There are as many variations in Wiccan beliefs as there are Wiccan traditions. But there are Wiccan beliefs that remain true from one tradition to the next. These are usually the ones that solitary practitioners use to guide them in their practice.
There might not be a single governing body over Wicca, nor is there a "Bible" that lays down a universal set of guidelines, but there are Wiccan beliefs that glue the different traditions together.
The truth of the matter is, there are actually a few ideas, principles, and beliefs common to nearly all modern Wiccan groups.
Let’s talk about them:
Wicca was introduced by Gerald Gardner in the 1950s, starting his very own tradition. He took from many different pagan practices and incorporated it into what we know as Wicca. His tradition was oathbound, initiatory, and extremely secret.
However, after a few years, splinter groups began forming from former initiates of Gerald Gardner, from which new traditions also came about. Each tradition brings with it a slightly different interpretation or focus that just makes Wicca all the more rich and diverse.
Almost all Wiccan groups today owe their basic foundation to the principles laid out by Gardner. What Gardner did was bring back the Pagan practices and put a modern twist on it. Garden is called the Father of Modern Witchcraft.
Wiccans come in all shapes, forms, sizes, colors, and walks of life. We are doctors, nurses, artists, teachers, dancers, students, firefighters, waitresses and computer programmers.
What makes Wicca so beautiful is that absolutely anyone can be Wiccan. Wiccan beliefs do not limit you but set you free, allowing you to be more yourself than you ever have been!
There are Wiccans who wear their beliefs on their sleeves, and then there are those who prefer to keep it private. Since Wiccans do not recruit, it may be hard to find out who is a Wiccan.
One giveaway would be a demeanor that is very calm, balanced, and positive. And if that someone likes to spend time outdoors during a full moon :)
Wicca acknowledges the polarity of the Divine, both the male and female aspect of it. Wiccans honor gods and goddesses whether they’re Greek, Roman, or Egyptian, since all in all, they represent the Divine.
This is nothing like the magic performed in circuses. Wiccans harness and redirect the vibrational energies of the Earth through magick and spellwork. The knowledge that you can do this is a cornerstone of Wiccan beliefs.
Armed with this knowledge, you can change certain aspects of yourself and also things around you with the aid of magick tools such as wands, crystals, gemstones, pendulums, and candles.
For Wiccans, magick is simply another skill set, and anyone can practice it.
Wiccans communicate with spirit animals, those of the Fae Realm, and their ancestors. Interaction with the spirit world is normal which is why we hold seances during Samhain.
The purpose of which is for guidance, wisdom, and protection. It is not to harm anyone or for evil purposes.
Wiccans believe that the Divine created the earth and left a part of themselves in each of their creations. This is why we respect our bodies and why we respect Nature. Plants, animals, and rocks are sacred, which is why we care about the environment.
For many Wiccans, the idea of karma is alive. Our rede expresses our belief in the Threefold Law, which means whatever we do or whatever we give out, comes back to us threefold.
“An it harm none, do what ye will.”
Wiccan holidays are based on the turning of the earth and the cycle of the seasons. In much the same way our ancestors celebrated is the way we celebrate now.
Wicca has 8 Sabbats and our magick also depends on what the season is teaching us.
Wicca is not a fashion statement. It is not dressing in all-black and wearing black lipstick (although we like to do that sometimes)!
Most of all, Wicca is rarely about something that happens outside - it’s about what’s within. It’s a spiritual journey and it lifts us up and transcends this dimension. It allows your spirit to soar, which, in return, lets your physical being soar!
And these are Wiccan beliefs we share with everyone else.
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