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The Wiccan Religion The word Witchcraft dates back many hundred of years and means literally The craft of the wise This is because the Witches of the old were the wise ones of their village knowledgeable in the art of healing legal matters and spiritual fulfillment A Witch had to not only be a religious leader but also the doctor lawyer and psychologist of the village Today people have reclaimed this word in their pursuit of Wiccan religion A With is an initiate of Wicca one who has earned the right to call themselves Priest or Priestess through study self evaluation and spiritual living Wicca itself is an attempt to re-create European mostly Shamansistic Nature Religion adapting it to fit our modern lives Witches are worshippers of the Earth and its many cycles We believe that deity is found not only outside to our realm or plane of existence but that is found within every living thing and all that support it Therefore we attempt to live in harmony with the Earth and each of its creatures Wiccan tend to involve themselves with ecological pursuits Wicca observe the holidays of Pagan Europe Eight festivals spaced evenly about the wheel of the year at the quarters equinoxs and solstices and the cross-quarters midpoints between the equinoxs and solstices They are called Yule Dec 21 Tmbolc Feb2 Lady Day March 21 Beltaine May 1 Midsummer June 21 Lugnassed Aug 1 Mabon Sept 21 and Samhain Oct 31 Actual dates vary slightly from year to year as they are based upon actual celestial events Many Wiccans also celebrate the Full Moon of which we have 13 per year The basis for Wiccans moral conduct is found in the statement An Ye Harm None Do What Thou Wilt This is a mock archaic phrase suggesting that any behavior that harms none is morally acceptable Harm is defined by anything that takes away or works against an individuals
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