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Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual

Nikki Bado-Fralick

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2005
ISBN:
9780195166453
eISBN:
9780199835799
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195166450.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book offers an ethnographic study of the initiation ritual practiced by one coven of Witches located in Ohio. As a High Priestess within the coven as well as a scholar of religion, the author of ... More


Concluding Remarks

Nikki Bado-Fralick

in Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2005
ISBN:
9780195166453
eISBN:
9780199835799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195166450.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the author. It begins with an assessment of reflexivity as a nontraditional methodology for religious studies scholarship. It then talks about the ... More


Epilogue: She Changes Everything She Touches

Nikki Bado-Fralick

in Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2005
ISBN:
9780195166453
eISBN:
9780199835799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195166450.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This short epilogue talks about the changes that have come to the Merry Circle. The Merry Circle no longer exists as a single practicing group, because some of its members either have already ... More


The Last Debate?

Ian Bostridge

in Witchcraft and its Transformations c.1650–c.1750

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198206538
eISBN:
9780191677205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206538.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, Social History

This chapter examines the last major debate on the issue of witchcraft in England during the early 18th century. This debate was between Richard Boulton and Francis Hutchinson. In 1715, Boulton ... More


Dancing between Binary Poles: Life as a Scholar-Practitioner

Nikki Bado-Fralick

in Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2005
ISBN:
9780195166453
eISBN:
9780199835799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195166450.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter presents the author's thoughts about Wicca and philosophy. The chapter talks about the author's initiation into the Craft, the insider/outsider dichotomy, and her study of religion and ... More


Stumbling toward Wisdom

Nikki Bado-Fralick

in Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2005
ISBN:
9780195166453
eISBN:
9780199835799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195166450.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter begins with the author's account of her introduction to the Craft. It then discusses deities, the coming of the “Jahweh-in-Drag”, coven structure and organization, ritual, text and ... More


The Merry Circle

Nikki Bado-Fralick

in Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2005
ISBN:
9780195166453
eISBN:
9780199835799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195166450.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter introduces the author's coven and describes its basic ritual patterns. The author established her coven, called the Merry Circle, in 1984. The Merry Circle is composed of six Priestesses ... More


The Path toward the Circle

Nikki Bado-Fralick

in Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2005
ISBN:
9780195166453
eISBN:
9780199835799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195166450.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter focuses on the initiation of the path towards Wicca. Topics covered include the recruitment of new members, public education and outreach, teaching the craft to those interested in ... More


The Rite of Dedication: Getting behind the Wheel

Nikki Bado-Fralick

in Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2005
ISBN:
9780195166453
eISBN:
9780199835799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195166450.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter discusses the Rite of Dedication, the first formal, ritualized step toward initiation into the coven. This ceremony of self-blessing and dedication to study marks a change in the status ... More


Coming to the Edge of the Circle

Nikki Bado-Fralick

in Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan Initiation Ritual

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2005
ISBN:
9780195166453
eISBN:
9780199835799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195166450.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter focuses on the Dedicant's initiation. It discusses the screening process for potential Dedicants and the actual rite of initiation. An analysis of how the initiation ceremony continues ... More


The Emergence of Unchurched Traditions

Robert C. Fuller

in Spiritual, but not Religious: Understanding Unchurched America

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195146806
eISBN:
9780199834204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195146808.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In colonial America, only 15% of the population belonged to a church. The majority was nonetheless spiritual at a personal level, but fashioned their personal beliefs by drawing upon a variety of ... More


Gerald’s People

Ronald Hutton

in The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207443
eISBN:
9780191677670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207443.003.0012
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter discusses significant developments in the career of Gerald Gardner. The 1950s were the decade in which Gardner announced the existence of his witch religion to the world, and succeeded ... More


Healing, Witchcraft, and the Body Politic in Restoration Britain

Peter Elmer

in The Miraculous Conformist: Valentine Greatrakes, the Body Politic, and the Politics of Healing in Restoration Britain

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199663965
eISBN:
9780191745379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663965.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, History of Religion

This chapter extends the analysis of Greatrakes cures to include discussion of his own peculiar explanation for the success of his cures, which he construed as a form of exorcism. Greatrakes, as ... More


Going public

Lionel Laborie

in Enlightening Enthusiasm: Prophecy and religious experience in early eighteenth-century England

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780719089886
eISBN:
9781526104007
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089886.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

Chapter 4 explores the debate around enthusiasm in late Stuart England. After looking at the French Prophets’ millenarian assemblies, during which they performed Biblical allegories and miracles, it ... More


John Wagstaffe, Witchcraft and the Nature of Restoration Free-Thought

Michael Hunter

in The Decline of Magic: Britain in the Enlightenment

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780300243581
eISBN:
9780300249460
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300243581.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter comprises the study of John Wagstaffe's The Question of Witchcraft Debated (1669) that was published in 1995. This is a reprint close to its original form, and has been cited by other ... More


From the Deists to Francis Hutchinson

Michael Hunter

in The Decline of Magic: Britain in the Enlightenment

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780300243581
eISBN:
9780300249460
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300243581.003.0003
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter expands more fully on Wagstaffe's legacy. It takes the story forward into the early eighteenth century. The chapter considers the comparable views that were expressed by Deists and ... More


Luciferian Witchcraft: At the Crossroads between Paganism and Satanism

Fredrik Gregorius

in The Devil’s Party: Satanism in Modernity

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199779239
eISBN:
9780199979646
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779239.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter discusses Luciferian Witchcraft, which is to a great extent a spin-off from the Wicca movement, but with a satanic twist. While Wicca has created a “medium tension” towards society, by ... More


The Cultural Evolution of Religion

Joseph Bulbulia, Armin W. Geertz, Quentin D. Atkinson, Emma Cohen, Nicholas Evans, Pieter François, Herbert Gintis, Russell D. Gray, Joseph Henrich, Fiona M. Jordon, Ara Norenzayan, Peter J. Richerson, Edward Slingerland, Peter Turchin, Harvey Whitehouse, Thomas Widlok, and David S. Wilson

in Cultural Evolution: Society, Technology, Language, and Religion

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780262019750
eISBN:
9780262318297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019750.003.0020
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Religion may be one factor that enabled large-scale complex human societies to evolve. Utilizing a cultural evolutionary approach, this chapter seeks explanations for patterns of complexity and ... More


The Black Legend of Prince Rupert's Dog: Witchcraft and Propaganda during the English Civil War

Mark Stoyle

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780859898591
eISBN:
9781781384978
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859898591.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

One of the more bizarre consequences of the English Civil War of 1642-46 was the elevation to celebrity status of a ‘dog-witch’ named Boy. The loyal companion of King Charles I's nephew, Prince ... More


Some Early Astronomy

David Clarke

in Reflections on the Astronomy of Glasgow: A story of some 500 years

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748678891
eISBN:
9780748689286
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748678891.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

The activities of the first local notable person related to Glasgow astronomy form this chapter. George Sinclair, Professor of Natural Philosophy, is known for his tracts on physics, astronomy, ... More


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