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What is an "Ovate?"
  In ancient times an Ovate was a prophet, seer, healer and diviner. In modern times, an Ovate is one who studies or practices herbalism, healing and divination. Though there are a few variations, the term "Ovate" has been chosen as it follows more closely the path and concepts that we wish to bring forth and pursue. We do not limit our choices to only one path or concept, though.
 
Modern Paganism is one of the world's fastest growing religious bodies. In its simplest definition, Paganism is a modernized recreation of the indigenous spiritual traditions of Europe — basically, it's a revival of the old pre-Christian beliefs and practices. However, this is the 21st century. Modern Paganism has been heavily influenced by modern values and ethics, such as feminism and environmentalism.

So please don't fear that you may witness an animal sacrifice at a Pagan ritual; many of us are vegan and are strong supporters of animal rights! It might help to give you an overview on what to expect…

 
 What is a "Pagan" or "Wiccan"?
 

There is a wide array of religions and spiritual traditions that fall under the “Pagan umbrella,” and yes, some are legally recognized faiths. The main three religions you will find within Paganism are:

Wicca: A Wiccan is someone who follows the religion of Wicca, which follows a Goddess and a God. They may or may not practise witchcraft; not all Wiccans are witches and not all witches are Wiccans. As with most things humans get involved in, there are always a few that will corrupt or besmirsch something. In the Wiccan(or Witch) world, there have been many over the generations that have corrupted the good works that has come before. Most Wiccans(or Witches) follow codes written by Doreen Valiente, including The Wiccan Rede "An Ye do no Harm, Do as Ye Will." and The Threefold Law, "Any action taken that causes harm will come back on you threefold."

Wicca is a nature-based religion, originally founded by Gerald Gardner, but has since split into many separate entities, very different from Gardenrian Wicca.

Druidry: A recreation of ancient Celtic practices, with a strong focus on poetry and storytelling. An example of a Druid wisdom teaching would be this Celtic triad, “Three things loveable in a person: tranquility, wisdom, and kindness.”

Asatru: A reconstruction of ancient Northern European beliefs. Think “Vikings” and you aren't so far off. Asatru has the Nine Noble Virtues, three of which are courage, truth and honour. It is often misconstrued as "white-supremacist" as it has been corrupted by those intent to cause harm. It has nothing to do with anything evil, other than being a noble system of belief.



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