What does being a Pagan mean and not mean? I would first like to clear up some confusion on whether Paganism or Wicca or even black or dark magic has anything to do with Satanism or Devil worship. The answer to this is absolutely NO.
Paganism pre-dates Christianity, Judaism, Islam and almost all modern religions by thousands of years. Pagans and Wiccans do not believe in the Devil. The Devil is a Christian concept. We cannot worship something we do not even believe in. Devil worshipers must first be Christian to believe in the Devil, then turn against their God to worship his fallen angel.
Wiccans are Pagans who practice Witchcraft as part of their belief system. Witchcraft simply is a term that means positive intents. Human being from all belief systems do this on a daily basis but they call it affirmations, of putting positive thoughts out into the universe so an action will occur.
Paganism was originally a pejorative and derogatory term for polytheism, implying its inferiority. Paganism has broadly connoted the “religion of the peasantry”. During and after the Middle Ages, the term paganism was applied to any unfamiliar religion, and the term presumed a belief in false god(s).
One thing that most Pagans have in common as far as paganism beliefs is a reverence and deep love for Mother Nature. In fact, most Pagans will tell you their religion is nature. Their god is nature. They worship Mother Earth and Father Sky. Most Pagans center their beliefs on Mother Nature. Pagans do not have a sole God as in the Christian God or the Devil.
When Wiccans use magic, we use it along with nature, we are not greedy and use it for what we need, we try to keep a balance in all things and realize that what we give out will come back on us good or bad. We recognize our dark and our light, our good and our bad. Black magic or dark magic goes against nature, it is usually used for personal gain or power at the expense of others and is not something Wiccans encourage.
Wiccans live by a code which says ‘Do what ye will, but harm none’. Is is pat of the Wiccan Rede, which we will cover in another post. Wicca is a peaceful religion that works with the balance of nature and the Great Wheel Of Life. So if anyone tells you any different, a priest, a shaman, a parent, a friend, a teacher, a partner send them my way.