The Joys and Concerns of Pagan Living

What does it mean to walk a Pagan path?

To truly walk a Pagan path, many people believe that their spirituality should be part of their daily life, and not just something they observe once or twice a month. Here's where we'll talk about contemporary issues of interest to Pagans, family and relationships, and how to live a magical life every day.

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People have many reasons for following a Pagan or Wiccan path. How they choose to practice is an individual decision as well.

While some people enjoy the community of a coven, others prefer to go it alone with a solitary practice. There are advantages and disadvantages to both and some people may not find a coven in their community, so they're left with no choice. Either way, it's important that you feel comfortable in your practice. More »

At some point, you may decide you'd like to meet other Pagans or Wiccans. After all, it's nice to find fellowship with like-minded people, right? 

You can do this in a formal setting and seek out a Wiccan coven, Pagan group, or Druid grove. On the other hand, you might consider forming a simple study group.

If you do decide to join a group, there are a few questions you should ask beforehand. Understanding things like time commitment, rules, and your own spiritual growth within the group are important. You'll also want to be aware of a few warning signs that the prospective coven isn't right for you. More »

Wondering how to live a magical life on a daily basis? How does one function as a Pagan or Wiccan in a society that's not?

One question many ask is whether and when they should come out of the broom closet. This is a very personal choice and there are a number of things to consider first. Whether you do or not, it doesn't have to hamper your pursuit of a magical life. 

Connecting to the earth and putting prayers into practice are actions you can do in a variety of ways. Many Pagans also choose to set goals, which gives you something to look forward to and work on. Plus, there's always a way to find time for magic. More »

Are you someone who has taken on a role as an educator or leader in the Pagan community? Do you think you're ready for such a commitment?

This is not a light decision and becoming a member of the clergy in any Pagan religion does not happen overnight. It requires time and energy, and a lot of both. You also need to be very organized and have a good way with people of all sorts. If you're the right person, it is something to consider, though. More »

Just like people of other religions, Pagans and Wiccans have spouses, children, and families. However, there are often a unique set of issues that go along with being part of a Pagan family. 

It's important for Pagans to understand that just because your faith may be related to fertility religions, sexual etiquette does still apply. This can be particularly tempting during festival season.

Many people also find themselves in interfaith relationships. While this is nothing new in society, it can pose some challenges to a marriage or partnership. More »

As modern Pagan religions become more mainstream and accessible, many parents choose to raise their children as Pagans as well. This can lead to a host of concerns, from schooling to legal rights, but it can also be a whole lot of fun.

For instance, there are many fun activities that you can enjoy as a family. You can involve your kids in ritual practice or let them read about it on their own and decide for themselves. 

It is important to note that not all Pagan events are necessarily kid-friendly. The reasons can vary from no activities for kids to ritual nudity, but the organizers probably have a good reason for any "no children" restrictions. More »

Teens have a very specific set of needs when it comes to Pagan faiths. This is especially true if your parents are not Pagan and have concerns over your new interest. 

Whether you're the parent or the teen, there are some things to consider. Parents can try to understand the faith before making a decision about it. Teens can have a heart-to-heart talk about the faith with their parents. 

The most important part is that you're both honest and allow the other to share their side. In the end, you shouldn't lie about being a Pagan or defy your parents. As a compromise, there are other things you can study that are related to but separate from Paganism. More »

If you have a love for crafting and homemade projects, you'll find plenty of Pagan-centered things to keep you busy. Part of the joy of grounding and staying connected to the earth is making things. It can be more fulfilling and add more meaning than just buying your tools.

For instance, it's not difficult to make your own magical oils. It's also quite fun to create custom incense blends for every festival. You might even enjoy taking on a few special projects for Yule or Imbolc.

From a ritual robe to your very own Book of Shadows, the crafty Pagan has endless projects to work on. More »