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Pagans, Wiccans and Druids share beliefs

By Meghan Vogel

Pointy black hats, green faces and warts. Sherry Fletcher laughs when she thinks of the typical stereotype of a witch. “I’ve never met anyone who looked like that,” Fletcher said with her clear, blue eyes shining. “Most witches I know are wonderful, everyday people.” Believe it or not, witches can be anyone — mail carriers, coffee servers, software engineers — maybe even your neighbor.

Fletcher is the high priestess among a coven, or group of witches, or Wiccans, in Eureka. Wicca is a loosely organized nature-oriented spiritual tradition with roots in pre-Christian antiquity. Wiccans are often considered pagans, or those who worship nature and a creative universal life force, which usually consists of a dual force — the god and goddess. The two terms, Wicca and pagan, are almost interchangeable, and each individual practitioner seems to have their own definition.

Read the original article at: Times-Standard

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