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  • Wicca & Paganism : How to Find Your Element in Wicca

    Finding your element in Wicca involves considering your astrological sign, each of which corresponds to one of the four elements, as well as analyzing your personality to determine which element is most fitting. Determine your personal element with insight from an internationally known psychic in this free video on the Wiccan religion. Expert: Sandra Cheryl Richardson Contact: www.celestialtreasuresnetwork.com Bio: Sandra Cheryl Richardson is an internationally-known psychic consultant, paranormal investigator and metaphysical teacher. Filmmaker: Paul Muller

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  • Wicca for beginners

    Article by James Reinard

    Wicca beginners have a long, exciting and eventful journey ahead of them, – a path brimming with greater knowledge and a new way of life. With so much ahead it is no wonder that people can find themselves a little lost and overwhelmed. If you are lucky enough to live near a group or coven that you can join and be tutored by then you will already be well on your way to your new lifestyle. However, for many Wicca beginners it is not as simple as that. Geography to loved ones’ own religious beliefs may prevent you from joining with others and openly declaring your new course.
    Yet you should never feel precluded from this wonderful religion nor hindered in your ability to follow it. There is a wealth of information out there to learn from and nothing should hold you back from learning to honour and become at one with the world around you. But seeing as this is what often confuses the Wicca beginner in the first place, here are some ideas and basic explanations to get you started and whet your appetite for more!
    What Does Wicca Represent?
    This is very personal thing and every Wiccan will give you a different account of why they believe and what it has brought into their lives. Every Wiccan will have a love of the earth and its universal elements. Water, air, fire and earth will come to represent beauty, synergy and power to every Wicca beginner. It is about recognizing, channeling and connecting with the earth and its rich offerings – the gifts of Mother Nature. You will move and change along with the seasons and all of the associated festivals. Above all, Wicca is about peace and joy.
    Why is it a religion?
    While it is not a religion in the form than many people perceive a religion should take, Wicca is a religion due to it having been derived from Paganism. It takes on similar symbolism, belief systems and of course Gods and Goddesses. It is not prescriptive like many religions are and Wicca will not tell you how to live your life but it does help you to understand the world around you and make sense of the purpose of life.
    What is the difference between Wicca and witchcraft?
    Occasionally you will find differing answers to this question but as a Wicca beginner, the details of this shouldn’t concern you too much. To most, Wicca is the religious part of the lifestyle and those who practice it refer to themselves as Wicca or Wiccan rather than witch. They are more likely to be part of a coven, or group, and follow more rules. However, the name Wicca was introduced to distinguish it from the stigma associated with witchcraft and many aspects of the Wiccan and witch’s lives are very similar. The terms can be interchangeable.
    The Wiccan Rede
    Wicca is a peaceful and gentle way of life that encourages respect. For this reason selfish, manipulative or sinister intentions are very much frowned upon. A small minority of Wicca beginners take an interest because they seek power over others but will soon come across one of the very few rules, The Wiccan Rede – “An it harm none, do as ye will”. This means you are largely free to practice as you please but remember to embrace the earth’s power for good rather than cause harm or hurt to others. This leads us to the 3 fold law which states that all that you do will come back to you 3 times as powerful. In other words, be careful what you wish for!
    Will I need to worship any Gods or Goddesses?
    No but it is quite a significant part of the ideology and history. They also need to be understood as part of the worship of male and female. Many Wiccans will dedicate themselves to a single deity as they feel a strong affinity and can identify with particular characteristics. But any of the Gods and Goddesses can be called upon to assist you in your work. As a Wicca beginner it may be useful to try including as many as possible into your rituals to see of you feel a particular partiality.
    Will I have to perform spells?
    No. Not all Wiccans believe in spell casting so you should not feel under pressure to do this. But if you do find that you do have an ability in this area however, you will find plenty of information on spells for Wicca beginners until you get to the stage where you are writing your own!
    Is there scripture for me to abide by?
    The only book that Wiccans work from is a Book of Shadows and this is generally a very personal thing. A coven may have a joint one to work from, but very commonly you will have your own. It is a place for you to write your spells, keep notes and make observations. Whether or not there has even been a ‘real’ or ancient Book of Shadows, a central text to work from, is a hotly debated topic. However, none has been proven to exist.
    Whatever your reasons for being a Wicca beginner, I’m sure you will find your life as enriched and informed as any one of us who has chosen this path for any number of reasons! You will find that there are as many ways to live a Wiccan lifestyle as there are Wiccans so enjoy every day of your personal and spiritual journey.

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    www.waltermartinjude3.com Dr. Walter Martin, founder and 1st President of the Christian Research Institute (CRI), debates Gavin and Yvonne Frost, founders of the Church of Wicca. Dr.Martin’s daughter~Cindee Morgan carries the touch of her father.. a great witness in her own right… Jesus love shines brightly though her!!!… She gave me permission to share this video Walter Ralston Martin (September 10, 1928 June 26, 1989), was an American Evangelical minister, author, and Christian apologist who founded the Christian Research Institute in 1960 as a para-church ministry specializing as a clearing-house of information in both general Christian apologetics and in counterculture apologetics.
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  • How do I go about explain “Wicca” to a friend?

    Question by Wyatt Nyte: How do I go about explain “Wicca” to a friend?
    I’ve been practicing for awhile now and yet still got no idea to explain it to someone right away if asked.

    Best answer:

    Answer by Internet friend!
    You can explain anything to me!

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  • What is the difference between “wicca” and “new age” religions?

    Question by Meg C: What is the difference between “wicca” and “new age” religions?
    can i be both? do wiccans practice astrology and tarot cards and ouija boards or is that against the rules?

    Best answer:

    Answer by jmick8
    wyes wiccans can practice all those things you asked about and wicca itself is a new age religion (although i refer to it as a pseudo-religion based on the fact that its made up of mostly lies and a need to be different) most of wiccas rituals and such are based off of a lot of ritualss presented in the order of the golden dawn (such as tarot, pentagram rituals, libations etc etc) the only difference was the golden dawn was quabalistic christianity and wicca is supposedly a rebirth of old religions (which is the lie of wicca; there is nothing of the old religions in wicca except a bit of symbolism).

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  • The Basics Of Wicca

     

    Article by Victor Epand

    First, let me give you my Basics of Wicca write-up, which is my own take on Wicca based on 13 years of practice. It will suggest a couple of truly informative books for you to read. Wicca is a very complex faith, which embraces widely varying practices and many different Traditions.

    The following, however, is what I consider to be “the basics”.

    Wicca is about 60 years old, with roots in Masonic practices, ceremonial magic, and the Romantic era’s ideas of classical religions. Its founder was a British civil servant named Gerald Gardner.It is in many ways a postmodern faith, embracing religious relativism, and one that resonates powerfully for increasing numbers of people.

    The central tenet of the Wicca religion is the Wicca Rede: “If you harm none, do what you will.” This is a deceptively simple “commandment” which can take a lifetime to contemplate and to master. Many Wicca’s also believe in the Law of Threefold Return, sometimes called the Rule of Three:

    “Whatever you do, for good or ill, will come back upon you three times over.”

    Wicca”s honor Deity as both male and female, god and goddess or at the very least as goddess. Many Wicca’s believe that the universe is the body of god/goddess, and therefore that all things contain divine energy and that the world itself is sacred. Some Wicca’s are polytheists, many god /goddesses, others are duo theists, god and goddess, of whom all other gods and goddesses are simply aspects, others are monotheists, god and goddess themselves are simply aspects of an unknowable Source.

    Wicca’s generally do not believe that god/goddess is separate from the world; therefore, we have no concept of salvation, since god/goddess is present to all and always. Many Wicca’s believe that god/goddess is too big to fit inside one religion. All religions/spiritual paths are ways of reaching the same goal, and atheism and agnosticism are honorable perspectives on the mystery of life.

    Each Wicca operates as their own priest/priestess. We do not have a distinction between clergy and laity. Therefore, each Wicca is responsible for their own personal development and for forging their own relationship with god/goddess. Some Wicca’s practice in covens, which are generally initiatory and require a long period of study. Traditionally a year and a day before entering. Others practice in loosely affiliated groups of solitaries, which are Wicca’s who practice outside of traditional coven structure. Others simply practice alone.

    Wicca’s do not usually have churches. We create sacred space as and where needed, by casting “circles” of energy which function as temples. When inside those circles, we invite the spirits of the four Platonic elements air, fire, water, and earth to join us, as well as the goddess and the god or at minimum the Goddess.

    Wicca’s have celebrations that are timed to both the solar and lunar calendars. The solar festivals held at the solstices, the equinoxes, and four points in between them are called sabbats. The lunar holy days are called esbats, and are held at the full moon each month, and sometimes at the new moon as well.

    Many people practice witchcraft, which we see as working with the Divine energy that permeates the world to bring about change. In accordance with the Wicca Rede, the vast majority of Wicca’s will not curse or perform magic to bring harm upon anyone else. A relatively objective, non-Wicca set of articles on what Wicca’s do and believe:

    If you’re looking to do some reading, I’d recommend “Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner” by Scott Cunningham, and “The Triumph of the Moon” by Ronald Hutton. The best advice I can give you is to pick up the Cunningham book I mentioned and start living the rites of worship and the sabbats as he outlines them.

    His book contains pretty much everything you need to get started. Wicca is not something you do one or two days a week, it is a way of life that keeps you in touch with the Lord and the Lady with every breath you take and every beat of your heart. I truly hope that it turns out to be a wonderful and fulfilling path for you. Many Wicca’s have significant problems with them and their teachings.

    Be sure that when you do your Wicca you do it for all the right reasons. There are a lot of people out there that don’t understand and if they think they understand they take that to the wrong place and then you won’t hear from them or anything like that. I am not saying that you need to hide it I am just saying that you should keep things like magic of witchcraft to yourself of to the people that are in your coven.

    Victor Epand is an expert consultant at http://www.StoreOfMagic.com/. Store Of Magic is a community of various independent magic merchants from around the world. Each magic merchant represents a unique style of products, all their own.

     

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  • What, specifically, is the difference between “paganism” and “Wicca”?

    Question by Eris’s Offering: What, specifically, is the difference between “paganism” and “Wicca”?

    Best answer:

    Answer by Arkhangelsk
    Paganism is any religion that is not Judeo-Christian, Wicca is a singular religion.

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