Due to its ancient past, Wicca is considered to be an extremely old religion. During the middle age, a form of this religion existed in Europe. However, all forms of witchcraft were attacked by Christians at that point of time as they considered it to be pagan – that is counter effort to the works of Christians. Some examples of this include Spanish Inquisition and witch hunting in Salem. Due to this, witchcraft suffered immense persecution leading to the suppression of this movement.
The up rise of the Wiccan religion began once again in the 20th century when a large number of scholars started studying the traditions and history of this religion. As a result, the laws that were against this practice were reviewed. This religion underwent immense transformation and was interpreted by Gerald Gardner in a way that suited the present time. This modern interpretation of the Wiccan religion has also led to the revival of the connected that existed somewhere under ground. However, rejoining hallowed places such as England’s stone hedge gave the impression of their union with the ancient traditions.
Wicca is considered to be a novel religion due to the change in its form and the changes that it has undergone. For instance, women play a major role in this religion; they are urged to lead, as well as derive a meaning and purpose from this Wiccan community. The present age Wiccan religion has witnessed active participation from women and focus on women related issues through books and other means. Due to this, the Wiccan religion gets a distinct image when compared to the male dominated version of the earlier times. Men were central forces in the Wiccan movement in the medieval times. However, this situation has changed to a great extent.