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An ye harm none, do what ye will.
What ye send forth comes back to thee,
So ever mind the Rule of Three.
Follow this with mind and heart,
And merry ye meet, and merry ye part


Neo paganism in the United States today generally conforms to most of the following points. But it should be noted, that one of the most important qualities of Pagans is that they do not believe that there is One True Right and Only Path. The Path you choose is uniquely personal and must feel "right" to you.



*Earth centered view of man and nature.

*A committment to ecological sanity. A deep and abiding love of our Mother Earth.

*Interest in and belief in the occult, the arcane, magick, and the power of ritual.

*Recognition of the Old Gods and Goddesses.

*Anti-Puritan attitudes toward sexuality, pleasure, and happiness, a denial of the theory of "sin".
   

*The Pagan Rede. "An ye harm no one, do what ye will". Not that this excuses any behavior. On the contrary, this law prohibits a Pagan from doing anything that might harm another human being.

*Belief in The Three-Fold Law, the idea that any energy you send out from yourself, whether for good or for bad, will be revisited upon you three times over.

*Belief that the Deities and humans are interactive instead of removed and distant from one another.


Perhaps the best generalization made about pagans as a whole is Margot Adler's (Drawing Down The Moon)observation that they are mostly self-made people, supreme individualists not necessarily in the assertive or egoist sense, but because they have felt the need to construct their own culture, their own definitions, their own religious paths, out of whatever came to hand rather than accepting the ones that the mainstream offers.


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