I’ve been thinking a bit about definitions, labels, and classifications in the pagan and metaphysical communities. One issue I had when I was younger was defining myself as “pagan” even though as a ceremonial magician, I was essentially practicing a monotheistic mystical system. What it really came down to is that “pagan”, a term which should connote a religious affiliation, had in fact become another term for “magic-user”, even if that person did not adhere to “pagan” religious beliefs or practices.
Hence Satanists, atheists mystics, Christian mystics and witches, ceremonial magicians, and Buddhist mystics might be lumped in with “pagans” even though they kinda aren’t. Because they might do magic, and their systems have been harvested by pagans, so they must be close enough.
So, since we love labels and classifications, and because I am bound and determined to have at least one of my made-up words enter general use in the pagan community, I propose the term “meta-pagan” for those who associate with the pagan community insofar as magical technique is concerned, but deviate from pagan religious practice. Thus, the meta-pagan community includes Satanists, Christian withes, and Reiki practicioners, while the pagan community can be limited to poly or pantheist religious types.