Bravo introduced two new Housewives to season 4 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Carlton Gebbia has been described to “sound like Lisa Vanderpump but act like Brandi Glanville.” In the preview for the season we see Kyle Richards ask Carlton, “Have you explored with witchcraft?” This revealed that Carlton practices Wicca as her religion and she has already been asked questions on Twitter about her beliefs. When a fan asked Carlton if she is really a witch, she replied, “… I am & unfortunately my Faith has a stigma attached that does not cast a positive light upon it but what I practice is.” Adding, “…There r so many misconceptions but I practice white & believe in the power of prayer. not all Wicca, Paganism is dark.” When a fan asked if Carlton worships satan, she said, “Bloody hell NO!” But as far as her view on Jesus, “I really cant answer that. I just don’t feel people r defined by their religious beliefs but by their hearts. No judgement,” she wrote.
So what is Wicca? Here’s how Wikipedia explains it:
The term Wicca first achieved widespread acceptance when referring to the religion in the 1960s and 70s. Prior to that, the term Witchcraft had been more widely used. Whilst being based upon the Old English word wicca, a masculine term for sorcerers, the actual individual who coined the capitalised term Wicca is unknown, though it has been speculated that it was Charles Cardell, who certainly used the term Wiccen during the 1950s.
Beliefs vary markedly between different traditions and individual practitioners. However, various commonalities exist between these disparate groups, which usually include views on theology, the afterlife, magic and morality.
Wiccan views on theology are numerous and varied and there is no universally agreed-upon religious canon, but Wicca is traditionally a duotheistic religion that venerates both a Triple Goddess associated with the Moon and stars and fate, and a Horned God associated with forests and animals and the realm beyond death. These two deities are variously understood through the frameworks of pantheism (as being dual aspects of a single godhead), duotheism (as being two polar opposites), hard polytheism(being two distinct deities in a larger pantheon which includes other pagan gods) or soft polytheism(being composed of many lesser deities). In some pantheistic and duotheistic conceptions, deities from diverse cultures may be seen as aspects of the Goddess or God. However, there are also other theological viewpoints to be found within the Craft, including monotheism, the concept that there is just one deity, which is seen by some, such as Dianic Wiccans, as being the Goddess, whilst by others, like the Church and School of Wicca, as instead being genderless. There are other Wiccans who areatheists or agnostics, not believing in any actual deity, but instead viewing the gods as psychological archetypes of the human mind which can be evoked and interacted with.
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