WICCAN TRADITIONS

Just as in other religion, the Wiccan religion has many different traditions or paths. Each path has its own distinct rituals and practices, and many are bound by sacred oath so that their practices are held in secret, not allowing members of other traditions to know their ways. The Wiccan Web Weavers follow the Gardnerian Wicca tradition that includes the Great Rite of Hieros Gamos, here are some others.

ALEXANDRIAN TRADITION
Founded and based upon the teachings of Alex Sanders, in England. Ceremonial Magick andthe Kabbalah have been included with the rituals of Gardnerian Wicca. Skyclad is a common practice in Alexandrian Ritual. As with other Wiccan religions, the duality of Goddess and God is recognised and the Sabbats and Esbats celebrated.

ASATRU TRADITION
Asatru is a Norse word meaning 'Belief in the Gods'. This tradition is very ancient with its roots in the historical agricultural Vanir and warrior Aesir tribes of Scandinavia and Northern Germany. The main deities are the Goddess Freya, Frigg and the Norns, The Gods are Odin, Thor and Frey.

BRITISH TRADITION
Influenced heavily by Gardnerian Wicca and Celtic traditions, Covens are co-ed and members train through a degree process. Janet and Steward Farrar are British Traditionalist Witches.

CELTIC WICCA
Based upon old Celtic/Druidic practices and ritual Gardnerian design. The emphasis is placed heavily upon Celtic Deities, the Elements, nature and the magic of trees.

DIANIC TRADITION
A tradition that worships the Goddess Diana as the central deity. Female leadership is encouraged, though male members are allowed in covens. Rituals are either skyclad or robed. There are also some covens which are which are female exclusive and follow a Dianic Feminist Wicca.

ECLECTIC WICCA
A loosely based tradition in which the followers use any practices of other paths and incorporates them into their own path. They use what works best for them regardless of the source. Eclectic Wicca is a common and popular form of Wicca.

ERISIAN TRADITION
A philosophy which believes that the Universe is uncertain and that natural laws are not everywhere and constant. Eris is the Goddess of chaos. Discordia was rediscovered in the 1960s by Kerry Thornley and Gregory Hill, who published a book called Principa Discordia.

GARDNERIAN TRADITION
One of the first traditions in Witchcraft to emerge into the public eye during the 1950s. The teachings are based upon the works of Dr. Gerald Gardner, who researched the history of the Craft and added much of it to his famous Book of Shadows. Many traditions use his Book of Shadows in a modified form, as a bases for Ritual practice.

 







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