Wicca Series: Initiatory Wicca still matter?

Every Monday and Friday in January we will be asking people questions about Wicca. Want to weigh in? Find the next question at the bottom of this post! With the increased access to information and growing numbers of solitaries, does initiatory Wicca still have something to offer? *Once again everyone is speaking from their own point of view and not that of their traditions. The songs this time may seem a bit odd, but I chose popular music that … [Read more...]

Wicca Series: Books on “Advanced Wicca”?

Every Monday and Friday in January we will be asking people questions about Wicca. Want to weigh in? Find the next question at the bottom of this post! In such an experiential religion, is there such a thing as a book on “Advanced Wicca”? *Once again a reminder that everyone responding to this series is speaking for themselves and not for their tradition as a whole.* Callisto (Alexandrian tradition) responds: I suppose it depends on whom you ask. The … [Read more...]

Wicca Series: Should Her Hidden Children be more public?

Every Monday and Friday in January we will be asking people questions about Wicca. Want to weigh in? Find the next question at the bottom of this post! Wiccans are known as “Her Hidden Children”, but should Wicca be more public? Naya Aerodiode (Silver Spiral coven) responds: I don't feel that Wicca needs to be any more public. At this point, there is sufficient information available to dispel any unsavory myths about Wicca. If someone wants to con … [Read more...]

Wicca Series: History of Wicca?

Every Monday and Friday in January we will be asking people questions about Wicca. Want to weigh in? Find the next question at the bottom of this post! What do you believe the origins of Wicca to be? Does academic research affect your views on its history? Rua Lupa responds: The Origins of Wicca? It really depends on what you mean by this question. What Wicca is based on or who started its traditions? Does academic research affect your views on its … [Read more...]

Wicca Series: Who are the God and Goddess?

Every Monday and Friday in January we will be asking people questions about Wicca. Want to weigh in? Find the next question at the bottom of this post! Who are the God and Goddess of Wicca? Are they specific Gods, or the focal point of all Gods and Goddesses? Not a lot of interest in this question. I think partly because for many people the answers are oathbound and I think a lot of folks simply don't care. Which is odd, because I think this may be the … [Read more...]

Wicca Series: Is Wicca a mystery tradition or a devotional path?

Every Monday and Friday in January we will be asking people questions about Wicca. Want to weigh in? Find the next question at the bottom of this post! Should Wicca be approached as a mystery tradition (like Eleusis) or a devotional path (like some forms of Hinduism)? Joseph Carriker (Alexandrian tradition) responds: Traditional Wicca certainly has elements of both. In my experience, that distinction has to be made by the individual priestess or priest of … [Read more...]

Wicca Series: Cults of Personality?

Every Monday and Friday in January we will be asking people questions about Wicca. Want to weigh in? Find the next question at the bottom of this post! Many traditions of Wicca began as “cults of personality”. How should traditions prepare to survive beyond the loss of their founders? Morgan Daimler responds: I think this question could be applied to many different pagan traditions beyond just Wicca, because so many Neopagan groups began in this way. I thi … [Read more...]

Wicca Series: Is Wicca a “new religion”?

Every Monday and Friday in January we will be asking people questions about Wicca. Want to weigh in? Find the next question at the bottom of this post! Should Wicca be classified as a new religion? Johnny Rapture responds: Yes, because of the simple reality that it is, in fact, new. Gerald Gardner created Wicca in the middle of the 20th century out of a heavy dose of esoteric Christian Neoplatonism and a smidge of British folk traditions. Of course Wicca … [Read more...]

Wicca Series: What makes someone Wiccan?

Every Monday and Friday in January we will be asking people questions about Wicca. Want to weigh in? Find the next question at the bottom of this post! What makes someone Wiccan? Dedication? Initiation? Practice? Belief? (Any responses should be assumed to be individual opinions and not representative of traditions or covens unless otherwise stated.)Joseph D. Carriker, Jr. (Alexandrian trad.) responds: It is initiation that makes one of the Wica, immersion in … [Read more...]

Solstice Series Ends; Wicca Series Begins

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in December we will be asking people questions about Paganism and Pagan religions and culture. Want to weigh in? Find the next question at the bottom of this post! Why do you think Paganism has had a revival over the past 100 odd years? Is it simply due to the decriminalization of Witchcraft and divination? After 1500 years of oppression, why now? Selena Fox responds: The eternal Pagan Spirit of attuning to and communing with … [Read more...]


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