And it is a trend that is sweeping Scotland and the rest of the UK, according to organisers of the world's largest witchcraft festival. Children of Artemis, which runs Witchfest that runs this weekend, claims that tens of thousands of people are practising Paganism with many more attracted by its spiritual and magical elements, which can include moon worship and ritual. It has noted an unprecedented interest in its events with ticket sales up per cent, while its event on Wicca at Glastonbury Festival next summer is already sold out. Merlyn Hern, of Children of Artemis, said people were increasingly drawn to Pagan belief systems, which often revolve around both gods and goddesses and involve worshipping nature, because it reflected modern sensibilities more closely.
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The Pagan Federation (Scotland)
The Pagan Faith of Scotland I To most minds the chief interest, even of so beautiful and picturesque a country as Scotland, is not the natural scenery itself, but the life which was formerly lived within it. Round feudal castle and grey motehill and earthen camp the pedestrian pictures to himself pageants long past of strange and tragic meaning. Out of a place-name alone sometimes he conjures a picture-beholds the eager figure of some long-forgotten missionary saint, mingles in the fierce details of old barbaric onset, or pauses with the plaided victors of some stern clan feud as they turn at nightfall to cleanse their weapons at "the washing-place of swords. Few, however, pause to consider how closely and by what familiar means the remote past links itself to the present hour. Nothing, indeed, appears more unlikely than that the staid citizen of to-day should, all unconsciously, be using in constant practice many of the heathen rites and precepts of primeval savage ancestors. The fact, nevertheless, appears capable of clear proof, and a few instances may suggest to the most incredulous, not only that the past lives in the present, but that Scotland to-day is largely ruled by ancient pagan usage and belief. Among the most curious of extant evidences of the ancient pagan faith of these isles are those which declare our ancestors to have followed a form of sun-worship.
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Paganism is a spiritual way of life which has its roots in the ancient nature religions of the world. It is principally rooted in the old religions of Europe, though some adherents also find great worth in the indigenous beliefs of other continents. What does it do? Scottish PF provides accurate, factual information on modern Paganism to government, NGOs, civic society, the media and the general public.
Sources[ edit ] Three Celtic goddesses, as depicted at Coventina's well. Comparatively little is known about Celtic polytheism because the evidence for it is fragmentary, due largely to the fact that the Celts who practiced it wrote nothing down about their religion. Cunliffe went on to note that "there is more, varied, evidence for Celtic religion than for any other example of Celtic life. The only problem is to assemble it in a systematic form which does not too greatly oversimplify the intricate texture of its detail.