What is Wicca?

+JMJ

I am wondering what this religion is and if there is any information I can find out about this religion and how to approach its followers.

Here is a nutshell description of Wicca by Catholic journalist Sandra Miesel from the June 2002 issue of Crisis (complete article linked below):

Wicca – the most popular form of the new paganism – is an initiatory mystery religion that attempts to re-create the ancient religions of western Europe. Its usual deities are the Horned God and the Triple Goddess – Maid, Mother, and Crone. (A few Wiccans see a non-gendered Oneness behind the pair.) Other characteristics include three degrees of initiation, use of ceremonial magic, rituals begun with a circle drawn by a female and subsequently divided into symbolic quarters, and leadership by a high priestess who can “draw down the moon,” temporarily incarnating her goddess. The high priest may incarnate the god. Practices vary so widely, however, that only general remarks can be offered here – any of which some Wiccans might dispute.

Recommended reading:

Friends and Wicca
The Witches Next Door by Sandra Miesel
Wiccan Work It Out by John Gibson
Dispelling the Charms of Wicca by Mary Zurolo

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