By Helen A. Berger
A group of Witches explores the ideals and practices of Neo-Paganism and Witchcraft - often recognized to students and practitioners as Wicca. whereas the phrases "magic," "witchcraft," and "paganism" evoke pictures of the far-off earlier and distant cultures, this e-book exhibits that Wicca has emerged as a part of a brand new spiritual circulation that displays the period during which it built. Imported to the U.S. within the overdue Sixties from the uk, the faith absorbed into its easy textile the social issues of the time: feminism, environmentalism, self-development, replacement spirituality, and distrust of authority. Helen A. Berger's ten-year player remark examine of Neo-Pagans and Witches at the japanese seaboard of the USA and her collaboration on a countrywide survey of Neo-Pagans shape the root for exploring the practices, buildings, and transformation of this nascent faith. Responding to students who recommend that Neo-Paganism is purely a pseudoreligion or a cultural move since it lacks important authority and transparent limitations, Berger contends that Neo-Paganism has the various features that one could count on of a faith born in past due modernity: the appropriation of rituals from different cultures, a view of the universe as a cosmic entire, an emphasis on developing and re-creating the self, an intertwining of the private and the political, and a undeniable playfulness.
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Even with the imperfections in his methods, Kelly provides the most reliable estimate to date, as he uses a combination of methods to arrive at his figure. If his estimate is cut by one-third to one-half, a more conservative number of 150,000 to 200,000 Neo-Pagans in the United States is reached. As can be seen in the table below, Neo-Pagans live throughout the United States, with the largest percentage of adherents on the East and West Coasts. Most Neo-Pagans live in urban or suburban areas. 8 percent of the respondents stated that they live in a rural area.
However, my qualitative research was supplemented by reading Neo-Pagan and Wiccan journals and books that have a national or even international circulation, reading on the Internet, and through the national survey I conducted with Andras Corban Arthen. Both my review of Neo-Pagan sources and the results of the survey suggest that the differences among groups and practitioners within the United States are less important than the similarities. " Andras had initially hoped to do a census of the entire Neo-Pagan community.
I pick red and wish the child passion for people and for life. Most people have chosen blue, the color associated with emotions and intuition, although all the colors and hence all the elements are represented. The disproportionate representa- Page 3 tion of blue is not surprising, because within this group there is an emphasis on intuitive knowledge and inspirations. People come forward randomly to present their wishes and tie ribbons on a branch that is held by the mother. The last two people to tie a ribbon on the branch are the child's parents, both of whom pick white, the color associated with the spirit.
A Community of Witches: Contemporary Neo-Paganism and Witchcraft in the United States (Studies in Comparative Religion) by Helen A. Berger