Jan Van Quirm wrote:I know some Pagans pretty well (quel surprise! ) and in fact it's a very broad church and probably more like buddhism in that it does take much account of nature and it's seasons, treating the world and inhabitants with respect and geared to finding your own path. True that Wiccans are more organised than some of the others, but it's not too prescriptive.
The parts that give it a bad name ('voodoo' dolls or wicker men) are in general those that early christians mucked about with, or were geared towards the punishment of criminals and not sacrificial as such, although there was ritualisation when offering animal tribute to the gods (who were far less trashy than the Greek variety for instance).
As a lifestyle white witching equates to Magrat (as Queen not Maid) and Nanny. Best of all it doesn't try to boss you about too much on who you can love and how to live - it's the oldest of philosophies and therefore it's not surprising that it generally attracts intelligent adults who don't like being treated like idiots or babies.
My partner is a Wiccan is this is very much what she loves about it. I myself was raised Christian but now don't really know what I am. I respect howw I was raised and love the church as a solomn plaace to go but I also have a lot of respect for nature and the Wiccan/Pagan. Saying that I do believe really in science and nature at the moment.