Wicca and Witches

Topics: Wicca, Witchcraft, Neopaganism Pages: 9 (3605 words) Published: May 9, 2013
Annotated Bibliography Allen, Charlotte. "The Scholars And The Goddess." Atlantic Monthly (10727825) 287.1 (2001): 18. MAS Complete. Web. 4 May 2013. The article looks at the history and background of the religion Wicca, also known as the Goddess movement, or the Craft. Wicca appears to be the fastest-growing religion in America. Thirty years ago only a handful of Wiccans existed. One scholar has estimated that there are now more than 200,000 adherents of Wicca in the United States alone. Wiccans, also refer to themselves as Witches. Witches must be used with the capital W. The capital W is meant to distance them from the word's negative connotacions. It is often ignorantly mistaken that Wiccans or Witches worship Satan, but Wiccans neither worship Satan nor practice the sort of the malicious magic traditionally associated with witches. Witches, who do nothing but wholeheartedly strive to become one with the earth in the name of God and Goddesses, are given a bad reputation by witches who do the exact opposite in the name of Satan. The article states that they tend to be white, middle-class, highly educated, and politically involved in liberal and environmental causes. About a third of them are men. Wiccan services have been held on at least fifteen U.S. military bases and ships. The article also states that  many individuals come to Wicca after reading "Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess" by Starhawk. The article also discusses the book "The Triumph of the Moon," by Ronald Hutton. (words: 232) Buckland, Raymond. "Healing." Witch Book (2001): 226. MAS Complete. Web. 4 May 2013. An encyclopedia entry for "healing" is presented. It states that the old "Wise Ones" of the villages, from whom Wicca came from, were perhaps best known for their healing abilities. It notes that healing is one of the most important parts of Wicca. Along with how to live life magically, and spiritually, but mostly how to become and stay wholly attuned with nature and our planet, earth. The biggest part of healing and of Wiccan as a whole, is herbs. Weather you use them in spells, for talismans ( An object marked with magic signs and believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers or protection.) or simply to take advantage of their God given, innate powers. The main part of this book is the listings of the herbs. Each one includes names, associations, and magical attributions. Such as Violets can be used for protection, luck, love, and more. Primrose is for protection and love. Garlic is for protection, healing, exorcism, lust, and prevention of theft. (words: 166) Buckland, Raymond. "Old Religion." Witch Book (2001): 353. MAS Complete. Web. 4 May 2013. A definition of the term "old religion" is presented in this book. The term refers to the religion of witchcraft or wicca since it predates Christianity. It is said that his book is a masterwork by one of the great Elders of the Craft. Raymond Buckland has presented a treasure trove of Wiccan lore. It is a legacy that will provide magic, beauty, and wisdom to future generations of those who seek the ancient paths of the Old Religion. This book contains enough information for all approaches: the historical, the philosophical, and the pragmatic. Spiritualism is a belief in a continuance of life, for the spirit, after that transition that we term "death." More than that, it is a belief that it is possible to make contact with that spirit of the one who has made the transition. Most people think they need a medium to make that connection. Raymond Buckland, posits that anyone can contact the deceased, and that it is easier than you might initially think. Dorothy Morrison, author of The Craft, states “never in the history of the Craft has a single book educated as many people, or spurred as many spiritual paths.” Many people think Wiccan is a form of satanism and demon worship, but this book enlightens people that Wiccan is in fact a spiritual healing. (words: 236)...
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