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The New Paganism:

Wicca, Witchcraft &

Nature-based Religions

By Cky J. Carrigan, Ph.D.

North American Mission Board

ccarrigan@namb.net

www.ontruth.com

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Gallup Polling on Psychic and Paranormal

  • ‘01 - ‘90
  • Psychic, Spiritual, Mind Healing 54%-46%
  • Extrasensory Perception 50%-49%
  • Haunted Houses 42%-29%
  • Ghosts of the Dead 38%-25%
  • Mental/Spiritual Telepathy 36%-36%
  • Extraterrestrials Visiting Earth 33%-27%
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Gallup Polling on Psychic and Paranormal

  • ‘01 - ‘90
  • Clairvoyance of Future 32%-26%
  • Communication with the Dead 28%-18%
  • Astrology 28%-25%
  • Witches 26%-14%
  • Reincarnation 25%-21%
  • Trance Channeling 15%-11%
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This Presentation Is Indebted To…

Witchcraft

Exploring the World of Wicca

by

Craig S. Hawkins

Baker Books, 1996

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The New Paganism or Neo-Paganism is

“A revival of the old gods and

goddesses of pre-Christian paleopagan

polytheistic nature religions,

mythologies, and mystery cults, such

as Celtic, Norse, Greek, Egyptian,

Roman, and other Traditions of the

Western world. . . . Astaroth, Diana,

Hectate, Cernunnos, Osiris, Pan, and

others are being invoked anew.”

--Craig S. Hawkins

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Spirit

Fire

Air

Pentacle

Is A Symbol

of Earth

Religions &

Neo-Paganism

Earth

Water

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Horn

Horn

Inverted Pentacle

is a Symbol of the

Horned-God,

Pan

Also a

Satanist Symbol

Ear

Ear

Chin

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anti-dogmatic

anti-authoritarian

diverse

decentralized

eclectic

experience based

nature oriented

Witchcraft, also known as wicca,the craft, or the craft of the wise, is a generic term for the Neo-Pagan religious movement that is-
followers of witchcraft are
polytheistic and/or

pantheistic and/or

panentheistic

and...

worship/believe in/ invoke/experience

Mother Goddess

Horned God

Followers of witchcraft are…
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Witches practice…

  • diverse kinds of divination
  • altered states of consciousness
    • or trances
  • magick spells and incantations
  • special rites for seasonal holy days
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Transcendental

Meditation

Produces An

Altered State

Of Mind &

Relieves Stress

---

Promoted In

Schools And

Workplaces

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Crystal

Balls Are

A Kind Of

Divination

Which Is

Prohibited

In Bible

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Tarot Cards

Are Another

Very Popular

And Widely

Available

Form of

Divination

slide14

Astrology--

Divining the

Future With

The Stars-- Is

Prominent In

Neo-Paganism

slide15

Aroma

Therapy Is

A Neo-Pagan

Way to

Wellness

---

Change Your

Reality With

Magick

slide16

Colour Therapy

Is Another

Neo-Pagan Way

To Wellness

---

Change Your

Reality With

The Magick of

Colour Therapy

three core values of witchcraft
Three Core Values of Witchcraft
  • Experience over Dogma
  • Religious Toleration
  • Religious & Moral Relativism
characteristic beliefs
CHARACTERISTIC BELIEFS
  • Pantheism
    • God is Everything
    • Everything is God
    • God is Impersonal
    • Since you are something, you too are God
  • Or, Panentheism
    • World is IN God
    • There’s more to God than world
    • God is both Personal and Impersonal
characteristics beliefs continued
CHARACTERISTICS BELIEFS (continued)
  • Monism
    • Everything is One
    • All distinctions are mere Illusions
  • Reincarnation
    • Will be reborn as a new baby, after death, and live a new life
    • Past lives
    • Future lives are improved by positive karma in this life and visa-versa
characteristic beliefs continued
CHARACTERISTIC BELIEFS (continued)
  • Polytheism
    • There are many deities
    • There is a hierarchy among many deities
  • Animism or Spiritism
    • Everything has a spirit
    • There is interaction between all spirits
      • Hylozoism - everything has a lifeforce
      • Panpsychism - everything has consciousness
neo pagan views on deity
Neo-Pagan Views on Deity
  • The Gods are Immanent Deities Pervading All of Nature
  • Mother Goddess or Triple Goddess is Primary

*Maiden *Mother *Crone

  • Male Consort, the Horned God, is Secondary
  • Other Intermediate Spirit Beings Are Also Manifestations of the “One”
  • All Deities May Be Real Entities or Metaphors
neo pagan views on the goddess
Neo-Pagan Views on the Goddess
  • The Three Phases of the Goddess are Associated with the Three Phases of the Moon (waxing, full, waning)
  • The Goddess is Eternal & Assoc. with the Earth
  • The Goddess is Invoked by a Variety of Names

*Aphrodite *Astarte *Diana *Cybele

*Gaia *Isis *Venus *Luna

  • Diana is Most Popular Name in Witchcraft
neo pagan views on the horned god
Neo-Pagan Views on the Horned God
  • Horned God is Assoc. with the Sun
  • Horned God is Lord of the Animals, Death and the Afterlife
  • Horned God is NOT Eternal, He Dies Every Winter and is Reborn Every Summer
  • Horned God is Invoked by a Variety of Names

*Adonis *Ammon-Ra *Osiris *Thor *Pan

  • Pan is the Most Popular Name in Witchcraft
characteristic beliefs continued1
CHARACTERISTIC BELIEFS (continued)
  • Moral Relativism
    • No Distinction between good/evil or right/wrong
    • There can be no judge of ethics
    • Actions simply “are”, they are not good or evil
    • In absence of an ethical judge, the individual person decides what is “good” for him
characteristic beliefs continued2
CHARACTERISTIC BELIEFS (continued)
  • Pluralism
    • All religions are equally true & one
    • Essence of all religion is the same
  • Existentialism
    • Religious truths are only subjective
    • Religious truths are only personal
neo pagan views on sin salvation hell death afterlife ethics
Neo-Pagan Views On Sin, Salvation, Hell, Death, Afterlife, Ethics
  • Sin & Hell as Conceived by Christianity is Myth
  • Sin is Disharmony with the Goddess
  • Salvation is Harmony with the Goddess
  • Death and Life are Cycles of Rebirth
  • The Intermediate Place of the Soul Between Death and Rebirth is Called “Summerland”
  • Wiccan Ethical Code is “If You Harm None, Do What You Will”
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Magickal Techniques Include…

Astrology

Astral Projection

Scrying

Necromancy

Incantations

Potion Making

Crystal Gazing

I Ching

Channeling

Tarot Cards

Raising Psychic Powers

Trances

Sex Magick

Numerology

Runes

Ritual Nudity

Neo-Pagan Practices-MagickMagick is the Natural Manipulation of the World, Usually by Secret (Hidden or Occult) Means
neo pagan practices magick
Motivations For Magick Include…

aesthetic appeal

artistic expression

drama

gain prosperity

alter consciousness

healing

manipulate reality for suitable ends

personal development

facilitate spiritual growth

union with the Divine

realize self divinity

harmonize with earth

Neo-Pagan Practices-Magick
neo pagan practices the coven
Neo-Pagan Practices-The Coven
  • Witch Coven has 13-30 members
  • Covens gather in a 9ft Magick Circle
  • 13 regular meetings (esbats) each year at full or new moons
  • Each coven member is priest(ess) & clergy
  • Each coven has a High Priest(ess)
  • There are 3 or more degrees of initiation
  • Several other rite of passage observances
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Feminism,

Earth Religions,

Mother Earth,

Pantheism,

Witchcraft, &

Goddess Worship

Are All Neo-Pagan

FEM-Themes

neo pagan practices calendar
Neo-Pagan Practices-Calendar
  • 8 main Holy Days each year called “Sabbats”
  • 8 Sabbats correspond to Solar Cycle
  • 4 Minor Sabbats

* Winter Solstice (Dec) *Spring Equinox (Mar)

*Summer Solstice (Jun) *Fall Equinox (Sep)

  • 4 Major Sabbats

*Nov Eve *Feb Eve *May Eve *Aug Eve

tools of witchcraft
alter

black-hilted knife

bowls of salt & water

bell(s)

broom

candles

cord(s)

cauldron

chalice

censer

crystal(s)

images of Goddess-God

incense & burners

necklace or pendant

pentacle

scourge

staff

sword

wand

white-hilted knife

grimoires (magick texts)

Tools of Witchcraft
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--Christianity Vs. Neo-Paganism--

  • Pantheism
  • Panentheism
  • Polytheism
  • Animism
  • Monism
  • Reincarnation
  • Trinitarian
  • Monotheism
  • Creator-Creation
  • Resurrection
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--Christianity Vs. Neo-Paganism--

  • Absolute Bib.
  • Morality
  • Exclusivity
  • Objectivity &
  • Religious Exp.
  • Moral Rel. or
  • Wiccan Code
  • Pluralism
  • Existentialism
evangelism strategy
EVANGELISM STRATEGY
  • Because of diversity, find out the particular beliefs of the recipient and begin from there
  • Be prepared gently to undermine the foundation of their belief system (pantheism, monism) by pointing out necessary implications
  • This kind of evangelism is especially

dependent upon prayer

evangelism strategy continued
EVANGELISM STRATEGY(Continued)
  • Gently point out the inconsistencies between belief and the possibility of practice
  • Point out self defeating claims of moral relativism
  • Offer the genuine unique Jesus as the solution to all
  • Share your own genuine experience of faith and repentance & living in Christ
evangelism strategy continued1
EVANGELISM STRATEGY(Continued)
  • Show consistent love
  • Show unconditional love
  • Be ever ready to introduce them to

the Ever-Faithful God of the Bible

when the Mother Goddess

fails them

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Children’s

Media Is

Riddled With

Neo-Pagan

& Occultic

Themes

slide39

“Lion King”

and

“Pocahontas”

Advances

Neo-Pagan

Worldview

slide40

On The

Neo-Pagan

Bookshelf

Harry Potter

Books Promote

Witchcraft

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What Does The Bible Say About Pagan Practices?

“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who

consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is

detestable to the LORD.” (Deut 18:10-12)

See also -- Lev 19:26, 31;20:6; 2 Kin 17:10-17;

21:1-6; 23:24-25; 2 Chron 33:6; Isa 8:19-20;

47:12-15; Acts 13:6-12; 16:16-18; Gal 5:19-20;

Rev 9:21; 21:8; 22:15

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“Snake Analogy”

Practical Advice for Surfing the Neo-Pagan Wave

  • Don’t Play With
  • Snakes
  • If You’re Going
  • To Play With
  • Snakes…Know
  • The Dangers

SNAKES

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Surfing the Neo-Pagan Wave

  • Don’t Play With
  • Neo-Paganism
  • If You’re Going
  • To Play With Neo-
  • Paganism…Know
  • The Dangers

Neo-Paganism