A Path Divided
Witch or Wicca?
A Wiccan may be a Witch, but not all Witches are Wicca
A Witch can be of any or no faith
All Wicca are Pagan
A Witch can be Pagan but not Wiccan
Are you confused yet? If you are so are not alone. Even those who practice the craft or declare themselves as Wicca are equally stumped and offer many various interpretations and even force their “do harm to none” philosophy down the throats of traditional Witches.
These are MY thoughts on the subject:
If you practice magic or Witchcraft do you call yourself a Witch? Most will say yes.
There IS a profound difference though, Wicca is NOT the mainstream path, it is just ANOTHER path of Witchcraft.
This blog is not setting out to bash any of the Wiccan faith, however it is a true statement to say that there is a subsection of Wicca that think theirs is the one true path and will berate those who do not agree (ironic because they profess to hurt none but are happy to troll and shout down those who disagree with them)
There are numerous sites out there on the internet and even within some UK Moots who believe”
“The religion that the Witches follow is called Wicca “
This is totally FALSE. Not all Witches are Wicca or follow the Wiccan way. This is being put out there by many Wicca (mostly young adults who grew up watching The Craft) and neopagans who follow a fluffy unrealistic notion that we should all turn the other cheek (sound like another strict mainstream religion??????).
I spent a long time researching the difference between Witchcraft and Wicca both through the internet, books and visiting various Moots and the Museum of Wichcraft. I found a huge difference between the two paths. Whereas Witchcraft was the old ways of the wise / cunning folk, the craft that tribes people would turn to in times of aid and was of no particular religion (it crossed many religions around the world), but an accepted way of staying connected to both earth and the energies; it became clear that Wicca is a modern religion based around ancient concepts and ideas; brought to public attention by Gardner around 1939 – 1945.
Witchcraft is as it it states, a craft, and anyone can practice it if they feel drawn to the old ways and can connect to energies. Many pagans practice Witchcraft but do not assume they are all Witches. Therefore to my understanding a Witch is someone who casts spells and works Magic as a lifestyle. A Pagan is a person who worships or honors Nature in all its basic forms. A Wiccan is someone who follows a goddess and god -based spiritual path specifically following a strict doctrine / rede that cannot be deviated from in fear of Karma. A Wiccan follows Gardner or Alexandrian principles and ideals.
One can be a Witch, without being a Wiccan, just as a person can be a Christian, without being a Methodist. A Witch can be a Pagan who connects to e.g. a pantheon of deities or talks to nature. A Witch can be a Christian etc. A Witch can have no spiritual path at all. Wicca is a recognized religion, while Witchcraft itself is not considered a religion but someone who uses ancient magic associated with the Old Ways.
It is confusing, don’t worry, just accept everyone is different and be happy with people getting on with following their own path.