Most Neo-Pagans have the following factors in common:
- Their religion was almost or completely wiped out in the past and has since then been reconstructed from ancient information sources.
- They are either duo-theistic or poly-theistic in nature (recognizing a goddess and god or many gods).
- Most followers are solitary practitioners. Others are involved in small groups called circles, covens, garths, hearths, groves, kindreds, etc.
- They celebrate four main seasonal days or celebrations each year, associated with the equinoxes and solstices.
- They also celebrate four additional days, spaced between a solstice and equinox.
- They prefer to conduct their religious rituals outdoors where practical.
- Many do not conduct their religion publicly for fear of abuse or ridicule.
- They have minimal or no hierarchical structure.
- They have a primary concern for the environment and feel close to nature and its cycles.
- They claim to follow a code that requires them to avoid hurting themselves or others following the ethical statement, “Do what thou wilt, but harm none.”
…Charlotte Hardman, in a book she wrote on paganism says, “The interest in Paganism today in the UK and USA may be interpreted as a response to an increased dissatisfaction with the way the world is going ecologically, spiritually, and materially; people are disillusioned by mainstream religion and realization that materialism leaves an eternal emptiness.”
Source: Hardman, Paganism Today, Page IX
Contributed by: K. Edward Skidmore