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    Traditions Of Magick and Wicca

    Post  Soaring Bird on Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:00 am

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    Wicca:Traditions of Magic and Wicca

    Alexandrian: Originated in England in the 1960's,

    founded by Alex Sanders. The rituals are said to be of

    Gardnerian basis. Alex Sanders refered to himself as the

    "King" of his Wiccans. Although similiar to Gardnerian

    Wicca, Alexandrian Wicca tends to be more eclectic and

    liberal. Some of Gardnerian's strict rules, such as the

    requirement of ritual nudity, have been made optional by

    Alexandrian Wicca.

    British Traditional Witch: This is a mix of Celtic and

    Gardenarian beliefs. These traditionals move mostly

    within the Farrar studies and are fairly structured by

    their beliefs. They train through a degree structured

    process. The International Red Garters is the most

    famous organization at this time. Often includes druids.

    Celtic: The Celtic tradition is based on the practices of

    the pre-Christian Celtic world. This includes Ireland,

    Wales, Scotland, and Gaul. There is also a significant

    amount of Druid practice used in this tradition. It shares

    a lot with the Teutonic tradition, including the use of

    runes. This traditional is extremely earth based and

    strong in the religious aspects of the Craft. Many

    aspects of Christianity were drawn from the Celtic

    pagans, such as Cerridwyn's cauldron translating into the

    Holy Grail, and the goddess Brigit becoming Saint Bride.

    Ceremonial: Less religion, more emphasis on the art and

    science of magick. Rituals are generally complex and

    practices lean towards the secretic, hidden side of

    magick. Not geared towards the solitary practitioner, but

    can easily be adapted for those who choose to work

    alone. Not necessarily a wiccan-only tradition, though

    there are many ceremonial witches.

    Dianic: Tradition from western Europe, tracked back to

    Margaret Murray in 1921. This tradition has been pegged

    as the "feminist" movement of the Craft. It is a mix of

    many traditions, but its focus is on the goddess,

    especially Diana. (Diana is a reference often crossed

    during study of Greek/Roman mythology.)

    Eclectic: An electic Wiccan doesn't follow any strict

    traditional guidelines, but instead, practices the beliefs

    that suit them best. They mix traditions to find their

    most fitting stance on their religion, using the magick

    that is most practical for their lifestyle and studying the

    parts of the religion they consider to be essential. This is

    mostly of modern origin, previously most Wiccan

    traditions had more restricting boundaries; the eclectic

    tradition marks witchcraft's expansion into a patchwork

    quilt of various beliefs and theories.

    Faerie Wicca: Also referred to as fae, fey, faery, fairy,

    fairie... tradition based on faery lore and beliefs.

    Consists of a mixture of "green" Wicca, celtic and druidic

    practices, and modern witchcraft.

    Gardnerian: Gardnerian is the tradition founded by

    Gerald Gardner. He was one of the first to go public with

    information about the Craft, modern Wicca has mostly

    been derived from his books. Gardner's inspiration was

    drawn from many sources, including 'Aradia, Gospel of

    the Witches', where strands of the Gardnerian tradition

    such as required ritual nudity can be found. This is an

    extremely traditional path with a hierarchical grade

    structure. These individuals are very secretive and take

    oaths upon initiation. Although there are a number of

    Gardnerian Covens active in the US, they are difficult to

    locate and once located are not easy to join. This

    tradition does not lend itself well to solitary practice,

    but some aspects of it do. It therefore deserves study

    by solitary practitioners, especially eclectics.

    Hereditary: This is a person that can trace the Craft

    back on their family tree and was also taught the craft

    by a living relative. ("My mother's grandmother's sister's

    cousin was a Wiccan" doesn't count.) Because of the

    youth of modern Wicca, this really only applies to

    practitioners of witchcraft and not necessarily Wicca.

    Kitchen Witch: This type is one that practices by home

    and hearth concentrating on the practical side of religion,

    magick and the earth and elements. A more convenient

    form of practice for those who have limited space and

    resource, mainly suburban and city witches. This focuses

    on practicality, the use of magick in the home and in the

    workplace, and convenient ritual writing that includes

    readily available "ingredients" on short time and a tight


    Pictish: Pictish is Scottish witchcraft with a strong

    connection to nature in all of its forms. The practice is

    actually mostly magickal with little emphasis on the

    religious aspect. This is practiced as a solitary tradition.

    Pow-wow: This is a system, not a religion, based on 400

    year old German Magick. In this day and time it has lost

    much of its concentrations and is basically now into

    simple faith healing.

    Seax-Wica: (Or Saxon-Wica) Founded in 1973, by

    Raymond Buckland. Raymond Buckland authored this

    tradition without breaking his original Gardnerian oath.

    His contributions to the Craft is of great significance

    and many popular books today are of his authorship.

    Shamanism: Beliefs are connected to contact with the

    spirit world. Through communication with the spirits, the

    Shaman can work acts of healing, divination and magic -

    revealing by way of vision, poetry and myth the deeper

    reaches of the human spirit.

    Solitary: Individuals prefering to work in private rather

    than within the confines of a group setting. Wicca works

    well with this sort of practice. Solitaries can pick any

    number of traditions that fit well into this sort of

    practice. Can be as fulfilling as working in a group setting.

    Strega: This tradition began around 1353 in Italy, with a

    woman called Aradia. Leland's book "Aradia, Gospel of

    the Witches" is the most veritable literary remainder of

    the original tradition. The teachings are insightful and

    should not be missed, for those who practice solitary or

    in covens, especially if you are interested in studying all


    Teutonic/Nordic: This is from ancient time, the Teutons

    have been recognized as a group who speak the Germanic

    group of languages. The languages include the English,

    Dutch, Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish. Norse

    practitioners are often Astruar that is, followers of

    Asatru. Many worship similar to their Norse

    predecessors, following Scandinavian and Germanic

    deities such as Odin and using divination methods like the


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