Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Answering Questions - Are all wiccans evil?

Wicca is a neo-pagan religion focused on the self, and the nature. A Wiccan abide by the law of "An it harms none, do what thou will!". This is the basic percept of Wicca.

Wicca does not acknowledge any supreme powers either total Evil or total Good. Both the forces of Good and Evil are in everything around us.

The nature follows the law of constant development and constant degradation. This circle of change brings forth new things out of existing things, and takes away the old things recycling material for the new things. Human beings can view the process of degradation as an All Evil Force; some people call it Devil.

A Tornado, Tsunami or an Earthquake has destructive powers of nature that takes away the old, to make space for the new. Wiccans wouldn't take it as a force of Evil, it is a part of the nature, to balance the world.

A new life is born with the union of the life forces of a male and a female; this is the ultimate magic of the constructive forces of the nature. Plants grow on the earth and brings up the earth's life forces and energizes with the powers of the sun light, and gives breathable air and nutritious food to the animal kingdom.

A Lightning Thunder is a release of a massive amount of natures forces. Hindus and Buddhists believe that it is the weapon of the God Indra, and the Greco-Roman belief is the weapon of Zeus the king of Gods. A Lightning thunder can destroy a Giant Tree or a Mammoth turning it to ashes in no time. But the modern science has fount that Lightening fixes Nitrogen so that plants can grow, or else turning the earth to a desert. We can't say a Lightening thunder is a force of either Pure Good or Absolute Evil, it is a part of the nature, we have to accept it as it is.

In the Wiccan belief, there is no single force behind all this, because it is too complex for a single consciousness to handle. These forces of the nature are all governed by themselves. The collective Life Force of this Earth fuelled by our Sun is a Gem in a dessert of this Universe.

However, there are people who dresses up weird and wear a pentacle and claim to be "Wiccan" for the shock value of it. But the real Wiccans who understands what I have mentioned above wouldn't even show a sign of being Wiccan to the outside world. If you read the above paragraphs, you will now know what the Wiccans think about good or evil. And in that context, Wiccan's say they are not evil.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Conch Shell

Conch Shells are found in the ocean, the shell of large marine gastropod molluscs. These are used as ritual objects for the purpose of blowing in many South Asian, South East Asian and Caribbean pagan religions and also in Buddhism and Hinduism.

In Buddhism, a Conch Shell is blown to call the Gods to listen, when a sermon is delivered. In South Asia, it is called the Sankha. It is one of the eight auspicious symbols in Buddhism. In other Pagan religions, the Conch Shell is blown in their worship of the Ocean.

In the New Eastern Wicca tradition, we can use the Conch Shell to invoke God/Goddess and the Guardians of the Watchtowers of four Quarters.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Wicca and Witchcraft meet-up

We are organizing a meet-up on next Sunday (28th June) 3.00PM in Viharamahadevi Park. Everyone who is interested on Wicca and Witchcraft are welcome. Send an Email to <vishva8kumara@gmail.com> with the subject "Witchcraft Classes". Please confirm your attendance. And also give us your cell-phone number if you have any.

Blessed Be!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

What is Wicca

Wicca is a new age religion. A follower of the religion, Wicca is called a Wiccan.

Wicca is a polythiestic religion, believing on a God and a Goddess. God and Goddess are two aspects of the nature.

Wiccans celebrate the cycles of nature. Wiccans hold religious observances on seasonal quarters, cross-quarters and Full-moons. Wiccans expect to attune with the powers of nature, and recerive the devine love through these celebrations.

Wiccans acknowledge the magical power within every thing in nature. Human, being an intelligent creature, could make magic by controlling the will and mastering the power within and around in nature.

Wiccans view sex as a sacred act of pleasure and perpetuation of species.


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Sacred Space

Creating a Sacred Space is one of the most important aspects of a Wiccan Ritual. This can be also found in Sinhalese Paganism. To mark the threshold of the Sacred Space in Wicca, we usually light four candles for each direction.

In Sinhalese Paganism this is done by constructing four "Mal-Paela"; where an oil lamp is lit inside a basket made of a coconut branch suspended on a tripod. This basket is turned inwards the sacred space and keeps the oil lamp from the wind.

In Sinhala Paganism, a light is not lit on the level of ground, because it is believed that it will welcome evil spirits. Therefor, whenever a light is lit, it should be kept above the ground level.

An oil lamp is more common in the south asian region, than candles.

When casting a circle in Wicca, first we sprinkle water, and then with incense censor.

To sprinkle water, in Sinhalese Paganism, and in Buddhism, an Araka-Nut flower bud cluster is used. This is considered as a very pure thing grown on a tall tree. By sprinkling water, the sacred space is purified.

To burn incense a coconut shell is used, because charcoal is not commonly used to burn insence in South Asian region. Since coconot shells can be easily found, it is widely used in this region.

Four Archangels in Sinhalese Paganism

When Buddhism came to Sri Lanka, it has blended with ancient pagan beliefs. Archangels are one of such beliefs. Because this belief of Archangels is not found in Buddhist scripture, but the belief among Buddhists in Sri Lanka.

There are four Archangels in Sinhalese Paganism, namely: Viruudha, Viruupaaksha, Vaishravana, Dhratharaashtha. They comes from the four directions to look after, and care about good and righteous people.

We would like to take the four Archangels in Sinhalese Paganism as the Guardian Angles of the Watchtowers of the cardinal directions and of Four Elements.

The God and Goddess of Sinhalese Paganism

Goddess Pattini
Pattini worship started in South India, and later came to Sri Lanka. But Goddess Pattini became more popular in Sri Lanka than in India. In India, she was known as Kannaki. She is the Goddess of Fertility.

Goddess Pattini can be considered as the Goddess for New Eastern Wicca Tradition.

God Kaelebandara
God Kaelebandara is the keeper of the forest, God of the trees. The word 'Kaelebandara' means, "Lord of the Forest". In old days whenever someone passes the threshold to a forest, they would hang a branch on a tree and worship the God Kaelebandara for safe return.

God Kaelebandara can be considered as the God for New Eastern Wicca Tradition.