Have you ever heard of Wicca? If so, its quite probable that, unless you’ve practiced it, you don’t know very much about it. This is because there is such a wide array of belief systems associated with Wicca, and other “Modern Pagan Faiths”, that its nearly impossible to pin down exactly what followers of Wicca believe.
However, if you do observe all of the branches of Wicca, you do find many common strains! One of the biggest ones being the intimate connection with nature, and other human beings, on a deeply spiritual level.
To this group, the diverse practices are considered as denominations, and further, not all members of these faiths or beliefs even self-identify themselves as Pagans, Wiccans, or what have you, for the very word Pagan was a title given to them by Catholics in the 3rd century AD, when the Roman state declared them heretics and killed anyone who did not convert to christianity. The word Pagan literally translates to country dweller, and was named as such purposefully as an insult.
The best known and largest strand of Neopaganism today is called Wicca, which stresses the notion of a Goddess of fertility and rebirth, and her male consort, the Horned God of the forest, Yin and Yang of the same unifying spirit. Wicca is a Polytheistic Monotheism, and generally regards the supreme God as the All or the One, which little is known about, and which has many aspects making up the grand unifying whole.
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