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Danielle StemenProf. PresnellEngl. 110313 Mar. 2013
Wicca ProposalInquiry question:
What are the beliefs of Wiccans and why is this type of spirituality depicted as satanicby the public?
Primary purpose:
To exploreI will be exploring the different aspects that make up a Wiccan
is it a religion, a way of 
life… I am not really sure exactly what it means to be Wiccan. Do these people actually consider
themselves to be witches? Where did the beliefs originate from? How have they progressedover time? They are usually portrayed as very evil and dark in movies/books/pop culture, whichhas always attracted me to the topic. I am drawn to potions and spells and magic and scarythings. However, when meeting an actual Wiccan in public, many seem to be very kind and very
“normal” people.
I will probably focus on revealing that practicing Wicca does not automaticallymake you a worshipper of Satan or an evil person. I will explore why pop culture tries to makeWiccans seem evil, when their religion focuses on the exact opposite.
Prior beliefs, assumptions, stereotypes:
The stereotypes of Wiccans are precisely what I will be exploring. Like I said, I have always
assumed that these “witches”, so to speak, are malicious, satanic beings.
When I think of a Wiccan, I
immediately think of a scene in the movie “Baby Mama”. Couples and their surrogate mothers are in acounseling meeting. One of the couple’s surrogates happens to be Wiccan. Dressed head to toe in black,
wearing dark lipstick, dark hair (very stylish, I might add), the girl wears a blank expression throughoutthe whole scene. People around her seem uneasy and frightened by her, and while it is very amusing, I
have always been skeptical. I am not really sure if all Wiccans are so “dark”. Then again, I could b
e
completely wrong. I think one factor may be “dark” people’s attraction to Wicca, making it fashionableor interesting to take it up, and that may be why so many Wiccans act that certain way. I don’t really
know. I know that Wiccans have stores, pagan shops, etc. I think I could find some people rummagingaround those kinds of stores that I could interview/get to know, in order to get a better, more personalunderstanding of the subject. I would love to learn about the practices, beliefs they have. Do theyactually worship Satan or do some still believe in a god? It would be extremely interesting to find out.
 
Working knowledge:
When I searched the term “Wicca”, many articles appeared, containing information
about the subject. Straight away, I learned that Wiccans are actually
not 
satanic at all. Fromhttp://www.wicca.org,I found that Wiccans actually have their own church and school. Whendigging through the site a bit more, I found the specific definition of a Wiccan:
Wicca is a newreligion that emphasizes growth through harmony in diversity, knowledge, wisdom, andexploration.
” I also found that Wiccans are working hard to have “green spaces in cities”
reserved for worship purposes.It seems to me that Wiccans
actually aren’t as evil as they are portrayed in pop culture.They live by the quote, “
If it harm none, do what you will.
” So, any spell or ritual they perform is
fine, really, as long as their intent is not harmful.When doing a quick research about the topic, I find myself to be more intrigued than Iwas before knowing anything about it. The language Wiccans use is just beautiful:
“Bide the Wiccan Laws we must
 In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.Live and let live.Fairly take and fairly give.Cast the Circle thrice aboutTo keep the evil spirits out.To bind the spell every timeLet the spell be spake in rhyme.Soft of eye and light of touch,Speak little, listen much.Deosil go by the waxing moon,Chanting out the Witches' Rune.Widdershins go by the waning moon,Chanting out the baneful rune.When the Lady's moon is new,Kiss the hand to her, times two.When the moon rides at her peak,Then your heart's desire seek,Heed the North wind's mighty gale,Lock the door and drop the sail.When the wind comes from the South,
Love will kiss thee on the mouth…”
 Just reading this short excerpt of beliefs Wiccans stand by just blew me away. Although they arein fact witches, and witches are known to be evil creatures, this poem seems to say quite theopposite. I would love to explore the metaphors, find out exactly what these witches believe.My findings from this quick research sort of showed that Wiccans actually stands for peace,harmony and positivity. So what I want to learn more about it the history of Wiccans, their

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