WHAT IS WICCA?
Wicca is a religion based on the belief in the god and the goddess and in attunement with nature. It was first started in tribal Europe and is believed to be influenced by tribes from other parts of the world.
Wiccans worship nature which is often personified as Mother Earth or Father Sky. Most Wiccans also practice magick meaning the direction and use of psychic energy. Wiccans do not in any way worship the Devil, and it is important not to confuse Wiccanism with Satanism.
Wiccans believe in reincarnation, the belief that after you die your spirit is born again into a new body. They also believe in the Three Fold Law similar to karma. This rule states that whatever you do in this lifetime, good or bad, comes back to you times three some time in this life or the next.
Wiccans follow a creed called the Wiccan Rede.In it lies the core ethical statement of the Wiccan religion; An ye harm none, do as you will. This is similair to the Golden Rule in Christianity and Judaism.
It is important to distinguish between the myths and truths about Wiccanism. Wiccanism is not a cult. Many Wiccans are vegetarians because of the belief that all things in nature are sacred. This belief is also why Wiccans do not sacrifce animals in their spells. Many Wiccans practice witchcraft, but some Wiccans do not, and some witches are not Wiccan.
Many of the Wiccans who practice witchcraft do so in a Coven, or a group of 13 wiches or less who gather together to do spells and celebrate Wiccan Holidays.Many Covens are headed by a high priest or priestess, but in some all members are considered equal. Also many witches are solitary practitioners, meaning that they practice by themselves.
Bide the Wiccan Laws we must in perfect love and perfect trust.
Live and let live, fairly take and fairly give.
Cast the circle thrice about, to keep the evil spirits out.
To bind the spell every time, let the spell be spake in rhyme.
Soft of eye and light of touch, speak little, listen much.
Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the Witches' Rune.
Widdersheds go by the waning moon, chanting out the baneful rune.
When the lady's moon is new, kiss the hand to her, times two.
When the moon rides at her peak, then your hearts desire seek.
Heed the north winds mighty gail, lock the door and drop the sail.
When the wind comes from the south, love will kiss thee on the mouth.
When the wind blows from the west, departed souls will have no rest.
When the wind blows from the east, expect the new and set the feast.
Nine woods in the cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
Elder be the Ladies tree, burn it not or cursed you'll be.
When the wheel begins to turn, let the Beltane fires burn.
When the wheel has turned to yule, light the log and the Horned One rules.
Heed ye flower, bush and tree, by the Lady, blessed be.
Where the rippling waters go, cast a stone and truth you'll know.
When ye have a true need, hearken not to others' greed.
With a fool no season spend, lest ye be counted as his friend.
Merry meet and merry part, bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind the threefold law you should, three times bad and three times good.
When misfourtune is enow, where the blue star on thy brow.
True in love ever be, lest thy lover's false to thee.
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