All Wiccan are technically pagan, (until Wicca becomes a dominant religion), not all pagans are Wiccan:
No rules,love and adore earth believing it is a living entity,pick any god or goddess or pick Dozens of them.Wicca is a new Pagan religion and they believe in magic, crystals, candles and the like.
Wicca is a religion. It’s only one of many paths you can follow when becoming a witch. As for pagan it is one who follows or practices an earth-based or nature religion. Wicca is a Pagan religion.
There are no “rules” for joining. If you decide you want to be wiccan or whatever path you wish to follow you have to do it for the right reasons. Not because it sounds cool and you just want to learn to do magick. Like I said before Wicca is a religion, a way of life. Typically a person who wishes to become (im just gonna say wiccan) they take a year and a day to learn all they can before devoting themselves to a certain path.
Pagan is a term that encompasses many many different spiritual paths that do not belong to the three Abrahamic religions. Commonly, pagans are polytheistic (believing in multiple gods), but there are some non-theistic pagans as well.
Wicca is just one pagan path. (I have to chuckle at the spelling “witch” one is best, considering some Wiccans do also practice witchcraft.)
But honestly, I have only studied a few pagan paths in depth and have learned bits and pieces about others. I couldn’t begin to tell you everything about every pagan out there, we are too diverse. But I’m betting most of us will agree that there is no *one best path*, rather a path that suits each individual best.
Wicca is a religion, a rather new religion as it wasn’t popularized until the 1950’s. The basic common beliefs among most Wiccans is honoring and building a relationship with the God(s) and Goddess(es), attuning to and honoring nature and the natural cycles of the year, and living by a code of ethics based on the Wiccan Rede and the Law of Return (sometimes called the Threefold Law).
I’m an eclectic pagan, and a solitary practitioner, although sometimes I work with a solitary Wiccan.
As far as rules, love and trust in your heart is really all you need to join. Rules of the faith can vary, but most believe in some for of the wiccan rede, which boils down to “Do no harm”, which includes interfering in other peoples lives (even for their own good!). The three fold law, which is whatever power you send out, comes back to you three times.
Many believe that we are completely responsible for our actions. No forgiveness for transgressions, you will pay off that Karma debt in this life or the next. Also, respect for others, including their paths.
If you are under 18, most pagans will tell you to wait. If you find a group or coven, you need to ask to join. No one will try to recruit you, as that is disrespectful. And don’t be surprised if you have to ask a couple of times.
There is no official definition for the meaning of the word Pagan, although it is thought to have either been an early Christian term for a country bumpkin or a Roman term (paganus) for civillian.
Nowdays, being a Pagan is following an old non-christian religion such as Druidism or Wicca (a modern term for witchcraft).
I personally started off as a Wiccan- anyone can be one.
I bought books and learnt that Wiccan’s worship Goddesses and Gods of different pantheons, but especially Goddesses and female energies such as their holy trinty of the maiden, the mother and the crone representing childhood, adulthood and the wisdom of old age.
That being said, there are a lot of men who practise Wicca.
As you might think Wiccan’s do practise spellcraft but have a belief that what you give out you get back threefold so if you cast a spell to harm someone then something 3 times as bad will happen to you, likewise if you cast a spell to help someone then something 3 times as better will happen to you.
I got very interested in the old Celtic religion and the work that I do now very much centres around those beliefs so I prefer to call myself a Pagan rather than a wiccan.
No one can say what is best for you- you have to try it and see!
The word pagan comes from the Latin “Paganus” meaning country dweller, rustic ect. Christianity in its early years was an urban religion and “Pagan” was an insult hurled at the country cousins who saw no need to convert to the new religion.
Paganism is not a religion, just as monotheism is not a religion. These days it is an umbrella term encompassing a diverse range of religions excepting the main three Judaism, Islam and christianity. There is debate as to whether or not it includes Hinduism.
Paganism includes any of the pre-christian religions. Today’s pagans are technically Neo-pagans as we are reconstructing what our ancestors believed/worshipped etc.
Pagans can include pantheists, agnostics, soft or hard polytheistics, eclectics, druids, re-constructionists (Norse, Celtic, Kemetic etc) or any of the generally indigenous religions (american indian, australian aboriginal, African), However some atheists self-identify as atheistic pagans, and their are pagans who are monotheistic, only worshipping the divine feminine.
Wicca is one of the more popular denominations and is a neopagan, nature-based religion popularised in 1954 by Gerald Gardner, a retired British civil servant, who at the time called it Witchcraft and its adherents “the Wica”. He said that the religion, of which he was an initiate, was a modern survival of an old witchcraft mystery religion that had existed in secret for hundreds of years, originating in the pre-Christian paganism of Europe. The veracity of Gardner’s statements cannot be independently proven, however, and it is possible that Wiccan theology began to be compiled no earlier than the 1920s.
The main thing that I always stress is that not all pagans faiths are nature (earth) based, and that not all pagans are Wiccan’s or Witches.
Wicca is a food for the poor
And Pagan is a person who does not believe in religion as a group of others do
pagan is the word that describes many pre christian religions. wicca (witchcraft) druids, shamans, etc.
wicca is pagan
It is an Earth Based Religion That Believes In the Power of the Earth ( Gaia) And Also in Different Paths , it’s basically any non Christian Religion . as For Rules you must come with Perfect Love and Perfect Trust