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Frequently Asked Questions About Wicca
Q How long has Wicca been around?
A The Wiccan religion, sometimes called the old religion, also known to many as "Witchcraft", has
existed since pre- Christian times. With the advent of the Christian system of beliefs, the followers of
the old religion were forced into hiding. The new Christian followers were attempting to convert the
non-Christians, or Pagans, to their religion. Rumors of the old Gods being devils and therefore no good
were quickly spread. The Christians believed that anyone who chose not to follow their religion was a
heretic and would be doomed to burn in a place they call "Hell". The non-Christians were called
"Witches" and were persecuted and thrown in jail for many years because of the vicious stories created
Q What is the basis of the Wiccan religion?
A Today with the freedom to choose any religion that one may want, some of the misconceptions
created about the old religion are finally beginning to be cleared up. The Wiccan religion is a
nature-oriented religion. The Wiccan, or "Witch" is concerned with preserving nature's beauty and
trying to solve some of the present problems of pollution. The Witch has a deep appreciation for nature
and all of her wondrous woodland creatures as well.
Q Do Wiccans believe in God?
A The belief of most Witches is that "God" is a supreme force which is genderless. This image is hard
to picture in the mind's eye. Therefore, in order to create an image that is easy to imagine and relate to,
the Wiccan pictures a God and a Goddess as their source of worship. Just as there are male and female
in most of nature's creatures, so is there also a male and a female God in the Wiccan religion. The male
God of Wicca has been named many different names and according to the different traditions of
Witchcraft. Some of the names are: Cernunnos, Pan, Faunus and Osiris. Different names by which the
Goddess is known by are: Aradia, Isis, Diana and Cerridwen. Some Witches prefer to generalize by
calling them "Lord and Lady", or simply "God and Goddess". The nighttime and moon are attributes of
the Goddess. The sun is associated with the God, hence the terms "Moon Goddess" and "Sun God".
The Witch decides upon the image of the supreme being or God and Goddess with whom they feel
communication flows most easily.
Q What holidays do Wiccans celebrate?
A Most Witches celebrate full moons and holidays that are called "Sabbats. These are times when
natural Earth energies are at peak. Sabbat gatherings are celebrational services acknowledging seasonal
changes. In ancient times, the common people used the forces of these periods to aid in the growing of
their crops, which were necessary for their survival.
Q What are some of the holidays?
A In order to help facilitate the in bringing of Pagans to Christianity, the Christians adopted many Pagan
holidays, such as what is celebrated as Easter, named after Eostre (one of the Wiccan Goddesses) in
March, and of course, Christmas. Wiccans celebrate the birth of the sun, not the son. December 21st,
the day the sun comes back to life, is called Yule. All of the non-religious items usually associated with
Christmas, such as a tree, yule log, and so on, were Pagan first.
Q What is Sympathetic magic?
A Wiccans use a type of visualization or meditation which is often termed "Magic(k)". One type of
magic that some Witches utilize is called "Sympathetic" magic. Sympathetic magic has been used for
centuries. It is the theory that like attracts like. It is believed that prehistoric man also used this type of
magic for successful hunting. As an example, the prehistoric man would make an image of a bison out
of mud and sticks. He would then hunt and kill the image with the thought that this is what he would do
to the real bison. It was believed that this ritual would bring them good luck. After the bison was killed,
the prehistoric man would thank the spirit of the bison for its gift. In the same way, some Witches may
use a clay or wax image of the object they wish to obtain, or a person who needs to be healed.
Q Are there other types of magic?
A Another type of magic used by the Wiccan is when he or she will picture in his or her mind the goal
that is wished to come true. The person will concentrate and/or meditate on this picture in his or her
mind as if it had ALREADY come true. This method of magic is often called "Creative Visualization".
Q How does the moon relate to Wiccan ceremonies?
A Whatever type of magic utilized, the ritual is performed according to the different phases of the
moon. During the time that the moon is waxing (growing larger) positive spells for increase, beginning a
new job, good luck and fertility are performed. During the time that the moon is waning (growing
smaller) negative spells such as for decrease, ending a job or breaking a bad habit are performed.
Wiccans celebrate both the new and full moons. So there are 13 of each, approx. every 2 weeks, plus
the 8 Sabbats.
Q What do Wiccans use to do their spells?
A Wiccans use "tools" to help them with their magical practices. The tools are articles that help the
Wiccan to concentrate on what he or she is trying to accomplish. Tools such as the athame and wand
are simply objects through which the Wiccan can direct his or her energy for use during the ritual.
Q What does it mean to 'cast a circle'?
A An invisible circle is often drawn by the Witch with his or her tool of choice. The circle is drawn to
mark the sacred space where the ritual will occur. It is also believed that this invisible boundary will
keep out all negative vibrations, and condense the persons personal energies. The use of herbs, incense
and candles are all means of helping to "set the mood".
Q Do Wiccans do animal sacrifices?
A WITCHES DO NOT SACRIFICE ANIMALS OR PERFORM BLACK MAGIC OR ANY KIND
OF HARMFUL RITUALS!!!!!!. Hollywood movies and television both depict horrid scenes of people
worshipping Satan and performing black magic. Many people construe this as being the same thing as
Witchcraft. There is a very distinct difference between Witchcraft, black magic and Satanism.
Q The first law of Witchcraft comes from old English and states: "AN' IT HARM NONE, DO WHAT
THOU WILT" Do Wiccans worship Satan?
A Witches do not believe in Satan or perform fiendish acts of black magic. The followers of the old
religion believe in the three-fold law of karma. This law states that any type of magic being performed,
whether for good or evil, will eventually "boomerang" back to the sender three times as potent as
whatever is being sent out. For example: a spell performed to make a person sprain his wrist may come
back to the sender and cause him to break his leg, a fate considered three times worse. Likewise a spell
performed to send a person good luck will also come back to the sender. He may receive three times as
much good luck as he or she has sent out in the spell. A Witch would obviously not want to perform
any evil spells for this reason.
Q Do Wiccans try to convert people?
A The goal of today's Witch is not to convert anyone back to the old religion. The Wiccan respects the
fact that everyone has his or her own religious choices and that everybody may or may not hold the
same opinions as the next guy. Witchcraft does not claim to be the ONLY way. Each person in every
different religious tradition interprets his or her own religion in a slightly different way then everyone
else. This writing may not reflect the EXACT feelings of all witches. It is only an explanation of the
basics of Wiccan beliefs so that the religion may be viewed for what it really is. The Wiccan religion is a
natural, peaceful religion.
Q What is the difference between Pagan and Wiccan?
A All Wiccans are pagans, but not all pagans are Wiccan. You can compare it to saying, all Baptists are
Christian, but not all Christians are Baptist. Wicca is just one branch of Paganism, as are Amerindians,
Asatru's, Buddhists, Satanists, voodoo, etc.
16. Do Wiccans have Church?
A Wiccans meet in Covens, usually having 13 members in it, but that is not a rule. Thirteen is a
manageable number of people to contain within a 9 foot circle (or 13 foot). Wiccans meet in something
called a covenstead, which is usually a members home, different each time. However some covens meet
in the Unitarian Universalist churches, which are very friendly towards us.
Q Do Wiccans have funerals, baptisms and weddings and if so, how do they differ?
A Yes, we have all those. A wedding is called a handfasting,and may be legal or not as the people
prefer. If not legal, it is usually called for one year, and then performed again this time for 9 years if
both parties wish to continue. I have done many, both legal and otherwise. Baptisms are called
Wiccannings, and are done when the baby is new born, and then again, at age 13 or thereabouts, when
the child is ready to commit, since we have no right to commit a child to something he/she might not
want as they grow older. We do have ceremonies for weddings. Yes, we have funerals, sometimes an
entire ceremony, or sometimes a high priest or priestess will speak a few words at a Christian ceremony
providing the minister/priest will let us.
Q Isn't this witchcraft? I have seen some spells posted here and there, and I've read in the bible that
Witches were evil and worshiped the Devil. Is this true?
A Okay first question. Is this witchcraft? To some degree yes. But not all Wiccans practice witchcraft
and not all Witches are Wiccan. Think of it as like this: Wicca is the Job, and Witchcraft is a tool used
in that job. Witchcraft is nothing more than prayers that use natural object to increase their force. In
answer to the second question... No, No.. no, no, no, and no. Wiccans do not believe in the devil/Satan.
We believe that by giving evil a name, it gives it power. Thus our reasons for not even paying a grain of
sand's worth attention to this devil/Satan guy. Satan is a Christian concept, and they can keep him.
Q So you hate Christians right?
A No. As a matter of fact, some of my very dear friends are Christians. Though I may not believe
everything they believe, I accept and respect that they have those beliefs and they do the same for me.
What I do not like is Christians who proclaim that Christianity is the only right and true path, and who
constantly try to shove their beliefs down my throat. All we ask is to be accepted, and we will do the
same for you.
Q If you don't worship Satan, why are you wearing that Satanic symbol?
A This symbol is a pentacle. It is a five-pointed star encased in a circle. It represents the four elements
(Earth, Air, Fire and Water) and Akasha (Spirit). Upright (one point up). It is a positive symbol, just like
the Christian Cross, and the Jewish Star of David. Inverted (two points up) is much the same as an
inverted cross, it is a holy symbol corrupted by Satanists and Hollywood.
Q Are you Jewish?
A No, a Jewish star has six points, my pentacle has five.
Q Do you wear black everyday (is it required?)
A No. We wear black, purple, green, blue and even sometimes white. Black is not an evil color, it is a
mixture of all colors known, thus having the energies of all the colors. It is a calming, protective color.
Q Can you give me a love spell to make someone fall in love with me?
A Okay let me create a picture for you. Imagine the most vile person on the planet. You know the kind
I'm talking about. The kind that hasn't met the wonders of a shower in about 3 months, has greasy hair,
pimples and is totally rude and obnoxious. Lets call this person.. Frank/Sue. Well Frank/Sue has a
HUGE Crush on you. Yes you, my friend..... you. And one day he/she hops on the wonderful internet
and finds him/herself a love spell. Then casts it on you (oh the horror! THE HORROR!) and you fall
madly head over heals in love with him/her. And you get married and live happily ever after
hand-feeding him/her grapes and popping their pimples. THE END. Did I scare you? Good. This is why
we do not do love spells. They control the will of others, and that is against the rede. Which will lead to
Q Can you fly?
A Yes. On an air plane just like everyone else.
Q Can you shoot fire out of your hands?
A No. That is not humanly possible. Besides, if you could, wouldn't you get a massive third degree burn
each time you did it.
Q I want to be a king warlock. Can you help me?
A Yes, I will help you. I will educate you about some terminology. A warlock is not a male witch.
Warlock comes from the Scottish word for oath-breaker, and was bestowed upon people who ratted
out members of their Coven during the burning times. This is not a desirable title. In Wicca, men are
also called Witches.
Q What is this "burning times"?
A The burning times happened when the Witch Trials of England, Salem and various other countries
took place. Millions were killed by being beheaded, hanged, crushed and burned alive at the stake. And
the sad thing is, a vast majority of these people were Christian. But their "friends" had something against
them, so they cried "WITCH!" getting them murdered. This was a very scary time for Pagans and
Non-Pagans alike. Much of our teachings, books and other texts had to be burned to keep people alive.
Thankfully oral traditions continued.
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