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Beginning Wicca

To: alt.magick.tyagi,talk.religion.misc,alt.pagan,alt.witchcraft,alt.traditional.witchcraft,alt.religion.wicca
From: lorax666 
Subject: Beginning Wicca
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2004 00:11:40 GMT

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#> I am interested in WICCA and would like to learn more about it. 
#> What would you recommend I do. 

find some Wiccans near to you and learn from them. the reason that I
say this is that most of the Wiccans I've studied with claimed that
what was contained in books was rudimentary at best, very skewed and
nontraditional, even dangerous at worst. if you want hints on how to
go about these societal connections, ask here and cc me. :>

#> I have some WICCA e-books but as of yet haven't started reading 
#> them. 

remember that books are only a reflection, not the actuality.
the Book of Shadows does not remain internally-consistent.

#> I do not know if this will make a difference in the 
#> answers I receive but I am male.

consider that attitudes about sex and gender may intrude upon your
education where Wicca is concerned. you may find a greater propensity
for women being dominating and this may be a kind of inversion of
a role within other religious backgrounds (men dominating in some
Judeochristian trads). there is a focus on sex and 'the Great Rite'
within many Wiccan trads that may be important to you. sexuality
and body-image-acceptance might be easier for find for men who 
are submissive to women, good co-workers, interested in religion
that affords a primary role (sometimes just a coordinated one)
for women in ecclesiastic ceremonies. watch for the characteristics
portrayed of "The Horned God" and see if (and/or how) this relates
to you and your involvement.

Raist :
# ...No one here is going to spoon feed you.

not true. more spoon-feeding can be had from alt.wicca.moderated,
as well as here to targetted helpful individuals like me. ;>

# Not being rude....

yes you are.

# Also be aware that most who frequent this newsgroup 
# are not Wiccan, per se. 

the standards for identifying this are not entirely agreed.

# Also know that many here have a more in depth knowledge 
# of Wicca than most who call themselves such. 

how do you recommend discerning betwixt the non-Wiccans
without knowledge putting us on and those with knowledge
who might be helpful if someone submits and reads?

# Sad, huh?

lapsed religious often think themselves superior in insight
and are more willing to give 'advice' about what they are
not involved with any longer.

# Did you happen to watch "The Craft" last night? Just wondering.

I own the film. it is a lovely Neopagan horror flick.

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