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 A Definition of Wicca


  I.  Development
      A.  Starting in the early nineteenth century, a new natural religion gradually evolved.  It gathered momentum in the mid-twentieth century.
      B.  Many authors and philosophers helped to develop the magical modern religion and to articulate parts of its belief structure.
      C.  The religion finds its roots in ancient ways.   It has psychic connections and sympathy with those who were burnt in the medieval period, and indeed with all individuals who have been oppressed and killed in the name of religion.
      D.  The recent "festival" movement has enhanced the growth and diversity of the religion.

 II.  Literature
      There is no official text; for the Craft is a religion of life and of nature, not of  "the book."

III.  Explicit Religious Doctrines
      A.  God (deity) is immanent and transcendent.
      B.  Every living entity has a spirit which is connected to and part of every other spirit. Humans are a part of nature.
      C.  Divinity manifests itself through all living beings. Nature itself is divine (but not something to directly "worship"); as is the Cosmos, as is each person.
      D.  God and goddess images are recognized as aspects of a greater divinity that is unknowable.

 IV.  Ritual and Worship
      A.  Observances may be group or solitary.   Regular worship services are scheduled in harmony with the moon's phases by groups (covens or congregations) of members.
      B.  Each worship site is constructed anew on each occasion of meeting.  It is defined by new consecrated circles, and may be located anywhere.
      C.  Only coven members are allowed to enter the innermost circle.

  V.  Ethics
      A.  The ethical set is summarized in the Wiccan Rede:

    Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill:
If it harm none, do what you will.
We are aware that there are many, many versions of this rede out there. This is the simplest to use.
      B.  Guidance is given by many earth-plane teachers and by spiritual (discarnate) guides.

  VI.  A Brief Definition

Wicca is a new religion, a spiritual path, that emphasizes growth through harmony in diversity, knowledge, wisdom, and exploration.

Click here to see a brief comparison of Wicca with other world religions and cults.

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