What is Wicca?

"Wicca is a vital, contemporary spiritual path reviving the ancient, pre-Christian indigenous religion of Europe. It is a life-affirming Earth religion which is both old and new, "traditional," and vibrantly creative. Wiccans experience the Divine as immanent, as embodied in the Universe, the world in all its aspects and in humanity, as well as transcendent. Therefore all of life is perceived as sacred and interconnected. Modern Wicca incorporates ancient and modern liturgy, ritual and shamanic practices by which people attune themselves to the natural rhythms of the Earth and the Universe, enabling them to experience communion with the embodied Divine. Wiccans honor nature as a profound spiritual teacher and devote themselves to the contemplation and integration of the spiritual wisdom inherent in the Earth's cycles of seasonal transformation"

(by H.Ps. Phyllis W. Curott, J.D. President Emerita, Covenant of the Goddess (COG). COG is one of the largest and oldest Wiccan religious organizations, with members in North America, Europe and Australia. Taken from A SourceBook for Earth's Community of Religions)

Wicca is an Earth-based, nature centered religion drawing on the ideas of pantheism, gnosticism, ceremonial magick, witchcraft and the pagan religions of our forefathers. Wicca is a modern revivial of the old, Pagan religions, using magick, nature and a female Deity along with Her Consort, the Horned Lord, as its central core.
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The term witchcraft literally means the craft of the wise. In its original usage, witchcraft was practiced by those persons, generally female, who had knowledge of herbal lore, the law, psychology and physiology. It is important to note that not all Wiccans consider themselves witches, and not all witches are Wiccans.
Wicca is centered around the use of positive thought, positive action and love of nature to create an atmosphere of positive energies which are then used for our own benfits. Wicca teaches that there is certainly a higher power, namely the Goddess and God, often refered to solely as the Goddess, but that the Goddess is always attainable, for She is everyhwere: in the tree, in the leaf, in the ant, within ourselves.
In this sense, Wicca is a pantheistic religion. (Pantheism is the belief that God can be found in all things: "pan" meaning "Everything" , "Theism": having to do with Deity) Wicca teaches that there is much more in our universe than we can see or understand.

Wiccan spiritual practices, often referred to as "magick," are in fact ancient techniques for changing consciousness at will in order to better perceive and participate in Divine reality. A primary purpose of Wiccan techniques is the transformation of the self to fully develop one's gifts and capacities to live a full, joyful, and spiritual life. In this sense, they are also used for practical ends such as healing, divination, purification, blessing, and the raising of energy to achieve positive life goals such as fulfilling work and relationships. All of these techniques, which may include prayer, meditation, ritual, drumming, singing, chanting, dancing, journeying, trance, and others, require and engender wisdom, maturity, patience, passion, and an abiding commitment to the sacred.

Wiccans follow the Wiccan Rede and one of the central laws of Wicca is:
"An It Harm None, Do What Ye Will"
which means exactly what it says: as long as you don't do anything that will hurt anyone (including yourself), is to be allowed.

This rule is reinforced by a second major aspect of Wicca:
"Everything you put out comes back to you Three fold"
This means that everything will come back to you thrice what you put out. Therefore, the punishment for breaking the law of Harm None is a threefold return of whatever you did.

Below are 13 goals of a witch. Now this is not for everybody, nor do you have to abide by them to be a good wiccan, they are just a general outline.
1. Know Yourself.
2. Know your craft.
3. Learn all you can.
4. Apply knowledge with wisdom.
5. Achieve Balance.
6. Keep your words in good order.
7. Keep your thoughts in good order.
8. Celebrate Life.
9. Attune with the cycles of the earth.
10. Breathe and Eat correctly.
11. Exercise the body and mind.
12. Meditate.
13. Honour the Goddess and the God.

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