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The wiccan religion

The Wiccan Religion

The word "Witchcraft" dates back many hundred of years and means

literally "The craft of the wise". This is because the Witches of

the old were the wise ones of their village, knowledgeable in the

art of healing, legal matters and spiritual fulfillment. A Witch

had to not only be a religious leader, but also the doctor,

lawyer, and psychologist of the village. Today, people have

reclaimed this word in their pursuit of Wiccan religion.

A With is an initiate of Wicca, one who has earned the right to

call themselves Priest, or Priestess, through study, self

evaluation, and spiritual living. Wicca itself, is an attempt to

re-create European (mostly) Shamansistic Nature Religion,

adapting it to fit our modern lives.

Witches are worshippers of the Earth and it^Òs many cycles. We

believe that deity is found not only outside to our realm, or

plane of existence, but that is found within every living thing

and all that support it. Therefore, we attempt to live in harmony

with the Earth and each of it’s creatures. Wiccan tend to involve

themselves with ecological pursuits. Wicca observe the holidays

of Pagan Europe; Eight festivals spaced evenly about the wheel of

the year, at the quarters (equinox^Òs and solstices) and the

cross-quarters (midpoints between the equinox^Òs and solstices).

They are called: Yule (Dec 21) Tmbolc (Feb2), Lady Day (March

21), Beltaine (May 1), Midsummer (June 21), Lugnassed (Aug 1),

Mabon (Sept 21), and Samhain (Oct 31). Actual dates vary slightly

from year to year, as they are based upon actual celestial

events. Many Wiccans also celebrate the Full Moon, of which we

have 13 per year.

The basis for Wiccans moral conduct is found in the statement

"An Ye Harm None, Do What Thou Wilt." This is a mock archaic

phrase, suggesting that any behavior that harms none, is morally

acceptable. Harm is defined by anything that takes away, or works

against an individual^Òs free will. It is, of course, impossible

to exist, or even cease to exist, without causing harm, so

Wiccans look to fulfill this as closely as possible. A Wiccan

attempts to make choices based on what will cause the least harm,

and promote the greatest overall positive effect. Wicca teaches

self discipline, personal responsibility kinship ith our

plant and its creatures, open-mindedness and the virtues of

diversity. Wiccans do not proselytize, as we believe that each

must find the path that is right for them, and that all religions

are different paths to the same truths. We draw our beliefs and

practices from our own experiences, and that of others,

understanding that age does not makes a religion any more

valid, not does political support, numbers of followers or

material holdings of its temple. Religion is a very personal

thing, one which can only be validated by the experience of the

individual. Wicca provides a link for those who follow similar

paths to share their experiences.

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