Trying to define Wicca leaves the faith as a whole open to a lot of interpretation. And generally speaking that’s a good thing because Wicca is about each individual’s needs at any given time in life. However, there are a number of things that Wicca is not about, and does not condone, and those need to be stated up front. These are, of course, subject to personal interpretation, but are generally accepted within the Wiccan community.
Wicca is not…
- Devil worship or evil.
Wiccans do not worship the devil; in fact, most Wiccans do not even acknowledge his existence. The devil is a Christian concept based on a polarization of ultimate good and ultimate evil, and most Wiccans believe in neutrality. Hence, Wicca cannot be evil anymore than it can be devil worship.
- A cult.
Wicca is just as valid a faith as any other organized religion, and it is not a divergence from another modern religion.
- About casting spells to make people fall in love with you or to get revenge.
The main message of the Wiccan Rede is “An ye harm none, do what we will.” Wiccans also adhere to the three-fold law of karma, which states that you will get back what you give out three fold. Casting spells to manipulate others is both morally wrong and an endangerment of yourself.
- A guise for mass orgies.
Wiccans do not engage in orgies as part of the faith. Wicca is a nature and fertility based religion but having sex is not a requirement for being a Wiccan.
- A way to disrespect others or other faiths.
Wiccans do not actively recruit others to the faith, so we in essence try not to cause conflict or strife with others and other faiths. It goes back to remaining neutral, and watching and listening over speaking.