Wicca. A craft of magic and empowerment, believes that every element has a consciousness directly linked with Nature. If we are open to this consciousness, it acts as our guide in life. Wicca is all about developing an enhanced awareness, both of one's surroundings and of oneself
A Witch's worldAn interview with Delhi-based Wiccan Ipsita Roy Chakraverti who belongs to the Pagan School of Wicca:
What are the sources of energy used by a Wiccan?
All the elements—Earth, rocks, wood. When the world was formed, there was consciousness in the elements, and it is the same consciousness that is drawn upon by a Wiccan.
Are symbols used in Wicca?
No, we don't use symbols, but in certain Wiccan traditions, a circle is drawn clockwise with the Athame and the Wiccan stays inside that circle. The powers are then contained within that space.
How does a Wiccan heal?
Wiccans use the Athame, an extension of the healing hand. There is also crystal, amber (not used in any other alternative stream of healing) and rose quartz. Certain mantras or chants are also used. A Wiccan uses certain parts of the body, like the eyes to channelize energy.
How can Wicca empower women?
Historically, witches have been burnt at the stake. Fortunately, in the West now Wicca is being taken positively as revering the wise woman. But in India, it is still considered evil. I do get a lot of inquiries from women who want to become witches. I have done workshops with women in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, in India. My book (Beloved Witch) also has some simple spells, which have been used by people.
Is Wicca becoming popular, then?
Everybody learns with a purpose, which might be love, revenge, money, power. To those who are serious, I recommend a few books, The Golden Bough by James Frazer, for instance, and then talk to them. Unfortunately, very few want to empower themselves without any ulterior motive.
I've found keen interest in the younger generation. In colleges, girls want to know about the spiritual side of Wicca. About toning the mind, helping others. That is where I am going to focus now. There are about 1,000 students in Bengal who have adopted the Wiccan way of life.
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