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11:38pm 22/03/2009
 
 
Do you think that religious polytheists and more magickal and wiccan oriented neopagans are part of the same religious movement? Should religious polytheists continue to interact with the pagan community, or should self-identified polytheists have their own category on meetup.com?
 
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 novelog
 
11:28am 23/03/2009 (UTC)
 
 
Right now, I don't think there are enough of us to break from the general "pagan" category. Granted, I would love to see a "heathen" or "polytheist" category, but when witches' groups are as sparse as they are...

I also see nothing wrong from interacting with "the rest" of the pagan community; the same way that we ought to have tolerance for those of the major religions, we should really build bridges with those whose paradigm is more close to our own, comparatively. And besides, many polytheists that I know started out trying Wicca and moving on--we need to be there to help others find out about the different paths available, if they are seeking something that we practice.
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 a_respite
 
01:48pm 23/03/2009 (UTC)
 
 
Christopher
Perhaps both?

I know if I were a strict reconstructionist, I'd feel a bit out of place at some of the events I've attended recently. An open Beltane In The Park ritual probably wouldn't do much for me spiritually or aesthetically (or where those two intersect), so I'd certainly want to find like-minded folks with whom I hold a common belief system.

That said, pagans of all stripes are mercurial enough as it is - probably to our own detriment. I've gone by the generic title "Pagan" for so long mostly to avoid pissing off strict Gardnerians or Alexandrian Wiccans, and all that's ever done for me is isolate me further from the pan- and polytheistic communities.

I don't see anything wrong with enjoying our considerable similarities while also honoring and indeed reveling in the diversity of our differences.
 
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 outlaw393
 
05:28pm 23/03/2009 (UTC)
 
 
Yes, I do believe they're part of the same religious movement. Religious polytheists IMO are Pagan.

I've never used meetup.com
 
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 swisscelt
 
11:56pm 23/03/2009 (UTC)
 
 
SwissCelt
Do you think that religious polytheists and more magickal and wiccan oriented neopagans are part of the same religious movement?

No, I don't. While there are a number of polytheists (like me) who do practice magic, it seems the majority of witches nowadays are pantheists, believers in the Gods as archetypes, agnostics or atheists. Nothing wrong with that, but it tends toward different theological goals from those of us who believe that the Gods are real entities.

Should religious polytheists continue to interact with the pagan community, or should self-identified polytheists have their own category on meetup.com?

Yes, and yes. The Pagan community should continue to encompass the wide variety of religious believers it does now, particularly because our numbers are not terribly great. But by the same token, we should take advantage of meeting with like people whenever possible.
 
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 trip_tych
 
12:59am 27/03/2009 (UTC)
 
 
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I do think that I am a part of a different but related religious movement from my Wiccan/Wiccan-influenced friends. We have very different practices, beliefs, and world outlooks. At times, it has caused a great deal of stress and the differences actually contributed to the splinter of our local pagan network.

I think I would not be as crazy about a total separation as I would just prefer groups to be more aware and inclusive of the fact that not everyone is influenced by Wicca. In my experience, Wicca is the default Pagan and many people are completely unaware of the ideas of hard polytheism or any kind of reconstruction. I'm more than happy to play nice with other Pagans if they make space for me, my beliefs and practices. I think that, given the small number of Pagans in general and non-Wiccan oriented ones in specific, we would do best to learn to live and work with one another.
 
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