I mentioned in a previous post defining paganism that Wicca is considered a Pagan religion, or more specifically Neo-Pagan. But I didn’t tell you much about what Wicca is. I’m not going to tell you all about Wicca today, that’ll happen later. But I am going to clarify a common misconception that Wicca and Witchcraft are synonymous.
In case you haven’t guessed, they’re not. Otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this post!
To get started let’s take a little look at both Wicca and Witchcraft
A (Very) Little Bit about Wicca
As previously explained, Wicca is a Neo-Pagan religion. This means that it draws on pre-Christian religious practices (in this case mainly Celtic) but it was established after Christianity.
Wiccans work with a Goddess and a God, two equally powerful forces that balance each other.
They also follow some main ideas including the Three Fold Law (essentially a version of Karma) and one of my favorites that comes down to: do what you want as long as you don’t cause harm.
Nature is held in high regard in Wicca, as it is in many Pagan belief systems. Nature is respected, observed, and worked with on a daily basis.
*That’s most of what I’ll cover about Wicca today. If this sounds like something you’re interested in and can’t wait for a more in depth post don’t be afraid to do your own research! This is a great website to start off with.*
A (Very) Little Bit About Witchcraft
Witchcraft is the intentional manipulation of energy to create change.
Nothing scary or “evil” about it
A witch focuses their intent and personal energy on achieving certain goals. The theory isn’t much different from the commonly used law of attraction.
The main difference in practice is that in addition to focus and visualization, many witches add natural elements such as herbs, crystals, and incense. These added ingredients give a boost to the energy put out to the Universe.
There are many different types of witchcraft and magic. That’s yet another topic for another day.
Why Wicca and Witchcraft are Lumped together
Witchcraft is a spiritual practice used by most Wiccans. There are magical rituals performed in the religion and most also practice witchcraft on their own.
This means that most Wiccans are also witches.
People who are not often exposed to pagan beliefs may be exposed to witchcraft mainly through Wicca. Learning that Wiccans are also witches leads a lot of them to assume they are one and the same because they are often not shown much beyond that.
Differentiating Wicca and Witchcraft
Wicca is a religion that often involves witchcraft.
Witchcraft is a spiritual practice that anyone can use.
You can follow just about any religion and still practice witchcraft. There are even Christian and Atheist witches out there!
On the flip side, not all Wiccans actively practice witchcraft! There are some who participate in the magic based religious ceremonies of Wicca, but do not practice witchcraft on their own.
While Wicca and Witchcraft are very much related, it is important to keep them separate. Religion and spiritual practices are different branches that tend to influence each other but don’t always define each other.
Stay on the look out for posts that delve into Wicca and Witchcraft a little deeper. And in the meantime, let me know if there are any topics you’d like me to research for you!