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Wicca and the Myths - what is Witchery and this Craft?

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    lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago

    Rituals, spells and Wiccan Ethics-”The Craft”

    As usual curiosity got the best of me and I just had to know what all these myths or truths about Witchery and Wicca entailed. I wanted to see a magical witch with the ability to cast spells, or be one lol. lol

    Obviously I am unable to, or my score here would be 100 lol

    Anyways, some of you know I have a series of witchery hubs and one on the way.  My point is I won't ramble on here.

    Just curious what myths or truths about Wicca have you heard, understand or believe?

    Lastly, written from a Wiccan witch's book of shadows;

    Magic; can be defined as the change of any condition by ritual means - It takes focus, concentration, and tremendous desire. A ß of sorts and then we wait. Nothing happens and then as we wait poof! Our dreams materialize. We don’t know how, but can’t argue it did.

    Any opinions or thoughts?;  Please don't get into huge religious debates over it. 

    Thanks

    Kimberly

    big_smile

    1. shazwellyn profile image83
      shazwellynposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Kimberly,
      Ritual...

      This is performed not just by wiccans, but by all religions.. What do you think people do in church?  They are using prayer as a form of spell incantation.

      You dont actually need ritual to create a spell... if you think it, believe it could happen then it will.  It might not be today, tomorrow or the next day, but it will happen.

      Be careful in what you wish for.  An example?

      I knew a practitioner who wished for 10k.  He got his 10k.  He lost his limbs in an motorbike accident.. but he got his 10k.

      Define magick...

      Black magick.. do harm to others (being spiteful is black magic, for example) but what goes around, comes around.  It is also about self gratification... wanting material things, self, self, self.  It is also about fear and to be powerful.. ego etc. 

      Grey magick - spells for the earth, for healing, for our fellow human being.  Sending well wishes to others is a form of grey magick, for example.

      White magick - prays directly to God or Gods - whatever your view.  Thanking devinity for your life and love.  A White candle represents this as it is about purity.  It is about showing 'the light' your appreciation and that you are it's servant to do it's work.  God, the light, energy forms, higher consciousness, Mohammed, Shira, Krishna,Pan... whatever the label many think that it is the same source but different label or term.

      So, the key to life, is about love, peace and harmony to you and those around you, whatever religion, creed or colour.  This is how I TRY to live my life, although sometimes I make mistakes ... I do try and learn by them x

      p.s. this explanation is the basics

      1. Shelah profile image55
        Shelahposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        This is an excellent explanation! I do so hope that many read what you have written. Very smart you are! Blessed Be!

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    heartattack4444posted 7 years ago

    I know next to nothing about the craft, so allow me to post my consternation in an attempt to bump up the thread. smile

    I wanna learn more about it XD  Interesting topic!

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    Smooth as Silkposted 7 years ago

    I've known a few girls that said they were Wiccans, but I know nothing about it either.

  4. Lady Guinevere profile image59
    Lady Guinevereposted 7 years ago

    I found something for this thread that open wide the black cloud over Magical things and demonic things.

    1150 B.C.: medicine
    Egyptian medicine splits into two basic schools. Empirico-rational medicine rests on the premise that fever, pain, or tumor is a disease rather than a symptom, but practitioners of this school charge such high fees that only the very rich can afford them. The magico-religious school of medicine relies basically on expelling demons or spirits and is popular because it is inexpensive.
    http://www.enotes.com/peoples-chronology/year-antiquity
    What do you make of this?

  5. Arthur Fontes profile image87
    Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago

    I know that wiccans believe in the duality of life and worship the goddess as well as the god not as seperate entitys.  I also know that the wiccans believe in the creed "harm none".

    They are like good witches there are others who consider themselves Pagans.  The fear of harming another is not as strong.

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    lynnechandlerposted 7 years ago

    Lyrics you know I am waiting on this hub. I love how you present the others in the series.

    For me the quote is about belief. You, like so many will do around the fire burn your hope or desire and you wait believing it will come true. It may not be today, tomorrow or for years to come but poof it will come. When it does it may blindside us as we may not remember the burned paper with the hope or desire written and sent to the cosmos in ashes and smoke but it does come because we believed.

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      lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks Lynne xo

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    dyonderposted 7 years ago

    I've been very fortunate in having known quite a few wiccans in my life. I've personnally witnessed some pretty amazing things perpetrated (rationality says the probability of what I witnessed being done by the other person as being exceptionally high). The most extreme example was a woman who, whenever she got upset it would dump rain. As soon as the spell started, in direct correlation with her rising temper, the clouds would move in. This was in an area very well known for its arid climate. Afterwards I would check the weather patterns and no rain should have occurred. This woman was a wiccan, but never remembered the episodes afterwards. I believe them to have been a side effect of her abilities.
    The other thing worth mentioning is my favorite reed (law, comandment, whatever) of the wiccans: 'live your life or someone else will live it for you'. My own paraphrasing, sorry.

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      lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      very cool cool

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    Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago

    I'm with lynne lyrics. I want a hub! big_smile I am very interested in Wicca and myths.
    I have a wiccan friend but we don't raelly talk about it much. I need to talk to her more about it I think

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      lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      well I have 4 already and the best one yet coming in next few days, wish I could post them here but that would be considered self promotion I suppose.

      It's a fascinating Craft and not evil nor wicked - the exact opposite.  There are a few Wiccans on this site who have been very helpful to me.

      big_smile

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        Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        email me the links and I'll post 'em for you. not self promotion if a friend does it right? big_smile

    2. smann profile image55
      smannposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      What would you like to know about Wicca? I am Wiccan and can answer questions about the religion/craft if you have any. I am starting a hub page to educate/inform others of our lifestyle.

      1. lili7777 profile image53
        lili7777posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Hello Smann,
        I joined here about 10 minutes ago, and you are the first person I am writing to, so I hope I don't stuff it up!smile
        My 15 year old daughter has been following wicca for the past 5 years now. I have bought her many books on the subject. She has set up a gorgeous table for all of her paraphanalia, including wands,crystal ball, crystals, ornaments of angels, and a whole lot more I cannot recall the names of just now.
        Of course, helping her along the way has made me question my own spirituality. I am not affiliated with any one religion. There are some I can connect with and the ones I don't really doesn't bother me, even if we are constantly reminded of going to hell??smile
        Anyway, my question to you is; we need allot of help, and we would love to meet some wiccans, pagans who would be willing to guide us so we may learn.
        My daughter was born with a serious heart condition. I have 3 children,whom I have told all of them-;to learn different religions as you grow, as I believe spirituality is something you discover for yourself. My daughter has always believed in fairies, and because she has a bit of OC disorder, she really wanted to see and feel magic in her world. I told her magic was everywhere, but not the magic tricks she saw on T.V. Anyway, one thing led to another and after a while I noticed her energy levels built up, she seemed happier, and so very intrigued. Most everything she talks of is related to Wicca, and we both knew it was right for her.
        Because of her learning disabilities (very mild, but there)-it is difficult for me to help her. I don't know of any groups here in Georgia, and haven't really found any chat rooms or people online we could talk to.
        So I was wondering if you could help us. I understand that you may not want to take this on yourself, but if you could give us any information on where to begin, we would be most gracious to you.
        Sincerely,
        Lili7777

      2. tankm1a1 profile image57
        tankm1a1posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        hello i started learning about wicca about 2 years ago i have decided last month that wicca is for me i am trying to learn how to ground and center as well as sheild because three days  i got attacked by some unseen force and it left me weak and almost in a state of shock for about a week  so i am tring to learn to protect my self  but until i get back to work i can't practice any of the rituals because i live with my aunt and she is a morman and would have a herd of cows so any help that dose not need candles incence bells  or the like  but will help with my problems until i can get my own appartment  smann

        1. Faybe Bay profile image84
          Faybe Bayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Here, let me help. Go to relache:

          http://hubpages.com/hub/purple-grimoire

          She is the resident expert and you will find wealth of knowledge in her hubs. I have and I am not a wiccan!

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            tankm1a1posted 7 years ago in reply to this

            thank you

            1. Faybe Bay profile image84
              Faybe Bayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              You are welcome! If worst comes to worst writing some hubs on your experience will do you good and do others good in future. I will be looking forward to reading them.

              Welcome to Hub Pages!

  9. Mark Knowles profile image61
    Mark Knowlesposted 7 years ago

    You could consider me a Witch - although not in the "traditional sense" of the word and I no longer follow any rituals.

    You can - if you wish - realise almost anything. But - you may be surprised at the price you will have to pay. And there is always a price. smile

    1. Dame Scribe profile image60
      Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I thought the title witch was designated to a woman big_smile and wizard for a guy smile like Harry Potter tongue lol lol. I known a few wiccans also and they have been lovely people. What's that about a Pagan again? hmm

      1. Arthur Fontes profile image87
        Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Pagan beliefs vary.  Every Pagan I meet has different beliefs.  .

        1. Mark Knowles profile image61
          Mark Knowlesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Just like christians. Anyone would think they come from inside.

          1. Arthur Fontes profile image87
            Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Mark from my experience everyone has their own beliefs.  I do not think any two people could agree on everything.

            I have also found that people hang on to their beliefs like lifeboats.  Very unwilling to have them contradicted.

            I guess that since beliefs exist within the mind they do come from inside.

      2. Alessia Amnesia profile image57
        Alessia Amnesiaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Strictly speaking, not all Wiccans are witches. Some Wiccans call themselves witches but do not practice or advocate witchcraft in any way.

        You can have Wiccan witches, Islamic witches, and even Christian witches. There are witches of almost every faith.

        This is because Wicca is a religion, and it is not witchcraft.

        Males who practice witchcraft are called witches as well, unless they feel the need to be called wizards, which some may view as more masculine.

        I just wanted to clarify that Wicca and witchcraft do not walk hand in hand.

        1. Mark Knowles profile image61
          Mark Knowlesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Quite right. I should have clarified.

          I am not a Wiccan. wink

          1. smann profile image55
            smannposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            You are so correct Wicca and witchcraft do not go hand in hand. Just because someone is Wiccan does not mean they practice witchcraft. This is one of those misnomers about Wicca. People assume because someone is Wiccan they practice witchcraft. This is not necessarily true. What people do not realize is Wicca is an Earth based religion that is about living peacefully not about casting spells.

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              JulieMcDanielposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              I am a Wiccan and I also cast spells. The spells are not of ill nature but of protection and clarity. So to say Wicca is not about spells is not all the way true. I believe it is about spells to lift us up and also about the divine way of how we life our lives.

              1. Arthur Fontes profile image87
                Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                You do not have to engage in the casting of spells to consider yourself Wiccan.  Is this correct?

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                  kimberlyslyricsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  very correct Arthur

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                  deblippposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Not all witches are Wiccans. Witchcraft is a practice. But "Wicca" is the Old English word for a male witch (female was "Wicce"). Wicca is defined today as "Neopagan Witchcraft," and therefore, all Wiccans, are, indeed, witches.

                  You do not have to practice spell-casting to be a Wiccan, but you do have to accept the reality of magic and the sacredness of the practice of magic. If you don't believe there's such a thing as magic, or if you believe it's morally wrong to practice magic, then I would say you are not a Wiccan.

                  I've been Wiccan for 30 years, btw.

        2. Shelah profile image55
          Shelahposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I just wrote a little piece and posted it on my own page just to clarify the fact that one is not the other. I know Catholics that practice more witchcraft that any Wicca I have ever met. Not that it matters, but it is funny how many people cannot separate them.

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    lynnechandlerposted 7 years ago

    If you are interested in reading Lyrics hubs on Wicca you can begin here:

    http://hubpages.com/_h4lyt9kudqi9/hub/Basic-witchery

    The article will take you to the second, third and fourth in the series. All great work.

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      lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      thanks girl - that was really nice of you xo

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    lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago

    this avatar is in celebration of my upcoming magic tool/witchery hub big_smile

    1. Arthur Fontes profile image87
      Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Today is the Solstice which would be a Wiccan holiday correct?

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    lynnechandlerposted 7 years ago

    YW... and I love the avi.

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      lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      xoxo again xoxo

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    Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago

    dang it lynne you beat me to it lol Oh well lyrics when you're done with the new one email it to me so I can post that one on here hehehehe

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      lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      for sure, thanks so much big_smile

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        Crazdwriterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        anytime...ooo maybe you should do one on crystal magic and then I can link it to the one I have about crystals and polished stones. Not sure I can do a hub on wiccan justice but I could try just to get a hub where I can link all of your hubs to it big_smile

  14. Gemsong profile image81
    Gemsongposted 7 years ago

    There are so many areas to discuss in the craft it's hard to figure out what to write about next. I've done four and I've barely barely begun to write on the subject. I'm an eclectic solitary so some think I'm all over the place.

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    lynnechandlerposted 7 years ago

    For Kim's latest addition to this series you got to check out

    http://hubpages.com/_h4lyt9kudqi9/hub/W … gical-Tool

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      lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      thanks so much lynne xo

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        lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        and for your comment xo

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    Richieb799posted 7 years ago

    I like the blairwitch project 1 and 2 tongue

    i know its not really relevent, bu theres a sexy redhead wiccan in the sequel wink

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      lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      ha lol lol lol lol

  17. SparklingJewel profile image61
    SparklingJewelposted 7 years ago

    it is my limited perspective, from my own readings of various belief systems, religions and philosophies, that witchcraft is focused on human ego oriented desires...instead of what I would call Divine desires for the benefit of all humanity not just one's personal desires...so that really doesn't make the Craft much different than too many of humanity smile

    would you say that is so...? or is my limited reading been too limited?

    1. progressiveWiccan profile image53
      progressiveWiccanposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      YES, I THINK IT TOO LIMITED....one aspect is the rede...to put it in understandable terms...do no harm or it will come back to you under a law of 3. meaning 3x the harm returns to you. AS FOR FOCUS ON PERSONAL EGO... Wiccans focus on care of the earth, she is sacred and we want to protect all beings. That is not Ego oriented. i wont self promote but there are some great wiccan hubs that explain our committment to the world beyond ourselves, blessed be ~

  18. Minnaloushe profile image76
    Minnalousheposted 7 years ago

    To your original question, about truths you hold dear, I have only one...

    "for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without."

  19. Sa Toya profile image74
    Sa Toyaposted 7 years ago

    I've always be interested in it and that has peeked since your hubs.

    I know of a wiccan girl. A friend of my sister. Apparently they know if you're talking about them or when someone has said their name...who knows?
    smile

  20. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago

    Thanks Alessia smile I don't mind being taught the difference at all and appreciate your time helping one to understand better. big_smile

    1. Alessia Amnesia profile image57
      Alessia Amnesiaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      You're welcome. I'm a Wiccan and I get bombarded by questions about witchcraft from friends all the time. I don't practice witchcraft, which many can't seem to wrap their heads around, including other Wiccans. So, any chance to clarify is a chance I take smile

      1. Arthur Fontes profile image87
        Arthur Fontesposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Do you celebrate the cycles.  Beltaine etc..

        1. Alessia Amnesia profile image57
          Alessia Amnesiaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Yes, I celebrate the cycles, which are called Sabbats. There are eight different Sabbats: Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh/Lammas, Yule, Ostara, Litha, and Mabon.

  21. Alessia Amnesia profile image57
    Alessia Amnesiaposted 7 years ago

    P.s. I had to look up how to spell Lughnasadh lol

  22. iantoPF profile image88
    iantoPFposted 7 years ago

    I don't normally get into the forums. Too much animosity. This time , I'll give it a try because of the subject. Little background first. I married comparatively late in life, to an American woman who still takes my breath away after nearly 20 years. She was raised catholic,and even though I am in no way a Christian I attended mass and when our children were born I was happy to see them attend church and Chatechism class for the good values it taught. Over time they became influenced by my Heathen ways and now we are a Pagan family.
    My wife is a solitary Wiccan, she honors the Goddess and invokes Her blessings on our home and hearth every day. I follow the spiritual path of my Welsh Druid ancestors. We celebrate the Solstices and Equinoxes as a family, we follow a way of life that is deeply spiritually satisfying to us all.
    Yes, there is Magic in our lives. When you live your life a certain way, Magic unfolds into it.
    The most common form of Magic that everyone experiences is Luck and Coincidence. The invocations and rituals that we practice bring those occurrences into our lives by design. Does it work?
    We've been lucky so far. smile

  23. skyfire profile image71
    skyfireposted 7 years ago

    Witchcraft ? Yea sure i want rain in sahara or even in deserts in rajasthan.

  24. AdeleCosgroveBray profile image90
    AdeleCosgroveBrayposted 7 years ago

    I've a couple of relevant interviews with practising witches in the pipeline, which will appear on Hubpages shortly, if you're interested.

    1. shazwellyn profile image83
      shazwellynposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Im a retired witch from the home of witchcraft... Glastonbuy!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPKtK9Utr4Y

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        (Q)posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Do you get a pension?

  25. Marliza Gunter profile image78
    Marliza Gunterposted 7 years ago

    ALL TALES OF MAGIC AND WITCHCRAFT ARE TRUE, SUPER POWERS, ESP, CRISTAL BALL, TAROT, IT WORKS!!...BUT SO IS GOD...AND SO DOES GOD!!

  26. It's just me profile image61
    It's just meposted 7 years ago

    I'll put in a thing or two, I'm a witch but not a wiccan, I did study wicca to the third degree though.
    I would like to clarify your statement on the rule of three what you do comes back to you physically, mentally, and spiritually in your past, present and future.

  27. Rafini profile image87
    Rafiniposted 7 years ago

    my boss at my last job was wiccan - she stole 1 of my hairs.  Never told me what kind of "spell" she wanted to be doing, so I assume it wasn't good!  Even though she always claimed she Never does black magic cuz it always comes back to bite you in the a$$.

    Maybe that's why she was fired?  lol

  28. Hokey profile image61
    Hokeyposted 7 years ago

    I have alot of friends back in North Carolina that are wiccans. Great people.

    1. Faybe Bay profile image84
      Faybe Bayposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hi hokey, my daughter's think I am a witch, but I have no professional training, just lots of natural talent. smile

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        Hokeyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I always imagined you were talented wink

  29. TheLoanConsultant profile image61
    TheLoanConsultantposted 7 years ago

    Yeah, when I used to live in Anaheim Hills, three Wiccans approached me in a dream and asked if I would join them, and I said, NO THANKS! Immediately I woke up and looked up Wicca on the internet because I was unfamiliar with the term and that's the phrase they used to describe themselves in my dream.

  30. 4elements profile image78
    4elementsposted 7 years ago

    You can be a wiccan without practicing magick or spells. you can also be a wiccan that does. I consider myself a wiccan and I do practice spells and magick, but they are all done to help others when they ask me to. i never cast anything without permission,I also try and do my part in helping out mother earth. I want it to still be here when my daughters have grown and have children of their own. I recycle as much as I can and I don't litter. Infact I am one that will see some form of trash in my path,( put there by another, and will pick it up to put it in a propper canister. It may not be much but this is what I do and I teach my daughters to do the same. No i do not teach them the ways of wicca because I believe everyone has the right to choose what religious path they want to follow.If they want to learn then I will be more then happy to teach.

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    paarsurreyposted 7 years ago

    Wicca ?

    What is Wicca? Who originated it and on what basis? Do they have a Revealed Book to follow?

    Thanks

    I am an Ahmadi peaceful Muslim

    1. luvpassion profile image60
      luvpassionposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Creator- God Allah YHWH started it because Allah loves wonderous variety...then the other guy came around and wanted the 7 virgins which was against Wicca and so he founded Islam instead. wink

    2. skyfire profile image71
      skyfireposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Just like quran & bible even books on wicca are not officially signed by creator the allah cause unfortunately he doesn't exist.

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        paarsurreyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Let us see how the Wiccans state?

        1. luvpassion profile image60
          luvpassionposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Wiccans state
          .
          " Reject conformity, Love yourself and nature. Gaia who loves you can answer all questions for all people. Keep your hearts and minds open to adversity and the menderings of others. Deny impossibilites.

          The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross.

          smile

        2. skyfire profile image71
          skyfireposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Wiccans embrace nature. They don't waste time brainwashing people with their religious s**t. Whether a person is ahamadi islamic or atheist they give rats behind to that, all they care is about gaia and forces of nature. Trust me, wiccans rarely get into arguments especially against islamics and if they do then consider they're pissed off and better keep some distance.

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            paarsurreyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Are you a Wiccan?

            What is this gaia?

            Thanks

            1. skyfire profile image71
              skyfireposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              1. No

              2. Gaia is the spirit of this planet. As per Greek mythology, she is one titan but her forces are not destructive. She defeated kronos once if i remember mythology correctly. Other than greek mythology & wicca, the way to perceive gaia is different for different cultures.

  32. srwnson profile image60
    srwnsonposted 7 years ago

    I respect them though I think the practice is a bad idea. If one looks to Magic for a solution I'm afraid they'll come up short. Perhaps witchcraft is a means to express oneself out of a need for something more then mainstream religions can offer. I wouldn't know.

 
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