Recently I've been studying the Wiccan religion. I'm trying to gain as much knowledge about the history, rituals, and any other information that may be useful in my journey of spiritual enlightenment. I've searched the internet endlessly, some of the information was unbias and of some use. Other sites haven't been any help. My question is.. could anyone (that pratices) direct me to a few good sites and maybe a few good books? I am thankful for any direction or guidance that you can give me. ~~many thanks~~
I'm no wiccan, though I've researched it quite a bit, can't say I care too much for it either.
Wicca, is a new religion under the guise of an ancient name. Gerald Gardner brought the religion to public attention in the early 1950s. It's a pantheistic religion rooted in light Celtic practice. Wiccans celebrate Celtic Festivities and some revised Celtic practices.
Wicca's main magick practices consist of candle magick, elemental magick(Aeromancy, Geomancy, Hydromancy, Pyromancy), basic healing, ruin, and herbal magick. Depending on the individual, practitioners may take it further. Many Wiccans practice chi and fung shi as well. Wiccans do not practice dark magick, nor any magick that seeks to cause harm to others.
Many Wiccans follow the Wiccan Rede,a poem written by Doreen Valiente in 1964 (for more information on he rede, just click here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiccan_Rede ).
Originally wicca was brought to the public as a duotheistic religion, believing both a God and a Goddess(or multiple Gods and Goddesses). The most popular today are Pam (recently known as spirit of the forest, however, originally he's the roman God of corn), and Diana(roman goddes of the hunt and wild animals, also sister of Apollo-god of the sun).
Over the past 50 years people have morphed it and created their own different traditions of Wicca. Gardiner(said to be the first), Georgian, Dianic , Seax, Circle, Celtic, even Electric, Egyptian(I'ld call it out on bs), and even fairie(the list goes on).
However, remember, no matter how old people claim Wicca to be, it is not the first religion, really, no where near it.
The oldest (recognized)religion is Pantheism, root of all existing religions today.
The original Wicca (Hu Wika-spelling it how it's pronounced) dates back to Celtic time. The ancient Wicca's DID practice animal sacrifice. An ancient philosopher recorded information about the Wicca's in his journal. When the Roman Empire moved upward, pushing the Celtics further North. The Wicca's stayed behind and did their thing, the romans slaughtered them.
Though some will mar the terms Wicca, witch, and Pagan together, they are different things not to be mistakenly intermingled. There are distinct differences.
Here's some links I came buy a few years back I think may help you. The sites may use pagan, wicca, and witch interchangeably, but other than that, the information is good.
I recommend doing research, reading books. Stay away from the heavily opinionated books. Try to get books that take an outsider's look in so it's less opinionated, such as Wicca for dummies and wicca for idiots. Also see if You can't rent the book Witches from the Mystery Library. Talk to religious scholars when/if provided the opportunity.
Hope this helps
A Spiritual Guide To Making Magic
By Phyllis Curott
I have this book and I have read it many times its really good. I got it for 15 bucks. That was a little while ago. Good luck in your studies and Blessed be.
I have a book called simple wicca idk the author tho. And teen witch by silver ravenwolf. Very helpful books
I've already read everything on wikipedia, but I'll look at the other site. Thanks for the suggetions.
wikipedia or perhaps wiki how?