I’ve been reading the book Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler. This book is perfect for beginners and those learning Paganism 101, especially if you struggle with the differences between Wicca, Paganism and Witchcraft.
I decided to make a short video presentation about how Wicca and Neopaganism are different:
Wicca is a polytheistic religion (more specifically duotheistic because there are two main deities), but monotheistic forms of Wicca developed in the 1960s. Wicca is not an old religion, it’s about 90-years-old, founded in England between 1921 and 1950.
The main difference in “Pagan vs Wiccan” is that Wicca is a modern form of Paganism, or what is called Neopaganism. Paganism is a broad concept that includes many religions, so Wicca is a Pagan religion.
Witchcraft is a religious practice involving magic and affinity with nature, usually within a pagan tradition. Some Neopagans, including Wiccans, practice Witchcraft while others don’t. Anyone who practices Witchcraft can be considered a Witch.
You can be a Wiccan without being a Witch, and you can be a Witch without being a Wiccan.
Wicca is not the same as Satanism and is also not related to it in any way. Satanism is a group of ideological and philosophical beliefs based on Satan. Before 1966, Satanism existed primarily as an accusation by various Christian groups toward ideological opponents. While some Wiccans may be labeled as “Satanists” by religious fanatics, the two concepts are entirely different.
Wicca is typically duotheistic religion, worshiping and/or working with a Goddess and a God. Most early Wiccan groups adhered to the duotheistic worship of a Horned God of fertility and a Mother Goddess
What is the spirituality of Wicca?
Many Wiccans believe in Magic, a force exercised through the practice of Witchcraft or sorcery. Many Wiccans agree with the definition of magic offered by ceremonial magicians, such as Aleister Crowley, who declared that magic was “the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with will”.
I really enjoyed reading “Drawing Down the Moon”, I made tons of notes so I will be making more videos about it. If you don’t know what you are, first of all don’t worry about labels, instead keep reading and learning about Paganism and Witchcraft!