W is for Wicca

Wicca for Beginners: Fundamentals of Philosophy & Practice (For Beginners (Llewellyn's))Wicca is a religion that was developed towards the middle of last century in England, right around when a big spirtualism/medium revival was happening. The word itself came into common usage in the 1960's. While there may be ideas and rituals that date from far previously, the religion itself is relatively young.

There are many many different ways to be Wiccan, there are several different main traditions (which is like a denomination) and of course many covens have their very own tradition. Gardnerian and Alexandrian are two of the very first and are sometimes both referred to as British Traditional Wicca, they both are the two original branches of Wicca. In addition to these there are, of course, many many more traditions.
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Wicca is one of those things where the only rule is that there are no rules- there aren't many overreaching Wiccan beliefs, rituals, or teachings. There is the Wiccan Rede, which varies in wording but generally goes something like: If it harm none, do what you will. The interpretation of this can vary from person to person, coven to coven, Tradition to Tradition.

Blue Crystal Pentagram Pewter Pendant NecklaceMost Traditions worship both a god and a goddess- sometimes personified by a diety from some ancient pantheon or other, sometimes just the aspects of God and Goddess. There are some Traditions and Covens who put emphasis on one over the other (generally the goddess, as Wicca tends towards women). It's generally a religion about nature and balance.

There are no strict religious texts for Wiccans to follow, there are plenty of directions to go. While there are covens to join, there are also plenty of solo practitioners. It's a modular type of religion that many people can interpret to their own comfort and sensibilities, and it's become a more accepted religion as time goes on.

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