Wicca is a neo-pagan, earth-centered religion that has its modern origins in the teaching and practice of the original english wiccan, gerald gardner (1884-1964) today, wicca is experiencing dramatic growth as teens reject what they perceive as christian paternalism, homophobia, and insensitivity to the environment. This is just a very brief introduction to the main beliefs found within the very diverse religion of wicca other, more detailed articles on each of these topics can be found throughout the site, so please do have a look around. Starting in the early nineteenth century, a new natural religion gradually evolved it gathered momentum in the mid-twentieth century many authors and philosophers helped to develop the magical modern religion and to articulate parts of its belief structure the religion finds its roots in ancient ways.
Read wiccan and pagan books, such as the spiral dance by starhawk drawing down the moon by margot adler paganism: an introduction to earth centered spirituality by river & joyce higginbotham and wicca: a guide for the solitary practitioner by scott cunningham. In this very short introduction malcolm gaskill challenges all of this, and argues that what we think we know is, in fact, wrong taking a historical perspective from the ancient world to contemporary paganism, gaskill reveals how witchcraft has meant different things to different people and that in every age it has raised questions about the. When you're looking for an introduction to wicca, you'll find a lot of contradictory information one book will swear by one method, and another will guarantee that one is wrong the problem is compounded when your introduction to wicca is through websites everyone can make a website these days.
Wicca is a type of neopaganism while wiccan beliefs can be diverse, most followers of wicca believe in a single ultimate reality that pervades the universe and is expressed in the goddess and god. A solid introduction to witchcraft those coming to the subject for the first time would do well to read gaskill's short yet comprehensive book. Introduction to animal guides amimal guides or totems are and are not a part of the wiccan or witchcraft traditions i am not trying to be confusing here, some witches work with them and some don't. An introduction to different pagan paths by gg on apr 1, 2011 • 6:53 am 35 comments i've been searching for a site that provides an overview of the variants of paganism most widely practiced today, or at least most widely known. This site is designed to introduce you to the dynamic, earth-centered religion known as wicca wicca honors the life-giving and life-sustaining powers of nature through ritual worship of the goddess and the god , and a commitment to living in balance with the earth.
Witchcraft, being the oldest religion/philosophy on earth, has its own pantheon of gods and goddesses that are used in a way similar to the way catholics use saints isn't the pentagram (the five-pointed star enclosed in a circle) a symbol of the devil. Merry meet everyone i have got a lot of comments from people who are beginners in wicca - people who are looking into wicca and who really don't know how to start off with their own path. Some wiccans consider wicca and witchcraft to be synonyms others differentiate between wicca, which they view to be a religion, and witchcraft, which they perceive to be the practice of magick under this definition, witchcraft is not a religion and thus can be performed by members of any religion. Introduction to witchcraft (faq) [note: this is an attempt to provide a very basic orientation and is not an in-depth explanation of the theology or organization of the reclaiming tradition or the craft in general. This very short introduction explores the meaning of paganism - through a chronological overview of the attitudes towards its practices and beliefs - from the ancient world through to the present day.
How to become a wiccan three parts: learning about the wicca craft becoming a wiccan using wicca in everyday life community q&a also known as the old religion and the craft, wicca is a religion with its own practices, tenets, and beliefs rooted in pagan traditions. Doing spells and being wiccan are two completely different things wicca as a religion is a dedication of your spirituality—putting spells on people is silly and irresponsible and can be done without delving into and disrespecting a religion wicca is a religion established by gerald gardner in mid-twentieth century he was a man in england who claimed he had been initiated into an ancient surviving witch-cult wicca is the religion he based off his time in this secret coven of witches. An introduction to paganism and wicca learn about the basic beliefs and concepts of paganism and wicca, plus useful tips on how to get started in practice, reading lists, and introductory guides to many aspects of magical living. Since wicca is a nature-based religion, followers are encouraged to respect all living things wiccans make sacrifices or offerings to their chosen deities, but these offerings are usually bread.
Wicca represent a different, even opposite, response to the dominance and pervasive influence of science in modern culture rather than integrate scientific claims into new religious teachings, these groups tend to oppose the materialism, technological excess, and alienation from nature that science is seen to. Witchcraft: a very short introduction malcolm gaskill very short introductions examines the history and origins of witchcraft, from pre-history to the present day, considering why it still features so heavily in our culture. Wicca as a religion was introduced by gerald gardner in the 1950s gardner's tradition was oathbound, initiatory, and secret gardner's tradition was oathbound, initiatory, and secret however, after a few years splinter groups began forming, and new traditions were formed. An introduction to the wiccan religion wicca is a nature-oriented (not nature-worshipping), initiatory pagan mystery religion based on the traditions and beliefs of tribal europe, with significant influence from western magical traditions and a ritual structure based on the writings and practices of gerald gardner and the new forest area covens.
Sympathy with nature, rejection of organized religion, ritual magic and observance of seasonal festivals are fundamental to neo-pagan witchcraft, known as 'wicca' 'culture' assures us that, today, the history of witchcraft is sophisticated. Wicca is a highly spiritual religion based on the ancient pre-christian pagan religions not all pagans are wiccans (a separate article explaining the difference between pagans and wiccans will be posted later.
Wiccan beliefs sponsored link general principles of wiccan beliefs: wicca is an almost completely decentralized religion george knowles, a wiccan author, has said: â€œwicca has no high authority, no single leader, no prophet and no bible to dictate its laws and beliefsâ. Wicca is a fascinating topic to me i don't often come across it, but it is very interesting to read about, although i don't practice it this book is a good introduction into that religion. History of wicca in england: 1939 to the present day by julia phillips introduction to the 2004 revised edition by julia phillips this chapter is adapted from a talk i gave at the australian wiccan conference in canberra.