What are Wicca and Paganism?

Here we have some information for those who want to know more aboot Wicca and Paganism. You can also share this with those whom might have been misinformed or are curious aboot these paths.

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Paganism vs. Wicca? And Just What Is Wicca?

“When one defines oneself as Pagan, it means she or he follows an earth or nature religion, one that sees the divine manifest in all creation. The cycles of nature are our holy days, the earth is our temple, its plants and creatures our partners and teachers. We worship a deity that is both male and female, a mother Goddess and a father God, who together created all that is, was, or will be. We respect life, cherish the free will of sentient beings, and accept the sacredness of all creation.” – Edain McCoy

Here are some key learning and discussion points about Paganism and Wicca:

  • Paganism is like the continent, Wicca is like a country.
  • Pagans consist of Wiccans and other Neopagan paths.
  • Wicca, sometimes called “The Craft” or “The Craft of the Wise” is one of many earth based religions.
  • A follower of Wicca is called a Wiccan. Some Wiccans also refer to themselves as Witches, Pagans, or Neopagans.
  • Both men and women use the term Witch.
  • A person may be a Wiccan who does or does not practice Witchcraft or spellcraft.
  • Also, not all witches are Wiccan.
  • Many of the original teachings and customs of many Pagan paths have been lost. A lot of Wiccan beliefs and practices are relatively new, inspired by ancient times.
  • Wicca is recently created, or Neopagan , but based on the symbols, seasonal celebrations, beliefs and deity of Ancient Celtic societies.
  • Wicca is not a single religion; it is a grouping of many different traditions.
  • Many of these branches can be traced back to Gardnerian tradition, founded by Gerald Gardner in the United Kingdom in the 1940’s.
  • It is a tradition and a custom to study and train in Wicca’s studies and teachings for a year and a day before initiating into the religion.
  • Wiccans can choose to remain in solitary practice or enter a coven.
  • A coven is a group of 3 or more. Some are informal and relaxed in structure, others require potential members to pass training and become formally initiated.
  • Many solitaries choose to practice and celebrate with others occasionally and on special occasions or sabbats.

What Wicca Is…

  • A modern version of the original pre- Christian, European, shamanic religion.
  • A Pagan (Earth based, non Judeo- Christian) religion.
  • A collection of earth, nature, and fertility oriented beliefs, laws, practices, and celebrations.
  • An acknowledgement of the male and female sides of divinity.
  • A belief in reincarnation, magick, and divination.
  • A spiritual and philosophical path, but first and foremost a religion.
  • A religion that lacks doctrine created by a hierarchy and does not have a specific holy book or bible.
  • A grouping of a number of traditions.
  • A religion that allows individuals to work and practice alone.
  • A spiritual path that assumes that individuals will develop and continue their own belief system and practices.
  • A path that encourages its initiates to think for themselves and apply beliefs and laws to their life according to what feels best for them.
  • A religion where all initiates are priests and priestesses in their own right and can perform all their own rituals and ceremonies.
  • A spiritual path that is a lifestyle and world view, and is practiced every day in every fiber of one’s being.

What Wicca Is Not…

  • The result of an unbroken ancient line of Witches and Pagans, hidden for protection from persecution.
  • Rituals involving animal or human sacrifice.
  • Rituals involving orgies or abuse.
  • The worship or belief in Satan or a similar completely evil entity. Pentagrams and pentacles are not symbols of this either.
  • The destruction or disrespect of Christianity or other Judeo Christian religions, or Anti- Christian.
  • A cult
  • A hierarchy with endless secret degrees of initiation; there are only 3 in most traditions.
  • All Wiccans or Witches are not automatically psychic, tarot or rune readers, mediums, empaths, or otherwise.
  • All Wiccans or Witches are gypsies.
  • Not all Witches are Wiccan.
  • The end- all, be- all solution to becoming infinitely important, rich, influential, or powerful.
  • Going to make you more evil, crazy, or obsessive, unless you let it.
  • A religion for everyone and anyone.
  • A religion for someone who wants someone to give them a ready-made set of beliefs and practices and take away personal responsibility.
  • A religion for someone else to do all services and celebrations for you.
  • A religion where you can go somewhere for an hour or so once a week or less and have all your spiritual needs cared for.

HERE ARE THE LINKS FOR MORE INFO:

http://paganwiccan.about.com/

http://www.religioustolerance.org/wic_beli.htm

http://wicca.com/celtic/wicca/wicca.htm