What is Wicca?
Wicca is a Pagan religion. It is frequently termed a neopagan religion (meaning modern religious movement), however it is in actual fact an old religion, predating Christianity. Also referred to as the Craft, or Witchcraft, Wicca has been described as one of the fasted growing religions of the West, and has both been glamorised by Hollywood, and received critical and false press for the sake of sensational headlines.
As with many religions, there are many different traditions within Wicca, and many different ways of practising the Craft, however the vast majority of Wiccans have the following beliefs:
God and Goddess
Wiccans believe in both a male and a female deity.
Respect for Nature
Wiccans respect nature, and believe we should care for nature, and not take more from the world around us than we need.
Freedom of spiritual choice
Wiccans believe that everyone is entitled to their own spiritual beliefs, provided they do not harm anyone else. Wiccans do not seek to convert, believing that everyone has the right to follow their own spiritual or religious path, and if Wicca is the correct path, that person will find it themselves without coercion.
What you say, think and do is your own responsibility.
As a Wiccan, you are responsible for fulfilling your potential and being the best self you can be at all times throughout your life.
Wiccans are their own priest/priestess
Every individual has both the right and ability to communicate with deities by themselves. No intermediary is needed to communicate or interpret the God and Goddess.
Wiccans believe in the Law of Threefold Return. Whatever you do, be it good or ill, it will be visited back on you threefold.
Wiccans believe in reincarnation.
The Wiccan Rede
The word Rede derives from Middle English, and means advice or counsel. The long version of the Wiccan Rede can easily be found online. The phrase most commonly cited from the Wiccan Rede is “An it harm none, do what ye will”. Essentially, if it harms no one, do as you wish. The principle of harming none underpins the Wiccan philosophy.
Some of the Myths!
Witches are Devil worshippers!
Wiccans do not even believe in, much less worship, a devil.
Witches practise Black Magic!
Magic does not have a colour. A person practising magic can have either honourable or dishonourable intentions. Wiccans believe in harming none, and the law of threefold return, and do not use magic for ill.
Witches sacrifice animals!
Witches respect nature, and uphold the philosophy of harming none.
Witches fly on broomsticks!
Witches fly in aeroplanes!
When I first talked about setting up a blog, several of my friends immediately exclaimed “You should blog about Wicca, it would be really interesting!”. This post was really the briefest of insights, but hopefully it was! Blessed be.