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New Age versus Wicca comparison chart
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Concept of Deity n/a Depends on the individual and the Path they follow. Typically animistic and/or polytheistic ranging from belief that all deities are a reflection of a male and female aspect and belief that the gods are real personas (hard polytheists).
Goal of religion Self-Improvement, Societal Improvement, Spiritual Healing To honor the ancient Gods and Goddess, and respect the cycles of life. To better yourself.
Belief of God Pantheistic; God is everything, & everything is God. Varies but the Triple Goddess is common (Maiden, Mother and Crone), a "Woodsy" God, either horned or "The Greenman", The Holly King, other various deities from different regions depending on the Path
Practices Meditation, Vegetarianism Prayer, witchcraft, devotion, invocation, blessings, healing, casting circle, etc
Life after death Rebirth Reincarnation, often with a rest period in the Summerland.
Time of origin 1960s Created by Gerald Gardner in the 1950s. Most branches claim some ancient tradition or line, but no direct proof through historical sources. It is perhaps the largest religion created in the last century.
View of Animistic religions N/A Practitioners typically follow specific deities over others.
Belief The dawning of the Age of Aquarius. varies depending on the Path and individual, however strong emphasis on nature, the Moon, Sun and Stars, the divine spark found in all things... etc
Status of Adam N/A N/A
Geographical distribution and predominance Mostly North America and Western Europe Primarily English speaking parts of Europe, North American and Australia with some communities in France, Germany, etc.
Angels n/a Depending on the path, some sects believe in Arch Angels. Mainly belief in faeries is more prominent.
Concept of God n/a Usually a horned god and a triple goddess.
Marriage Between two consenting adults While all people have different views, same sex marriage is just as acceptable as heterosexual marriages. The ritual of Hand Fasting is usually used.
Death of Jesus Death by Crucifixion N/A
Identity of Jesus Regular person who had wisdom. N/A
Use of statues and pictures N/A Common, but not universal. When used, they are prominently placed on the practitioner's alter.
Ressurection of Jesus Denied N/A, Easter is comparable to the Sabbat Ostara, which celebrates the rejuvenation of the harvest, the beginning of spring. Fertility.
Clothes No restrictions based on gender/identity. People are encourage to wear clothes that allow people to focus more on one's soul than one's body. Varies. Some wear clothing based on European heritage, some wear elaborate costumes with masks and adornments, some wear robes, some wear street clothes, and quite a few conduct ritual 'skyclad' (nude).
God's role in salvation He has one, People save themselves via self-improvement, Some people believe in reincarnation, focus on rebirth N/A
Status of women People of all genders are equal Women and men are equals and women are revered, as they are the givers of life.
Second coming of Jesus Denied N/A
Authority of Pope N/A N/A
Promised Holy one. None As some might say, we are the Holy Ones
View of Oriental religions N/A Some kinship is often recognized between Wicca and animistic and polytheistic faiths of Asia such as Hinduism and Shinto. Many Asian mystical practices are also incorporated. Reincarnation and the Law of Return may be offshoots of karma.
Prophets N/A Wiccans view their faith as one of experience versus revelation. While much reverence is given to Crones (elder women) and Sages (elder men) as well as to various prominent leaders, none are recognized as prophetic authorities over the practitioner.
Resurrection of Jesus Denied. N/A
View of Abrahamic religions N/A Some emphasis is placed on the European witchcraft persecutions, referred to as the Burning Times. Christian dogmatic views are also viewed negatively in favor of experiential truth. This can be quite strong among those who were raised Christian
Introduction is a religious or spiritual movement that developed in Western nations during the 1970s. Precise scholarly definitions of the movement differ in their emphasis, largely as a result of its highly eclectic structure. Nevertheless, the movement is chara Wicca (pronounced /ˈwɪkə/) is a specific Neopagan religion. Its adherents are referred to as Wiccans, though the terms Witches or Crafters are also used. Developing in England in the first half of the 20th century, Wicca was popularised in th
Prophet N/A N/A
Position of Mary Regular Person N/A
View of other Dharmic religions N/A Belief in everyone's right to their own path.
Virtue in which religion is based upon Peace, Justice, Liberty, Spirituality Harming None, bettering one's self, a connection and relationship with the Divine
Status of Muhammad N/A N/A.
Names of God N/A Pan, Herne, etc.
Followers New Agers, "Spiritual but not Religious, " Wiccan

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