The purpose of this part of the TransPagan Consensus survey is to determine how Practitioners of the Earth-Oriented-Spirituality Traditions define themselves and their Paths.
Note: There has been another major overhaul of this survey, at the instigation of the Continuity and Clarity wing of Garden of Life, a small but powerful Glade, so if you looked at it before and found it unclear or disorganized, please give us another chance. Sections now include:
1. Introduction and Definitions;
2. Spiritual, Philosophical and Religious issues;
3. Values, Ethics and Behavior issues (Applied, Theoretical and Extra Credit);
4. Pagan Community issues; and
5. The Pagan Community's interface with the current mainstream society issues
This survey is for Individuals who think of themselves as Pagan or who are involved with an Earth-Oriented-Spirituality Tradition. Results from Individuals not so identifying themselves will not be tabulated but may be listed separately as reference material. The goals of this survey are to study Earth Oriented Spirituality and Pagan traditions and to proactively determine what we agree on, that, if acted upon, would be of benefit to our community as we re-emerge into mainstream culture.
If the forgoing explanations do make sense to you, and you feel that this determination of Consensus is a worthwhile endeavor, we would be delighted for you to participate in our survey. Once there are enough responses to make a real sampling we will start posting the results, on a site linked to this page.
The last question in each section specifically asks for your feedback on questions that you believe should be asked and recommendations on removal or modification of the wording or intent of existing questions. We appreciate any feedback that you would care to send to help us make this survey more accurate and helpful.
Please fill out the following form based on YOUR own experience, beliefs and opinions.
Use the Send button at the bottom of the page to send your feedback to the Office of the Archives and the Records Secretary via eMail.
Special Note: Survey responses cannot be Submitted without the Name, Identifying Phrase and eMail Address fields being filled in. Everything else is optional. You can complete this Survey in parts if you wish or only respond to those questions that interest you particularly by reentering the Name, Identifying Phrase and eMail Address fields each time. The Identifying Phrase may be a Magickal, personal Mantra, or any kind of catch-phrase you strive towards. This will help the survey compilers determine that a particular survey response came from the same person should you choose to reply to different parts of the survey, send in part of your responses at different times, or if we do continuations of this concept in the future. Confirmation eMails will be sent to submitter, to make certain that the submissions are from working eMail addresses before being tabulated.
Reason for construction of this survey:
The issues facing the Pagan Community range from the critical to the trivial, from defining the Sacred to where to list Pagans in the telephone directory. The Discussion of such issues is part of the Eternal MultiLogue that we find fascinating and productive. One way for Pagans to actualize our emerging Cultural Identity is to establish some sort of interactional venue for Pagan action for those who share a consensual world view. Rather than attempting to regulate "proper" Paganism, as has sometimes happened in the past, our intent is to foster one TransPagan voice to interface with mainstream society and to act on issues upon which the Pagan Community is united. One of the first steps, it would seem, would be to determine if such unifying issues and concepts exist, and if so what they are. This survey is our small attempt to begin such a process.
It may be useful to open Garden of Life's Definitions Page in a separate window for help on any of the terms in this survey. We have tried to make this survey and our definitions page as NeuroLinguistically Neutral as possible, but as modern physics teaches us, that only goes so far.
We also have position papers on some of the discussed issues, if you're interested in our take on them. We have tried to separate our own teachings, forms and techniques from the wording of the survey questions. We may provide links next to some of the questions, that you can click on if you want to see our comments on that issue.