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The Wiccan ReligionThe word Witchcraft dates back many hundred of years and means literallyThe craft of the wise This is because the Witches of the old were thewise ones of their village knowledgeable in the art of healing legalmatters and spiritual fulfillment A Witch had to not only be a religiousleader but also the doctor lawyer and psychologist of the villageToday people have reclaimed this word in their pursuit of Wiccan religionA With is an initiate of Wicca one who has earned the right to callthemselves Priest or Priestess through study self evaluation andspiritual living Wicca itself is an attempt to re-create Europeanmostly Shamansistic Nature Religion adapting it to fit our modern lives Witches are worshippers of the Earth and itsmany cycles We believe thatdeity is found not only outside to our realm or plane of existence butthat is found within every living thing and all that support it Thereforewe attempt to live in harmony with the Earth and each of itscreaturesWiccan tend to involve themselves with ecological pursuitsWicca observe the holidays of Pagan Europe Eight festivals spaced evenlyabout the wheel of the year at the quarters equinoxs and solsticesandthe cross-quarters midpoints between the equinoxs and solsticesTheyare called Yule Dec 21 Tmbolc Feb2 Lady Day March 21 Beltaine May1 Midsummer June 21 Lugnassed Aug 1 Mabon Sept 21 and SamhainOct 31 Actual dates vary slightly from year to year as they are basedupon actual celestial events Many Wiccans also celebrate the Full Moonofwhich we have 13 per year The basis for Wiccans moral conduct is found in the statementAn Ye HarmNone Do What Thou Wilt This is a mock archaic phrase suggesting thatany behavior that harms none is morally acceptable Harm is defined byanything that takes away or works against an individuals free willItis of course impossible to exist or even cease to exist without causingharm so Wiccans look to fulfill this as closely as possible A Wiccanattempts to make choices based on what will
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