WTF Is Wicca?
You guys probably don’t know this (or maybe you do or have guessed or seen my IG hashtags LOL), but I am a Wiccan. You might asking yourself right now – WTF is Wicca? and that’s the inspiration for this post!
I’m all about trying to remain as open as possible with you. Even though I know that I may lose followers for this. Obviously, you don’t need to know about my entire personal life, but I’d like you to know this simple thing about me. One’s spirituality tends to be pretty integral to who they are as a person and being a pagan is something I’m really proud of. I may be judged or people might make assumptions, but people do that anyway so I may as well be honest and real. At least I will be judged for who I am as opposed to who I am not.
Talking about this is slightly terrifying for me.
It’s not that I’m ashamed because I’m certainly not. It’s just that I have so many Christian friends in the blogging world that I’m worried I’ll scare them away. That said, I’m taking a leap of faith and hoping you will be okay with this.
So, with that, decided I should do a post on this topic and explain what Wicca is, what it isn’t, and all that jazz.
How I Became Wiccan…
I kind of stumbled into the world of Wicca, to be honest. I was born into a Christian/Catholic family. My dad is Catholic. My mom is Christian. I never felt connected to either of those faiths for whatever reason. That said, I’ve never felt atheist or agnostic. And then I discovered Wicca and it just kind of clicked for me. It seemed to fit perfectly into my life.
What Wicca Is…
Wicca is a reconstructed pagan religion that has experienced a resurgence since the turn of the century. It spawned from ancient pagan practices originating in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. At it’s simplest, Wiccans believe in living in balance with nature. We believe in a God and Goddess. Sometimes Wiccans use patron deity names and sometimes we simply believe they represent masculine and feminine aspects already present in nature (and in ourselves). In history, Wicca is often referred to as “the Craft of the Wise” and many believe it can be traced back for thousands of years.
Wiccans seek balance and preservation of nature above most all else.
Many hold strong convictions for caring for the planet and animals which is why many Wiccans are either vegetarian or vegan. It really depends, though. We follow the “Wheel of the Year” which is a seasonal set of holy days. They include Imbolc, Ostara (Spring Equinox), Beltane, Litha (Summer Solstice), Lughnasadh, Mabon (Autumn Equinox), Samhain (our new year which you might call Halloween), and Yule (Winter Solstice).
Wicca is integral with witchcraft, but it’s probably not synonymous with what you think of when you think witchcraft. In Wicca, witchcraft focuses on spells, rituals and meditation, but we don’t think we can control people and, in fact, strongly believe against that. Wiccans believe in the threefold rule which means that anything you do comes back on you times 3. If you do good things, that will come back to you times 3. If you do bad things, same thing.
The Wiccan Rede (simplified) is “An it harm none, do what you will.”
This means that as long as you are not harming anyone, you can do what you want. Wiccans believe that the direction of our lives is within our power to achieve if we will it (and work hard). We believe in magick, but it’s more of a belief that we can manifest what we want in our lives. Equally, we believe we are responsible for our own choices and our own destiny.
What Wicca Isn’t…
Wicca isn’t worship of the devil! Wiccans don’t fly on brooms. Wiccans don’t curse people (or if they try to, they can expect it to come back on them times 3). We are not evil. In fact, they’re some of the most kind, loving and accepting people you’ll ever meet. You may not even know it, but you probably already know a Wiccan or 3.
There is loads more that plays into the Wiccan/pagan faith, but it would definitely fill up more than one post so I’ll stop here 🙂 If you want me to discuss more about this topic, feel free to comment down below and request I do a YouTube video on the topic and I’ll make it happen!
If you want to know about Wicca, being pagan, and more, you can check out my blog on this topic at The Witch Way Blog
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