How to be a Pagan in University

Despite reading and learning about paganism for over five years, I didn’t start practising it until after starting university!  If like me, you were not active as a pagan during secondary school (the British equivalent to American high schools), and really want to start living as a pagan now that you’ve started university, here are some pointers on how to live as a pagan while you’re at university.

  • Join your university’s Pagan Society (most universities have one) and regularly attend meetings and take part in organised activities, including workshops and rituals.
  • Ask people about their Paths as pagans, particularly if they’re giving a talk about it.  (Don’t ask silly questions as they may take offense, unless you know each other well.)
  • Make regular trips to your pagan/occult store, whether to top up on your supplies, or to talk to the clerks.  They are always willing to answer any questions on paganism and the occult and recommend good books on the subject.
  • Stock up on your pagan supplies: buy herbs and essential oils; and start collecting crystals, if you haven’t already.
  • If your student accommodation doesn’t allow you to have candles or incense, substitute with fake battery-powered candles.
  • Though the dress code at university is lax compared to secondary school, be discreet about wearing pagan amulets and symbols, as it can gain you negative attention expecially from other religious groups both at and outside of university.
  • Set aside time for meditation; about 10-15 minutes two or three times a week.  This will help you to regain focus.
  • Visit your local park or places of pagan interest, such as old ruins and stone circles (if there are any near you).  Go out and be close to nature as much as you can.
  • Don’t tell people outright that you’re a pagan.  Get to know them first, and see their stance on the subject.
  • Keep a journal, or Book of Shadows to keep track of what you’ve learned, and to record your experiences.
  • Read, read and read!  Read as many books as you can on the subject.  You can never learn too much.

Choosing Your Own Path


If you are very unsure about what path of witchcraft to choose, take some time to think about some of the following things:

  • What culture or religion are you interested in?  Research about the different cultures with their Gods and Goddesses.  See what appeals to you.  Some pagans and witches pick and mix what paths they choose to follow, others mainly follow one set of deities, with one of them as their patron, but still pay respects to other deities.
  • What do you enjoy doing?  Things like singing and dancing you can incorporate into your rituals.
  • Look into your family tree.  It’s good to know where you come from, and draw from it.
  • Talk to pagans.  Ask questions about their beliefs and lifestyle, most will talk to you if you show a genuine interest.
  • Read, read and read!  A lot of books written by pagans are from their own experiences, and take bits and pieces from them and incorporate them into your own lifestyle.