Religious practitioner often misunderstood


A Pentagram is a symbol in the Wiccan religion

Juliana Kehoe
Staff Writer

Commonly referred to as Wiccans, Witches, or Crafters, Wiccans are highly thought of during the Halloween season.

Halloween, or Samhain, is just one holiday celebrated by the Wiccans. Most people know Halloween as a child-friendly holiday full of costumes and candy, but for Wiccans, Samhain is a time of remembrance and worship.

One thing Wiccans do on Halloween is carve pumpkins with a moon or sun to scare away unfriendly spirits that are around on Halloween. Also they toast and eat the seeds for the gratitude of the fruits of the season. Wiccans light a candle and place it in a window as if they were helping to light the way for the spirits of those they have lost.

Picking apples is also common Wiccan tradition. They make dishes with fruits of the season to represent the bounty of the earth and seeds afterwards to accompany the growth for the next year’s harvest. They leave food for the departed and light a bonfire.

While this Halloween tradition may seem unusual to non-Wiccans, Margot Adler, Wiccan Priestess said, “We are not evil. We don’t harm or seduce people. We are not dangerous. We are ordinary people like you. We have families, jobs, hopes, and dreams. We are not a cult. This religion is not a joke.

“We are not what you think we are from looking at television. We are real. We laugh; we cry. We are serious. We have a sense of humor. You don’t have to be afraid of us.

“We don’t want to convert you, and please don’t try to convert us. Just give us the same right we give you–to live in peace. We are much more similar to you than you think.” 

Wiccans believe in magic, the science and art of causing change to occur in traditional values on purpose. They also believe in five classical elements. The elements are air, fire, water, Earth, and Aether, or spirit. Wicca was popularized in the 1950s and early 1960s by Gerald Gardner, Wiccan High Priest.

Wiccans worship a Goddess and a God, a Triple Goddess and a Horned God but don’t believe in any actual deity. Instead, they view the gods as psychological archetypes of the human mind which can be induced and interacted with.

Wiccans also have 13 principals they live by in their everyday lives.


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