Like many other religions, Wicca has a variety of denominations, called traditions. I will cover the main ones here.
Gardnerian – Gardnerian Wicca was founded by Gerad Gardner in England during the 1950s. It is considered one of the oldest forms of Wicca and the beginning of the Wicca Movement. Garner complied the first Book of Shadows, used blindfolding, Tarot cards, wands, chalices, pentacles, and ritual nudity.
Alexandrian – Alexandrian Wicca started in England by Alex and Maxine Sanders as a variation of Gardnerian in the 1960s. Alex is known as “The King of the Witches.” Alexandrian focuses on ceremonial magic during the Sabbats.
Celtic – The Celtic path encompasses Druidism, Celtic Shamanism, Celtic Wicca, the Grail Religion, and Celtic Christianity. These traditions are derived from ancient Celtic Polytheism in 500 B.C. They focus on nature, healing, herbalism, and land spirits.
Dianic – Dianic excludes males and male gods and is known as the Feminist Wicca. They are often involved in politics, and were associated with the feminist movement of the 1960s.
Eclectic – Eclectic means to select from a variety of sources. Thus, Eclectic Wicca is the practice of adopting any Wiccan traditions for an individual. They also can adopt gods from other religions; including Jesus.The Bible
What does the Bible say about Wiccan practices? Here are a few verses:
Leviticus 19:31 – Ye do not turn unto those having familiar spirits; and unto wizards ye do not seek, for uncleanness by them; I [am] Jehovah your God. (YLT)
Deuteronomy 18:10-14 – there is not found in thee one causing his son and his daughter to pass over into fire, a user of divinations, an observer of clouds, and an enchanter, and a sorcerer, and a charmer, and one asking at a familiar spirit, and a wizard, and one seeking unto the dead. For the abomination of Jehovah [is] every one doing these, and because of these abominations is Jehovah thy God dispossessing them from thy presence. Perfect thou art with Jehovah thy God, for these nations whom thou art possessing, unto observers of clouds, and unto diviners, do hearken; and thou – not so hath Jehovah thy God suffered thee. (YLT)
2 Kings 21:6 – and he hath caused his son to pass through fire, and observed clouds, and used enchantment, and dealt with a familiar spirit and wizards; he hath multiplied to do the evil thing in the eyes of Jehovah – to provoke to anger. (YLT)Conclusion
Wicca is a very diverse religion with many different traditions. If you come across someone who believes in Wicca, it is important to respect them, because they may have good ethics, but are simply misinformed. Asking questions about their beliefs and listening is one of the best ways to approach them. Eventually, you will find inconsistencies in which you can insert Christian views to fill their gaps. Christianity is the only consistent religion because it is the only true one.
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