Anyone tell me about Wicca?
September 14, 2009 11:25am CST
Ok, I'm a hardcore Jesus Freak, sanctified, son of God here... I came across a video on youTube, that was supposed to be a Wicca dude running through a forest "willing" these trees and branches to move...obviously, it was reversed footage made to look like he was doing all of this, when it reality, he was throwing a bunch of sticks and rocks around. I am, however, curious as to what Wiccans DO believe. If you are Wiccan, could you please explain this to me? Or if you have a knowledge, could you let me know? Thanks! Dive Deep!
16 Sep 09
Wicca is a religion formed by modern age witches and warlocks. They are nature worshipers. They aren't necessarily bad, though it was rumored that they also practice spellcasting. That's what I found about them anyway. To me spellcasting is nothing more than a ritual, in hopes to bend nature to their will, but that's just their belief.
16 Sep 09
"Warlock" is an old Scottish word meaning traitor, and is never ever used in Wicca (unless, perhaps, some misguided self-trained idiot thinks it might be a good word to use). It is purely a literary invention created by someone writing pulp fiction, and has nothing to do with any of the neo-pagan paths, not even Satanism. The term "witch" is non-gender specific. Incidentally, to avoid any other confusion, the term "wizard" also has nothing to do with these pagan religious paths, but is sometimes used in Ceremonial Magic, which is quite a different kettle of fish. Lash.
15 Sep 09
Wicca is a relatively modern codification of pre-Christian polytheistic beliefs with a strong emphasis on respecting nature, women's equality, and the use of ritual to access the personal unconscious in a spiritual cause. It has nothing whatsoever to do with Satanism, nor is it a perversion of Christianity. It attracts a lot of airy fairy NewAgers, but also has a strong core of intelligent, rational practitioners. It is one of the fastest growing religions in the world, although it should be said that such a statement can only be true because it is coming from a tiny starting point. That's a bit of a sketchy summary, I'm sure if others see this thread they will give more details. Lash
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16 Sep 09
Wicca is pretty simple: There's only one "rule": An ye harm none, do what thou wilt. Which means do whatever you want, as long as you harm no one. Simple. Not necessarily easy, but simple enough. There's a second "rule" that's not really a rule, but a belief: it's called The Threefold Law. It states that whatever you do, your intent returns to you threefold. And then there's the Charge of the Great Goddess, and the shorter Charge of the Star Goddess, whose message is basically the same. My favorite part of The Charge is where She says that all acts of love and pleasure are her rituals. I like the idea that my Goddesses and Gods see my pleasure as an act of worship to them. Here is The Charge of the Star Goddess: "I am the beauty of the green Earth, The white Moon among the stars, And the mystery of the waters, I call upon your soul to rise and come unto Me. "For I am the soul of Nature, which gives life to the universe, From Me all things proceed, And unto Me they must return. "Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, For behold -- all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals. "Let there be beauty and strength, Power and compassion, Honor and humility, Mirth and reverence within you. "And you who seek to know Me, Know that your seeking and yearning will avail you not, Unless you know the Mystery: "For if that which you seek you find not within yourself, You will never find it without. "For behold, I have been with you from the beginning. "I am that which is attained at the end of desire." There are a LOT of books on Wicca, but there are a handful that are especially good, or what I call "wicca 101." They are "The Spiral Dance" by Starhawk; "Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft" by Raymond Buckland; really anything by Raymond Buckland and Scott Cunningham, as they are both very practical. If you want the more studious side of Wicca, Barbara G. Walker is extremely informative and dependable.