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Wicca- Modern Witchcraft

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Anne Barkis

on 20 April 2010

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Wicca- Modern Witchcraft How did wiccanism survive the witch trials? What are the major differences between wicca and witchcraft? What are some of the wiccan beliefs and traditions? Wicca is a religion based upon beliefs and rites believed to be rooted in ancient pagan practices. Reason:
My reason for choosing this topic is as follows:
I didn't know anything abouth this religion other than the importance of the pentagram
I was curious as to how this belief survived after the witch trials in early US history
I am fascinated by people who claim they have magical powers Comparison:
Wicca v. Satanism:
Wicca and Satanism are not at all similar religions. However, the Christian church did link them in the past -- particularly during the Witch burning times of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance.
entirely different beliefs about deity, different rules for ethical behavior, different expectations from their membership, different views of the universe, different seasonal days of celebration.
Wiccans do not recognize an all evil diety like satan
Wicca v. Catholicism
Wiccans believe in two dieties (duotheistic). The Goddess might relate to Athena, Brigit, Ceridwen, Diana, Hecate, Ishtar, Isis, Venus, etc. The God might link to Adonis, Apollo, Dionysus, Odin, Osiris, Pan, Thor, Zeus, etc.
Catholics are monotheistic. One God made up of three persons; the Holy Trinity
http://www.religioustolerance.org/wic_faq.htm Conclusion:
It is my understanding that this is a pretty harmless religion compared to many of the more prominent beliefe systems of the world. The followers of Wicca tend to care less about material things and more about nature. They are pacifists. Their rituals vary from person to person and coven to coven. They celebrate the changing seasons and commune with, rather than worship, their God and Goddess. Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicca#Origins_and_Early_Development.2C_1921-1959
I used Wikipedia just to get a few pictures and to give myself a starting point of reference with this religion.
http://www.religioustolerance.org/wic_faq.htm
I I trust this website because it had a recent copyright date and the information came from sources that were varifiable. This site also listed other sights with more information on wiccans.
The Craft This religion wasn't really affected by the witch trials of colonial Massachusetts (1692). It was popularized in the 1950's and 60's and the rise of "flower power".

Wicca is a belief system and way of life based upon the reconstruction of pagan traditions originating in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The wheel of the year I couldn't find many distinctions but according to The Celtic Conection ( http://www.wicca.com/celtic/wicca/wicca.htm) "Wicca is a recognized religion, while Witchcraft itself is not considered a religion. Thus, Wicca might best be described as a modern religion, based on ancient Witchcraft traditions." Wiccans observe Esbat(a convocation or gathering) rituals at the thirteen or so full moons each year, and occasionally on the new moons as well. There are eight Sabbats: four minor Sabbats at the solstices and equinoxes, and four major Sabbats each year. For Fun:
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