Saturday, December 18, 2010

Feminist Spirituality

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Wicca is known as a magic-based (spelled magick by the Ancients) religion taken from ancient Pagan practices. Wiccan beliefs however vary by region, because there is no orthodox method of Wicca practice.

However, there are numerous published works and teachings that most Wiccans followers adhere to. If you are interested in understanding Wicca spells beliefs and practices, you will want to read on.

The majority of Wiccan followers or Wiccans worship a Goddess and God who they consider to be equal and complimentary beings. Relatively, the deities are represented by the moon and sun. The Triple Goddess is believed to have the aspects of the "Maiden" and the "Mother Crone". And numerous Wiccan worshippers believe that the Goddess had to predate her companion since she is the giver of all life.

Another common belief is that the Goddess and the God both can take form in the Wiccan coven's body during the ceremony or ritual. And although they believe in deities, the afterlife concept is not significantly upheld within the Wiccan religion.

There are numerous texts used in the Wiccan religion, and one such example is the "Wiccan Rede". Basically, this text postulates "and it harms none, do what ye will". This means that so long as someone's actions do not harm other people, they are free to pursue them.

The Law of Three is another common law within the Wicca religion. This concept states that whatever negative and positive actions a person puts out in the world, these actions would be returned to that being in three times.

Performance of the Wicca magic rituals are by practitioners, or a coven. For the ritual to begin, a circle must be casted by invoking the cardinal points: East (air), West (water), North (earth), and South (fire). These four elements represent every being and action in the world.

Once the circle is cast, the practitioners or covens perform the prayers to the Goddess and God, and the spells can be cast. Special rituals can be performed if the ritual is performed on a seasonal holiday. After the ceremony or ritual is completed, the Wiccans then thank the participation of the God and Goddess, and the circle is then closed by the practitioner.

Additionally, there are numerous seasonal observances or holidays in the Wicca religion. It is commonly believed that the Full moon can bring about the Esbat ritual. Additionally, there are the eight Sabbats (four of which are cross quarter days: Samhain, Lammas, Imbolic, and Beltane) which are also seasonal observances by the Wiccan followers. Other celebrated festivals observed by Wiccan followers are the autumn and Spring Equinoxes, and the winter and Summer solstices,

The practices and beliefs of the Wiccan religion are very interesting as we can see. Numerous people today follow these basic practises today as the Wicca practice is no longer viewed with negativity and secrecy. The Wicca religion is a very sacred religion. It is indeed one of the most spiritual religions in conventional society!

You also may enjoy these free books:

George Robert Stowe Mead - A Mithraic Ritual
John Nash - Spirituality And Gender
Ashe - Journal Of Experimental Spirituality