Wicca is a modern pagan religion that draws upon a diverse set of ancient pagan religious motifs for its theological structure and ritual practice. The religion usually incorporates the practice of witchcraft. Developed in England in the first half of the 20th century. Wicca was later popularised in the 1950s and early 1960s by Gerald Gardner. Gardner was a retired British civil servant, and an amateur anthropologist and historian who had a broad familiarity with pagan religions, esoteric societies and occultism in general. At the time Gardner called it the "witch cult" and "witchcraft", and referred to its adherents as "the Wica". From the 1960s onward, the name of the religion was normalised to "Wicca".
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The word witch is often associated with images of an old woman with warts and a large nose who’s into evil or scaring children. In the Wizard of Oz or other mythology the witch was either good or bad but never both but these images... Read more
The spiritual meanings of fragrances and magickal properties of incense will help focus your mind on achieving specific goals. Burning incense has a symbolic meaning that helps pagans focus their attention on the purpose of a ritual or magical working. This is a list of a-z... Read more
The lunar phase is important in determining the best time for magick. There are basically two lunar phases: waxing moon (ideal time for positive magick) and waning moon (ideal time for banishing/negative magick, study, and meditation). In between you'll have the dark moon (the time... Read more
Creating a Wiccan Altar The basic structure of a Wiccan altar and how to personalize your own altar with creativity. There is not necessarily a "right" way to set up an altar in Wicca. Ask ten Wiccans what's on their altars, you'll get thirteen different answers.... Read more
The Pentagram Through History By Lionel Pepper Part 1 - " In The Beginning " The pentagram symbol today is ascribed many meanings and deep significance, though much of this is very recent. However, it has been used throughout history and in many contexts: The earliest known use... Read more
Aug 31, 2008 Joyce Luciano There is a popular misconception that it is a religion or connected to Gerald Gardner's Wicca. It is not. There are no courses that will transform a person into a Witch. New Religions The fifty’s and sixties brought forth several new ones... Read more
British Traditional Witchcraft, or Trad Witchcraft, is a family of Nature-based spiritual traditions that date back into the mist of time. At times mistaken for Wicca, Trad Witchcraft is a much older form of witchcraft that separates itself in having beliefs and practice that are... Read more
Incense has long had associations with magick and witchcraft, as indeed it is used commonly by many other religions. The use of Incense in witchcraft is threefold: It conditions the mind by stimulating our sense of smell. In connection with spells, it draws down the spirits... Read more
Candles have long been used in association with magick and witchcraft, as indeed they have been adopted and used by many other religions for spiritual communication. Candle magick is probably the oldest and simplest form of ritual magick still performed today. Ever since fire was... Read more
Colour Correspondences Colour plays a powerful role in ritual Witchcraft and Magick. Colours are carefully considered and assigned to all aspects of Spell making, Ritual magick and Festivals. Colours have symbolic associations representing occult powers, and have their own energy frequencies that emanate specific influences. Careful... Read more
Day Correspondences When planning magical workings, consideration needs to be given as to when the work needs to be performed for best effect. We need to ascertain the best time or day for when to perform it. Days have their own magickal associations, which are similar... Read more
History Wicca is a neo-pagan religion based on the pre-Christian traditions of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Its origins can be traced even further back to Paleolithic peoples who worshiped a Hunter God and a Fertility Goddess. Cave paintings found in France (and dated at... Read more
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