Wicca: A New Way of Life?Throughout history, there have been many different religions, many different beliefs, and many different ways of life. With new technology and other various scientific discoveries, there is very little mystery left to humankind. We now know that we may have developed naturally from apes instead of mysteriously appearing on the Earth due to some supreme being. While many believe this, and this is the scientific lesson taught in public schools, many still hold the Christian belief that we were put here by a supreme being (God). Christianity is the ultimate religion which describes the origins of man-kind, rules for man to live by, and also a description of the eventual end of man-kind and the Earth as we know it. This has been the religion and belief system dominating many areas of the Earth, until now.
Now it seems there may be a time for change. Wicca and different forms of witchcraft are growing in popularity. Occult stores are popping up everywhere. People are turning to herbal remedies instead of medical help. What is Wicca, you may ask? Well, Wicca is an earth-based religion mostly in which a god and a goddess are both worshipped (a balance is called for). Research shows that Isis and Horus are the two worshipped most, both are of Egyptian mythology. The god Horus may sound familiar. He was known as "the horned one," and the image of the goat symbolized him. He was not considered evil until he was the unwilling pawn of an intolerant religion (Christianity).
Wicca is a tolerant religion in which you can do whatever you wish as long as you do not harm. Doing magic to harm someone else is not acceptable. As long as this one rule is followed, anyone is accepted in Wicca. If someone is harmed, Karma will do the punishing. Karma is believed to be a universal flow of energy that will bring back to you what you put into the universe. In other words, everything you do, will come back to you. In Wicca, it is believed that it comes back threefold (times three). So if you hurt someone, you will be hurt much worse. This is a belief to be followed. Harm none, and do what ye will.
In Wicca, there are many tools used, potions created, herbal remedies, and even a little mysticism. By using gods or goddesses from other, more ancient beliefs, it incorporates more ancient, earth-based beliefs into a chaotic material world. Herbal remedies do work when they are used properly, and if not it is possible that some could kill. Does a magic spell work? Just maybe, depending on how you interpret the events that follow.
So why is Wicca becoming so popular? In this chaos that we live in, when things go downhill, or when feeling lost, religion pulls us through. Why not Christianity? While Christianity is a wonderful religion to believe in, and helps people get through tough times, it does not offer hope. Christianity offers structure and rules, strict guidelines. It does not offer the magical feeling that seems to have gotten lost throughout the years. Wicca offers the hope that maybe if lives are turned around, and a true effort not to harm anyone or anything in the universe will bring back that basic good, then maybe this is a life worth living after all. Maybe if we can get back to protecting and nurturing the Earth and each other, the world will change. Whether it is magic or as if it is magic, it offers answers that are otherwise unavailable, and in doing this, Wicca offers hope.