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I am a Pagan. I am a part of the whole of Nature. The rocks, the animals, the plants, the elements, and the stars are my relatives. Other humans are my sisters and brothers, whatever their races, colors, genders, ages, nationalities, religions, or lifestyles might be. The Earth is my mother, and the Sun is my father. I am a part of this large family of nature, not the master of it. I have my own special part to play and I seek to play that part to the best of my ability. I seek to live in harmony with others in the family of Nature, treating others with respect, not abuse.

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I am a Pagan. I honor the seasons of life within myself – of beginnings, growth, fruition, harvest, endings, rest, and beginnings again. Life is a circle with many cycles. With every ending comes a new beginning. Within death there is the promise of rebirth.

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I am a Pagan. Magick is a part of my spirituality. For every problem there is a solution, and an opportunity for growth. I create my own reality with my thoughts, feelings, and actions. Whatever I send out always returns. I seek to abide by the Wiccan Rede: “and ye harm none, do what ye will.” When I do magick, before I raise and direct energy, I seek always to look at the larger picture of which my needs are just a part. When problems come my way, I seek to understand their cause and messages as a part of my finding a solution. In doing healing work, I seek to correct the underlying cause, rather than just treat the symptoms.

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I am a Pagan. I acknowledge that the Divine is everywhere in the energy of Life. I honor Divinity in the oak tree on the hill, in the herbs in my garden, in the wild birds singing in the trees, in the boulders on the hill, in myself, and yes…even in “things” such as my car and my computer. I understand that everything with a physical body has a spiritual body also. The physical and the spiritual are deeply intertwined, not separate, in this world.

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I am a Pagan. I attune myself to the four elements of Nature – Air, Fire, Water, and Earth – and to the fifth element, Spirit, which is the force that connects all. I see these elements as parts of myself…my physical body is my Earth, my intellect is my Air, my will is my Fire, my emotions is my Water, and my inner self is my Spirit. I endeavor to keep myself healthy and in balance in all these parts of Self.

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I am a Pagan. I hear the cries of Mother Earth who is upset with the harm being done to the planet’s environment by humankind. I am upset too, by the pollution of air, soil, and water…and by the domination games being played by various nations and their weapons of mass destruction.

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I am a Pagan. I am also concerned about spiritual pollution on the planet – selfishness, hatred, greed for money and power, addiction, violence, despair.

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Yet, as I perceive these problems, I also perceive a cleansing and healing energy manifesting on planet Earth at this time. I know that I can help bring this planet into greater balance by seeking balance in my own life. I know that my attitudes and my way of living can help endeavor others to also be a channel for healing and balance. I make the practice of spiritual and mental responsibility a personal part of my daily life. I endeavor to live in harmony with the other members of the family of Nature.

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This is the essence of Paganism… and I am a Pagan.

 

 

With special recognition to Selena Fox,

High Priestess of Circle Sanctuary,

author of the original “I Am a Pagan” article upon which this post is based

 

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