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Arrow in Flight

One of the things I like about Occultism is that it comes in many flavors.  Some people like to specialize, but I tend to prefer sampling lots of different things.  I love a buffet…

If I can sample from among a bunch of different options (instead of just having a big plate full of only one dish), I'm usually pretty happy! If I can sample from among a bunch of different options (instead of just having a big plate full of only one dish), I’m usually pretty happy!

Occultism offers just that kind of buffet, too: if I’m permitted to lump fields under the “Occult” umbrella fairly freely, then we’re talking about disciplines such as Tarot, Astrology, Runes, the I Ching, the Kabbalah’s Tree of Life, Crystal studies, Chakra studies, Color theory, the Ouija Board, and a whole gigantic slew of other forms of Divination and other sets of symbols.  These are all like different lenses through which one can choose to view Reality, and each has its own specific details, and its own pros and cons…

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What is the Difference Between Wicca and Traditional Witchcraft?

Traditional Witchcraft and Occultism

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This subject confuses many people, including some Wiccans.  Wicca is a religion whose adherents are alternatively called Wiccans and witches.  By contrast, traditional witchcraft is not a religion, but a universal magical practice that transcends any religious belief or lack thereof.

While Wiccans generally acknowledge and revere a pantheon of gods and goddesses, traditional witches may belong to any religion or none, they may believe in a God or gods or they may be atheists.

Where Does the Term “Wicca” Come From?

Wicca is an Old Anglo-Saxon term for “witch” and refers to either a man or a woman. The usage of this word was revived in the 1950s by an Englishman named Gerald Gardner who is credited with founding modern Wicca. This branch of Wicca is commonly referred to…

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