Explanation of My Terminology

Hi all!

The content of this blog is intended for people in a wide variety of Earth-based religious and spiritual paths.  Every once in a while, I get an email from someone asking for clarity of terms or correcting me to adhere more to their understanding.  So in an effort to make my content more accessible, here’s what I mean:

  • Pagan: A short-hand of the term Neo-Paganism.  This is the parent term for a wide variety of Earth-based paths.  While many traditions go back or borrow from religions thousands of years old, the beginning of the Pagan movement came in 1951 with the repeal of the Witchcraft Acts in the UK and is still a vibrant religious movement with about a million adherents in the United States.  This isn’t a cohesive faith, branching out from everything from Wicca to Reconstructionalism.
  • Wicca: The most popular Pagan faith begun by Gerald Gardner in the 1950’s.  The hallmarks of this tradition include reverence of the Lord and Lady and tool-based ritual.
  • Witch: A magical practitioner.  This person can belong to a Pagan faith, but also can come from any and all religious tradition.  Activities of a witch can include herbal work and divination.

© Ariadne Woods


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