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Tetrin's Eye of Horus necklace. He uses it as a focus for protection charms.

Tetrin's Eye of Horus necklace. He uses it as a focus for protection charms.

Tetrin's Eye of Horus necklace. He uses it as a focus for protection charms.

Tetrin's Eye of Horus necklace. He uses it as a focus for protection charms.

Tetrin Presnell and Aaron Cohn

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In a world of nature, full of life, there is a small religious group known as Wicca. Wicca is described as a form of modern paganism and is also referred to as pagan witchcraft, or is simply witchcraft.

It is the celebration of life and our kinship with it, as well as a connection with Deity, which is the God and Goddess, and within these archetypes are many more. Its core beliefs were outlined in the 1940s and ’50s by Gardner Doreen Valiente and have no central authority figure. A noted author of informative Wicca novels in the ’80s was Scott Cunningham, who passed in 1993.

Wicca is sometimes difficult to start studying, often knowledge is passed from one witch to an interested apprentice that may already know certain parts of Wicca. An anonymous student commented, “A friend had a stepmother that taught me about it (Wicca) and I thought it would be an interesting point of view.”

When learning about Wicca one can see it is not as demonic as it may seem, although Moon Wiccans prefer dark magic. There are two primary groups Light and Dark magic each has a subgroup which is a focus on elements.

Another Scappoose High School Wiccan, Kaya Metzger states, “In Wicca, there’s a lot more freedom to do what you wish.” Wiccans, you will find are fairly accepting no matter your belief. This has not been reflected back as Kaya states, “I get bullied because of it. Last year I had my necklace, which has all of my elements, rocks, on it and someone grabbed it, ripped it off of my neck, threw it across the room.”

The anonymous student has commented on being bullied as well saying, “Discriminating against anyone is incorrect and doing it to someone who celebrates and wishes the best for most people is the harshest thing you can do.” On the bright side, there are support groups in the Wicca community to help cope with these issues, as well as covens helping and supporting their members.

If anyone is interested in being a Wiccan, start by making an altar, find someone with similar beliefs as you, and possibly join a coven.

 

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