- (no longer in technical use) one of a people or community observing a polytheistic religion, as the ancient Romans and Greeks.
- a member of a religious, spiritual, or cultural community based on the worship of nature or the earth; a neopagan.
- Disparaging and Offensive.
- (in historical contexts) a person who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim; a heathen.
- an irreligious or hedonistic person.
- an uncivilized or unenlightened person.
- A nonreligious person or an unbeliever, from a monotheistic perspective.
- A person philosophically opposed to monotheisms on the grounds that they are life-denying cosmologies that desacralize the world. An example that I will return to is the French philosopher Alain de Benoist, known for his book On Being a Pagan, and other works. Camille Paglia fits here too. Such philosophical Pagans, however, often look down their noses at category 3.
- Persons who declare that they are following a Pagan religion. This may represent a reconstructed version of what their ancestors did or a new set of practices deemed compatible with ancient Paganism or a reconstructed version of practices from an admired ancient culture (for instance, if I were a Hellenic reconstructionist although not Greek by heritage). In addition, “Pagan” sometimes is employed to cover all polytheistic,2) animistic, and indigenous religions➢ Which “Paganism” Did the New York Times Mean? by Chas S. Clifton❝Since the later 20th century, "Pagan" or "Paganism" has become widely used as a self-designation by adherents of Neopaganism. As such, various modern scholars have begun to apply the term to three separate groups of faiths: Historical Polytheism (such as Celtic polytheism and Norse paganism), Folk/ethnic/Indigenous religions (such as Chinese folk religion and African traditional religion), and Neo-paganism (such as Wicca and Germanic Neopaganism).❞
✧❝Pagan indicates that someone is a follower of paganism. For simplicity, paganism is defined as a religion rooted in the earth. Christianity came later and took roots in cities first. The people who were rustic and resided in rural, poor country settings had a desire to hold on to their polytheistic beliefs. These people were followers of all things natural with natural laws preceding and being above everything else. Pagans proudly ascribe their faith as being a pre-Christian faith. It seems then that paganism is a rather generic term that includes all beliefs that precede major religions of the world. Earth-based spirituality is what paganism implies, and many of the followers of major faiths of the world, when they embrace paganism, have a feeling of homecoming within themselves. Christians often categorized pagans as rural people who did not worship Jesus as their God. For Christians, all including athiest (people who do not believe in God), monotheistic (people who believed in a single god though not the True God,) and polytheistic (people who believed in many gods) were all pagans. Hence, pagan is an umbrella term that includes within its fold many other sub groups. There are Asatru, Kemetic, Voodoo, shamanism, Wiccan, and many other beliefs under the generic term called paganism. So, Wiccan is just one of them. Pagan was earlier considered as a derogatory term used by Romans, to refer to a country dweller who was not a follower of Christianity and rather followed a religion that was close to nature.❞https://lexicon.neowayland.com/pp/#pagan
pagan attitudes on nudity & sex❝Witchcraft traditions such as Wicca are highly visible in the Pagan movement when it comes to sexuality and sexual activity. Though Pagan traditions in general see the body as a blessing, they hold a variety of views on what the proper relationship is between sexuality and spirituality. Wiccans and other witches, however, embrace the holiness of sexuality as a central religious principle.❞➢ Erotic Religion: The Body and Sex for Wiccans and Pagans by Christine Kraemer
✧❝In joining the pagan community and choosing to be an active member of it, I ended up in more uncomfortable and unsafe sexual situations than I could ever have imagined with my darkest thoughts. I do not want this to happen to any of you. I do not want others to have a littany of these awful stories. We need to change how sex and boundaries are perceived in our community. It is not the 1960s hippie era anymore, we know it is not okay to tell young people that free love means having no boundaries and letting people sexually assault you at will. “Be a good girl, be a good boy, just let it happen”. What if it were your kids? Would you want them exposed to outdated, sexist, abusive, horrifying attitudes in a supposedly safe spiritual community? Predators, pedophiles, molesters, rapists… we like to think they are not in our community. We like to think our bond of sharing the same spirituality nullifies their presence and that a spiritual person could never do harm. Time and time again, we are proven wrong. We forget that religious and fringe groups statistically attract predators as the trusting members often make easier prey. Just because someone is “nice”, pays their taxes, donates to charity, and attends church regularly does not mean they are a good person. It is not okay that a large percentage of our modern pagan community has to live in fear of predators and deal with abuse. Many assume or hope the days of Wiccan priests abusing their power to have sex with initiates are just stories from the 1970s, but unfortunately they are not. As long as we put people in leadership positions on a pedestal as spiritual gurus, we ourselves are putting them in a position of power over us and leaving an opening for abuse. Everyone, no matter who they are or say they are, is just a fallible human being. Let me say that again: EVERYONE is mortal and capable of making mistakes or doing wrong. Being a spiritual person or a spiritual leader is no exception: Buddhist monks, Catholic priests, Baptist ministers, and Pagan elders have all recently been accused of sexual assault and worse. If we confront this reality, it better prepares us when we find ourselves in uncomfortable or dangerous situations. Awareness also allows us to teach our children how to avoid predators and being taken advantage of.❞Just because you are pagan and sex-positive, no one promised you sex. Your desire does not control another's choice. Pagan paths do attract more than our fair share of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered. We also attract some alternative sexual practices. Not everyone is open about their sexual choices though, most pagans are pretty accepting when it comes to how private or public someone wants to be. Nor is every pagan focused on sex as part of rite and ritual. Officially it's because we're not as dogmatic. I think it's because we're still arguing over the rules. Pagans can be just as intolerant as anyone else. Just as one example. there are Goddess centered traditions that are extremely anti-male. American pagans can be less inhibited than most of our neighbors. We may show flesh in more varieties than you have ever dreamt of, we may talk and ESPECIALLY sing about sex, but the boundaries are still clear. Just because someone arouses you doesn’t mean they want sex with you. Even if they do show you more body parts than you’ve ever seen outside a bedroom. We hug. We cuddle. We may even exchange “long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.” But that doesn’t mean we allow just any fingers, toes or faces into our nether regions. That doesn’t mean you get to cop a feel. When you ask for sex, it’s always the other person’s choice. Some misguided people see joining a pagan group as an easy way to get their rocks off. They could meet Hot Bisexual Pagan Chicks and have mind-blowing Ritual Sex under the Full Moon! It doesn't work like that. Those confused ones soon "wash out" or spin off to form their own sex-based group. When they can't attract members to the new group, they blame everyone but themselves. After all, they're open about sex. Why wouldn't people line up to have sex with them?https://lexicon.neowayland.com/pp/#attitudes
A pagan claiming the label person of color. From what I’ve seen, this is a way to “celebrate” victimhood and demand extra privileges by oh-so-carefully defining a minority within a minority and demanding even more special treatment and deference than the original minority would have received. And the original minority is supposed to stand aside because the "concerns" of the special minority come first always. It all depends on guilt and pity. Without guilt, there would be no power, no privileges, no special treatment, and no deference. Since they are a minority's minority, they can never be a fully human adult either. Nor can the “majority” be allowed to escape it's guilt.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/pp/#pagan-of-color
paleopaganism❝“Paleopaganism” or “Paleo-Paganism” is a general term for the original polytheistic, nature-centered faiths of tribal Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas, Oceania and Australia, when they were (or in some rare cases, still are) practiced as intact belief systems. Of the so-called “Great Religions of the World,” Hinduism (prior to the influx of Islam into India), Taoism and Shinto, for example, fall under this category, though many members of these faiths might be reluctant to use the term. Some Paleopagan belief systems may be racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. There are billions of Paleopagans living and worshiping their deities today.❞https://lexicon.neowayland.com/pp/#paleopaganism
Pangereoriginally October 7, 1987❝second-person singular future passive indicative of pangō❞I accepted myself as pagan on the last day of the bright Moon in October of 1987. The term is Latin for to make fast, to fix, or to fasten. It is related to the term pagan through the root word “pag.” So I chose to fasten myself to an Earth centered path rather than the semi-Gnostic Christian one I had been trying for. I used to celebrate this annually on October 7th, but it seems to work better on the last day of October's bright moon.See also
pantheisticI believe the Universe and natural law are themselves manifestations of the Divine. There's a lot of weird crossover with some Gnostic beliefs here. Pantheism as a term dates back only to about the 17th Century and described certain Christian cult practices, so that is not surprising.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/pp/#pantheistic
parity test“Don’t do it if you don’t want it done to you.”My paranoid version of the Golden Rule is a little more blunt. It still applies though. If YOU are not willing to live under another's rules, why should they be willing to live under yours? If your (faith/creed/politics/business model) can't exist without outside intervention, maybe it's not worth following.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/pp/#parity-test
Parkinson's law❝Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.❞https://lexicon.neowayland.com/pp/#parkinsons-law
parkour❝Parkour is a natural method for training the human body to be able to leap and move from place to place by climbing, jumping and flipping. This 'art of displacement' requires neither specific structures nor accessories for its practice: The body is the only tool. It takes perseverance, guts, and discipline, but the end is rewarding.❞https://lexicon.neowayland.com/pp/#parkour
- (Architecture) old-fashioned a living room, esp one kept tidy for the reception of visitors
- (Ecclesiastical Terms) a reception room in a priest's house, convent, etc.
- a small room for guests away from the public rooms in an inn, club, etc
- (Commerce) chiefly US and Canadian and NZ a room or shop equipped as a place of business: a billiard parlor.
- (Commerce) Caribbean a small shop, esp one selling cakes and nonalcoholic drinks
- (Agriculture) Also called: milking parlour a building equipped for the milking of cows
- Older Use. a room for the reception and entertainment of visitors to one's home; living room.
- a room, apartment, or building serving as a place of business for certain businesses or professions: funeral parlor; beauty parlor.
- a somewhat private room in a hotel, club, or the like for relaxation, conversation, etc.; lounge.
- Also called locutorium. a room in a monastery or the like where the inhabitants may converse with visitors or with each other.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/pp/#parlor
parvenua person who has recently or suddenly acquired wealth, importance, position, or the like, but has not yet developed the conventionally appropriate manners, dress, surroundings, etc.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/pp/#parvenu
pass-alongsA short, better written quote by me designed to be passed along. I've spent years trying to “do more with less” with my writing. Pass-alongs do exactly that.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/pp/#pass-alongs
path versus traditionA person experiences and honors the Divine through their path, a system of effective rites and observances gathered through study and understanding. Of course that's my opinion. A path is the individual Journey with the Divine. While it may not have long term connections to other humans, it's certainly binding to Someone. A tradition is a formal version of a path that has been passed on at least once. I'd argue that a tradition has been systemized and has initiated at least two other people (gotta have that rule of three there somewhere). It depends on the connections and rules binding the initiate to the rest of the tradition. It's capitalized as a Proper Name. It was hard for me to accept, but the practice of magick is not necessary for either a path or a tradition. There is such a thing as pagan laity.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/pp/#path-tradition
- the quality or power in an actual life experience or in literature, music, speech, or other forms of expression, of evoking a feeling of pity or compassion.
- Obsolete. suffering.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/pp/#pathos
❝It’s a full-throated, un-nuanced, uncompromising defense of American nationalism, history and cherry-picked ideals. Central to its thesis is the belief that nothing in America can’t be fixed by more patriotism enforced by public shaming, boycotts and policies to cut out foreign and non-American influences. Insufficient displays of patriotism among the patriotically correct can result in exclusion from public life and ruined careers. It also restricts honest criticism of failed public policies. ❞
✧❝While political correctness is typically associated with the American Left, modern conservatism has its own sacred totems that dare not be criticized. Like its progressive counterparts, the Right’s choices of sanctification fit together like an elegant jigsaw puzzle to form an internally consistent worldview. Police, Military, Bible, and Flag are all symbols of the Right—each embodying order, tradition, and Americanism to varying degrees.❞➢ On Patriotic Correctness from Libertarian Institute
✧❝Right-Wing Political Correctness (RWPC), also Conservative Correctness (CC) or Patriotic Correctness (PC), is a brand of political correctness practiced by conservatives. While left-wing political correctness (LWPC) attempts to minimize offense through the (often endless) rebranding of certain words to be neutral or inclusive, RWPC rebrands terms to increase offense, increase scorn, and increase political bias. For example, homosexuality isn't RWPC; instead, we should use "unnatural vice", in order to appeal to people's (here, hateful) religious beliefs over science and tolerance. All too often, people confuse this with political incorrectness due to both being against liberal political correctness, though political incorrectness is equally against both.❞
✧❝But conservatives have their own, nationalist version of PC, their own set of rules regulating speech, behavior and acceptable opinions. I call it “patriotic correctness.” It’s a full-throated, un-nuanced, uncompromising defense of American nationalism, history and cherry-picked ideals. Central to its thesis is the belief that nothing in America can’t be fixed by more patriotism enforced by public shaming, boycotts and policies to cut out foreign and non-American influences. Conservatives use “patriotic correctness” to regulate speech, behavior and acceptable opinions. Insufficient displays of patriotism among the patriotically correct can result in exclusion from public life and ruined careers. It also restricts honest criticism of failed public policies, diverting blame for things like the war in Iraq to those Americans who didn’t support the war effort enough.❞➢ The Right Has Its Own Version of Political Correctness. It’s Just as Stifling. from Cato InstituteSee also
PC – As In “Patriotically Correct” from Cafe Hayek, political correctness, virtue signalinghttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/pp/#patriotic-correctness
peak experience,/a>❝American psychologist and philosopher Abraham H. Maslow (1908-1970) coined this term to describe nonreligious quasi-mystical and mystical experiences. Peak experiences are sudden feelings of intense happiness and well-being, and possibly the awareness of “ultimate truth” and the unity of all things. Accompanying these experiences is a heightened sense of control over the body and emotions, and a wider sense of awareness, as though one was standing upon a mountaintop. The experience fills the individual with wonder and awe. He feels at one with the world and is pleased with it; he or she has seen the ultimate truth or the essence of all things.❞➢ Peak experiences from the MYSTICA
✧❝Researchers who focus on positive emotions have amassed evidence suggesting that we are more likely to find more meaning in our lives on days when we experience positive emotions. In contrast, researchers taking a meaning-making perspective tend to focus on meaning in the context of adjustment to stressful events. These two areas of research are often treated separately from each other, making it difficult to answer the question about which valence of our emotional life-- positive or negative-- is most likely to be meaningful. Both perspectives may be at least partly right. In their classic paper "Some Differences Between a Happy Life and a Meaningful Life", Roy Baumeister and his colleagues zoomed in on the different outcomes associated with happiness (controlling for meaning) and meaningfulness (controlling for happiness). Whereas happiness was positively correlated with the frequency of positive events in one's life and negatively related to the frequency of negative events, greater meaningfulness was related both to a higher frequency of positive events and a higher frequency of negative events, as well as reports of more stress, time spent worrying, and time spent reflecting on struggles and challenges. What's going on here? How can meaning be positively associated with both positive and negative experiences? In a new paper, Sean Murphy and Brock Bastian suggest that a focus on emotional valence may have been a red herring for the field. By intentionally pitting "positive" experiences against "negative" experiences, researchers have focused on the difference between these experiences. However, Murphy and Bastian argue that this has neglected our understanding of similarities in how the positivity and negativity of experiences are related to meaningfulness. They raise the intriguing possibility that the more relevant factor may be the extremity of the experience, not the valence. Perhaps both extremely pleasant and extremely painful events relative to more neutral events share a common set of characteristics that might lead them to be found more meaningful.❞❝Peak experiences are often described as transcendent moments of pure joy and elation. These are moments that stand out from everyday events. The memory of such events is lasting and people often liken them to a spiritual experience.❞https://lexicon.neowayland.com/pp/#peak-experience
pedestal problemJust because you admire someone doesn't mean they don't make mistakes. Don't let your passion blind you to another's faults. The deeper the passion, the harder it is to see beyond our expectations. No one person, no one group has all the answers. No one should get a pass because of a label. Don't be afraid to ask questions. But if a Leading Authority is something less than perfect morally, that doesn't mean you should dismiss everything they wrote and said because they are Unworthy. They haven't fallen from authority, you should just recognize that everyone has their limits and their failings.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/pp/#pedestal-problem
pendantA prominent and usually singular piece of jewelry hanging on a necklace. I usually wear a pendant every day although I don't sleep in one. I never go out in public without a pendant. When I do go outside, I tie my pendant into a choker and tie my hair up in a bear tail. All my pendants are on satin cord. I don't like chains. Leather cords tend to rot after a few months.
✧I use eight pendants regularly, these are the main six. On the Fire Festivals and Solar Festivals (sabbats), I wear a Jen Delyth Tree of Life pendant. Click on the picture for the product page. The Tree of Life is the most meaningful symbol for me. This is probably my favorite TOL design. I sometimes change when I am doing certain healing work. Speaking of healing work, this is my medicine shield bear. I used to wear it during the waning moon. Now I use it for mending, healing, and renewal. Now here’s the question, is he hiding from the dark or just cloaking his power? I see him as a very compassionate bear. He doesn’t ask questions, he just does what has to be done. An e•friend did some photoshop stuff with this shot and another picture I took and it turned out very well. I wear different pendants during the for each phase of the Moon. Except for some (semi-retired) crosses, this is my oldest and most fragile pendant. It’s pewter, simple, and very close to me. I use it for the dark Moon. When I first bought it, I debated for a long time whether I should wear the spirals on the left or on the right. It depends on my mood, but I usually wear them on the left. For the waxing Moon, I wear this malachite bear fetish. It was a gift and is a personal favorite. In many ways, it sums up who I am. It’s not a “true” fetish, it’s very much a modern design. It’s Zuni influenced but made by a Navajo silversmith. It uses malachite, when the obvious stone to pick would have been turquoise. About the only certain thing you can say about it is that it’s a product of the desert and it has symbolic power. Obviously a perfect fit for me. For the bright Moon, I wear this triskele pendant. When I first saw it, it practically screamed Full Moon. It also sums up my story of Lady in the Court of Stars and Lady in the Court of Shadows. This tells me is that there is always a design within the design and each phase of a cycle has it’s own unique traits no matter how many times the cycle repeats (see weird). It's a favorite of both companions, although I can’t tell you why. I use this raven pendent during the waning Moon. Click on the picture for the product page. It's Celtic influenced and you have to look closely to see what it is. Almost nobody sees a raven at the first impression. So I identify with the design and the subject.
✧❝From “colored” to “minority” to “person of color,” the terminology used for those who are not white in the U.S. has evolved to be more inclusive. A simple definition for “person of color” provided by the Oxford University Press dictionary is “a person who is not white or of European parentage.” In theory, POC should be a straightforward, all-encompassing term for anyone who isn’t white in the U.S., but I’m often hesitant to publicly identify as a person of color. Throughout my life, I have been told time and time again that Asians are not considered people of color. Or even worse, I’ve been told that Asians are “the new white people.” I’m obviously not white, but based on these ignorant statements, if I’m not a person of color, and I’m not white, then what am I? I recently came across an NPR article written by Lindsey Yoo, social media coordinator for a website called Filthy Freedom, which is dedicated to publishing content on race, sexuality and culture. Yoo, who is Korean-American, posed two excellent questions in her article: “When people say ‘women of color,’ am I included in that equation, or does it not apply to Asian-American women?” and “Do people really want to hear from someone who looks like me when they engage in conversations about racial justice?”❞
Somehow no one is talking about the irony of an inclusive phrase specifically excluding “whites” because of something that happened before they were born, and often not even by their ancestors. It all depends on guilt and pity. Without guilt, there would be no power, no privileges, no special treatment, and no deference. Remember the important thing here is that as long as someone defines themselves as a anything of color, they will never be considered a "real" thing. It's doesn't matter if it's “pagan of color,” “woman of color,” or “bus driver of color.” They will always be less than is expected of the label, and that is deliberate. They always have an excuse that shifts responsibility from themselves to society.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/pp/#people-of-color
People of the BookFollowers of a revealed faith provided by a holy book. The Book is the Way. They wait for the wisdom and experience and ethics to be poured into their minds so they can think the Right Thoughts and perform the Right Action. Many never move beyond this passivity. The ones who do move are worth talking to, the others just keep reciting the same dogma and doctrine.See also