Wicca

Has anyone else noticed the Hipster fascination with Wicca? I find it kind of obnoxious personally. My family is pagan, but I would consider myself Wiccan first and foremost although concerning the traditional holidays we follow the same calender.

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So this triangle…why do hipsters love triangles? Do they not know what it symbolizes? Because honestly it’s not that exciting! When inverted it represents a chalice, when upright it can represent fire or initiation of spell work. I think what is offending about seeing wiccan symbols on clothing is that it is being connected to the occult. We do not have any connection or recognition for the devil! That is a judeo christian concept that came about way after paganism. The reason for this confusion is some wiccans worship “the horned god” and we use pentagrams, which when inverted are a symbol of the occult. Also, if you have read Faust by Johann von Wolfgang Goethe, which you really ought to do if you haven’t, Faust uses the inverted pentagram to call up the devil to make a deal with him, this is a old Germanic idea of ein geprellter Teufel (to trick the the devil).

I have friends who are sporting this witchy style, but they do not understand anything about wicca. They only wear it for shock value and edge, which is such a hipster thing to do.

For those genuinely interested in wicca I would invite you to read Janet and Stewart Farrar’s A Witche’s Bible.

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This book is by August Wünsche about making a deal with the devil. This does come from folklore, the devil can be seen as a hunter, a squirrel, a fox. He can take the shape of anything, in this way he can speak with humans and offer them his help depending on what they give him in return. Die Schwarze Spinne by Jeremias Gotthelf is a Swiss novella about a small village. The farmers make a deal with the devil, who desires an unbaptized kid as a loan, when they fail to give it to him he grows a black spider on the protagonists cheek. When Kristina (the main character) fails for the second time to give him the baby he pops the blister on her cheek and thousands of spiders come out wreaking havoc upon the village.

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Some lines from Goethe’s Faust. This version of making a deal with the devil is less folkloric than Gotthelf’s story.

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Witchcraft_TodayAlso a good read, Gerald Gardner was the founder of Wicca, or the revivalism of neo paganism. He was a Brit, you probably can find wiccan shops in England they seem to be interested in paganism. There is a group that practices old rituals at Stone Hedge. In Iceland they have a pagan group called Ásatrúarfélagið, which practices Norse/Viking paganism.

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If you decide to really become wiccan, and this is a religion not just a fad, then you will need an altar. You can make your own if you’re crafty, or order one. This would be a traditional Gardarian altar the one below is Norse alter with Thor’s hammer and the futhark.

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Some images of Ásatrúarfélagið!

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Once again there are so many different forms of paganism, one of those being wicca. Norse, Celtic, Germanic, Slavic, Sami, Inuit, Finnish, Greco-Roman, and Egyptian mythologies have all influenced the way Christians celebrate their religion, and they have a lot in common with one another. For example all of these pagan groups practiced shamanism, and spell work. Probably the most impressive comes from the Germanic tribes (Goths, Visigoths, Attilans) all we have left from them are the Merseburger Zaubersprüche, but the deities they mention are Thor and Freya, so you see there are a lot of similarities between these groups:

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First incanctation:

Eiris sazun idisi sazunheraduoder suma
hapt heptidun sumaherilezidun sumaclu
bodun umbicuonio uuidi insprinc hapt
bandun inuar uigandun·
Phol endeuuodan uuorun ziholza du uuart
demobaldares uolon sinuuoz birenkict
thubiguolen sinhtgunt · sunnaerasuister
thubiguolen friia uolla erasuister thu
biguolen uuodan sohe uuolaconda
sosebenrenki sose bluotrenki soselidi
renki ben zibenabluot zibluoda
lid zigeliden sosegelimida sin.
Hochdeutsche Übersetzung:
Einst saßen Idise, setzten sich hierher und dorthin.
Einige hefteten Fesseln, einige reizten die Heere auf.
Einige klaubten herum an den Volkesfesseln
Entspringe den Haftbanden, entkomme den Feinden.
Second incantation:
Phôl ende Wuodan fuorun zi holza. 
dû wart demo balderes folon sîn fuoz birenkit.
thû biguol en Sinthgunt, Sunna era swister;
thû biguol en Frîja, Folla era swister;
thû biguol en Wuodan, sô hê wola conda:
sôse bênrenki, sôse bluotrenki,
sôse lidirenki:
bên zi bêna, bluot zi bluoda,
lid zi geliden, sôse gelîmida sîn.
Ich habe leider nur die deutsche Übersetzung und zwar
Phol und Wodan begaben sich in den Wald
Da wurde dem Fohlen des Herrn/Balders sein Fuß verrenkt
Da besprach ihn Sinthgunt, die Schwester der Sunna
Da besprach ihn Frija, die Schwester der Volla.
Da besprach ihn Wodan, wie er es wohl konnte.
So Beinrenkung, so Blutrenkung,
so Gliedrenkung:
Bein zu Bein, Blut zu Blut,
Glied zu Glied, wie wenn sie geleimt wären

Wie ich schon erwähnt habe, ist Siegfried, der in dem Drachenblut badet, die nordische Version von Achilles und seine Geschichte wurde von einem Germanischen Minnlyriker geschrieben. Das Problem mit den alten Texten ist, daß die meisten Erzählungen mündlich überliefert wurden.

One thought on “Wicca

  1. Merry Meet! This was a wonderful post, as I agree with much of what you said, especially how offensive it is when others assume that wicca has connection to the devil, despite the fact that it is a nature based religion. Glad to see someone sharing similar beliefs.

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