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Wicca. By: Jennifer Rubio, Monica Thorpe, and Bobby Izydore. How many??. I t is not known for sure It is estimated to be about 1-3 million world wide There are only about 200,000 to 400,000 in the United States. Who do they believe in?. Wiccans are polytheistic

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Wicca

Wicca

By: Jennifer Rubio, Monica Thorpe, and Bobby Izydore


How many

How many??

  • It is not known for sure

  • It is estimated to be about 1-3 million world wide

  • There are only about 200,000 to 400,000 in the United States


Who do they believe in

Who do they believe in?

  • Wiccans are polytheistic

  • They believe in both modern gods and goddesses and ancient gods and goddesses

  • http://www.freewiccaschool.com/blog/20/wicca-gods-and-wicca-goddesses


Who do they believe in cont d

Who do they believe in? (cont’d)

  • Your Mother the Goddess

  • Your brother the God

  • Your baby the Divine

  • Your friend the Source

  • Your enemy the One

  • Your cat All That Is

  • Your Self the Eternal Light


Sacred texts

Sacred Texts

  • No sacred texts

  • Many important texts such as:

    • Book of Shadows

    • Charge of the Goddess

    • EkoEkoAzarak

    • The Spiral Dance

    • Wiccan Laws


Some information on wicca

Some Information on Wicca...

  • Wicca was developed in England during the 20th century

  • The religion involves the ritual practice of magic

  • Symbols are use for rituals, spells, ceremonies, and in everyday life

  • Wicca was popularized in the 1950’s and the early 1960’s by Gerald Garner...


Information on gerald garner

Information on Gerald Garner...

  • Gerald was born 6-18-1884

  • He referred to the religion as “Witch Craft” or “The witch-cult”

  • Gerald was instrumental in bringing the

  • Neopagan Religion of Wicca to public attention to Britain and wrote some of its defensive religion texts

  • He spent most of his time in Southern parts of Asia because he wrote about Native people and their magical practices

  • He had had tattoo's on his body representing magic symbols. EX: dragons, snakes, anchors, etc.

  • Scire was his witch name

  • “Witch Craft Today” and “The Meaning of Witch Craft” are the names of his books


Important symbols

Important Symbols


13 principles of wiccan beliefs

13 Principles of Wiccan Beliefs

  • 1. We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal quarters and cross quarters.

  • 2. We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment. We seek to live in harmony with nature in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.


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13 Principles (cont.)

  • 3. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that apparent to the average person. Because it’s far greater than ordinary, it’s sometimes called “supernatural”, but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.


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13 Principles (cont.)

  • 4. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity – as masculine and feminine – and that this same Creative Power lies in all people and functions through the interaction of the masculine and the feminine. We value neither above the other knowing each to be supportive of the other.


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13 Principles (cont.)

  • 5. We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological worlds sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconsciousness, the Inner Planes etc.- and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magical exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.


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13 Principles (cont.)

  • 6. We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.

  • 7. We see religion, magic, and wisdom in living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it – a world view and philosophy of life which we identify as Witchcraft – the Wiccan Way.


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13 Principles (cont.)

  • 8. Calling oneself “Witch” does not make a Witch – but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees, and initiations. A Witch seek to control the forces within herself/himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and without harm to other and in harmony with nature.


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13 Principles (cont.)

  • 9. We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal role within it.


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13 Principles (cont.)

  • 10. Our only animosity towards Christianity, or towards any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be “the only way” and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practice and belief.


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13 Principles (cont.)

  • 11. As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the craft, the origins of various terms, the legitimacy of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and our future.


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13 Principles (cont.)

  • 12. We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as “Satan” or “the Devil” as defined by Christian tradition. We do not seek power through the suffering of others, nor accept that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.

  • 13. We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.


Websites used

Websites Used

  • http://www.controverscial.com/The%2013%20Principles%20of%20Wiccan%20Belief.htm

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicca

  • http://www.religionfacts.com/neopaganism/timeline.htm


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