I think you will find the History of Wicca to be quite surprising, as it is actually very recent in name.
The following is just a brief overview of the History of Wicca. We are living in a time of transformation of Wiccan ways, and secrecy is still important to many of us. Modern day Wicca is changing and evolving even as we speak. As Wiccans, our present and our future are what we focus on.
I will only touch lightly on the History of Wicca as there are many Authors, Practitioners and Historians that have contributed to the evolution of Wicca as we know it today. It would take a library of novels to share all there is to learn about the history of Wicca.
You will find as you study, that there are some pioneers of Wicca that you identify with more than others, but I promise it will not bore you!
Although Witchcraft has been around for centuries, it has only been called Wicca since 1939 with the works of Gerald Gardner. Wicca continues to change as society changes. There are however many fundamentals that remain intact within most Wiccan practices
Religious freedom is still one of the many joys we as Americans enjoy and treasure, however there is still much discrimination and false information out there because of the lack of understanding surrounding the elements of the History of Wicca. This is why secrecy is a common element of Wicca.
It is in part because of the burning times which drove witchcraft into secrecy, where much of it still remains today. But things are changing, as you will see below.
The most recent and important piece of History in Wicca, just took place on April 23, 2007. The Department of Veterans Affairs agreed to add the Pentacle to a list of approved religious symbols that they are willing to engrave on Veterans’ headstones.
Many Americans do not consider Wicca to be a religion, and hold the mistaken belief that Wiccans are devil worshippers. Nothing could be further from the truth!
You can read the entire article that was posted in the New York Times here: New York Times Article
They have discovered that there are 1,800 Wiccans in the Air Force alone. It is amazing that someone could fight for their country, and died for their country, but wasn’t allowed to have their desired religious symbol on their headstone! Change is good!
Throughout history there has been religious discrimination that has changed the way various religions are accepted. Wicca is a perfect example. Unfortunately politics also play a big part in this problem. It is only normal for people to go into hiding when they are discriminated against, especially when false statements are made to create fear & anger that are unfounded through out the History of Wicca and other religions.