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 Post subject: What is Wicca?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 9:35 am 
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Wicca is one variety of pagan witchcraft, with distinctive ritual forms, seasonal observances and religious, magical 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. 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. 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. 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

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicca

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 10:03 pm 
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I'm totally baffled by Wicca and other religions. I have lots of friends who are wiccan and I still dunno what its all about lol.

My cousin is pagan. He wrote a book called 'The Pagan Influence' which he dedicated to me :D The book itself is erm..not my type of book, but I do have a copy which he gave me for Christmas. I proof read his manuscript before he had it published and to be honest, I had no idea what I was reading.

Good plug eh? If you know him, don't tell him I said all this. I'll just deny it and blame fairies :lol:

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:26 am 
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ahh but we have written proof here lol

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