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What's the difference between Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft?
07-08-2014, 11:14 AM
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RE: What's the difference between Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft?
(07-05-2014 06:27 PM)SpiritWalker Wrote:  I've been doimg a little reading and found the religion/s of Wicca, Paganism & Witchcraft. I know there are 'sub religions' I guess you would call them, and was just wondering if anyone could explain the difference to each catagory? I'm quite intrigued by them and am considering becoming one of them...I just need to wrap my head around the concept and figure out which would be best for me.

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Again spirit I do hope we can get back to your thread. Smile

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05-02-2015, 05:33 PM
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RE: What's the difference between Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft?
(07-05-2014 06:27 PM)SpiritWalker Wrote:  I've been doimg a little reading and found the religion/s of Wicca, Paganism & Witchcraft. I know there are 'sub religions' I guess you would call them, and was just wondering if anyone could explain the difference to each catagory? I'm quite intrigued by them and am considering becoming one of them...I just need to wrap my head around the concept and figure out which would be best for me.

Thankyou! Smile

From what I've read on the religion of Wicca it is just that a recognized religion even in the U.S. Army, but make no mistake it's a religion. Witchcraft on the other hand is a practice "has in he/she practices witchcraft and is a Wicca. There are many who are Wicca who don't practice magick {btw they spell it that way so has to set them apart from those who use MAGIC has a form of entertainment} You can be a witch and not be a Wicca and viceversa. Paganism is used to describe any religions outside of Christianity, Judaism, or Judeo-Christian. Wicca is a form of Paganism, meaning it is a religion that falls under it.
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05-04-2015, 01:48 AM
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RE: What's the difference between Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft?
what is the same in each religion is what is important- that is the aspirations of the members, but that is sometimes ripped off and abused by the hierarchy of each religion
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03-16-2017, 03:15 PM
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RE: What's the difference between Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft?
(07-05-2014 06:27 PM)SpiritWalker Wrote:  I've been doimg a little reading and found the religion/s of Wicca, Paganism & Witchcraft. I know there are 'sub religions' I guess you would call them, and was just wondering if anyone could explain the difference to each catagory? I'm quite intrigued by them and am considering becoming one of them...I just need to wrap my head around the concept and figure out which would be best for me.

Thankyou! Smile

:ooh:Having just read a very good book on witchcraft, it is clear that the fertility religion which began many thousands of years ago is the root of all three. Even the teachings etc of Jesus follow the fertility religion rules , which is why many witches consider Jesus as a fellow member. The church of rome in its pursuit of power and wealth tried to destroy the fertility religion by labeling their main God, known as the horned one or the horny one, Satan and the Devil, In reality it can be said that the horny one got a very bad press from the church of rome and good and evil is really a matter of the individual getting what they want or getting something they do not want, resulting in either pleasure or suffering.
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03-16-2017, 07:14 PM
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RE: What's the difference between Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft?
(03-16-2017 03:15 PM)westonreg Wrote:  :ooh:Having just read a very good book on witchcraft, it is clear that the fertility religion which began many thousands of years ago is the root of all three. Even the teachings etc of Jesus follow the fertility religion rules , which is why many witches consider Jesus as a fellow member. The church of rome in its pursuit of power and wealth tried to destroy the fertility religion by labeling their main God, known as the horned one or the horny one, Satan and the Devil, In reality it can be said that the horny one got a very bad press from the church of rome and good and evil is really a matter of the individual getting what they want or getting something they do not want, resulting in either pleasure or suffering.

Without going back and researching this is what I remember just off the top of my head.

You're placing a good deal of the exclusion of the being you refer to as the horned one as the result of the Catholic religion or, as you say, the Church in Rome. Earlier Jewish tradition from at least the post-Exile period or possibly as early as the pre-Kingdom period in Israel excludes all deities except the Judeo-Christian creator depicted in the Bible. It's true that the Catholic church, even while still evolving and as long ago as the Holy Roman Empire actively punished those considered heretics, but they were mostly following the examples of "Old Testament" scripture, that is to say, Christian translations of Hebrew Levitical text.

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03-17-2017, 11:31 AM
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RE: What's the difference between Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft?
Paganism, or the original religions are symbolically much more complex than just fertility and the horned one, those are just two, in Tarot the Horned one would be the 15th arcan, and fertility might be maybe "The Sun" (the 18th) or something. Once the multiplicity is displayed from the Unity, thousands of different deities and very intrincated structures of beliefs and magical methodologies for every possible purpose appear. The interesting thing is that all of those structures share basically the same numerollogic basis all around the world, even in places that weren't suppose to have had any contact.
A shaman master told me that this is because the seers and studious all around the world have observed the same "mathemattic rules". The ancient hebrew sorcerers (the Kabbalists) explained very clearly many of those rules in books like Sepher Yetzirah, Talmud, Zohar, and Tania, they even explained the nature of God and each one of the 10 Archangels mathematically as if they were numbers. Wise men all around the world spoken about God refering to "An Infinite" which managed to manifest itself into a finite reality of multiplicity through a dynamic rule of numbers and symbols, so, if you follow the rules when you do your magic, it will expand properly and succeed.

But complex occultism and a serious study of religion and symbolism would never work as an actual massive religion, it was always for just a few, It's something that can become very barbaric in ignorant and supersticious people, that's why Moses had to replace those rules by others and focus those people into a more practical monotheism, that was the only way to give them some morality.
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03-17-2017, 01:38 PM
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RE: What's the difference between Paganism, Wicca & Witchcraft?
(03-17-2017 11:31 AM)nawal Wrote:  >snip< .... that's why Moses had to replace those rules by others and focus those people into a more practical monotheism, that was the only way to give them some morality.

Or Mohammed, either, for that matter.

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Cynic: You only have a black cat to gain power and prestige.

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