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Variations of Wicca?

Postby brighluff » Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:29 pm

I love Wicca and have studied it for awhile and I've noticed a lot of variations between how people practice it. Personally I really feel connected to the mother and I'm very interested in spell work. Some of the really grand rituals don't appeal to me, and I really like to practice alone...am I still a Wiccan?
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Re: Variations of Wicca?

Postby Imperious » Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:02 am

Hi. :)

First of all, can I invite you to pop up to the introduction forum and say hello? It just gives the community a chance to know you better.

Secondly, if you want to practice solitary, then you can still be Wiccan. Absolutely. Raymond Buckland, the man responsible for spreading Wicca throughout the United States, even wrote a book on it.
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Re: Variations of Wicca?

Postby Chalice » Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:59 am

Variations of Wicca, now include traditions that nolonger call themselves Wiccan.

A lot just use the term Witchcraft. Modern Witch. It's really the same thing.
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Re: Variations of Wicca?

Postby YanaKhan » Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:58 am

Chalice wrote:A lot just use the term Witchcraft. Modern Witch. It's really the same thing.

I disagree. You can be a witch without being Wiccan. I know I have never been Wiccan, still I am a witch.
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Re: Variations of Wicca?

Postby Imperious » Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:22 am

I think Chalice's point was that a lot of people use the terms "Witch" and "Wiccan" interchangeably, and that's certainly my experience.

For what it's worth, Yana's correct; "Witchcraft" is something you do, while "Wicca" is a religious framework that typically includes Witchcraft. I've been practicing for over two decades, yet I've never been (and won't ever be) Wiccan.
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Re: Variations of Wicca?

Postby SnowCat » Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:16 am

brighluff wrote:I love Wicca and have studied it for awhile and I've noticed a lot of variations between how people practice it. Personally I really feel connected to the mother and I'm very interested in spell work. Some of the really grand rituals don't appeal to me, and I really like to practice alone...am I still a Wiccan?


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Re: Variations of Wicca?

Postby Becks » Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:40 pm

Imperious wrote:I think Chalice's point was that a lot of people use the terms "Witch" and "Wiccan" interchangeably, and that's certainly my experience.

For what it's worth, Yana's correct; "Witchcraft" is something you do, while "Wicca" is a religious framework that typically includes Witchcraft. I've been practicing for over two decades, yet I've never been (and won't ever be) Wiccan.


Thank you, I'm glad you said this. I was just puttering around home wondering if there is an old thread here that succinctly clears this up. I see a lot of neophytes asking if they can be considered "Wiccan" if?....or what is a "Wiccan"?...and I'm sure this was covered in a forum this big and detailed so I didn't want to beat a dead horse. I think this should be cleared up and made to be a "sticky". Honestly, for all I know it already is. :D
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Re: Variations of Wicca?

Postby Chalice » Fri Sep 04, 2015 4:26 am

YanaKhan wrote:
Chalice wrote:A lot just use the term Witchcraft. Modern Witch. It's really the same thing.

I disagree. You can be a witch without being Wiccan. I know I have never been Wiccan, still I am a witch.



Nah you are not disagreeing, you are agreeing with me. That's my point.
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Re: Variations of Wicca?

Postby SpiritTalker » Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:50 pm

Old topic being revisited - I love Wicca and have studied it for awhile and I've noticed a lot of variations between how people practice it. Personally I really feel connected to the mother and I'm very interested in spell work. Some of the really grand rituals don't appeal to me, and I really like to practice alone...am I still a Wiccan?


I think solitary eclectic Pagan sounds more descriptive because Wicca isn't just about a mother goddess & crafting, but you can decide what to call yourself. Whatever it is about Wicca that you love says a lot. Gardner's 1950s Wica foundation was a coven-based structure & didn't bend much until the '90s. The basic belief in both a Goddess and a God; observing the seasonal holidays & Full Moon's; the complete circle casting ritual & the ritual tools &' layout were a start to bring a common structure to the random, autonomous practices that had survived into the 20th Century but were dying out, as I understand it. I don't think it was meant to be inflexible. Group rituals are re-worked & amended all the time. Coven members obviously also worked alone then as now.

I don't now call myself Wiccan because I cherry pick from the Wiccan structure & other resources, & by the time I'm done changing things to suit myself there isn't much left that's Wiccan so i don't bother with the name. As a solitaire I don't have to explain myself to anyone. If I'm not getting spiritual results that's my look out too. I use a couple different circle methods I like better (tho' hardly a grand ritual) & after 30 years i'd stopped using the standard altar & tool kit (IMO they're just fancy dishes that support a function). I prefer the simpler cauldron & Stang (but I'm not Trad-Witch either). I do 3 of the 8 holidays & warmer weather full Moon's seated outdoors. I can get my head around a single god-form with dual facets. No pantheons - I don't even like crowds in my gods :? . There's a lot of wiggle room.

No two people practice with the same enthusiasm or same methods. We really can't compare ourselves to one another to define our own practice. The definition's in the core beliefs - those foundations say what is one path or another. I think it's normal for our personal beliefs to change as we learn & grow. When we're not comfortable with the core it's time to re-think. Look deeper into the core belief & reasons for the structures & it works out.
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