Apr 012014
 

Question by prairiecrow: Fellow Wiccans and Pagans, is Wicca an ancient religion? Was it invented in the 1940s? Does it matter?
Hello all:

Fellow Wiccans and Pagans, is Wicca an ancient religion? Was it invented in the 1940s? Does it matter?

(I believe that it matters very much, but would very much like to see what others have to say.)

Also, what evidence do you think there is for and against either of those positions?

As always, thanks to everyone who takes the time to respond.
Thus Saith the Lord: Thank you for demonstrating the ability of some Christians to (a) completely miss the point of a question, and (b) proselytize when it’s completely inappropriate to do so.

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Answer by Thus saith The Lord
Wicca is a neo-pagan religion that has been growing in popularity and acceptance in the United States and Europe. There are many websites and books claiming to teach “real” Wicca, but the truth is, there is no consensus amongst Wiccans as to what the religion is all about. The reason for this is that Wicca, as it is practiced now, is only about 50 years old. Wicca is a belief system that Briton Gerald Gardner cobbled together in the 1940’s and 1950’s from a variety of religious traditions and beliefs as well as Freemason rituals. Since Gardner published several books espousing his system of worship, many offshoots and variations of Wicca have sprung up. Some Wiccans are polytheistic, worshipping more than one deity, while others worship only the “God” or the “Goddess.” Still other Wiccans worship nature, and call it Gaea, after the Greek earth goddess. Some Wiccans pick and choose parts of Christian doctrine to embrace, while others totally reject Christianity. Most practitioners of Wicca believe in reincarnation.

Most Wiccans will vehemently deny that Satan is part of their pantheon, citing major doctrinal differences between themselves and Satanists. Wiccans generally promote moral relativity, disdaining labels like “good” and “evil” and “right” or “wrong.” Wicca has one law or rule, called the Rede: “Do what ye will, harm ye none.” At first blush, the Rede seems like complete, uninhibited personal license. You can do whatever you want, as long as no one gets hurt; however, Wiccans are quick to point out the ripple effect of one’s actions can carry far-reaching consequences. They articulate this principle in the Three-fold Law, which says: “All good that a person does to another returns three-fold in this life; harm is also returned three-fold.”

One major factor that contributes to the abiding fascination with Wicca is the purported use of spells and Magick (a deliberate misspelling intended to separate Wiccans from magicians and illusionists). Curiosity seekers, as well as spiritual neophytes, are most eager to delve into these mysteries. Not all Wiccans practice witchcraft, but those that do claim Magick is to them what prayer is to a Christian. The difference between the two is that Wiccans claim magick is simply using their minds to control matter, or they are appealing to their favorite deity to do them a favor, while Christians call upon an omnipotent, omnipresent God to heal people and to intervene and work in their lives. Because the Rede disallows witches from hurting others and the Three-fold Law spells out the consequences for Rede-breakers, witches who practice magick prefer to call themselves “nature witches” or “white witches” to further distance themselves from Satanists.

Wicca is basically a religion that is about minding your own business and living peaceably with your neighbors and environment. Wiccans are eager to draw parallels between themselves and biblical Christianity for the sake of earning credibility, but what does the Bible have to say about this religion? You won’t find the word “wicca” in the Bible, so let’s evaluate the beliefs in light of what God says about them.

Wicca spells are idolism—Romans 1:25 says, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things, rather than the Creator…” Who wants to settle for second best? In Isaiah 40, God paints a picture of how much greater the Creator is than His creation. If you are worshipping anything besides the Creator, you are not only spinning your wheels, you are guilty of idolatry.

Wiccan spells bring false hope. Hebrews 9:27 says, “…Man is destined to die once, after that, to face judgment.” God says we get one chance at life, and that is it. There are no do-overs. If we don’t accept God’s gift of Jesus in our lifetime, He judges us as unwilling to be in His presence, and we are sent to hell.

Wiccan spells bring disillusionment. Mark 7:8 says, “You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.” God is God, and we are not. We have a decision to make. Are we going to take God at His word and adopt His worldview, or are we not? Knowing God takes a lot of discipline. Wicca is a religion that takes a pack of lies, ties it in a romantic ribbon, and searches out a well-intentioned, but lazy and gullible mark to sell its hollow doctrines.

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 says, “Let no one be found among you who… practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells…Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD…” Wicca witchcraft is a sin and God hates it. Why? Because it is an attempt to cut off our dependence on God and get answers apart from Him.

Sin isn’t just a heinous, socially disagreeable action. Sin is our decision to disagree with God on any topic—to rebel against Him. Sin is saying, “God, I want to live my life my way.” Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Romans

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Dec 302013
 

Question by STARR: Site and book that will help me learn more about Wicca?
I’ve recently become interested in Wicca. I’m thinking of converting since I never felt comfortable with being Christian. My great grand mother use to practice Wicca all the time. But I obviously can’t ask her about it since she is dead.

Is there any sites or books that will help me learn more about it? Prayers and such. Thank you!

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Answer by MissDementia
Go to http://witchvox.com/ to start. It’s the largest and oldest Pagan/Wiccan/Heathen site on the net and has useful information and contact information for people of all the old faith paths. They also have a lot of recommendations for study and you can interact with others of the faith through the site.

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Sep 142013
 

Question by Citrine Dream: Pagans: What are the main differences between Hellenic Reconstruction and Wicca?
Besides the obvious fact of Hellenic Reconstruction is hard polytheism where Wicca tends to be soft. What are some of the main differences in practice?

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Answer by Joseph Smith
Modern wicca was reinvented and the Hellenic religion was historically preserved

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Aug 252013
 

Question by Ms.ELii: I need a teacher to help me in Wicca. Any willing or anyone with ideas where I can find a teacher?
I’ve been attracted to Wicca for a while, the freedom of the religion and the focus of nature it has. But I am just starting to actually be a Wiccan. I don’t know where to start. Can I just start saying the spells as directed, or is there a way to do it? Do I have to be initiated into the religion before I practice it? I’m so confuse, and was wondering if there was someone to help…

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Answer by Pacifist
You can take guidance from the Wiccan Society.

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Jun 272013
 

Question by MandeeCandy: im looking for really good and honest books about the craft and wicca?
if you any additional information i would love to chat with you and possibly give you my email if anyone practices.

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Answer by Abomination of Desolation
Harry Potter

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Dec 172012
 

Question by DarknessLiesWithin: Are there any books or websites that tell exactly what the Wicca religion is?
I’d like an answer from a real Wiccan, or someone who doesn’t have anything against Wicca. Thank you.

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Answer by Kacy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cmd64f9C21s

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Dec 172012
 

Question by The Gropenator: TO ALL WICCANS: What should I understand and study to convert to Wicca?
I have found that I agree with many of the views expressed in Wicca. I also understand that it can take some time and studying before casting my first spell (which I understand isn’t turning people to frogs, it’s more like a prayer).. But are there any links I should go to and read about in depth?

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Answer by I’m Eian.
You should study the art of delusion.

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