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What Is Wicca
Contrary to what those who choose to persecute or lie about us wish
to believe, Wicca is a very peaceful, harmonious and balanced way of thinking and life which promotes oneness with the divine
and all which exists.
Wicca is a deep appreciation and awe in watching the sunrise or sunset, the forest in the light
of a glowing moon, a meadow enchanted by the first light of day. It is the morning dew on the petals of a
beautiful flower, the gentle caress of a warm summer breeze upon your skin, or the warmth of the summer sun on your face. Wicca
is the fall of colorful autumn leaves, and the softness of winter snow. It is light, and shadow and all that
lies in between. It is the song of the birds and other creatures of the wild. It is being in the
presence of Mother Earths nature and being humbled in reverence. When we are in the temple of the Lord and
Lady, we are not prone to the arrogance of human technology as they touch our souls. To be a Witch is to
be a healer, a teacher, a seeker, a giver, and a protector of all things. If this path is yours, may you
walk it with honor, light and integrity.
Wicca is a belief system and way of life based upon the reconstruction of
pre-Christian traditions originating in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. While much of the information of how
our ancestors lived, worshiped and believed has been lost due to the efforts of the medieval church to wipe our existence
from history, we try to reconstruct those beliefs to the best of our ability with the information that is available.
recent archaeological discoveries, we now have basis to believe that the origins of our belief system can be traced even further
back to the Paleolithic peoples who worshipped a Hunter God and a Fertility Goddess. With the discovery of
these cave paintings which have been dated to be around 30,000 years old depicting a man with the head of a stag, and a pregnant
woman standing in a circle with eleven other people, it can reasonably be assumed that Witchcraft is the oldest religion known
in the world toady. These archetypes are clearly recognized by Wiccan as our view of the Goddess and God
aspect of the supreme creative force and predate Christianity by roughly 28,000 years making it a mere toddler in the spectrum
of time as we know it. Sorry guy's, carbon dating is a little hard to dispute no matter how bad you want
Witchcraft in ancient history was known as "The Craft of the Wise" because those who followed the path were
healers, were in tune with the forces of nature, had a knowledge of Herbs and medicines, gave council and were valuable parts
of the village and community as Shamanic leaders. They understood that mankind is not superior to nature,
the earth and its creatures but instead we are simply one of the many parts, both seen and unseen that combine to make the
whole. As Chief Seattle said; "We do not own the earth, we are part of it." These wise people
understood that what we take or use, we must return in kind to maintain balance and equilibrium. Clearly,
modern man with all his applied learning and technology has forgotten this. Subsequently, we currently face
ecological disaster and eventual extinction because of our hunger for power and a few pieces of gold.
For the past
several hundred years, the image of the Witch has been mistakenly associated with evil, heathenism, and unrighteousness. In
my humble opinion, these misconceptions have their origin in a couple of different places.
To begin, the medieval
church of the 15th through 18th centuries created these myths to convert the followers of the old nature based religions to
the churches way of thinking. By making the Witch into a diabolical character and turning the old religious
deities into devils and demons, the missionaries were able to attach fear to these beliefs which aided in the conversion process.
Secondly, as medical science began to surface, the men who were engaged in these initial studies had a very
poor understanding of female physiology, especially in the area of a women's monthly cycles. The unknowns
in this area played very well with the early churches agenda lending credence to the Witch Hunters claims and authority. The
fledgling medical professions also stood to benefit greatly from this because it took the power of the women healers away
giving it to the male physicians transferring the respect and power to them.
Unfortunately these misinformed fears
and superstitions have carried forward through the centuries and remain to this day. This is why many who
follow these nature oriented beliefs have adopted the name of Wicca over its true name of Witchcraft to escape the persecution,
harassment and misinformation associated with the name of Witchcraft and Witch not to mention the bad publicity the press
and Hollywood has given us simply to generate a profit.
What Witchcraft is:
Witchcraft is a spiritual
system that fosters the free thought and will of the individual, encourages learning and an understanding of the earth and
nature thereby affirming the divinity in all living things. Most importantly however, it teaches responsibility. We
accept responsibility for our actions and deeds as clearly a result of the choices we make. We do not blame
an exterior entity or being for our shortcomings, weaknesses or mistakes. If we mess up or do something that
brings harm to another, we have no one but ourselves to blame and we must face the consequences resulting from those actions. No
ifs, ands or buts and no whining...
We acknowledge the cycles of nature, the lunar phases and the seasons to celebrate
our spirituality and to worship the divine. It is a belief system that allows the Witch to work with, not
in supplication to deities with the intent of living in harmony and achieving balance with all things.
The spells that
we do involve healing, love, harmony, wisdom and creativity. The potions that we stir might be a headache
remedy, a cold tonic, or an herbal flea bath for our pets. We strive to gain knowledge of and use the natural
remedies placed on this earth by the divine for our benefit instead of using synthetic drugs unless absolutely necessary.
believe that the spirit of the One, Goddess and God exist in all things. In the trees, rain, flowers, the
sea, in each other and all of natures creatures. This means that we must treat "all things" of the Earth
as aspects of the divine. We attempt to honor and respect life in all its many manifestations both seen and
Wiccan learn from and revere the gift of nature from divine creation by celebrating the cycles of the sun,
moon and seasons. We search within ourselves for the cycles that correspond to those of the natural world
and try to live in harmony with the movement of this universal energy. Our teachers are the trees, rivers,
lakes, meadows, mountains and animals as well as others who have walked this path before us. This belief
creates a reverence and respect for the environment, and all life upon the Earth.
We also revere the spirits of the
elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water which combine to manifest all creation. From these four elements we
obtain insight to the rhythms of nature and understand they are also the rhythms of our own lives.
have been persecuted for so many centuries, we believe in religious freedom first! We do not look at our
path as the only way to achieve spirituality, but as one path among many to the same end. We are not a missionary
religion out to convert new members to think the same as we do. We are willing to share our experience and
knowledge with those who seek our wisdom and perspective however. We believe that anyone who is meant for
this path will find it through their own search as the Goddess speaks to each of us in her time and way. Wiccan
practice tolerance and acceptance toward all other religions as long as those faiths do not persecute others or violate the
tenant of "Harm None."
What Witchcraft is not:
More information about Witchcraft is available in the
Frequently Asked Questions section, but in the interim, here are the main points.
Witches have a very strict belief in the
Law of Three which states that whatever we send out into our world shall return to us three fold either good or bane. With
this in mind, a "True Witch" would hesitate in doing magick to harm or manipulate another because that boomerang we throw
will eventually come back to us much larger and harder then when we threw it.
- Witchcraft or Wicca is not a cult. We do not proclaim ourselves to be spokespersons
for the divine or try to get others to follow us as their leaders.
- We do not worship Satan or consort with Demons. Satan is a Christian creation and
they can keep him. We do not need a paranoid creation of supreme evil and eternal damnation to scare us into
doing the right thing and helping others. We choose to do the right thing and love our brothers and sisters
because it IS the right thing and it feels good to do it. I suppose it is a maturity thing.
- We do not sacrifice animals or humans because that would violate our basic tenant of "Harm None." Anyone
who does and claims to be a Wiccan or a Witch is lying.
- We have no need to steal or control the life force of another to achieve mystical or supernatural
powers. We draw our energy from within, our personal relationship with the divine and nature.
- We do not use the forces of nature or the universe to hex or cast spells on others. Again,
"Harm None" is the whole of the law.
This is not to say that Witches are perfect,
we are human too just like everyone else and make mistakes and errors in judgment. Just as there are parents
who love and nurture their children, there are parents who abuse their children. As there are many who devote
their lives to giving and helping mankind, likewise there are those who devote their lives to taking advantage of and using
people for their own gain. Unfortunately the same flaws in human nature applies to witches too.
of us continually strive to consider all potential outcomes of our thoughts and actions pausing to seriously consider the
consequences before undertaking a ritual, spell or rite that could go astray. It is when we follow the path
with the love of the Goddess in our hearts and adhere to the basic tenant of the Reed that our works are beneficial and we
achieve harmony and balance with all things.
The heart of Wicca is not something summed up into a few short words and
can often take on different meaning to each since the Lord and Lady touch us in different ways. To gain a
fuller understanding of the Craft, I urge you visit the other pages on this site as well as following the links to a select
group of exceptional Wiccan and Witchcraft sites. Through the wisdom and words set down through the ages,
you will find that you are able to understand the basis of our beliefs and how they may apply to you. Your
inner voice will also quickly let you know if the intent of what you are reading is for superficial purposes to benefit self
instead of working to benefit the whole. Remember to read with your heart, for it is when you see life and
the world with your heart and spirit that you truly gain an understanding of what Wicca is.
More Wiccan information... just not mine...
1) October 31-Sahmain
Sahmain is often celebrated as the wiccans New Year. It symbolizes the end of summer, with lengthened
nights and the beginning of winter. This night is considered the one night where the seperation of the land of the living
and the dead is at it's smallest point, and it is therefore common practice to have the dead visit the world of the living
on this night.
2) December 21-Winter Solstice
The winter solstice or Yule is used to represent the turning point in the year. It is the time of the
greatest darkness of the year when we must take time to seek within and find our true selves. This is considered in most Wiccan
religions the time when the goddess gave birth to the sun. In celebration many Wiccans light fires or candles to celebrate
the arrival of the sun god.
3) February 20-Imbolac
Imbolac is the celebration of when spring begins to stir.It is especialy sacred to the Pagan Fire Goddess.
4) March 21-Ostara/Spring or Vernal Equinox
The Vernal Equinox of spring is celebrated with night and day in perfect balance but light on the increase.
It symbolizes the wedding of the Sun God to the Maiden Goddess who in nine months gives birth. It is a time of new life and
5) April 30-Beltane
Beltane is the celebration of the coronation of the sun god. It is the very begining of summer when
temperatures rise and plant life flourishes.It is also called May Eve and is celebated the next day with dancing around the
6) June 21-Summer Solstice/Litha
Litha is the celebration of the longest day of the year.The Sun God has reached a point of his greatest
strength and life is abundant.
7) August 1-Lughnasadh
Lughnasadh is the celebration of the funeral games held forTalite, foster mother of the Sun God. Mairrages
are celebrated at this time as well as the first reaping of the harvest.
8) September 21-Automnal Equinox/Mabon
This holiday is known as the day of the Sun God, for it is today that he is killed by his evil twin,
the God of Darkness.Once more the nights are equal, but from now on, darkness is greater than light. Nature draws back it's
bounty in grief, preparing for renewal.
Bide the Wiccan Laws we must in perfect love and perfect trust.
Live and let live, fairly take and fairly give.
Cast the circle thrice about, to keep the evil spirits out.
To bind the spell every time, let the spell be spake in rhyme.
Soft of eye and light of touch, speak little, listen much.
Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the Witches' Rune.
Widdersheds go by the waning moon, chanting out the baneful rune.
When the lady's moon is new, kiss the hand to her, times two.
When the moon rides at her peak, then your hearts desire seek.
Heed the north winds mighty gail, lock the door and drop the sail.
When the wind comes from the south, love will kiss thee on the mouth.
When the wind blows from the west, departed souls will have no rest.
When the wind blows from the east, expect the new and set the feast.
Nine woods in the cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
Elder be the Ladies tree, burn it not or cursed you'll be.
When the wheel begins to turn, let the Beltane fires burn.
When the wheel has turned to yule, light the log and the Horned One rules.
Heed ye flower, bush and tree, by the Lady, blessed be.
Where the rippling waters go, cast a stone and truth you'll know.
When ye have a true need, hearken not to others' greed.
With a fool no season spend, lest ye be counted as his friend.
Merry meet and merry part, bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind the threefold law you should, three times bad and three times good.
When misfourtune is enow, where the blue star on thy brow.
True in love ever be, lest thy lover's false to thee.
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill:
An it harm none, do what ye will.
Samhain (sow' en) - Major sabbat
15 degrees of Scorpio, or November 1
Wiccan mythology: The death of the
Samhain is the Wiccan New Year and the Feast of the Dead. It is a time to honor and to say goodbye to loved ones who
have passed on, especially if their deaths have occurred within the last year. Samhain is also a time for reflecting upon
the last year, making plans for the upcoming one, and especially for banishing weaknesess or other undesired qualities within
How is it we start the year with a festival revolving around
death? Death is necessary for rebirth, and the two frequenty happen simultaneously. In many pagan cultures, the new year was
celebrated with chaotic festivities bringing on a symbolic end of the world. The Roman Saturnalia is one example.
The Goddess enters her Dark phase as she mourns her son
and consort, and the Dark God takes up the rulership of Winter, leading the Wild Hunt of the Fey upon the earth.
Yule - Minor sabbat
Winter solstice (around December 22)
Wiccan mythology: The birth of the God
Yule is a celebration of
life emerging from darkness and is honored with the exchange of presents. Evergreens, holly, ivy and mistletoe can be symbolic
of the God, still living and green in the dead of winter.
Imbolc (im' molc) or (im' bolc) - Major sabbat
15 degrees of Aquarius, or February 1
Wiccan mythology: Goddess recovers from childbrith, becomes Maiden.
is the beginning of Spring. The child God continues to mature, as can be witnessed in the lengthening days, and celebrations
freqently center around light. The Crone Goddess of Winter makes way for the Maiden, who has recovered from childbirth and
prepares the earth to begin its growth cycle once more. Imbolc is therefore also a hoiday of purification, a stripping away
of the old in anticipation of the new.
Historically, Imbolc was an Irish holiday specifically dedicated
to Brigid or Bride, goddess of creativity, smithing, and healing.
Eostara (os tar' a) - Minor sabbat
Vernal equinox (around March 22)
Wiccan mythology: Sexual union of the Goddess and God (sometimes)
Eostara is a
celebration of fertility, conception and regeneration as the earth recovers from winter and begins to bloom. It is also a
triumph of light over dark as from now until Litha days will be longer than the nights.
In former days, Eostara was a time of sowing and planting.
Today, Eostara is a time for putting plans into motion, sowing the seeds of ideas that may not reach fruition for many months.
The name Eostara is a misnomer. It's named for the goddess
Eostre, but her festival wasn't associated with the equinox. I've seen unconfirmed suggestions that her festival was the first
full moon after the equinox, which would make sense, since the Christian Easter is the first Sunday after the full moon after
The union of Goddess and God varies by tradition. A few
date it as early as Imbolc. Some attribute it to Eostara, others to Beltaine. Eostara has the benefit of being 9 months prior
to Yule, when the Goddess gives birth.
Beltaine - Major sabbat
15 degrees of Taurus, or May 1
mythology: Sexual union and/or marriage of the Goddess and God
Beltaine, the start of Summer, is the most important sabbat
after Samhain. It is another fertility celebration, but mostly it is a celebration of joy and life. Named for the Celtic fire
god Bel, the lighting of fires is a frequent component of Beltaine events. It's association with fire also makes Beltaine
a holiday of purification.
It must be remembered that even our modern interpretations
of these holidays are based on older holidays celebrated at a time when the year was marked by seasonal changes, not a calendar
on the wall. On the continent, where Eostre was worshipped, the earth has generally returned to life by the vernal equinox.
However, in Celtic Britain, the ground is still cold in March, and so Beltaine becomes the great festival of life, when Goddess
and God have matured to unite as one.
On Beltaine, the Light God has matured to the age of rulership and takes over
from the Dark God. The pregnant Goddess becomes Mother.
Wiccan weddings are frequently held on or around Beltaine.
- Minor sabbat
Also known as Midsummer
Summer solstice (around June 22)
Wiccan mythology: Apex of the God's life
the God's life, Litha is another fire festival. It is a holiday of transition, when the God transforms from young warrior
to aging sage. It is a time for rejoicing, but also of introspection, making sure plans are still on track and correcting
negative aspects of one's life.
Litha is a modern name for this sabbat. There is no historical record of the name.
Lughnasadh (loo' na sah) or (loon' sah) - Major sabbat
Also known as Lammas
15 degrees of Leo, or August 1
Lughnasadh is the start of Autumn and was the time of the first harvest, and so this is a holiday of fruition
and also of preparation for the oncoming winter, as well as the God's impending death. The Goddess enters her phase as Crone.
It is a time of giving thanks for all that we have, all that we will have, and all that others have sacrificed for us.
- Minor sabbat
Autumnal equinox (around Spetember 22)
Wiccan mythology: Decline of the God
Mabon was the second harvest,
and as such becomes another holiday of thanksgiving. It is also the day when darkness once more overtakes light, and so it
is a day of planning, reflection, and the contemplation of mysteries.
While a minor sabbat, Mabon is named after a
Celtic, not Germanic, god who was imprisoned only to return at a later date. The name does not appear to have been historically
attributed to any festival.