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Halloween Is The Biggest Day Of The Year For The Fastest Growing Religion In America

by Michael Snyder, End of the American Dream:

If you are a witch, Halloween is not just another holiday.  For Wiccans, the festival known as “Samhain” is the time when the veil between the living and the dead is the thinnest, and so communication with the other side is the easiest.  And as you will see below, it is also the time “when the god dies, to be reborn again on the Winter Solstice”.  Many Americans are still very unfamiliar with Wicca, but the truth is that it is rapidly growing in popularity.  In fact, it has been projected that Wicca will soon become the third largest “religion” in America after Christianity and Islam.  According to the American Religious Identification Survey, the number of self-identified Wiccans in the United States grew from 8,000 in 1990 to 134,000 in 2001 to 342,000 in 2008.  The New York Post recently ran an article which stated that some experts have estimated that the number of witches in the U.S. is doubling every 30 months, and that there may now be “8 million undeclared practitioners” of “the craft” in this country.

So needless to say, this is a group of people that is very much growing in numbers and in influence.  And of course not all of them believe the exact same things.  Among various Wiccan groups there is tremendous variation in doctrine and practice.

One common thread that you will find among many of them, however, is a disdain for “Halloween”.  They tend to consider most Halloween traditions to be distorted Christianized versions of ancient pagan practices, and most of them are not really too thrilled with the mixing of the two.

For most Wiccans, the proper name for the day is “Samhain”, and it is a celebration that they take very seriously.  The following comes from a piece that was authored by a self-described “modern-day pagan and real-life Wiccan“…

Today, the holiday is still celebrated in the non-standardized, revived witchcraft tradition known as Wicca, and in the even less standardized group known as neo-pagans. In these circles, Halloween is called Samhain (pronunciations vary; I go with Sah-wen). Its significance and celebrations are rooted in traditional, pre-Christian practice, though they are by no means exact replicas.

October 31st is the midway point between the Autumn Equinox and the Winter Solstice. As such it is considered the end of the harvest time, when everything has stopped growing and the earth goes back to sleep. On the Wiccan calendar, known as the “wheel of the year” it is also the day when the god dies, to be reborn again on the Winter Solstice. Samhain is therefore the day when the veil between the living and the dead is considered thinnest, and is a time to remember people in our lives who have passed away.

Here is more on what Wiccans believe about Samhain from

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10 comments to Halloween Is The Biggest Day Of The Year For The Fastest Growing Religion In America

  • randy0302

    OMFG Witches?
    What a fucktard!
    Another devaluation for SGT Report credibility…..just above junk!

    Carry On! and grow up!

    • Goldbug

      Seems like he is just stating facts. Why is that such a problem.

    • KSKing

      I’m no fan of Snyder, regardless of his motivations or whether he does it intentionally, he uses FEAR constantly, I’m assuming to drive traffic to his site. In spite of this, he still posts interesting, relevant, and sometimes thought provoking info.

      Wiccan and it’s form of Witchcraft is very much real, it is a Religion, it’s membership has exploded in the past decade, thanks in large part to HP… Harry Potter. It is a very selfish and manipulative religion. Hmm… that pretty much describes the USA in a nutshell, so no wonder it’s flourishing here. It is basically another secret society and therefor is very involved in the occult. I am certain most would be shocked at just how many practicing wiccans there are. There are plenty here in ‘Religious’ D/FW, TX I can assure you.

      If you don’t like what Sean posts here @ SGT then move on. I appreciate the different voices he gives an audience to. It helps clarify the bigger picture. But if you don’t like or are not interested in a post it’s real simple what to do… nothing. Just move on to the next one. Kinda like dealing with trolls. If you just ignore them, eventually they’ll fade away.

    • Christine

      Don’t take it on SGT. Sean is only posting the ramblings of an ex-attorney, terrified of the unknown and very short of the personal moral compass necessary for him to get through uncertainty without imploding.

      Think about it this way: Snyder represents a very large portion of this country’s inhabitants. Looking for answers in all the wrong places by failing to ask the right, reasonable questions. It’s called… brainwashed. I kinda pity the poor schlemiel… I know he’s not sleeping well.

  • dorian

    i’ll take wiccans and all the idiotic stuff they believe in over that other group that believes in 500 year old men building 450 foot boats to house millions of animals.

  • Peter

    Do not subscribe to self-inflicted normal-icy bias. Just because you don’t like the message from the author doesn’t mean it’s not true. Knowledge of priest child molesters goes all the way to the top of the command chain – this is easily provable. So is it really hard to believe this stuff (Wicca) doesn’t go on? Really?!? You’re a bigger fool than you know (par for the course, I guess). Or, you are indeed a troll/shill. And if that’s the case, do yourself a favor and jump off the nearest 5+ story building you can find. You fail, idiot.

  • Peter

    correction: does go on.
    Egg on my face! 🙂

  • glitter 1

    Yup,just another empty slot for all the really smart people with all the answers/right opinions to prove/confirm them.
    Pr 18:13 ¶ He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
    Ro 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

    The truth for what it’s worth:

    Watch and educate yourself.

  • Noname

    I see addiction to religion is like an addiction to Facebook. Take that away from someone, he/she will have no real meaning in his/her life.

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