Sacred Pagan Pilgrimages: The Importance of Spiritual Pagan Journeys
Do you go on vacation every year? Do you go to the same place over and over without variety? Have you ever thought about taking a sacred pagan pilgrimage for your next trip? In this article, we explore the sacred pagan pilgrimage: what it is, why go on one, and where to go.
What is a Sacred Pagan Pilgrimage?
Ever heard of a pilgrimage? It’s defined as a “pilgrim’s journey” or “a journey to a place associated with someone or something well-known or respected.” When Christians and Muslims make pilgrimages to Jerusalem or Mecca, they are engaging in a physical journey for a spiritual purpose. Pagans can go on pilgrimages too! So to define a sacred pagan pilgrimage – it’s a journey or trip taken by a pagan to a sacred pagan site. This sacred pagan site can be a place with spiritual significance or a place where a person or thing is located that holds spiritual significance.
Why Take a Sacred Pagan Pilgrimage?
What’s the point in taking a sacred pagan pilgrimage? We are all so caught up in our routine daily lives, we don’t have time to really make a connection with the land and with our own souls. A sacred pagan pilgrimage will not only get you out of your comfort zone, it will teach you things and help you grow spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. You’ll find a connection with the land you visit, and maybe even with the people there. You might even forge a deep connection with your ancestors and/or with the gods of the land. At the very least, a sacred pagan pilgrimage will give you time to reflect on your life and provide a little peace to your soul.
Where Do Pagans Go on Pilgrimages?
We’ve defined the sacred pagan pilgrimage, but now we’ll explore some possible sacred pagan sites. My first suggestion is this – if you can’t afford an expensive trip to a far-away pagan site like Stonehenge in England, go somewhere close to home. Take a day-trip or a trip only a few hours away! I guarantee there’s a sacred pagan site closer to you than you think.
Research sites with ancient historical value like Native American holy places in the United States or stone circles in England and France. Caves with prehistoric cave paintings, pyramids in South America and Egypt, ancient Hindu and Buddhist temples, all of these places could be your sacred pagan pilgrimage.
Wilderness & Natural Places
If you can’t travel to an ancient site, go somewhere far out in the wilderness or secluded – the woods, the seashore, the mountains. The point is to go somewhere you’ve NEVER been and feel a spiritual calling to go. Are you a water person? Stay near a lake or the ocean. Prefer hiking and fresh air? Camp in the mountains.
If you’re able to, plan a sacred pagan pilgrimage that takes you on a journey to the land of your ancestors. Be it Ireland, France, England, India, China, etc. Plan your sacred journey somewhere you feel drawn and from which your ancestors originate. Go where your budget allows, or start saving now!
Sacred Pagan Pilgrimages in the U.S.:
- Montana Megaliths
- Ohio’s Petroglyphs
- ANY places located on a Ley Line: learn more HERE
- Viking rune-stones in the U.S.
- Witchcraft Museums and Exhibits
- Real Historical Witches’ Houses and Cottages
- Grand Canyon
- Red Rocks in Sedona, AZ
- Mesa Verde National Park
- Salem, MA
- Great Smoky Mountains
- Carlsbad Caverns
- Bryce and Zion in Utah
- New Orleans, LA (French Quarter and Historical Sites)
- Yosemite National Park
- Glacier National Park
- Florida Keys
- Yellowstone National Park
- Bear Butte, SD
What to Do On Your Sacred Pagan Pilgrimage
If you’re journeying to an ancient pagan site, consider camping out if the location allows. Most national parks in the United States allow for hiking and camping twenty four hours a day. Research the location and whether or not overnight camping is allowed in the vicinity. Can’t go camping near the site? Stay nearby and plan a day or more hiking the area or sight-seeing. The key is to explore ALL of your options on your sacred pagan pilgrimage. Make it a peaceful, yet exciting experience. One that you’ll never forget!
You don’t have to do anything incredibly spiritual-related such as take a yoga class or go on a retreat to have a sacred pagan pilgrimage! You only have to enjoy the journey and reach your destination with intention.
Stormy’s Sacred Pagan Pilgrimage to Germany
Stormy had felt a calling to Germany all her life. When she was a little girl, she read every fairy tale ever written by the Grimm Brothers. She loved her grandmother’s German cooking and read all there was to read on Germany from the school library. As she got older, her interest in Germany blossomed along with her spirituality. Stormy began identifying as a pagan and weaved old Germanic traditions into her spiritual practice. One day she decided – she’d take a vacation to Germany. This vacation turned out to be a sacred pagan pilgrimage: she hiked the Black Forest, floated in the ancient thermal springs in Baden-Baden, and stayed in the German town her ancestors resided before migrating to the U.S. Not only was her vacation fun, it filled her with joy and provided spiritual enlightenment in many different ways.
Sacred Pagan Pilgrimages Worldwide:
- Stonehenge in England
- Glastonbury Tor in England
- Sphinx, Pyramids, and Temples in Egypt
- Chichen Itza in Mexico
- Temple of Confucius in China
- Prambanan Temple in Indonesia
- Roman Baths in Rome
- Bagan Temples in Myanmar
- Thermal Springs in Germany
- Mount Kurama in Japan
- Macchu Picchu in Peru
- Ta Promh Temple in Cambodia
- Saint Brigid’s Well in Ireland
- Isle of Skye in Scotland
- Sanctuary of Delphi in Greece
- Newgrance in Ireland