Wicca Definition

A form of contemporary witchcraft practiced esp. in English-speaking countries, characterized by pagan nature worship and white magic.
Webster's New World
A Neopagan nature religion based in part on pre-Christian Celtic beliefs and practices, typically centering on a mother goddess or a goddess-god pair and the practice of ceremonial witchcraft.
American Heritage

A neopagan religion first popularised in 1954 by British civil servant Gerald Gardner, involving the worship of God and Goddess and the observance of eight Sabbats.


Origin of Wicca

  • A twentieth-century representation of the Old English wiċċa. The modern use of the term was introduced first as Wica in Gerald Gardner's Witchcraft Today (1954), as a collective noun ("the Wica") allegedly used as a self-designation by practitioners of witchcraft who initiated him in 1939. The spelling Wicca, again as a collective noun, is first attested in a letter to Gardner from his friend Margaret Bruce, dated 23 February 1960.

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English wicca necromancer witch

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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