All About Wicca: A Beginner’s Guide to the Mystery and Magick of the Witch’s Religion

Hey babes! Today this post is going to be all about Wicca. I’m assuming since you’re reading this blog you’re at least somewhat interested in Wicca as a religion so this going to be a general post and hopefully answer some of the burning (no pun intended) questions you may have!

If you are a Wiccan or of any other faith and you do not believe in or agree with what I’m saying that is fine, everyone has their own beliefs and opinions and it’s important we all respect each other. Every Wiccan practices their faith and believes differently so it’s fine if we don’t absolutely agree with everything!

If you’re interested in learning how to set up a Wiccan altar you can check out my post All About Altars: Ritual, Magick, and Worship.

And if you’re looking for ways to incorporate your Wiccan practice into your daily life you can hop on over and check out Everyday Magick: My Witchy Wiccan Routine.

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So what the heck is Wicca anyway?

Wicca is an established religion just like any other religion such as Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism. It is under the umbrella of Paganism, specifically Neo-Paganism.

There are many religions that fall under the pagan umbrella; for example, a druid is a pagan but they are not Wiccans.

Basically, all Wiccans are Pagan but not all Pagans are Wiccan.

It is based upon a reverence and respect for nature. We believe that there is nothing that is not of nature. We, as humans, are a part of nature, not above it or superior to it. Wicca is a religion that incorporates magick, yes magick, with a k.

I know what you’re thinking…

But wait, isn’t magick supernatural???

This is a great question but no it isn’t.

I’m not talking about magick that you may have seen in movies and t.v. shows like Charmed or Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

I’m talking about using the natural energies within yourself and around you, in stones, the elements, in plants etc., to create change according to will and intention.

Everything in the world is made up of energy, and you manipulate it every day just by being alive so why not use it to take control and better your life and the world?

If you’re a Wiccan does that make you a witch?

Honestly, the answer to this question depends on your definition of what a witch is.

If you define a ‘witch’ as…

Someone who practices witchcraft or magick.

Then yes, as a Wiccan who practices magick, by that definition, you would be considered a witch.

If your definition of a ‘witch’ is…

Someone who uses magick to harm and curse others.

Then no, a Wiccan would not be considered a ‘witch’.

Also, it’s important to note that witchcraft and Wicca are not the same. Wicca is a religion that incorporates the practice of witchcraft. Witchcraft is a practice, Wicca is a religion.

Not all Wiccans classify themselves as witches and not all witches are Wiccan.

Does Wicca follow certain rules or have a ‘bible’?

No, technically Wiccans do not have a universal text that we all follow. However, if a Wiccan is a part of a coven then that coven would have a Grimoire or Book of Shadows, or multiple ones, that the entire coven would follow in regards to ritual work, holidays and things like that.

There are a few universal rules that Wiccans believe and adhere to.

First is the Wiccan Rede, which essentially is ‘An it Harm None, Do What Ye Will.’

So basically this means you can do whatever you want as long as you don’t harm anyone, anything or yourself.

The second one is the Threefold Rule, which means whatever you put into the universe will come back to you times three.

For example, if you put negativity in the universe you’ll receive negativity back times three.

Do Wiccans have holidays?

Yes! Actually, funny story, secular holidays like Easter, Halloween, and Christmas were based on Pagan holidays.

Wiccans do celebrate holidays, the main ones being the 8 solar Sabbats also known as The Wheel of the Year. They revolve around the journey between the goddess and god and the Equinoxes and solstices which coincide with the yearly harvests.

Samhain (Witch’s new year)
Yule (Winter solstice)
Imbolc
Ostara (Spring equinox)
Beltane
Midsummer (Summer solstice)
Lughnasadh
Mabon (Autumnal equinox)

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Some Wiccans also celebrate the moon cycle, these celebrations are called esbats and usually include the new moon and full moon.

What can you use magick for?

Honestly, anything you want!

First of all, it’s important to understand that magick is not evil. Magick is inherently neutral. It’s up to the Wiccan or witch casting the spell to decide which direction the magick will go left (bad) or right (good).

Wiccans do not use manipulative magick because they follow the Wiccan Rede. However, not all witches believe in it and that’s fine. It’s up to each person to decide what kind of path they are going to follow.

With that being said, magick can be used to improve your life and the world. You can use it for personal gain, I’ve cast many a money spell, as long as it’s not at the cost of another person.

Your magick is your magick and you choose what you want to do with it.

Do you have to be in a coven to be a Wiccan?

First, a coven is basically a group of Wiccans, the number varies from coven to coven, that gathers together for sabbats and esbats to worship and practice together. Not to say that the individual Wiccans can’t practice alone if they want to but a bulk of their practice is with each other.

No, you absolutely do not need to be in a coven to be a Wiccan. Back in the day, way back in the day, to be a Wiccan you had to be initiated into a coven. However, that is no longer the case.

Now, there are oodles of books on Wicca that detail exactly how you can start your own practice as a solitary or create your own coven.

There are certain traditions of Wicca, such as Gardnerian, where you do need to be initiated into that particular tradition if that’s what you want to practice but for the most part, you can practice Wicca as a solitary and be perfectly happy, I do and I am.

If you are interested in joining a coven then that’s great, being in a coven is a wonderful experience (I’ve heard), but if you aren’t or there aren’t any covens near you that don’t mean you can’t practice this faith because it is open to everyone.

Do Wiccans believe in God?

Yes, of course.

This part can get a bit sticky because every Wiccan has the option of believing whatever makes the most sense to them. However, generally, Wicca revolves around the worship of a goddess and god, the goddess of the moon and earth and the god of the sun and hunt.

Some Wiccans prefer to keep their deities unnamed and general, some like to believe in a specific pantheon, while some see them purely as personifications of nature and not as people.

Wicca is an extremely personalized religion and this is extremely clear when it comes to deities.

Fun fact: the Christian devil was based on the god Pan, who is also known as the horned god.

Wiccans do not believe in the Devil, this is purely a Christian ideal.

In Wicca, there is no purely good deity. The deities we believe in have good and bad parts about them. The same goddess who brings the rain in spring brings the hurricane. Since there is no purely good deity there is no need for a purely bad one to balance.

Do Wiccans believe in Heaven?

Beliefs about life after death vary from Wiccan to Wiccan. However, in general, most Wiccans believe in reincarnation. The cycle of birth, life, and death is very important to us as Wiccans.

Generally, Wiccans believe when you die you go to a resting place where you reflect on your life and wait for your next life cycle. Then you are reincarnated as a human. Some Wiccans call this resting place in Summerland.

Death occurs when you have learned everything you needed to in a specific life cycle.

Wiccans don’t believe in sin or punishment after you die because of the threefold law. Whatever you put into the universe comes back to you in the current life cycle. The gods and goddesses do not punish us, the universe just reacts to what we put out.

So in a way yes and in a way no.

How can you become a Wiccan?

Study it. Perform positive magick. Love the goddess and God. Love the Earth. Love each other. Harm none, including yourself and work to make yourself and the world better. That’s really all there is to it.

There are so many wonderful books on Wicca beliefs and practices and I recommend reading each one you can get your hands on.

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You do not have to be a part of a specific tradition to be a Wiccan but if you would like to be, study that tradition.

Really whatever feels right and good to you is what you should focus on.

Well, that’s it for this post loves! I wish you all peace and light!

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