Traditions of Wicca

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Traditions of Wicca

Post  Tombe on Tue Aug 18, 2009 4:48 am

Ok, here are some traditions of Wicca - I'll be adding a few more each day. These are from various sources that I combined - and there might be some disagreement between these sources!

Alexandrian Wicca

This Wicca tradition was founded by Alex Sanders(with his then wife Maxine )who was actually trained in the Gardnerian Wicca traditions.He claimed to have been initiated by his grandmother in 1933. His different interpretations of these teachings led to a separate tradition. Alexandrian Wicca is similar in beliefs and rituals to Gardnerian traditional covens but they do not hide their activities and diverse Ceremonial Magick is practiced.
One of the differences between Gardnerian and Alexandrian: Alexandrians use the athame as a symbol for the element of fire and the wand as a symbol for air.
Most of the rituals are very formal and heavily indebted to ceremonial magick.
It is also a polarized tradition and the sexuality of that female/male polarity is emphasized.
The ritual cycle deals mostly with the division of the year between the Holly King and the Oak King and several ritual dramas deal with the dying/resurrected God theme.
As with Gardnerians, the High Priestess is supposedly the highest authority. However, it is odd that the primary spokespersons for both traditions have been men.
Contrary to popular belief, the name Alexandrian refers not to Alex Sanders, but to Ancient Alexandria.
To read: books by Janet and Stewart Fararr

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Post  Tombe on Tue Aug 18, 2009 4:48 am

Reclaiming
Reclaiming Wicca traditions were founded by the author, Starhawk in 1980. In this Wicca tradition there is a strong political and social element. Covens within Reclaiming Wicca do not follow a strict hierarchy. Instead the inner spiritual journey and personal power are more important. ďWitch CampsĒ are intensive retreats for study and ritual, held yearly.

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Post  Tombe on Tue Aug 18, 2009 4:49 am

Dianic Wicca
The Dianic Craft includes two distinct branches:
1. One branch, founded in Texas by Morgan McFarland and Mark Roberts, gives primacy to the Goddess in its theology, but honors the Horned God as Her Beloved Consort. Covens are mixed, including both womyn and men. This branch is sometimes called 'Old Dianic', and there are still covens of this tradition, especially in Texas. Other covens, similar in thealogy but not directly descended from the McFarland/ Roberts line, are sprinkled around America.
2. The other branch, sometimes called Feminist Dianic Witchcraft, focus exclusively on the Goddess and consists of womyn-only covens and groups. These tend to be loosely structured and non-hierarchical, using consensus- decision- making and simple, creative, experimental ritual, with no formal initiation.They are politically feminist groups, usually very supportive, personal and emotionally intimate. There is a strong lesbian presence in the movement, though most covens are open to womyn of all orientations. The major network is Re-Formed Congregation of the Goddess, which publishes "Of a Like Mind" newspaper and sponsors conferences on Dianic Craft.
***note ďwomynĒ as in the spelling of women by feminists

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Post  ankh_f_n_khonsu on Tue Aug 18, 2009 8:34 am

Excellent idea for a thread! Very Happy
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Post  SoyCello on Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:31 am

enjoying the read, thanks!
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