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Wicca
Wicca, (properly pronounced "witch'-ah", not "wick'-ah"! ) is the largest of the Neo-pagan religions.  All
Wiccans are Neo-pagan, but not all Pagans are Wiccans. Traditionally 'the Wicca' were the Priesthood
of the pagan people.

Our religion is Earth-centered. We have a great reverence for the Earth and all living things, including
the Goddess and her consort, the horned God. We generally believe that Wicca is rooted in ancient
Pagan practices and has been created by merging some of the ancient Celtic beliefs, deities, and
holidays with modern material.  Wicca is more in tune with natural forces than Christianity and other
religions of the West.

Wicca is a decentralized religion with no written creed which the orthodox must adhere to, nor stone
temples or churches to worship in. It would be more accurate to see us as sharing a spiritual basis in
nature and natural phenomena.

We practice our rituals in private homes, and outdoors in parks and gardens. There is no single set of
beliefs or practices which constitutes the Wicca except for one; the
Wiccan Rede.  The Rede forbids us
from harming people, including ourselves.  

We can be solitary or belong to a Coven (or Grove).  Many Wiccans develop their own beliefs, rituals,
and other practices.  Some (such as myself) are Initiates (members) of a Coven which is of a lineage
of a 'tradition".
Festivals:
We celebrate eight major holidays referred to as the Eight Sabbats (the Wheel of the Year).
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Samhain-- November 1 All Hallows Ever, the New Year's Day of the
Wiccan calendar.  Just as the Wiccan day of celebration begins at
sundown, so the year begins with the beginning of the dark half of the year.
Yule-- The Winter Solstice  December 21, the Sun God is born at Yule.
Imbolc-- February 1, the first signs of waking up from winter.
Ostara-- March 22 Vernal Equinox, the magical times when day and night
are equal.
Beltane-- May 1, a great fertility celebration (May Day).
Midsummer-- June 21, the Summer Solstice (Litha).
Lammas-- August 1, the beginning of the harvest season.
Mabon-- September 22 Autumnal Equinox, a time to give thanks for
the earth's bounty.

In addition to the Sabbats, there are thirteen esbats  (full Moons)
Ritual Tools:
concerning which tools are needed/used and their meanings and associations. My tradition
(Celtic-Traditionalist) does not use all of these, though we recognized them.(Celtic-Traditionalist) does not
use all of these, though we recognized them.
Altar

Athame

Boline

Bell

Besom

Book of Shadows

Candles

Cauldron

Chalice

Magic Staff

Paten/Pentacle

Wand
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