Many people come to Neo-Paganism after leaving the religion they were raised in. Different Neo-Pagan groups may have different requirements for membership, like a probationary period of study. But there is no formal process of conversion to Neo-Paganism, and many Neo-Pagans never join any group. Anyone can call themselves Neo-Pagan (which is one of the reasons it is so difficult to define). Most Neo-Pagans come to identify as such through a process of individual spiritual exploration.
Many of us experience our coming to Neo-Paganism as a feeling of “coming home,” by which we mean that “Neo-Pagan” is an expression of a religious identity for which we previously had no name. For many reasons, we feel drawn away from the religions of our birth. We feel drawn to the woods, the mountains, or the seashore. We feel a sense of the divine in nature, in the Earth, in the changing of the seasons, and in our own bodies. We are moved by fairy tales, stories from folklore, and ancient pagan myths and art. When we meet other like-minded people, we discover that we are not alone, and we realize that we are Neo-Pagans too.