The Wiccan Religion originates from the twentieth century in England.
While there were others of the religious movement that dates back even further; unfortunately; the origins of modern-day Wicca goes as far back as 1940’s, and the early 1950’s.
The founder of the Wiccan belief; Gerald Gardner who is an English Civil Servant (1884-1964); spent his career in Asia learning a variety of different occult beliefs before returning to England.
Furthermore; when he eventually returned back to England from Asia, prior to the beginning of World War II; he became involved with the British occult, and established a new religion known as Wiccan.
Gardner had used mostly from Western witchcraft traditions and taking from the (1951) Repeal of England’s Archaic Witchcraft Laws; in order to publish his work the Witchcraft Today in 1954.
Afterward; he created his first convent, with the insight from other members; which he took mostly from Doreen Valiente, an author who helped him develop modern-day Witchcraft; which today is known as Wicca.
As a result, the Wiccan belief quickly gained movement through the United States in the late 1960’s. By the 1980s; an estimated 50,000 Wiccans were in Europe, and North America; even though the growth rate had slowed by the end of the decade.
Wicca gained increased social acceptance resulting; in a wide-range of variations of Gardner’s original teachings, and rituals. As a result; new Wiccan groups began to emerge independently of Gardner’s.
One individual who led such a group was; Alexander Sanders (1926-1988). The Dianic Wiccans saw Wicca as a women’s religion and the Neo-Pagan’s, who also worshiped the Goddess and practiced magic.
Moreover, a controversy between a Wiccan faction broke out in the 1960s and 1970s; when they disagreed with Gardner that clothing inhibited magic work; choosing not practice the craft in the nude. On the other hand; decided to donned ritual robes, and call themselves Traditionalists.
WICCAN RELIGION BELIEFS AND PRACTIC ES
The Wiccan belief is the deep understanding of nature, the practice of magic, and the worship of various deities; as well as, a non-conforming lifestyle in the search for spiritual connection; all while avoiding traditional religious belief.