What Trinitarian Wicca is Really About
I think the Grateful Dead said it best: what a long strange trip it's been.
When I wrote the first book, Christian Wicca: the Trinitarian Tradition, I can honestly say that no idea how many levels of misconception and miscommunications there could be over this subject. First, I never anticipated that people would think that I was trying to combine Bible-thumping Patriarchal Christianity with Neo-Pagan rituals. Second, I thought that more Pagan Wiccans would appreciate our path and support what we were doing, not send hate mail, and dedicate entire websites and essays as to why Christian Wicca could not exist. Obviously, this was very disheartening.
Only recently, did I re-open my old copy of Scott Cunningham's Living Wicca, which was a follow up to his controversial Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner. Immediately after the index was a section entitled A Note to Traditional Wiccans. These few paragraphs explained that this book was a further guide for Solitary practitioners of Wicca. Without hesitation, he stated that his book wasn't an attack on conventional Wicca, covens, or their usual training procedures. He was emphatic about his books being written for individuals in areas where no covens were available to seekers of the Wiccan traditions, or those who wish to remain discreet about their practices for any number of reasons, or perhaps were simple more of a private individual who wished to work with the Lord and Lady in privacy. I felt better after reading his own dismay that I identified with after writing Christian Wicca: the Trinitarian Tradition.
I had traveled a great deal as a musician before devotion this part of my life to owning an occult shoppe and taking on the taste of writing the first book. I had traveled to many places, and met many magickal Christians, Christian Witches, and Wiccans who had not completely dismissed their Christian upbringing. I thought everyone knew what a Christian Witch was! I thought everyone knew how to work with the Psalms, sigils, herbs, candles, oils and spell cast with many aspects of folk Catholicism, Hoodoo, Pow-Wow, and varieties of rural magic found in every part of the United States. All large cities had drugstores and cultural neighborhoods where these products could be purchased. Without realizing it, I began to believe that everyone knew these forms of Christian Magick existed everywhere simply because I had the luxury of being exposed to this way of thinking in my travels. I came from Decatur, Alabama and I had seen various types of folk magick all my life; however, I do not claim any type of family tradition. It was just the way things had always been done.
The nay-sayers never fail to amaze me. What sheltered lives they must have lived to brag that their 60 or 70 years old tradition of Wicca is elite to two thousand years of various forms of Christian folk magick, as well as practices that would never dare to use the word "witchcraft." After all, these were most often church-going people who just happened to "conjure a little now and then," when it was needed. That's all. At times I felt I was utterly alone.
Even now I continue to receive email from some people who say, "I understand what you are saying and how you are practicing . . . Can you just call it something else?" Actually yes, we call it Trinitarian Wicca, but it was too late.
Since publishing my first book Christian Wicca: the Trinitarian Tradition, I have noticed a growing number of blogs, essays, and websites that use the term "Christian Wicca." For the good or the bad, I was the first to take on the task of putting out a book on how to practice Wicca and stay true to one's Christian upbringing, and find a path to recovering the Goddess back into the Trinity. While I am honored that the term seems to have caught on, I have grown concerned the wide variety of practices that may be falling under the umbrella term Christian Wicca.
I am concerned that many individuals have decided to use the catch phrase of Christian Wicca without any concept or consideration for the balance of Lady along side Lord, or any of the elements that make up Wicca. Many people are using the title of Wiccan, but are not actually grasping the concept of God and Goddess, the Wiccan Rede, and what it means to be Wiccan. I suppose that may be true for Wiccans all across the board, not merely those are practicing a henotheistic form of Paganism.
I have often wondered if it was my own fault. Was I was too gentle in the first book? Yet, I believe the first book was great for beginners stepping away from the Church and into the initial teachings of Wicca 101 books, integrating the Christian Trinity into the Sabbats in detail and a general example of a Full Moon Rite.
However, I think that many Pagan practitioners carry a great deal of baggage from their Christian upbringing. Not unlike our own discouragements in Patriarchal Christianity, I believe they felt they had "escaped the Christian God" through Wicca, and our tradition of Wicca hits too close to home. Perhaps Trinitarian Wicca is an unwanted reminder that has brought back unpleasant memories for them. Perhaps some people didn't even read the first book, but was very angered by the title. Some merely flipped through the book, and saw that I did use a few scriptures to point out the hidden Goddesses in the actual Bible and decided that I was clinging to Christian Dogma. Many thought I was trying to combine the Holy Bible, literally, to mix fundamental Christianity and Neo-Paganism. So yes, there were many who missed the whole point of Book One.
The whole point of writing Christian Wicca: the Trinitarian Tradition was that I believed that if I could prove that the Christian Pantheon had a Goddess, then someone comfortable with their Christian Deities would not have to seek a Pagan Goddess in order to practice Wicca. Once the Christian Lord had a Christian Lady, equal and balance, then I would prove the validity of the path of Trinitarian Wicca.
I didn't think this was a far reach at all. I thought with all these generic Wicca books our there referring only to the God and the Goddess, or the Lord and the Lady, I figured there's a good chance that my first book would not be needed at all. I thought that most individuals could simply insert Jesus/God the Father into the Wiccan God/Lord place in the ritual and do the same for their Christian Goddess.