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Types of Wicca
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Introduction 
There are some who believe that Wicca and Witchcraft are two completely different religions. This is mostly just semantics. 
  
A lot of the issue of Wicca vs. Witchcraft has to do with the fact that Wicca is very spiritually oriented, whereas Witchcraft is mostly tradition passed down from one generation of practitioners to the next. Some would rather say that this is a matter of "modern" vs. "traditional" Witchcraft. Others would describe traditional Witchcraft as "Elder Wicca". 
  
Personally, I tend to think of Wicca as our faith, and The Craft as being the traditions and practices of the faith. This is especially useful considering that the faith itself had no official name before the 1950's, not in its entire 30,000 year history - but the practices involved with our faith have been known as 'Witchcraft" or "Craft" for well over 500 years. 
  
So as you read on, keep in mind that I use the term "Wicca" to describe the faith and "Witchcraft" or "Craft" to describe the practice, regardless of the criticisms of a few separatists. 
 
Preface 
Having established, for the purposes of this article, that Wicca and Witchcraft are but two different aspects of the same very ancient religion, we must also consider the fact that both may be different depending on the coven or the individual. This is why there are so many different types of Wicca and Witchcraft; although the basics of the faith and the general philosophy never change, there are several different lines and traditions; there are many paths a Wiccan might take. 
  
Consider for a moment the differences one might see between a Pentacostal (christian) and a Lutheran. Both are Protestant Christian faiths. Furthermore; Protestants, Catholics, Mormons, and Jehovah's Witnesses are all Christians. In this same respect, there are many 'categories' and 'sub-categories' of Witches and Neo-Pagans. Although all Witches are united by a single basic philosophy (and on a larger scale, all pagans as well - being united by worship and regard for the Earth), none of us are the same and we all have ways in which we prefer to follow this path; and we all have individual paths we must walk. 
 
Types of Wicca / Witchcraft: 
Philosophy and Faith 
Note: Most of the following content was taken from http://www.wiccanpoet.com/trad.html  
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Gardnerian Wicca
Summary: Organized by Gerald Gardner in England in the 1950s. First form of witchcraft to gain any type of public acceptance.
Craft: Emphasis on the Goddess over the God. It has a degree system of advancement and does not allow for self-initiation. Covens work skyclad (nude) and aim to have equal numbers of male and female, paired. 
Alexandrian Wicca
Summary: Started by Alexander Sanders, who referred to himself as the "King" of his Witches.
Craft: The rituals are said to be modified Gardnerian. Covens work skyclad, meaning that all rituals are performed nude. Both the Goddess and the God are honored.
Dianic Wicca
Summary: First pinpointed by Margaret Murray in 1921 in "The Witch-Cult of Western Europe," this term appears to include a mixture of various traditions. 
Craft: Their prime focus in recent years is on the Goddess, and has been pegged as the "feminist" movement of the Craft. It includes both female and male practitioners, solo practitioners, mixed covens, and all female covens. Groups work either skyclad or robed.
Færie Craft -- Færie Wicca
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Traditional Celtic Wicca
Summary: The use of a Celtic/Druidic pantheon mixed with a little ritual Gardnerian, and heavily stressing the elements, nature and the Ancient Ones. 
Craft: They have a vast knowledge of and respect for the healing and magickal qualities of plants and stones, flowers, trees, elemental spirits, the little people, gnomes and fairies. Covens work robed, and like the Gardnerian Tradition, they prefer couples, preferably husband and wife.
Traditional Brittish Wicca
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Picti Wita -- Pictish Wicca
Summary: Scottish Witchcraft that attunes itself to all aspects of nature: animal, vegetable, and mineral. It is a solitary form of the Craft and mainly magickal in nature with little religion. 
Craft: Meditation and divination play a large part in the tradition and it also teaches several variations on solitary working of magick.
Seax Wicca
Summary: Founded by Raymond Buckland in 1973 (Buckland was also responsible fro bringing Gardnerian Wicca to the United States). 
Craft: Covens work either robed or skyclad. Goddess and God are honored equally, and all rituals are open, meaning that all of them are available to the public.
Hecatine Wicca -- Caledonii Wicca
Summary: This denomination of the Craft is Scottish in origin, and still preserves the unique festivals of the Scots.
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Neo-Druidry -- Druidic Wicca
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Italian Wicca
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Eclectic Wicca
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Egyptian Wicca
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Traditional Witchcraft -- Elder Wicca
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Vampiric Wicca
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Ceremonial Witchcraft
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Craft: Followers of this Tradition use a great deal of ceremonial magick in their practices. Detailed rituals with a flavor of Egyptian magick are sometimes a favorite, or they may use Qabbalistic magick.
Christian Wicca
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Black Magick
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“The Craft is about spirituality and a deep connection to the Goddess and God. It's about learning to feel and harness the powers around you, touching the power of the elements and stars and Sun and Moon. A person could have the biggest Book of Shadows, the most ornate Athame, and a cauldron the size of a Jacuzzi, and still not be a Witch. At the same time, the person who sits alone in a field with no tools or altar or fancy robes, and feels the power and energy of the Goddess and God moving through them, aiding them in their working, is as much a Witch as any person that ever lived. One of the truths about Witchcraft, as I have found it and as I truly believe it, is that no one can ‘make’ you a Witch, and no one can take it away- Witchcraft is as much an inner journey as it is an outer one, and when you feel it in your heart and soul, that is when you are a Witch.”  
  
- Chad Anctil [http://www.celticcrow.com/perspectives/nspelltalk.html]

“I am going to be very clear right now, and I am probably not going to make many friends saying this, but I am going to say it just the same: Witchcraft and Wicca are not about being different. They are not about fighting the ‘Status Quo’, and they are not about proclaiming your individuality. Witchcraft has nothing to do with long black dresses, black lipstick, or spiked collars. It has nothing to do with pierced lips or tongues or eyebrows, and it certainly doesn’t have anything to do with death-metal bands with devil-horn haircuts. Although it certainly (and unfortunately) is shocking for some people, Witchcraft is not about ‘shock value’, and if you tell people you’re a Witch just to see the stunned look on their face, then you aren’t much of a Witch. Period.   

True Witchcraft and Wicca are about religion, they are about a connection with the old ways, and they are about respecting our mother Earth and everything on her. They are about the God and the Goddess, the trees, the seasons, and a deep spiritual connection to it all. They are about faith, and love, and a truth that you feel right through to your soul, and above all, they are about a deep-rooted spirituality that I will have in my heart and soul until the day I pass beyond the veil of this world.”  
  
- Chad Anctil 
[http://www.celticcrow.com/perspectives/wicca_system.html]

Types of Wicca / Witchcraft: 
Practices and Preferences 
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Color Magick
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Symbolic Magick
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Knot Magick
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Candle Magick
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Herb Magick
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Oil / Scent Magick
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Sympathetic / Ritual Magick
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