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Wicca And Witchcraft - Beliefs And Traditions (Article) - 8/22/2009 1:13:14 PM
HI There and Merry Meet -- With all due respect, there are some corrections that need to be made here. 1. First of all, it's important to understand that there is a difference between "Wicca" and "Witchcraft" -- Wicca is a religion; witchcraft is a group of practices including such things as Divination, Spellcasting, and other psycho-spiritual or Shamanic type practices, which may or may *not* be practiced by a wide variety of religions, including (but not limited to) Wicca. For just a couple of quick examples, Voudun (aka "VooDoo") and Santeria are two kinds of witchcraft that have nothing at all to do with Wicca. 2. Contrary to popular beief (especially among beginners) -- the Wiccan Rede is *not* any hard and fast "rule" or "law" of Wicca. Beginners are often told that in order to impress upon them the importance of magickal ethics, but the term "Rede" actually means, "strong suggestion or recommendation", and that is what the Wiccan Rede is: a strong suggestion or recommendation. In fact, there are lots of redes out there on all sorts of topics -- there's a doctor's rede and a tailor's rede -- but the Wiccan Rede is a basic ethical principle that guides the work of many (but not necessarily all) Wiccans. There are also Wiccans who abide by entirely different ethical systems - for example, the Charge of the Goddess (which can be found here: http://www.reclaiming.org/about/witchfaq/charge.html The basic intent and meaning of the Wiccan Rede is a call to scrupulous personal integrity, honesty, and responsibility -- and respectful mindfulness of all living things. For more information on the history, lore, symbolism and meaning of the Wiccan Rede, please see: "The Wiccan Rede Project" at http://www.draknetfree.com/sheathomas/ OR http://www.wiccanrede.dreamhost.com/ See also "Wiccan Ethics and the Wiccan Rede" by Dianis Lucien - http://www.starkindler.org/dianis/realrede.html 3. While Z Budapest is certainly one of the beloved "grandmothers" of Dianic Paganism (which again, is different from Wicca), she did *not* create it -- only one particular branch; in fact there are many who would say that Z is not actually Wiccan but rather practices another kind of Witchcraft that she learned from her Hungarian Mother. For more on Z Budapest, please see: http://www.zbudapest.com/ The term "Dianic Wicca" was actually coined by Mark Roberts and Morgan McFarland in the mid to late sixties. There are various kinds of Dianic Wicca and Witchcraft (*not* the same thing, btw), including the following -- from the Witchvox (http://www.witchvox.com) list of Traditions: a) Women of the Goddess Circle - http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=uswaUc=trads&id=12083 b) Dianic Nemorensis - http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=brxx&c=trads&id=8978 It's also important to note that different Dianic Traditions and groups function differently: Some allow men, some do not; some include worship of the (male) God(s) to some degree or during part of the year, some do not. I hope that's helpful -- Blessed Be -- ~GaiaDianne (Gaia_d.yahoo.com)

Midsummer Faeries (Poetry) - 6/30/2008 6:28:01 PM
delightful

Midsummer Faeries (Poetry) - 6/30/2008 11:59:04 AM
Light, sensitive and energetic piece well written.... Be always safe, Karen

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