…The Rocks, the Animals, the Plants, the Elements, and Stars are my relatives. Other humans are my sisters and brothers, whatever their races, colors, genders, sexual orientations, ages, nationalities, religions, lifestyles. Planet Earth is my home. 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 discover and 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. I am Pagan. I celebrate the changing seasons, the turning of the Wheel of the Year. I celebrate with singing, dancing, feasting, rituals, and in other ways. I celebrate each turn of the Wheel with personal spiritual practices and by taking part in community festivals.
– Selena Fox
Spirituality is the foundation of our inner-most selves. It is the language of our connection to the divine. It is important to us whether we are aware of it or not. It is there, it is real, and it is at once very personal and very universal. My own beliefs fall deep within the Paganism I have always had within me. I grew up nominally Catholic, but that is not the spirituality that resonates within me. I favor the freedoms and paths of Paganism. I relate more to a Witch casting spells in the forest than to a parishioner praying in a pew. I have nothing against my Catholic sisters and brothers and hope only that they, as with all people, follow the path that is best for them.
…Witchcraft derives from a synthesis of the various European-shamanic traditions and how its rites, techniques and methodologies create altered states of consciousness and dissolve ego. Thus, this leads to ecstasy (from the Greek ek stasis – to stand outside; of oneself) and bliss and oneness with the All that is Nature and the Mystery. The teachings of the Craft also encourage and imply closeness and conscious-attunement to/with Nature and the Earth. We become aware of the natural tides, cycles and rhythms and gain spiritual insight from our ‘riding the Wheel’. The Goddess, She who is the Conscioussness of Life, is central to this, and an understanding of her sovereignty is paramount to the Witch. It’s also important to know the Horned One who dances Life, Death and Rebirth. He is the very expression of the unfolding of Life’s yearning to know itself. Of course, to round this all up the subject of Magick and Interconnection can not be omitted. This is our truest and most powerful principle of Mystery.
– Gede Parma
I like to see my spirituality as fluid and in motion. For some good resources on the web, I recommend The Pagan´s Path faq which provides an excellent description of the basics of paganism. For a truly active and interesting online Pagan community, check out The Witch’s Voice (my profile there). It is full to the brim with groups, essays, resources, news, and much more. Here is an interesting site about eco-spirituality (I LOVE Joanna Macy!), providing much needed discussion on the important link between ecology and spirituality. Also providing a strong link between ecology, activism and spirituality is Starhawk´s site. She is part of the Reclaiming tradition of Witchcraft, which “works to unify spirit and politics.”