Last few months, being in America, given me the opportunity to exlore different things in my life. US is a place very very different than the India. I would love to write in details about my experiences here. Because I have good time and libraries here, I spend good time reading books here. Recently, I studies variuos different subjects. Wicca, Paganism, Neopaganism, Witchcraft, Tai Chi, I Ching, Buddhism, Tibetan Tantra & Yoga are among the subjects of my interest now a days.
So what is Wicca? Wikipedia tells that Wicca is a nature-based religion found in various countries throughout the world. It was first popularised in 1954 by Gerald Gardner, a retired British civil servant. He claimed that the religion, of which he was an initiate, was a modern survival of an old witchcraft religion, which had existed in secret for hundreds of years, originating in the pre-Christian Paganism of Europe. Wicca is thus sometimes referred to as the Old Religion. The veracity of Gardner's claims cannot be independently proven, and it is thought that Wiccan theology began to be compiled no earlier than the 1920s.Various related Wiccan traditions have since evolved or been adapted from the form established by Gardner, which came to be called Gardnerian Wicca. These other traditions of Wicca each have distinctive beliefs, rituals, and practices. Many traditions of Wicca remain secretive and require that members be initiated.
Book of Shadows is regarded as the Bible for Wicca. However, several proposed versions of the Book have been published. If you are interested in learning Wicca, there is an Internet version available of this book called Internet Book of Shadows. You can check that version out here. So if you are interested in learning Wicca, I would suggest that this is the best place to start on Internet.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
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