Neo-Paganism: Modern Witches
The growing practice of Neo-Paganism in America has caused many to turn their heads. The misinterpretation of the religion has caused much of society to label the people who practice this religion as “witches”, who perform sacrifices, engage in orgies and dark magic. It’s taken years for Neo-Pagans to clear up these ridiculous rumors. Neopagans do not worship Satan. They do not even acknowledge his existence. None of them is an all-evil deity even remotely like the Satan. It is still frowned upon in most countries, maybe because of its bohemianism to worshipping the Christian God. Through ethnography, researchers are able to show the rest of society that you do not have to hide your animals or the local virgins from this community of people.
Neo-Pagans are a group of faiths bringing ancient Pagan and magickal traditions to the modern age; including mostly Wicca, Druidism, Asatru, Shamanism, neo-Native American, and many more. It is an umbrella term for various beliefs with many elements in common. Some Neo-Pagans find no conflict practicing Neo-Paganism along with another faith, such as Christianity or Judaism.
Some believe in a Supreme Being. Many believe in duality; God and Goddess. Many believe there are countless higher beings, gods and goddesses, in the cosmos and within nature; God is all and within all; all are one God. The Great Mother Earth, is highly worshipped. Divinity is immanent and may become manifest within anyone at any time through several methods. "Evil" is imbalance. Most believe there is no evil but rather that people sometimes make mistakes. Wrongdoing results when we forget we are one with the universal spirit. Most simply believe it is necessary to love and respect nature, and to accept that we are part of nature on not “Her” rulers.
Some of the symbols that are used in Neo-Paganism rituals and everyday life are tarot cards, astrology, numerology, various forms of meditations, ritual circles for worship and celebration, runes, crystals and stones, and they believe that if you talk to water nicely it will talk back nicely. This is called Water Woo’ing. Most of everything that they use for ceremony comes from the earth.
In the book, Witching Culture, Sabina Magliocco takes the reader into the lives of practicing Neo-Pagans throughout America. Her focus is on revealing the beliefs of the cults in the 21 century. in her book Witching Culture, takes her readers into the culture of the Neo-Pagan cults in America and focus upon what it...