Symbol of Neo-Paganism:
The Pentacle is a pentagram within a circle.It symbolizes the five(5) elements within the sacred circle. It is also considered a symbol of protection, and is used in warding in some Pagan traditions. A standard symbol for witches, freemasons, and many other pagan or occult groups.
Origin Of Neo-Paganism:
The term 'Pagan] comes from the Latin paganus, which appears to have originally had meant "country dweller" "villager" or "hick”. The early Roman Christians used 'pagan' to refer to anyone who worshipped pre-Christian deities, and the word came to have strong derogatory connotations in the following centuries, though it has been reclaimed in part by Neopagans in the latter half of the 20th century.It is also known as Modern or contemporary Paganism.Neo-paganism is a modern movement that is inspired by the ancient pagan religions of Europe and in other parts of the World. They do share commonalities,contemporary religious movements are diverse and no single set of beliefs,or practices shared by them all.
History of Neo-Paganism:
If Paganism refers to any form of polytheistic,pre-christian religion,then it stretches back to history(3000BCE) .The fates of such religions throughout the world differ widely,but by confining our focus to Europe it can be said that the rise of the JEWS,CHRISTIANS & MUSLIMS was unfavourable for Pagans.Many Pagans adopted Christianity after a few hundred years of CHRIST emergence.
While occasional works concerning ceremonial magic occurred in the period between 1700 and 1900, it is only at the beginning of the 20th century that any form of Paganism, and now we might properly call it Neo-Paganism. It was in the early 1950s that Gerald Gardner in England created the first form of modern Neo-Paganism, doing so after the last British Witchcraft Act had been repealed in 1951.
A five pointed star,as a symbol of wicca used by many Adherents.
The major beliefs include;
1.Polytheism(Perhaps the most obvious way that Neopaganism differs from other religions is a strong belief in polytheism - literally, many gods)
2.Reverence of nature(Many Wiccans, for example, worship the goddess as Mother Earth, and most other Neopagans have strong environmental concerns.)
3.Magic and Karma.( A last belief almost all Neopagans hold is that of the ability all humans share, to one degree or another, to manipulate energies and cause changes in the world.)
Misconceptions About Neo-Paganism:
1.Pagans are devil worshippers(In real,they do not believe in devil.The devils hold no place in Paganism)
2.Pagans are not religious.(In Real,they involve worshipping deities,codes of ethics,celebration of holidays and a belief in an Afterlife.
3.Pagans make animal sacrifices.(Paganism is based upon love of nature,even the thought of sacrificing is repulsive to them.)