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Transcript of Wiccan Spirituality
Nathanael de Boer
History of Wicca
Beliefs and Actions
The Malleus Malleificarum -Or Witches Hammer- the document responsible for what became the Catholic Inquistion, and what modern witches refer to as "the burning times" was published in 1486
Over 100,000 accused witches were killed during the Catholic Inquisition, many falsely accused of their crimes.
The British laws against witchcraft were abolished in 1951
They believe everything is connected to the one or the all
Every individual/coven differs on beliefs; core beliefs are the same
3 fold law is law of conduct
Respect and sacredness of nature and the Earth
Experiencing gods through magic, rather than worshiping them
There is no specific scripture that is accepted by all Wiccans
A Book of Shadows acts as a sort of guide or formula for Wiccan prayers and rituals
Also called a Book of Magik or Magikal Grimoire
It is a journal based on research, thoughts, experiences and spiritual information
The Wiccan Rede (written around 1965 by a priestess named Doreen Valiente) is a poem which outlines the core Wiccan beliefs
The most famous part of Wiccan Rede is often stated as a couplet:”An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will
Other pieces of literature by practicing Wiccans, such as Gerald Gardner’s many writings
Wiccans do not normally have churches or sacred buildings in which they gather
Their sacred space is a magic circle created by covens
The circle is approximately 9 feet in diameter
Can be created inside or outside; anywhere in Earth
Gerald Gardner is considered the founder of modern Wiccanism
Wiccans hold several teachers in high esteem. These teachers include Margot Adler, Starhawk, Isaac Bonewits, Raymond Buckland, Selena, Fox, and Z. Budapest. These teachers have written books and many of them lead multiple covens (Witch communities)
Casting A Circle
1. Participants visualize a blue or white light radiating up in a sphere
2. The High Priestess and High Priest invoke the watchtower
3. Candles are placed on the boundary of the circle facing the four directions
4. At the end of the ceremony a cup of wine is raised and an athame is dipped into it; passed around with the words “Blessed Be”
5. Cakes are blessed by the High Priestess and Priest; passed around with the words “blessed be”
6. At the end of the rites, the circle is opened and the watchtowers are symbolically taken down
Wiccan holidays are based on the seasons
Follow the cyclical story of the God and Goddess (sun and moon) and the conflict between the Oak and Holly kings
Main holidays are called sabbats and correspond with the eight spokes on the wheel of the year
Additional sacred times are esbats, which have no fixed time of occurance
Esbats can be held whenever an individual deems necessary, usually on full moons to maximize the Goddess’ power
They are not just for celebration and can be used for discussion, event planning, initiations, divination, general works of magic, etc
Imbolc- initiation and promise of new life
Ostara- balance and coming of spring
Beltane- life and fertility
Litha- Holly King defeats Oak King
Lughnasadh- first harvest festival
Mabon- second harvest festival and celebrates balance
Samhain- blood and death
Yule- Oak King defeats Holly King
The Witch Hunt Game
: The most common (and misconceived) symbol. The symbol represents Water, Fire, Air, Earth and the human spirit, surrounded by endless love (range) spirit.
: a very ancient symbol associated with dance energy in Wicca. Three spirals connected are often used to represent the realms of air, water, and earth.
The Symbol of the Goddess
: represents the three phases of the moon (waxing, full and waning). Also known as the triple goddess and is used to show the three phases of womanhood maiden, mother and crone.
Symbol of the God
: the horned god represents a male perspective of the spirit. it is used to represent the life cycle, reverence for God and sexuality.
Your opinion counts twice in all subsequent votes. In case of equal numbers of votes, the Captain takes the final decision. If you are killed you choose your successor.
You get to vote.
You and the other witches select one person to kill each night.
Every night, you wake up before the witches and silently ask the narrator to show you another player’s card.
The Little Girl
Every night, you wake up at the same time as the werewolves. Your goal is to see without being seen, usually by keeping her eyes half-open.
You wake up after the witches. You have two potions, one to heal and one to kill, but you can use each only once. If you still have your heal potion, the narrator shows you who was killed by the witches.
During the first night, you steal a players card, and they become a villager.
During the first night, you choose two players who become lovers. If one lover dies, so does the other.
When you are killed, you choose another player to die with you.
Each night you choose one person to protect. If the witches attack that person, they don’t die.