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Posted 2/29/08 , edited 2/29/08
I'm not a Wiccan myself...but if you are lets talk about it!!


my bad spelling error there. what's a Wiccan? that's something a Wiccan should explain.
Posted 2/29/08
What`s a ' Wikkan ' ?
Hello Google .


A Wikkan, is a person who practices a neo-pagan nature based religion. Contextually there is no difference in a Wikkan verses a Wiccan, except that in spelling. Wica, as it was spelled (perhaps mis-spelled) by Gerald Gardner is a modern reconstruction of ancient traditions and acient faith practices, although fairly modern in its new form. The various spellings differ based on location, liguistic translations, culture and tradtion. It is more common in Western societies to adapt to the anglo-saxon spelling "Wiccan", wheras other more European socieites adopt "Wikkan." There is often debate about the origin of the precursors "wic" verses "wik", both of which have had various meanings in differet societial constructs, such as "to bend and to twist", from which we get "wicker" and "wicked" and "wise one" such as derived from the term "vicor" and the precursor "vic." Also, it is possible that the Hwice tribe has had influenced the linguistic term known as either Wicca or Wikka today. Both are correct, depending upon locality, tradition, and culture. Also there are other varient spellings of this faith, worldwide.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=wikkan

Too long but no , I don`t think so .
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He means Wiccan. Google it kid.
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oh, ok now I get it, no I'm not.
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Wiccans are damned. Its a Nature faith that was started in the 1930s but grew in the last 2 decades.
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Posted 2/29/08
i think thats a religion.read about it not 2 long ago.
Posted 2/29/08
lol oh yea im a Wiccan I think people at Cr are completely away with the faeries not that anythings wrong with faeries there hottttttt
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I did some research on it and bought a book and stuff, Seems interesting though the whole idea of all the rites and preparations bore me.
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crap that stuff scares me i read about it cause i thought it was cool at first but then there might be side affects or soemthing sayyy you want lots of money you get your money but you parents go poor or something
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I wanted to put this is in the Extended section so I figured I should extend the first post. To give it some starting ground... I'm going to give my opinion on Wicca then post a FAQ I found online...

In the past I investigated Wicca myself just out of curiosity, and I found it's not really like most people think it is. It's definitely not about worshiping the devil, and while there's some "magic" involved it's not dramatic intense ceremonies with chanting and drugs and all sorts of weird stuff. It's more like general practices that are believed to increase good things happening. There are some ceremonies, when they gather together to worship, but none if it sounds that much weirder than what Catholics or any other faith does when the get to together. Honestly the only big difference seemed to be that Wiccans celebrate outside (being a nature based religion). Anyway, I found that while I probably wouldn't want to be Wiccan, it's actually pretty cool and interesting. My favorite part about it was the Wiccan Rede, a main belief of theirs that says, "An it harm none, do what thou wilt." meaning, if it doesn't hurt anyone, you can do whatever you want. Note though that the first condition is that no one is harmed, this means putting other people's interests before your own.

FAQ's:

What is Wicca?

Wicca, sometimes called "The Craft" or "The Craft of the Wise" is one of many earth-based religions. The religion which is closest to Wicca in America is probably Native American spirituality. Traditional Wicca was founded by Gerald Gardner, a British civil servant, who wrote a series of books on the religion in the 1940's. It contains references to Celtic deities, symbols, seasonal days of celebration, etc. Added to this were components of ceremonial magic and practices of the Masonic Order. A more recent form is eclectic Wicca which involves a combination of Wiccan beliefs and practices, combined with other Pagan and non-Pagan elements. The various traditions of Wicca are part of the Pagan or Neopagan group of earth-based religions.

Who are the Goddess and God in Wicca?

According to David Barrett et al, editors of the "World Christian Encyclopedia: A comparative survey of churches and religions - AD 30 to 2200," there are 19 major world religions which are subdivided into a total of 270 large religious groups, and many tens of thousands of smaller ones. Each of the 19 world religions has a different concept of deity or deities. Even among the main Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, there are very different views of deity. Conservative Protestant, Roman Catholic, liberal Protestant, Islam, Reform Judaism, Orthodox Judaism, and Conservative Judaism all call their deity God, but conceive of their God in different terms. They teach that God requires different behaviors and beliefs from his followers.

Many Wiccans believe in a deity that is largely unknowable -- sometimes called "The All" or "The One." However, they believe that they can comprehend the male and female aspects of the deity, whom they call the God and the Goddess. Sometimes, they commune with "The Goddess" or "The God." Other times, they link with specific Pagan deities from the past. Instead of "the Goddess," they might relate to Athena, Brigit, Ceridwen, Diana, Hecate, Ishtar, Isis, Venus, etc. In place of "The God" they may link to Adonis, Apollo, Dionysus, Odin, Osiris, Pan, Thor, Zeus, etc.

How do Wiccans worship the God and Goddess?

Some Wiccans pray to their God or Goddess. More Wiccans probably feel that they have more of a partnership with the God and Goddess than the God/worshiper relationship found in Christianity and other world religions. They need the Goddess and God; the God and Goddess need them. They welcome communion with the God and Goddess; they don't really worship them in the same way as followers of other religions do.

Is Wicca a form of Satanism?

The short answer is "No." The long answer is "It depends."
Most people recognize that there are over many dozens of religions in the world, with different beliefs about deity, humanity and the rest of the universe. One of these is Wicca. Another is Satanism. These two religions have entirely different beliefs about deity, different rules for ethical behavior, different expectations from their membership, different views of the universe, different seasonal days of celebration, etc. Wiccans do not recognize an all-evil deity or quasi-deity like Satan. Christianity and Islam are the main religions that teach of Satan's existence, either as an evil principle or as an all-evil fallen angel with supernatural powers.

Wicca and Satanism are not at all similar religions. However, the Christian church did link them in the past -- particularly during the Witch burning times of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. They regarded Witches as Satan worshipers. Some Christian denominations have not been particularly thorough in correcting mistakes of the past. So, Wicca and Satanism continue to be linked in many people's minds. This problem is rapidly fading as more Wiccans come out of the closet and become public with their faith.

Do Wiccans have rituals like communion, baptism, etc?

Yes. However, it generally involves a direct encounter with the God and Goddess, rather than an indirect experience routed through a priest, minister or other clergyperson.

Many Wiccans observe a Wiccaning service for newborns which is vaguely like a Christian infant baptism. It welcomes the newborn into the community. However, it does not obligate the infant in any way. Wiccans feel that a person must mature before they can make their own decision about religion; an infant cannot make such a choice.

There are initiation rituals where a person becomes a Wiccan. Some are self-initiation rituals where a person declares themselves to be a Wiccan. There are other initiation rituals performed in a Wiccan group, often called a Coven.

Many Wiccans write rituals for themselves or their coven to recognize life passages, like the onset of puberty, graduation, marriage, purchase of a house, divorce, healing, death, menopause, etc.

Many Wiccans observe Esbat rituals at the thirteen or so full moons each year, and occasionally on the new moons as well. There are eight Sabbats: four minor Sabbats at the solstices and equinoxes, and four major Sabbats each year.

What do Wiccan rituals involve?

Wiccan rituals take many forms. But they all generally include:
- The casting of a circle -- the consecration of a sacred space.
- The invocation of a deity/deities.
- The body of the ritual, which may involve magick, spell casting, a community meal, dance, readings, singing, etc.
- Closing or banishing of the circle -- restoration of the space to ordinary usage.

What does being a Wiccan involve?

Common to almost all Wiccans is the recognition of the existence of the Goddess, and her consort the horned God. These may be viewed as real living personal entities, or as symbols.

Wiccans follow the Wiccan Rede "A'in it harm none, do what thou wilt." 2 This means that as long as it harms no one, including yourself, one is free to do what they wish. A Wiccan carefully reviews the implications of each action or non-action in her/his life. Domination, manipulation and control are particularly prohibited by the Rede.

Wiccans typically go through a dedication ritual at the start of their training, where they declare their intent to study Wicca. If they choose, they experience an initiation ritual when they complete their initial study of the religion -- often a period of a year and a day.

Wiccans engage in rituals, either alone or within a coven of other Wiccans. They are committed to personal spiritual growth.
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^ tl;dr

summarization: Wicca is a generic token religion that doesn't really distinguish itself in any significant way. Wicca has something to do with the earth or something and recycling is greatly encouraged.

Contrary to popular belief, most Wiccans do not practice any form of spellcraft, thus eliminating anything of interest from this bland, watered down counter-culture fad religion.

Wicca is also a popular "trendy" religion for overweight lesbians.
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"When one defines oneself as Pagan, it means she or he follows an earth or nature religion, one that sees the divine manifest in all creation. The cycles of nature are our holy days, the earth is our temple, its plants and creatures our partners and teachers. We worship a deity that is both male and female, a mother Goddess and father God, who together created all that is, was, or will be. We respect life, cherish the free will of sentient beings, and accept the sacredness of all creation."


-Edain Maccoy

Edit: in my opinion, it is essentially the same as Satanism
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i read a few books on wicca
i'm really interested in it
but i feel the need to know more about it before i start practicing it
so yeah i agree with a lot of the ideas of wicca though, from what i've read
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Wicca has nothing to do with satanism. Satanism has something to do with Wicca. You see, when the Christians took over, they started persecuting the pagans. Whether they believed it (misunderstood) or it was just a strategy, they mixed paganism with satanism, because pagans worshipped hooven gods (like Pan), Satan was said to have hooves (where this stems from I have no idea). Actually there is no visual presentation of Satan in any scripture as far as I know, though the revelation of John co-refers to Satan as the snake and the dragon (with no further description, and I seriously believe this part has been conviniently edited, as it is not prior to this any mention of Satan being the snake), and it seems that the Jews sought inspiration for visual imagery among the neighboring goda. It is well known that they combined Balak with Satan (who the got the nickname lord of the flies, with some mixing up of the letters). In any case, the satanists, when they started forming officially, out of stupidity or ignorance, started believing these "links" that are actually non-existent. Therefore they stole the pentagram, which is actually a symbol of the elements used in magic (even Christian magic). This would symbolize something like casting the spells back into earth, nothing to do with Satan. They then stole the cross, and turned it upside down. Making no sense again, Simon (Peter) was according to legend crusified that way, and the Antichrist has yet to arrive, so he hasn't died that way, so what on earth they are symbolising, I have no idea, unless it's stupidity. In any case, Jesus, if ever existing and crusified, would have died on a T. That last lump of wood is completely unnecessary. Sure, it would make your neck more comfortable, but that's not a point in crusifixation. The Romans crusified people on T's. That extra lump of wood makes making them more difficult and are completely pointless. As for magic, the secret societies that dealt with it for centuries were either pagans or christians (inspired by alchemy, gnosticism, platonism etc.). There is no indication that a devil would have anything to do with magic, or being able to grant people anything through it. Don't get me wrong, if people choose to be satanists, so be it. But if it's just about stealing whatever they feel like, with pure ignorance driving them, it just becomes like a club or a political party, not a religion.
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