World Religions    Wicca
Overview  Wicca is either one of the oldest or one of the  newest religions in the world    Based in part on the ancient, ...
OverviewWicca is often called “The Craft” or “The Craft of theWise”As practiced today, Wicca is in two main forms:– Tradit...
Overview   A follower of Wicca is called a Wiccan   Wicca and other neo-pagan religions are experiencing significant growt...
OverviewSome Wiccans consider “Wicca” and “Witchcraft” tobe synonyms. Others distinguish between the twowords, considering...
What Does Being A Wiccan Involve?• The recognition of the goddess and her consort, the  horned god• May view these as real...
DeitiesDepending on one’s point of view, Wicca can beconsidered monotheistic, duotheistic, polytheistic, oratheistic– Mono...
Worship CeremoniesThere are similarities as well as differences in theway Wiccans and other religions worship theirdeities...
Worship CeremoniesIn all cases, worship supposedly involves directencounters with the deities which do not require theinte...
Wicca & Satanism• While Wiccans consider themselves to be neo-pagan  witches, they do not consider themselves to be  Satan...
Principles of Wiccan BeliefRituals are practiced to attune oneself with thenatural rhythm of life forces marked by the pha...
Principles of Wiccan BeliefThe creative power in the universe manifests itselfas male and female and operates within all p...
Principles of Wiccan BeliefA worldview and lifestyle that unites religion, magic,and wisdom-in-living are acknowledged asw...
Principles of Wiccan BeliefAnimosity toward Christianity, or any other religionor philosophy of life, is limited to the ex...
So, What is The Answer?For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,but against the rulers, against the authorities,  a...
And having disarmed the powers andauthorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the            ...
In Summary:we live is a world of darknessseeking light in equally dark            teachings     Is There an Answer?       ...
“For God so loved the worldthat he gave his one and onlySon, that whoever believes inhim shall not perish but have     ete...
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  1. 1. World Religions Wicca
  2. 2. Overview Wicca is either one of the oldest or one of the newest religions in the world Based in part on the ancient, northern European pagan beliefs in a fertility goddess and her consort, a horned god Recent Wicca is a neo-pagan religion which can be traced to Gerald Gardner (1884-1964) and Gardnerian Witchcraft, founded in the UK in the late 1940s Wicca is based on the symbols, seasonaldays of celebration, beliefs, and deities ofancient Celtic society
  3. 3. OverviewWicca is often called “The Craft” or “The Craft of theWise”As practiced today, Wicca is in two main forms:– Traditional Wicca focused on Celtic deities, seasonal celebrations, and ceremonial magic practices of secret societies– Eclectic Wicca combining traditional Wiccan beliefs with other pagan and non-pagan beliefs Both of these forms of Wicca are earth-based religions
  4. 4. Overview A follower of Wicca is called a Wiccan Wicca and other neo-pagan religions are experiencing significant growth in the US, Canada, and Europe Growth is especially strong among teens and North Americans of European descent• Wiccans consider themselves part of all faith groups that are based on attempts to reconstruct ancient, extinct religions (neo-pagan)• Wiccans drop the “neo” and proudly refer tothemselves as pagan
  5. 5. OverviewSome Wiccans consider “Wicca” and “Witchcraft” tobe synonyms. Others distinguish between the twowords, considering Wicca a religion only, andWitchcraft as the practice of magicMost Wiccans practice magic. However, some do not,claiming to focus only on spirituality
  6. 6. What Does Being A Wiccan Involve?• The recognition of the goddess and her consort, the horned god• May view these as real entities, or as symbols• Wicca is highly individualistic & based on the “Wiccan Rede”: “In it [the craft] harm none, do what thou wilt.”• Domination, manipulation, and control are prohibited (but Wiccans have the right to define these terms)• There is usually a dedication ritual at the start of the one year and a day training period• An initiation ritual follows completion of training, either alone or in the coven
  7. 7. DeitiesDepending on one’s point of view, Wicca can beconsidered monotheistic, duotheistic, polytheistic, oratheistic– Monotheistic: Some Wiccans believe in a single, supreme being called “the all” or “the one”. The goddess and god are viewed as the female and male aspects of a single deity– Duotheistic: Some worship both a female and male goddess and god, often called the lady and the lord– Polytheistic: Some recognize the existence of many ancient gods and goddesses (Pan, Diana, Dionysius, etc.)– Atheistic: Some recognize the gods and goddesses as symbols, not living entities
  8. 8. Worship CeremoniesThere are similarities as well as differences in theway Wiccans and other religions worship theirdeities– Similarity: Wiccans often engage in conversational, as well as ritual, prayers to their goddess and/or god– Difference: Many Wiccans believe in “the necessity of reciprocal communion” between supplicants and their particular deities---belief that individual Wiccans need the goddess and god, and that the goddess and god need the wiccan(s) too.– Thus, worship is communion between supplicant and deity based on mutual need
  9. 9. Worship CeremoniesIn all cases, worship supposedly involves directencounters with the deities which do not require theintermediacy of a priest or other ministerThere is a non-obligatory dedication ritual fornewborns similar to a baptismNumerous rituals are written by individual Wiccansfor personal or Coven use to commemorate variouslife passages, as well as “issue-based needs”Many Wiccans observe “Esbat” rituals at each of thefull moon and new moon phases (the full moonphases are called Sabbats)
  10. 10. Wicca & Satanism• While Wiccans consider themselves to be neo-pagan witches, they do not consider themselves to be Satanists (at least that’s their publicity)• Wiccans consider Satan to be a “Christian anti-god,” and claim to have no place for him in their pantheon, either mythologically or theologically• Wiccans do not recognize the existence of an all-evil supernatural being similar to Satan• Wiccans do, however, admit to similarities between themselves and satanists The symbol of the five pointed star Ritual ceremonies performed within a circle marked on the floor Performance of magic
  11. 11. Principles of Wiccan BeliefRituals are practiced to attune oneself with thenatural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases ofthe moon and the seasonal Quarters and CrossQuartersHuman intelligence gives individuals a uniqueresponsibility to the environment. Therefore, withinan evolutionary concept, one must seek to live inharmony with nature and ecological balance toachieve fulfillment in lifeThere is a supernatural depth of power residentwithin all humans that is naturally potential to all
  12. 12. Principles of Wiccan BeliefThe creative power in the universe manifests itselfas male and female and operates within all people.Sex is valued as pleasure and the embodiment oflife. It is a source of energy and used in the practiceof magic and worshipThe interaction of both the material and spiritualworlds – or the “collective unconscious” – form thebasis for paranormal phenomena and magic.Neither are to be neglectedNo authoritarian hierarchy is recognized; those whobreak with authoritarian teachings, and teach othersto do the same, are to be honored
  13. 13. Principles of Wiccan BeliefA worldview and lifestyle that unites religion, magic,and wisdom-in-living are acknowledged aswitchcraft, or “The Wiccan Way”A witch seeks to control the forces within her/himselfthat make life possible in order to live wisely andwell, without harm to others and in harmony withnatureLife is affirmed and fulfilled in a continuation ofevolution, and in the development of consciousnessthat gives meaning to the universe and one’spersonal role within it
  14. 14. Principles of Wiccan BeliefAnimosity toward Christianity, or any other religionor philosophy of life, is limited to the extent of itsclaim to be “the only way,” and its activities tosuppress the free expression of other beliefs andpracticesWitches are not threatened by debates over thehistory of the craft, the origins of various terms, orthe origins of various practicesWicca does not accept the concept of absolute evil,nor does it worship any entity known as Satan or theDevil, as defined by Christian traditionOne should seek within nature that which is
  15. 15. So, What is The Answer?For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evilcomes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand (Eph 6:12-13). In Other Words
  16. 16. And having disarmed the powers andauthorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross (Col 2:15).
  17. 17. In Summary:we live is a world of darknessseeking light in equally dark teachings Is There an Answer? Is There Hope?
  18. 18. “For God so loved the worldthat he gave his one and onlySon, that whoever believes inhim shall not perish but have eternal life” ---Jesus

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