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Wicca is a pantheist religion, which is the belief that the divine is present in all, Wicca views pantheism as a way to express life force present in all things living or which are a part of the living earth. This single divine presence is often expressed within Wicca as male & female deity (God & Goddess/Lord & Lady), which are opposite polarities of this single divine. Often this divine is also seen as being multi-faceted meaning that Wicca often incorporates soft-polytheism, where the aspects of gods of varying different pantheons are taken on as aspects of their own divine. Wicca was founded by Gerald Gardner in around the 1930's, although the exact date is open for discussion, also open for discussion is whether Gardner founded Wicca entirely or whether it was an already existing spirituality which he merely re-introduced and re-invented, either way he is considered the founding father of the Wiccan faith. Gardner brought together Paganism with influences from many sources including the rituals and teachings of Freemasonry and Golden dawn resulting in a unique orthopraxic religion. Wicca embraces it's early Pagan roots in history, the history of Pagan faiths and the gods whom they followed and worshipped, Wicca also introduces eastern philosophy into it's primarily western path, along with this possibly one of Wicca's best known features, that of religious witchcraft.”

 

a religion influenced by pre-Christian beliefs and practices of western Europe that affirms the existence of supernatural power (as magic) and of both male and female deities who inhere in nature, and that emphasizes ritual observance of seasonal and life cycles”

 

“It is thought that this term was originally coined by Selena Fox of the Circle Sanctuary in an effort to describe the modern religion of WitchCraft (as begun by Gerald Gardner in England in the 1950's). There is NO difference between Wicca and WitchCraft. Anyone who tells you there is a difference is experimenting in the theory of Occum's Razor.”

 

Wicca is a Neopagan religion probably originally founded by the British civil servant Gerald Gardner in the 1930s. Gardner claimed that the religion was a survival of matriarchal religions of pre-historic Europe, taught to him by a woman named Dorothy Clutterbuck. Many believe he invented it himself, drawing on such sources as Aradia: Gospel of the Witches by Charles G. Leland, Freemasonry and ceremonial magic; and while Clutterbuck certainly existed, Ronald Hutton concludes that she is unlikely to have been involved in Gardner's Craft activities.”

 

Let’s be frank shall we?

 

There are just about as many definitions of Wicca as there are followers. Further more, there are just about as many traditions as there are followers. We here at the forest are here only to give you information of what WE have found and practice ourselves. If you find any problem with our way, you are more than welcome to disagree. After all, it is very true that our way is not the only way. However we will not entertain any email along the lines of “your wrong, you’re worshiping Satan (or satin, strangely enough they use both) “ or “your not truly Wiccan!” We will tell you know any email like that will be promptly deleted. We all have lives and have very little time to deal with such nonsense. So if you like the site and get something out of it, we are very glad, if not well then there is always the X button.