Quantcast


Twitter icon


Facebook icon

About this site
About us
Our beliefs
Is this your first visit?
Contact us
External links

Recommended books

Visitors' essays
Our forum
New essays
Other features
Buy a CD of this site
Vital notes

World religions
BUDDHISM
CHRISTIANITY
-Christian definition
 -Shared beliefs
 -Handling change
 -Bible topics
 -Bible inerrancy
 -Bible harmony
 -Interpret the Bible
 -Persons
 -Beliefs & creeds
 -Da Vinci code
 -Revelation, 666
 -Denominations
HINDUISM
ISLAM
JUDAISM
WICCA / WITCHCRAFT
Other religions
Cults and NRMs
Comparing Religions

Non-theistic beliefs
Atheism
Agnosticism
Humanism
Other

About all religions
Main topics
Basic information
Gods & Goddesses
Handling change
Doubt & security
Quotes
Movies
Confusing terms
Glossary
End of the World?
True religion?
Seasonal events
Science vs. Religion
More information

Spiritual/ethics
Spirituality
Morality & ethics
Absolute truth

Peace/conflict
Attaining peace
Religious tolerance
Religious freedom
Religious hatred
Religious conflict
Religious violence

"Hot" topics
Very hot topics
Ten Commandments
Abortion access
Assisted suicide
Cloning
Death penalty
Environment

Same-sex marriage

Homosexuality
Human rights
Gays in the military
Nudism
Origins
Sex & gender
Sin
Spanking
Stem cells
Transexuality
Women-rights
Other topics

Laws and news
Religious laws
Religious news

Sponsored links

 

 

!!!!!!!! Search error!  If the URL ends something like .htm/  or .htm# delete the character(s) after .htm and hit return.

World religions; Neopagan religions

Menu

Wicca: a Neopagan, Earth-centered religion

horizontal rule

 

CURRENT MOON

Click for Salem, Massachusetts Forecast
             Wiccan saying

The Wiccan
pentacle symbol 1

Current phase of the moon

Copyright © Isaac Bonewits 2

Moon & sun rise & set
times for Salem MA, ET 3

A Wiccan's plea for religious
tolerance
and religious freedom

Sponsored link.

Quotations:

bullet"It seems to be necessary to preface every discussion of Witchcraft with an explanation that, no, Neo-Pagan Witches aren't Satanists."Otter and Morning Glory Zell 6

bullet"We are not evil. We don't harm or seduce people. We are not dangerous. We are ordinary people like you. We have families, jobs, hopes, and dreams. We are not a cult. This religion is not a joke. We are not what you think we are from looking at T.V. We are real. We laugh, we cry. We are serious. We have a sense of humor. You don't have to be afraid of us. We don't want to convert you. And please don't try to convert us. Just give us the same right we give you--to live in peace. We are much more similar to you than you think." Margot Adler 4

bullet "If you take [a copy of] the Christian Bible and put it out in the wind and the rain, soon the paper on which the words are printed will disintegrate and the words will be gone. Our bible IS the wind and the rain." Herbalist Carol McGrath as told to her by an unidentified Native-American woman. 5

bullet "I don't think witchcraft is a religion. I would hope the military officials would take a second look at the decision they made." G.W. Bush (R), as Governor of Texas. Interviewed on ABC's Good Morning America, 1999-JUN-24. He disapproved of Wiccan servicemembers being given the same religious rights as members of other religions in the military.

bullet"We should educate people that 'Witch' is not evil but ancient and positive. The first time I called myself a 'Witch' was the most magical moment of my life." Margot Adler. 4

bullet"When one defines oneself as Pagan, it means she or he follows an earth or nature religion, one that sees the divine manifest in all creation. The cycles of nature are our holy days, the earth is our temple, its plants and creatures our partners and teachers. We worship a deity that is both male and female, a mother Goddess and father God, who together created all that is, was, or will be. We respect life, cherish the free will of sentient beings, and accept the sacredness of all creation." Edain McCoy
 

About this section:

Wicca is the largest of the Neopagan religions. Wiccans have great reverence for the Earth and for their Goddess and her consort, the horned God. Their main rule of behavior is the Wiccan Rede which forbids them from harming people, including themselves, except in some cases of self-defense.

Many, perhaps most, are solitary practitioners. Others form small groups of believers, called covens, groves, etc. Because of centuries of religious propaganda and misinformation, many conservative Christians, and others, associate Wiccans with Satanists even though the two belief systems are as different as Christianity and Atheism.

Our essays on Wicca are very different from those on Christianity.

bulletWicca is a very decentralized religion; many Wiccans develop their own beliefs, rituals, and other practices. The latter are often not known outside the solitary practitioner or Wiccan coven. So we describe the beliefs and practices that most Wiccans hold in common.

bullet Much of Christianity is highly centralized within denominations whose beliefs, rituals, and other practices are well documented and available to us. So we describe the diversity of Christian beliefs in great detail. 

Topics covered in this section:

bulletIntroduction << Please read this essay first
 
bulletSome Wiccan introductory videos
 
bulletReligious words with multiple, quite different meanings:

bulletWitchcraft

bulletPaganism
 
bulletQuestions about Wicca:

bulletWiccan FAQs

bulletSpecific questions people ask us about Wicca

bulletIs Wicca a form of Satanism?
  • Part 1: Overview. Various views of Satanism & Wicca

  • Part 2: Contributing factors. Similarities. Conclusions. Recommendations

bulletBackground material:

bulletHistory of Wicca

bulletThe relationship among Christianity, ancient Celtic beliefs and Witchcraft

bulletThe extermination of heretics during the "Burning Times" 

bulletWicca and the Bible

bullet

How to become a Wiccan

bullet

2008: Conflict over a Wiccan beauty queen, Reiki, and tarot cards in Toronto, ON: Part 1  Part 2
 

bulletModern-day Wicca:

bulletStatements about Wicca:

bullet"Principles of Wiccan Belief" (1974)

bulletA Pledge to Pagan Spirituality (1960)

bulletBeliefs

bulletOverview of practices, rituals, etc.

bullet

The Wiccan Rede, used to evaluate the morality of an action:

bulletWiccan sabbats (seasonal days of celebration)

bulletWiccan spells and charms

bullet Some often confused symbols: pentacle, pentagram, & the Sigil of Baphomet
bullet The meaning of pentacle & pentagram symbols to their users. Dress code conflicts in schools.

bulletHandfasting (marriage)

bulletThe 'Lady's Prayer'

bulletComing-of-age ritual

bulletHow many Wiccans are there?

bulletTeens and Wicca

bullet An essay for non-Wiccan school teachers and parents

bulletIs Wicca a religion?

bulletU.S. district court recognition of Wicca as a religion

bulletAn excerpt on Wicca from the U.S. Army chaplain's handbook

bulletWiccan & Neopagan news items in the media
 
bulletHatred of Wicca and discrimination against Wiccans:

bulletHistorical hatred and oppression of Wiccans and other Neopagans

bulletValid and invalid information about Wicca on the Internet

bulletReview of an article on Wicca by the Watchman Fellowship

bulletVia radio

bullet"Dr Laura Schlessinger" & Wicca

bulletChristian-Wiccan relationships:

bulletCan a person be a both a Wiccan and a Christian?

bulletReligious hate propaganda: one story; many versions; all false

bulletThreats and conflicts between Christians and Wiccans

bulletA joint Christian-Neopagan environmental project

bulletNeopagan request for inclusion in Pope John Paul II's apology

bulletChristian opposition to Wiccans in the U.S. Army:

bulletChristian boycott against Wiccans in the military

bulletFamily Research Council essay about Wicca and the Army

bulletU.S. Government and political leaders' views toward Wicca:

bulletBigotry in the Veterans' Administration concerning grave markers

bulletBigotry in the Chaplain's service concerning Wiccan priests

bulletThe 1st "Burning Times" award given to Governor Johanns (NE)

bulletThe 2nd "Burning Times" award given to Rep. Barr (GA)

bulletYear 2000 presidential candidates' opinions of Wicca

bulletDiscrimination by municipal councils:

bulletChesterfield County, VA

bulletGreat Falls, SC
 
bulletTerminology

bulletWiccan terms

bulletReferences to Wicca in the media, books, from the '80s and '90s etc

bulletDefinitions of "witch" in dictionaries, etc.
 
bulletWiccan resources:

bulletImportant Wiccan resources

bullet

Additional Wiccan resources

bulletWiccan educational and anti-defamation Groups

bulletA national or international education/anti-defamation group

bulletHow to contact a local Wiccan or a Wiccan coven

bullet

Books on Wicca

bulletMisc. items:
bulletWitchcraft in Africa and India

bullet"Witchcraft" in the Canadian criminal code

bulletAbout Halloween -- facts and fables

Sponsored link:

Not a sponsored link

Beliefnet Free Newsletters

Receive a daily dose of wisdom, humor, inspiration and more.

Beliefnet is a multifaith e-community designed to help you meet your own religious and spiritual needs -- in an interesting, captivating and engaging way. They are independent and are not affiliated with a particular religion or spiritual movement.

You can choose from among:

bulletTen newsletters that deal with "tools for living."
bulletEight dealing with "religious wisdom" from a variety of faiths.
bulletFive dealing with "Inspiration."



References:

  1. Thanks to WiseGorilla at:http://www.wisegorilla.com/ for their elegant pentagram image. They are no longer online.

  2. Thanks also to Isaac Bonewits (ibonewits@neopagan.net) for permitting us to copy his "family values" graphic.  His web site is at http://www.neopagan.net  He died on 2012-AUG-12 but his web site remains online and is occasionally updated by his widow: Phaedra Bonewits.

  3. Courtesy the Weather Underground. See: http://www.wunderground.com Click image to obtain weather report for Salem, MA.

  4. Margot Adler, "Drawing Down The Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today," Penguin Books, (1997), Page. 461. Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store

  5. Some interpret this saying as stating that the Native American Bible is stronger than the Christian Bible, and would destroy the latter. i.e. it is a type of "my God is bigger than your God" saying that has caused so much loss of life and destruction, and that threatens the existence of the human race. It isn't. It is merely saying that Earth-centered religions obtain their spiritual guidance from the forces of nature, whereas Christians obtain their guidance from the Bible as written by humans. 

  6. Otter and Morning Glory Zell Editors, GREEN EGG magazine, "Satanism vs. Neo-Pagan Witchcraft: Confusions and Distinctions." (1995) Online at: http://www.holysmoke.org/wicca/satvnp.htm

Site navigation:

Home page >  here

Home page > World Religions > here

Home page > World Religions > Neopaganism > here

Copyright 1995 to 2014 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance. Yes, this web site really has been online since the infancy of the Internet.
Last updated 2012-AUG-24
Hyperlinks checked 2014-DEC-10
Author: Bruce A Robinson


WebCounter reports that this menu receives about 400,000 visits a year.

line.gif (538 bytes)
Sponsored link

Go to the previous page, or to the Home page, or to the "World Religions" menu, or to the Neopagan menu, or to the "Human rights" menu, or to the "Religious Conflicts" menu, or choose:

Google
Web ReligiousTolerance.org

Go to home page  We would really appreciate your help

E-mail us about errors, etc.  Hot, controversial topics

FreeFind search, lists of new essays...  Having problems printing our essays?

Twitter link

Facebook icon

Google Page Translator:

This page translator works on Firefox,
Opera, Chrome, and Safari browsers only

After translating, click on the "show
original" button at the top of this
page to restore page to English.

 
Sponsored links: