Common Pagan Rituals And Beliefs Essay

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     Paganism is an ancient type of religion which has quite an inauspicious reputation today. There are many types of paganism, most date back thousands of years, which include Wicca, Witchcraft, Paganism, and a few other lesser known and practiced variations. Yet all of these religions are similar and share common beliefs. Wicca is the most common of these, as it also demonstrates the shared belief of doing good that is common to most forms of paganism. Another common belief, is to gather in small groups, called covens, to practice pagan rites and ceremonies with others. There are many ancient beliefs, archaic rituals, and forgotten traditions that are practiced by pagans. Many of these are also the origins of…show more content…
p.). A related law, the Law of Self-Knowledge, states that witches should truly know themselves, for this prevents doing harm to others, once the understanding of the harm is seen (Bonewits N. p.). There are many other laws, one such law explains that coincidence does not exist, but that everything is part of a larger plan (Bonewits N. p.). The Law of Similarity states that similar representations of things can be made to represent them, such as voodoo dolls (Bonewits N. p.). The Law of Personification states the important belief that anything, concrete or abstract, can be considered alive for whatever purpose (Bonewits N. p.). One commonly known law, The Law of Perversity, also called “Murphy’s Law,” states that if anything can go wrong, it will (Bonewits N. p.). As if a summary of all other beliefs, The Law of Unity says that everything is linked together to every other thing, in any space or time (Bonewits N. p.). So, as shown here, all pagans, whether Wiccan or not, follow the basic guidelines and beliefs that knowledge is power. To support this belief are many other more specific beliefs that help the individual learn and grow.      Rituals and traditions also play a large role in Wiccan lives and activities. The most common of these includes the rituals associated with the new and full moons, as well as the 8
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