Even though Wicca is a part of the 'New
Age' movement, it's roots lie far back in history. Goddess worship is the oldest
religion in the world, as old as the world itself. It was around long before
Judaism and Christianity came on the scene. Now, going into a new millennium,
many are starting to re-embrace the old ways. Many never stopped.
Wicca has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries, although
it was not always called Wicca. Many today either claim to be hereditary witches
or can remember things their grandmothers did that were distinctly Wiccan in
nature. Now Wicca is starting to get more attention by the general public. It is
still, however, extremely misunderstood.
Wicca is a beautiful religion, dedicated
to the Earth and the Goddess. Wiccans, also known as witches, worship both a
Goddess and a God. They are the two halves of Divinity, the yin and yang if you
Wiccans practice magick: the subtle
manipulation of the energies surrounding us to produce desired effects in the
material world. In english, that means if you do the right things you can change
the world around you!
Wiccans strive to strengthen our
relationship with the Divinity and to better know the Earth around us. There are
Mysteries everywhere, and if we open our eyes and observe nature, there is much
Wiccans are everywhere. Your next-door
neighbour could very well be a witch! But Wiccans aren't the stereotypical
witches of the movies. Wiccans don't worship Satan or sacrifice children (or
anything, for that matter). They don't practice 'black' magic to gloriously
destroy our enemies with. We just love nature and try to preserve what the
Mother has given us.
Ours is a religion of ritual, and we
honour several days of power. These are the Esbats and Sabbats. Esbats are,
technically, any day there is a ritual that isn't a Sabbat. They are normally
the nights of the full moon. The Sabbats are ancient days of power. They tell us
the story of the Goddess and God. There is truly power left within them.
Wiccans live by one rule, called the
Wiccan Rede - An Harm Ye None, Do as Ye Will. This is stated in a variety of
ways, but they all boil down to one thing: Harm None. Wiccans don't practice
'black' or evil magic, it violates the rede. We believe in something called the
threefold law. This basically states that anything you do comes back to you
three times the strength you sent it out.