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What Is Wicca?
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im a little new at this whole thing, but what exactly IS wicca? i know its some kind of magic, but what do wiccans believe in? do they do black magic? are they misunderstood?
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Re: What Is Wicca?
By: Moderator / Adept
Post # 2
Wicca is the modern version of witchcraft. This was formulated from ancient beliefs by Gerald Gardner in the early part of the last century. Before 1951 witchcraft was illegal in the UK, but tolerated in some other countries. In 1951 witchcraft was acknowledged in the UK as a religion.
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Re: What Is Wicca?
By: Moderator / Adept
Post # 3
Further; they is no such thing as black magic, or white magic. Magic does not have a colour.
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Re: What Is Wicca?
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Post # 4
I disagree with that. Wicca is a modern form of witchcraft. Not the only one.
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Re: What Is Wicca?
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Yeah Brysing, Wicca is a modern FORM of magic not modern magic. And magic is all about what you want so if you want magic to have color then let magic have color. Your magic, your rules.
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Re: What Is Wicca?
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Post # 6
@BamaWildFire

Before the rest of this post goes on to rants of a personal view I think this website will help you understand the core beliefs of wicca which is classed as a modern religion based on the teachings of ancient witchcraft,Wicca is an earth based religion that focuses on all things to do nature and the male and female aspect of the divine(the lord and the Lady)

http://www.wicca.com/celtic/wicca/wicca.htm


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OpalRaven

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Re: What Is Wicca?
By: Moderator / Adept
Post # 7
The original question was "what is Wicca"; not "what is magic?" nor was it "what is witchcraft?" The question was about Wicca, a word coined by Gerald Gardner. And,of course, there are many paths of witchcraft; many beliefs. Nevertheless, Wicca is the modern version of witchcraft as formulated by Gerald Gardner and Doreen Valiente in the early part of the last Century. And that is what I posted; and that is the truth. Wicca is Gardnerian; just one of the many paths of witchcraft.
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Re: What Is Wicca?
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Actually Brysing the original post asked four questions not one and what I posted is also the truth and I think the link I posted covers the other questions asked aswell and yes Gerald Gardner is the founder of the wiccan religion and there has never been any dispute on that matter.


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OpalRaven
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Re: What Is Wicca?
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Post # 9
Wicca is a religion founded by Gerald Gardner. Wicca is not magic it is a religion. As for what we believe in that could be defined from many points of view. Wicca does not necessarily have a complete set belief. It is not however a "anything you want it to be religion". It has core beliefs which include the belief in The lord and Lady (and possibly other gods and goddesses). We have a Wiccan Rede or creed that to sum it up states "An ye harm none do what ye will." Magic has no color but i do get that you are talking about harmful magic which most of us if not all do not do. Most of us believe in reincarnation and the Summerland(where the soul rests before beginning a new life. We believe in neutrality. We do not believe or worship an entity known as satan which is one of the misconceptions the general public sometimes associates us with. We are usually misunderstood however society is beginning to understand who we really are ,with some exceptions.
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Re: What Is Wicca?
By: Moderator / Adept
Post # 10
Oh, dear! Such argument. I think what is needed here is a short (very short!) lesson in the English language. In old English, witchcraft is written as wiccacraft. But this is very misleading as the word wicca means male, wicce. means female. Gardner (and even Crowley before him) thought it would be best to refer to males and females as priest and priestess; to save confusion. Wicca therefore is a very old English word. But it was Gardner and Valiente who really brought into being the name Wicca for the Gardnerian style of modern witchcraft; as opposed to the Alexandrian style taught by Alex Sanders. (From the city of Alexandria, not from the name Alex!)
The original Rede was by Crowley, "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law". It was Gardner (actually Doreen Valiente) who modified this to "An' harm none."
Just as a matter of history, in the handwritten Saxon Scrolls the word is written "uuiccacraft". Literally a double U. When printing was becoming widespread it was held that the letters joined was easier to print, hence the W. Geoffrey Chaucer also used the W in his book The Canterbury Tales. Ah, we learn something everyday, do we not?
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