Wiccan or Wicca as some call them are terms that describe a type of witchcraft that is neither religious or pagan but is rather a spiritual practice.
Although academics recognize Wicca as a form of nature religion, a term that is also embraced by Wiccan witches, some religions like Christianity claim that Wiccan practice is a pagan religious movement rather than a spiritual one.
If you have ever watched a movie or TV show about magic, you might be inclined to believe that Wiccan witches are the crazy women who dance naked under the full moon in the middle of the forest and they bring bloody offerings to their evil deities. However, the truth is not that extreme. Actually, movies can be too extreme when it comes to witches and Wiccan’s way of living and is often misunderstood.
While Wiccan beliefs include some theological practices and they recognize some gods as a divine source, actually Wicca has nothing to do with religion or paganism but rather is more of a spiritual way of living in harmony with natural laws.
The Wiccan religion honors the Horned God and the Mother Goddess but primarily focuses on the Goddess for her nurturing and compassionate aspects. The Goddess is Love and mother of everything, often associated with fertility, springtime and the afterlife.
The Divine – in Wiccan beliefs – is connected with and manifests all elements of nature. This is why Wiccan witches celebrate The Sun and The Moon cycles with specific rituals, considering that their cycles symbolize the cycles of human souls.
Wiccan witches consider life itself as sacred. This includes everything that serves life such as joy, laughter, love, sex, creativity, play, art, and freedom.
Wiccan’s embrace death with acceptance. Rather than considering it as an ending, they see death as a beginning of a new cycle and believe they will continue to be connected to their loved ones.
One of the most common symbols in Wiccan practice is the pentagram. Unlike the regular pentagram that is pointed downwards and generally recognized as a satanic symbol, in Wiccan practices the pentagram is pointed upward. This five pointed star represents nature's five elements-earth, water, fire, air, and spirit.
Another commonly used star in Wiccan practice is the septagram, a star with seven points, a symbol correlated with the seven planets, the seven alchemical metals or the seven days of the week.
Wiccan’s recognize no central authority nor any kind of hierarchy - their practices are described by freedom and autonomy. Therefore, there is no codification of Wiccan beliefs and no doctrine enforced. Wiccan’s don’t consider that there is a right or wrong way to practice their teachings, and moreover each Wiccan might interpret and understand this practice in their own way of understanding the world.
Wiccan witches and Wiccan beliefs are freedom-centered, and that’s what keeps this practice vibrant, responsive and spiritual.
Wiccan beliefs are attuned with nature, more spiritual than religious and definitely nothing related to pagan practices.
Wiccan witches emphasize a new way of living, being close to nature, and remaining calm and wise. There are no extremes in Wicca, just a great sense of spirituality and connectedness to nature.