Patti Wigington is a soccer mom. She is the vice president of her local PTA. And she's a witch.
Scholars of religion categorise it as both a new religious movement and as part of the occultist stream of Western esotericism. It was developed in England during the first half of the 20th century and was introduced to the public in by Gerald Gardnera retired British civil servant. Wicca draws upon a diverse set of ancient pagan and 20th-century hermetic motifs for its theological structure and ritual practices.
Covens of outright witches are common in horror and fantasy films; consider the recently-remade "Suspiria," in which a ballet school is run by one. Some branches, or "traditions" of Wicca find the incorporation of ancient and polytheistic religions meaningful. Isis is one such deity, an Egyptian goddess with powerful magic and control over fate.
A Wiccan of 25 years, Sage likes to put her background as a writer and teacher to use by helping people learn about this NeoPagan path. Many religions try to answer the question of what happens when we shuffle off the ol' mortal coil. Some think they have the answers on this topic, but it's no surprise that not everyone is in agreement. Wicca is one of those religions that does not pretend to have the answers to this particular mystery.
Sometimes referred to as "Death Magic", the term may also sometimes be used in a more general sense to refer to black magic or witchcraft. Early necromancy was related to — and most likely evolved from — shamanismwhich calls upon spirits such as the ghosts of ancestors. Classical necromancers addressed the dead in "a mixture of high-pitch squeaking and low droning", comparable to the trance-state mutterings of shamans.
The reason it is often incorrectly called named by many is because it is actually a form of witchcraft, but those practicing Wicca are more accurately referred to as Wiccans and not witches. Wicca comes across as an attractive religion because it portrays a strong moral code, promises peace and harmony with the universe and offers its followers the ability to tap into a supernatural source of power to be used for the benefit of mankind. It is a nature based religion and wiccans believe that they are tapping into an energy source that is naturally occurring in the world around us, and merely needs to be channelled in the right direction.
As a young person you probably have a lot of issues in your life that you need to work out; the teen years especially can be pretty confusing. Every step that you take lands on the footprints of those who have gone before, and that places you in an ancient and noble company. So keep the lines of communication open; someday you may all be surprised at how close you really are.
Hallowmas is a three-day Catholic holiday where saints are honored and people pray for the recently deceased. Halloween is still the Wiccan New Year. Halloween originates from a Celtic tradition.
Born in deepest Cornwall and now living in wild Wales, Bev has been practising her personal brand of witchcraft for years and years. I get many questions from young people, some only 10 or 11 years old, asking how they can become a witch. Becoming a witch can be fun and exciting, but it is also difficult.