Paganism

Paganism is a really broad moniker for a broad swath of paths, faiths, spiritualities, and religions that draw upon reconstructed religions of the past. You can read the fancy-pants definition here. But let’s touch upon a few common precepts of paganism as the term applies to members of Feathersong:

Pantheism and Panentheism

Pantheism is the notion that spiritual and the natural are one and inherently connected. Panentheism is the notion that divinity pervades every part of the universe and beyond.

Putting the two concepts together, the living universe itself, including all life within it, is essentially God. We are God. You are God. The stars are God.

Animism

Animism is the belief that all things contain spirit, and perhaps consciousness. If you’ve ever heard someone say “this rock doesn’t want to be moved”, that’s an expression of animism. Animism doesn’t necessarily imply consciousness, but for us, that is often the case.

Energy

“Energy” is a sort of generic term that’s often used for something that a lay person might refer to as “chi”. It’s a term that’s often used in phrases like “the room had good energy”, “my hairs stood on end like someone was about to touch me”, and so on. Things like Reiki also have this same principle.

Ritual

Ritual is designed to invoke a particular mindset, mood, trance, etc. Words are often crafted carefully to bring a mind to a particular place, and then make use of the built energy to enact change.