The Basics Pagans may be trained in particular traditions or they may follow their own inspiration. Pagans pursue their own vision of the Divine as a direct and personal experience.
The Pagan Federation recognizes the rich diversity of traditions that form the body of modern Paganism.
The cycle of the natural year, with the different emphasis brought by its different seasons, is seen by most Pagans as a model of spiritual growth and renewal, and as a sequence marked by festivals which offer access to different divinities according to their affinity with different times of year.
Many Pagans see the Earth itself as sacred: in ancient Greece the Earth was always offered the first libation of wine, although She had no priesthood and no temple.
Some Pagans see the goddesses and gods as a community of individuals much like the diverse human community in this world.
And not all Pagan deities are humanoid super-persons; many are elemental or collective.
We are looking at a religion which pervades the whole of everyday life.
A religion without goddesses can hardly be classified as Pagan.
Some Pagan paths, such as the cult of Odin or of Mithras, offer exclusive allegiance to one male god.