I have recently noticed an increase in articles about and by those pertaining to the Wiccan order. As I have read these articles, I have found that information is lacking in some areas, as well as a feeling of being part of an unheard majority. I have noticed an undercurrent of truth, enveloped in opinion. I have found that I disagree with the representation of Pagan and Wiccan practices, laced with Crowleyism and accentuating polytheism as universal beliefs to the Pagan/Wiccan population.
Though I was raised astutely Christan, it is my Celtic ancestry that brought me to research my heritage. I did not become Wicca; I recognized that I am Wiccan. Since childhood I have had an intuitiveness regarding nature, her energies, the properties of herbs in healing. I have felt the calling of the moon, an attention to the stars and the depths of space. From my spirit derived a connection between my being and the Earth. When I learned of Wicca, I recognized myself immediately: I am pantheistic. I acknowledge and accept the beliefs of all, the deities of all. I will wear my pentacle, star of David, and a cross—and I will understand why. Hopefully others may as well.
While those in the larger Pagan movement are pantheists, not all of us are polytheists. Many Wiccans do not worship deities at all, [but] instead the Spirit, or life-force energy of all things, and the corresponding principles that determine All to be one, and one to be the embodiment of all. The evocation of spiritual awareness and the dedication to divine enlightenment are both part of the Pagan spirit, seeking to cultivate awareness, harmony and understanding within the self and the balances of nature.
In the time before the perpetration of Christianity in Europe, the Old Religion was the way of life. Christian deities, God and Satan, were then introduced to a people unfamiliar with foreign and doctrinized religion, i.e. the “isms” (the Greek term for doctrine—which Pagans were not part of, believing in free will and self-government).
Our country was founded on freedom from tyranny. Government and the adoption of democracy were later developed. Self-government reigned first. The beliefs of a free people—both Christian and Pagan—founded our shores.
— Nuanna Horn