Aug 242013
 

Question by winds_of_change: I was wondering if a someone can enlighten me on the Wicca Religion?
I read, some stuff and I am curious about getting started.

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Answer by Slightly Amused 7th Account
www.witchvox.com

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  7 Responses to “I was wondering if a someone can enlighten me on the Wicca Religion?”

  1. People won’t like this, but:

    Wicca is a fairly modern religion that has no real (as in only pretend) connections to ancient religious practices.

    Wicca is basically an “anything goes as long as you don’t hurt someone” religion.

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    If any of you uneducated thumbs-downers have irrefutable proof that I am wrong in ANY of my statements, feel free to offer evidence. But if you can’t, please get a CLUE!

    There is no real connection to any Celtic practice or beliefs — since almost all of the Celtic beliefs/practices were not written down, very little is known about them (educated Wiccans don’t make this particular pretense).

  2. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at http://tinyurl.com/AmyBlackthorn

    Spells can work for anyone. Magic is a system, not a religion. It’s also not good or bad. It’s how you choose to use it.

    I know magic works because I’ve been doing it for years. Wicca is just one of many faiths that embrace Magic. But Wiccans and Witches aren’t
    the only ones who use magic.

    You can be both a Wiccan and a witch, these two words are not the same. None of these words has anything to do with devil worship.

    One of the biggest sore points among Wiccans is the improper usage of the terms “Wiccan” and “Witch”. Too many people use the terms interchangeably,
    presuming that they both mean the same thing. They do not.

    Wiccan
    Wicca is just one of many faiths that embrace Magic. Wicca is a religion, and someone who follows that religion is called a Wiccan. Sometimes it
    can be difficult to accurately define Wicca, and not all Wiccans will define themselves the same way. Observing the 8 Wiccan Sabbats, honoring the
    Gods and/or Goddesses, creating sacred space for rituals, to name a few. Many traditional Wiccans also feel that belonging to a coven is also a
    requirement and that those who practice their religion as a solitary, should not refer to themselves as Wiccan. Personally, I’m still not sure on
    that point. Typical Wiccans also practice magick, and therefore are also witches. You cannot be a “natural Wiccan” any more than you could be a
    “natural Christian”.

    Witch
    The practice of witchcraft is not associated with any religion, therefore you can be a witch and yet also be a member of any number of
    religions (or none). Using the natural energies within yourself, along with the energies of herbs, stones or other elements to make changes
    around you is considered witchcraft. Though the skills and gifts that are part of witchcraft can be inherited from parents or grandparents,
    you aren’t automatically a witch just because your grandmother may have been one. The use of magick takes practice, experience and learning.
    On a side note, a male witch is called a witch, not a warlock.

    Pagan
    While I’m explaining terminology, I thought I would throw in “Pagan” as well. Paganism refers to a variety of non-Christian/Jewish/ Islamic
    religions that are usually polytheistic and are often nature-based. Wicca is only one Pagan religion, but there are others such as Santeria,
    Asatru, or Shamanism. Many people do not necessarily identify with a specific religion, and just use the broad term “Pagan” to define their
    spiritual path. Pagan religions are distinct and separate from each other, and it should not be assumed that they are just different names for
    the same faith.

    Suggested Reading List

    Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham

    Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham

    Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham

    Book of Shadows: A Modern Woman’s Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft and the Magic of the Goddess by Phyllis Curott

    Green Witchcraft by Aoumiel (Ann Moura)

    True Magick by Amber K

    Inner Temple of Witchcraft: Magick, Meditation and Psychic Development by Christopher Penczak

    Heart of Wicca: Wise Words from a Crone on the Path by Ellen Cannon Reed

    The Spiral Dance by Starhawk

    Natural Magic by Marian Green

    Wheel of the Year: Living the Magical Life by Pauline Campanelli

    The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan
    Witchcraft by Ronald Hutton

    AmysGreenDreams.etsy.com

    pagan.meetup.com
    wicca.meetup.com
    witches.meetup.com

    azuregreen.com

    abaxion.com

    ecauldron.net

    paganwiccan.about.com

    witchvox.com

    wicca.timerift.net

    Christians becoming Wiccan
    http://www.wicca-spirituality.com/christian-wicca.html

  3. You can always start by reading some books about Wicca. Wicca by Scott Cunningham is a great start. You can search The Witches Voice to find local events and educational programs as well.

  4. It is a somewhat new religion that claims ties to ancient religions, but doesnt have any(or little) proof of it, i wont comment on my views, just generalizing this. In Wicca, the one and only “Rule” is to pretty much not harm anything in any way, as states the wiccan rede which goes like this “Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill, An it harm none do what ye will”. There are many different beliefs associated with wicca, but all include the following:

    1. A belief in a Godhead, consisting of a Father God and a Mother Goddess.
    2. Magic is real and can be used.
    3. Both the God and Goddess should be respected and worshiped(unless you join a Dianic Coven, the dianic wiccans Prefer the Goddess over the God).
    4. You should observe the “Holy Days” of their religion.

    I didnt give much of a description but but you can look up stuff on witchvox or buy a book or two.

    I myself am Christian and i dont approve much of this religion, to me it seems like more of a “teenage” fad, but of course i respect all the Wiccans because of their vow to harm none and do good deeds, as well as my respect for all religions because of my one belief that goes against something that every religion doesnt accept(or at least none i know about), i believe that what religion you join, or if you even believe in God or not, doesnt mess with your chances of going to paradise. As long as you are a good person i believe you’ll get right on in. God Bless- Jonathan

  5. Merry Meet,

    If you are interested about learning more about Wicca and/or Witchcraft here are a few legitimate sources to glean knowledge from. First being Witchvox at http://www.witchvox.com/. Here you will gain knowledge through fellowship with other of like mind and knowledge through the countless articles posted. If this is not enough one could look into getting online training through the Sacred Mists at http://www.workingwitches.com/ or OZ Wicca at http://www.ozwicca.com/, both are pretty decent for learning the Craft on the Web though like any site they have some issues. Also if you are close enough to an active group that specializes in education and development like the SCWF try and join them even if it’s on a limited capacity.

    If DVD’s are to your liking try Witchcraft Rebirth of the Old Religion by Raymond Buckland (DVD), Discovering Witchcraft by Janet and Stewart Farrar (DVD), Ancient Mysteries Witches by A&E (DVD), Craftwise Volume 1: Candle Magick by Peter Paddon (DVD), Craftwise Volume 2: Cord Magick by Peter Paddon (DVD), Wish on a Spell, Vo. 1 by Deborah Gray (DVD), Practical Magick DVD, The Craft (DVD).

    If books are what you’re interested in I also suggest that you get your hands on Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin and/or The Circle Within by Dianne Sylvan. Both of these books are very good reading and both will give you some deeper insight to the Craft and how it relates to you. Also you cannot go wrong with anything by Scott Cunningham.

    If you are a teen, Elements of Witchcraft: Natural Magick for Teens by Ellen Dugan, and Teen Witch by Silver Ravenwolf is also good. But neither is completely accurate, but they will help you out. Also check out http://www.teenwitch.com/ for more information, it’s a pretty good site for base information.

    Study as much as you need to before deciding that you are Wiccan. Find those near you who are reputable and knowledgeable. Also stay away from those who are playing Wicca if you are serious about the religion and the craft, they will only slow you down and/or mislead you. Also, read all the books you can the good ones as well as the bad ones. Ultimately, study, study and then study some more. Find all you can and definitely cross reference whenever possible, this way you can get the best out of all you learn.

    Remember, you are the one that decides who’s a good or bad author not someone else because every author in my belief has something to offer, all you have to do is ignore the information that is not accurate and/or wrong. Oh and when the opportunity raises cross reference the information learned for accuracy.

    I hope my blurp helps out.

    Blessed Be

    Nyjh

  6. I’d check out http://www.wicca-spirituality.com — Starhawk calls it a very accessible introduction to Wicca. And there’s a lot of indepth detail there on the WHY’s behind the religion.

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