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Wicca's World

11/26/2005 - 7:00 AM PST

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Economic Forum meeting in New York. They drew attention to such matters as environmental damage, animal welfare and preserving the purity of the water supply.

The ecological aspect of Wicca draws inspiration in part from the so-called Gaia spirituality. Gaia was the earth goddess of the ancient Greeks and in neo-pagan circles she is now transformed into the idea of the earth being one living organism, also called Gaia.

Feminism is another important element attracting people to Wicca. Sanders observes that Wiccan women feel as if Christian churches treat them like second-class citizens, limited to teaching Sunday school.

Sanders estimates that around two-thirds of neo-pagans in the United States are female. Many of them practice a form of goddess worship, commonly in the form of a mother goddess who is a metaphor for the earth. The Wiccan rituals also emphasize the concept of empowerment, and the female biological functions are accorded a respected role.

Added to this is the belief that what today's goddess worshippers are doing is reclaiming the heritage of a primitive world in which a peaceful matriarchal society dominated. This "matriarchal myth" is short on any historical evidence, notes Sanders, but is nonetheless an affirmation that is commonly repeated.

In fact, Sanders devotes a section of the book explaining how the Wiccan rituals and spells have no roots prior to 1900, and are the result of inventions and adaptations by a group of men, notably Aleister Crowley and Gerald Gardner. Far from being a revival of some ancient paganism or matriarchal society, Wicca is a modern, male invention.

Spiritual hunger

The desire to experience spirituality in a more direct and intense way is another factor attracting people to Wicca. Some teen-age girls, Sanders notes, are unsatisfied with the superficial teen culture and are looking for something to give a deeper meaning to their lives.

But, instead of turning to traditional religion to satisfy this need, an increasing number experiment with Wicca. Sanders argues that in part this is the fault of some churches, which have lost sight of the unseen world and the reality of a relationship with Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, reducing their activities to just a social exercise.

Other churches provide little in the way of serious nourishment for inquiring teen-age minds, particularly females ones. Another factor leading adolescents to Wicca instead of Christianity is a desire for rituals and ceremonies. Modern church culture, observes Sanders, has reduced the importance of religious rituals and solemn celebrations, leading people to look for alternatives that offer more tangible supernatural experiences.

In concluding Sanders affirms that her investigations made her more appreciative of the spiritual hunger leading people to experiment with Wicca. At the same time she argues that Christianity offers all of what neo-pagans seek: a message true 2,000 years ago and still valid today.

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  1. Conor
    3 years ago

    This article is already six years old, but I stumbled upon it by chance. I myself am a professed Catholic Wiccan. I believe entirely in the Catholic Church and her teachings, having been deeply learned in my Catholicism, but neo-paganism has ENRICHED my Catholic faith nonetheless.

    This article seems to only majorly draw from one book, by a Christian, and not any direct sources from Wiccans themselves. The so-called "common beliefs" amongst Wiccans are not very common at all, and you'll be hard-pressed to truly meet anyone like that. Every Wiccan has their own idea of deity, and their own rituals to express their love for their personal deities. The author of this article has painted Wiccans as "metaphorical polytheists", as if they do not truly believe in a God/dess, but rather float around in fancy names for mere symbology. That is simply NOT true.

    Most TRADITIONAL Wiccan rituals, indeed descend from the occult fad in the 19th century, but that's only Traditional Wicca - that being Wicca as expressed in specific traditions established into formality and unity. Very much interchangeble with denominational Christian, who of course have their rituals rooted in Roman paganism, Mithraism, Aztec paganism, Greek paganism, and various Semitic practices. Eclectic Wiccans, those who do not follow a tradition, very much so have their own rituals that often-times have little to none resemblance of the Traditional Wiccan formulas.

    This article is a shame, a pimple on the face of the church. It is precisely why I sought other paths. The majority of close-minded Christians are cynical and irreverent of others beliefs, always out to get the newest convert.

    "Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words."

    The point is, if Christianity offered what Wiccans have found, then the whole globe would be 100% Catholic. If you give man the best option for a good price, he's gonna pick it.

    I believe wholeheartedly in the potential of Christ's Church, and I believe that someday Christ's Church will envelope the globe, and all will bend the knee. But I don't believe it will by the works of those who would poke and stab and people who were downright frustrated and now relieved in their own spiritual unity with Divinity.

    God bless.

  2. Alex
    4 years ago

    I'm pagan from poland and a member of polish branch Pagan Federation international. Just want to ask you - catcholics - what resentments do you really have against wicca and other pagan religions? Do you want to have a monopoly for priesthood?

  3. EDDIE
    5 years ago

    I am 23 and when I was 17 thought I wanted to be a catholic priest. Now I have leaned more towards egnostic, I don't follow any religion but don't deny the existance of a God, Gods or the spirit realm. I have seen an apparition of a man once in my life along with my two other siblings. My wife claims to see spirits all the time. Neither one of us seeks the spirit realm but its there nontheless, for her at least. What is beginning to appeal to me the more i read about Wiccans is the connection to the spirit realm, which does exist in the Catholic religion as well but is frowned upon, whereas wiccans imbrace that connection.

  4. Johnathan French
    5 years ago

    Wiccan-Catholic's honor Saints & Archangels in holy invoking we ask that they come down and help us to heal and to give us magic to heal others an the earth we have a law that is do what ye wilt but harm no one and what ye send ye shall get it back 3 times be it bad or good. so we take the side of good for we know if we do bad then we will be smited 3 times.

  5. Ian Smith
    5 years ago

    With all due respect, I believe that you are all chasing shadows. Religions only exist in the human mind and have no influence on the material universe, except when humans take action. Whether it's a Bronze Age sky-god (Catholicism) or the imaginative creation of an impressionable civil-servant (Wicca), the fingerprints of man cover every part of all religions. If you can back up any of the world's religions, please do so. Your Nobel Prizes are waiting...

  6. brandon wheeler
    5 years ago

    i am a wiccan and would like to reinforce the fact that wiccans do NOT believe in satan. the ultimate divine is light AND dark, male AND female. it is the truth and thats that.

  7. Johnathan French
    5 years ago

    "we do not believe in satan!" in Catholic Wicca my friend we just honor Nature and The Goddess and God and how are The Virgin Mary and The God of the Bible El.
    the differance between the what is called Classical Wicca and Catholic-Wicca is many in Classical Wicca They Worship a Goddess like you worship God and see God Like you see Mary but on a divine level.

  8. Johnathan French
    5 years ago

    I am a Wiccan-Catholic, Did you ever think that the star was a pentagram and the people not men but wise women with La Befana the Saint Witch of Christmas, Mary and her brother not husband.

  9. R. Hurtubise
    6 years ago

    What are the dangers in exposing oneself to Wiccans? Is there a struggle for human souls and where is Satan in all this? I am curious. What do Catholics believe about Wiccans?

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