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Wicca - General
What is Wicca?
by Rev. Carol Strong

Wicca is a Pagan religion, Pagan meaning country-dweller not NON-Christian or ANTI-Christian. Wiccans are NOT anti anything. Often referred to as "The Old Religion", "The Craft of The Wise", "An Earth Based Religion" as it is based on the practices of our pagan ancestors and it is the worship of The Goddess and God through the Earth, Moon, Sun, crops, rivers, seasons, trees, water, air, fire etc.

For a long time the practice of Wicca and witchcraft was shrouded in secrecy, because of the slanders and propaganda that people did not understand, or had stereotype views of Wicca put out to the public. But now the time of secrecy is over and Wicca is being made more and more public and therefore more and more acceptable to the public as time goes on.

No person is ever pressured into being Wiccan, nor do we seek to recruit new members of the religion through persuasive or deceptive ways. Wicca is a very personal faith and there are many solo practitioners all around the world. We strongly believe that no one religion is right for everyone and believe that everyone's path, whether it be Christian, Hindu, whatever is a valid true path of spirituality. Many Wiccans believe that the Goddess has many names, Mary (Mother of Jesus) being one of them. The God is the same, he may be called by some God or Allah, or Jehovah. Initiates of the Wiccan faith are not "brainwashed" or badgered into entering Wicca and they, in turn, do not do it to others trying to "recruit" them. Wicca is not a human controlling cult masquerading as a religion.

In Covens (after the Initiation training, which takes about a year and a day), the Wiccan may be ready for initiation to the inner circle as a Witch. After about 2 years of in-depth training, the Witch may feel ready to ask for further advancement to a 2nd degree Priestess or Priest. This however is traditionally offered by the High Priestess when she feels the person is ready and not beforehand, as is the 3rd degree. Yet many Wiccans like to stay in the lower ranks, not feeling comfortable as a teacher or leader.

According to the Church of Wicca, there are six ways in which Wicca differs from mainstream religions and these are:

  1. WORSHIP OF THE GODDESS AND GOD
    Wiccans feel that most of the modern religions are out of balance with only one all powerful male God, and only the use of male ministers, priests etc. Wiccans feel that a male deity revered without a female counterpart is only half effective, hence our worship revolves around both the male and the female personifications. (Unfortunately a lot of Wiccans are only goddess based and they too are out of balance)

  2. REVERENCE FOR THE EARTH
    Wiccans believe that our planet should be revered and respected as a manifestation of the Goddess and the God, and that nature signifies the process and wonders of the earth that are undetermined by humans. The earth is a living thing and therefore a gift for us from the deities and must be respected, contrary to the belief of other religions where the earth is said to be a tool that humans must dominate and subdue. Wiccans are all practicing conservationists and try to do all they can through daily life and spells and ritual to give the earth every bit of energy they can find to help its struggle for survival in today's harsh environment of pollution and damage.

  3. ACCEPTANCE OF MAGICK
    Magick is "cause and effect by effort and will". Magick plays some role in most religions, though they would not publicly call it so, rather miracles, etc! In Wicca it is not religious magick, nor is it a magical religion. It simply embraces magick and recognises that magick is an opportunity to attune with the divine, earthly and human energies. However, because Wicca is truly a religion magick only takes a secondary role in rituals, even when a rite is performed to reach a magical end the Goddess/God is always evoked before the power is sent. In Wicca, magick is viewed as a natural part of life and religion, and is available to all, not just priests or saviours as in the more mainstream religions, with one cause, Oneness with deity.

  4. REINCARNATION
    Most Wiccans accept that reincarnation is a reality. The doctrine of rebirth is the phenomenon of repeated incarnations in the human form to allow for evolution of the sexless, ageless human soul. Reincarnation is not an exclusive Wiccan concept, but it answers many of the questions of daily life and the mysteries of birth, death and rebirth. In the legend of the Goddess it is said: "that to truly fulfill love you must return again at the same time as your loved one and you must meet and know and remember and love them again".

  5. SELF RESPONSIBILITY
    We need to be more responsible for ourselves, what happens to us is usually because there is something that we need to notice, and wonder what the universe is trying to teach us. It is always easy to blame someone else for what is happening to oneself, but in the end it is the Self that must accept full responsibility for everything in one's life. To blame the Devil (Wiccans do not believe in nor have the concept of the Devil in their system of beliefs) for something that has gone wrong is futile, and to thank God for something that we do right is also wrong. When we do something wrong or something happens to us we must blame ourselves, and listen to the lesson that it is trying to teach us. Likewise, when you do something good and something goes well for you - pat yourself on the back.

  6. KARMA: THE LAW OF THREEFOLD RETURN
    Whatever we do comes back to us three-fold, so if we do ill to someone or something, or even ourselves, Karma will give us a scolding - but threefold. When we do good, we also will be rewarded by the law of three. This Karmic debt is usually returned in this lifetime but may, if serious enough, continue into the next incarnation.

Wicca is a Pagan religion, Pagan meaning country-dweller not NON-Christian or ANTI-Christian. Wiccans are NOT anti anything. Often referred to as "The Old Religion", "The Craft of The Wise", "An Earth Based Religion" as it is based on the practices of our pagan ancestors and it is the worship of The Goddess and God through the Earth, Moon, Sun, crops, rivers, seasons, trees, water, air, fire etc.

For a long time the practice of Wicca and witchcraft was shrouded in secrecy, because of the slanders and propaganda that people did not understand, or had stereotype views of Wicca put out to the public. But now the time of secrecy is over and Wicca is being made more and more public and therefore more and more acceptable to the public as time goes on.

No person is ever pressured into being Wiccan, nor do we seek to recruit new members of the religion through persuasive or deceptive ways. Wicca is a very personal faith and there are many solo practitioners all around the world. We strongly believe that no one religion is right for everyone and believe that everyone's path, whether it be Christian, Hindu, whatever is a valid true path of spirituality. Many Wiccans believe that the Goddess has many names, Mary (Mother of Jesus) being one of them. The God is the same, he may be called by some God or Allah, or Jehovah. Initiates of the Wiccan faith are not "brainwashed" or badgered into entering Wicca and they, in turn, do not do it to others trying to "recruit" them. Wicca is not a human controlling cult masquerading as a religion.

In Covens (after the Initiation training, which takes about a year and a day), the Wiccan may be ready for initiation to the inner circle as a Witch. After about 2 years of in-depth training, the Witch may feel ready to ask for further advancement to a 2nd degree Priestess or Priest. This however is traditionally offered by the High Priestess when she feels the person is ready and not beforehand, as is the 3rd degree. Yet many Wiccans like to stay in the lower ranks, not feeling comfortable as a teacher or leader.

According to the Church of Wicca, there are six ways in which Wicca differs from mainstream religions and these are:

  1. WORSHIP OF THE GODDESS AND GOD
    Wiccans feel that most of the modern religions are out of balance with only one all powerful male God, and only the use of male ministers, priests etc. Wiccans feel that a male deity revered without a female counterpart is only half effective, hence our worship revolves around both the male and the female personifications. (Unfortunately a lot of Wiccans are only goddess based and they too are out of balance)

  2. REVERENCE FOR THE EARTH
    Wiccans believe that our planet should be revered and respected as a manifestation of the Goddess and the God, and that nature signifies the process and wonders of the earth that are undetermined by humans. The earth is a living thing and therefore a gift for us from the deities and must be respected, contrary to the belief of other religions where the earth is said to be a tool that humans must dominate and subdue. Wiccans are all practicing conservationists and try to do all they can through daily life and spells and ritual to give the earth every bit of energy they can find to help its struggle for survival in today's harsh environment of pollution and damage.

  3. ACCEPTANCE OF MAGICK
    Magick is "cause and effect by effort and will". Magick plays some role in most religions, though they would not publicly call it so, rather miracles, etc! In Wicca it is not religious magick, nor is it a magical religion. It simply embraces magick and recognises that magick is an opportunity to attune with the divine, earthly and human energies. However, because Wicca is truly a religion magick only takes a secondary role in rituals, even when a rite is performed to reach a magical end the Goddess/God is always evoked before the power is sent. In Wicca, magick is viewed as a natural part of life and religion, and is available to all, not just priests or saviours as in the more mainstream religions, with one cause, Oneness with deity.

  4. REINCARNATION
    Most Wiccans accept that reincarnation is a reality. The doctrine of rebirth is the phenomenon of repeated incarnations in the human form to allow for evolution of the sexless, ageless human soul. Reincarnation is not an exclusive Wiccan concept, but it answers many of the questions of daily life and the mysteries of birth, death and rebirth. In the legend of the Goddess it is said: "that to truly fulfill love you must return again at the same time as your loved one and you must meet and know and remember and love them again".

  5. SELF RESPONSIBILITY
    We need to be more responsible for ourselves, what happens to us is usually because there is something that we need to notice, and wonder what the universe is trying to teach us. It is always easy to blame someone else for what is happening to oneself, but in the end it is the Self that must accept full responsibility for everything in one's life. To blame the Devil (Wiccans do not believe in nor have the concept of the Devil in their system of beliefs) for something that has gone wrong is futile, and to thank God for something that we do right is also wrong. When we do something wrong or something happens to us we must blame ourselves, and listen to the lesson that it is trying to teach us. Likewise, when you do something good and something goes well for you - pat yourself on the back.

  6. KARMA: THE LAW OF THREEFOLD RETURN
    Whatever we do comes back to us three-fold, so if we do ill to someone or something, or even ourselves, Karma will give us a scolding - but threefold. When we do good, we also will be rewarded by the law of three. This Karmic debt is usually returned in this lifetime but may, if serious enough, continue into the next incarnation.

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