Wicca is a neopagan nature based religion which has developed into several divisions, for example Gardnerian, Alexandrian and Eclectic Wicca.
Wicca and witchcraft are often used synonymously without knowledge or understanding of wiccan beliefs. Wicca is the name that was adopted by nature based witches to distance their religion from the popular, much feared and persecuted view of witches in general. Wicca or Wica actually means wise. There is usually the practice of witchcraft within the religion, but not necessarily so as it is for the individual to decide whether this particular aspect of the religion is right for them.
Witchcraft is not only practiced by Wiccans but by many other groups of people with various beliefs. It is successfully reconciled by people within the christian faith for example. Other witches, such as Traditional and Hedge witches have their own codus (belief and views) as to how they practice their version of witchcraft.
Wiccan beliefs concentrate on the fundamental energies of nature on earth and in the heavens above.
Their belief is a highly spiritual one and they choose to practice good white magick for the benefit and the betterment of all involved. Worshipping the divinities is at the core of their religion, the god and goddess, all they be and all they survey. The god of wiccan beliefs is the horned god, who embodies the male part of this duothiestic religion and the triple goddess being the three stages of female life; maiden; mother and crone. The horned god is not a satanic god or associated with evil or satan in any form. It is a very ancient benign and powerful symbolic Godhead predating christianity from which satan was borne.
Wiccan beliefs state that the universe is in a neutral state of energy. There are neither good nor bad supernatural forces in nature but how these energies are channelled determines whether white or black magick is the end product.
Wiccan beliefs recommend adherence to the Wiccan Rede, which are rules and a code of behaviour containing the tenet “do no harm and no harm will come to you.” These rules are reinforced by the Threefold Lawalso known as the Law of Return, which advises its members “whatever you shall send out will come back to you threefold” and encourages good conduct and witchcraft practice.
Wiccans are always very generous in their good deeds and extremely cautious of any wrong doing.
Wiccan beliefs do not allow the sacrifice of any living beings or the practice of black magic as this specifically contravenes their rede and law of three. Wiccan beliefs encompass healing techniques and bringing help and assistance through the use of good magick spells to those in need. An experienced practicing witch will be very well focused on her craft and have a high level of self discipline, strong beliefs and knowledge.
Ritual worship is observed on special ceremonial days. Religious and moral freedom is one aspect of this religion which enables them to be very open to others of different faiths.
To summarise the Wicca and Wiccan beliefs, is to identify people of integrity, honor, goodness of heart and at one with all natures forces.