Arachnae's Metaphysics

Wicca and Neo-Paganism

Wicca and other neo-pagan religions are the fastest growing religious group in America today. This alarms many Christians and followers of other more 'mainstream' religions, who often confuse Wicca with 'devil worship'. Of course, to many of these religionists, any non-Christian god is a 'false god' anyway, so perhaps it is fruitless to attempt to draw distinctions.

In fact, Wiccans will tell you they don't believe in a 'devil', which they see as a purely Christian construct. The Wiccan religion is a nature religion, and worships both a god and a goddess. Traditions vary on whether or not they feel these are two different deities or simply different aspects of the ultimately unknowable Creative Force of the Universe.

Wiccans and most pagan religions celebrate the turn of the seasons and many of the holidays are based around the planting, growing and harvesting times. While it may seem irrelevant to more urban lives, we are still required to eat, so a religion that respects the forces that bring us food will always have a place.

Some neo-pagans have adopted ancient pantheons, such as the Greek, Roman or Norse gods, with their own particular aspects.

In this section will be posted articles on both Wicca and non-Wiccan pagan faiths.
FEATURED ARTICLE:  Scott Cunningham
Scott Cunningham (1956-1993) wasn't with us very long, but he managed to leave behind a large number of books; over fifty volumes, both fiction and non-fiction. His Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practioner helped demystify Wicca, previously a secretive religion, as a gentle, Earth-honoring tradition and has sold hundreds of thousands of copies - it has been in print continuously since its publication in 1988 and is one of the first books I recommend to people interested in learning more about Wicca and neo-paganism generally. I also recommend it to parents concerned that their children are joining a 'cult' if they express an interest in Wicca.  (more)