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Wiccan Traditions

Posted by Vivianne Attor on 5/21/2017 to Occult Weekly

It is a universal experience of humanity to search for a place of belonging. Many of those who are drawn to the Occult have found solace and community similar to other religions. Just as there are many different types of Faiths along with various denominations within them, there are also many types of Wiccan Denominations, better known as Wiccan Traditions.

Each Wiccan Tradition follows some of the same beliefs, however, each operates a little different and creates their own set of rules and practices, be sure to do your research so that you are able to make an educated decision if you are looking to define your beliefs and connect with like-minded individuals. With permission, below I have listed several known Traditions and a few of their key characteristics. There are some Traditions that are not listed due to their secrecy and desire to protect their privacy.

Alexandrian Wicca

  • Kabbalistic influences blended with Celtic practices

  • Covens practice Rituals Skyclad

  • Initiation is required and follows a Degree system

  • There is equality between the Goddess’ and God’s

  • Ceremonial Magick is very important during Esbats and Sabbats.

Celtic or Druidic Wicca

  • Ancient Celtic and Druidic Deities and belief systems are implemented

  • Focuses on the Magickal and healing powers of plants, the elements, Gnomes, Fairies, and mythical Spirits.

  • Covens prefer couples primarily, a husband and wife

  • Ceremonial Magic is the primary work

  • Follows a Degree system


Coven of the Forest, Far and Forever

  • Not worldly known

  • Each personal book of shadows must be handwritten

  • Esbats occur every full Moon

  • Rituals are performed Skyclad

  • There is equality between the Goddess’ and Gods as well as men and women

  • Their objective is to grow closer to the universe.


Deboran Witchdom

  • A group of eclectic Practitioners

  • Follows a Degree system, however, the titles are Apprentices, Witches, and Elders

  • There is equality between the Goddess’ and God’s

  • Helps Practitioners to find pathways to their own power

  • Allows those curious to observe Sabbats but Esbats are closed and private


Dianic Feminist Wicce

  • A Tradition that practices both religion and Magick

  • Feminist and humanist orientated

  • Encourages female leadership, however, male Practitioners do exist

  • Includes female Covens, mixed-sex Covens, and solitary Practitioners

  • Rituals can be carried out either Skyclad or robed


Gardnerian Tradition

  • One of the first Traditions in Witchcraft that was made public knowledge

  • Goddesses are preferred over Gods

  • There is a three-tiered Degree system

  • Magick primarily focuses on healing

  • Rituals are Skyclad

  • Equal amounts of men and women are required to form couples


Georgian Wicca

  • Are eclectic Practitioners

  • Individuals work either Skyclad or robed

  • Creating personal and unique Rituals are encouraged

  • 8 Sabbats are celebrated

  • Practices both religion and Magick


The Northern Way

  • No initiation is needed

  • A blend of the old Norse and Celtic ways

  • Take part in four Solar Fire Festivals

  • Rituals are always robed

  • Traditional authenticity is important


Nova-Wicca

  • Eclectic Practitioners

  • A Degree system implemented

  • Initiations are Skyclad

  • Sabbat and Esbat Rituals are robed

  • Sabbats are open to the interested public


PectiWita

  • Reigns from Northern Scotland

  • Primarily solitary Practitioners

  • Attuned to the Solar and Lunar phases

  • Magick is far more important than worship

  • Focuses on Nature, Meditation, Divination, and Herbalism

  • Uses Magick in everyday life


Seax-Wica

  • Blend of Saxon lore and Gardnerian Wicca

  • Main focuses are the Germanic Deities and Runes for Divination

  • Mix of male and female Practitioners

  • Rituals are performed robed or Skyclad

  • Self and Coven Initiations can be performed

  • Open public Rituals


Thessalonian Tradition

  • Ancient Greek oriented

  • Mix of Ancient Greek religious philosophies and Magickal practices

  • Practitioners have a balance of both masculine and feminine Energies

  • Consecrated and Sacred grounds are used for Rituals

  • Focuses on attaining Divinity through the invocation and application of Divine power and knowledge

Remember, it must feel right to you, you have much to give, so go forth and find your place.

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