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Whats the difference between being Wiccan or a Witch?

Some people say that they are a Witch but aren’t Wiccan or the other way around. I don’t get it. Help on understanding??? Thanx:)


  1. yes wiccan’s are witches, it just a stereotype of the “witch” so some people will abject to it.

  2. Wicca teaches an amended version of the Christian “golden rule.” The Wiccan Rede states, ” ‘An it harm none, do what you will.” Wiccans are afraid of karmic repercussions if they do something that could be viewed as even remotely harmful. They subscribe to a belief in a “threefold law,” where everything you do, positive or negative, will come back to you times three. Witches do not concern themselves with such drivel. A true Witch understands that she is responsible for her own life and her own actions. She is willing to accept the consequences for anything she does and does not have to worry that her actions may get her in trouble on some karmic level.
    Gotta love Google

  3. Wicca or its original spelling of Wicce. Is basically short for witchcraft. So a person who practices Wicca is a practicing witch. There is no way around it. It was created in the 1950’s by Gerald Gardner. And his practice was called Gardenian Wicca.
    Now I follow a pagan path, which encompasses Wicca. But I follow a druidic path, which comes from such places as Ireland, Wales, Gaul or France, Germany, England, etc. People who follow this path consider themselves simply druids at the highest level. But the term “Witch” is never actually used. Then there are those like my wife who follow a shamanic path and simply call themselves shamans. They could be native american, celtic, etc.
    Basically I suppose it is the perception of the person. But it must be noted that most of these people are whatever they say they are in name only. With no real understanding of what they are claiming really entails. Simply put a witch is a person who practices witchcraft. But this really only scratches the surface of this practice.

  4. Wicca is a religion, but it’s not surprising that some people think Wicca=Witch because some (not all) Wiccans practice witchcraft.
    Witchcraft is a practice that can be done no matter what religious views you have, although some religious views might be against witchcraft. (Ex: Christian witch, Jew witch, etc. If you don’t believe me look it up)

  5. Witchcraft is an ancient practice— it is a skill. It has been combined with many (or no) religion.
    Wicca is a specific neo-Pagan religion founded in the mid 20th century. It is a religion in and of itself. It was originally (and most often still is) combined with the practice of Witchcraft.
    Not all Witches are Wiccans. There are Pagan Witches, Christian Witches, Jewish Witches, atheist Witches, etc.

  6. It is a bit like being a Chef versus doing some cooking. Anybody could be out in the kitchen making an omelette. That does not mean you would call that person a Chef.

  7. What’s so difficult to understand???
    A Wiccan practices the religion of Wicca, which focuses on developing a relationship with their deities.
    A Witch has no deities to focus on. Witchcraft is a practice not a religion.
    Wiccans MAY incorporate Witchcraft practices into their religious workings, but it is NOT a requirement of either to be one or practice one in order to be the other.

  8. Wicca is a religion that may or may not pratice witchcraft.
    Witchcraft is NOT a religion at all. It is, simply put, a way or system of ways to bend the world around you to your will… it’s really much more than that, but I thought a more simplistic answer was all that was needed here.

  9. Wicca is a religion, and a Wiccan is a follower of the religion of Wicca. Wiccans honor a God and Goddess, revere the sacredness of nature, and adhere to the Wiccan Rede: “An it harm none, do what ye will”.
    Witchcraft is a magical practice, and a witch is a practitioner of witchcraft. Modern witchcraft is a reconstruction of the magical practices and the wisdom of the ancient Anglo-Saxons. There are many different magical practices from different cultures, but witchcraft only refers to those of the Pre-Christian British Isles.
    Many Wiccans also embrace witchcraft, but it is not a requirement for being a Wiccan, and therefore you get Wiccans who are not witches. There are many people who practice witchcraft who disagree with Wiccan beliefs, and therefore you have non-Wiccan witches. The early forms of Wicca were inseparable from witchcraft, but as Wiccans move away from the rigidity of Gardner, we no longer have to be witches, and the words are not synonomous. I hope that clarifies things.
    Venus Bless
    Edit: And xyberdraco’s source is clearly biased, but that’s what you get when you don’t know the answer at all for yourself and search google and accept the first result that looks like it answers the question. Not to mention, if you read the whole article it gets so many things wrong about serious Wiccans.


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