Witchcraft/Wicca is more than casting spells . . . it’s a religion and a way of life
The Craft is a religion . . . not a rebellion. Too many people have the wrong idea about the Old Religion due to those who abuse the use of the terms Wicca, Witch, and Witchcraft. While it is human of all of us to go through phases in our lives, one of the most common phases among adolescents is turning to Paganism as “shock factor” against their parents who maybe Fundamental Christians or to seem “cool to their friends.”
Unfortunately, most of us are prone to peer pressure through high school, college, and then work situations. Being Wiccan can be very difficult in the workplace and unfortunately many Dogmatic Christians are out to harm more than they are to help. Remember Freedom of Religion means Any Religions . . . ChristoPaganism included.
If you plan to raise your family in an alternative religious setting – be it Paganism, ChristoPaganism, Buddhism, Islam, or whatever the “unpopular religion” is in your immediate area, be mindful that your religious choice needs to be one made out of conviction and not out of rebellion. Children can be very cruel and it is best to educate your child in the path of your spirituality before the troublemakers at school do!!
I. Why you are here
1. What are your religious beliefs?
2. What do you know about Wicca and the old religion?
3. What are myths or negative things you have heard about Wicca and Paganism?
4. Why do you want to know more about Wicca and Paganism?
II. What is Wicca?
1. An earth based religion focusing on the cycles of nature.
2. Wicca is a matriarchal religion focusing on the goddess as well as the god.
3. Wicce: Old Anglo Saxon term for “wise one” or “sorceress”. The terms witch and Wicca are derived from this word.
4. The traditions of Wicca can compare to the different sects to Christian denominations such as Baptist, Presbyterian, Catholic,
Church of Christ, etc.
a. Wicca has many traditions such as Dianic, Gardnerian, and Alexandrian, Georgian, Seax-Wicca, and Trinitarian.
b. Some traditions believe that only a to be a real witch. What are your thoughts?
c. Eclectic witches are those who take pieces of various traditions, cultures, and compile a more personal set of beliefs of
how to practice the Old Religion.
III. Witchcraft, Wicca, and Spellcraft
1. Do you understand the difference between Wicca/Witchcraft the Religion vs. Spellcasting Only
a. There is more to Wicca than spellcraft
b. Beginners often look for a place to start and try spells they find in books
c. Need to understand why you desire to cast spells
d. When to do spellwork, how often, for what reasons
e. Understanding the religion is important prior to performing too many spells
2.Define the meaning of Magick to you
3. Praying with props: channeling focused energy toward a specific goal.
4. Witch, Pagan, or Wiccan?
a. Not all Witches are Wiccan; some witches choose to practice the craft but are not necessarily following
a religious belief, not concerned with Karmic Laws, or the Wiccan Rede.
b. Not all Pagans are Wiccan or witches. Paganism applies to non-Christian and/or native cultural beliefs,
i.e. Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Native American Shamans, Norse, and Celtic.
IV. Code of Ethics
1. Wiccan Rede: “An’ it harm none, do what you will” – the term “An’” is an arcane British term for “if.”
a. We must take responsibility for our lives and the choices we make.
b. We have the power to control our lives
c. We are all universally connected so our actions directly affect our world.
d. Ripples in a pond. What does this mean to you and can you think of something you have done or said
that affected others without intention?
2. Laws of Karma and reincarnation: Wiccans do not believe in evil or an eternal damnation for your sins. Humans create their own evil and there is no devil to blame for it. Through reincarnation, we repeat lives in order to learn from past mistakes.
3. Threefold Law (Karmic Law): every action has a counter action. What we send out will come back to us three times.
4. Balance of Positive and Negative: universal checks and balances. It is not the will of the Godhead for bad things to happen. It is just the universe setting things in order.
5. In perfect love and perfect trust: this is what Wiccans strive for
6. Witches Creed: To know, To dare, To will, To keep silent