Am I still a Pagan?
I consider myself a hard polytheist and have had experiences with certain deities, but I don't subscribe to many of the values/traditions that are associated with Paganism. For example, I don't celebrate any "pagan" holidays and I'm not associated with the dogma attached to any of the known pagan paths. I ONLY still hold a strong belief in deities.
Does it really matter? As long as you like the direction you're headed, who cares! I say do your thing and dispense with limiting yourself to a narrow category.
If you are not a monotheist or atheist, by most definitions, you're a pagan or polytheist.
Try describing yourself and your life philosophies without using any '-ists' or '-isms', and see where that goes.
Hi Michaela! I’d say if you feel you are pagan, and want to be pagan, you are. One of the problems for modern pagans is that what starts out as a useful guide, like the holidays, becomes dogma. I celebrate whatever holidays feel right, if at all. I think there’s currently too much pressure to conform to rigid guidelines, and it’s hurting paganism itself. And that is strange as we are supposed to be independent and free thinkers. So, yes, I’d say you are pagan, if you still want to be, and don’t let anyone take it from you. Hope this helps!
Pagan is an umbrella term that many religions and spiritual philosophies fall under, including eclectic Paganism. I don't think you need to follow a specified Pagan religion to be considered Pagan. I know a lot of people who identify as a Pagan and are heavily involved in the Pagan community without practicing any specific laid-out tradition or path. Kinda like being a non-denominational Christian, you believe in Jesus, the Bible, etc. but do not belong to any particular religious denomination.
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