Pantheism And Traditional Witchcraft
Pantheism is a religious or metaphysical belief, or primary position, that God (the prime energy of the Universe) is everything and everything is God. Pantheism is a popular term and a spiritual position that focuses on nature rather than an abstract concept of a superior god being. Such belief has existed since time immemorial and is presently within the scope of beliefs found in a number of pagan, non-monotheistic religions, both old and new. It is also the belief of some intellectuals, including Spinoza, Albert Einstein, Stephan Hawking, Carl Sagan, David Suzuki, and Henry David Thoreau, among many others; of course these well-known pantheists were not necessarily pagans. Pantheism is also to be found among those that consider themselves part of the Traditional Craft (Traditional Witchcraft) of the British Isles.
To be more specific, most Traditionalist subscribe to the naturalistic spirituality of Naturalistic Pantheism. This is a belief that God/dess (the prime energy of the Universe) is Nature and Nature is Every Thing and Every Thing is God/dess.
We believe in "higher planes," souls, spirits, and other supernatural phenomena. We believe that spirituality has everything to do with the "supernatural." Although we dislike the term "supernatural" as we view all of nature as "natural."
We believe the Universe, Nature and divinity are synonymous. Divinity is immanent in Nature, and divinity is inherently manifest in every living and spiritual being and thing. Therefore, we feel the pervasive divinity in Nature and within ourselves. We believe the realm of Nature includes the physical world (Earth) as well as the spiritual world (heaven).
Thus, although we speak of god and goddess, or of the gods and goddesses, and even refer to them with the ancient names by which they were and are known, we view them as personifications of the divine. They bring the abstract concept of pantheism in a manner that can be understood. Thus, the Horned God who was important to our ancestral past is the personification of the male aspect of Nature, as so is the Goddess of the Moon the personification of the female regenerative aspect of Nature.
These concepts are held by many as basic to our worldview. However, they are not universally held by all. Traditionalists have always been a diverse lot and there are certainly some that are polytheists and henotheists.