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Wiccan Traditions

Updated on April 29, 2011

What is Traditional Wicca?

In Wicca, we call "tradition" to a stream that is characterized by a particular worship a pantheon of gods, trying to recreate a certain culture, practice their rituals in a certain way, or simply trying to differentiate itself from existing flows. Although the term refers in its literal sense to a long-running and streaming, this definition does not apply to the reality of the traditions of Wicca. A tradition can be established at any time, and indeed, most of them are relatively recent foundation.

Celtic Wicca

Celtic Wicca is based on the balance of the spiritual (or highest) and the material (or physical). His beliefs are linked with to the Earth, elemental spirits that are the essence of Nature (these spirits have four elements: Water, Air, Fire and Earth), the moon and the sun feel a great devotion to the Great Mother, and feel much interest in learning constant, the medicinal properties of plants and stones, by the use of energy flows from the earth, trees, rivers, etc.
Must respect the powers of the Elemental Spirits and elements to apply for aid, they must also learn to communicate with spirits of the Ancients. You also learn the Celtic Wicca that what seems impossible can be possible if it is properly respected.

For Celtic Wicca is very important to maintain a balance with the four powers and the four elements that are linked these elements. The four powers are:

- Saber (noscere) that corresponds to the air.
- Dare (Auder) that corresponds to the water.
- Querer (velle) that corresponds to the fire.
- Remain silent (tacere) that corresponds to the ground.

"Learn the skills to practice magic rites, dare to implement them, wanting the event and remain silent about what they are doing."

There is a fifth element that is equal or more important than the four elements (mentioned above): Evolve, go ahead, walk (ire) that corresponds to the Spirit who dwells inside of things.
A Wiccan Celtic are willing to learn and use the magic of herbs and plants, stones and gems.

You must respect the powers of the Elementals and elements to apply for assistance. You must also learn to communicate with the spirits of the Ancients. You learn that this seemingly impossible can be possible, if you are adequately respected.

It is essential to cultivate the spirituality of each person, which is helping to come into contact with the Celtic Wicca tradition espiritual.La basically works respecting and understanding the forces of the energies of the planet, nature, moon and Sol (representatives of the Great Mother and the Great Father, respectively). It is a tradition that is in perfect harmony with our planet and therefore with all beings who inhabit it.

Asatru

Asatru (literally Ása-Trú., Faithful and Loyal to the Gods AESS) is the modern leisure and unification of the pagan heritage of central and northern Europe.

This religion is also known as Norsk sed (Nordic tradition), Forn sed (ancient tradition), Vanatrú (the worship of gods Vanir), Vor Sed (our tradition), Teodish (faith Anglo-Saxon), or troth.

The origins of this religion is in the Stone Age in areas Scandinavian, Baltic and northern Germany. However, at that time, not too different from the other manifestations of the rest of Europe. It is not until the Bronze Age until the peoples known as Scandinavians and Germans begin to differentiate conlindantes peoples.

This religion has a strong presence during the time of the Germanic migrations. Roman historians like Tacitus Cornelius begin to describe the customs and beliefs of the people who followed this religion. These peoples were assimilated by the Roman Empire adopted Christianity, but kept some of their beliefs and traditions. However, some people in Scandinavia were still maintained the old religion. A late eighth century makes an appearance these peoples in the history of Europe. At that time were known as Normans and Vikings, who brought their traditions, customs and ancient beliefs to various Christian countries. During the spread of Christianity across northern Europe, the representatives of this new cult followers rated the European pagan religions as heretics, demonized their beliefs and cultures, their religion gradually subjecting the continent. It was not until late in the second millennium when pagan movements have begun to regain strength on the European continent, with the Asatru one of the best examples of neo-paganism of Europe.

While the term Asatru is a neologism coined in the context of nineteenth-century romantic nationalism, first used by Edvard Grieg in his opera Olaf Trygvason, 1870, the religious practice itself is a reconstruction of ancestral worship of the Germanic peoples . Practiced by the Visigoths to enter the Roman Empire (his conversion to Christianity was a political act, designed to get the favor of the Roman emperor Valens). Other people who were in the Iberian Peninsula, and the Swabians, the religion practiced in Galicia and Asturias. In the Middle Ages, Viking and Varangian traveled throughout Europe, even reaching Galicia, Asturias and Andalusia. There was a Muslim ambassador named Ahmad ibn Fadlan, who was in direct contact with the Varangian or Rus. His description of the customs of this people, as reflected in his diary called Risala, is a great source of firsthand information.

BRITISH

There is a fairly large number of British traditions based on what is believed to have based its pre-Christian belief in England. An important part of the British groups follow the guidelines set by Janet and Stewart Farrah, who wrote books on witchcraft great infuence.

These covens tend to have a formal structure of degrees and educates beginners. Their rituals are a mixture of Celtic and Gardnerian traditions.

Dianic

Dianic Wicca, Dianic Witchcraft and feminist Dianic Witchcraft are common names for Feminist Dianic pagan tradition. While some Dianic identify themselves as Wiccans, some prefer the term Witch or priestess of the Goddess. Dianic Wicca can be very similar to traditional Wicca in practice, but differ significantly in belief. Most members will Dianic Wicca worship the Goddess only, recognizing that she is the source of all life and contains all within her. There are Dianic witches who practice other forms of paganism (possibly honoring a male deity or deities) out of practice Dianic. Some Dianic are monotheistic, other policies, and other non-theists.


Many Dianic worship in circles and covens composed solely of women, but there Dianic traditions that include members of both sexes. Eclecticism, appreciation of cultural diversity, ecological, and familiarity with sophisticated concepts of psyche and transformation are characteristic. Contrary to some characterizations, most Dianics heterosexual or bisexual women. A minority are lesbians, and some of these are associated with positions of lesbian separatism.


Many Dianic Wicca followers believe that before the story was recorded there was a widespread or universal matriarchy or matriarchal cultures which worshiped the Goddess, had matrilineal family structures, social equality between the sexes and did not practice war. These cultures were slowly supplanted by violent patriarchal groups, the original myths of the Great Mother and goddesses were enshrined in the mythology honor the conquerors and warrior gods. The Dianic note the work of an influential and controversial archaeologist Marija Gimbutas called. Some witches believe Dianics matriarchal cultures and worshipers of the Goddess existed literally, others see them improbable but inspiring legends.

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      Stephany 5 years ago from Somerset New Jersey

      I am currently trying to find my tradition in the Wiccan belief system and this hub helped me very much. Thank you for putting this together. Blessed be.

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      Cresentmoon2007 6 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      Very informative hub. Loved it. Thank you for writing.

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

      Very cool information in this hub, BallisticJW. I didn't know the four elements through Celtic Wicca were known as something different. Great hub. Voted up and awesome!

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