Have you ever wondered why someone would call themselves a "witch"? Or what's the difference between a "Wiccan" and a witch? Or whether Wiccans believe in God, or a god, or many deities? Or if some form of magic is real? Or whether there are spiritual people who share your love of nature and the outdoors?

Come find out! The Coven of Our Lady of the Woods will be presenting a six-week series on Wiccan beliefs and practices at 7 PM on Wednesdays, August 23, 2017 - September 27, 2017 at the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos (1738 N. Sage Street).

Topics covered in the classes include an Introduction to Wicca, its history, world view and theology; the holidays it celebrates throughout the year; basic beliefs and ethics of the Craft; use of magick; the role of ritual and various rites of passage; and what it means to live as a pagan in the modern world.

“Our intention is to provide information to the public about the religion and spiritual practice of Wicca.” Rowan, a member of the group, commented. “There are a good many misconceptions about Wicca, and we offer this series periodically so that the public has access to correct information.” “Proselytizing is not part of Wiccan practice,” she continued. “Practitioners of Wicca, which is also called the Craft, believe that there are many paths to the center and that each soul finds its own way.”

Call 672-1278 or visit www.ladywoods.org for more information.

The presenters want to make it clear that this program is for informational purposes, and is not intended to proselytize, recruit, or "witness." Those who might like to become involved in Wicca are welcome to discuss options with us after the program; for all others, we wish you well on your spiritual journey no matter what religious affiliation you choose, or whether you choose none.

Class Topics (all classes are on Wednesdays and begin promptly at 7 PM)

August 23, 2017: The Goddess of a Thousand Names
The story of the goddess in ancient times and the present, told with fascinating images of goddesses and gods from many cultures.

August 30, 2017: History/Herstory
An overview of pagan and witchcraft history presented in story, song, and short dramatic skits. You will learn the difference between myth, legend, and history and what role witches and pagans have played in making history throughout the ages.

September 6, 2017: Wheel of the Year
The moon and sun cycles tell the stories of the goddess and the god and also trace the Wiccan year of sabbats: Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lammas, Mabon, and Samhain. An opportunity to experience the themes of all eight sabbats in one evening.

September 13, 2017: Ethics and Magick
We will discuss the Wiccan Rede, Law of Three, and other ethical guidelines followed by most pagans and witches. These are the foundation of ethical magical practice.

September 20, 2017: Wiccan Cosmology and Theology
How do Wiccans view the universe? This class presents the Wiccan world view, paying particular attention to our inner connection with all creation and the sacredness of life. We will discuss other beliefs, such as reincarnation, who the deities are, and more.

September 27, 2017: Living Pagan
What does it mean to live as a pagan? Is it more than proclaiming you are in sync with the natural rhythms of the year? A panel will also talk about their own personal practices. We will discuss what it is like to belong to a pagan or Wiccan group, and talk about the many flavors of groups available.

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