What are the most important norms of the wiccan religion?

I am doing a research project in school on Wicca subcultures.. I’ve read a lot about the golden rule and the wiccan rede… would those be considered the “norms” of wicca?

5 thoughts on “What are the most important norms of the wiccan religion?

  1. That’s about as close to any norm you could find. All pagans tend to have their own way of doing things. ..and that’s a good thing. 🙂 Oh, well they do like to say things like “Blessed be”, “Bright Blessings”, etc. I guess those are norms.

  2. I’d say that the norms of Wicca are pantheism, functional duotheism, small group structure, coven hierarchy, Liturgy based on ceremonial magick, liturgical cycle based on combining the agricultural cycle and herding cycles and diving those holy days into 8 evenly spaced ones, working with polarity, and being an experiential mystery religion.

  3. I don’t think I’d call Wicca a subculture; we’re a religion. It’s not like the Amish, who have a single culture and share their religion; Wiccans have diverse cultures (hispanics, black, white, etc.), like Christians, we just share a faith system.

    The Wiccan rede could definitely be considered the staple that holds all Wiccan groups together.

    I would say second would be celebrating the 8 sabbats: http://www.squidoo.com/wheeloftheyear

  4. 1) Wicca isn’t a subculture. It’s a religion to which people from many different subcultures belong. Please, tell me you’re not one of those people who thinks that Wicca = Goth…

    2) The Golden Rule is not part of the Wiccan faith. The Wiccan Rede is a defining characteristic of those following the Wiccan faith, but even among Wiccans the precise meaning of it is hotly debated.

    3) If I had to give a list of what characterizes Wicca as a religion, I’d say:

    a) Honoring and adoring the Goddess and the God of our faith;
    b) Serving Them as Their clergy;
    c) Worshipping in a particular style unique to Wicca;
    d) Observing the sabbats (solar festivals) and the esbats (lunar festivals);
    e) Choosing to abide by the Wiccan Rede.

  5. Without going into the whole problem of labeling Wicca a subculture (which is a dumb idea, but do as you will) norms are physical behaviors, not beliefs.

    Some typical Wiccan norms are not crossing another’s sacred space without permission, moving clockwise in a circle, and, in traditional circles, welcoming in with the five-fold kiss.

    Outside of Wicca, secret handshakes, kissing on both cheeks, presenting a hand for shaking, etc, are all norms.

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