A close friend, her nickname from me to her is Moon, went with me on a tour of the historical churches in our town last Christmas. She’s pagan but hasn’t settled in on any practice.
Every high church (the old denominations modeled after Catholicism or Lutheranism) had altars and a candle area. While the beliefs concerning each were different from church to church it was clear they were borrowing from each other.
What was so funny that night is every time this friend saw either thing in a church she would mention it - look, an altar to the “house” deity; look, candle magic. We ended up having a lot of fun with it by the night’s end.
It was her willingness to come check out these historical buildings, learn about the beliefs of the people who still practice there, while also having fun and pointing out these synchronous beliefs that helped bring me back to Wicca. So many others would say, and rightfully so in many cases, church hurt me and I’m not walking into a building like that. She went, had fun with it, and her example helped me step away from organized faith into the eclectic views I have today.
It’s good to have education like this because it can be helpful to us but also helpful to others so they don’t see us as “the other” but as human beings with valid belief systems of our own. I’m thankful you, and others on here, took the time to engage with the video. I’m still learning so much but I agree it’s comforting to know Wicca didn’t grow in a vacuum and it’s another valid form of belief.