There weren’t any, “Kiss me I’m Pagan,” buttons in evidence.


But the Southeastern Massachusetts Pagan Pride Day at the former Ted Williams Camp Sunday did bring together a varied celebration of positive paganism mixed with standard community fair fare.

There weren’t any, “Kiss me I’m Pagan,” buttons in evidence.


But the Southeastern Massachusetts Pagan Pride Day at the former Ted Williams Camp on Sunday did bring together a varied celebration of positive paganism mixed with standard community fair fare.


You could get a slice of pepperoni pizza and follow that up with having your palm read. There was face painting for the kids followed by a drum circle and ritual to usher in the autumn equinox. The medicinal qualities of herbs growing wild in the area – as well as their anti-hexing qualities – were described next to an outdoor belly dancing lesson.


The autumn equinox is one of two times during the year, the other being the spring equinox, when the sun crosses the earth’s equator making night and day approximately equal in length.


It’s also a time of thanksgiving in many Pagan traditions, according to information provided by Lisa Butler, local coordinator for SMPP Day, which she orchestrated from a Raynham office.


She added in a release that “Modern Paganism, or New-Paganism, is a rapidly growing religious movement based on combinations of ancient polytheism, modern eco-spirituality, and reverence for the Divine as both masculine and feminine. Some common traditions found under this umbrella include Wicca or Witchcraft, Asatru, and Druidry.


“Pagans are found in all walks of life, from professionals to homemakers, and hold ethical standards that emphasize respect for nature, humanity and oneself.”


And the crowd of 300 or so was diverse, ranging widely in age.


The packed parking lots’ cars had vanity plates stating, “Wiccan,” and “Gnomes” alongside a bumper sticker advising people to “Go organic” on the back of an SUV and a sticker stating simply, “My son is in the U.S. Army.”


Dorothy Morrison, author of “Everyday Magick,” provided a lecture before an appreciative group of about 40, seated comfortably around her on the grass on a slope overlooking Loon Pond.


As she described a spell’s procedure, many took notes, and there was a question-and-answer session that followed – what color candle best serves in the spell’s symbolic complement of dark to light represented by the black and white candles, for instance?


Answer: Four-inch brown candles can be difficult to obtain. Yellow, lavender or gray can be substituted.


Or, will the spell’s effectiveness be compromised depending on what day it’s employed.


Answer: No. Any day, any time is fine, though love spells on Tuesdays are a bad idea. Tuesday is a day of war.


This particular spell would help a person dispel negativity as well as attract positives – and could be of a practical nature. If you want money, that’s what you visualize. “See $100 bills fill the room.”


Morrison added – another practical touch – that the spell works right away if you follow all the steps. “Things happen immediately.”


In extolling its virtues she said if there was only one spell she could do, “this would be it.” And, once again, she had the practical touch, “Most Pagan authors can’t quit their day job. I can and did.”


Morrison, a tall, striking woman with graying hair and a slight twang she acquired from her native Texas, was happy to sign her books following the talk.


Charles Cochrane of Middleboro was one of the organizers. It was his first year helping with the Southeastern Mass. Pagan Pride Day, he said, but it was going well. There was a good turnout, he said, mixing area folks from Taunton, Lakeville and Wareham with those who made a longer journey for the event.


Butler agreed the crowd hailed from the local area, as well as from the North Shore, Rhode Island and Long Island, N.Y.


She’s been a practicing witch for about 10 years, she said, and recently became involved in the SMPP Day. It was the first time it had been held at the former Ted Williams Camp, she said.


About 30 vendors were on hand under a variety of tents, selling books, clothing, art, herbs, henna tattoos and other related items. Many of the goods may have been eclectic, but the chatting among vendors was of “networking” and exchanging e-mails to enhance business.


Scott Helland of the “Gypsy Nomads” drove down from New Paltz, N.Y. to perform with partner Samantha Stephenson at the event.


He said the Nomads perform an eclectic blend of musical styles, mixing Gypsy, Celtic, medieval and rock stylings.


And that’s what makes Pagan Pride Days a nice fit for the Gypsy Nomads, he said. Those drawn to the events “are so open-minded” they’re willing to listen and embrace a different, unique style.


The Gypsy Nomads’ itinerary includes appearances at the Northern Shenandoah PPD in Virginia, the Eastern Mass PPD in North Andover, and the New York City PPD in Battery Park, all later this month.


Mary Anna Abuzahra, was providing “lunar insight” readings. She also provides computer-aided astrological readings, she said.


She makes recommendations to people based on the readings. She doesn’t give people explicit instructions, she said. That would interfere with free will.


The moon has an effect on people, as well as on nature, Abuzahra said.


People often lose touch with the effects of nature in today’s technological world. She feels lucky she grew up in a rural area of Connecticut where nature’s importance was apparent in everyday life.


That attention to the natural world is a large part of what draws people to Pagan Pride Days, she said.


Butler noted the local event is affiliated with the Pagan Pride Project, a “global organization whose mission is to reduce discrimination against Pagan religions. By providing accurate information, and by showing communities that their own neighbors and co-workers practice these religions, they hope to lessen prejudice against them.”