Category Archives: History

Wicca is not Celtic and Other Simple Truths

by Kaathryn MacMorgan What is “Celtic?” What defines a Celt? What do we know about them? Is Wicca Celtic? What is the ancient religion of the Celts? What’s Faerie Wicca? Is it real? What is a Celt? The Celts are one of the indigenous peoples of Europe. Historically, their lands ranged from Ireland, though Great […]

Margaret Murray’s Witch-Cult: How Wicca and Witchcraft Became Entangled

While the problem lessens every year, I still commonly come across those who use Wicca and witchcraft interchangeably. There’s no factual reason for the two to ever be associated: Wicca is a religion, while witchcraft is a magical practice. Most witches are not Wiccans, and many Wiccans are not witches. However, through a variety of […]

History of Wicca

  Wicca was founded by Gerald Gardner in Britain.  We commonly give 1954 as the founding year because this is when Gardner published Witchcraft Today, his first non-fiction book on the subject. Some date it as early as 1939, the year Gardner claimed to have been introduced to the faith.  Often, it’s just easier to […]