I was wondering if wiccans could take advantage of earth day and use it as a way to get people to become wiccan.
And of course, if they could, then why wouldn't they?
I bring up wicca in particular because of their ties to various forms of worship that involve the earth.
In light of that thought, I would like to discuss how easy it is to dismiss the validity of the wiccan cult.
Just in case you're a Christian who might be faced with the challenge of having a conversation with a friend or family member who believes the lies of the wiccan cult.
It's a whole lot easier to dismiss wicca then you might think.
Here are some facts about wicca that will show you just how silly the cult is.
For starters, the cult was founded by this guy.
That is the best picture I could find of him and probably the most common one known.
He lived from June 13, 1884 to Feb 12, 1964
In 1939 he decided to join a cult and during his initiation ceremony, he heard the word "Wica" Which is an old English word for "witchcraft". After hearing that word, Gerald immediately came to the assumption that the cult he was joining was based on an early form of witchcraft that dated back a few hundred years before 1939.
His assumptions were later proven wrong by fellow wiccan (Philip Hesselton) who did research on the cult of wicca in an effort to validate the origins of the cult itself.
Philip came to the conclusion that wicca was started in the early 20th century.
Based on what he calls "folk magik". Which is the description of practices and traditions held by people who are members of the wiccan cult.
Hesselton came to this conclucion after realizing, no wiccan traditions could be dated back to the times Gerald Gardner claimed they could.
After the second world war Gerald Gardner started a coven of his own which met at a nudest camp in London.
Although having started the coven, Gerald hadn't formed the cult wicca at this time.
Instead, he joined several other cults, the ancient druid order, the ancient british church (who ordained him as a priest) and the order of woodcraft chivalry.
All in the pursuit of what Gerald considered intellectual understanding.
During this time Gerald renovated, or partially renovated an abandoned library that was in need of some serious repairs. Essentially turning a condemned building into his home and calling it a "Museum of Magic and Witchcraft".
The charter for which Gerald Gardner wrote the wiccan cult is pieced together from books Gardner found in the abandoned library.
The charter (a rule book with practices and suggestions on how to be a wiccan) which allowed Gerald Gardner to practice wicca was signed by a single individual named Aleister Crowley.
A little while after the signing of the charter a man named Gerald Yorke (a friend of Crowley's) reported that Gerald Gardner paid Crowley £300 to sign the charter that gave Gardner the right to practice wicca.
In the end Gardner died poor and his books were used after his death by individuals who seen a profit in selling them commercially. But the charter Gerald Gardner wrote, never sold more then a few thousand copies world wide.
It wasn't until the mid 60's when the poet Robert Graves, wrote a book called, "on the nature of poetic myth-making" that wicca got the attention of some unexpected individuals who were known for examining the unusual.
Essentially the original books that came from Gerald Gardners charter were sold in a collection of artifacts to "Ripleys Believe it or Not" By Gerald Gardner's, High Priestess', Monique Wilson after Gerald bequeathed it to her in his will.
Gerald's corpse and his artifacts were moved to America by Ripley's Believe it or Not and put on display, where they gained even more popularity as a freak show, until the collection was sold off during the 1980's.
It was discovered by the High Priestess Eleanor Bone, at the time of the auction that Gerald's remains were buried in a site that was scheduled for redevelopment.
Eleanor raised the money to have Geralds corpse moved to Tunis. Near Carthage and the Mediterranean Sea. A new Plague was put over the grave that reads, ""Father of Modern Wicca. Beloved of the Great Goddess"
The selling of the collection and the re-burial of Geralds corpse coincidentally, happened to be shortly before wicca first became known by the media, when 3 (wiccan) teens were accused of murdering someone for a ritual sacrifice.
Wicca came into the world through a man who used various books he found in a condemned library and only became popular after the cult itself was put on display by Ripley's Believe it or Not and made public by the media over what was believed to be a ritual sacrifice.