Frequently Asked Questions
Wether this is your first festival or you are a seasoned festivalgoer hopefully this page will give you some information about Spirit of The Marsh Beltane Gathering and Festival.
Do I have to be a Pagan to come?
This is probably the most asked question that we get and the answer is absolutely not. We get people attending with all sorts of religious beliefs or none at all. The camp is for anyone with an open mind and heart.
Can my kids come?
Yes most definitely. Spirit of the Marsh is a family friendly festival. Children do need to supervised though as there will be the Beltane fire burning all weekend. Children under 12 are free, Children 13-17 pay a reduced fee.
Can my dog come?
Yes indeed, well behaved dogs and owners are more than welcome. We are pleased that Spirit of the Marsh is a four legged friend friendly festival! However, your dog must be on a lead at all times. You must clear up after your dog has pooped. If you dog is not tolerant of children or other dogs then please do not bring it.
Are Pagans devil worshippers?
No, Pagans do not worship the Devil or Satan. Pagans do not believe in the Devil, he is part of the Judeo-Christian Religions and mythology. Most Devil worshipping groups are not Pagan, because they are centered on a Judeo-Christian supernatural being, namely Satan. These Devil Worshippers are a sect of Christianity, even though Christianity does not want to claim them.
Their focus is on opposing the mainstream Christian God and honoring the Devil, neither of these beings are part of Paganism. There is a tradition that calls itself Satanist. Satanists are not devil worshippers. They do not believe in god or the devil or any force outside themselves and other living creatures. They believe they can control their lives without the need to place responsibility on a higher power of any kind. Devil worshippers on the other hand sometimes do claim to be Satanists. This leads to lots of confusion.
People often confuse the Occult with Pagan Religion, this is a mistake, and they are very different things. Many religions, including; Pagan, Non-Pagan, Christianity and Judaism have occult aspects, many do not.