|Wheel of the Year = Pagan Holy Days|
"But then there are the eclectics, and this is where I get confused. Do eclectics practice in such diverse and idiosyncratic ways because it fits their beliefs? Or, and yes I know this is a touchy idea, does a lack of consistency in practice perhaps denote a lack of belief?"
As an extremely eclectic Pagan, I can answer most assuredly: Maybe.
The truth is, I cannot answer for all eclectic Pagans. I can only answer for myself, and by extension my family.
I don't do ceremony. Unless I want to. I don't use ritual tools or cast circles. Unless I want to.
|Paganism should be a family affair|
But I think of this as more of the way my brain works (I'm never entirely "in" normal reality, so I don't really have to "leave" it to do my spiritual work), rather than a skill set.
And thoughts become reality... this is seen in most spiritual beliefs as well as quantum physics. So, yes, it is because of my beliefs.
|Making magic during the holidays|
As for Joe Schmoe Eclectic Pagan over there? I dunno.