What is Lived Religion?
Most forms of Paganism, including Wicca, are a type of lived religion. This refers to the day to day practices of individuals within their religion or spirituality. As discussed by Meredith McGuire¹ in her book, lived religion is the experiences and practices of "ordinary people" as opposed to the official messaging of a relgion. An example of this is Wicca versus Chirstianity. An individual's experience within their Wiccan faith as well as their day to day rituals and spells are a part of their lived religion. If a priest, however, preaches that all Christians should follow the word of God, it is not. Wicca, Paganism, and Neo-Paganisn all have their own practices and nuances, however something they have in common is being focused on the indivudal path of a person, as opposed to a divine message and path designed to be followed by all.