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Emperor Julian

In 360 A.D., the Emperor Julian became the last Pagan ruler of the Roman Empire. Known as "Julian the Apostate" because he had been raised a Christian but then later converted to Paganism, he worked to re-establish the worship of the ancient Goddesses and Gods and restore all forms of Pagan Religion.

Julian's religious goal was simple and direct, to restore the honor and status which the ancient Pagan faiths had held since the beginning of time. He sought to reinstate noble virtues and purposes within all Pagan religion, to make Pagan teachings available to all, and to continue the rites and public worship of all ancient Pagan deities. Julian's aim was to rebuild and strengthen the various Pagan paths to insure their future survival.

Julian first worked to preserve all forms of Pagan faith so that they could collectively compete with the Christian church. He also ordered an end to the persecution of non-Christians, and proclaimed that all religions should be tolerated on an equal basis.

Julian then began a unified plan to organize and reestablish Pagan religion itself. He rebuilt the ancient temples to the gods, reformed the pagan priesthoods, and saw to it that the ancient Pagan rites were publicly continued. He also worked to reintroduce Pagan ideals to the world by promoting public education in the Pagan faiths and philosophies.

Julian reigned as Caesar of the Western Roman Empire from 355 AD to 360 AD, and then as Augustus from 360-363 AD. Sadly, Julian died in battle in 363 AD before his religious goals could be completed. He was destined to be the last and greatest champion of the ancient Pagan faiths. The emperors who came after were Christian, they made the Church supreme and banned all Pagan worship on penalty of death. Thus the ancient ways perished. Yet for over a thousand years Julian has remained a symbol of pure faith and just rule, and of the true worth of the ancient Pagan religions.

Today, the sacred work begun by Julian remains, and is a more practical and valid goal than ever. His historical example becomes a positive framework for modern action, and for the Julian Society.

The Julian Society is a non-denominational religious order dedicated to the advancement of Pagan religion. Our membership shares many different traditions of Pagan worship while remaining united through the common bond of the ideals the Emperor Julian championed. We continue to carry on the work which Julian began centuries ago; restoring Pagan religion so that it may again take it's rightful place as a major world religious system.

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Learn more about the Emperor Julian and Pagan religion with books from:
The Julian Society Online Bookstore

The Julian Society now offers a statue of the Emperor Julian for sale, as well as other items at:
The Julian Society Gift Shop

Keep up with the latest Julian Society news at:
The Julian Society Newsletter

Talk with other Julian Society members on our new eGroups list: 

The Julian Society Internet List 

Or post messages at:
The Julian Society Boardroom


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A Religious Order

As a non-denominational Pagan Religious Order, the Julian Society is dedicated to three basic goals:

I. To present the Emperor Julian's life and efforts to the modern world (both Pagan and otherwise) as a historical example of Pagan piety, dignity, respectability and social responsibility. Click here for more information.

II. To reintroduce the ideal of a unified but diverse worldwide Pagan movement, as conceived by ancient Neo-Platonic philosophy and championed by the Emperor Julian and other Pagans of late antiquity, as a viable alternative to cultural Christianity. Click here for more information.

III. To continue the Emperor Julian's plan and works to restore Paganism to its rightful place as a major and respected world religion.  Click here for more information.

It is our hope that the Emperor Julian's historical legacy will provide those who worship the ancient Gods today with a means of clearly focusing on the issues we all share. Our paths differ today just as they did in antiquity. Yet we have the writings, teachings and efforts of the Emperor who led the last great effort for Pagan restoration to provide solutions which can allow us to preserve our individual paths and yet act together.

The ideals held by the Julian Society are compatible with all forms of Pagan spirituality. Membership in the Julian Society is valid alongside all other group memberships and Pagan religious associations. Our spiritual philosophy is a focus upon positive personal conduct and responsibility. We hold that each member's personal beliefs and connections with the gods are their own responsibility, and are also proven by their works in the world around them.

A Higher Standard

The Julian Society seeks to enhance Pagan religion through practical example. Members are invited to dedicate themselves toward positive and honorable virtues and conduct, toward the goal of making Pagan spirituality a more respected path.

Who will find Julian Society membership beneficial?  Those who:

Some of the opportunities available to members of the Julian Society:

I. The opportunity to be part of a respected organization which is known for promoting learning, personal virtue and honor.  Click here for more information.

II. The opportunity to focus directly on Pagan religion and its history, rather than diluting your religious efforts with the usual gamut of "alternative" social issues.  Click here for more information.

III. The opportunity to help achieve Julian's goals of restoring Pagan religion, by working alongside others who share a belief in this ancient legacy.  Click here for more information.

IV. The opportunity to organize and run an official chapter of the Julian Society in your area. Click here for more information.

V. The opportunity to share rites and rituals that focus on the Emperor Julian's spirituality and works. Click here for more information.


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More about the Emperor Julian and His Works

(An excellent article about Julian's life · Related Resources · Links to other websites)

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There is no fee to join the Julian Society. You may consider yourself a full member immediately if you are willing to devote your conduct and efforts toward enhancing and restoring Pagan religion throughout the world. The Society does offer an official I.D. card as confirmation of membership:

Julian Society membership card

To obtain a membership card, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Julian Society at our P.O. Box address. We will ship your card to you via return mail. To make the card official simply sign your name. You may want to have the card laminated and carry it with you to remind yourself of your pledge to continue the sacred work to restore Pagan religion.

To request a membership card, or to ask further questions, write to the Julian Society at:

The Julian Society
P.O. Box 1897
Wells, ME 04090

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As long as one person remembers, the ancient path survives.

As long as one person worships truly, the ancient Goddesses and Gods are with us.

As long as one person acts with noble spirit, even if they act alone, we are all blessed.

Be thou that one.

Emperor Julian

"For zeal to do all that is in one's power is, in truth, a proof of piety."

Flavius Claudius Julianus

The Emperor Julian
360 AD

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