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Where do I start to become a Wicca or a Witch?

and what is the difference between a wicca and a witch? I heard somewhere that wicca don’t do spells at all. and does a witch?

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  • First of all, you need to realize that there are no spontaneous thunder storms, no gusts of wind blowing in your face from out of ancient tomes, no waving your wand and making stuff happen.

    You can’t become “a Wicca” anymore than you can become “A Christianity.” The word is Wiccan.

    The difference between a Wiccan and a Witch (which often overlap) is that a Wiccan is someone who adheres to the religion of Wicca: Deity is both male and female. All people are equal. The Earth is sacred and needs to be healed. Do what you want as long as you harm none. That’s all you need to be Wiccan. Most Wiccans do magick at some point.

    A Witch is someone who does magick (see the explanation below) and shares the Wiccan value of reverence for the Earth. But a Witch can be any religion or none. There are very many Wiccan Witches.

    No one can just give you a set of words to say, tell you what candles you should light. Magick is a skill that takes work, effort, and study. Spells a person write themselves are always best, but to design a spell, you have to study the properties of plants, stones, colors, etc and learn about astrological timing. It takes a lot of practice to get it right.

    Magick never breaks the laws of nature. It works with nature to manifest will. The only part of magick that really matters is one’s mind. A person must raise personal energy and focus it to a goal and sent it out into the universe. It takes a lot of effort, so anyone who wants to do magick to get the easy way out, not going to happen. Also, nothing will just appear out of nowhere and you won’t get everything you ever wanted. Expecting it to just spontaneously work is like expecting to do a black belt routine in a martial art without doing any training.

    Magick is not supernatural. It is a force of nature that is yet unexplained by modern science. People used to think fire and thunder were supernatural, too.

    It’s widely accepted in the magickal arts that whatever intent a person has behind a magickal act will come back to them. Which of course means that if you put curses on people, you’ll self-destruct. Most Witches live by the philosophy “Do what you want as long as you harm no one.” Manipulative magick, such as making someone fall in love with you, is completely unethical. If one does a spell to attain money, they have to be very careful and specify that they want no one to be harmed. If you don’t specify, the money may come the easiest way possible – you get into a debilitating accident, become seriously disabled and get a settlement from the one responsible. Magick always takes the path of least resistance.

    If you really want to know how magick works, I suggest you study quantum mechanics. It’s very tricky to understand, but its fascinating and shows how something incredible could actually be possible. My personal favorite magick teaching book is The Inner Temple of Witchcraft by Christopher Penczak. Spiral Dance by Starhawk is a great book of magickal exercises, but it should be noted that her extreme sexism against men is very un-Wiccan and unfair. Wiccans believe that all people are equal. I also love the exercises in Dorothy Morrison’s The Craft: A Witch’s Book of Shadows (although, from other things she’s written, I’m not crazy about her morals either). For learning about the faith itself, outside of magick, Scott Cunningham is brilliant.

    Whatever you do, don’t take online classes (unless they are free). Never buy spellwork from ebay – no decent Witch would ever charge more than the cost of supplies for doing a magickal working for someone, nor will they do anything harmful. Avoid the “School of Wicca” founded by the Frosts. They are full of crap and don’t believe in “harm none.” Silver RavenWolf is also useless, and quite hateful, too.

    Avoid spellbooks. They’re just poems with a few suggestions about colors of candles and herbs. Magick is not special words from ancient tomes that will make stuff happen. Learn to focus your energy. Communicate with the Earth to find out what objects, herbs and animals have which vibrations. Study up on what various cultures have used for what purposes. If every indigenous culture, for instance, has used sagebrush for purification, for instance, they might be onto something. (Again, Scott Cunningham is awesome for quantifying this information all in one place after years of study). Most of all EXPERIMENT! If someone says x herb is great for x, do it several times, compare it to other herbs and see what happens. Don’t just buy everything you hear. Study color theory, the psychological effects that each color has on our minds. Learn how to line up moon phases, sun phases, colors, smells, herbs, etc, then you don’t need spellbooks, which are largely worthless.
    If you want to do this because it’s “cool” or an easy fix, forget it. If you can’t live with “harm none,” it’s not for you. No offense if you are serious.

  • What most people consider spells are generally not performed by Wiccans, whether they consider themselves Witches or not.
    This is my current recommendation for beginning Wicca:
    1. Read the 101 material at http://wicca.timerift.net
    2. Read through the traditions at http://www.witchvox.com/xtrads.html
    3. Find, from the above, one of the groups that doesn’t charge and doesn’t contradict the stuff from step 1.
    4. Contact that group and ask if you can try that tradition, even just as a beginner, and what sources they recommend for their beginners.
    5. Stick with it for 1 year, at least, unless there is a serious problem.
    repeat 2-5 until you either find a trad that works for you or know you don’t want one at all.

    Even if you intend to practice as a solitary, don’t count out the help found by learning from others….seriously. Even if your only contact with a tradition is online, having the opportunity to discuss things with other people is valuable.

  • Yes and no.

    Wicca is a religion
    Witches is normally considered a Way of life
    Some wiccans do spells
    All Wiccans are Witches but not all witches are Wiccan.
    All wiccans are Pagan but not all pagans are wiccan
    Make sense in a way?
    Witches do πŸ˜›

  • Magic is a system, not a religion. Even Atheists can preform magic. It requires belief in yourself, not belief in any certain higher power.

    Wicca is just one of many faiths that embrace Magic.

    You can be both a Wiccan and a witch, these two words are not the same. None of these words has anything to do with devil worship.

    One of the biggest sore points among Wiccans is the improper usage of the terms “Wiccan” and “Witch”. Too many people use the terms interchangeably, presuming that they both mean the same thing. They do not.

    Wiccan
    Wicca is a religion, and someone who follows that religion is called a Wiccan. Sometimes it can be difficult to accurately define Wicca, and not all Wiccans will define themselves the same way. Observing the 8 Wiccan Sabbats, honoring the Gods and/or Goddesses, creating sacred space for rituals, to name a few. Many traditional Wiccans also feel that belonging to a coven is also a requirement and that those who practice their religion as a solitary, should not refer to themselves as Wiccan. Personally, I’m still not sure on that point. Typical Wiccans also practice magick, and therefore are also witches. You cannot be a “natural Wiccan” any more than you could be a “natural Christian”.

    Witch
    The practice of witchcraft is not associated with any religion, therefore you can be a witch and yet also be a member of any number of religions (or none). Using the natural energies within yourself, along with the energies of herbs, stones or other elements to make changes around you is considered witchcraft. Though the skills and gifts that are part of witchcraft can be inherited from parents or grandparents, you aren’t automatically a witch just because your grandmother may have been one. The use of magick takes practice, experience and learning. On a side note, a male witch is called a witch, not a warlock.

    Pagan
    While I’m explaining terminology, I thought I would throw in “Pagan” as well. Paganism refers to a variety of non-Christian/Jewish/ Islamic religions that are usually polytheistic and are often nature-based. Wicca is only one Pagan religion, but there are others such as Santeria, Asatru, or Shamanism. Many people do not necessarily identify with a specific religion, and just use the broad term “Pagan” to define their spiritual path. Pagan religions are distinct and separate from each other, and it should not be assumed that they are just different names for the same faith.

    Suggested Reading List

    Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham

    Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham

    Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham

    Book of Shadows: A Modern Woman’s Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft and the Magic of the Goddess by Phyllis Curott

    Green Witchcraft by Aoumiel (Ann Moura)

    True Magick by Amber K

    Inner Temple of Witchcraft: Magick, Meditation and Psychic Development by Christopher Penczak

    Heart of Wicca: Wise Words from a Crone on the Path by Ellen Cannon Reed

    The Spiral Dance by Starhawk

    Natural Magic by Marian Green

    Wheel of the Year: Living the Magical Life by Pauline Campanelli

    The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan
    Witchcraft by Ronald Hutton

  • If you are interested in becoming Wiccan you will have to learn more about them first. You won’t learn anything on the internet, everyone tells you different things so it’s hard to know what is right. I recommend you get your hands on a copy of Bucklands Complete Guide to Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland, within you shall learn all that you will need to know about the craft and it is set out in a lesson format. Another good book is Wicca: A guide for the solitary practitioner by Scott Cunningham. I own both and I love them. Once you have read what we are all about you can make the decision to become a Wiccan or not.

    P.S. Wiccans practice magic too (That’s the fun part), in fact, we are witches. But the term Witch has negative connotations so I prefer the term Wiccan.

    -Lexxsi-

  • kill 5 ants and a spider and spread their blood on a white cloth untill it changes to deep red then dip it in lemon juice and keep it under your pillow for 5 days and on 6th night cut your right thumb nail and wrap it in the cloth and say “make me a witch” and throw it in any nearby river. on the next 7th day you will start getting witchy.

  • Without sarcasm; Why not be You? I’m not condemning what you have interest in at all, but why not become YourSelf? This is a rare species today. πŸ™‚

    You are going to be the Best Friend, for yourself, that you’ve ever had for Life. Why not get to know yourself instead? We all have a Spirit that is ready and willing to Guide and lend a hand along our way.

    You refer to ‘spells.’ That is really another term for Cosmic Attraction. Or, attracting to you what you call upon. For example; I’ve always pictured a house with acreage around me in the desert and away from the city. A nice quiet place to live where I can sit outside and watch the sun rise and set over the desert horizon.

    Now, I’m buying that house in a month or two and it’s become very affordable to me because of the current market! πŸ™‚ Some people use cork boards to pin pictures of things they are calling upon like a new or fairly new car. They pin up jobs that they would like to have, homes, relationships, etc. They hold these things in their hearts and thoughts daily and eventually they present themselves.

    Be You. You don’t need a label unless of course you want one at this time. But they are not necessary and they are not who you are..

  • First, get the words straight. “Wicca” is the name of a religion. People themselves can’t become religions. However, they can become Wiccans (the name of a practitioner of Wicca).

    A witch is a practitioner of witchcraft. “Witchcraft” is a vague term that can apply to just about anything from acupuncture to Tarot cards to full-blown elaborate rituals. But it is a “craft”; a practice.

    A Wiccan is a practitioner of Wicca, which is an earth-based religion formed by Gerald Gardner in the 1950s. It’s an attempt to take various ceremonies and other trappings from various ancient religions (including witchcraft and polytheism), and incorporate them into a general format.

    Some Wiccans are under the bogus impression that they somehow have a monopoly on the term “witchcraft”. They don’t. Again, Wicca is just one of countless different religions that make use of witchcraft.

    As for where to start, just go to the store and buy a few different books on the subject.

  • there really isn’t much difference. Wicca is more spiritual and earth based sometimes polytheistic. Wicca casts spells but not the same as witch. They really are basically the same though.

  • It depends if you want to be a solo practitioner or if you want to be in a coven. If you want to be in a coven, ask any Wiccans you know in your town where and when they meet.

    There is no difference. A witch is what you call someone who is Wiccan.

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