The Etymology of the Word Pagan

The term pagan is used, today, to signify people who do not believe in the monotheistic god of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. It is used much like “heathen.” It also refers to pantheists and neo-pagans.

Origins of the Word Pagan

Pagan comes from a Latin word paganus, meaning villager, rustic, civilian, and itself comes from a pāgus which refers to a small unit of land in a rural district. It was a demeaning Latin term (like the word hick), that originally lacked a religious significance.


Etymology Online
 says pagan comes from a PIE base *pag- ‘to fix’ and related to the word “pact”. It adds that the usage to refer to nature worshipers and pantheists dates from 1908.

Today’s Moon Phase

 THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2019

Tommorow the Moon will be in a Waxing Crescent phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.