While writing some threads on suicide I got talking to a person involved in wicca through the pm.Such a nice attitude towards life with a good heart and I find it sad that many Christians are lacking in these areas.Jesus as I said in one of my pm's is a good part of my life and I hope one day this person will see this.
-I guess some people won't like this but I got reading a local paper with the above title so thought I'ld write the rest for my friend and anyone else who would like to talk about it.
-Witches are alive and well in our midst.According to Polli Minnell,from W(h)anganui,the numbers of Wiccan practitioners(or witches)practising the craft in New Zealand and worldwide is increasing rapidly.Polli will discuss modern Wiccan practise and the seasonal celebrations of Wicca in a public talk in Wanganui on sunday afternoon at 2pm at Gifford House,22Dublin Street.
-"Wicca is commonly described as modern witchcraft,however,to describe it as such is misleading,inadequate and perpectuates misbeliefs and stereotypical thinking common in those outside the faith.Misbeliefs such as devil-worship and cultism,evil intentions and cursing persist because Wicca is traditionally secretive for historically protective and defensive reasons,"say's Polli.
-"Wicca is in fact,a contempory adaption of nature-based paganism or the ethnic faiths of Europe.It is rich in imagery,colour,symbolism and superstition.It promotes integration with the natural cycles of life and an understanding of the spiritual energies about us.Followers of Wicca recognise the male and female divine and abide by a moral code,called Rede,that forbids the harming of living things for any reason but survival.
-"It's often surprising to find how many Wiccan concepts and traditions,people outside the faith,are already familiar with.Many Pagan(and consequently Wiccan)traditions blended with those of the now mainstream religions over a thousand years ago,surviving to everday life.
-By looking at the Wiccan sacred days,where they come from,when they occur and how they are celebrated,these familiarities become clear,"Polli says.
-The talk and disscussion on Sunday is sponsored by the Wanganui branch of the Theosophical Society and all are welcome to attend.
-Warwick Keys president Wanganui branch,Theosophical Society of NZ.