So, before we start getting into the details of Wicca I thought it would be good to do an overview of the religion.
First I guess it is important to know what Paganism is as Wicca is a form of Paganism. Paganism is an umbrella term for non Abrahamic religions. Some examples of these are Hinduism, Buddhism, Shamanism, and of course Wicca. They tend to be polytheist as well. So Wicca, a branch of Paganism, is a nature based religion. Wiccans believe in the preservation of our earth, they are mesmerized by the sun setting, the leaves falling, and the flowers budding. Also, in Wicca we do not worship the devil, Satan, demons, evil energies, what have you. We don’t believe in Satan (and any other name he goes by) as it is a Christian concept. As for demons and evil energies Wicca is a peaceful and harmonious religion and Wiccans do not go out of their way to work with such entities. It is a very old religion. There’s evidence that suggests it could be as old as 30 000 years old. This would suggest that Wicca is 28 000 years older than Christianity.
In Wicca it is common to practice witchcraft. Do understand though that not all witches are Wiccan and not all Wiccans are witches. In today’s society magick is still a relatively foreign and taboo subject but I assure you it is as real as you and me. It isn’t the magic you see at a show or in Harry Potter. It is simply the manipulation of energy around you to attract the things you need. In Wicca we also have rituals we do. We have rituals for different celebrations like 2 lovers uniting as one, a baby being born, or committing to Wicca. We also have rituals that we do on our own and can create ourselves to honour and worship the deities we believe in. I won’t go too far into the topic of deities though as that will be the topic of the next post. Along with witchcraft and rituals we do partake in different forms of divination and we also use herbs, candles, crystals, plants, and the like in our craft. These objects have different magickal properties that can be used in many ways.
In Wicca we also have our own holidays. The holidays to celebrate the sun are called Sabbats. There are 8 of them: Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Midsummer, Lughnasadh, Mabon, Samhain. These holidays make up the wheel of the year. The holidays to celebrate the moon are called esbats. They are a monthly occurrence and you can celebrate them whenever you like in that month but it is most common to celebrate on the full or new moon.
Wiccans also have a book of shadows that each Wiccan creates on their own. It is a book that is filled with their personal beliefs, thoughts, various information relative to the craft, spells they have done or created, as well as rituals they have done or created. Some Wiccans are very private about this book and not a soul is allowed to look in it but them. Others are more lenient about who may view their book of shadows.
Lastly, we do not have a religious book filled with rules and beliefs as no Wiccan believes in the exact same thing. We do however have what is called the Wiccan rede. It is equivalent to a few pages long and says the general beliefs and guidelines in Wicca. We will go further into it in a different post but the main idea of the Wiccan rede is “an ye harm none, do what ye will”.
Each of these topics and more will be covered in later posts. Thank you so much for reading. Please leave comments below with any questions or thoughts so far! Merry Meet and Blessed Be.