Wicca: History, Belief, and Community

Wicca - by Ethan Doyle White [Cover image supplied by Ethan Doyle White]

Ethan Doyle White has recently published an important new book: “Wicca: History, Belief, and Community in Modern Pagan Witchcraft”, due for release on 1 November 2015. So I approached him for an interview. [Read more...]

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Wobbling, But Not Falling Off

Håkan Dahlström - Sunset cycling

Jason Mankey has a great post on “When Someone Leaves Paganism” and how to respond to this situation – both in supporting the person leaving, and processing the feelings about it that inevitably come up. But what about when someone has a crisis of faith, which may involve leaving the Pagan path temporarily, but where [Read More...]

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Why I am still a polytheist Wiccan

Lararium (household shrine) from the Thermopolium of Lucius Vetutuius Placidus, Pompeii

I am a Wiccan and a polytheist, and I do not believe that the gods are merely archetypes. I believe the gods are real and have agency. I am not sure if the gods are made of energy or consciousness or both, but I am sure that they are distinct identities. [Read more...]

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Paganism for Beginners: Magical Names

The Enchanted Garden of Messer Ansaldo by Marie Spartali Stillman

There are many reasons why someone might want a Pagan name: to feel more in touch with a particular deity, animal, bird, or tree; to emphasise a quality that you possess, or to which you aspire; to celebrate a connection with a particular animal, bird, plant, place, or being hat you already feel. [Read more...]

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Paganism for Beginners: Festivals

Celtic Wheel of the Year by DragonOak on DeviantArt

Different Pagan traditions celebrate different festivals. Wiccans, Druids, and many eclectic Pagans celebrate the eightfold Wheel of the Year. Other traditions have their own cycle of festivals, often specific to the locality and ethnic tradition they work within. Pagan festivals have rich and complex symbolism rooted in folklore and Nature. [Read more...]

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7 things I wish people knew about Wicca

John William Waterhouse - Tate Gallery, online database: entry N01572 Public Domain

1. That Wiccan theology is diverse This one applies equally to Wiccans, polytheists, and everyone really. In Wicca, you can be a pantheist, a polytheist, an atheist, a duotheist, a monist, a Neoplatonist monotheist, a polymorphist, or all of them at once, and hardly anyone minds. Sable Aradia explains all about it in The Many Faces of [Read More...]

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Paganism for Beginners: Wicca

"Wiccan altar (0)" by RaeVynn Sands, Flickr user cronewynd - originally uploaded to Flickr by RaeVynn Sands as Beltane Altar. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wiccan_altar_(0).png#/media/File:Wiccan_altar_(0).png

Wicca is both a religion and a magical practice. Wiccans interact with the world on many levels – physical, spiritual, magical and emotional. Witchcraft is the craft of magic.

Wicca and Witchcraft overlap – all Wiccans are also witches, but not all witches are Wiccans. But the practice of witchcraft (in the sense of doing spells and so on) is only part of the practice of Wicca. [Read more...]

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