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  1. 1. Wicca The Truth Behind Magick and Neo-Pagan Spirituality
  2. 2. True or False? <ul><li>Witchcraft/Neo-Paganism and Satanism are the same thing. </li></ul>True False
  3. 3. WRONG! <ul><li>Satanism and Wicca are entirely separate and different religions. </li></ul><ul><li>Satanism is a hedonistic, monotheistic religion focusing on materialism and antinomianism. </li></ul><ul><li>Wicca is a pagan, polytheistic, nature-based religion focusing on a positive lifestyle, immanence, and animism. </li></ul>
  4. 4. CORRECT! <ul><li>Clearly you have studied your religions and understand the differences between the two. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Wiccan Celebrations and Holidays <ul><li>Celebrations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Handfastings (Weddings) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Esbats (Full Moon Celebrations) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wiccaning (Wiccan equivalent to Christening) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Holidays: (Sabbats) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yule (Winter solstice) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Imbolgc (Early spring festival) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ostara (Spring equinox) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beltane (Late spring festival) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Litha (Summer solstice) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lammas (Late summer festival) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mabon (Autumn equinox) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Samhain (Wiccan New Year, takes place in mid-autumn) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Note about Sabbats <ul><li>As Wicca is a nature-based religion, there are no dates set in stone for the eight Sabbats. Their celebration is determined by the changing of the seasons, and in the different hemispheres of the world, this changes. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Greater Sabbats (Northern Hemisphere) <ul><li>Samhain- Between Midautumn and Midwinter, start of winter, Wiccan new year, falls around the time of the Christian Halloween. </li></ul><ul><li>Imbolgc- Between Midwinter and Midspring, start of spring, falls around the time of American/Canadian Groundhog Day </li></ul><ul><li>Beltane- Between Midspring and Midsummer, start of summer falls around “May Day.” </li></ul><ul><li>Lammas- Between Midsummer and Midautumn, start of autumn, falls near the end of July or beginning of August. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Lesser Sabbats (Northern Hemisphere) <ul><li>Yule- Winter Solstice (falls around same time as Christmas) </li></ul><ul><li>Ostara- Spring Equinox (falls some time in March) </li></ul><ul><li>Litha- Summer Solstice (falls in late June) </li></ul><ul><li>Mabon- Autumn Equinox (falls in late September) </li></ul>
  9. 9. True Or False? <ul><li>All Wiccans worship the same way. </li></ul>True False
  10. 10. WRONG! <ul><li>Wicca is a diverse religion, full of different branches and individual practices, such as Gardenerian, Alexandrian, etc. There are also coven practitioners and solitaries. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Note: Many people assume all Wiccans are witches, and vice-versa. This is not true. There are non-witchy Wiccans and non-Wiccan witches. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. CORRECT! <ul><li>Well done! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Basically… <ul><li>Wicca is both similar and different to other religions in that no two Wiccans practice exactly alike. Everyone worships the God and Goddess in a different way, and everyone chooses different minor gods and goddesses beneath them to worship. It’s all about self-dedication. </li></ul>
  13. 13. For more information <ul><li> - Silver RavenWolf is a Wiccan author who writes many books directed at teenagers interested in learning the Craft. </li></ul><ul><li> – I think you all know what this is, but wikipedia always has lots of information on Wicca and other pagan religions and links to sites with more info. </li></ul>