I want to start studying Wicca, can someone point me in the right direction?

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Does anyone know any books or websites that have accurate information? I am really interested in learning about this, but I don’t want to get BS info. Also, does anyone know any communities for people interestd in Wicca?

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Havara d

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.
8)I’m not a good resource beyond these suggestions. I haven’t been a Wiccan since 1992 and I left Heathenism a year ago.
Some common pagan beliefs (not all pagan religions believe these): reincarnation * karma * harming none * multiple deities (male and female) * a reverence for life and nature * celebrating the cycle of life and the year with holidays and full moons *
Things pagans don’t believe in: the devil * hell * a savior * a deity that condemns someone for eternity for not believing in him

buckeye_12207

Witchvox.
buckeye

Teawitch

The best books to start with are by Scott Cunningham. He puts things in an easy to understand manner. Don’t discard the books that the elite wicca community condemns because they too sometimes have good information (like what not to do). Don’t look for anyone to take you one either unless you are over 18 years old.

Sierra

Well, I was right where you are about seven years ago. First, I’d say that you should start researching deities so you can pick the one that calls out to you and make her your own… or him. Wicca is a pick and choose religion. There are no rules except one- Anything you do, may it be good or bad, will be returned to you three-fold. You can choose to worship the God and the Goddess (which is what I do) and your own personal deity or just one of those. Wicca is a very hands-on religion and it is not Satanic. Most of us don’t believe in Hell or the devil but some of us do believe in reincarnation… like I do. Here’s a few websites that should help you, darling: http://www.wiccawitchcraft.net/
http://www.religioustolerance.org/wic_intr.htm
http://www.allaboutreligion.org/wicca-religion.htm
http://www.sacredwell.org/wicca.html
http://www.witchvox.com
Most of these sites have different information because we just know what we believe and the people on these websites believe different things. I would recommend meditation to start centering your mind and helping you concentrate more. In Wicca, most of us deal with witchcraft (which isn’t demonic) and it’s about controlling the energy around you. Here are a few meditation and calming videos that I though you’d like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gHS6FslaTk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGp9LRbfC9g
And anything that you don’t know how to do, you can always Google. Believe it or not, they have some great sites that really explain a lot about our religion, how to meditate, how to cast a circle, how to call the quarters, what the Sabbats are.You can google any of those things and you will get a very detailed answer from at least one site^^ Good luck and Blessed Be)O( May the Goddess guide you on your path.

Uncle Tim

Books by Scott Cunningham are a really good place to start. I also really like Isaac Bonewitz and, if you are up for a bit of a harder read pick up Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler. http://www.witchvox.org will give you lists of both groups and individuals involved with Wicca and other forms of paganism in your area. As Teawitch already said, if you’re under 18, you might find it hard to find a group willing to take you on as a student.

LamiaBella

Websites: http://wicca.timerift.net & http://www.witchvox.com
Books:
Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner & Living Wicca: A Further Guide (…) (Scott Cunningham)
Wicca for Beginners (Thea Sabin)
The Elements of Ritual (Deborah Lipp)

nyjh

Merry Meet Amber,
If you are interested about learning more about Wicca and/or Witchcraft here are a few legitimate sources to glean knowledge from. First being Witchvox at http://www.witchvox.com/. Here you will gain knowledge through fellowship with other of like mind and knowledge through the countless articles posted. If this is not enough one could look into getting online training through the Sacred Mists at http://www.sacredmists.com/, and Witch School at http://www.witchschool.com/, or OZ Wicca at http://www.ozwicca.com/, both are pretty decent for learning the Craft on the Web though like any site they have some issues. Also if you are close enough to an active group that specializes in education and development like the SCWF try and join them even if it’s on a limited capacity.
If DVD’s are to your liking try Witchcraft Rebirth of the Old Religion by Raymond Buckland (DVD), Discovering Witchcraft by Janet and Stewart Farrar (DVD), Ancient Mysteries Witches by A&E (DVD), Craftwise Volume 1: Candle Magick by Peter Paddon (DVD), Craftwise Volume 2: Cord Magick by Peter Paddon (DVD), Wish on a Spell, Vo. 1 by Deborah Gray (DVD), Practical Magick DVD, The Craft (DVD).
If books are what you’re interested in I also suggest that you get your hands on Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin and/or The Circle Within by Dianne Sylvan. Both of these books are very good reading and both will give you some deeper insight to the Craft and how it relates to you. Also you cannot go wrong with anything by Scott Cunningham.
Study as much as you need to before deciding that you are Wiccan. Find those near you who are reputable and knowledgeable. Also stay away from those who are playing Wicca if you are serious about the religion and the craft, they will only slow you down and/or mislead you. Also, read all the books you can the good ones as well as the bad ones. Ultimately, study, study and then study some more. Find all you can and definitely cross reference whenever possible, this way you can get the best out of all you learn.
Remember, you are the one that decides who’s a good or bad author not someone else because every author in my belief has something to offer, all you have to do is ignore the information that is not accurate and/or wrong. Oh and when the opportunity raises cross reference the information learned for accuracy.
I hope my blurp helps out.
Blessed Be
Nyjh
Links for more information:
http://www.cuew.org/whatiswicca.html
http://www.ozwicca.com/whatis.htm
http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/?once=true&
Networking:
http://www.wiccantogether.com/
E-Books:
http://www.scribd.com/search?cat=redesign&q=wicca&x=0&y=0

DarkEmber

I highly recommend this website: http://www.wicca-chat.com/index.html
It contains most of the basic knowledge such as: crystals, moon phases, plants, herbs, oils, candles, the charge of the Goddess, the charge of the God, the charge of the Horned God, the Wiccan rede, the three fold law, history, meditation, etc.
JUST REMEMBER: Do not copy spells, they won’t work well for you because they were meant to be used by a different person’s energy. There could be unexpected results, or it could not work at all. That’s why you make your own spells and rituals.
ALSO: Do not use magick to harm anyone else you’ll be the one suffering in the end. Karma: “An it harm none, do as ye will” (threefold law)
Note: even doing something helpful against someone’s will is still hurting them. As is keeping it secret that you’re casting a spell for them, etc.

MSB

wicca.timerift.net– good info, good reading list.
witchvox.com– can direct you to anything you are looking for.

~*FloweringWind*~

A really great book to get and read is Scott Cunningham’s: Wicca, A Guide for the Solitary Practicioner. I have it and have read it countless times. There’s multiple websites, but my favorite is http://www.witchvox.com.
Go with what your heart and soul tell you. Don’t pay attention to the people who tell you that you’re going to hell and stuff like that–they’re ignorant and intolerant, but that is their choice.
Good luck on your journey!

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