Help! My teen daughter is a witch


  • Alex BrownJuly 29, 2015

    Well... actually showing your beliefs down your children's throat is a big no-no, it will drive them crazy and they will do everything to ridicule you and rebel against you just because of your behavior. Also you have to know these things first, because you seem pretty ignorant of topic (or is it ignorance on purpose?) 1) Wicca does have core beliefs AND morals. What changes from wiccan to wiccan is the way you practice it. Will you harvest crops or just meditate during Lammas? What type of magic are you going to practice? These are the changeable parts of it. 2) Wiccans believe that if you do something bad, it will go around and hurt you. There are no dogmatic morals, it's morals and karmic system is meant to make you a better person, not a close-minded bigot. 3) None of the Wiccans believe what they practice is ancient, but it's roots predate most of the organized religions. Wicca is revival of ancient paganism, what most people think about is they are practicing ''modern denomination'' of ancient paganism, if you research roots of it's holidays and rituals, you may see. Also if you really want to know why Wicca is rising so rapidly; 1) It has a female principle. I think you all know that attitude of all abrahamic religions towards women is horrible. Whole trinity is male and do not tell me about virgin mary, people do not want a submissive, dependent and ''blessed but not a part of male godhead'' type of female figure. Most people think of the Goddess as a dominant, independent female principle that is really a part of the godhead and equal to male principle. 2) It is a personalized religion, way you practice your religion is not determined by a church or temple. You discover yourself. 3) Emphasis for nature. Whole theology of Wicca is based on natural changes. Lammas is about harvest, Yule is about winter etc. Even Esbats are determined by the Moon, there isn't so much emphasis for nature in any non-pagan religions 4) Goal is being good and powerful, not being a slave. 5) It's a lot more compatible with modern society, no ''kill all homosexuals, infidels, etc.'' kind of rules 6) Has a better reaction to non-believers, according to christianity, all non-christians go to hell and God won't help non-christians. That concept feels toxic to many people but according to Wicca, gods are willing to help all people no matter their beliefs, this is a lot more logical for most people.

  • Lulu MoonApril 21, 2015

    As a former Christian who is strongly off-put by most Christian articles about pagan religions/practices, I found this article to be very refreshing. While there are a few small inaccuracies in the depiction of Wicca, you got most of the basics right, and more improtantly, you refrained from any vilifying or fear mongering, which I greatly appreciate. It's also nice that you added that Wiccans don't worship Satan, since that's often how Christians portray witches, in an attempt to cause fear. And most importantly, you advise teaching children to approach those with different beliefs with love and kindness, not condemnation. I hope that one day, when my daughter has a discussion about beliefs with a Christian, they treat each other with kindness and respect like you've described here. Blessings!

  • Joanna ScarlettNovember 7, 2014

    You make Wicca seem as if it is a bad thing which it is not. It actually connects you closer to your surroundings and opens your eyes to things you never noticed before. I used to be Christian but I was being bullied and rejected at church so I slowly drew away from the Christian religion. Treat others as you would treat yourself? I prefer the "An' ye harm none, do as ye will" That basically says if it doesn't hurt others then go and do it if you want. I am now a full Wiccan, but I still have Christian ties since I had been Christian my entire life. Wicca is not bad thing, it is a new experience. You must learn to accept that not everybody is going to accept your beliefs and you can't shove it down their throats. Learn more about what we believe in and you will see we are a peaceful religion.

  • Krystle GilesMay 2, 2014

    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. Blessed Be

  • 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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