The cellular approach to masonry, to avoid the loss of the whole, (think Templars on Friday the 13th...), Wicca HAS NO whole.Blue:
That's a toughie. I mean ... the early covens were lineaged ... true ?
If that were the case then it should be possible for an inquisitor to trace an organized system back to the source.C_A:
In the 1940's-50's, were the penalties intended to be symbolic? There are countless people out there, online, who would answer "yes" to this simply by virtue of the times. But WERE they "symbolic"? No.Blue:
I would agree. It may have been that the anti witchcraft laws were struck down but the Church of England was still incredibly powerful. Maybe they couldn't get jammed up on a practice of the craft but at that time there most have been dozens of "morality" laws that they could have been severely punished for.
It was very much US vs Them. You can see it in the Ardennes. There was a very real and present threat.C_A:
No. Are they today? No. Why SHOULD they be?Blue:
The thing is that those particular threats seem not to be present in today's society. Wicca has gone mainstream to a certain extent.
In some ways it's like a chess board. Everything can be right there out in the open for all to see but if you don't earn your understandings the series of concepts will be so alien to your thought process that you'll never get it.
So .... it appears that there really isn't the need for such secrecy and security in this day and age.
That doesn't speak to what the future may hold. The outcome of any battle is never assured. There's always a possibility that militant extremist Muslim factions will sometime win the day and we all will be living under Sharia Law in another twenty or thirty years.
Maybe it is best to adhere to the old ways. Be mindful that you cannot reveal what you do not know.