Pagan Values

My interest in the discussion and sharing of the Values and Virtues and Ethics held dear by my friends and fellow traveler’s within the Pagan Movement has been a part of my spiritual journey as long as I can remember.  I have always learned so much about my own beliefs and ideas by discussing them and by comparing notes with others about their beliefs and ideas and ethics and values.

This tendency came to a head in May of 2009 when I issued a call for June to be International Pagan Values Blogging Month.  For a long time, it had bothered me to see other faith/political groups either claiming that THEY were the only ones with ethics/virtue/values and that anyone they disagreed with, or those of a different faith or political persuasion, was either lacking in vitrues/values/and ethics or was outright evil.  Then too, concept of gathering together and being empowered by shared values was in my mind a lot this year as I have been attending (when the vagaries of work schedules will allow) my local Unitarian Universalist ChurchU.U.’s are not a Creedal faith, but rather gather together around a list of shared principles.

In the moment, issuing the Call was a spur-of-the-moment inspiration sort of thing.  In retrospect my desire for a deeper and more open discussion of Pagan Values, is part of my ongoing desire to see a deeper and more wide ranging discussions within and of the Pagan Movement in general…

This page was originally simply a place to commemorate the IPVBM 2009 posts.

You can learn more about the current years event by going to the Pagan Values Blog

~~Index of Links~~

Various Discussions of Pagan Values

International Pagan Values Blogging Month 2009

IPVBM 2010

~Various Discussions of Pagan Values~

Widdershins ~ Finding Your Own Pagan Family Values (from the article archive)

The Barsoom Fish Rap ~ The Common Values and Ethics of Neo-Paganism

On Faith ~ Starhawk ~ Pagan Values and Politics

~Back to Index~

~International Pagan Values Blogging Month 2009~

~June 2009~

It all began so simply,  one day on May 11th 2009.

Dear Pagani,

I have decided that I am tired at how some factions within other spiritual and faith traditions talk and act as if they have a monopoly on values and virtue and ethics.

Therefore I am issuing a call and a challenge to my fellow Pagan netizens…

In June the sun is at it’s height in the Northern Hemisphere and nearly hidden from view in the Southern Hemisphere.  Midsummer and Yule, festivals of fire and of light.

Let us then use our hearts and minds and words, invoking the fires of inspiration; let us write of the virtues and ethics and morals and values we have found in our Pagan paths, let us share how we carry these precious things forward in our own lives and out into the world.

Join me, in the month of June 2009 in writing about Pagan values.

Interested parties are asked to link to this post, and to list their blog in the comments section of this post.



I posted it here, and kind of just let it go for a little while… but then folks started taking interest!  People started linking and posting and it grew into a big ol’ blog carnival with 100+ posts, and counting as I find more.  Some folks were moved to post but didn’t make it in June… if they had mentioned wanting to post during June, or if it was early enough in July, I included it… I of all people am familiar with how our everyday lives throw challenges at us and sometimes this plays havoc with our intentions or timing!

I am linking this page to as many of the Values posts as I can find in the hopes of providing an online snap shot of, and resource for the study of, contemporary Pagan values.

~~International Pagan Values Blogging Month 2009~~

May 4th ( Synchronicity and Honorable Mention!!)

Pagan Parents On The Edge ~ So What About These So Called Values

This link is included here, even though it was posted before the call went out.   I didn’t encounter this podcast or article until sometime in the middle of June, I take it as a sign that the IPVBM event was the right idea at the right time.

May 11th

Chrysalis June 2009 is International Pagan Values Blogging Month!

May 13th

Musings of a Quaker Witch ~ June 2009 is International Pagan Values Blogging Month!

May 24th

Musings of a Quaker Witch ~ The Peace Testimony and Armed Forces Emergency Services

May 28th

May 30th

(Note: Witchmoot is a fabulous collaborative blog, TwoSnakes is the author…)

May 31st

June 1st

The Gods Are Bored ~ Pagan Values Month: Learning Morals from CSNY

Witchmoot ~ Pagan Values, What Are They Exactly? ~ Dawn

Vanic Thoughts ~ The Sevenfold Goal: Freoð

Xi O’teaz ~ International Pagan Values Month: coming to Terms

June 4th

Sannion ~ The Greco-Egyptian Value of Not Being a Dick-Head

KALLISTI: An Apple in Pandemonium ~ Personal Values Inspired by Hellenic Polytheism

The Temple of Joy ~ International Pagan Values Blogging Month

Broomstcik Chronicles ~ Thinking of Colors

In The Limnal Realm ~ International Pagan Values Blogging Month

Vanic Thoughts ~ The Sevenfold Goal: Gástedóm

Cari Ferraro ~ Sophia’s Breasts of Wisdom

Druid Journal ~ Pagan Values: Ecology, Environmentalism & Practical Pacifism

The Gods Are Bored ~ Medical Ethics

Full Circle ~ The Witches Ball: When A Party Stands for Pagan Values

A Heathen’s Day ~ Pagan Values Month – Heathen Values

Witchmoot ~ Universal Pagan Values? ~ Two Snakes

June 5th

Xi O’teaz ~ Pagan Values Month, continued (part 2)

Girl Underground ~ IPVBM

June 7th

Diana Rajchel ~ June is Pagan values month!

Musings of a Quaker Witch ~ P is for Polytheitic

Changing Seal Woman ~ Pagan Values Blogging Month #1:  Sexual Values

The Stroppy Rabbit ~ Stop Calling us NeoPagans

June 8th

Peacock Dreams ~ The Value of Destruction and What Follows

Sharon Knight ~ June is Pagan Values Blogging Month

Changing Seal Woman ~ Pagan Values Blogging Month #2:  The Wiccan Rede

Vanic Thoughts ~ The Sevenfold Goal Mægen

Full Circle ~ The Arguments We Have With Ourselves

She Who Seeks ~ Values on the Goddess Path, Part 1

June 9th

(Note: Catherine posted the following to her myspace account.  I cannot link to her specific entry, so I quote it bellow.
“Pagan Values Blogging Month In honor of “Pagan Values Blogging Month,” here’s my brief essay on the Pagan value of personal responsibility:

While not all pagans ascribe to the same moral doctrines, such as the Wiccan Rede’s “An it harm none do what ye will,” all Pagan paths share a world view where the individual’s unique experience is respected, and the individual is ultimately responsible for their own actions.  While this may sound self-centered and selfish, the practice of “knowing oneself” ultimately leads to well-balanced individuals, stronger communities and a healthier planet.    Pagans believe that there is no authority that stands in the way of their communicating directly to the gods.  This gives Pagans the power to change their own lives, and fosters an intense introspection.  When there is no one telling you what to do, you have a responsibility to understand all parts of yourself.  There are no excuses for acting badly without consciousness or consequence.  Trusting in your own experience and following your own truth also creates an acceptance and tolerance for other people, and their unique truths.    Being responsible for one’s spiritual self often fosters self-reliance in the practical world.  Many traditional skills from the past that pagans frequently practice are doorways that lead to spiritual insights that we otherwise would not understand.    Practicing brewing and distilling spirits and medicines will reveal mysteries of Alchemy.  Planting a garden and tending it through every season of the year gives one a personal connection to the traditional agrarian pagan holidays.  Cooking and practicing the art of Hospitality puts you in touch with the spirit of our ancestors who treated guests like visiting gods.  Artists of all kinds use their skills to channel the divine to the benefit of their audience.    Paganism offers a lot of freedom, but the nature of that freedom requires a lot of work in the spiritual, personal, and practical realms.  Skills and talents honed by people who are driven to be their own masters, have the added benefit of being healing, earth-friendly, social, and a lot of fun.”

June 10th

Vanic Thoughts ~ The Sevenfold Goal Cystignes

Diana Rajchel ~ Pagan values month: informed consent

Musings of a Quaker Witch ~ My Pagan Values

Musings of a Kitchen Witch ~ Valued Ideas and Ideal Values

Donald L. Engstrom-Reese ~ June 2009 is International Pagan Values Blogging Month

Full Circle ~ The Lady and the Rose

the dance of the elementsPagan values

June 11th

Vanic Thoughts ~ The Sevenfold Goal Lufu

Musings of a Kitchen Witch ~ Valued Ideals and Ideal Values: Respect

Tai”awepwawet ~ Pagan Values

Caeia’s Blog ~ Virtues

Letters from Gehenna: The World on a Slant ~ Embracing The Shadow

June 12th

June 13th

Full Circle ~ Carol P. Christ on Pagan Values

June 14th

June 15th

June 16th

Letters from Gehenna: The World on a Slant ~ No Dark Sarcasm In The Classroom

June 18th

June 19th

June 20th

Musings of a Kitchen Witch ~ Valued Ideals and Ideal Values: Plurality

The Pagan & The Pen ~ The Values of a Reformed Druid

Lilies and Cedar and Cord ~ International Pagan Values Blogging Month

June 21st

Caeia’s Blog ~ Dignitas

Essais ~ Pagan Values Month

The Infinite and The Beyond ~ IPVBM 2009: #2 Thelemic Ethics

June 22nd

Kallisti: An Apple in Pandemonium ~ Walking the Middle Path

Letters from Gehenna: The World on a Slant ~ With All This Bathwater, There Has To Be A Baby In Here Somewhere

June 23rd

A Pagan Journey ~ Pagan Values

June 24th

Half_Double ~ International Pagan Values Blogging Month: Trust Me

A Pagan Journey ~ More on Pagan Values: Honoring Mother Earth

June 25th

Diana Rajchel ~ Back to the Pagan Values discussion: Premarital Sex

Witches Brew ~

through the radiant dark ~ On Eating Meat and Other Tangents (or Pagan Values: Respecting All Life)

Full Circle ~ Learners Inherit the Earth

Thought Soup ~ And the Winner is…. Pagan Values: Courage

June 26th

June 27th

June 30th

Donald L. Engstrom-Reese ~ The Pagan Value of the Sacred Living Flesh

Half_Double ~ International Pagan Values Blogging Month: My Pentacle of Pagan Values

Pentacles and Pavement ~ A Witch’s Responsibilities

July 3rd

Caeia’s Blog ~ Firmitas

Witches Brew ~ Five Fundamental Moral Values

July 17th

Sannion ~ Learning: The Chief of the Greco-Egyptian Values

July 22nd

Musings of a Kitchen Witch ~ Valued Ideals and Ideal Values: Experiential Gnosis

July 24th

Sannion ~ The Value of the Egyptian sages

July 25th

Sannion ~ Bringing the Outsider in: Thoughts on the God Seth and religious tolerance within Greco-Egyptian polytheism

July 29th

Chrysalis ~ “Pagan” Values: or Pax gets something off his chest

Undated (but recorded within the right time-frame)

Panmankey ~ Is Paganism a Social Value?

~Back to Index~

~International Pagan Values Blogging Month 2010~

~start stretching your typing fingers now kid’s!~  The official call goes out May 2010!~

~Back to Index~


14 thoughts on “Pagan Values

  1. Pingback: “Pagan” Values, again and again! « Chrysalis

  2. Erik and Oinokhoe,

    Thank you, and added! I suspect there will be more than a few additions in the short term as the motherboard on my old computer had a melt-down… as did I when I started to go through Internet withdrawal…


  3. I had a whole series of them in my LJ, but as that is a friends-only journal, there’s little point in making links to them…

      • I probably won’t change the settings on my LJ to allow it to be viewed publicly anytime soon (not with Akins and the like still lurking about)…

        However, I am going to see if I can edit those entries (which total around 30-odd thousand words at present) into a book of some sort, and get it published…I’ll certainly update you on that if it occurs!

        • You know that’s a fabulous idea!! Heck maybe someday your posts will be taught at Cherry Hill when it goes University!

  4. Hi Pax – slightly surprised that you have the wrong one of my blogposts listed above as a contribution to Pagan Values month.

    My Pagan values contribution was at Dance of the elements:
    (not the one at Stroppy Rabbit, that was just a random rant!)

    I also had a go at compiling some of the posts over at MetaPagan – you might like to check to see if you missed anything.

    • Sorry,

      My motherboard on my old computer died in the second week of June, so I know I missed recording at least a couple of posts! I am slowly getting that corrected.

      I’ve added the hear of flame post, and with your permission would like to keep the Stroppy Rabbit post linked as even if it was a random rant it perfectly meshed into my own readings and thoughts that month, and helped me react to some things more reasonably?

      Peace Pax

      PS- I THINK I linked the metapagan articles that weren’t otherwise linked, but will be combing over them as I am able!

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