What Wicca is NOT

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…

  1. 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.

  1. A cult.

Wicca is just as valid a faith as any other organized religion, and it is not a divergence from another modern religion.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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5 Responses to What Wicca is NOT

  1. Good article. Very clear and well thought out.

    I do think, though, it would be good if Wicca was a bit more about speaking, as you’ve done in this article, so that folks who have limited or no experience with it would understand a bit better about what it is and what it isn’t.

    As a non-Wiccan person married to someone Wiccan, I’ve observed that, for lack of such clear talking, the average American tends to get his or her information about Wicca by default from Hollywood.And, since Hollywood is in the business of telling exciting stories, rather than necessarily being an accurate educator, the message tends to get garbled in translation.

    A bit more knowledge could be spoken without having to disrespect the paths of others. Your article is one of the ways this can be done

    Thanks

    Catherine
    Foresight

    • Catherine,

      Thanks for your comments! I always love to hear from people who don’t necessarily identify the same way I do. I understand how easily misunderstood Wicca is, and as a new practitioner, I’m often torn between getting the facts out there and eliminating misconceptions and remaining silent. “To be silent” is part of the witch’s pyramid, so kind of part of the practice. It just depends on how you choose to believe, and many choose to remain silent. But really, where does the burden for having correct facts out there lie–with Wiccans or the general public/information sources? Perhaps that’s another blog post. 😀

  2. You’re welcome.

    There are lots of good reasons for Wiccans to remain silent, and I get that.Unfortunately, as long as Wiccans remain silent, there will continue to be misunderstandings about their path amongst the general population (such as confusing Wicca and Satanism, for instance). And this leads to societal problems, such as the situation where, until recently, Wiccans who died in the military couldn’t have the symbol of their faith on their gravestones.

    And that’s a problem.

    It’d be great if the general population did the work on this, doing the research and understanding Wicca without needing wiccans to break silence. Sadly, the truth is that you can’t go looking for the facts if you don’t know they’re there to look for. A good share of Americans don’t really know that Wicca exists, or that Wiccans are real people, or that they know a Wiccan. That makes it hard for them to get to know you

    Wicca used to be a silent faith, because it was dangerous to be otherwise, but more and more Wiccans are coming out of the broom closet, because education gives Wiccans access to rights that other faiths currently enjoy as a matter of course. Starwolf and I are working at a pagan pride event this coming weekend which is part of this movement

    I respect your right to silence, but I think that it’s important that some of you are breaking thi silence and speaking up.

    Each wiccan must chose what’s right for his or her situation, but I think that it’s a good thing that folks of your faith are coming out and gettig a level playing field with the rest of us

    Catherine
    Foresight

  3. You pretty much hit the nail on the head, Catherine. I think a lot of young Wiccans feel that divide between the old ways and the newer ways. Realistically, neither is wrong.

    I would argue though that it is still somewhat dangerous to come out of the broom closest. There’s still a lot of hostility out there towards Wiccans.

  4. Oh, I agree that it can be dangerous to come out of the broom closet. Not always, but there is that potential.

    And unfortunately, that danger will contnue until more people do come out of the broom closet.

    It’s a vicious circle. and the only solution to it is courage and people who are willing to take that risk 🙂

    Catherine
    Foresight

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