Wicca and Paganism |
Rebecca Monold |
When a person thinks of Wicca and Paganism what normally comes to mind? The occult and witchcraft, Satanism, and other misconceptions usually come to a person’s mind. These are not religions based on bad things nor are they “evil”. It is nature based, and everything around the individual, anything that gives life basically, and it includes the stars, the elements, shadows etc. There is a lot about this religion that people misunderstand and misconstrue because they do not comprehend its differences. They also believe the hype that the media has created about this faith; magic powers, super natural abilities, etc. For instance, during the days of the pilgrims, there was something called the Salam Witch Trials, which occurred during the “Burning Times”. This was when anyone accused of being a witch was killed in some fashion; drowning or being burned at the stake used to be the most popular methods. These things happened because there was not enough understanding behind the religion. It was different and even today people are scared of things that are different.
Wicca and Paganism are nature based religions. They focus on unity with the divine and being at one with everything in existence. As a matter of fact, most people who practice this faith are very ecosystem friendly. They try to live a lifestyle that is as harmless to the environment as possible. They are “green” as some say (The Celtic Connection, N.D.). There is also an emphasis on the equality between the man and woman in this religion. Although Wicca is primarily women oriented, it tries to make the sexes equal in standing. There are many different deities, both male and female, and some without a specific gender (BBC 2011). Today Wicca and Paganism celebrate the Earth, all living creatures, and everything in nature. They believe that there is more than one god, and or goddess to worship... [continues]
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