|What is WCER?
World Coalition of Earth-based Religions,
WCER, is an organization for the unification and awareness of practitioners of earth based religions everywhere.
Who does WCER represent?
It is our hope to represent just about everyone in the earth based religions community as well as others who through their spiritual beliefs respect and acknowledge the divinity in nature. This includes many types of ceremonial magicians as well as fusion's of Christianity and Judaism with Paganism and Wicca/Witchcraft.
What is an earth based religion?
What do all those fancy terms mean?
Druidism is the shamanic spiritual
and magical practice of the druids of England, Ireland
and Scotland, as well as some parts of Gaul.
Paganism, Wicca and Witchcraft are not so easy to define, but we shall endeavor to at least simplify the arguments.
What is paganism?
What is Wicca?
Wicca is most often centered around the worship of the old gods, and centering along the wheel of the year. It also usually has a focus on the feminine divinity in the form of the goddess. this is also common in many other forms of Paganism.
What is witchcraft?
An even more difficult question to answer. Witchcraft is like Wicca, in that the worship of old gods is prevalent, as is honoring the wheel of the year and nature. However, many who call themselves Witch rather than Wiccan say that they do not take the Rede as their central tenant of philosophy. Many that we have spoken to also say that Witchcraft is separate from Wicca by the presence of more ceremony and ritual. in any case, the difference is one that we won't try to define, but will leave to each individual to determine for themselves
What is magic?
Haven't you, in the above paragraphs, just described Satanism?
What is a coven?
This is the common name for any group of pagans worshipping together. Each tradition has specific definitions of what a coven is and how it is organized. Very often covens are an extended family group. They are usually headed by a high priest/ess. Very commonly a coven has 13 members, but this is not as much of a truism as it used to be.
Esbats: These are the times of the full moon, when many Pagans gather alone or in covens to worship.
Familiar: A familiar is an animal which is closely bonded to the self which acts as an assistant and teacher in magical and spiritual workings
Great Rite: This is a ritualized depiction of the union of the god and goddess. it is performed by the high priest and priestess having sex, either real or simulated, while being imbued with the essence of the deities.
Grounding: The act of extending one's energies ito the earth so as to channel excess energyout, or to pull extra energy in
Altar: The foundation of the circle, upon it rests the tools and representations of the deities. it is the "root" of the circle to the earth itself
Athame: A dagger ,usually double edged, that symbolizes air and is used for the directing of energy
Boleen: A curved, white handled knife used for harvesting herbs and similar duties.
Chalice: A cup or goblet used to symbolize water and the womb, used for sacramental beverages and salt water for blessings.
Cauldron: A large iron pot used to symbolize the womb, the ocean, spirit and the goddess (especially Cerridwen)
Pentacle: The sigil of earth, a five pointed star, usually encircled, that is used to ground and for protection, may be made of wood, stone, or many other materials
Staff: A large (from 3 ft to six feet)length of wood which is representative of fire, but in a more broad manner than the wand. usually used for the invocation of forces.
Sword: Used as the director of energies for casting circles (can be replaced by athame)usually only used by covens due to the expense
Wand: A length of wood (app 18", or the length from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger) used as the tool of fire to manipulate energies, often is a priapic wand