Wicca meaning

wĭk'ə
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.
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A form of contemporary witchcraft practiced esp. in English-speaking countries, characterized by pagan nature worship and white magic.
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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.
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Origin of wicca

  • Old English wicca necromancer witch
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • A twentieth-century representation of the Old English wiÄ‹Ä‹a. 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