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Wiccan Traditions & Beliefs

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Traditions & Beliefs

BWC School of Witchcraft

Year 1 in the Craft

Copyright 2015 BWC

Published by Black Witch S

 

 

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Prologue

Welcome

Introduction

The History of Wicca

Witchcraft Niches

Famous Witches

Research Project

Exercises

End Blessing

Reference

About BWS

Glossary

Reading List

Acknowledgements

A huge debt of gratitude goes to Lady Hannah who extremely generously volunteered to read and edit the entire 1st Year in Wicca Magick course. She made many grammatical corrections, a number of changes to cumbersome phrases, some factual corrections and suggestions on how to make some of the sections clearer. She has had a consistently keen eye for all these things that have slipped past my attention.

I would also like to acknowledge those students at BWC School Of Witchcraft who have written to me from time to time, pointing out inconsistencies and things that were unclear in the On-line course of BWC Year 1 in the craft.

Great thanks go as well to my coven sisters & brothers, with whom I discussed many of the ideas within the book.

Black Witch Silvava

Prologue

“Pagan Witchcraft is a fully developed, independent religionit is a

modern development which deliberately draws upon ancient images and ideas for contemporary needs.”

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BWC School of Witchcraft provides knowledge and education on all levels of witchcraft. BWC does not assume the reader is interested in becoming a witch, nor does BWC intend to recruit people into witchcraft, paganism, or any other belief system. Our belief, is that you will take this knowledge and do with it what feels comfortable to you. Some information will be useful, and other content will be dismissed.

As I am an eternal student of learning, with five formal university qualifications under my belt, and decades of practicing various forms of magick, all I ask of you is to keep an open mind. Magick still teaches me something new every day. You are reading this book for a reason. There are no mistakes in life. You may use this information now, or perhaps in the future. Perhaps your spiritual guide needs you to begin with foundational skills and knowledge, so that when I share with you Advanced magick technique and skills – you will feel comfortable with the transition and the content.

I also take a fluid approach to the religion of Wicca, believing very strongly

that you should only do things that feel right to you. Inevitably, though, there are other opinions and other ways of looking at things; at the end of the day you will have to make up your own mind and it is sincerely hoped that this book will give such inspiration, with regard to this and many other issues.

BWC School of Magick, Year 1 in the Craft offers a training pathway for readers looking for initiation and dedication. Information on dedication, and initiation into First Degree and Second Degree status is available on our website www.blackwitchcoven.com.

Welcome

 

By the end of the main part of the lesson you will know about Witches’ general beliefs and practices as well as the history of Wicca and Witchcraft and some of its key personalities and traditions. Continuing on, there is a research project for you to complete. There are also two meditative and self-transforming exercises for you to work on. You will then find a reading list to help broaden your knowledge. Finally, there is a blessing.

For the sake of clarity, I should point out that in this course the terms “Wicca”, “Witchcraft” and the “Craft” are generally used interchangeably, although it is made clear when a tradition believes that it is not Wiccan and does not describe itself as such. The term “Wiccan” is applied to most coven Witches and most forms of solitary practice. You can refer to the glossary at the end of this book for definitions of most witchcraft and wiccan terms.

 

Introduction: Traditions & Beliefs

Today, in the popular media, a Witch can be a figure of diverse fantasy. Generally portrayed as a female, the images range from the comic book scariness of the Wicked Witch of the West, to the cutesy teenager who casts spells in her bedroom; from the sexy Witch wrapped in black latex, to the evil malignant hag creating misery. Rarely do these popular conceptions reflect present day Witchcraft’s customs and traditions, hardly ever do they accurately reflect its female practitioners, and even more infrequently do they allow for the male Witch.

Given all this it is perhaps surprising to learn that Witches belong to one of the fastest growing religions in the world today, and that the religion has got a healthy mix of female and male participants.

Don’t call a male witch a “Warlock” – This is a fictious term.

The Belief in God & Goddess

Wicca is a Pagan religion that generally worships a Goddess and a God and respects the polarity between the feminine and masculine. The religion forwards the view that deity is immanent within nature, and Wiccans celebrate the seasons and Cross Quarter days in order to honor the planet and its forces. They work with natural and spiritual energies in harmony with nature.

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Wiccan Traditions & Beliefs

Witchcraft has a long and diverse history, and it's important to understand how we got to where we are today. Wicca or Pagan Witchcraft, is a contemporary Pagan new religious movement. As there are as many Wiccan traditions as mainstream religion traditions, the new witch can become overwhelmed. Every witch and individual interested in pursuing witchcraft should have a diverse understanding of the many traditions and beliefs within witchcraft, and Wicca. It is important to keep an open mind, and reserve your judgment until you find a witchcraft niche that best suit your needs, and fits within your own belief system. In this book I talk about the central beliefs and traditions within Wicca, in a practical and relevant manner. You will be given a plethora of relevant references to follow through on specific areas of interest. Contents overview: Welcome Introduction into beliefs & traditions The History of Wicca Witchcraft Niches Famous Witches Research Project Exercises End Blessing Reference About BWS Glossary Reading List

  • ISBN: 9781311489630
  • Author: BWS
  • Published: 2015-11-12 18:20:07
  • Words: 13095
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