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Pagans and Wicca
origins and practices

    Pagans and Wicca - get a better understanding of these ancient beliefs and their modern practices including witchcraft and solstice celebrations.

    Pagans and Wicca 101
    About Pagan & Wicca
    Articles, pages, and FAQs designed to cover the very basics of witchcraft, Wicca, and other forms of paganism. The Witch's Primer Special feature: Selected articles from Okelle, your About.com Guide to Pagan/Wiccan Religion. Dispels misconceptions and covers the basics of the Craft.

    Harry Potter books: 'witches' and 'witchcraft'
    Are all witches created equal?
    There is general confusion in over the meanings of certain religious terms. Words such as Christian, cult, hell, heaven, occult, salvation, Witch, Witchcraft, Unitarian, Universalist, Voodoo, etc., have varied meanings to different people. Unfortunately, most people do not know this, and naturally assume that the meaning that they have been taught is the universal definition of the term. Religious terminology is often quite ambiguous, unlike words in other fields, such as medicine, science and engineering.

    The Wiccan Pagan Times
    Wiccan/Pagan books and music

    Christian AND Wiccan
    Can a person be both?
    It is quite possible for a person to follow a syncretistic religion -- a faith involving elements from two or more religions. For example, a person could be a Christian and yet incorporate certain beliefs and practices of Wicca. They could worship the Christian god, while believing in the resurrection of Jesus, virgin birth, second coming and other historical Christian teachings. They could integrate this with important elements of Wicca: respecting nature, caring about the environment, celebrating at solstices, equinoxes, harvest festivals, etc......but......

    The witch-hunt
    About witch trials and executions
    What were Witch-Trials? When did they happen? Who were the victims? Who were the hunters? Responsibility of the church? Causes for magic fear? Modern witch trials. Good pictures. Experience your own mock trial. Guilty if you remain silent. Guilty if you protest your innocence! Joan of Arc: from army general to burned witch to Catholic Saint!

    Toby's Wiccan Refuge
    Welcome and Merry Meet!
    I have made this page in order to educate the uninformed and to help any who are interested in learning about Wicca, Witchcraft, and Paganism. It is also a tribute to the Goddess and God.

    Pagans and paganism: Past and Present
    Pagans and Paganism
    Pagan is the broad term used to describe any religion or belief that is not Christian, Jewish or Muslim. Paganism can be traced back to Neolithic times and survived up until the middle ages when Christianity became powerful enough to erase it from existence. Paganism is an earth based religion which lays emphasis on the worship of all aspects of nature. Paganism appeared very early on in the history of the world. Examples of early paganism, can be seen in ancient Greek and Roman religions, as well as in ancient Goddess worship and Druidic religions.

    Branwen's Pagan Directory
    Range of traditions
    The Earth religions are rarely faiths of sermons and holy texts, but rather of searching for the Mysteries through diligent study and personal reflection. In modern times, we are fortunate to have hundreds of pagan web sites to provide information and to guide our paths. Directory includes sections on:
     
    Wicca, Asatru, Celtic, Druidism, Hellenismos, Kemetic, Mesopotamian, Norse, Santeria, Stregheria, Vodou, Shamanism, Traditional Witchcraft and Other Traditions.

    Wiccan / Pagan counseling basics
    for Wiccan/Pagan Clergy
    Thus spoke She who is the guardian of the heart, the speaker of the words of life, singer of Earth and Time, dancer of wholeness, she who weaves breath: "As My priestess, you are charged with the care of hearts and the guardianship of life-roads. To you I give the gift of the steady foot, to walk the path of life with those who ask you to accompany them. I give the gift of legs strong enough for the journey, and wise enough to know when to sit down and talk with your fellow journeyers, and when to halt and suggest that they reconsider their way, asking one another, their own hearts and the path itself for direction."

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