use of idols,
talismans and taboos in order to convey respect
for these forces and beings. Many native, aboriginal
religions fit this definition.

Fifth meaning: Pagans are non-Abramics:

A rare use of "Pagan" is to describe a person
who does not follow an Abramic religion.
That is, their faith does not recognize
Abraham as a patriarch. The individual is neither
Christian, Muslim, Baha'i nor Jew. This includes
Agnostics, Atheists, Buddhists, Hindus, Humanists,
Taoists, etc. About 45% of the people of the
world are Pagans, by this definition.

Sixth meaning: Pagans are Atheists, Agnostics,
Humanists, etc:The term "Pagan" was widely
used by Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists, etc.
to refer to themselves. The word was also used
by others to describe these groups.
The usage dropped after the rise of Neopaganism
in the middle of the 20th century,
and is rarely seen today.

My religious nature is based from a Roman Catholic
upbringing, but as I got older I found that
I still do believe in the Trinity, saints,
the Virgin Mary and God, and Jesus
etc but that the mass and the rituals
stopped helping me. I needed more and
I sought to explore all religions..

But, that my spiritual nature was
lacking and I was not being involved
in my faith or Roman Catholics because
of my personal reasons.. I look to other
religions/faiths and practics.. all off them
.. hinduism, buddhahism,shamanism, wicca and
wiccan, pagan and I also even did research
into Satanism as from a outsider looking in!
Just curious.. I wanted to know everything...
too much to know.. and not my cup of tea!

I found myself being labled for being me and that
was upsetting.. I do not like to judge and others are
judging me on lables not my healing work or pararnormal
work but just lables. I want to my actions to speak
for me not the lable attached by society!

On my bio... I mention Christian foundation...
Yes, I have a very strong believe in God, Jesus,
and the Holy Spirit. as for my Wicca
.. I have just to explore that and I like some
aspects of it but I dislike others...
My opinion and my faith... my interests too

moon phases

Short Version of The Wiccan Rede

Ride the wiccan law ye must,
in perfect love, in perfect trust.
Eight words the wiccan rede fulfill:
an ye harm none, do as ye will.
And ever mind the rule of three
what ye send out, comes back to thee
follow this with mind and heart,
and merry ye meet and merry ye part.

If looking for the The Long version of The Wiccan Rede

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Asia and Scared .. some spiritual friends from
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