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" a religion..,The truth abt wicca, variouz mythz & factz..."

"An it harm none..,do as ye will."

Wicca is a spiritual path, a way of seeing the world and Divinity, and our relationship to it. It is a very simple ethical principle. It is a way of life. And it is a way of tuning into the shifting energies of life around us and tapping into those energies to make the world a better place; this is what we mean by magic.
Wicca., is a very peaceful, harmonious and balanced way of thinking and life which promotes oneness with the divine and all which exists.
It is a religion based on ancient, northern European, Pagan beliefs in a fertility Goddess and her consort, a horned God. Although the religion is a modern creation, some of its sources pre-date the Christian era by many centuries.
Wicca is centered around the use of positive thought, positive action and love of nature to create an atmosphere of positive energies which are then used for our own benefits. 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. In this sense, Wicca is a pantheistic religion. Wicca teaches that there is much more in our universe than we can see or even understand..

**Origin & Beliefz
There are many beliefs concerning the origins of Wicca:
bullet According to Gardner, Wicca:
bullet began in prehistory, as ritual associated with fire, the hunt, animal fertility, plant propagation, tribal fertility and the curing of disease.
bullet developed into a religion which recognized a Supreme Deity, but realized that at their state of evolution, they "were incapable of understanding It" . Instead, they worshipped what might be termed "under-Gods": the Goddess of fertility and her horned consort, the God of the hunt.
bullet continued their predominately Moon based worship, even as a mainly Sun-based faith of priests, the Druids, developed and evolved into the dominant religion of the Celts. By this time, Celtic society had gradually spread across Northern Europe into what is now England, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland etc. They never formed a single political entity, but remained as many tribes who shared a common culture and religions.
bullet survived the Roman, Saxon, and Norman invasions by going underground
bullet suffered major loss in numbers during the active Christian genocides, which continued into the 18th Century
bullet reached a low ebb by the middle of the 20th century. Much of the theology and ritual had been lost; Wiccan covens had become so isolated that they had lost contact with each other.
bullet was revived in the UK by himself, his High Priestess Doreen Valiente, (1922 - 1999) and others, who took the surviving beliefs and practices, and fleshed them out with material from other religious, spiritual and ceremonial magick sources.

Gardner has claimed that after he wrote his books, he received many letters from members of isolated covens who had believed that their groups had been in continuous existence for generations or centuries.

bullet Other individuals discount this belief system and maintain that there was no continuous Wiccan presence from Celtic times to the 20th century. They maintain that present-day Wicca was created by merging a few ancient Celtic beliefs, deity structure, and seasonal days of celebration with modern material from ceremonial magick, the Masonic Order, etc.
bullet Still others trace Wicca back to a little known faith group in New England in the early 20th century.

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Recent Wiccan history:

There is general agreement that Wicca first became a mass movement in recent times in England during the 1950's with the publishing of books by Gerald Gardner. It has expanded at a furious rate in North America and Europe.

Wicca is one of the largest of the minority religions in the United States. There are no reliable estimates of the number of Wiccans in this country. Our best estimate is on the order of 750,000. That would make Wicca about the 5th largest organized religion in the United States, behind Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism. However it is virtually unknown by the general public. This is because almost all Wiccans hide their religious beliefs and practices. Those who allow their faith to be known publicly are very heavily persecuted in North America; on a per-capita basis, they are believed to be victimized more often than members of any other religious group. Many assaults, arson, economic attacks are reported yearly. There have even been shootings, one public mass stoning and one lynching in recent years! Reports circulate frequently of misinformed child protection officers seizing children from the homes of Wiccans because they feared that they would be killed or abused in some Satanic ritual. The perpetrators of this religious hatred are usually very devout, very concerned but terribly misinformed people. They believe the misinformation that has been spread about Witches continuously since the Middle Ages. It is only in Eastern Massachusetts, Southern California and in a few cities elsewhere in North America that most Wiccans feel secure enough to come out of the (broom) closet in large numbers. In other areas, they tend to avoid persecution by keeping their religious faith secret. Unfortunately, this policy can have negative results; some people speculate that because Wiccans remain underground, they must have something to hide. This is a "no-win" situation with no obvious solution.

The above paragraph was written in the mid 1990s. Since then, the situation has improved greatly. Many Wiccans have come out of the closet and revealed their faith openly. The public has become much more aware of Wicca and other Neopagan religions. The frequency of violence has decreased greatly, although there are still occasional accounts of vandalism and economic attacks.

Wicca is not devil worship, does not involve hurting or cursing people, is not Satanism, and does not involve the desecration of any traditional church's objects of veneration. The following questions and answers will provide you with some insights to Wicca and their beliefs:

**Do Wiccans worship Satan?
Wiccans do not worship Satan. Wiccans do not even believe the deity Satan exists. Satan represents total evil to most Christians who follow the Christian pantheon, and Wiccans do not believe in "good" or "evil"... only in neutrality. Since we do not believe in evil, there is no way to reconcile a belief in a god which represents the concept of total evil. There is also no relation between Wicca and the Church of Satan, which was created by the late Anton LeVey in the 1960s.

** Don't Wiccans use the sign of the devil as their symbol?
The pentagram is not the sign of the devil. It is a magickal symbol which you can even find on some of the older Christian churches in Europe. While it is true that the Church of Satan adopted the reversed pentagram as one of its symbols, it is a mockery, just as the upside down Christian cross is a mockery. Wiccans will sometimes use the reversed pentagram to represent the second degree of witchcraft because of the self analysis (inward turn) the second degree makes.
The five pointz of the pentacle represent.. earth,fire,air,water & spirit
**Do Wiccans go around cursing people?
Wiccan ethics prevent us from casting "curses" on others for malice, or personal gain. We believe in the law of Karma (a variant is also called "The Three-Fold Law"), which states that whatever we do, for good or ill, will return to us magnified. A Wiccan knows that if they cast a curse on someone, they will also feel the sting of the curse, and will feel it even worse than their target. These are just a couple of reasons curses are typically not cast by Wiccans. Also, Wicca teaches tolerance toward perceived foes, and seeks to mend any ills between people. If amends can not be made for whatever reason, the religion still teaches loving all people and accepting them for who they are regardless of differences.
**Do Wiccans sacrifice babies or animals?
There is no part in any Wiccan ritual which calls for the sacrifice or the harming of any person or animal, living or dead. While many of the gods of old (including Yahweh!) demanded blood sacrifice, the gods seemed to have matured along with man, and no longer require the blood sacrifice/harming of another being, living or dead. Despite popular belief among some Christian fundamentalists, Wiccans do not practice ritual abortion, nor use the remains of a fetus for ritual.
** Is Wicca a cult?
Wicca is a religion, not a cult. There is no "King/Queen of the Wicca" despite claims to the title in the past. Wicca is a religion with no papacy or ruler. It is made up of many small groups known as "covens" or "groves". Most of these are run in a traditional manner, as a matriarchal group... headed up by a high priestess with the help of a high priest. Traditionally, a coven can not be run without a high priestess, though there are occasional exceptions to the case where a high priest runs a coven. Becoming more popular is the "egalitarian coven", where all members run the coven.
**Do you have to renounce any religion, or desecrate any other religion's symbols to become a Wiccan?
No. Wiccan initiations do not include renouncing of any religion, nor the desecration of any religious symbol.
**Do Wiccans have a "witch mark" on their bodies?
Again, the answer is no. There is no distinguishing mark on the body of a Wiccan which states who they are. The only exception to this would be tattoos/body art which the Wiccan has voluntarily placed on his or her body.
**Are male Wiccans called warlocks?
Yet another big myth thanks to Hollywood and cartoons. A warlock can either be a male or a female... but it is usually used in an insulting manner. "Warlock" is a word derived from Scottish Gaelic (there is also a close old German word where it may have come from as well) meaning ...

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