World religions; Neopagan religions
Wicca: a Neopagan, Earth-centered religion
|"It seems to be necessary to preface every discussion of Witchcraft with an explanation that, no, Neo-Pagan Witches aren't Satanists."Otter and Morning Glory Zell 6|
|"We are not evil. We don't harm or seduce people. We are not dangerous.
We are ordinary people like you. We have families, jobs, hopes, and dreams. We are not a
cult. This religion is not a joke. We are not what you think we are from looking at T.V. We are real. We laugh, we cry. We are serious. We have a sense of humor. You don't have to
be afraid of us. We don't want to convert you. And please don't try to convert us. Just
give us the same right we give you--to live in peace. We are much more similar to you than
you think." Margot Adler 4|
||"If you take [a copy of] the Christian Bible and put it out in the wind and
the rain, soon the paper on which the words are printed will
disintegrate and the words will be gone. Our bible IS the wind and the
rain." Herbalist Carol McGrath as told to her by an unidentified Native-American
||"I don't think witchcraft is a religion. I would hope the military officials would take a second look at the decision they
made." G.W. Bush (R), as Governor of Texas. Interviewed on ABC's Good Morning America, 1999-JUN-24. He disapproved of
Wiccan servicemembers being given the same religious rights as members of other religions in the military.|
|"We should educate people that 'Witch' is not evil but ancient and positive. The first time I called myself a 'Witch' was
the most magical moment of my life." Margot Adler. 4|
|"When one defines oneself as Pagan, it means she or he follows an earth or nature religion, one that sees the divine
manifest in all creation. The cycles of nature are our holy days, the earth is our temple, its plants and creatures our partners and
teachers. We worship a deity that is both male and female, a mother Goddess and father God, who together created all that is, was, or
will be. We respect life, cherish the free will of sentient beings, and accept the sacredness of all creation." Edain McCoy|
About this section:
Wicca is the largest of the Neopagan religions.
Wiccans have great reverence for the Earth and for their Goddess and her
consort, the horned God. Their main rule of behavior is the Wiccan Rede which
forbids them from harming people, including themselves, except in some cases of
Many, perhaps most, are solitary practitioners. Others form small groups of
believers, called covens, groves, etc. Because of centuries of religious
propaganda and misinformation, many conservative Christians, and others,
associate Wiccans with Satanists even though the two belief
systems are as different as Christianity and
Wicca is a very different religion from Christianity.
|Wicca is a very decentralized religion; many
Wiccans develop their own beliefs, rituals, and other practices. The latter
are often not known outside the solitary practitioner or Wiccan coven. So we
describe the beliefs and practices that most Wiccans hold in common.|
||Much of Christianity is highly centralized within
denominations whose beliefs, rituals, and other practices are well
documented and available to us. So we describe the diversity of Christian
beliefs in great detail. |
Topics covered in this section:
|Introduction << Please read this essay first|
|Some Wiccan introductory videos|
|Religious words with multiple, quite different meanings:|
|Questions about Wicca:
|Statements about Wicca:|
|Overview of practices, rituals, etc.|
The Wiccan Rede, used to evaluate the morality of an action:
||Wiccan Sabbats (eight seasonal days of celebration per year: solstices, equinoxes, four major Sabbats, etc.)
||Wiccan spells and charms:
Part 1 Part 2|
||Some often confused symbols: pentacle, pentagram, & the Sigil of Baphomet|
||The meaning of pentacle & pentagram symbols to their users. Dress code conflicts in schools.|
|The 'Lady's Prayer'
|How many Wiccans are there?|
|Teens and Wicca
||An essay for non-Wiccan school teachers and parents
|Is Wicca a religion?
|Wiccan & Neopagan news items in the media|
||Hatred of, misunderstanding of, and discrimination against Wiccans:|
|U.S. Government and political leaders' views toward Wicca:
|Important Wiccan resources
Additional Wiccan resources
Essay, general information, covens, links, supplies, book publishers, services, etc.
- more supplies, book publishers, magazines, etc.
|Wiccan educational and anti-defamation Groups|
|How to contact a local Wiccan or a Wiccan coven
Books on Wicca
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Margot Adler, "Drawing Down The Moon: Witches, Druids,
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Some interpret this saying as stating that the Native
American Bible is stronger than the Christian Bible, and would destroy the
latter. i.e. it is a type of "my God is bigger than your God" saying that
has caused so much loss of life and destruction, and that threatens the
existence of the human race. It isn't. It is merely saying that
Earth-centered religions obtain their spiritual guidance from the forces of
nature, whereas Christians obtain their guidance from the Bible as written by humans.
Otter and Morning Glory Zell Editors, GREEN EGG magazine,
"Satanism vs. Neo-Pagan Witchcraft: Confusions and Distinctions."
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