Religious Glossary - common terms used related to Religion
Wicca - A neo-pagan reconstruction of witchcraft.
Most Wiccans call themselves witches, but not all witches
are necessarily Wiccan. (SpiritOnline).
Wicca is a modern Western interpretation of witchcraft, and
a Wiccan is one who practices Wicca. Wiccans often call themselves
witches. Wicca is one belief system within what is called
Neo-Paganism. Wicca is generally described as a Nature Religion.
Witchcraft belief. (TheGreenFuse)
The terms "Wicca" and "Wiccan" came into common usage in
the late 1940's, after Gerald Gardner wrote a series of books
on Wicca. Perhaps because of its concern for the environment,
its close ties with nature, and its emphasis on sexual equality,
Wicca experienced a rapid increase in popularity which continues
today. Barnes and Noble estimates a US "Pagan Buying Audience"
of 10 million; Other recent estimates of the number of US
Wiccans are of the order of 1 to 3 million.(Religious
Wicca represents an ancient religion of love for life and
nature. Wicca is easily one of the most irrepressible religions
in the world because it stimulates the intellect, promotes
a simple, practical way of life and, most importantly, is
emotionally satisfying. Brought into the public eye in the
1950's by Gerald Gardner after the repeal of British anti-witchcraft
laws, Wicca is now a strong, healthy and popular religion
Wicca is a nature-oriented (not nature-worshipping), initiatory,
pagan mystery religion based on the traditions and beliefs
of tribal Europe, with significant influence from Western
magical traditions and a ritual structure based on the writings
and practices of Gerald Gardner and the covens of the New