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Ok, someone please clear this up for me. What's the difference between Wicca and Witchcraft?

Do Wiccans practice witchcraft?
Do witches practice Wicca?

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  1. When dealing with magic in terms of “traditions,” it is a common misconception for outsiders to treat any religion in which clergy members make amulets and talismans for their congregants as a “tradition of magic,” even though what is being named is actually an organized religion with clergy, laity, and an order of liturgical service. This is most notably the case when Voodoo, Palo, Santeria, Taoism, Wicca, and other contemporary religions and folk religions are mischaracterized as forms of “magic,” or even as “sorcery

  2. Wicca is new and trendy.
    Witchcraft goes back a long, long way. Like, way long. It was in the Old Testament.

  3. Witches are either imaginary hags with magic powers, or, more realistically, a bunch of paganic nature worshipers persecuted by the Christians in ages past.
    Wiccans are a modern movement based on both the real and fantasy part of witches.

  4. ♥Cуαиι∂є♥ [мσяє тσχι¢ тнαи тнσυ]

    Wicca is a religion.
    Many Wiccans practice witchcraft
    But not everyone who practices witchcraft and considers himself/herself a witch or a wizard is also a Wiccan.
    ..I think.

  5. Wicca is the religion. a branch of Paganism.
    Witchcraft is the practice of Magick. not all Wiccans use Magick.. therefore not all Wiccans do Witchcraft.
    and yes. Wicca is “new-age” .. Pagan and Witchcraft go back deep into history.

  6. I thought they were the same. Good question, and I’ll have to come back. I think they both celebrate and revere earth but i don’t really know

  7. the bottom line is they are one and the same, but many people dont know that. wicca is a new twist on a old name. witchcraft, is the art or craft of wisdom. and wicca in old english means wit or wise.many ppl today use the new age name wicca because they dont want all the negitive energy that has been dumped on the word witch by the church. the witches were the druids, shamans, and healer in ancient time, and well loved and respected in the clan or tribe. the power of the christian
    church broke the old religion and forced it wise one in to hiding. and then claimed the witch was a pawn of satan. this is true, all it takes is ppl to read and learn the true history.

  8. “All Wiccans are witches, but not all witches are Wiccans.”
    Wicca is a fertility witchcult started by Geral Gardener at around 1950-1960. AD. It is orthopraxic, dealing with correct practice over correct belief. It’s members are the clergy of the Lord and Lady of the Isles. Many people use the title Wiccan incorrectly and interchangeably with Eclectic paganism and, well.. Witchcraft.
    Witchcraft, on the other hand, is the craft of witches. Spells, rituals, charms, hexes, curses, potions, herbs, etc.

  9. essentialy they are the same thing… the root ”wi” at the beggining of both words is related to the indo european / germanic root that means ”to know ” ( think of the German ‘ Weiss )
    youll probably get lots of differant answers since european paganism isnt a single , cohesive entity..
    my personal opinion…
    Wicca is the more recent, more defined religion – that was developed about 50 or 60 years ago by one man and which is based on northern european, and pre christian pagan practises and beliefs..
    Witchcraft is the practise of those beliefs but also can be any similar beliefs or practises that fall outside of the modern defined version
    its difficult to define though…

  10. To be honest, I don’t know, because I don’t believe in either. They are not of God, so I don’t study them.

  11. Wicca is the religion. The religion itself is only about 60 years old, but it draws from various pre-existing pagan sources. Wicca is about building a relationship with and honoring the god(s) and goddess(es), attuning to nature and the natural cycles of the year – keeping the Sabbats (the 8 holy days on the Wiccan wheel of the year), and living by Wiccan ethics.
    Witchcraft is a magical practice. The definition of what constitutes witchcraft has changed over the centuries. For example, during a stretch of time, anyone who practiced any sort of alternative medicine, even midwivery, was considered a witch. Though nowadays, there are holistic health centers, spas providing various forms of herbal beauty and massage treatments, etc. and highly I doubt all of these people in these trades today consider themselves witches – but there was a time when they would have been labeled as such regardless.
    Today, witches are commonly known to be spell-casters, and often also practice some form of alternative/herbal health and healing. Today’s witches usually also practice one or more methods of divination. And there are other such occult practices that witches learn and utilize. A witch has many skills – or “wears many hats” – and as such it is often called “the craft of the wise”. But it is literally that – a craft, a set of skills – not a religion in and of itself.
    No belief in any deity is required to practice witchcraft. Certainly not all witches are also followers of the religion of Wicca.
    But that being said, Wicca does not disallow the practice of witchcraft within the religion, as some other religions do. So there are a great number of Wiccans who do incorporate the practice of witchcraft into their spiritual path.
    Hope that clears up your confusion.

  12. Wicca is a religion. It relies on the belief of a Goddess and God, as well as adhering to many ethical tenants of faith, including the “Wiccan Rede” which states “An it harm none, do what thou will”
    Witchcraft is a practice, a set of skills. It is NOT a religion. Anyone can be of any religion or no religion at all and still practice Witchcraft.
    Wiccans incorporate Witchcraft into their practices, but Wicca is NOT the same thing as Witchcraft.
    One can practice Wicca and not be a Witch
    One can practice Witchcraft and not be a Wiccan
    One can practice Wicca AND practice Witchcraft at the same time. It’s up to the individual.

  13. It’s not the same thing, one Wicca is a Religion, not all Wiccan’s practice witchcraft most do but not all
    Witchcraft is a practice and not limited to multiple cultures, religions, beliefs ect. Wicca like Christianity is a religion, Paganism is NOT a religion it’s a way of life and also not limited to all kinds of cultures and religions.

  14. There are many different expressions of Witchcraft.
    Some are connected with the Neo-pagan Faith of Wicca, some are just connected with Paganism, while others have nothing to do with the Indigenous European Spiritualities.
    Simply not all Witches are Wiccans and not all Wiccans are Witches.
    .

  15. Merry Meet,
    Realistically, they are intertwined. All Wiccans practice some form of magick in their spiritual practice. Now to call candle burning, or dancing around a may pole or even creating sacred space among other things a magickal experience is correct and to denounce it as magickal would be wrong as far as I am concerned.
    Every Wiccan I know fallows a serious as well vivacious religious path in life incorporating such things as creating sacred space, calling the quarters and inviting the Goddess and God into circle, lighting candles for intentions in rituals and outside a ritual format, burning corn-dollies at fire or fertility festivals, dancing around a maypole at Beltaine, leaping a bonfire at a fire festival or run between two at a fertility festival, lighting a piece of paper with an intention on it and placing it into a cauldron, chanting to raise energy or glorify the Gods. This is just but a few things Wiccans that I know do.
    I know this is only my personal point of view but I do appreciate the opportunity that you have provided for me to express it.
    Thanks and Blessed Be
    Nyjh

  16. i don’t understand how a wiccan can not practice magic (witchcraft) but not all witches are wiccan think of it in terms as squares and rectangles wicca being squares and witches rectangles a square is always a rectangle but a rectangle is not always a square hope this helps

  17. ..just as a side note.. why are the Wiccans that know what they are talking about getting 16+ TDs? This seems a little unusual to me.

  18. Hiya
    You’ve been given some great information so far, largely that Wicca is the religeon and Witchcraft is the practice of Magic.
    I’d just like to expand the explanation of Wicca a little if I may.
    As has been said Wicca in it’s original form has been around since a guy called Gerald Gardner invented it back in the fifties, he claims (it has never been proven or disproven although the odds are greater on fact rather than fiction) that he joined a Coven working in the New Forest in the U.K, and was trained and initiated by them. At this time within the U.K the ‘witchcraft act’ that forbade the practice of ‘witchcraft’ (in this instance it meant using parlour tricks to gain money in a dishonest way – things such as ‘mediumship) it was replaced by the ‘mediumship act’ which more or less banned the above mentioned mediumship, what the law was aiming at were the charlatan people who used it for monetary gain and to control people through fear.Anyhow the Witchcraft Act was repealed which led to an upsurge in interest in all things Occult within Britain. Gerald wished to allow more people information about the ‘Old Craft’ and so he wrote a book called ‘High Magic’s Aid’ under the pen name ‘Scire’ which was a novel but contained within it were some truths about the modern practice of Witchcraft as practiced by the Coven which Gerald was a member, he termed the religeon they adhered to as Wicca – an old word meaning ‘wise’ (depending on where you research the info) Now from this, in the spirit of allowing more people to find their way to the Old Craft he wrote more books, appeared in numerous newspapers and pretty much invented the new religeon of Wicca – which was based in Bricket’s Wood near St Albans, U.K. Gerald was a very learned man having spent a lot of time out East studying their occult and healing systems, he was also interested in Western Mystery Traditions (such as OTO, Freemasonry and the like) he didn’t just wake up one day and think ‘oh I think I’ll invent a new religeon’!
    Anyhow Wicca in it’s original form was an Initiatory, Coven based tradition, that is one gained entry to it by finding a coven, being accepted and trained by that coven and being Initiated by that same coven. This is now called British Traditional Wicca and it has spread all over the world from these roots, with people initiated by Gerald’s Coven or that of a man called Alex Sanders who used Gerald’s original teachings and formed his own brand of Initiatory Wicca (the two are called Gardnerian and Alexandrian but are essentially the same) spreading out and teaching the Tradition wherever they ended up, Buckland was the first to take it to America. So many people were interested in Wicca and a real craze for it spread, more books were printed which meant a little more of the original info was out there for everyone to read and use, think X factor only on a more paper hardcopy base like newspapers and radio (that’s how big it got) this led to people practicing what is esssentially Wiccan teachings but without the coven 🙂 This was so popular that, because Covens are notoriously difficult to find sometimes, there were more people wanting to join than there were covens willing or able to take them, and so Popular Wicca was born. An author called Scott Cunningham was the first to invent the term ‘solitary Wicca’ and that spread too.
    However essentially there are still two forms of Wicca, BTW and Pop. Both are equally valid.
    Gerald’s original idea for Wicca was that it would include Magical practice as one of it’s basic beliefs, the working and use of Witchcraft – which he felt was intrinsic to the religeon – to heal and help. Popular Wiccans don’t’ always practice magic now though, some prefer to follow the Wheel of the Year celebrations to honour the Dieties without ever casting a single spell or circle. BTW Wicca however still practices Magic according to it’s original teachings. Within BTW Witch and Wiccan are synonymous . At one stage of Initiation the candidate is pronounced Wiccan and Witch! However there are also what are called Traditional Witches (yeah I know it gets complicated, that’s WHY there is so much confusion about the terms) those witches who either through hereditary (family) line or through their own power are Witches of a different kind, they do not necessarily feel the need to worship a God or Goddess (something that BTWicca is based around) and they do not agree to many of the terms and beliefs of Wiccans (such as the ‘an it harm none’ rede) and these are called Witches and nothing else. Within Pop Wicca, because not everyone was going through initiation or the formal teaching within a Coven, not everyone was happy to call themselves a Witch, there are certain areas of the U.S where it would have been unhealthy to do so openly and so within Pop Wicca the term Witch and Wiccan are decided by the individual as to what they wish to be called.. Witch and Wiccan can mean the same thing essentially BUT the difference is that not all ‘Pop Wiccan’s are Witches (although ALL BTWiccans ARE 🙂 )

  19. “Wicca” specifically refers to a Neo-Pagan religion founded in England in 1939 by Gerald Gardner. The term “witch” has been used to mean so many things, many of them mutually contradictory, that it has no actual definition to which all people agree. Gardner referred to his new Religious System as “Modern Witchcraft” and many of the older practitioners still think of themselves as Witches, however to avoid confusion with things like the mythical “Heresy of Witchcraft” (which is a Christian invention wherein Christian rituals are performed to their Devil instead of their God) or the kind of Hollywood fantasy we see in “Wizard of Oz”, “Bewitched”, or “Charmed”, many of the practitioners adopted the terms “Wicca” (for the Faith) and “Wiccan” for the practitioners.
    As to the second half of your question, Yes and No depending on which definition of “witch” you want to use.

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