New to Paganism? Not sure where to start? We’ve all been there, so no worries. Here are a couple of activities to help you get started.
- Reach Out to the Community: One of the best parts of being Pagan is that the community is a community in the truest sense. It’s open and friendly and easy to break into. So, frequent Pagan or new age shops, make a Tumblr page, talk to a Pagan friend, etc.
- Observe Cycles: Lunar, solar, water, life. They are all around us and are the core of ritual and spiritual practice. Start with the moon cycle and try to see her every day.
- Suspend Your Stereotypes: Being Pagan has no correlation to any gender, class, race, nationality, sexual orientation, political philosophy, educational background, social group, or professional field. As Margot Adler found in her research for Drawing Down the Moon, the only characteristic that dominates the Pagan community is the tendency to be a vociferous reader. So if you’ve got any preconceived notion about what it means to be Wiccan or Pagan, set them aside.
- Get Your Hands on a Book: Your library is your best friend. If yours uses the Dewy Decimal System, look within the religion or metaphysics sections. If you can’t find them and are brave, ask your librarian. Sometimes to prevent the books from getting vandalized workers keep books on Paganism behind the counter. Or they can obtain them through interlibrary loan.
- Cultivate a Quiet Practice: Spend five to fifteen minutes a day meditating, visualizing, or using prayer beads (a beaded bracelet will work to start).
- Drink More Water: There’s a rumor in the Pagan community that drinking more water assists in the development of psychic abilities and spiritual awareness. While that may or may not be true (I’m a little skeptical), you’ll have more energy and will improve your overall health.
- Buy a Plant: Working with the earth is a fabulous way to develop your faith and an overall sense of peace. Gardening is a bit of a commitment though. If you already have one great! In your next planting, add lavender, rosemary, and other herbs to your beds. If you’re like me and are in your twenties with not much to your name, buy a plant you really like and take care of it. Name it, water it, and enjoy the connection to this living thing.
© Ariadne Woods