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Wicca:beliefs and such….clear stuff up????

I am sorta Wiccan sorta Christian sorta….CONFUSED!….I’m doing a school report on Wicca and I wanna know if there is anything i should FER SURRRE put in my report….
I’ve got
Magick
karma(3fold)
talents (visions, palm reading,aura)
what else should i have to help people grasp this concept….?

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  1. point out wiccans believe in a god and goddess, talk about the sabbats and esbats (the eight holidays), where they come from etc
    talk about the concept of maiden, mother and crone
    describe spells/rituals like describe the elements, athames/wands, symbols, symbolic actions
    ESPECIALLY talk about how the pentagram is NOT a satanic symbol!!! point out it is an illustration of earth, air, fire, water and spirit
    blah. that pretty much has you covered.

  2. All the above are good, but also point out that it is a nature based religion, based on the cycles of the earth and moon. You can kinda lump that in with the Sabbets and Esbets stuff.

  3. pagan
    all Wicca does not have (visions) nor palm reading nor aura reading
    Wicca pagan is a christian believe-maybe not like some but understand it first everybody got a differant path

  4. Not everyone in the Wicca faith does (magick) (magik) (magic) etc, has visions, reads palms or auras. These things are personal to the individual where as Wicca is a religion.
    In Wicca the forces of nature are personified by the figures of two deities, a goddess of the Earth and Moon and her consort, a horned god whose horns or antlers were symbolic of his affinity with the beasts of the forest, rather than indicative of diabolism. The practice of Wicca takes many shapes resulting in various rituals and initiations into the group you are joining by way of study, rite and practice.

  5. Wicca (IPA: /ˈwɪkÉ™/) is a nature-based religion popularised in 1954 by Gerald Gardner, a retired British civil servant.[1] He said that the religion, of which he was an initiate, was a modern survival of an old witchcraft religion which had existed in secret for hundreds of years, originating in the pre-Christian paganism of Europe.[1] The veracity of Gardner’s statements cannot be independently proven, however, and it is possible that Wiccan theology began to be compiled no earlier than the 1920s.[2]
    Various Wiccan traditions have since evolved from that established by Gardner, which came to be called Gardnerian Wicca. These other traditions have distinctive beliefs, rituals, and practices. Many traditions of Wicca remain secretive and require that members be initiated. There is also a movement of Eclectic Wiccans who do not believe that any doctrine or traditional initiation is necessary in order to practice Wicca.[3]
    Wicca is one variety of pagan witchcraft, with distinctive ritual forms, seasonal observances and religious, magical[4] and ethical precepts. Other forms of witchcraft exist within many cultures, with widely varying practices. Many Wiccans, though not all, call themselves Pagans, though the umbrella term Paganism encompasses many faiths that have nothing to do with Wicca or witchcraft. Wicca has also been described as a Neopagan or a Mesopagan path.[5] Because there is no centralised organisation in Wicca, and no single orthodoxy, the beliefs and practices of Wiccans can vary substantially, both among individuals and among traditions. Typically, the main religious principles, ethics, and ritual structures are shared, since they are key elements of traditional teachings and published works on the subject.
    As practised by initiates in the lineage of Gerald Gardner, Wicca is a variety of witchcraft founded on religious and magical concepts. As such it is distinguished not only by its beliefs, but by its practice of magic, its ethical philosophy, initiatory system, organisational structure and secrecy.[6] Some of these beliefs and practices have also been adopted by others outside of this lineage, often termed Eclectic Wiccans, who generally discard the institutions of initiation, secrecy and hierarchy, and have more widely varying beliefs. Some Eclectic Wiccans neither perform magic nor identify as witches. Within traditional forms of Wicca there are three degrees of initiation. First degree is required to become a witch and gain membership of a coven; those who aspire to teach may eventually undergo second and third degree initiations, conferring the title of “High Priest” or “High Priestess” and allowing them to establish new covens.[6] At initiation, some Wiccans adopt a craft name to symbolise their spiritual “rebirth”, to act as a magical alter-ego, or simply to provide anonymity when appearing as a witch in public (see Acceptance of Wiccans below).
    [edit] Beliefs
    Main article: Wiccan views of divinity
    For most Wiccans, Wicca is a duotheistic religion worshipping a God and a Goddess, who are seen as complementary polarities, and “embodiments of a life-force manifest in nature.”[7] They are sometimes symbolised as the Sun and Moon, and from her lunar associations the Goddess becomes a Triple Goddess with aspects of “Maiden”, “Mother” and “Crone”. Some Wiccans see the Goddess as pre-eminent, since she contains and conceives all; the God is the spark of life and inspiration within her, simultaneously her lover and her child. This is reflected in the traditional structure of the coven.[8] In some traditions, notably feminist Dianic Wicca, the Goddess is seen as complete unto herself, and the God is not worshipped at all. Wicca is essentially an immanent religion, and for some Wiccans, this idea also involves elements of animism. A key belief in Wicca is that the goddesses and gods are able to manifest in personal form, most importantly through the bodies of Priestesses and Priests via the ritual of Drawing down the Moon (or Drawing down the Sun).
    According to Gardner, the gods of Wicca are ancient gods of the British Isles: a Horned God and a Great Mother goddess.[9] Gardner also states that a being higher than any of these tribal gods is recognised by the witches as Prime Mover, but remains unknowable.[10] Patricia Crowther has called this supreme godhead Dryghten.[11]
    Some Wiccans have a monotheistic belief in the Goddess and God as One. Many have a duotheistic conception of deity as a Goddess (of Moon, Earth and sea) and a God (of forest, hunting and the animal realm). This concept is often extended into a kind of polytheism by the belief that the gods and goddesses of all cultures are aspects of this pair (or of the Goddess alone). Others hold the various gods and goddesses to be separate and distinct. Still others do not believe in the gods as real personalities, but see them as archetypes or thoughtforms.[12] Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone have observed that Wicca is becoming more polytheistic as it matures, and embracing a more traditional pagan world-view.[13]
    Beliefs in the afterlife vary among Wiccans, though some support reincarnation. Reincarnation is a traditional Wiccan teaching – Raymond Buckland holds that a soul always reincarnates into the same species,[14] though this belief is not universal.
    [edit] Morality
    Main articles: Wiccan morality and Homosexuality and Wicca
    Wiccan morality is largely based on the Wiccan Rede: An it harm none, do what ye will, which is usually interpreted as a declaration of the freedom to act, along with the necessity of taking responsibility for what follows from one’s actions and minimising harm to oneself and others.[15] Another common element of Wiccan morality is the Law of Threefold Return which holds that whatever benevolent or malevolent actions a person performs will return to that person with triple force.[16]
    Many Wiccans also seek to cultivate a set of eight virtues mentioned in Doreen Valiente’s Charge of the Goddess,[17] these being mirth, reverence, honour, humility, strength, beauty, power and compassion. In Valiente’s poem, they are ordered in pairs of complementary opposites, reflecting a dualism that is common throughout Wiccan philosophy. Some lineaged Wiccans also observe a set of 161 Wiccan Laws, commonly called the Craft Laws or Ardanes. Valiente, one of Gardner’s original high priestesses, argued that these rules were most likely invented by Gardner himself in mock-archaic language as the by-product of inner conflict within his Bricket Wood coven.[18][19]
    Although Gardner initially demonstrated an aversion to homosexuality, claiming that it brought down “the curse of the goddess”,[20] it is now accepted in many traditions of Wicca.
    A handfasting ceremony at Avebury in England, which occurred during Beltane of 2005.
    [edit] Ritual practices
    When practising magic and casting spells, as well as when celebrating various festivals, Wiccans use a variety of rituals. In typical rites, the coven or solitary assembles inside a ritually cast and purified magic circle. Casting the circle may involve the invocation of the “Guardians” of the cardinal points: East (Air), South (Fire), West (Water) and North (Earth). This use of the classical elements is a key feature of the Wiccan world-view. Every manifest force or form is seen to express one or more of the four elements. Some add a fifth or quintessential element called Spirit (also called aether or akasha). The five points of the frequently worn pentagram symbolise, among other things, the four elements with spirit presiding at the top.[21] Once the circle is cast, a seasonal ritual may be performed, prayers to the God and Goddess are said, and spells are sometimes worked.
    An athame (black handle) and boline.Many Wiccans use a special set of magical tools in their rituals. These can include a broom (besom), cauldron, chalice, wand, Book of Shadows, altar cloth, athame, boline, candles, crystals, pentacle and/or incense. An altar is usually present in the circle, on which ritual tools are placed and representations of the God/Goddess may be displayed.[22]. Before entering the circle, some traditions fast for the day, and/or ritually bathe. After a ritual has finished, the God, Goddess and Guardians are thanked and the circle is closed.
    A sensationalised aspect of Wicca, particularly in Gardnerian Wicca, is the traditional practice of working in the nude, also known as skyclad. This practice seemingly derives from a line in Aradia, Charles Leland’s supposed record of Italian witchcraft. Skyclad working is mostly the province of Initiatory Wiccans, who are outnumbered by the less strictly observant Eclectics. When they work clothed, Wiccans may wear robes with cords tied around the waist, “Renaissance-faire”-type clothing or normal street clothes.
    [edit] Special occasions
    Wiccans hold a wide range of occasions with religious significance. Each full moon, and in some cases a new moon, is marked with a ritual called an Esbat. Wiccans also follow the Wheel of the Year and celebrate its eight festivals known as Sabbats.[23] Four of these, the cross-quarter days, are greater festivals, coinciding with old Celtic fire festivals. These are Samhain, Beltane or May Eve, Imbolc, and Lammas or Lughnasadh. The four lesser festivals are the Summer and Winter solstices, and the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes, which are referred to by some groups as Litha, Yule, Ostara and Mabon, respectively. The names of these holidays are often taken from Germanic pagan and Celtic polytheistic holidays. However, the festivals are not reconstructive in nature nor do they often resemble their historical counterparts, instead exhibiting a form of universalism. Ritual observations may display cultural influence from the holidays from which they tak

  6. There is not devil figure in Wicca, there is no hell in Wicca. When we die we spend eternity in Summerland. The holidays are good to use, but use their proper names like Samhain and Yule. The Goddess. Healing magic. Familiars. Maybe some of the history. Hope this helps.

  7. Yes, you are very confused.
    Wicca is a religion, it is about a relationship with the gods.
    Magic is a practice that is separate from any religion and can be practiced by a member of any religion, or none.
    Karma is a concept from Hindu, the Law of Return (not multiplied by anything) states that basically what you put out you get back, karma is much more complicated than that.
    Talents as you describe are also something that members of any religion can use, they are not specific to Wicca in the slightest.
    SO far you have mentioned absolutely nothing that is Wiccan, specifically. For real information on Wicca follow these links:
    http://wicca.timerift.net/
    http://witchvox.com/
    http://www.religioustolerance.org/witchcra.htm

  8. For the most part a Pagan is a person who believes that everything has a soul or spirit. This is called Animism, and all Wiccan religions share this belief. Rivers, animals, rocks, trees, land are all filled with there own unique spirits for people who are Pagans. Pagans see the divine spirit in all life, as do some members of other religions.Paganism is a major World Religion, with many branches. More people on Earth are Pagans than any other faith. Some Pagan groups may be classified as cults, just like some Christian groups are cults. People often confuse the Occult with Pagan Religion, this is a mistake, they are very different things. Many religions, including; Pagan, Non-Pagan, Christianity and Judeaism have occult aspects, many do not..
    There are hundreds of different Pagan Religions. Some of the best known Pagan religions are Buddhism, Shintoism, Native American Religions, Hinduism, Taoism, Wicca, Druidism, Asatru, Shamanism, Neo-Paganism and Eclectic Paganism.
    A Religious or Pagan Ritual is anything that focuses your spiritual energy. A church service is a ritual, so is a wedding, or a funeral, or a Hopi Sun Dance. Humans have created rituals since the beginning of time. Ritual is the way humans express their connection with divinity and each other.
    There are many kinds of Pagan Ritual, personal rituals you do by yourself, full moon rituals, by yourself or with a group. There are blessing rituals for a new home, or for children, or for healing, or cleansing. There are protection ritual, and banishing rituals, to name a few.
    Your Grandmother may have placed a horseshoe over the door, this is a popular form of simple protection ritual that is rooted in Pagan tradition. Or throwing salt over your shoulder if it is spilled, so as not to attract bad luck.
    For Wiccans and Neo-Pagans there are some basic Ritual Traditions that you may have heard about. Many Pagan Ritual begin by honoring the Earth and the 4 directions, as well as the elements the directions represent, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. A circle is cast and blessed with water, smoke, salt and light in honor of these elements. Rituals often include, singing, chanting, dancing, drumming, poetry and hymns to the Goddess or Gods. Some Rituals are very complex and are almost like a play, other rituals are very simple and flow with the energy of the group.
    Many Pagans believe in a wide variety of higher beings. Jesus is one of these beings for some Pagans. Some believe he was a great spiritual teacher, but not a god. Some have no feelings about him at all.
    People often ridicule what they do not understand. Fundamental Christianity seems especially threatened by Pagans, although I do not know why. Many hateful, ridiculous, and untrue things about Paganism have been said by Fundamentalist preachers, who obviously were not paying any attention to Jesus message. Hate and prejudice were never a part of Jesus teachings.
    Many cultures have a blend of Christian and Pagan beliefs within their Christian Religions. Irish Catholicism, Mexican, Italian and South American Catholicism all have incorporated many Pagan beliefs and customs into their Christian faith. I am sure there are many others, but these are the ones I am most familiar with. The crowning of Mary on May Day is from the older Pagan custom of “Crowning the May Queen” as a representative of the Goddess.
    If we havn’t given you enough ideas yet, email me because the term Wiccan, or Pagan has a whole lot of aspects to it and there isn’t enough space on here for even half of it……..

  9. wow your leaving out a good bit out about the wiccan beliefs. Also I am a wiccan of sorts an so is my wife. I was raised southern baptist and my wife was well sort of catholic. But you really need to dig in an do some more research.

  10. first of all you cant be christian if you want to follow the wiccan religion. Wiccans are not witches, they follow the three fold law, visions etc are abilities that some people have naturally,
    there is a lot to wicca email me if you want more info (I am a teacher of the Wiccan religion, pagan and celtic traditions)

  11. I agree with Phoenix. The things you have listed here are not necessarily Wiccan, (other than the three fold law which is included in of some versions of the Wiccan Rede – but then, some believe what you send out returns to you 10-fold, and some simply believe in the law of return, not multiplied, as Phoenix pointed out.)
    Magic and divination are practices of witchcraft – these aren’t necessarily “talents” as they are skills that one develops. Witchcraft is an accepted practice within the religion of Wicca, but not the central focal point, and not required to be Wiccan. Also, one can practice witchcraft and not follow the Wiccan religion.
    Read through the links that Phoenix provided as they are good for basic info on Wiccan beliefs that should be included in your report. Also, you may want to include summaries/info about the Sabbats – the wheel of the year.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_of_the_Year
    http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usor&c=holidays&id=11776
    And perhaps include some examples of different Wiccan traditions (much like there are different denominations of Christianity.) You wouldn’t be able to cover them all, but you could possibly summarize a few of the more well-known traditions as examples.
    http://www.joellessacredgrove.com/wiccantraditions.html
    Blessings.

  12. Point number 1: Wicca is a polytheistic religion. Wiccans worship gods. At least two of them.
    Wiccans acknowledge the existence of magic, but they do not necessarily work spellcraft. Please don’t put in your report that Wiccans cast spells. (If you think of yourself as “sorta Wiccan” because you work spells, you are very much mistaken as to what Wicca is.)
    Wiccans believe in karma, but only a portion express it as being threefold.
    Visions, palm reading, auras and other “talents” have absolutely nothing to do with Wicca.
    Wiccans view the world as comprised of five elements. They also view the world as the result of a yin-yang type of polarity represented by the relationship of god and goddess.
    Wiccans are informed by the Wiccan Rede, which says that any harmless things can be done freely.
    More info can be found here:
    http://wicca.timerift.net/wiccans.shtml
    edit:
    Please don’t focus on the fact that “Wicca isn’t Satanic.” Telling people what we aren’t isn’t informative. It’s also overly defensive and rather rude toward Satanism, unless you’re also planning on saying “Wicca isn’t Christian” “Wicca isn’t Jewish” “Wicca isn’t Zorotastrian” etc.

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