What is the Craze About Wicca?
Wicca has recently begun to take the spotlight both in media and in the public eye. While it has been around for hundreds of years, the general population is beginning to learn more about its existence and the fact that it has garnered a huge following. Studies estimate that there are over 100,000 Wiccans in the United States alone, and with many of them being underground, the figure is likely much higher than that. Today we will take a look at exactly what this religion is all about, some misconceptions, portrayals in Hollywood, and why people are becoming so drawn to it.
The Beginnings of Wicca
Wicca was started a couple hundred years ago and found its way into early twentieth century literature in Europe. Specifically in the writings of Margaret Murray, who told tales of witchcraft being practiced by moonlight. Unfortunately, much of the literary works of today portray Wiccans to be devil worshipers, and give an unfair representation of the belief as a whole. Wiccans tend to vary in terms of the level and degree of their beliefs, but the roots of the practice stem from the belief in two deities. These are the Horned God and the Triple Goddess. The Horned God has been a representation of masculinity, nature, and sexuality, while the Triple Goddess is seen as the embodiment of femininity, the life cycle of women, and sexuality. In recent years, Wiccans have embraced the Triple Goddess and begun leaning away from the Horned God as their primary deity.
While much is still unknown about the practicing demographic of Wicca, it is clear that the degree of belief is drawn in a clear line. Many younger practitioners are drawn in for Wiccan love spells, hoping to find their one true love then ultimately shying away from the practice as they get older. What some may call the true practitioners are those who look further into the belief, and worship based on the principles of becoming closer with nature. Most find their start online however, with sites devoted to spreading Wiccan ideals and educating interested followers. These sites are great places to start for a beginner, and are often run by practicing Wiccans themselves.
The most common misconceptions about Wicca is that the Horned God represents the Devil, and worshiping him carries a stigma of evil surrounding the belief. Looking into the history of Wicca, and the beliefs of true practitioners, it is clear that nothing could be further from the truth. Wiccans by and large believe in the principles of becoming one with nature, loving life, and showing an appreciation for what is given to us in this world.