Written By: Tigress Eye
Wicca is a nature based religion that honors as well as respects all living things. Wicca is a modern earth centered religion with its roots deep within the ancient practices of Shamans. In Wicca, we honor the forces of nature that are life giving and sustains our lives. We do this through ritual worship as well as being committed to living in balance, in harmony with the earth. Wicca is dynamic and isn’t conformed to a set of rules.
There is only one main rule that we follow. This is the Wiccan Rede. This rede states that “Eight words the Wiccan rede fulfill: An it harm none, do as ye will. What ye send for comes back to thee. Ever mind the rule of 3.” This rede, has more to it but its essence is based around these words.
As a Wiccan, we do not believe in one God. We are polytheistic; meaning that we worship many Gods & Goddess’s. There are thousands of them and each culture has their own set of Deities. I myself, follow the Celtic path. Due to this, I usually use all Celtic Deities(a simpler term than Gods and Goddess’s). Usually I lean more towards the Goddess’s over the Gods; that’s just my preference. I go with what feels right to me, what I am drawn to.
In Wicca, we have whats called the Wheel of the Year. We have 8 Sabbats along with celebrations called Esbats. The Esbats, are full moon rituals which typically honor the Goddess. The Sabbats, are sun based holidays that honor the God which is typically represented by the sun. The wheel of the year runs as follows:
- Yule: Winter Solstice. Celebrated between December 22 and January 2nd.
- Imbolc: Celebrated around February 2nd(in the northern hemisphere).
- Ostara: Spring Equinox. Celebrated on or around March 21st.
- Beltaine: Fire Festival. Celebrated around May 1st.
- Litha: Summer Solstice. Celebrated on June 21st.
- Llamas or Lughnasadh: Celebrated on August 2nd.
- Mabon: Autumnal Equinox. Celebrated between September 21st to the 22nd.
- Samhain: Halloween, All Hallows Eve. Celebrated between October 31st to November 1st.
We also have Esbats, which there are a minimum of 12 per year. Sometimes though, we have multiple full moons within a month adding to that number. I will go into more detail about the Sabbats and Esbats in later blogs.
Some Wiccans, perform spell-work at a new moon as well. When we perform magick usually involves using ritual tools and ingredients such as candles, crystals and herbs. We use chants & affirmations; we also tend to call upon the Gods or Goddess’s or a specific God or Goddess. We do this so that we can get help from them in manifesting our desire that relates to their specialties.
Within the Wiccan/Pagan communities there are still the traditional covens. That being said, most Wiccans today are solitary practitioners. As a solitary Wiccan, you are not initiated into a specific path like a coven is. Solitary Wiccan, tend to use resources from multiple pantheons & paths to create their own eclectic path.
Questions & Answers:
1. Do I need to spend a lot of money on the ‘tools’ to practice Wicca? NO! With being a Wiccan, you need to follow your heart! Let your heart and your instincts lead you! You don’t need expensive things! You can make your altar out of anything: a bookshelf, table, window sill or even just a regular shelf. Whatever you are drawn to and feel like is what you should use. You can create your own tools, your wand can be a stick that you were drawn to on a walk out in nature. Your athame and boline can be a knife that you have and feel you should use or dedicate that knife for. Wicca isn’t about the material things, they are about you and the divine and connecting between the two of you!
2. How do I convert to Wicca if I was raised by a Christian? This one is super simple! There’s nothing to convert to! If you are interested in becoming a Wiccan, all you have to do is start learning and practicing. Find a book that you are drawn to or someone you know that practices or even a website(like this one) to learn from. Talk to those you know, watch a video on it. There are workshops and plenty of other reasons. You are not alone! I myself was born into a christian family, but have practiced Wicca for quite a while now. There are resources such as https://magickalcircleschool.com/ which is a free school that allows you to learn about the craft. I myself started there and still continue to learn there myself.
3. Can I be a witch if I am not initiated? Yes. You do to need to be initiated to be a witch. Don’t get me wrong, it is a wonderful and helpful thing but its not a vital necessity. Wait till you feel like its the right time. Just because you are a solitary witch, doesn’t mean you cant be initiated into the craft. You can! I did! you can find them in books or on the internet! Most wait a year and an day before self initiating themselves. During that time, they usually learn all about the craft and find their nitch.
4. Can men be Wiccan? Yes! There are lots of men whom are Wiccan. Men can be witches and witches can be men. There is no limitations! Be who you are! Follow your path! Trust in your instincts! Men are called Wiccan or Witch or even Wizard. The term Warlock is often seen as being derogatory.
5. Should I tell people that I am a Witch? Yes and no! This is something most of us struggle with on a daily basis. If you are going to, then you need to be able to back up why and explain what Wicca really is. You need to be knowledgeable. Make sure you know enough about it before trying to explain to people. What it is. Even then it could still be hard. Start by telling your family or spouse. People that you know that you can trust and know who wont be judgemental about your faith.
6. What if my spouse or immediate family can’t accept that I am Wiccan? I personally have dealt with this. My ex husband was very much tied to the Church of Christ faith within the Christian culture. Also being in the south. So I know what it is like going through this. It is very hard. Especially when it causes fights and other issues. Follow your gut. If they put up that much of a fight then maybe its not meant to be or worth it. I am not saying to break up your relationship or end a marriage over it. Try to educate them, try to shed light on what its really about! Respect is a big thing! You don’t need to shove it in their face or flaunt it in front of them. They don’t have to like to believe in it as long as they respect your practices as you respect theirs. Don’t hide it but don’t flaunt it either. Just tell them you need your private space or time to practice as you wish. You can have something as simple as a mantle or windowsill or shelf with some candles to be your altar. Nothing has to be extravagant.
7. Do Witches/Wiccans worship Satan, the Devil etc. or do Satanic rituals? No. There are people that claim themselves as witches but practice Satanism. However, as a Wiccan, we don’t believe in the concept of Satan and or “The Devil”.