Wiccan Rituals

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Wiccan Rituals:

Wiccan Rituals Margery A Fitzsimmons ANT 102-66

Wicca is::

Wicca is: A religion based on experience of Deity as male or female Seeing all things as part of God/Goddess Earth herself as a living organism Seeing God/Goddess present here and now A positive philosophy: The only law is “An it harm none, do as ye will.” ( Dewr , 1998)

Wicca is the largest religion within Neopaganism.:

Wicca is the largest religion within Neopaganism . Other Neopagan groups include individuals and groups who are reconstructing Druidic, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Sumerian, ancient mystery religions and other ancient spiritual traditions (Robinson, 2012).

Some Facts About Wiccans:

Some Facts About Wiccans M any Wiccans tend to keep their religion secret; they fear physical and economic attack. A recent survey of 3,798 Wiccans showed that: 17% are totally "in the closet." 33% allow only their closest friends and/or family know that they are Wiccan. 30% are somewhat "out of the closet." 20% only are totally "public" with their religion. (Robinson, 2012)

An Interesting Quote:

An Interesting Quote "When one defines oneself as Pagan, it means she or he follows an earth or nature religion, one that sees the divine manifest in all creation. The cycles of nature are our holy days, the earth is our temple, its plants and creatures our partners and teachers. We worship a deity that is both male and female, a mother Goddess and father God, who together created all that is, was, or will be. We respect life, cherish the free will of sentient beings, and accept the sacredness of all creation." Edain McCoy (Robinson, 2012).


Rituals Rituals, 2009 Are formal Performed in a sacred context Convey information about culture Inherently social Play important role in creating and maintaining group solidarity (Coe, 2013)


Rituals Dedication, when a person confirms an interest in the craft. Initiation, when a person symbolically dies and is reborn as a Wiccan; a new name is adopted. Handfasting was originally a marriage for a one year period. Most Wiccans now regard it as creating a permanent partnership. Parting of the Ways, which recognizes the end of a marriage. Wiccaning , which welcomes a baby into the craft, but does not obligate the child in any way. Funeral Ceremony, a requiem for a Wiccan who has died . (Robinson, 2012)


Triquetra (Charmed Symbol 2, n.d .) In my opinion this image symbolizes life, death, and rebirth.

Wiccan Tools:

Wiccan Tools Athame (double sided, ritual knife; often black handled) used for many purposes, but never for cutting. It is either created by its owner, or is a re-worked purchased knife. A sword is sometimes substituted for the athame . An altar, which may be of any shape or material. It may contain: A bowl of salt representing the element earth. Incense representing the element air. Two candles representing the Goddess and God. A bowl of water representing the element water. A bell which is rung to delineate sections of the rite. (Robinson, 2012)

Wiccan Tool (cont.):

Wiccan Tool (cont.) A pentacle (a 5 pointed star engraved on a disk). A chalice or goblet and perhaps a libation bowl to hold a drink. They may also hold water, which is used in many rituals. A cauldron, for mixing herbs and essences. A wand or sword to cast the circle. A circle, typically 9 feet in diameter, formed from a rope or row of small rocks, a marking on the ground or floor, etc. Four candles just outside the circle, at the four cardinal directions. (Robinson, 2012)

Minor Sabbats:

Minor Sabbats The two equinoxes of March 21 and September 21st when the daytime and nighttime are each 12 hours long Two solstices of December 21 , (the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere) and June 21 (the shortest night of the year) (Robinson, 2012)

Major Wiccan Sabbats: :

Major Wiccan Sabbats : Different Wiccan traditions assign various names and dates to these festivals. Perhaps the most common names are Celtic: Samhain (Oct. 31), Imbolc (Feb. 2), Beltane (Apr. 30), and Lammas (Aug. 1). (Robinson, 2012)

Beltane Festival:

Beltane Festival Beltane May 1 st (starts sundown April 30 th ). Beltane literally means, "shining fire“. One of the only holidays that is usually celebrated in the light of day (Beltane, 2013). Beltane, 2013

Essence of Beltane:

Essence of Beltane Fertility is a central theme of Beltane ( Beltaine Traditions). Fertility of all areas of life are invoked during this holiday as well as sexual fertility ( Beltaine Traditions). The tradition of dancing round the maypole contains sexual imagery and is still very popular with modern Pagans. (Beltane, 2013).

An Example of a Book Of Shadows::

An Example of a Book Of Shadows: ( Gazzard,nd ) A Book of Shadows is a compilation of rituals, ceremonies, and spells used by the individual or coven

References :

References BeltaineTraditions . ( n.d .). Retrieved from http://www.tryskelion.com/tryskelion/beltrad.htm Beltane .(2013) . Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/paganism/holydays/beltane_1.shtml / Charmed Symbol 2. ( n.d .). Retrieved from www.Flickr.com Coe, J. (2013). Into to Cultural Anthropology-Religion and Spirituality . Class notes. Dewr , Cecylyna . (1998). What is Wicca. Retrieved from www.paganpride.org/resources/whatiswicca.html Gazzard , Sky. Compiling your Book of Shadows , ( n.d .). Retrieved from www.mookychick.co.uk/images/book-of-shadows-1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.mookychick.co.uk/pagan-wicca-witch/book-of-shadows.php&h=425&w=335&sz=31&tbnid=6ANcdYIPij29RM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=71&zoom=1&usg=__vc4mZFIDsZaIgaXa0X6mrB9WjSE=&docid=LWGQM299_DAvHM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LkRXUdj9Mdi04APL2IGoDg&sqi=2&ved=0CHQQ9QEwBg&dur=373 Rituals. (2009). Retrieved from http://www.ladyoftheearth.com/rituals/rituals.html Robinson, Bruce A. (2012). Religious Tolerance. Org. Retrieved from http://www.religioustolerance.org . wicprac.html Vogel, Norm. Witchcraft: The facts . (2012). Retrieved from http://www.nvogel.com/fact.html

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