Most followers of a Pagan religion are not born into or raised following a Pagan path.

There are varied reasons as to why one chooses to follow a Pagan religion, just as there
are varied
traditions and practices within Pagan religion. Among these various traditions and
practices there are commonly shared beliefs such as respecting all life, the honoring of
male and female energies, a Father God and a Mother Goddess and that all things within
the universe are interconnected. Pagan religions also share an ethic of self responsibility
in doing as you choose, so long as it brings no harm to anyone or anything.Among the
first hand accounts of a group of practicing Pagans of varied levels and years of
experience, the majority were raised within the teachings of main world religions such as,
Catholic, Baptist, Christian and Protestant religions.
One first hand account is that of someone that could be said to have been born into
Paganism, Daphne B, a 49 year old, who feels she is not Wiccan nor technically a Witch,
but more Episcopagan,considering herself as a nature based but starry eyed mystical type
stated, “ I come from a long line of traditional wise woman healers and herbalists from
Appalachia.My ancestry are mixed from the British Isles, France, Germany, Shawnee and
Cherokee, my personal motto pretty much sums up my attitude,,hold all sacred”
All at some point questioned the beliefs and practices of these main world religions due
to a
feeling that their own beliefs and ideas did not agree with those of main world religions,
Shara H, a Wiccan since her early teenage years stated, “ Christianity in general, started
not to feel right” Denice Gold, a 64 year old who was raised in a Baptist household and is
currently a coven
member, High Priestess and Wicca teacher stated, “I always wondered how we can all be
sinners, everyone of us? How can a baby be born a sinner.”3 Jamie S, a 26 year old ,
baptized Catholic and raised in a Christian household, stated, “Why, if God is loving, are
we supposed to fear him and why does a god that wants us to love one another tell us to
wage wars. No one had an answer I could agree with.”Jamie is currently a practicing
solitary Witch of two years and soon to be student of Beginning Wicca 101 at The Pagan
On line Campus, a reputable on line metaphysical educational facility which has been
said to have a dedicated, knowledgeable staff of instructors,most favorably noted for his
easy going humor that makes learning enjoyable is the facilities Wicca class instructor.
Timothy.M.Redfern,also known as Tigerdancer de Cannibius a 46 year old, who was first
exposed to Wicca ten years ago and is currently a solitary practitioner of Wicca for less
than a
year, stated, “I was raised fundamentalist Christian and had every intention of going into
the
ministry...at age sixteen I adopted a hippie lifestyle. I have found that the hippie
philosophies I
learned 25 and 30 years ago fit hand in glove with the beliefs and precepts of Wicca.”
Lacking satisfactory answers, those who questioned the differences of their own belief
and
feelings of what made sense in comparison with the teachings of main world religions,
searched for their own answers. FP, also known as Lady Bleu, stated, “I started looking
more into the aspect of the Holy Spirit that had been taught to me, not mich was found

Currently raises her children as Wiccans and has her own coven that focuses on teaching. who while searching for answers regarding his spirituality. something came to life inside me as I read through the book and I felt a stirring inside me like I had never known before. who.other than “it” was all around us and in everything. even before I knew it existed as a religion.“like many Pagans before me. learned about a variety of religions.”Pamela W.everything feel into place. I felt. “.. “The calling was just too strong for me to ignore it any longer. I have always been attracted to Paganism. are people who converted to Paganism. found a book called “A Witches Bible” and stated. in her spiritual search. regardless of the Pagan tradition they practice.stated. “I found that the ancient paths of the druidic way lay beneath my human footprint.” Dough H. who has been officially a practicing Pagan Witch for fifteen years. Jamie S. a 41 year old Eceltic Wiccan solitary practitioner for about eight years but feels she has been a Witch all her life. I felt immediately like I already knew this path. “After trying on so many faiths. stated . opened it and a light came on.” FP. I found the one that I could believe in. also known as Ghostwalker. “When I began studying Paganism and Wicca. a 41 year old Wiccan.” In this context to claim that any of the first hand accounts that are the sources of this paper.” Krish H. as I like to say. but I did not think there was anyone else quite like me out there. I picked up my first book on Wicca. as “Someone who changes their beliefs or habits” and as “to cause something to change in form. the word convert is unfitting to describe those who define themselves . is unfitting. and saw visions. stated. stated. who is a teacher and Elder Priestess of the coven Hoof and Horn Dragonsway. I just did not know what is was that I was feeling. dreamed dreams.Stated.” Denice Gould stated. a 35 year old Eclectic solitary Wiccan who has been practicing for five years. a 57 year old Wiccan practicing for about eight years. a 51 year old practicing Celtic Eceltic Wiccan for twelve years . the Goddess smacked me upside the head and said “look over here child” so I looked and found there were people who believed as I was coming to believe. stated. also known as Lady Blue..T. “I felt the need to learn and develop myself spiritually. stated. a 58 year old member of an Eclectic Pagan circle. “The more I studied and learned the more I realized this was what had been missing in my life. it is not a fad. “I heard the call of the ancients when I was very young.” Many of those who found Pagan religion in their search for answers to define their spirituality felt that Paganism gave a name to an unidentified spiritual calling within them. “I am sixty four now and it has taken me quite a while to find this path that I have walked many times before. a 66 year old Pagan. The Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary defines the word convert. did not decide one day to convert from a main world religion to a Pagan religion.”A 33 year old known only as Ravenhawk Shadowfeather.who has attained third degree rank of High Priestess/Elder. it truly did feel like I was coming home.” Derick V.” As previously stated.Oh my goodness Why did I wait so long to come home. and then I saw something that few ever see. Most describe their embracing of a Pagan religion as a feeling of coming home.” Lisa C.”Mary S. I live my faith.. I embrace the Goddess in a way that I now know has always been inside me. in part.” Those who found Pagan religion and define themselves as Pagan. “I had been reading cards and working with pendulums since my early teens. stated. stated. stated. Wicca is the only faith for me. “One day. I read up on Occult subjects. also known as Turtle.”Jazzmin Skye. I had to act on it. character or opinion. R. also known as Morgainne DragonMoon. a 44 year old student of Wicca and tarot. the pure white light of the radiant beauty of forgiveness and love.

as Pagans. not only has she herself felt this sense of coming home that many describe they have found in Paganism. became increasingly aware of a calling within themselves to define their beliefs and feelings. through an awakening and self revelation. Therefore. but has first handedly heard many echo this description of feeling as if they had come home in defining themselves as Pagans. although they were raised within main world religions.. “One of the things I expect you to hear in your survey is that the craft felt like home. stated. . R. also known as Morgainne DragonMoon. and every time I get together with brothers and sisters and we tell these stories almost everyone says.and I came home. The calling within was now definable.. Finding Pagan religion was simply a revelation that others shared these beliefs and feelings. they journey home. A fitting statement is that those who define themselves as practicing followers of a Pagan religion. it can be concluded that Pagans do not by definition convert to Paganism but rather. I know it did for me.T.”This indicated that in her experience.