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5 Things You Should Know About the Wiccan Religion
1. What is Wicca? Wicca was founded in 1951 by Gerald Gardner in the New Forest area of England. It is a religion focused on the cycles of nature, the duality of a masculine God and feminine Goddess, and the sacredness of the world around us. Wiccan follow the Wiccan Rede and the Law of Threefold Return as their code of ethics. As the Wiccan religion grew and transplanted itself onto the shores of America, the core beliefs remained very similar, but the actual practices grew and expanded. Today, there are quite literally hundreds of traditions within the Wiccan religion, some focused strongly on the original beliefs from Britain and other that have changed to incorporate local deities and energies as well as the spirit of political activism as an expression of our responsibility towards the sacredness of the Earth.
2. Who is the Goddess in the Wiccan Religion? The Goddess or The Lady is the embodiment of the feminine principle or energy that Wiccans call on during their rituals. Some groups prefer to work with a more concrete concept of what Goddess is and choose those Goddesses that they are closest to for their ritual workings. Cerridwen, Brigid, and Diana are currently popular among many Wiccan groups as their representations of the Goddess.
3. Who is the God in the Wiccan Religion? The God or The Lord is the embodiment of the masculine principle or energy that Wiccans call on during their rituals. Some groups prefer to work with a more concrete concept of what God is and choose those Gods that they are closest to for their ritual workings. Herne and Cernunnos are both very popular among many Wiccan groups.
4. Can I use just one or the other and not both? There appears to be slightly more emphasis placed on the Goddess in some Wiccan groups. Commonly, the Lord and Lady are called together during rituals to embody the idea of energy created by the polarity of masculine and feminine. While many groups choose to use both, there are certainly groups that use only one or the other.
5. Why is duality in Wicca so important? The idea of duality illustrates that there are polarities in the world that can spontaneously create energy. When you press the positive and the negative sides of a magnet together, they fairly snap together with an audible click. That is the attractive power of duality. Similarly, when you press two magnets positive or negative ends together, they try to push away from each other. Again, energy is created. That energy is what Wiccans use to power their rituals and spells. While it is not the only form of energy recognised in the Wiccan religion, it is an important one.
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