Join us for introduction to Wicca with Lynn Henderson

Join us for an introduction to Wicca Monday August 10th at 7:30 at the Ada Jenkins Center, 212 Gamble St. Davidson, Nc. Our guest speaker will be Lynn Henderson

All are welcome regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, economic status or religious path.

Join us for music, spiritual nurturing, lively discussion and fellowship. Doors open at 7:00 pm

A Brief Introduction to Wicca

Wicca can most simply be thought of as a belief system rooted in the natural world, the Earth herself, and the elemental spirits that are the essence of the nature we experience.  It is closely aligned with beliefs and Shamanic practices of indigenous peoples all over the world.  Our “religion” embraces animism, implying a reality in which all things are imbued with a type of vitality.  Divinity is viewed as inseparable from nature, multiple and diverse.

Most Wiccans believe in reincarnation, with souls returning to a life of circumstances chosen for particular needed lessons, and progressing through many lives towards a unity with an almighty spirit.  We believe that what is sent out into the Universe and the lives of others returns to you—often threefold.

The power and importance of ritual is a common belief among Wiccans. We observe eight major “holidays” that coincide with the cycles of regeneration, growth, birth and death.  These festivals renew a sense of communion with the natural rhythms that guide our lives.

Most Wiccan groups recognize two deities; the God, Lord of animals, of death and beyond, and the Goddess in her three aspects of Maiden, Mother and Crone.  Many see these as archetypes, and the deities are known by many names over different cultures.  Modern Wiccan groups adhere to many different craft traditions and invoke and view the deities in different ways.

Discussion points for August 10 UU Fellowship Meeting:

1.  What is Wicca and what is it not? History and definitions

2.  Major Wiccan traditions (“denominations”) and how they differ

3.  Beliefs and practices common to all traditions; The Book of Shadows, journey of the soul, ritual, magick

4.  The Pagan Year; sabbats, solstices and equinoxes

5.  Lammas, or Lughnasadh, celebrated August 1; meaning of the observance, common altar items and ritual for the celebration

6.  Suggested reading and websites for more information

A bit about Lynn:

Like many, I was not certain there was a name for what I believed, what I had felt from childhood, what I had been taught by a great-aunt and her women friends.  But by the time I was 13, I had read enough to know that I should be called a “witch.” I have had the opportunity to study and meet in circle with two covens and one Shamanic group.  I have attended and conducted sabbats with several other groups, including  the Circle of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUP) that formerly met in Charlotte, and Oldenwilde, a large coven in Asheville.  I have had the honor of serving as Priestess for a hand-fasting ceremony, and several Samhain observances for the Moonridge coven in Matthews.

Like many Wiccans, though, I am mostly a “solitary practitioner”.

I have been an event manager and producer by trade for over a decade now, after spending most of my life in broadcasting.  My company, aptly, is called “Eventcraft.”  I am a native of Asheville, and have lived in Davidson for about 24 years, with my husband Bruce and four dogs!

Peace, Jeff

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