I bet you thought you were going to get a nice, pithy definition of what
Wicca is, didn't you? Well, no such luck. It's hard to define what Wicca
is, since Wiccans are so vastly different in their beliefs. I can only
tell you what I believe Wicca to be, and what I feel it encompasses and
Most Wiccans seem to agree that the important elements of Wicca are as
Deity is duotheistically divided into a Goddess and a God. Many Wiccans
believe in a supreme All, of which God and Goddess are merely aspects.
Other Wiccans are more traditional polytheistis. Interpretations of
Deity are highly personal, and there is no one way within Wicca to see
The universe consists of a balance of complements, yin and yang, masculine
The Holy days are the solstices and equinoxes (though not all groups
honor these four days), along with their crossquarters (which comprise
the Major Sabbats), encmopassing eight days in all. Many Wiccans also
consider the full and new moons days of power as well.
Our lives and our spiritual journeys are marked by a series of initiations,
through which we grow and develop as people. We recognize the cycles
of life in ourselves and the universe at large, and mark these transitions
through celebration and often ceremony.
The Divine is immanent; it is above and below, within and throughout.
All that Deity has created contains an element of the Divine within.
Many of us also see the Divine as transcendent.
A certain ritual structure unites Wiccans together. Wiccan ritual generally
consists of casting a circle, calling the elements and the Divine, feasting
and closing the circle. Traditional circles may also perform the rite
of Drawing Down the Moon (invocation), and the Great Rite (unification
and blessing) at every major ritual. There is little liturgy that permeates
all Wiccan groups, though many will recite the Charge of the Goddess.
Adhere to positive code of ethics including the Wiccan rede, although
this may be interpreted in various ways.
Magic is real, though how one sees magic and whether or not one practices
any kind of magic varies greatly from person to person.
Each man and woman his or her own priest/ess.
Religious and spiritual truths are revealed to the individual solely
through that individual's contact and relationship with the Divine.
There are no sacred texts or writings, save those which the individual
decides for himself or herself are sacred. Ours is a mystery tradtion;
if you want to know this, do this. (Thank you, Ken Wilbur.)
Keeping all this in mind, I usually refer to Wicca as a personal, celebratory
religion. The best way to understand Wicca is to try to understand the
individuals that practice it. To that end, I invite you to talk a walk
through my various writings and decide for yourself what you see Wicca