Wicca

Wicca is the oldest religion known to mankind. From Paleolithic times to the present the Old Religion has survived because of a pure unconditional love for the Almighty and a deep respect for Nature in all Her Glory.

To be Wiccan literally means to walk the path of the wise, to be the keeper of the Covenant, and to follow the Wiccan Rede. The words Wicca, Witch, the Craft, the Old Religion, and the Elder Faith are all interchangeable. The Old English word for Witch is Wicca and can be either masculine or feminine. There have always been wise women and men who have held the ancient knowledge of herbs, healing, spirits, the occult, the movements of the stars, etc… These individuals were always held in high respect not only among the peasants or Pagans, but they have also served as counsel for royalty for hundreds of years.

There is but one commandment in Wicca and it is known as the Wiccan Rede. It states as follows “’an it harm none, do thy will.” This statement is to also include the self. Another rule that is followed is the Three-Fold Law. This means that whatever actions, words, or deeds (positive or negative) that a person puts out in the world will come back to him or her three-fold or with three times the intensity sent out.

The Almighty is recognized as the source of all creation. Wiccans believe that the Almighty is the same for all religions, regardless if this Source is called Jehova, God, Allah, Osiris, or Apollo. Everyone must follow the path that feels right to the individual.

There are two aspects recognized within the Almighty – masculine and feminine. These aspects are known as our Lord and our Lady or rather God and Goddess. Both exist in perfect balance. One cannot exist without the other. God and Goddess worship has existed for thousands of years. The oldest artifact ever discovered is the Goddess of Willendorf. She is believed to be at least 40,000 years old.

Wiccans hold sacred the Four Elements of the Earth, the Air, the Fire, and the Water. These are manifestations of our Lady and our Lord. All life and substance is view as holy.

Wiccans observe and celebrate the changing of the seasons. The holy days or holidays are called Sabbats and there are eight per calendar year. The names of the Sabbats are as follows: Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Litha, Lughnassadh, Mabon, and Samhain. Many people compare them to the spokes of a wheel. The wheel is the reference of the cycle of a year.

Wiccans also believe in Magick. Magick is simply the projection of personal energy in order to achieve a desired result. It is the intention of the individual that will determine if something positive or negative occurs. Magick can exist without Wicca. In fact, not everyone who practices magick is a Witch. However, Wicca embraces magick and all of the wonderful things it can do to improve the quality of a person’s existence.