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Do you have to pratice witchcraft to be a wiccan?

Recently, i’ve turned away from christian beliefs ( not that I was incredible religious before ) , and started exploring other options. When I came across wicca, I realized that a lot of the beliefs are things I feel aswell, and have begun to study, and read more on it.
I don’t want to pratice witchcraft, although I have no problem with people who do, I simply don’t have an interest in it. So is it possible to be considered a wiccan without praticing witchcraft ?

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  1. Absolutely. Witchcraft is not a necessary part of Wicca at all. Many Wiccans don’t practice magic, and many witches are not Wiccan.

  2. Nope. You don’t have to practice witchcraft if you don’t want to. Lots of Wiccans don’t.

  3. No, the two practices do not have to go hand in hand.
    To be a Wiccan, you only need to hold the beliefs of Wicca…that is to say, you wish to build a relationship with the god(s) and goddess(es), attune to the natural cycles of the year and keep the Sabbats, and live an ethical lifestyle based on Wiccan philosophies and teachings.

  4. The Bible’s Viewpoint
    What Is Behind Witchcraft?
    “WITCHES.” What does that word conjure up in your mind? Images of hags casting hurtful spells or of licentious women consorting with Satan? Contrary to that stereotype, many modern self-proclaimed witches seem like ordinary people. Some are respected professionals, such as lawyers, teachers, writers, and nurses. There has been a worldwide resurgence of religious movements that seem to border on the occult, such as nature religions and neopaganism. “You can go anywhere in Russia these days and witchcraft is a daily part of life,” said a police officer in that country. The United States is home to an estimated 50,000 to 300,000 witches, or “Wiccans,” as some call themselves.
    Today the word “witch” is often used loosely and can mean different things to different people. The modern growth of witchcraft seems to be primarily related to a strain of goddess-worshiping, nature-based religion with a strong belief in psychic powers. Some witches are solitary–they practice their rituals alone, observing the change of seasons, phases of the moon, and other natural phenomena. Others worship and cast their spells in a coven, a group usually of 13 witches.
    It is true that in the West, public perception of witchcraft today is radically different from the attitudes that fostered the witch-burning of the Middle Ages. Sporadically, however, there are still outbursts of wanton violence against witches. For example, in early October 1998 in Indonesia, machete-wielding gangs lynched more than 150 people suspected of being witches. In South Africa more than 2,000 cases of violence against witches, including 577 killings, were reported between 1990 and 1998. In the face of such extremes–ranging from interest in witchcraft to hatred of witches–how should Christians view the matter?
    Unfulfilled Needs
    What impels people to practice modern witchcraft? They claim that one factor is a reverence for nature and life. Some, in fact, are eager to explain that their worship does not include the sacrificing of animals in their rituals. Others say that they dabble in witchcraft as part of a search for people with whom they can share openness, trust, and common spiritual interests. “Everyone I know in the pagan movement is so friendly and open . . . They’re wonderful people,” says a modern witch. And many deny any involvement with Satan, asserting that there is no all-evil deity in their religious structure.
    For many of them, the primary reason for becoming witches is a sense of spiritual emptiness and a disenchantment with mainstream religions. Speaking of her coven, Phyllis Curott, a Wiccan high priestess, says: “All of us were dissatisfied with the teachings and practices of the religions with which we had been raised.” Modern witches, Curott explains, try to answer questions such as, ‘How can we rediscover the sacred?’ But is witchcraft the path to genuine spirituality?
    True Spirituality–From Where?
    The Bible clearly shows that Jehovah is the only true God and the Universal Sovereign. (Psalm 73:28; 1Â Peter 1:15, 16; Revelation 4:11) He is inviting all people to seek him “and really find him.” (Acts 17:27) Hence, genuine spirituality can be attained only by taking in accurate knowledge of the true God, Jehovah. This can be accomplished by studying his Word, the Holy Bible. “Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you,” the Bible writer James assures us.–James 4:8.
    God’s Word, though, warns against a malicious source of evil spirituality. (1Â John 4:1) It identifies Satan the Devil, the archenemy of Jehovah, and his demons as the source of much of the misguided spirituality prevalent today. According to the Bible, Satan “has blinded the minds” of many. He actually is “misleading the entire inhabited earth,” including those who are involved in witchcraft–whether they claim to worship the Devil or not. Why is this so?–2Â Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 12:9.
    Many of the practices and rituals associated with modern witchcraft are strikingly similar to the uncanny aspects of Satanism. Hence, even so-called innocent curiosity can easily lead to occultism. Indeed, many have fallen prey to Satan’s evil influence in this way.
    Not to be ignored is the fact that occasionally practicers of modern witchcraft are drawn to it because they are hungry for power or revenge. “There are people who can call themselves witches and use it for fiendish purposes,” said Jennifer, a modern witch. In any event, both benign and vengeful witches are in danger of coming completely under the control of Satan and the demons. Some witches may deny the existence of such evil spirit beings, but this makes them even more vulnerable to their deceptions.–Compare 1Â Corinthians 10:20, 21.
    The Bible condemns divination, sorcery, the practice of magic, the casting of spells, and any attempts to communicate with the dead. It clearly states: “Everybody doing these things is something detestable to Jehovah.” (Deuteronomy 18:10

  5. Yes, it is possible to be a Wiccan and not actually practice witchcraft. Witchcraft is what the word implies… a craft.
    Good luck on your search =)

  6. No. Not all Wiccan are Witches and the reverse. Witchcraft is like Chemistry it needs no religion to do it. You can be any religion if you are a witch, or none at all. Wicca is a polytheistic religion which deals with two or more deities and centers around nature and the elements.

  7. You can absolutely be Wiccan without practising witchcraft. The two have nothing to do with one another!
    The only reasons Wicca and witchcraft tend to coexist is because Wicca is one of a few religions that accepts the manipulation of energy as something real and neutral (neither evil nor good, just there to use or not use). Also, the terms ‘wicca’ and ‘witch’ have some similar etymological roots. Then there are all the movies and tweens running around portraying Wicca as a bit of magical fun and not as a serious religion.
    If magic isn’t for you, it isn’t for you. Honestly (and not to belittle anyone here), there are people who might consider you to be more serious about Wicca if you don’t claim to practise witchcraft as well.

  8. The misinterpretation is that Wicca is automatically equated to Witchcraft. This is false. One does NOT have to practice Witchcraft in order to practice Wicca. The two practices are separate from each other, yet MAY be incorporated to create a complimentary practice.
    It is not a requirement, nor necessity to practice one in order to practice the other.
    Wicca =/= Witchcraft
    Witchcraft =/= Wicca

  9. Wicca is a belief (a religion if you will). Witchcraft is something you do that can be separate from your belief.
    There is a little overlap and as many Wiccans also practice witchcraft (myself included) you should at least learn a little bit about it, if for no other reason to help understand people.

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