Seeking Information on the Wicca Religion?

Hello
I am seeking some information about the wicca religion. I have always been drawn
to anything that has to do with Goddess, especially honoring myself and the earth around me. Now is a time in my life that I am reassessing some beliefs and I know that this is the right choice for me. I would love to hear any thoughts on the religion and how Goddess has made a difference in your life. I have tried to gather as much quality information as I can on the subject, but any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

6 thoughts on “Seeking Information on the Wicca Religion?

  1. I highly recommend this site … http://wicca.timerift.net/ Small but packed full of accurate information.

    http://www.religioustolerance.org/witchcra.htm
    http://bluemoonwicca.org/

    http://www.witchvox.com/ This site will help you find others in your area.

    I am sure that the copy & paste Wiccan who votes themself best answer will stop by to answer this…but I’ll star this for my contacts that will take the time to answer you personally. I have no “testimony” to offer though I think Wicca is a beautiful path that can assist one in evaluating their live and accepting responsibility for their actions.

  2. Traditionally in Wicca we have both a god and a goddess, and they do have names, we don’t pretend their names are what they are like the Christians do.

    I agree with the suggestion of http://wicca.timerift.net It’s a very good start.

  3. 🙂 Merry Meet,

    Wicca is an earth-based spirituality founded on the pre-Christian belief systems of European peoples, combined with modern concerns such as environmental issues and social justice. Because we are primarily an oral tradition, we do not have a formal book of religious law. However, we do have so basic beliefs including:

    An it harm none, do as ye will
    Lest in they self defense it be, ever mind the law of three

    Most Wiccans also believe:

    Deity is both male and female (i.e. God and Goddess) although there are some Wiccans who worship only the goddess (Dianic Wicca)
    Goddess/God can be experienced directly without a priest of church. Although we may have leaders (high priests and priestesses) in our ritual groups (covens) that guide us and teach us.
    We honor the earth as sacred and celebrate holidays (Sabbats) that reflect the cycles of nature.
    Reincarnation reflects the continual wheel of the seasons and most of us do believe in some kind of reincarnation.
    There is a connection between the environment and all of the creatures that share the land, sea and sky with humans.
    There are many spiritual paths to one end, and that Wicca is not the one and only right path to God/Goddess/Truth/etc. nor is it right for everyone

    Wiccans DO NOT:

    Worship Satan (we don’t even believe in an evil supernatural being of any kind, let alone one within the Christian belief system)
    Sacrifice babies/animals/virgins (many, but not all, Wiccans are vegetarians due to their belief that they should not harm living creatures)
    Cast evil spells to control other people
    Seek to “convert” anyone to our spiritual path
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…
    Books by Eileen Holland, Amber K.,Fiona Horne,Scott Cunningham,Christopher Penczak….
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~…
    Hope this helps!
    Blessed be!

  4. Wiccans occasionally focus on Goddess, but most focus on balance: God and goddess.

    A good website for learning is wicca.timerift.net.

    Wicca’s been a very positive impact on my life, I’ve found it very fulfilling.

  5. Merry Meet Kin,

    If you are interested about learning more about Wicca and/or Witchcraft here are a few legitimate sources to glean knowledge from. First being Witchvox at http://www.witchvox.com/. Here you will gain knowledge through fellowship with other of like mind and knowledge through the countless articles posted. If this is not enough one could look into getting online training through the Sacred Mists at http://www.sacredmists.com/, and Witch School at http://www.witchschool.com/, or OZ Wicca at http://www.ozwicca.com/, both are pretty decent for learning the Craft on the Web though like any site they have some issues. Also if you are close enough to an active group that specializes in education and development like the SCWF try and join them even if it’s on a limited capacity.

    If DVD’s are to your liking try Witchcraft Rebirth of the Old Religion by Raymond Buckland (DVD), Discovering Witchcraft by Janet and Stewart Farrar (DVD), Ancient Mysteries Witches by A&E (DVD), Craftwise Volume 1: Candle Magick by Peter Paddon (DVD), Craftwise Volume 2: Cord Magick by Peter Paddon (DVD), Wish on a Spell, Vo. 1 by Deborah Gray (DVD), Practical Magick DVD, The Craft (DVD).

    If books are what you’re interested in I also suggest that you get your hands on Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin and/or The Circle Within by Dianne Sylvan. Both of these books are very good reading and both will give you some deeper insight to the Craft and how it relates to you. Also you cannot go wrong with anything by Scott Cunningham.

    If you are a teen, Elements of Witchcraft: Natural Magick for Teens by Ellen Dugan, and Teen Witch by Silver Ravenwolf is also good. But neither is completely accurate, but they will help you out. Also check out http://www.teenwitch.com/ for more information, it’s a pretty good site for base information.

    Study as much as you need to before deciding that you are Wiccan. Find those near you who are reputable and knowledgeable. Also stay away from those who are playing Wicca if you are serious about the religion and the craft, they will only slow you down and/or mislead you. Also, read all the books you can the good ones as well as the bad ones. Ultimately, study, study and then study some more. Find all you can and definitely cross reference whenever possible, this way you can get the best out of all you learn.

    Remember, you are the one that decides who’s a good or bad author not someone else because every author in my belief has something to offer, all you have to do is ignore the information that is not accurate and/or wrong. Oh and when the opportunity raises cross reference the information learned for accuracy.

    I hope my blurp helps out.

    Blessed Be

    Nyjh

    Links for more information:
    http://www.cuew.org/whatiswicca.html
    http://www.ozwicca.com/whatis.htm
    http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/wiccaand…

    Networking:
    http://www.wiccantogether.com/

    E-Books:
    http://www.scribd.com/search?cat=redesign&q=wicca&x=0&y=0

  6. The others have already given you plenty of quality links, so I will concentrate on the part of the question asking about the difference the Goddess has made to me.

    Speaking as a man, I always felt I had to play a part, live up to expectations that my gender conditioning had forced on me. Be a man, keep a stiff upper lip, men don’t show their emotions, keep ahead of the competition, climb the greasy pole, be an alpha male. And the list goes on. I was never much good at all that, so I always felt I could never be a “real man”. And I always seemed to get on better with women. I often wondered if I had been a woman in a previous life.

    I found it literally inconceivable that God could have created man before woman in his(?) own image, that man was destined to rule over woman by divine order, that woman brought sin into the world and was somehow to blame for a situation ruled over by an omnipotent male. These thoughts became ever more insistent, until one day they became impossible to relegate to the back of my mind. And that was when I went searching for a new religion.

    Since I admitted to myself that I was Pagan and a follower of the Goddess and dedicated myself as a Wiccan to the Goddess and the God, I have no longer felt guilty about embracing the feminine part of me. I no longer fear it, now I know it is part of the natural order of things. Now I know I am complete. So She has impacted my thinking big time.

    I used to find it a stretch of the imagination to believe in the God of the Bible. And looking back with what I now know, it’s no wonder. But believing in the Great Goddess was just so natural, a real no-brainer, and it seems incredible how I’d never thought of her before, how successfully the patriarchs had channelled my thinking, even at a distance of 2,500 years.

    Now let me add some information. I must let you judge for yourself its quality. I have read these books myself and greatly appreciated them, which is not to say that I agree with every word and I certainly agree that there is a need for balance (I also believe in the God). It’s fair to say that the historical basis of the first two or three has been much criticised in no uncertain terms, but nevertheless if you have not read them, I recommend them to an enquiring mind and invite you to form your own judgements. I must stress that these books are about Goddess and religion, not about Wicca:

    The Great Cosmic Mother
    – Monica Sjoo and Barbara Mor
    When God was a Woman
    – Merlin Stone
    and a more recent book,
    Switching to Goddess
    – J.Lyn Studebaker

    More objective probably, and not overtly a religious work:
    The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image
    – Anne Baring and Jules Cashford

    And perhaps my favourite of all:
    The Wise Wound
    – Penelope Shuttle and Peter Redgrove

    I think you would like Starhawk’s “The Spiral Dance”:
    I know I do.

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