The largest of the Neopagan religions, Wicca is a belief system and way of life which has been based on pre-Christian traditions that originate from Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Wiccans have an overwhelming respect and admiration for the Earth and celebrate the elements throughout the year. They have eight festivals called Sabbats, collectively known as the Wheel of the Year, that are separated every six to seven weeks throughout the calendar year in which they celebrate the seasonal cycle of the Earth. (more…)
Wicca is a duo-theistic religion worshipping two deities – a God (typically homed) and a Goddess. The Goddess has three forms; the Maiden (enchantment, inception, expansion, the promise of new beginnings, birth and youth), the Mother (ripeness, fertility, sexuality, fulfilment, stability, power and life) and the Crone (wisdom, repose, death and endings).
The Maiden is represented by the waxing moon, the Mother by the Full Moon and the Crone by the waning moon. The femininity of the Triple Goddess is counteracted by the masculinity of the horned God which is associated with nature, wilderness, sexuality, hunting and the life cycle. (more…)