Witchology, the history of Wicca & Witchcraft
by Dr Leo Ruickbie
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That's what this website is here to find out. Witchology.com is the website of WICA - the Witchcraft Information Centre and Archive - founded in 1999 by Dr Leo Ruickbie as a research and education provider specialising in the areas of Witchcraft, Wicca, Paganism, Magic (Magick) and the Occult. We have been online continuously since 2000.
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Released under a Creative Commons licence, Open Source Wicca is a revolutionary approach to one of the fastest growing religions today. Based on the Open Source software movement, Open Source Wicca aims to make the 'source code' of Wicca accessible to everyone to further research, development and understanding.
Open Source Wicca
The beginnings of Wicca are disputed and shrouded in mystery. From what we know of it, it was authoritarian, hierarchical and resistant to change - Gerald Gardner, its founder, kept tight reins on his group. But he failed to control it. Since then it has grown through an unfettered process of modification and adaptation amongst a networked, decentralised and unregulated community. Gardner's own approach to the occult tradition from out of which he formed Wicca was 'open source', although he would have been unfamiliar with the terminology. Those he inspired have similarly treated his work as 'open source' and have developed it for their own needs and in their own ways. This has endowed Wicca with an unparalled vigour and dynamism. What began as a small secret society a little more than fifty years ago has since become one of the fastest growing religions today with some predicting that it will be the third largest religion in the USA by 2012.
It was Gardner's own approach that inspired me to launch this open source project, but what really motivated me was people's continuing misunderstanding of what Wicca is all about and the absence of authoritative sources of information. Then, when I thought about it a little more, I realised that there was something more fundamental in this approach - no one should control access to spirituality and everyone should be free to create it for themselves.
Dr Leo Ruickbie
The Open Source Wicca Project
Open Source Wicca: The Gardnerian Tradition
Gardner's original ritual documents, sometimes referred to as the Gardnerian Book of Shadows, covering Wicca's formative years from 1949 to 1961. Contents include: Casting the Circle, Drawing Down the Moon, Lift Up the Veil, Initiation, The Sabbat Rituals, and more.
Have you also been inspired by the idea of making Wicca open source? You can take the material published here under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike licence and do almost anything you like with it, put it on your own website, perform it on stage, even try it out for yourself. You can also get directly involved with this project and contribute your own work and ideas. If you want to get involved, then see the contact page for information on how to get in touch.
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