The Wonderful Wiccan Way
Contrary to what most people believe, Wicca is a very peaceful, harmonious and balanced way to live that promotes oneness with the Divine and all of life. Wicca is a belief system and a way to live life. Much of the information on how Wiccans (Christians call them Pagans) lived, worshiped, and believed long ago has been lost due to the medieval church’s effort to wipe out their very existence. Ignorance (lack of knowledge or understanding) on the part of self-righteous “Christians” brought demise to the Wiccans and Native Americans of long ago. Both are still persecuted today.
Origins of Wicca can be traced back to cave paintings estimated to be around 30,000 years old and is, therefore, considered the oldest belief system in the world. Wicca is sometimes known as Witchcraft (white magic, not black magic) works with Nature, not against it. Wicca is similar to the Native American Red Road—both are ways to live life and both respect and value all of life.
According to an article of The Celtic Connection (https://wicca.com/celtic/wicca/wicca.htm):
“The medieval church of the 15th through 18th centuries created these myths to convert the followers of the old nature based religions to the churches way of thinking. By making the Witch into a diabolical character and turning the old religious deities into devils and demons, the missionaries were able to attach fear to these beliefs which aided in the conversion process. Secondly, as medical science began to surface, the men who were engaged in these initial studies had a very poor understanding of female physiology, especially in the area of a woman's monthly cycles. The unknowns in this area played very well with the early churches agenda lending credence to the Witch Hunters claims and authority. The fledgling medical professions also stood to benefit greatly from this because it took the power of the women healers away giving it to the male physicians transferring the respect and power to them.
“Unfortunately these misinformed fears and superstitions have carried forward through the centuries and remain to this day. This is why many who follow these nature oriented beliefs have adopted the name of Wicca over its true name of Witchcraft to escape the persecution, harassment and misinformation associated with the name of Witchcraft and Witch, not to mention the bad publicity the press and Hollywood has given simply to generate a profit.
“Witchcraft is a spiritual system that fosters the free thought and will of the individual, encourages learning and an understanding of the earth and nature thereby affirming the divinity in all living things. Most importantly however, it teaches responsibility. We accept responsibility for our actions and deeds as clearly a result of the choices we make. We do not blame an exterior entity or being for our shortcomings, weaknesses or mistakes. If we mess up or do something that brings harm to another, we have no one but ourselves to blame and we must face the consequences resulting from those actions. No ifs, ands or buts, and no whining...
“We acknowledge the cycles of nature, the lunar phases and the seasons to celebrate our spirituality and to worship the divine. It is a belief system that allows the Witch to work with, not in supplication to deities with the intent of living in harmony and achieving balance with all things.
“The spells that we do involve healing, love, harmony, wisdom, and creativity. The potions that we stir might be a headache remedy, a cold tonic, or an herbal flea bath for our pets. We strive to gain knowledge of and use the natural remedies placed on this earth by the divine for our benefit instead of using synthetic drugs unless absolutely necessary.
“Wiccans believe that the spirit of the One, Goddess and God, exist in all things. In the trees, rain, flowers, the sea, in each other, and all of nature’s creatures. This means that we must treat "all things" of the Earth as aspects of the divine. We attempt to honor and respect life in all its many manifestations both seen and unseen.
“Wiccans learn from and revere the gift of nature from divine creation by celebrating the cycles of the sun, moon and seasons. We search within ourselves for the cycles that correspond to those of the natural world and try to live in harmony with the movement of this universal energy. Our teachers are the trees, rivers, lakes, meadows, mountains and animals as well as others who have walked this path before us. This belief creates a reverence and respect for the environment, and all life upon the Earth.
“We also revere the spirits of the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water which combine to manifest all creation. From these four elements we obtain insight to the rhythms of nature and understand they are also the rhythms of our own lives.
“Wiccan practice tolerance and acceptance toward all other religions as long as those faiths do not persecute others or violate the tenant of 'Harm None.'"
Wiccan “white magic” is no different than the Christians belief of turning a host of bread into the Body of Christ. What you believe is what you create!
Until we all learn to respect each other and all of life, for we are all creatures of Creator, there can be no peace in this world. The time for change is now.
Blessings to you on your journey!
With much love, Pat