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  The Inner Sanctum of Wicca and Witchcraft
WICCA (sometimes called Wicce, Witchcraft, The Craft, or The Old Religion by its practitioners) represents an ancient religion of love for life and nature.
Wicca is easily one of the most irrepressible religions in the world because it stimulates the intellect, promotes a simple, practical way of life and, most importantly, is emotionally satisfying.
With Wicca we invoke, chant, dance, and rite to the sway and ebb of the wheel of the year.
www.witchway.net   (640 words)

  
  Religious Movements Homepage: Wicca
Wicca, in all its incarnations, is probably one of the longest and most persecuted religions in history.
Despite all the misinformation concerning Wicca in popular culture, it should be obvious that none of it applies to true adherents of the Wiccan craft.
Perhaps another attractive aspect of Wicca is the opportunity for feminists to identify with the persecuted of Europe's Witch-hunt who were victims of the strongly patriarchical structure of Christianity (Neitz, 359).
religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu /nrms/wicca.html   (6247 words)

  
  Search The Llewellyn Encyclopedia and Glossary: Wicca
Wicca: Wicca is a religion of veneration of Nature and the worship of Divinity as containing both feminine and masculine aspects.
When Wicca first came to public attention in the early 1950s through the efforts of Gerald Gardner, it was portrayed as the remnant of an ancient European fertility cult.
Wicca: The single largest tradition within Paganism, which is earth-centered, celebrates the eight Pagan holidays, envisions Deity as both male and female (which it calls the God and the Goddess), practices magick, and believes in an afterlife known as the Summerland.
www.llewellynencyclopedia.com /term/Wicca   (240 words)

  
  Wicca - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wicca is a religion, and although its adherents often identify as witches, Wicca and witchcraft are not necessarily the same thing.
Wicca is thus generally considered to be distinct from witchcraft, which does not of itself imply any specific religious, ethical or ritual elements, and is practiced in various forms by people of many religions, as well as by atheists.
According to the traditional history of Wicca as given by Gerald Gardner, Wicca is a survival of the European witch-cult that was persecuted during the witch trials (sometimes called the Burning Times), and the strong element of secrecy that traditionally surrounds the religion was adopted as a reaction to that persecution.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Wicca   (5931 words)

  
 Wicca
Nonetheless, Wicca is often called the "Craft of the wise" as a result of this misconception.It appears that the word may be untraceable beyond the Old English period.
Wicca has developed in several directions and institutional structures from the time it was brought to wider attention by Gerald Gardner.
Gardnerian Wicca was an initiatory mystery religion, admission to which was at least in theory limited to those who were initiated into a pre-existing coven.
www.crystalinks.com /wicca.html   (2457 words)

  
 What is Wicca
Wicca is on the one hand the West's return to its roots, to the earth-based beliefs of the ancient Western world.
Wicca is above all adaptable to that future, a future that will increasingly require not just tolerance of other's beliefs, not just acceptance of cultural differences, but a syncretic understanding of those beliefs and a willing participation in their celebrations.
Wicca is a recognition of the functionality of the Universe, an ongoing study of the process of Life and a personal commitment to one’s own ‘higher path’.
home.earthlink.net /~eclecticcoven/data/WhatIsWicca.htm   (1044 words)

  
 Myths-Dreams-Symbols
Wicca is a religion based, in part, on ancient, northern European Pagan beliefs in a fertility Goddess and her consort, a horned God.
Wicca teaches that there is certainly a higher power, namely the Goddess and God, often referred to solely as the Goddess, but that the Goddess is always attainable, for She is everywhere: in the tree, in the leaf, in the ant, within ourselves.
Wicca is a religion which involves communion with the Earth, communion with a God/Goddess (or several of them if you're a polytheist), living in peace with yourself and others, and giving to those that gave to you.
www.mythsdreamssymbols.com /wicca.html   (1623 words)

  
 Ψ FREE wicca reading & FREE palm reading   (Site not responding. Last check: )
"Wicca" is the name of a contemporary Neo-Pagan religion, largely promulgated and popularized by the efforts of a retired British civil servant named Gerald Gardner.
Wicca is a nature religion based upon beliefs and rites believed to be rooted in ancient practices.
Wicca claims a direct connection to the ancient Celtic tradition, which is thought to be more in tune with natural forces than Christianity and other modern religions of the West.
www.handresearch.com /hand/Evolutie/wicca.htm   (247 words)

  
 ReligionLink - Wicca moves into the mainstream
There are many forms of Wicca, but most share a worship of the divine feminine, or goddess, and a reverence for nature and its cycles.
He says practitioners of Wicca must be careful as they begin to assume some of the trappings of mainstream religion because of the temptation to become more like the mainstream in ways that might violate the core values of paganism.
She says one benefit of Wicca moving closer to the mainstream is that it is now better understood than it was in the past.
www.religionlink.org /tip_041011a.php   (1743 words)

  
 Definition of Wicca
Wicca is a neo-pagan religion based on the pre-Christian traditions of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
Wicca is a forest in the light of the silvery moon...a glade enchanted by the light of the Faery.
It is the dewdrop on the petals of a flower in bloom, the warmth of the summer sun on the skin, the fall of colourful autumn leaves, and the softness of winter snow upon the Earth.
www.magicwicca.com /wicca/definition.html   (1487 words)

  
 Wicca
Wicca is a nature religion based upon beliefs and rites believed to be rooted in ancient pagan practices.
Wicca claims a direct connection to the ancient Celtic tradition, which is thought to be more in tune with natural forces than Christianity and other modern religions of the West.
The attractiveness of Wicca may be due to its friendliness towards women, its naturalistic view of sex and its promise of power through magick.
www.skepdic.com /wicca.html   (966 words)

  
 Wicca - WiccanWeb.ca
Wicca is thus distinct from Witchcraft, which may or may not imply any specific religious, ethical or ritual elements, and is practiced in various forms by people of many religions.
According to the traditional history of Wicca as given by Gerald Gardner, Wicca is a survival of the European witch-cult that was persecuted during the Witch Trials (sometimes called the Burning Times), and the strong element of secrecy that traditionally surrounds the religion was adopted as a reaction to that persecution.
A "tradition" in Wicca refers to a branch of the religion with specific teachings and practices, often involving the concept of a lineage that is transferred by Initiation.
www.wiccanweb.ca /wiki/index.php/Wicca   (6424 words)

  
 Wicca
Wicca is a nature religion based upon beliefs and rites believed to be rooted in ancient practices.
Wicca claims a direct connection to the ancient Celtic tradition, which is thought to be more in tune with natural forces than Christianity and other modern religions of the West.
The attractiveness of Wicca may be due to its friendliness towards women, its naturalistic view of sex and its promise of power through magick.
skepdic.com /wicca.html   (948 words)

  
 Wicca and Asatru
Wicca occasionally feels a stigma in being a "contemporary approach" because it secretly desires to be the survivor of an unbroken tradition.
In close relationship to issues of leadership, one of the distinctive attributes of Wicca is the domination of a student teacher relationship between members of a coven and the coven leader.
Like Wicca, Ásatrú tends towards an internally motivated moral attitude rather than external motivations, but if moral decisions are not internally directed to the community's liking, Ásatrúar are not shy about letting others know their opinion and can be quite judgmental.
www.webcom.com /~lstead/wicatru.html   (8909 words)

  
 *~ WICCA ~*
Wicca is just such a religion, centering around reverence for nature as seen in the Goddess and the God.
Wicca doesn't solicit because, unlike most Western religions, it doesn't claim to be the one true way to Deity.
The heirs of Wicca musy point their religion firmly to the future if it is to have something to offer coming generations.
members.tripod.com /~Fine_Latina_4U/index.html   (312 words)

  
 Wicca - Modern Day Witchcraft   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Wicca is the name for a contemporary pagan revival of witchcraft.
Contrary to popular stereotypes, Wicca, is not witches in fl hats, riding brooms and casting spells, although I don't doubt there are some who still get involved in different kinds of sorcery.
Many of Wicca's core beliefs are completely compatible with humanist, new age beliefs and have taken on the Earth worship aspect and the deification of man that all of the new age religions are known for.
contenderministries.org /wicca.php   (457 words)

  
 BBC - Religion & Ethics - Wicca
Today, the name Wicca is frequently applied to the entire system of beliefs and practices that make up the spectrum of contemporary Pagan Witchcraft.
Wicca was used originally to distinguish the initiatory tradition of Witchcraft practised as a religion, but American popular television series have adopted the word to include what would once have been called natural magic or white witchcraft.
Wicca honours the Divine in the forms of the Triple Goddess, whose aspects of Virgin, Mother, and Wise Woman or Crone are associated with the waxing, full and waning phases of the Moon, and as the Horned God.
www.bbc.co.uk /religion/religions/paganism/subdivisions/wicca.shtml   (1067 words)

  
 Wicca
The ethics of Wicca are notably different from those religions where admonitions of “thou shalt” and “thou shalt not” predominate.
Wicca has great reverence for the concept of individuals finding their “True Will”-- what might be thought of as their destiny.
It notes, for example, that, “Wicca is easily one of the most irrepressible religions in the world because it stimulates the intellect, promotes a simple, practical way of life and, most importantly, is emotionally satisfying.
www.halexandria.org /dward456.htm   (2252 words)

  
 wicca
Wicca, the craft, or the craft of the wise, is an ancient witchcraft religion which honor the gods of nature.
The practice of Wicca may be in solitary or in circles of a coven, a group of about 13.
Wicca is the "creed of experience." Experience is exalted dogmatically above, and often set in opposition to, creeds or doctrines.
www.religion-cults.com /Occult/Magic/wicca.html   (4501 words)

  
 Wicca (The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum)
Wicca is a nature-oriented (but not nature-worshipping) Pagan religion which originated in the mid-20th century, incorporating elements of traditional witchcraft (folk magic) and the teachings of Gerald Gardner.
In its original form, which is still practiced, Wicca is an oathbound fertility religion which reveres both male and female deities and whose mysteries (truths that can only be communicated by direct experience) are transmitted by initiation.
The Landmarks of the Craft are the poetic laws of the American Rite of Wicca, also known as the Druidic Craft of the Wise.
www.ecauldron.com /wiccaindex.php   (555 words)

  
 Wicca
Wicca first attained public attention through the efforts of Gerald B.Gardner in the 1950s, as it was portrayed as the remnant of an ancient European fertility cult.
The main philosophical teachings of Wicca teach that the Divinity is composed of both masculine and feminine principles, which most Traditions personify as a Goddess and a God.
A distinguishing characteristic of Wicca during the 1960s was a longing for a linkage to an ancient religion evolved, which gave birth to stories of a grandmother who was secretly a Witch and had passed her teachings onto her children.
www.themystica.com /mystica/articles/w/wicca.html   (1080 words)

  
 Wicca: For the Rest of Us
The first section will contain the material you are familiar with on this site: information about Wicca primarily aimed at other Wiccans addressing some of the problems and generally silliness that inundate us.
The new second section is a Wicca 101/FAQ primarily aimed at non-Wiccans who are interested in learning about Wicca at a very basic level: who we are, what we believe, what we do and don't do, and so forth.
Wicca has become inundated with contradictory and even nonsensical ideas.
wicca.timerift.net   (413 words)

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