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Paganism and Wicca?
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Why is this thread called Paganism and Wicca?

As far as I understand it Wicca is part of the Neo-Pagan religious family which is part of the Pagan religious family.
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I suppose I am the only one who has any form of mild interest in this subject.
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As a former practitioner of Wicca; I learned first hand it was pure fantasy bull and grew up.
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Wicca is a religion that was started in the mid 1900's and was an attempt to revive the old ways of druidism. Pagan is a blanket term that has many meanings to it depending on the person you talk to. Some people consider anyone who believes in a "higher power" and "false gods" as pagans. It's much like when people use the term "hethen". There are pagans who do have faiths in other religions and they just merge the 2. And Paganism has many different forms with different names. It can get a bit dicey.
People who tend to get into Wicca do it because they are attracted to the "magical" side to it. They want to jump on the spells and rituals. Movies like The Craft really drove this trend back in the day. There are people who do practice it in a down to Earth manner, but that is rare. There is a lot of imagination and visualization involved. There was a pagan based forum I used to be on where there was a lot of talk about spells and the many gods and goddesses, then it became more about the paranormal and then everyone got bored of that and it became about who lived a more organic, natural life than the rest, while others made up games and talked about other things. Then the site went down for a few years and no one liked it anymore because of corruption and unfair rules.
Much of us don't get into talking about paganism because there are so many different beliefs among members here that a religious debate easily starts and it gets out of hand. I believe a thread was closed on TP not too long ago.
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(03-23-2016, 03:53 PM)Vultyrex Wrote: As a former practitioner of Wicca; I learned first hand it was pure fantasy bull and grew up.

I was not saying that it Wicca was true, I was just wondering about the title of this section.
(03-23-2016, 08:48 PM)angelaura Wrote: Wicca is a religion that was started in the mid 1900's and was an attempt to revive the old ways of druidism. Pagan is a blanket term that has many meanings to it depending on the person you talk to. Some people consider anyone who believes in a "higher power" and "false gods" as pagans. It's much like when people use the term "hethen". There are pagans who do have faiths in other religions and they just merge the 2. And Paganism has many different forms with different names. It can get a bit dicey.
People who tend to get into Wicca do it because they are attracted to the "magical" side to it. They want to jump on the spells and rituals. Movies like The Craft really drove this trend back in the day. There are people who do practice it in a down to Earth manner, but that is rare. There is a lot of imagination and visualization involved. There was a pagan based forum I used to be on where there was a lot of talk about spells and the many gods and goddesses, then it became more about the paranormal and then everyone got bored of that and it became about who lived a more organic, natural life than the rest, while others made up games and talked about other things. Then the site went down for a few years and no one liked it anymore because of corruption and unfair rules.
Much of us don't get into talking about paganism because there are so many different beliefs among members here that a religious debate easily starts and it gets out of hand. I believe a thread was closed on TP not too long ago.

Ignoring that your post is a dangerous mix of truths and falsehoods.

I would like to point out that it has nothing to do with the topic of this thread.
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Wow. Well then. Here's another example of someone who asks a question to start a conversation just to start an argument.

I know what you were asking. I'm only going to apologize that I didn't give you the answer you wanted.
I don't think my answer was "dangerous". This is exactly why I don't delve into that stuff anymore.
The hero is brave in deeds as well as words - Aesop

Please all, and you will please none - Aesop
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(03-24-2016, 01:06 AM)angelaura Wrote: Wow. Well then. Here's another example of someone who asks a question to start a conversation just to start an argument.

I know what you were asking. I'm only going to apologize that I didn't give you the answer you wanted.
I don't think my answer was "dangerous". This is exactly why I don't delve into that stuff anymore.

Argument? Its called a discussion.
Belief bias occurs when we make illogical conclusions in order to confirm our preexisting beliefs. Belief perseverance refers to our tendency to maintain a belief even after the evidence we used to form the belief is contradicted.
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(03-23-2016, 08:48 PM)angelaura Wrote: Wicca is a religion that was started in the mid 1900's and was an attempt to revive the old ways of druidism. Pagan is a blanket term that has many meanings to it depending on the person you talk to. Some people consider anyone who believes in a "higher power" and "false gods" as pagans. It's much like when people use the term "hethen". There are pagans who do have faiths in other religions and they just merge the 2. And Paganism has many different forms with different names. It can get a bit dicey.

People who tend to get into Wicca do it because they are attracted to the "magical" side to it. They want to jump on the spells and rituals. Movies like The Craft really drove this trend back in the day. There are people who do practice it in a down to Earth manner, but that is rare. There is a lot of imagination and visualization involved. There was a pagan based forum I used to be on where there was a lot of talk about spells and the many gods and goddesses, then it became more about the paranormal and then everyone got bored of that and it became about who lived a more organic, natural life than the rest, while others made up games and talked about other things. Then the site went down for a few years and no one liked it anymore because of corruption and unfair rules.

Much of us don't get into talking about paganism because there are so many different beliefs among members here that a religious debate easily starts and it gets out of hand. I believe a thread was closed on TP not too long ago.

Thanks for posting this, Angelaura. It was an interesting read!

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