I am Pagan
© 1994 Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary
brought to you by the Children of Ra Temple
I am Pagan. I am a part of the whole of Nature. 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
- Samhain, commonly known as Halloween, is a time for gazing into the future and for
paying homage to my Ancestors and other loved ones in the Spirit world. I work magic for
greater religious freedom for Pagan peoples and humankind as a whole. I celebrate the
Wiccan and Celtic spiritual New Year.
- Yule, the Winter Solstice, is a festival of peace and a celebration of waxing solar
light. I honor the new Sun child by burning a oaken Yule log in a sacred fire. I honor the
Great Goddess in her many Great Mother aspects, and the Father God as Santa in his Old Sky
God, Father Time, and Holly King forms. I decorate my home with lights and with holly,
ivy, mistletoe, evergreens and other herbs sacred to this season. I ring in the new Solar
year with bells.
- At the beginning of February, I celebrate Candlemas, known to ancient Celts as Imbolc
and to contemporary Americans as Groundhog's Day. I focus on spiritual purification and
clearing away blockages to prepare for the coming of Spring and new growth. During this
festival, I light candles to honor Brigid and I invite her to inspire my artistic works
and guide my healing practice. I give offerings of seeds to wild birds.
- At the time of the Spring Equinox, I welcome the renewal of Spring and celebrate the
greening of the Earth by dressing in green myself. I honor the Teutonic Goddess Ostara and
the spirit of the Rabbit, Her consort. I color eggs with friends and divine choices for
- Beltane at the beginning of May is a festival of fertility and pleasure. I dress in
bright colors and wear a garland of flowers in my hair. I dance the Maypole to bless
gardens and creative projects. I leap the Beltane bonfire for good luck. I place flowers
at the Bast Sacred Cat Shrine and other sacred sites.
- Summer Solstice time, also known as Midsummer and Litha, is a grand gathering time when
I greet old friends and meet new ones. I dance with them around a sacred bonfire to the
magic rhythms of drums. I honor my spiritual community and tribe. I celebrate Pagan
culture. I add stones to the sacred Stone Circle on Circle Sanctuary land with prayers for
planetary harmony and well-being.
- As August arrives, I celebrate Lammas, also known as Lughnasadh. At this festival, I
honor the height of Summer and prosperity. I not only give thanks for wild and cultivated
plants and for blessings that are starting to come to fruition, but I also pray for
continued abundance. I break and eat bread with others in ritual and I give bread and herb
offerings to the Goddesses and Gods of agriculture.
- Fall Equinox, which some call Mabon, is the time of thanksgiving for all the harvests
I've reaped during the growing time. I give thanks for food I have received from the
gardens and fields and for other blessings which have come into my life. I return to the
Mother Earth offerings that come from the best of the fruit, vegetables, herbs, nuts, and
other food stuffs I've gathered.
- And at Samhain, this Wheel of the Year starts again.
I am Pagan. I also honor the seasons of life within my life's journey - beginnings,
growth, fruition, harvest, endings, rest, and beginnings again. Life is a Circle with many
cycles. With every Ending comes a new Beginning. Within Death there is the promise of
I am Pagan. I see circles of change and renewal not only within my own life's journey,
but in my heritage. I see my life as a circle that connects with the life circles of my
ancestors. They are part of me and my life. The ancient wisdom of Nature's Renewal and
Recycling is embodied in the crests of two of my Ancestral clans. From my German ancestors
of my mother's mother's lineage is the totem of the heron, a family emblem signifying
perseverance and renewal after difficulties. From my Celtic ancestors of my father's
father's lineage is the crest bearing the symbol of a hewn oak tree sprouting new branches
and leaves from its stump, enclosed in a circle with the motto, Itenun Viriscit, which
means It grows Green again. These symbols and motto remind me not only of my own renewal
and the renewal of Nature, but also the renewal of Pagan philosophy on this planet that is
part of my life's work as a Pagan priestess.
I am Pagan. Intentional consciousness change, Magic, is part of my spirituality. For
every problem there is at least one workable solution as well as opportunity for growth. I
create my own reality with my thoughts, feelings, and actions. Whatever I send out always
returns. I seek to abide by the Wiccan Rede: "And It Harm None, Do What You
Will." When I do magic in rituals, before I raise and direct energy, I seek always to
look at the larger picture of which my needs are just a part. I endeavor to work for the
best for all as well as to help myself. When problems come my way, I seek to understand
their cause and messages as part of my finding a solution. In doing healing work, I seek
to address the underlying spiritual causes of disease, rather than only focusing on relief
of its symptoms.
I am Pagan. I work magic by the Moon to help and to heal others, myself, and the
Planet. The Triple Goddess of the Moon guides me. I activate beginnings in the Waxing,
energize manifestations at the Full, and clear away obstructions with the Waning and Dark.
I take part in rituals at the New and Full Moons, and I know that my Circles are part of a
great web of Circles that meet at these times around Planet Earth.
I am Pagan. I embrace Pantheism, acknowledging that the Divine is everywhere and in
everything. I honor the Divine that is within the oak trees in the forest, in the herbs in
the garden, in the wild birds singing in the trees, in the rock outcroppings on the
hillside, in myself, and yes, even in "things" such as my car, cameras, and
computers. I understand that everything with a physical body has a spiritual body, too.
The physical and spiritual are deeply intertwined, not separate, in this world of form. I
honor the interconnectedness of Creator and Creation.
I am Pagan. I know that Divinity has many facets and I experience this through a
variety of Goddesses, Gods, and other spiritual forms. I also honor Divine Oneness, the
Unity of All. My personal encounters with Pagan Goddesses, Gods, and other Divine forms
have transformed and enriched my life. Hecate appeared at a Death to teach me of release
and rebirth. As a young child, Artemis flowed through me and helped me ward off a would-be
rapist. Selena of the Full Moon brings me visions and my name. Sacred Sun energizes me.
Yemaya of the Ocean cleanses and renews me. I have heard Pan play his pipes in the woods.
Dionysius awakens within me the joys of spontaneity and ecstatic bliss and teaches me the
mysteries of androgyny. I have experienced the union of Goddess and God while making love
with my mate in the garden. Bast has helped me deepen my connections with my Cat friends.
Cernunnos has appeared to me in the forest as a Stag. Isis has spoken to me in bursts of
radiance in the deep of the Night and in flows of energy through my hands in doing
healings. Saturn has given me lessons about discipline, time, and organic agriculture.
Lady Liberty protects me as I work for religious freedom for Wiccans and other Pagans.
Mother Earth guides my work on behalf of this Planet. I also experience the Divine as
totem animals, plant allies, and as other forms in my dreams, in guided inner journeys,
and while questing for vision alone in the wilderness.
I am Pagan. My spiritual practices include self acceptance and understanding, instead
of self-rejection. I share my views with others when I sense it is right, but I do not
proselytize, claiming my way is the only true right way for everyone. There are many paths
up the mountain of spiritual understanding, not just one path.
I am Pagan. My worship takes the form of Divine communion with Nature. As part of my
worship, I founded and caretake a sacred Nature preserve, Circle Sanctuary. I do rituals
at special places there, such as in the Stone Circle atop a sacred mound; on Spirit Rock
high above the valleys; in the Magic Circle garden; by outdoor shrines; in the indoor
Temple room; and in the ancient sandstone rock shelters that housed the ancient ones that
lived on this land thousands of years ago. I also do rituals elsewhere on the land and at
other places, outdoors and indoors. My worship and rituals can be anywhere since my sacred
circle is portable. Wherever I am, I can set up a circle around a sacred sphere with seven
invocations: to the four compass point directions, to the Cosmos above, to the Planet
below, and to Spiritual Integration in the center.
I am Pagan. I journey to the Otherworld in my dreams, meditations, and rituals. I use
sacred tools to aid me in my journeys and my magic making. These include cauldrons,
crystals, candles, censors of incense, chalices of water, pentacles of salt, dishes of
soil, feathers, bells, brooms, rattles, drums, wands, staffs, blades, mirrors, and a
variety of divination tools, including Tarot cards, I Ching yarrow stalks, and Rune
stones. I fly with my consciousness through time and space. I explore other dimensions and
then I return with insights, knowledge, and power. I go between the worlds for healing,
growth and transformation. Intuitive, psychic perception is a natural, not supernatural,
part of my daily life.
I am Pagan. I attune myself to the four elements of Nature, Earth, Air, Fire, Water,
and to the fifth element, Spirit, which is the spiritual force that connects all. I see
these Elements in Nature, the Earth in the soil and rocks; the Air in the winds and
atmosphere; the Fire as the lightning, fires, and electricity; the Water in the springs,
rivers, oceans, rain, and other waters on the planet; and the Spirit as Divine Unity. I
also see these Elements as aspects of Self, my physical body and physiology is my Earth;
my intellect and thoughts my Air, my will and actions my Fire; my emotions and feelings my
Water, and my Inner Self, my Soul, is my Spirit. I endeavor to keep myself healthy and in
balance in all these parts of Self. I work toward a restoring of balance of the Elements
in the environment.
I am Pagan. I hear the cries of Mother Earth who is upset with the harm being done to
the environment by humankind. I am dismayed by the pollution of the air, the soil, and the
waters, and by the domination games being played by nations with the fire of nuclear
missiles and other weapons of mass destruction. I also am concerned about spiritual
pollution on the Planet, selfishness, hatred, greed for money and power, addiction,
violence, despair. Yet as I perceive these problems, I also perceive cleansing and healing
happening on Planet Earth at this time. I know that I can help in at least a small way to
bring the Planet into greater balance by seeking balance in my own life, by being a
catalyst for restoring balance in the lives of others, and by working for a better
environment. I know that my attitudes and my way of living can make a difference. I
endeavor to be a channel for healing and balance. I make the practice of environmental
responsibility a personal part of my daily life. I endeavor to live in harmony with the
other members of the family of Nature.
I am Pagan. Nature Spirituality is my religion and my life's foundation. Nature is my
spiritual teacher and holy book. I am part of Nature and Nature is part of me. My
understanding of Nature's inner mysteries grows as I journey on this spiritual path.
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