Christo-Paganism is defined as blending Christianity with some form of Paganism, which encompasses a wide range of blended paths. Under the umbrella of Christo-Paganism are paths such as Christian Wicca, Christian Mysticism and Christian Witchcraft for example, and under each of those paths are various sub-paths, encompassing different beliefs and different rituals.
The Christian Holy Trinity is represented in some form or another. God (The Father), Jesus (The Son) and the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost) are represented. Some see this trinity as completely male while others see The Father and Son as the Male aspects and the Holy Spirit as the Female aspect of the triple God, the Mother of the Son.
The symbol to represent Christo-Paganism can either be a cross, a pentagram or a cross-pentagram, which is a Latin cross with the image of a pentagram either etched or mounted on the front of it.
Christian Wicca is different from Christian Witchcraft. Christian Wicca follows the tenets of the Wicca path while following the Ten Commandments in the Christian Bible and praying to the Christian Holy Trinity. Christian Witchcraft does not generally follow the tenets of the Wicca path but some elements are the same — the use of spells, prayers and the energy surrounding all of us and that flows throughout the universe.
The use of an altar is a common theme. Generally a Christo-Pagan has some representation(s) of Christianity on their altar—a cross for example—and some representation of the four elements of earth, air, fire and water. The tools of a Christo-Pagan are similar to those on a Wiccan or Witchcraft path. An incense burner/censure, bottles of Holy Water, anointing oils, candles (both altar and candles specific to the ritual being performed) and salt are quite common items on a Christo-Pagan’s altar. Other items may include items that are personal to the Christo-Pagan to personalize and enhance their rituals/magick. Some have images of the Virgin Mary, others use a pentacle, some have pentagrams represented on theirs and others have images of their patron Saint(s).
Spell casting is a common practice among many on a Christo-Pagan path… Some spells that are used are specifically designed for those on a Christo Pagan path and others have been adapted from Wicca or Witchcraft to make the spell specific to the Christian Holy Trinity or even one of the Christian Saints, who are classed as “messengers” between the mortal and their God. Spells used by a Christo-Pagan encompass a wide variety of uses, from healing to finding something lost…. From finding a new home to creating Holy Water…. From ending negativity/binding spells to fertility and welcoming a new child.
It is a common misconception that Christo-Pagans use only light magick and wish no one else any harm. In some cases, yes, that is true. However, there are some Christo-Pagans who believe in balancing light and darkness, and yet others who walk only in shadows. It depends on the person’s beliefs and how they view the world around them.