Five Years as a Pagan

Posted by Byron Pendason on June 10, 2023 CE, in ,

Wes hāl!1 I’ve been a pagan for five years now, and I’d like to just reminisce a little. This post will be pretty far from my usual type of post, so feel free to ignore this post if you wish.

I left Christianity in June of 2018. I went straight to Paganism, because it seemed logical due to the pagans I knew irl, all of them family except for my then girlfriend (who’s now my wife 🥰). So to Paganism I went, knowing that it was an umbrella term for a wide variety of religious traditions and not knowing where exactly I was going to land. It was exciting, but also a little bit scary if I’m being honest.

Shortly after making this decision, I decided to write out what my current beliefs were. I still read it sometimes, and I have to cringe. It was a fine starting point, I suppose, but it seemed to be all over the place. It was a list of bullet points that outlined what I believed. Here it is, in its entirety.

Keep in mind, this was before I had discovered reconstructionist methodology, or even before I had discovered Fyrnsidu (Anglo-Saxon Heathenry). It’s a typical list of beliefs that you might find from a typical modern eclectic neo-pagan.

I’ve come a long way since then. By August of that year, I had found Anglo-Saxon Heathenry. I’ve been a Fyrnsidere since. But that’s another story, for another time.

Beo gesund!1

  1. Wes hāl and Beo gesund are Old English greetings and farewells that literally mean Be well/whole/healthy. The first seemed to be more common among the Anglian dialects and the second more common among the Saxon dialects. I prefer to use both though, the first as a greeting and the second as a farewell.  2