Lesson One

What is Wicca?

Wicca is an earth based religion that worships nature and it's cycles. To understand nature and the divine that created it, we formed the image of a Goddess and a God. This image existed when humans were still living in caves.

The Goddess image is found upon cave walls and Her repersentations are also found, such as small fertility images. Her image exist in the Moon cycles: The New Moon repersents that Maiden, the Full Moon is the Mother, and the Dark Moon is the Crone. These are the three aspect of the Goddess. The Maiden is the wild freedom of youth and new beginings. The Mother Goddess is the role of the mother and the ability to see things until completed, and the Crone is the reaper of life and the keeper of the mysterious.

The Gods cycle expands throughout the year. He is born, grows, and dies in one year and is reborn into the next. His cycle follows the path of the sun. At Yule (winter solstice)the earth is consumed in darkness and cold weather. This is because of the Lady's (another name for the Goddess) consort is dead. But as She mourns She gives birth to Her child, the God reborn. Yule is one of the eight holidays that you shall learn about. The eight holidays are based upon the God's life and death. At Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year,the God reaches a midpoint in his life. It is after this day that the God begins to die. Samhain, the pagan new year, is when the Lord begins his reign as Lord of the Dead. This is only three of the eight holidays that you will learn about.

In the Wiccan religion, as in most pagan religions, the God does not give His life in a form of a sacrifice for mortal sins, but so that life will continue. We do not believe in a heaven that we get into based upon our life deeds. We believe that people are reborn again and again until they can move on into the world of the Gods, not a heaven..but a state of awarness. The Land of the Dead, the Summerland, is where the dead rest between lives.

This is some of the basic ideas of Wicca/Paganism.

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