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101 Things I Like About Paganism

By Keitha (FireWind)

101. You can make your own religion
100. There are no inflexible rules
99. No ultimate evil
98. You can write your own rituals
97. We appreciate each other
96. Pagans know: To be alone is not always to be lonely
95. Acceptance of the unexplained rather than fear
94. Most of the negative things said about us aren't true
93. Some of the negative things are
92. Bowing to the masses gives you a heavy heart and a bad back
91. Paganism doesn't make you feel guilty
90. There are more Pagans in the world than you usually think
89. There is respect for otherwise ignored groups
88. Don't hurt anybody: do whatever you want
87. You know another Pagan usually before anything is said
86. No-one is better than anyone else
85. Pagans generally debate, not fight
84. Paganism accepts you no matter your sexual orientation
83. Paganism accepts you no matter your race
82. Paganism accepts you no matter what
81. There is an understanding of the personal need for growth
80. At last there is a warm place for all us geeks ;)
79. Even Pagans aren't quite sure where our beliefs come from
78. If bad things happen, it might not be soley your fault
77. Pagans understand the importance of tolerance
76. Pagans understand that Respect is not debasement
75. True power comes from the love within
74. Celebrating by candlelight invokes a mystical atmosphere
73. Dancing to drums is instinctive
72. Symbolism speaks to the deeper parts of ourselves
71. I've never seen a Pagan base self-worth on a pair of jeans
70. No fear of an invisible enemy with a satirical streak
69. No one demands you give up your possessions
68. Paganism lets you be yourself, no matter what
67. Opening your eyes to a world you never realized was there
66. Connection to a higher force without losing yourself
65. Music speaks to the soul
64. Pagans are responsible people
63. We don't blame invisible entities for our problems
62. To the best of our ability, we control our own fate
61. Age is wisdom, not uselessness
60. No one is judging you
59. No one really expects you to wait until you're married
58. A strong woman is not a Bitch, she is a Woman
57. You don't have to believe words written 2k years ago
...under mysterious circumstances
56. It's easy to believe words you wrote yourself
55. You don't have to be beautiful to be worth something
54. You are beautiful
53. Pagans are generally well-read people
52. Paganism teaches you to trust yourself
51. The innocence of a child is valued for what it can teach us
50. Love everyone, unless they are bent on harm
49. The human body is beautiful; an instrument of pleasure
48. Dance expresses the Goddess in all of us
47. Pagans make up their own minds: no belief at par
46. Everything in nature is the manifestation of Deity
45. Self expression is beautiful
44. Pagans know that anger is useful, not 'evil'
43. I've never seen a Pagan burn a book
42. Pagans take care of themselves
41. Pagans take care of others
40. No-one asks you to enslave yourself to a higher force
39. No-one tells you what to do at all
38. There are high expectations of Pagan behaviour
37. Pagans aren't afraid to cross the line in personal thought
36. Pagans understand the dangers of Church and State
35. Herbs and natural remedies are generally preferred
34. Admit it: it's a bit nice to know things that others don't
33. There is no Army of 'Pagan Soldiers'
32. Pagans have a small idea of what prejudice might be
31. Priests and Priestesses can marry
30. Rituals are beautiful and moving
29. We can help our gardens grow
28. There are powerful female role models
27. Chanting eases the heart
26. You don't have to 'Worship' as in debasing yourself
25. Women's issues are treated as valid and equal
24. You'll never see a Pagan hassling non-Pagans to join
23. We are moved by deep emotion to care for others
22. It takes a lot of knowledge to be Pagan
21. The trees speak to us in the wind
20. Magick is practical and real
19. You can mix-and-match religions to reflect yourself
18. You don't fall asleep during ritual
17. You can believe in whatever deity you choose
16. Access to the Priesthood open to all
15. You can believe whatever you want to
14. You don't have to 'obey your husband'
13. You don't have to vent your steamy tales to a jealous man.
12. Pagans are Socially conscious
11. Celebrating outside is almost painfully beautiful
10. No Hierarchy
9. Pagans don't demand to be right
8. No Prosthletizing
7. Balance b/w Masculine and Feminine
6. Rituals are practical and apply to real life
5. I can feel the Goddess in everything I do
4. Pagans love the Earth
3. Women are Fully Equal with Men
2. Open-mindedness

And the #1 reason I love Paganism?...

1. You're Allowed to Have Sex!

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