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Different Types Of Paganism


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Hi all, I have only just joined this site. I'm looking at becoming a pagan. However apart from Wiccan and Druids I have no idea what other types of Paganism there is. So for a beginner, where is the best place to start so I can figure out which way I want to go down my spiritual path. Any other advice for beginners welcome.

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If you want to know about different types of paganism, there are explanations all over the forum. I tried to help folks by gathering links to them in one post. It's pinned to the top of the "pagan paths" forum.. one moment and I'll link to it for you...

here.

 

I'm afraid it's far from comprehensive. We have nothing on some of the reconstructed (pre-christian pagan religions. And nothing really on Voudou or the African or Asian religions. But at least it's a start. :)

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There is so much information on the forum and if you've got a question about anything in particular, just post it in the most appropriate thread and someone will be along to help you as much as they can!

 

Start by reading through here in Starters Orders then move on to Pagan Paths and take it from there... there is so much information here and this is my first port of call for anything Paganny!

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Hi Helen, I've found that link Moonhunter suggested is really, really useful! It gives you an idea of lots of different types of paganism.

So you might find something that clicks with you there, but don't be discouraged if nothing there fits with you either. There is more out there not on the list and Its fine to mix and match ideas or carve your own unique path.

Also as you find out more and more and experience different things undoubtably your ideas and beliefs with evolve and change but remember whatever it was that inspired you to look into paganism in the first place :) that's a good place to start I think.

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Thank you all.. Still getting my head around all the different parts of the forum. I'm very excited about my journey.

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Thing is Helen, because there is no "Pagan Orthodoxy", there is no rush. You can take your time and soak them all in and work out the path you will follow in your own time. Good luck with it.

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First thing I did was to get a copy of "Listening People, Speaking Earth (Contemporary Paganism) by G Harvey" as a all rounder type of book and went from there if there were any parts that interested me.

 

I am sure that are plenty of other pagan primers to borrow an americanism but I found it really useful to read a small amount of various aspects/paths as an initial enquiry, Don't rush it and enjoy, Jasmin

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Thank you, Helen Lea, for posting this question. I'm a newbie as well and found the answers to your questions equally helpful. :)

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