I get asked once in awhile how those interested in Paganism can begin being Pagan.
1. Read mythology and Primary source material.
2. Practice as a Pagan.
3. Keep an altar.
Many Pagans think they’re Pagan simply because they say they are. I can believe all day that I’m a writer, but if I don’t write anything I’m not sure I can sincerely say that I am one. Paganism is a religion of doing, not believing.
Our ancestors insured the fertility of the land through sacrifice, they actively sought communication and a relationship with the gods and ancestors. Believing that the land would be fertile did not cut it with the Paleo-Pagans. They gave offerings to the wights and beings of the land…giving so that the community or family would be blessed in return.
The best way to begin being a Pagan is to keep an Altar. Building an Altar is easy; find and gather things that say “sacred” to you. For me this has always meant small and/or natural things like twigs, pine cones, a candle, an ancestor symbol, runes or a stone carved with a single rune that exemplifies what I think I need to emulate in my life. Once the Altar is built take some time each day or a few times a week to light the candle and contemplate what is sacred about what you have gathered, what the altar symbolizes, and just to sit in quiet contemplation.