I know to a certain extent what the beliefs practices are, on top of at least a few of the members being rather bad at reading, but I’ll put that to the side for now. Whatever the doctrines of Wicca are, what’s their basis. I mean, Islam is based in the Qar’an, which is supposedly infallible. It’s an argument, perhaps a circular one, but it’s there. What evidence is there for Wiccan beliefs being true?
The following list of affirmations and denials are held by most Wiccans. But because there are differences among Wiccan traditions, not every we can will affirm or deny every statement listed here. Nevertheless, the list is accepted by almost all Wiccans
The existence of a supreme divine power known as “The One,” or “The All”
“The All” is not separate from the universe, but part of it.
That from “The All” came the god and goddess.
That the god and goddess are manifested in various forms in the universe.
Nature worship and, therefore, environmental concerns are high.
Divinity is within
That there are different and valid paths to finding the truth about God.
That all creatures have a life force, a soul.
The male and female principles are in balance throughout the universe.
The equality of the sexes.
That each person has male and female aspects that need to be balanced.
The teaching of karma
The practice of rituals designed to attune Wiccans to the natural life forces.
That upon death a person is released back to a place called Summerland
That different paths to spirituality are acceptable as long as they don’t hurt anyone
Personal responsibility for one’s actions
The concept of Heaven and Hell (Matt. 25:46)
The existence of the Devil and the worship of the devil, Lucifer, etc. (Matt. 4:1ff)
The existence of absolute evil (Psalm 34:14; 35:10)
The inspiration and authority of the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16)
A need for salvation (Rom. 3:23)
Moral absolutes (Exodus 20)
That Jesus is the only way to salvation (John 14:6).
The male headship presented by Christianity (Eph. 4:11; Eph. 5)
A religious authoritative hierarchy (Eph. 4:11; Eph. 5)
The concept that humanity is to subdue the earth (Gen. 1:28).
Wicca is not based off of any particular text or teaching at all. In my experience, it borrows from many other religions (many easter and pagan beliefs). Of the Wiccans I have met (probably about 30 or so), no two beliefs were alike. Each person really just picked various beliefs and traditions from other religions.
Although Wicca itself is relatively new, its basis is in the ancient Pagan religions, which are nature-based. Everything in nature is deified and there are gods and goddesses that represent various aspects of nature and human behavior. There is no “book.”
The Wicca as well as all of the Spiritualist/New Age beliefs are all based upon the Chaldean/RCC religion. These religious beliefs have infiltrated into the Christian churches and have become common place.
Are you incapable of asking a question without insulting your target audience? Do you actually KNOW any Wiccans or pagans? You would be VERY surprised at the advanced college degrees among us.
answer: pagans and Wiccans don’t need an ancient book to tell us what’s right or wrong – common sense and the ultimate in morality – treat others as you wish to be treated (Jesus didn’t make that one up – it was already making the rounds).
Our religions are right for us. We and our deities aren’t insecure enough to try and convert the entire world, thankfully. I shudder at the idea of some Christians attempting to become Heathens or pagans.
Our beliefs are correct for us the same as your are correct for you. Without your book would you be out raping and murdering people? Is that all that holds you back?
We look at nature and our lives and know our beliefs are correct for us.
Try losing the attitude and learn about others, you might be surprised to learn your bigoted conceptions are wrong.
We have no singular text or supposedly infallible book to draw from. There are a few pieces of material that we find valuable for teaching others, but nothing that we can point to and say, “This is our holy book.”
As for evidence of our beliefs being “true”…Wicca is a religion of experience. We do not simply read about our beliefs–we live them. We make every effort to speak to the Lord and Lady and hear what they have to say. We go out to feel the sun on our faces, the wind in our hair, and the turning of the earth under our feet. We perform rituals with others and experience the energy that rises and builds, eventually washing out to change the world, maybe just a little bit, for the better. We see examples of “as above, so below” and the law of three-fold return everywhere we look.
That’s part of the reason why Wiccans, even from those of the same tradition, will all practice their faith a bit differently. We each experience the Goddess in a unique way, because we are unique beings. And this, I feel, is to be encouraged.
Wicca is Not a book worshipping religion… so there is no bible, or quran, or torah. Only a personal experience with the gods.
What does “being bad at reading” have to do with religion? There is a wide range of educational level within ALL religions. Some Wiccans are uneducated, yes. Some are University professors. My point being – some Wiccans can’t read very well – SO? Wicca is very much a religion focussed on education, research, and reading. Just like with any religion, there are good Wiccans and bad Wiccans – that is to say, some Wiccans who understand the Wiccan religion throughly, and some who do not. The ones that tend to be more educated are generally better Wiccans. Just like with any religion – the more scholarly a person is, the better able they are to grasp the concepts of ANYTHING – religion included.
The basic tenets of Wicca:
– Honor of the God and Goddess – The divine falls under three categories – firstly, the God and Goddess, who are separate and distinct entities. Secondly, the divinity of the Universe. Third, the divinity of the self – which is a part of the universe, and must therefor also be divine. The celebration and reverence of all three is part of Wicca, but only the God and Goddess are honored as a divine entity. We believe that the God and Goddess are immanent within nature, and that our divinity, and the universe’s divinity, springs from them.
– Acknowledgement of the Sabbats – the sabbats represent the interactions of the God and Goddess. There is a range of life experiences that occur between the God and Goddess – from the birth of the God, to the death of the God, the Wheel of the Year marks the events of their lives, and animates our own lives. It is the interactions of the God and Goddess which give life and divinity to the universe.
– Practice of Wiccan ethics – The Wiccan Rede – an it harm none, do what ye will – in other words, do what does not harm freely. This is not a “do not” statement, or a restrictive statement. It does not mean “harm none” as some rather misinformed Wiccans like to claim. It simply means to do what is NOT harmfully freely – and in that assertion, we can assume that what DOES harm is not to be does freely, or frivolously, and we must think about our actions, to determine if they harm. If an action harms, we must weigh the harm against the harm of NOT taking that action, or of taking a different action – and act, or don’t act, accordingly.
The law of return – this is NOT karma. The law of return states that your actions will come back to you, good or bad. Some traditions add a multiplier to the equation, three being a popular one, but I do not ascribe to such belief. To me, the law of return is best understood when described as Murphy’s law – every action has an equal and opposing (not opposite, opposing, as in, push back) reaction. So if you put bad things out in the world, bad things are the result of that. A series of events results from putting out negative or positive actions or energy, and what ever you put out – negative or positive – has a tendency of making its way back to the original source – YOU.
Self responsibility – Many Wiccans ascribe to the belief of self responsibility – You, and only you, are responsible for your actions. Wiccans do not believe in original sin, or in being “saved”, because that would be to deny self responsibility. We also do not believe in embodiments of evil, such as the devil, because that would be to deny that actions that can be deemed as “evil” originate truly from within ourselves, and that we alone are responsible for those actions. There is no “the devil made me do it”. Only acceptance of what we do, right or wrong.
Believe it or not, that is the bare bone basics.
As for evidence – for the Wiccan, the evidence is in the very existence and nature of the universe.
For the person that does not belief, there is no evidence. And that REALLY does NOT bother us. Unlike some religions, Wiccans don’t seek converts, and so we really couldn’t care less if you see proof in our religion or not.
Your questions are written so offensively they do not warrant a respectable response. I don’t personally know any Wiccans that are “bad at reading.” In fact, it is commonly mentioned in Pagan circles that if Pagan religions have anything in common it is a love of reading. We are the people most likely to have homes filled with shelves and shelves of books. And yes, we read them. Unlike other religions who only have one book to read, we have hundreds, if not thousands of books to read if we want to be respected in our community.
Now, to actually answer your question –
The evidence that our beliefs are true are contained within personal experience. We do not hold up books as the infallible word of our gods or any prophet nor do we believe our own personal experiences count as proof for anyone but ourselves. We believe that if our gods wished for you to worship them, they would let you know themselves. They do not need or desire our assistance in spreading their message. Each of us have our own experiences and our own reasons for believing what we believe.
Additionally, your claim that you know what the beliefs and practices of Wicca are is untrue. Based on the questions I have seen from you, you do not have any grasp on the basics of the religion at all.
Our teachings originated with Gerald Gardner and continue to evolve with practice and communication between Wiccans. We do not have Scripture. We do not have any documents we consider infalliable, and I doubt you’d find any Wiccan who would claim that Gardner was perfect and his teachings unquestionable. That’s contrary to our beliefs.
There is a truth out there. Religious people seek that truth. Wiccans embrace Wicca because what it teaches makes intellectual sense to us, because it reflects our real-world experiences, and because the we find the rituals and practices to result in further understanding of the gods. Esoteric religions do not teach the truth so much as suggest paths to it. “Evidence” is what each of us has personally experienced. Those experiences will differ from Wiccan to Wiccan, and we generally do not expect anyone else to believe in Wicca just because we’ve had experiences.
Well, all the Wiccans I know personally either have a degree or three or are in college getting one, so I don’t know what on earth you’re claiming, but that being said, we don’t need books to talk to us, we have gods.
If you have an actual relationship with the divine it’s hard to worry about “a basis”… the gods are the basis.
Allegedly, the god of Abraham is the basis for Islam. It just seems we Wiccans need one less step- we go from the divine to us, not from the divine to some messenger’s book to us.