World Religion Report Wicca 000

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World Religions 1 World Religions Report - Wicca Religions of the World HUM/130
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World Religions 2 Introduction Into Wicca Wicca, the modern religion of witchcraft, is probably the most misunderstood of our time. Wicca is believed to have an ethical system based on self-aggrandizement and egocentrism. In truth, Wicca and witchcraft have their beginnings in the earliest human beliefs and practices. The Wiccan moral system is based on the same rule ascribed to by the Christian layperson. As for accusations of devil worship, this is an impossibility. Wiccan theology maintains that a separate entity devoted entirely to evil cannot exist therefore there is no devil. Humans are part of the natural, living world. Common western religious thoughts maintain that humans are not part of the natural world they are above it. Humans are the master and keeper of the earth. They have an authority and a divine right to rule lesser forms of life. Wiccans believe that while humans have great influence over the natural world, they are no more the master and keeper of the earth than any other being on the planet. Wiccans believe that we should live in a peaceful co-existence with the natural world, and have a great respect for it. There are varied reasons as to why one chooses to follow a Wiccan religion, just as there are varied traditions and practices within Wiccan religions. Among these various traditions and practices there are commonly shared beliefs such as respecting all life, the honoring of male and female energies, a Father God and a Mother Goddess, and that all things within the universe are interconnected. Wiccan religions also share an ethic of self-responsibility in doing as one chooses, so long as it brings no harm to anyone or anything (Herne, n.d.). Wicca is a deep appreciation and awe in watching the sunrise or sunset, the forest in the light of a glowing moon, a meadow enchanted by the first light of day. Wicca is the fall of colorful autumn leaves, and the softness of winter snow. It is light, and shadow and all that lies in between. It is the song of the birds and other creatures of the wild. It is being
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World Religions 3 in the presence of Mother Earth’s nature and being humbled in reverence. When we are in the temple of the Lord and Lady, we are not prone to the arrogance of human technology as they touch our souls. To be a Witch is to be a healer, a teacher, a seeker, a giver, and a protector of all things. (Herne, n.d.) Herne (n.d.) stated, “Wicca is a belief system and way of life based upon the reconstruction of pre-Christian traditions originating in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. While much of the information of how our ancestors lived, worshiped and believed has been lost due to the efforts of the medieval church to wipe our existence from history, we try to reconstruct those beliefs to the best of our ability with the information that is available.” Herne (n.d.) stated, “We acknowledge the cycles of nature, the lunar phases, and the
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