I have very similar thoughts to this, most of the time.
Originally posted on The Allergic Pagan:
Why I hate Neopaganism:
#1 I hate magic. Most Neopagans seem to believe in some form of instrumental or practical magic (i.e., spells). I have complained extensively about this elsewhere. Not only do I not believe in the mechanics of “raising energy” or the premise that intention is power, but I find the notion of controlling nature as a religious practice to be discordant with what I understand as the Neopagan ideal of atunement with nature. I am fortunate to have found a group of like-minded “Naturalist Pagans” and “Humanistic Pagans”.
#2 I hate the “not that kind of Pagan” discussion. Whenever I publicly identify myself as (Neo-)Pagan, I have to immediately follow that up with several qualifiers. I watched my wife do this when she identified me as Pagan to her bishop (the local LDS church leader). She described me as the earth-honoring kind of…
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