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Wicca. The Misunderstood Religion. SOME COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS. Witchcraft and New Age Wicca are the same thing. It is a devil-worshipping religion. All magic is “Black Magic” meant to hurt others. MORE COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS.

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wicca
Wicca

The Misunderstood Religion

some common misconceptions
SOME COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS
  • Witchcraft and New Age Wicca are the same thing.
  • It is a devil-worshipping religion.
  • All magic is “Black Magic” meant to hurt others.
more common misconceptions
MORE COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS
  • Wicca is a rebellious phase a majority of teenagers go through to scare their parents.
  • Witches think they can do “Harry Potter” magic.
  • Male witches are warlocks.
the truth about wicca
THE TRUTH ABOUT WICCA
  • Witchcraft and “New Age Wicca” or “Modern Druidism” are from different time periods; thousands of years between the two time periods in fact.
  • Witchcraft is believed to have originated in Western Europe at least 7,000 years ago, well before Christianity and Judaism.
  • It is a nature-based religious system.
more truth about wicca
MORE TRUTH ABOUT WICCA
  • “New Age Wicca” was a movement started by “hippies” in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s as a type of rebellion.
  • Many “Real” witches refuse to be known as wiccans because of the hippie generation.
  • Many people watched the “New Age Wiccan” movement as a joke.
even more truth about wicca
EVEN MORE TRUTH ABOUT WICCA
  • Wicca does not believe in a devil, and while there is “Black Magic” meant to hurt people, there is also “White Magic” meant to help and guide people.
  • In reality, “Magic” used in spells and incantations will not save you from oversized snakes, trolls, and Voldermort-like individuals.
  • Male Wiccans are also witches.
  • The term “Warlock” has a different meaning.
what is wicca
WHAT IS WICCA?
  • It is a polytheistic, natural religion, first practiced by Druids in Europe about 7,000 years ago.
  • Wicca maintains a significantly large following today, especially among young adults.
  • Uses rituals, spells, and mediation as main ways to worship.
  • No set practices; there are many variations.
main principles
MAIN PRINCIPLES
  • Wiccans do not believe in sin like Catholics do.
  • The Wiccan Rede is the guiding “golden” rule.
  • The Rede says it is acceptable to do anything, as long as no one (including yourself) is harmed by its doing.
  • Otherwise, the law of three will get you.
beliefs
BELIEFS
  • There is both a God and Goddess (everything balances), although the Goddess is focused on more and is more important in the practice of Wicca.
  • The different aspects of these two elements (God and Goddess) are broken down into different deities.
  • Nature is sacred and brings one closer to the Goddess.
initiation
INITIATION
  • A person may choose to be a solitary or group practitioner, or even a bit of both.
  • Typically, a person studies for a year and a day before dedicating themselves to the Goddess.

Celtic Goddess Brigid

initiation1
INITIATION
  • Initiation can be done alone or with others.
  • It can be an elaborate ceremony or just a small prayer.
  • It is not unusual for a Wiccan to adopt a craft name at this time, signifying rebirth into the religion.
the book of shadows
THE BOOK OF SHADOWS
  • The Book of Shadows is the witch’s version of the Bible.
  • It is the place to write down spells, charms, potions, etc.
  • No two Books of Shadows are the same, since everyone makes their own.
death and reincarnation
DEATH AND REINCARNATION
  • Witches believe in reincarnation.
  • When the body dies, the soul goes to the Summerland, where it reflects on its life.
  • Once done reflecting, the soul is reincarnated.
  • This reincarnation process happens numerous times.
  • When the soul is worn out, it is returned to the “Greater Spirit.”