Some Wiccan Traditions

There are many traditions of Wicca. I listed a ‘few’; please fell free to add any other information on the different trads.

Alexandrain Tradition: Founded in the 1960s by Alex Sanders. He referred to himself as “king” of the witches. The rituals are said to be modified Gardenarian. Ceremonial Magick and the Kabbalah have been included with the rituals of Gardnerian Wicca. Skyclad is a common practice in ritual. As with other Wicca religions, the duality of Goddess and God is recognised as and the Sabbats and Esbats celebrated Asatru Tradition: Asatru is a Norse word meaning ‘belief in the Gods’. This tradition is very ancient with its roots in the historical agricultural Vanir and warrior Aesir tribes of Scandinavia and northern Germany. The main deities are the Goddesses Freya, Frigg, and the Norns while the main Gods are Odin, Thor, and Frey

British Traditional Witch: A mix of Celtic and Gardenarian beliefs. Most famous organization at this time in the International Red Garters. British Traditionals move mostly from within the Farrar studies (famous couple from Britian.) They too are fairly structured in their beliefs, and train thought the degree program process.

Celtic Wicca: The use of Celtic/Druidic pantheon mixed with a little ritual Gardnerian, and heavily stressing the elements, nature and the Ancient Ones. They had a vast knowledge of and respect for the healing and magickal spirits, the little people, gnomes and fairies. Janet and Stewart Farrar are British Traditionalist witches. The International Red Garters is British Traditionalist

Caledonii Tradition: Formally known as the Hecatine Tradition, this demoniation of the Craft is Scottish is origin, and is still preserves the unique fesitvals of the Scots.

Celtic Wicca: Based upon old Celtic/Druidic practices, and ritual Gardnerian design. The emphasis is placed heavily upon Celtic deities, the elements, nature and the magic of trees

Cermonial Witchcraft: Followers of this Tradition uses a great deal of ceremonial magick in their practices. Detailed rituals with a flavor or Egyption magick are sometimes a favorite, or they may use the Qabbalistic. Less religion, more emphasis on the art and science of magick. Rituals are generally complex and practices lean towards the secretive, hidden side of magick. Not geared towards the solitary practitioner, but can easily be adapted for those who choose to work alone. Not necessarily a wiccan-only tradition, though there are many ceremonial witches

Dianic Tradition: Their prime focus is the Goddess alone and has been pegged as the “feminist” movement of the Craft. A tradition that worships the Goddess as Diana, as the central deity. Female leadership is encouraged, though male members are allowed into covens. Rituals are either skyclad or robed. There are also some covens which are female exclusive and follow a Dianic Feminist Wicce

Eclectic Witch: This is a catch all phase. It says that a person doesn’t follow any particular Tradition, demonination, sect, or magickal practice. They learn and study from many magickal systems and apply to themselves what appears to work best. Basically a loosely based tradition which uses any practices of other paths and incorporates them into their own path. It is now quite a common and popular form of Wicca, as the followers use what works best for them regardless of its source.

Erisian Tradition (Discordia): A philosophy which believes that the universe is uncertain and that natural laws are not everywhere and constant. Eris is the Goddess of chaos. Discordia was rediscovered in 1960’s by Californians Kerry Thornley and Gregory Hill, who published a book called Principia Discordia on their experiences. The tradition also involves humour in its rituals. Similarly Englishman, Austin Osman Spare, often called the father of chaos magic, took chaos to a more scientific plateau.

Faerie Wicca: Also referred to as fae, fey, faery, fairy, fairie… tradition based on faery lore and beliefs. Consists of a mixture of “green” Wicca, celtic and druidic practices, and modern witchcraft.

Gardnerian Tradition: Organized by Gerald Gardner in England in the 1950s. Why is he so darn important? He was determined that the Old Religion would not die and he took the risk of publicizing it through the media. One of the first traditions in witchcraft to emerge into the public eye during the 1950’s. The teachings are based upon the works of Dr. Gerald Brosseau Gardner, who researched much of the history of the Craft and added them to his famous Book of Shadows. Many traditions use his Book of Shadows, in a modified form, as a basis for ritual practice.

Georgian Wicca: An eclectic Wicca tradition founded by George E. Patterson in 1970. This tradition is influenced mostly by Alexandrian and Gardnerian teachings and leans towards Goddess and God worship at an eclectic level. Individuals work either skyclad or robed and are encouraged to write their own rituals

Hereditary Witch: One who can trace the Craft through their family tree and who has been taught the Old Religion by a realitive who was living at the same time. Channeling doesn’t count. How far one has to go back on the family tree to meet the conditions of the first part of this definition is debatable. This is a person that can trace the Craft back on their family tree and was also taught the craft by a living relative. (“My mother’s grandmother’s sister’s cousin was a Wiccan” doesn’t count.) Because of the youth of modern Wicca, this really only applies to practitioners of witchcraft and not necessarily Wicca.

Kitchen Witch: This is a witch who practices by hearth and home and deals with the practical side of the religion, magick, the earth, and the elements. Remember that the Old Religion started somewhere, most likely in the kitchen(or cookfire) with a cauldron and was the hub of many charms, spells, healings, and celebrations. Witches who practice around the home and hearth, and incorporate magick and religion into daily life around cooking, weaving, etc.

Pictish Witch: Scottish Witchcraft that attunes itself to all aspects of nature: animal, vegetable, and mineral. It is a solitary form of the Craft and mainly magickal in nature with little religion. Witchcraft developed in Scotland. It’s followers are solitaries and worship involves animal, vegetable, and minerals, as aspects of nature.

Pow-Wow: This is a system, not a religion, based on 400 year old German Magick. In this day and time it has lost much of its concentrations and is basically now into simple faith healing. Indegenous to South Central Pennsylvania. Pow-Wow has deterioatedd to a great degree into simple faith healing. Although roots are found in the German Witchcraft some followers are starting to open the regilon once again.

Satanic Witch: One cannot be a satanic Witch because Witches do not believe in satan. There is NO worship of “Satan” or “Lucifer” in Witchcraft. These deities were created by the Christian religion. A Satanic Witch is an oxymoron and anyone who tells you otherwise, knows nothing about the Craft.

Seax-Wica: Founded by Raymond Buckland in 1973. Although the Saxon basis, it was authored by Raymond himself breaking his original Gardnerian Oath. Raymond Buckland contribution to the Craft is a significant one. Not only did he develop a tradition that is more than acceptable to many individuals, he also has written a large volume of textbooks on different magickal aspects and practices of the Craft, thereby enhancing many lives in a postive direction.

Shamanism: Beliefs are connected to contact with the spirit world. Through communication with the spirits, the Shaman can work acts of healing, divination and magic – revealing by way of vision, poetry and myth the deeper reaches of the human spirit.

Solitary Witch: One who practices alone regardless of Tradition, demomination, or sect. Solitaries come in various forms. Some were at one time initiated into a coven and eventually chose to extricate themselves from that environment and continue praticing a particular Tradition or sect by themselves. Individuals preferring to work in private rather than within the confines of a group setting. Wicca works well with this sort of practice. Solitaries can pick any number of traditions that fit well into this sort of practice. Can be as fulfilling as working in a group setting.

Strega Witches: A tradition founded by a witch called Aradia around 1353 CE. Strega can lay claim to being one of the oldest unchanged forms of witchcraft. This tradition preceeded Garderian or Celtic based religions and developed in Italy during Roman times

Teutonic/Nordic: This is from ancient time, the Teutons have been recognized as a group who speak the Germanic group of languages. The languages include the English, Dutch, Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish. Norse practitioners are often Astruar that is, followers of Asatru. Many worship similar to their Norse predecessors, following Scandinavian and Germanic deities such as Odin and using divination methods like the runes.

This material has been provided for educational purposes for your own personal use, I am NOT the Author of this material and is it posted in good faith of sharing information with other’s who walk the various paths.



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