A Study of Modern Day Wiccan Tradaition

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A Study of Modern Day Wiccan Tradaition What is Wicca? Where did Wicca derive from? Is Wicca the same thing as Witchcraft? In this paper I will answer these questions and many more. I will admit when I first chose this topic for my term paper I know a lot about it. After I researched the practice of Wicca there is a lot more than meets the eye. I was also quite pleased with my findings, and even though this is supposed to be a term paper I have found this subject to be fascinating. Gerald B. Gardner is believed to be the founding father of Wicca. Through his writings much of the modern day Wiccan tradition came about. Gardner was born in 1884 and spent most of his life in Malaya. He retired and returned to the U.K. in 1936. Gardner then joined the Folklore society (he had an enormous interest in folklore, magic, and mythology) and in June 1938, also joined the newly opened Rosicrucian Theatre at Christchurch in Britain (Hillsburg. 1998). It is said that at Christchurch he met Old Dorothy Clutterbuck. In 1939, he claims Old Dorothy initiated him into a practicing coven of the Old Religion that met in the New Forest area of Britain. Gardner was fifty-five years old when he was initiated. By the time he published High Magic’s Aid he was sixty-five, and he was seventy-five years old when “The Meaning of Witchcraft” appeared. He died at the age of eighty in 1964 (Hillsburg. 1998). Many people have been suspicious of Gardner’s claims and have accused him of making the whole thing up. They suggest that the Wicca is no more than the fantasy of an old man colored by a romantic imagination (Oakwood, 1992). As time has passed, the opinion of Wiccan beliefs has gotten worse. The view of the country it seems is that Wicca has something to do with Satanism. The reason for this impression is a general lack of information about Wicca, what it is and what it means. Once people have are introduced to what Wicca is, they usually view it in a positive light. It is necessary to get past the initial misinformation to do that. In the same way, that brings us to what Wicca actually is. A simple description of Wicca is the practice of the rites and adherence to the magical philosophies of the Pre-Christian era (Catterwil, 1994). Thus, the person was shelled in the process of shaping or bending reality. In the philosophy of the Wicca, it is understood that men and women are held in respect according to their talents, capabilities, and contributions to the group and the craft as a whole (Oakwood, 1992). That is why initiation to the craft is such a large commitment. Wicca stresses the balance of gender and power, along with the equality of creative expressions. A Wiccan is a person who believes strongly that something was lost as the world passed into the Dark Ages, the connection to the natural rhythms of the planet and nature around us (Oakwood, 1992). Wiccans also feel that a connection is lost to the good things from the old ways of life, such as herbalism,
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