TEENS AND WICCA

Why (and how) many youth are drawn to Wicca

"... the sin of witchcraft..." -1st Samuel 15:23

By B.A. Robinson

Why are so many teens drawn to Wicca?

Youth often go through a period of spiritual searching. They sometimes abandon the religion of their parents, and seek a different religious group or spiritual movement that is more suited to their beliefs. Some of the factors in Wicca that they might find attractive are:


How many Wiccan youth are there?

There is no method by which an accurate estimate can be made of the number of Wiccans in North America. Phyllis Curott, author of an autobiographical Wiccan journal "Book of Shadows" is reported as estimating the number in the U.S. as 3 to 5 million. 2 This seems high. Because of the decentralized nature of the religion, no records are kept of the Wiccan population. However, various attempts to estimate the number have been based on book sales and the numbers of visitors to Wiccan festivals. U.S. estimates of 250,000 to 400,000 Wiccans are typical. 

Estimating the number of Wiccan youth is even less accurate. However, there are some indications that the total number of members is large and is growing quickly:


References:

  1. Ashlynn's Grove has reviews of selected films with Pagan and/or Occult themes at: http://paganism.com/ag/articles/films2.html 
  2. Phyllis Curott, "Book of Shadows: A modern woman's journey into the wisdom of witchcraft and the magic of the Goddess," Broadway books, (1999). This book is written in the form of an autobiographical Wiccan's journal as she transitions from her legal world of facts and evidence into the Witch's world of imagination and spirituality. You can read reviews or buy this book.
  3. "Teen Witch: Wicca for a new generation," Llewellyn, (1999). If you can get past the book's truly awful cover, the contents give an excellent introduction to Wicca for youths, and some guidance for parents. You can read reviews and/or safely order this book from Amazon.com
  4. Catherine Edwards, "Wicca casts spell on teen-age girls," Insight Magazine, 1999-OCT. 
  5. Spiritual Counterfeits Project has a web site at: http://www.scp-inc.org/ They have a counseling hotline at access@scp-inc.org or (510) 540-5767.
  6. The Witch's Voice has a website at: http://www.witchvox.com/

Copyright 1999 to 2005 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2005-FEB-12
Author: B.A. Robinson

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