You obviously haven't studied properly, either that or shifted what you have researched to suite your biblical based website. Not all witchcraft practitioners are Wicca and not all Wiccans are witches. For starters, one is a path or type of study whilst the other is an actual religion. I am not a Wiccan but my father is and I know that they have their own Rede, their own set of ethics and in both the Witchcraft practices and Wicca, we honor both feminine and masculine aka: The Gods and the Goddesses. Some people in our belief systems also are what is known as 'Christian', 'Catholic' witches who use their faith into witchcraft practices because they feel that that sort of God is a good deity for them.
Therese MareNovember 18, 2013
The Wiccan faith or "religion" is frighting to the uninformed. I was a Christian for a long time and then about 10 years ago I was introduced to Wicca by a good friend (a male witch). I started studying it.The more I read up on it the more it became clear to me that it definitely the opposite of what I thought it was. I am a mother of 4 sons and as a Christian I was very strict. My adult sons still teased me about the amount of books and Cd's I burnt because i thought it was 'demonic' :)
All I can ask is that you read about Wicca, the Three Fold Law and the Wiccan Rede.
Have a look at this website. It explains beautifully what and what Wicca is not. http://wicca.com/celtic/wicca/wicca.htm
Lost DaughterJune 12, 2013
This may seem strange at first, but as a wiccan I want to thank Katharine for writing this article. I was raised a Jehovah's Witness and in my young adulthood became interested in paganism in general and wicca specifically. I was ostracized by my church community and disowned by my mother. They were constantly accusing me of being a satan worshipper and were convinced that I was possessed by a demon. My mother demanded that I be evaluated by a psychologist because in her mind the only reason to question the church was if you were insane. I tried to be a calm, reasoning adult and even submitted myself to psychoanalysis. When the therapist declared me sane and well adjusted she accused the therapist of being in league with the devil as well. My therapist then introduced me to the cycle of abuse and opened my eyes to the cult-like similarities of the Jehovah's Witness church. I have now been pagan for 15 years and am happy in my own spiritual path. What I wish to express here is the hope that other young women will not be subjected to spiritual abuse and controlling tactics by well meaning but over zealous family members. Katharine has listed some excellent tactics for relating to would be pagans with respect and love. Offer your support and guidance, mostly importantly your love, and allow them to make their own informed choice. Although you may not like their choice, their life path is their own.
Tuesday WilliamsApril 25, 2013
You know, you talk about witchcraft as though only females can practice it. There are plenty of men who are witches (not "warlocks" or "wizards", but witches). Furthermore, I think that a clearer line needs to be drawn between witchcraft and Wicca. They are two separate ideas; one is a skill, the other is a religion. While they often go hand-in-hand, there are plenty of witches who are not Wiccans. They can be Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Pagan, or whatever they choose. The practice of witchcraft itself is not a religion. I, myself am a general Theist with both Christian and Wiccan influences.
I understand your point of view here, but please make sure that you get your facts straight. Remember that not everyone in the world has to be a Christian!
Blessed be! ☆
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