I noticed your article, "Pomona College Witch Studying Wicca Ways" (by Dick Roraback, July 9) and was astonished at the level of naivete and lack of research indicative in the article. You are evidently unaware of the true purpose of Wicca, witchcraft and "women's spirituality" that have inundated many colleges.
Central to the belief of these groups is a rejection of a God who has "power over" anyone or anything. Rather, power is viewed as "power within."
Margot Adler's useful study, "Drawing Down the Moon" (1979), examines witchcraft as part of a larger neo-pagan phenomenon. According to Adler, members of these groups embrace the values of anarchism, non-authoritarianism, animism, sensuality, passion, and they make no distinction between matter and spirit. To them, Mother Earth is sacred, and whatever divinity exists is immanent, not transcendent. They draw inspiration from European folklore and mythology, especially the ancient Mediterranean Mysteries.
Witches practice what they call "wisecraft." The word wicca predates the Anglo-Saxon word for "wise," originating in the Indo-European root "wic," meaning "bend or turn." Witches think of themselves as people who are both wise and capable of wielding wonder to twist reality as they please.