I’m not sure about a Wiccan and witch, but it sounds like a witch is a novice Wiccan.
Wiccan and goth, though, seriously? Goths are very obvious in public, and Goth is not a religion, it’s a choice/lifestyle/fashion statement. Wicca is a religion and there are many Wiccans that are completely normal people. Many Wiccans I have met are more on the hippie side, but not all of them.
Goth- someone who thinks they’re Wiccan, but is too lazy to go through the proper channels ie: read the proper books to learn what it really means. they just do it to be cool.
Wiccan- Religious belief in witch craft, Pagan Gods etc. But not necessarily practicing witch craft. The Wiccans believe that witch craft is something that is feminine or something that only women do. As such not all men Wiccans are witches, and many women might go against this as well, probably trying to avoid a stereotype
Witch- Someone who believes they can perform witch craft ie: spells, curses, potions all that magical crap.
Wicca is a polytheistic religion.
Witchcraft is a magical practice.
Gothic is a style and/or subculture. (which can include specific types of music, fashion, writing, outlook, etc)
The three things are independent of each other. You can easily be only one of the three, or some combination of them.
Wicca is a religion. wicca.timerift.net.
Often it is combined with the practice of Witchcraft, but it doesn’t have to be.
Witchcraft is a practice– a craft– a skill. squidoo.com/witchcraftsmagicandspells.
Witches have been part of just about every culture and religion throughout history. Only a small portion of Witches actually are religiously Wiccan.
Goth is a subculture, somtimes a style of dress: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goth_subculture
It has nothing to do with the religion of Wicca at all except that some Wiccans are goth, just like some Wiccans are soccer moms and some are lawyers and some are artists.
A Witch = Someone who practices the art and craft of Witchcraft (not a religion)
A Wiccan = Someone who practices the religion of Wicca (not Witchcraft)
A Goth = A somewhat subculture consisting of dark dress, dark music and dark lifestyle [dark =/= evil] (not related to either above, unless individual chooses to practice)
A Witch may be a Wiccan; a Wiccan may be a Witch; It is not a requirement for one to be the other in order to pracitce, nor does one not need to be a goth in order to practice either
Merry Meet Kat,
If you’re interested in knowing the differences in Wicca and Witchcraft, I suggest studying both. As per an overview, Wicca by all the dictionaries at our disposal defines Wicca as a type of Witchcraft. If a person wishes to separate themselves from the term Witch then they really should look into neo-wicca, this way they can claim the separation and be valid by definition and application. As per Witch, that’s a person who primarily practices various forms of magick. By definition in the old customs that’s anything from energy work, herbalism, scrying, divination and etc. By the new definition that’s anyone who is earthy and/or different, and is credited with usually malignant supernatural powers.
As per spiritual or religious, many Witches are as spiritual as Wiccans and many are very religious in their own way. So claiming that All Witches are not spiritual or religious is false and erroneous if said in ignorance, malicious if said out of prejudice.
Just my two cents worh, take from it what you will.
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You have a lot of really great and simple answers, but they’ve all received multiple thumbs down, so let me repeat what others have said.
Wicca is a religion about honoring the gods and revering nature as divine. A Wiccan is someone who has dedicated himself or herself to the study of the religion of Wicca and to the gods. We honor two main gods, the God and Goddess, and we follow the Wiccan Rede which states, “An it harm none, do what ye will.” Wicca is a religion that started as a religion of witchcraft, but has evolved and branched off since then. Now, Wicca and witchcraft are two distinct things. Wicca is a religion, and witchcraft is a magical practice that, while accepted and embraced within Wicca, is not required of any Wiccan. Witchcraft is a craft, a skill set, that has its roots in pre-Christian England. Witchcraft comes from the Anglo-Saxon word for craft of the wise. Witches use herbal remedies and do energy work among other things. Witchcraft is about using the energy of nature and oneself to produce desired changes in one’s life. There are many Wiccans who also practice witchcraft, but not all Wiccans choose to do so. There are many witches who do not believe in Wicca, but instead follow some other religion or none at all. Witchcraft is not a religion, and so it can be used by members of any religion even Christianity (obviously only if those Christians don’t actually see it as a sin, but it can be done). Goth is a style and has nothing to do with any religion. There is a stereotype that Wiccans and witches tend to be goths, but that’s not true. I’m Wiccan and a witch and I like bright colors (especially greens), I don’t wear make-up at all, let alone dark make-up, and I like my natural hair color (dark brown) and would never dye it black. Some Wiccans or witches may like the gothic style, but not all of us. In fact, I’d wager that the majority of serious Wiccans and witches avoid the gothic style in order to avoid the stereotype. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with Wiccans and witches who do dress gothic, but non-gothic Wiccans and witches tend to doubt the seriousness of those who do even if it’s unfair. So, simply put: Wicca is a religion, witchcraft is a practice, and goth is a style.
Wiccan: someone who follows Wicca, a modern, polytheistic, pagan religion founded in the 1950s by Gerald Gardner. If you would like more in-depth information about Wicca, go to http://wicca.timerift.net.
Witch: someone who practises witchcraft, the art of manipulating energy to effect change. One can practise witchcraft regardless of their religious affiliation (or lack thereof). Many Wiccans choose to practise some form of witchcraft before, during, or after ritual (or on an entirely different occasion) but there are lots and lots of us who don’t and are therefore not witches. Gardner called the adherents to his religion witches and, as magic was a large part of Gardnerian ritual, he was justified in doing so. A lot of Wiccans today follow other traditions or are eclectic, however, and the term doesn’t necessarily apply.
Goth: a lifestyle, mode of dress or state of mind. There are lots of subcategories of goth but none of them are inextricably linked with a certain religion or activity.