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Emerged: Neo Paganism is based on what is assumed to be ancient, indigenous religions, but modern day Wicca is dated as beginning in 1959 and the current Neo-Paganism movement can be dated to the founding of the Church of All Worlds and Feraferia in 1967.
Adherents: estimated 1 million
Texts: Various, depending upon the branch.
Clergy: Varies. Some are non-hierarchal; others have priests/priestesses or other leaders.
Symbols: Many, depending upon branch. Pentacle, Triple Goddess, Kabalistic or Celtic Tree of Life; Wheel of the Year; Eye of Horus, Celtic Cross, the Green Man, the Ankh, and others.
Terms and Fundamental Precepts:
Magic or magick — the art/science of psychically control the energy of the universe toward a specific goal
Druidism — modern Neo-Pagan religion based upon the beliefs of the ancient Celts
Triple Goddess — the Goddess exists as Maiden, Mother, and Crone
Polytheistic — worshipping more than one and/or goddess
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Last updated on Monday, November 14, 2011.
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