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It always feels odd to me when I see this come up, but there are people out there who believe that Pagans don’t like modern things. This is a very strange misinterpretation of the truth.
You see, Pagans do tend to value old things. they appreciate the power of herbal healing, they follow ages-old traditions, they respect simplicity. They’re more likely to use a dead stick as a wand than they are to go buy some factory-made new one. They appreciate hand-crafted items and handed-down items. They like old and used things quite a lot. That doesn’t mean that they don’t enjoy new things.
I think part of this belief is because so many Pagans will try to heal through spirituality and herbalism before turning to modern medicine. It doesn’t mean that they won’t go to a doctor or that they have and disdain for modern methods, only that they see value in more traditional methods.
In truth, Pagans take advantage of modern life and technology just like anyone else. They have moon apps on their phones, they go to salons, they write blogs on their laptops, they do things the same way most people do. There’s even a path called Technopaganism, which incorporates the use of technology and devices in their magickal workings.
Interestingly enough, there are other religions that have a much greater aversion to technology and the new than Paganism. The Amish and Mormons are perfect examples. Other religions may not avoid technology, but do hold disdain for modern thoughts, such as women being equal or giving value to independent learning outside the religion’s teachings.
*Disclaimer: I no longer practice Paganism, but I’ve left these Pagan Myths articles active because I believe they’re still valuable in helping people to understand Paganism and reduce negative stereotypes.*