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We are a community committed to the spiritual development of Pagans, Wiccans, and others who are practicing their faith paths with Earth-Centered values. We gather to strengthen our knowledge, to honor the cycles of the moon, to celebrate the eight holy days of the year that are tied to the cycles of the seasons (the equinoxes and the solstices), to learn to live in community while developing our leadership skills, to create ritual, and to have fun.

"A place where Pagan and Wiccan members of the MHC community can gather in friendship."

Paganism is the name given to several spiritual paths that are based on the wisdom of ancient peoples of the world's spiritual and folk traditions. One of the largest sub-groups are Wiccans. The term Wiccan derives from the Anglo-Saxon wic, which means to bend or shape, implying that we are shaped by our spiritualities and in turn the world is transformed. Pagans and Wiccans are practicing their faith paths everywhere on the globe. While our paths are very diverse, we do share Earth-centered values: most of us honor the directions, the lunar rhythms, as well as celebrating the eight holy days of the year that are tied to the cycles of the seasons (the equinoxes and solstices). As a result, respect for the planet Earth as a Sacred Being is another common theme. Some of us worship Goddesses and Gods, many of us believe in reincarnation and karma (and hence we take care with our actions and words), and many of us have meditation or insight practices, although these are not prerequisites for these paths. Some examples of Pagan and Wiccan paths include (but are not limited to): Asatrú (Norse/Teutonic), Yoruba and Yoruban based faiths (Vodou, Santeria, Candomblé, etc.), Shinto, Feminist Spirituality, Egyptian (Pharaohnic, Kemetic), Italian (Strega), Dianic (the Women's Mysteries), Celtic (Irish and Anglo-Saxon), and many types of Shamanism.

Paganism and Wicca

Paganism and Wicca are self-directed, earth-based faiths. There is no central scripture, authority, or organization; instead, members are free to construct a belief system for themselves. Pagans share a deep respect for the earth, and nature is often one of their primary sources of spiritual inspiration. Many Pagans observe eight holy days during the cycle of each year: the solstices, the equinoxes, and the cross-quarters between these days; it is also common to gather for services at the full or new moon. Many Pagans are polytheistic, and may honor the deities of many different pantheons from all over the world. The goddess is usually highly honored, especially in groups focusing on Feminist Spirituality or Dianic Wicca. Most Pagans have a strong code of ethics, sometimes including the maxim “As long as you harm none, do as you will,” and a belief in karma. There are many traditions, new and old, that fall under the category of Paganism or Earth-based Spirituality; these include Wicca, Druidism, Asatru, Strega, Egyptian Traditions, Feminist Spirituality, and Dianic Wicca. Contrary to the common misconception, Paganism and Wicca are not connected to Satanism.

Common Symbols

The pentacle (a five-pointed star within a circle) is an ancient symbol that is used by many Pagans. It’s five points represent earth, air, fire, water, and spirit. Goddess figures, moons, and celtic symbols such as the triskele (three-armed spiral) are also common Pagan symbols.

 
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Mount Holyoke College Pagan/Wiccan Collective

Mount Holyoke College
50 College Street
South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075

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