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Course Description

Wicca is a word that comes with a lot of baggage.  Many people fear Wiccans or Witches, folklore tells us that Witches of any breed should be shunned or feared because they will do bad things to you. This may be the case for a few vindictive individuals and their misguided ideals but it is not the norm. A growing number of people in contemporary society have started looking toward Paganism in general and Wicca specifically as a way to reconnect with nature and religion in a more spiritual and less dogmatic way.  Wicca is a rich religion in this vein that is focused on understanding and living simply within nature, taking a positive approach to life and being a positive example for others.

With that understanding in mind, this course is meant to give you a beginning overview of the Wiccan faith.  We will outline all the major aspects of Wicca that are spread throughout its traditions as well as try to correct some of the misconceptions that are common in the popular understanding of Wicca and Witches. Here you will learn about what drives the faith, what its philosophy is, and we will also illustrate what its practices are from holidays, to concepts of afterlife, to basic rules. While this course isn't meant to be inclusive of the entire religion and its different paths, it will show you the largest groups and provide books and linked resources throughout so you can find more information should you choose to explore this religion more deeply.
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know the history of wicca.
  • Describe the paths of wicca.
  • Describe the faith behind wicca.
  • Describe the wheel of the year and the moon.
  • Describe the tools of wicca.
  • Know the elements.
  • Describe casting a circle.
  • Know spellcraft and its place in wicca, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson One: Wicca Overview

This course is designed to give you an understanding of the Wiccan faith, its philosophy, and its approach to understanding the world we live in. 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Myths of Wicca; Philosophy of Wicca
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 1 Part A: Philosophy of Wicca
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 1 Part B: Local Myths on Wicca
  • Complete Exam: Lesson One: Introductory Overview

Lesson Two: The History of Wicca

Wicca was founded in the 1940s by Gerald Gardner, but its traditions are steeped in much older Pagan rituals that stretch back throughout history. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: The Life of Gerald Gardner; Doreen Valiente: A Review; History of Wicca
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Two: The History of Wicca

Lesson Three : The Paths of Wicca: To Initiate or Not Initiate Parts One of Two

Traditional Wicca generally requires initiation by a High Priest and Priestess who have proven their lineage. The two most common traditional paths are Gardnerian and Alexandrian. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Paths of Alexandrian Wicca; Various Paths of Wicca; Odyssean Wicca
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Three: The Paths of Wicca: to Initiate or Not Initiate Part One of Two

Lesson Four: To Initiate or Not Initiate, Part Two of Two

Now that we have looked at how you can initiate into the traditional paths of Wicca, it is time to explore the other option: non-traditional Wicca. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Non Traditional Paths of Wicca; Traditional Wicca and Non-traditional Wicca; Dianic Wicca
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Four: To Initiate or Not Initiate Part Two of Two

Lesson Five: Understanding the Faith: the Gods, the Rede and Tenets

As we have seen, there are many different pathways you can take to begin to explore and understand Wicca. However, even though there are many different paths, they all emanate from one source, which is the basis of the Wiccan faith. 28 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Wiccan Rede: An Analysis; Rule of three
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 5: Crux of Rede
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Five: Understanding The Faith: The Gods, The Rede and Tenets

Lesson Six: The Wheel of the Year and The Moon

The Wheel of the Year is the name of the Wiccan calendar, it refers to the cycle of sacred days throughout the year, and is another foundation of the Wiccan faith. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Wheel of the Year; Minor Holidays of Wicca; Wiccan Holidays
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Six: The Wheel of the Year and The Moon

Lesson Seven : The Tools of Wicca

Wiccans employ many different symbols and tools in their practice. Some are meant to aid visualization, some are meant to represent specific things, and others are tools used to perform specific functions. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Wiccan Ritual Tools; The Book of Shadows; Symbols
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Seven: The Tools of Wicca

Lesson Eight: The Elements

The four elements: earth, air, fire, and water make up four points of the pentacle and hold important roles in Wiccan ritual and practice. The elements have many correspondences and associations that are meaningful for Wiccan practice. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: The Element Basics
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Eight: The Elements

Lesson Nine: Casting a Circle

Rituals for creating a circle can be created by the group or individual practitioner, as well. It is important for practitioners to feel connected to the sacred space they are creating. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Casting a Circle; Magic Circle
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Nine: Casting a Circle

Lesson Ten: Spellcraft and Its Place in Wicca

Spells instantly conjure images from stories and movies about curses, and hexes. This lesson will examine and correct some of those misconceptions. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Spellcraft: An Overview
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Ten: Spellcraft and its Place in Wicca

Lesson Eleven: Correspondences and Review

This lesson is meant to show how the "correspondences," mentioned throughout, work in more detail, as well as to provide you with a short review. 84 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Wiccan Correspondences; Elemental Correspondences
  • Take Poll: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 11: Common Correspondences
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Eleven: Correspondences and Review
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Wicca 101
Course Number: 7550084
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Spiritual Education
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
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