So what exactly am I anyway?
Alright, I said I was "pagan (mostly)" on the front page. And what the HELL does that mean anyway? Ok, right now I'm gonna try and explain.
Pagan, according to The Random House Dictionary of the English Language:
n. 1. One of a people or community professing a polytheistic religion, as the ancient Romans, Greeks, etc.
2. A person who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim.
3. An irreligious or hedonistic person.
--adj. 4. Pertaining to the worship or worshipers of any religion that is neither Christian, Jewish, nor Muslim.
5. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of pagans.
6. irreligious and hedonistic.
- Paganism and Neo-Paganism (Neo means new, Neo-Paganism is basically a "rebirth" of the Pagan religion) according to those of us who practice it: a nature-based religion, most of the time composing of more than one Deity ("god" or Figure Head). The Ancient Greeks and Romans, Native American traditions, Tribal Religions, Celtic and Druids, and Wicca would be considered pagan religions.
My Actual Beliefs
I believe in G-d. Yes, I do. Really. I'm not a Satanist, or Satan Worshiper, I don't even believe in Satan. So shame on whoever told you otherwise. :-P I believe in G-d as a Spirit of All; that G-d is both masculine and feminine, and neither. I think G-d is gravity, and what keeps the planets spinning. I think G-d is in the Sun, our Moon, and our beautiful Earth. I believe that the Divine can be found in everything, even within ourselves. I do worship a God and a Goddess, who have many names. I'm Wiccan influenced but I don't consider myself to be Wiccan.
I'm also a Deist. I found this word one day in the dictionary when it fell out of my hands and landed open on the floor. It was kinda cool, as soon as I read the definition I thought "hey, that's me." (Deism: belief in the existence of a God on the evidence of reason and nature only, with rejection of supernatural revelation, distinguished from theism). I believe G-d exists because it seems to make sense that something had to start the universe spinning. But I don't think of G-d in terms of the bible, that "He" reveals himself to humans through the bible. I don't believe that humans have a sinful nature. I think we are born with equal ability to do harm as to be helpful. I think G-d's "laws" are written on the wind, and in nature. I try to follow the Wiccan Rede to the best of my ability.
I've also been raised in a jewish family. I had my Bat Mitzvah when I was thirteen; I celebrate Pesah, Rosh Hashana, and Yom Kippur along with the eight sabbats. There are many things in the Jewish holy scriptures that I might not agree with, but I still feel a faithfulness to honor the ways of my ancestors. For more information on Jewish beliefs, you can go to Judaism 101