12 thoughts on “What is the difference between wiccan and pagan?

  1. The word “pagan” covers a wide range of non-abrahamic religions. Therefore wiccan is considered a pagan religion.

  2. Wicca is a Pagan religion
    Paganism is an umbrella term for all pre Christian or nature based religions

  3. answer: Wicca is a pagan religion, there are many pagan religions.

    Some common pagan beliefs (not all pagan religions believe these): reincarnation * karma * harming none * multiple deities (male and female) * a reverence for life and nature * celebrating the cycle of life and the year with holidays and full moons *

    Things pagans don’t believe in: the devil * hell * a savior * a deity that condemns someone for eternity for not believing in him

    Pagan Holidays
    Samhain/Halloween, November Eve/October 31st
    Yule/Winter Solstice, December 20 – 22nd
    Imbolc/Candlemas, February 2nd
    Ostara/Spring Equinox, March 20 – 23
    Beltane/Walpurgis Eve/May Eve, April 30th
    Litha/Summer Solstice, June 20 – 23rd
    Lughnassad/Lammas/August Eve, August 1st
    Mabon/Fall Equinox, September 20 – 23rd

  4. It comes down to their definitions…

    Wiccan: Someone who practices the rituals of Wicca…

    Pagan: Some one who believes in the false gods, the word ‘pagan’ is a Christian name for someone that does not worship God but instead there own culture’s gods…

  5. Wicca is a tradition of Witchcraft that was brought to the public by Gerald Gardner in the 1950s. There is a great deal of debate among the Pagan community about whether or not Wicca is truly the same form of Witchcraft that the ancients practiced. Regardless, many people use the terms Wicca and Witchcraft interchangeably. Paganism is an umbrella term used to apply to a number of different earth-based faiths. Wicca falls under that heading, although not all Pagans are Wiccan.

    The term “pagan” (derived from the Latin paganus, which translates roughly to “hick from the sticks”) was originally used to describe people who lived in rural areas. As time progressed and Christianity spread, those same country folk were often the last holdouts clinging to their old religions. Thus, “pagan” came to mean people who didn’t worship the god of Abraham.

    So, in a nutshell, here’s what’s going on. All Wiccans are witches, but not all witches are Wiccans. All Wiccans are Pagans, but not all Pagans are Wiccans. Finally, some witches are Pagans, but some are not.

  6. Wicca is a newer version of Paganism (Neo-Pagan). Both are about praying to a God and Goddess (Egyptian, Greek, Celtic ect.). One main difference that I find, is that a lot of Pagan rituals would include sacrifice (blood), while most Wiccans believe that blood should not be shed.

  7. Wicca is a set religion with set beliefs ,amongst its various Covens ,,

    Pagan Is not set in its beliefs and traditions ,,,Pagan adapts different aspects of the old religions ,,,
    The Coven also has the is freedom to elect what will be practised what the Rituals Consist of .

    NOTE :

    Funny how I said the same thing asP angel – Love and Peace,,,,, in a different way ,,,,But I get 1 thumbs down and she gets 2 thumbs up …..

    Mind explaining this one to me ?

    ( did not waste my time saying Wicca is a pagan religion because I thought you already knew that )

  8. Its a little complicated. Pagan, or paganism is the old time religion, the time of the ancient world. Ever since the rise of Christianity, when it became the dominate religion. Paganism was looked down apon, and pagans went through alot of prosucution since they were labled Devil worshippers. Well there came a time when a group of pagans decided it was time to bring the religion back into the lime light. One of them was named Sybil leek, the other something Gardern, and Alester Crawley. There was one other who is mentioned alot, I can’t recall his name tho. Anyways they formed a group and from there knowledge and study of the ancient relgion they formed Wicca. Which is Paganism in away, its alittle bit more main stream, and alittle bit more relaxed. But the main reason why they formed it and labled it wicca was because it was new it gave paganism a new light with out the nonsense of the history. From the new lable no one knew what it was, so people looked into it, and learned what paganism for what it truely is. And over the years its opened peoples eyes, which has made them more accepting to paganism and its teaching.

    So wicca and paganism are the same for the most part. There’s few difference like wiccians worships different gods and goddesses. As in they call out to certain ones. Which pagans do too, but pagans usually look at all the gods as one god, and all the goddesses and one goddess. That they are just different forms that the god and goddess choose to take. Theres just little things like that, and as i’ve said Wicca is a bit more relaxed. Like anything can be used to do magick, where with paganism is a science for lack of better wording.

    If you have any other questions feel free to contact me.

  9. Pagan is merely an umbrella term for pre- and post- Christian religions based at least in part in European indigenous religions, Wicca is one.

    It’s like breakfast cereal. Froot Loops, Corn Flakes, Shredded Wheat are all breakfast cereal. Wicca, Modern Druidry, European Reconstructionisms are all Pagan, although not all use the term.

    If you are a graphical thinker, and need Venn diagrams:
    http://www.labgrrl.com/2009/04/venn-diagrams-2009.html

  10. Wicca is a Neopagan religion. Neopagan as a term, defines a wide range of religions that recreate or are modern forms of ancient pagan religions. The term Pagan, and sometimes Heathen, are used interchangably with how I use the term Neopagan.

  11. A Wiccan is someone who follows Wicca. Pretty straightforeward.

    A pagan, on the other hand is a person who follows any non-abrihamic faith. In other words, any one who follows a religion that is not Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. This includes, but is not limited to Wiccans.

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