Household Witchcraft

The followers of Wicca are mostly the housewives who write books about home magic and know how to use onion and parsley to make a love potion. They also know a lot about apple pies, Celtic holidays and the peculiarities of using cats to attract the fortune.

Wicca in the neopaganism that is based upon the worship of nature. The founder of Wicca is Gerald Gardner. In the middle of the twentieth century he published the book “Magic Today” in which he claimed to be initiated to the ancient community of witches, the history of which takes its origin since the Stone Age. This business appeared to have fruitful results. Thousands of women wrote letters to him and finally he had founded his own community called coven where the amateur witches learned how to say spells and enchant their husbands.

All in all Gardner didn’t create a complicated religion. He has just piled up the most wide-spread pagan beliefs and ecclesiastical traditions together. In that way Wicca has adopted Sun gods, Moon goddesses, 8 religious holidays and the idea of reincarnation at once. The adepts of Wicca celebrate summer and winter solstice, spring and autumn equinox. Halloween, Candlemas, Walpurgis Night and Lammas, the Celtic celebration connected with the first harvesting. The moral principles of Wicca are rather vague. The two main of them are the “triple law” which says “As you sow, so shall you reap” and the permission to do whatever they want if nobody is harmed.

The modern housewives liked the peaked hats, beautiful Celtic songs and almond biscuits.

Any Wicca website meets its visitors with soft color scheme, cute pictures and animated cats and brooms. The idealistic picture of the happy home that is supposed to be easily achieved with the help of magic is probably the main factor that converts a large number of women to Wicca.

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1 comment
  1. William said:

    I respect your opinion on Wicca but I feel I must disagree on one point – I don’t believe one can refer to Wicca as morally vague. Pagans in general and Wiccans in particular are extraordinary moral within the bounds of what is acceptable for their specific religious beliefs. It is true that there are many people who have seen the move “The Craft” a hundred times, read Harry Potter the complete series, dress in archaic clothing and feel they understand pagan thought. But such people are by no means the whole of paganism and in fact make up only a small percentage.

    To truly be a pagan is to accept personal responsibility for every action, every word, every thought one has; each conscious choice will shape the next as we grow and evolve our understanding of the true nature of reality. This is not a soft position. Consider the concept of the phrase: “Do what you want as long as you don’t hurt anyone, including yourself”. It symbolizes a way of living that promotes harmony and a sense of being at peace with yourself and the universe, the true pagan ideal. We don’t condone evangalism as we firmly believe one’s spiritual beliefs are an extraordinarily personal choice. That said, the inquisition is over, we do not need to hide in the shadows anymore. The Wiccan faith has grown far beyond its simple beginnings with Gardner’s books to now include the entirety of transcendental thought, if you choose to read the intellectual material available on the subject (see Christopher Penczak, the incorporation of Buddhist thought, Taoism, etc.).

    Our desire should more logically be to accept that every person has a specific perspective on the nature of spirituality and that we will never likely agree totally as a species on what is factual on that front. It is more important, I feel, to focus on accepting each other’s opinion as valid to the individual and making a concerted effort to honestly respect each other, not in despite of our differences but because of them. Imagine what we can do, the limitless possibilities of humanity, if we choose to work toward peaceful coexistence and the search for knowledge over ephemerial power. That is the vision we must hold most dear; in some ways our very survival depends on the adoption of the Peace as a legitimate stance. We certainly cannot continue killing each other over God concepts. There are much more important things to bring to the debate.

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