It is not known who precisely invented the term "Wicca" in reference to the religion, although one possibility is that it might have been Gardner's rival Charles Cardell, who was referring to it as the "Craft of the Wiccens" by 1958.
In ensuing decades, members of certain traditions – those known as British Traditional Wicca – began claiming that only they should be termed "Wiccan", and that other forms of the religion must not use it.
Allways had mild Intrest in witchcraft, shamanism and pagan concepts, also myth and faery folk, but never really read any books or researched it. I have been a witch for many years, was a Council Member of the Pagan Federation for 13 years.
Wicca often involves the ritual practice of magic, though it is not always necessary.Scholars of religion categorise it as both a new religious movement and as part of the occultist stream of Western esotericism.It was developed in England during the first half of the 20th century and was introduced to the public in 1954 by Gerald Gardner, a retired British civil servant.Some traditions, collectively referred to as British Traditional Wicca, strictly follow the initiatory lineage of Gardner and consider the term Wicca to apply only to similar traditions, but not to newer, eclectic traditions.Wicca is typically duotheistic, worshipping a Goddess and a God.