This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
jump to last post 1-5 of 5 discussions (9 posts)

What made you decide to follow a neopagan religion?

  1. LastRoseofSummer2 profile image87
    LastRoseofSummer2posted 4 years ago

    What made you decide to follow a neopagan religion?

    I apologize if "neopagan" is the wrong term. I am becoming curious about other religions and am anxious to learn. Everyone is always asking for the story of how and why a person becomes a Christian or a Buddhist. But I would like to know about the spiritual journeys of those practicing modern paganism.

  2. Mark Upshaw profile image60
    Mark Upshawposted 4 years ago

    My journey...I read the Bible...I studied...I found the inconsistencies...Top scholars (Fuller Seminary) told me you have to take it all in faith even though these passages state the contrary...I decided that I would look within from now on and look to the nature of things and my environment. I decided to listen to my heart and to reason.

    I decided to love and accept people for who they were. I decided to remove the concept of an angry, vengeful and jealous Father G-d from my belief system. I decided to stop worshipping a G-d that commands the destruction of babies, the elderly and even animals. I decided to stop believing in a G-d that demands a blood sacrifice of an innocent. I decided to live free of guilt. I decided to LIVE.

    Now I worship every aspect of G-d that I can become conscious of, particularly that between sound. That in the darkness, That found in the shadows. The darkness is delicious. The light is delightful. I encounter G-d where ever I actively look.

    1. LastRoseofSummer2 profile image87
      LastRoseofSummer2posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you

  3. aliasis profile image92
    aliasisposted 4 years ago

    I'm not exactly the best person to answer - I am an atheist, but I weirdly identify partially as a neopagan as well. Mainly, because I am very spiritual, though I do not believe in physical gods (or supernatural). I consider myself two things: one, animistic, in a spiritual sense - there's a spirit in everything in the universe, we're all made from the same stardust. Second, pantheistic - I find the earth-centric elements of most neopagan paths to be refreshing and beautiful, and am drawn to the celebration of the earth. I don't "worship" anything, though, just feel the sort of awe and beauty that comes with furthering my understanding of the universe.

    I used to identify more as a neopagan than an atheist, though I never physically believed in gods, I was into the idea that gods are man-made ideas that can give us spiritual strength. To some extent, I think that's true no matter the religion, it just isn't as important to me now. I read a lot of literature - I think the best book I read about neopaganism was "The Philosophy of Wicca" by Amber Laine Fisher. Her book is a bit more "liberal" and less literal, than many Wiccan groups, but it's beautifully written. I think I was first drawn to neopaganism because I was always interested in mythology and stumbled across a neopagan book by accident when I was looking for mythology. I found it really fascinating that people would take old concepts and revitalize them with modern philosophy.

    I do know several more serious pagans, and I find they tend to have three things in common: earth-centric (pantheistic) spirituality, fascination with the ancient world and its gods (even if it's a more romantic view rather than historically accurate), and an imagination for magic (which they might or might not physically believe in).

    Hope this helps.

    1. LastRoseofSummer2 profile image87
      LastRoseofSummer2posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, it does help. Thank you so much smile

  4. Chuck RitenouR profile image71
    Chuck RitenouRposted 4 years ago

    As a student of history, I studied the wars that have plagued the planet and became disillusioned with paternal religions as a direct result. The countless millions that have been slaughtered in the name if this religious belief or that religious belief cried out to me from the pages I studied. But, I became a Wiccan as a result of one of my young daughter's wish to do so. I didn't want her to become a victim to some of the preditors that use Wicca as a way to hold power and influence over young men and women. In the beginning, we studied the craft and participated in rituals together. As she grew from teen to young adult, she slowly stopped practicing. While, I on the other hand, found something which spoke to my heart and I became a solitary practioner of the craft. For me, it is the love of life, the love of family (not only your immediate family but the family of this world) and total respect for the Earth, our Mother that has influenced my decision and action. Blessed Be.

    1. Mark Upshaw profile image60
      Mark Upshawposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Blessed Be.

    2. LastRoseofSummer2 profile image87
      LastRoseofSummer2posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for sharing. I'm so glad you found something that gives you peace and hope.

  5. NanLT profile image87
    NanLTposted 3 years ago

    I was raised in the Methodist church, but attended services from many different Protestant Christian religions in my teens and into adulthood. I stopped going because I realised I was getting nothing from those services except feelings of incredible anger.

    I began questioning everything that I believed when I was in my early 20s. Over time, I began developing an internal set of beliefs that had no relationship to any religion.

    One summer I happened to pick up a book about witchcraft, read it, and realised it fit those internal beliefs. I began a solitary practice and continued learning. In 1993 I was invited to join a local Wiccan coven.

    I remained part of that group until 1998 when I moved to the UK. Before moving I was initiated as a 3rd degree High Priestess - and that plus £5 will get me a cuppa tea in nearly any cafe in England.

    My religion is Paganism, and I am a practicing witch. I am raising my children as Pagans, but both know it is their choice what if any religion they want to follow when they reach adulthood. My eldest son (adult) has made the decision to follow a Pagan religion, of the younger two (not yet adults) one says he is atheist and the other says he is Pagan.

 
working