Are there rules to the Wiccan religion, and how do you convert to Wiccanism?

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My friend is Wiccan and I have been learning little by little about the Wiccan religion, but now my question is (since I can’t talk to her that often right now) , how do you convert, and are there any rules.

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0475839216

most religions are just to serve their purpose.

Kype

search on google, a lot of information about wicca can be found there
but wicca is much like a combination of many pagan religions, expressing them in an ample way (is what i think), but today’s religions are also paganism so it doesn’t matter

Lando

The best way is to not wash your hair for a month,get some black fingernail polish,play magic the gathering,read alot of Star trek novels and get a black cape.

Bobby The Wolf JPA

Read this website http://wicca.timerift.net/ It will answer a LOT of your questions.
You convert through group initiation or self-dedication…
I suggest you study Wicca (Not Wiccanism) for a Year or more before you convert.
Good luck on your path!
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Don’t listen to Nathan L, he is an idiot!
Also, just a warning, do NOT read any book by Silver Raven Wolf, She is also an idiot 🙂

Nathan L

Rule number 1:
Never wear clothes. Clothes are the work of the devil since God didn’t make them.
Rule number 2:
If you have used a computer you may not join this religion.
Rule number 3:
You MUST smoke pot, sniff crack, and you can ONLY drink alcohol.

Laura

Go to the nearest coven, and talk to the High Priestess about joining Wicca. You will then have a year and a day to study, and decide if it is really for you. I’m studying Wicca, not to join, as I am a minor. The High Priestess will tell you from then on.
~Laura
EDIT: And the rules are mainly the Wiccan Rede. The most famous line is:
Do as thy will, harm none.
That includes yourself, emotionally and physically.
REad the whole thing here:
http://www.wicca.com/celtic/wicca/rede.htm

Nekhtet

How you convert is up to you. If you are joining a coven then you will do it in accordance to the covens rules. Now if your solitary you can do it to suit your needs. You may want to do a small ritual or an elaborate one, dedicating yourself to your chosen path. Or you may never feel a need to formally convert yourself.
Rules. Well in Wicca there are no dogmas. Most of us follow the Wiccan Rede (google it for it’s entirety) “Harm none and do what thou will”. Many follow the Law of Three (what you put out there comes back on you threefold). Depending on if you follow a specific tradition might determine if there are more “rules”.

nyjh

Merry Meet,
Here is some information on the basic principles and core beliefs of Wicca.
01. Wicca is an oath-bound mystery religion, each Wiccan should either be Dedicated or Initiated as a Wiccan to be considered a Wiccan by their peers and/or the general Wiccan community. Self Dedication or Initiation is customary in order to be considered a Wiccan.
02. Wicca’s ethical basis is expressed in the Wiccan Rede (“An it harm none, do as ye will”), and the Threefold Law (“What ye send returns three times over”).
03. Wiccan’s are polytheistic, honoring a variety of gods and goddesses.
04. Wiccan’s are also dualistic, seeing individual deities, at least to some extent, as aspects of one God and one Goddess.
05. Wiccans are also pantheistic to some degree or another, viewing divinity as immanent within the natural world.
06. Wiccan’s show religious devotion to the Goddess and/or God (depending upon Tradition).
07. Wicca encompasses aspects of witchcraft and the practice of magick even though many Wiccans don’t outright practice witchcraft itself.
08. Wiccan Ritual usually involves casting a circle as the basic setting for spiritual and magical work, as well as emphasizes the Platonic four elements of earth, air, fire and water and some form of gender polarity, be that theologically in the image of the God and Goddess, and/or mundanely in the physical gender of participants as well.
09. Wiccan’s more often than not incorporate some form of the “Great Rite” (union of the God and Goddess), frequently symbolized in the blessing of the ritual wine by the conjoining of the athame (ritual knife) and chalice (ritual wine cup).
10. Wiccan’s believe in the wheel of the year and the cycles of life, death and rebirth.
11. Wicca as it is known today with two cc’s came into being in the mid 1940’s, it was popularized in the mid 1960’s. But Wicca itself originates from Pre-Christian pagan belief system from all over Europe. Some (not all) Traditions in Wicca also incorporate the use of ceremonial magic, high magic and even Alchemistry which also predates Christianity.
12. Wicca is not a gender based religion so both male as well as females may be Wiccan.
13. Wiccans usually follow a base Tradition such as Gardnerian, Alexandrian, Dianic, Celitic, Discordian to name a few, but there are many who prefer to be what’s called Eclectic.
Everything or anything above these beliefs and principle defines the path or tradition itself.
I hope I have brought some light to the issue and to your question.
Always in Light and Love
Nyjh

Aravah

1)Ignore the fundies saying you’ll go to hell and are opening yourself up to demons. They don’t believe in either.
2)Get the book: Wicca, a Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham (Amazon.com used books is a great resource)
3)Avoid Silver Ravenwolf, DJ Conway and most Llewellyn books
4)Do NOT pay for lessons over the internet. You can’t ask for references. Do NOT give out personal information to anyone over the internet. Get a PO Box.
5)www.witchvox.com http://wicca.timerift.net
6)Learn and keep learning about various paths in paganism.
7) get the book: “Drawing Down the Moon” by Margo Adler (an older book that’s a little dated, especially concerning Asatru but a good resource) – it gives an overview on a lot of pagan traditions. Might help you narrow things down.

blufea

“Converting” is a personal thing that you choose to do. There is no special thing you have to do, Its all about whats in your heart and what you dedicate yourself to. And, you are free to change your mind and do whatever you want. There is no dogma.
There is only one law that is universal with Wicca, and that is Do what you like, just dont hurt anyone or anything in the process. Its actually kinda tricky if you think about it.
There are several good books which have already been suggested like:
Wicca: a guide for the solitary practitioner by Cunningham, etc.
It is a spiritual journey that you cant be taught. You have to travel the road yourself, but it is good to have some guidance too.
Good luck on your journey!
If you have any questions, please E-mail me!

MSB

There are a lot of different traditions of Wicca. Wicca is not an organized religion, groups and individuals act autonomously so there are no overhead authorities that dictate rules.
Some covens have certain steps one must take to become a member. You become an initiate for a period of time, studying and learning Wiccan ritual and practicing meditation and stuff, until you are initiated. But that would be just for that coven, and whatever preparations they would expect from a person who joins.
But you don’t have to join a coven to be Wiccan (this is commonly referred to as “neo-Wicca” or “solitary Wicca,”). This is a personal choice, no one can really tell you whether or not you can be a Wiccan, there is no official “conversion” process, it’s more of a personal journey when you discover Wicca is your path, you begin to learn about it, practice it, and embrace the Wiccan Rede.
A good website is wicca.timerift.net

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