Is Wicca the Religion for You?
I never felt the presence of the catholic god. I felt catholic guilt, sure, but never the presence of this almighty that so many people talked about. For a while my family attended regular mass, and I attended catholic school like almost everyone in Ireland, but a belief was never something I remember having.
Still, as a young and lonely girl on the internet, one day I googled if witches were real.
Well, they are.
No, there’s no sparks flying around, or floating objects or people being turned into animals or vice versa, but witchcraft is alive and well. In fact, it’s had something of a revival in recent years.
Ever since I began learning about witchcraft and Wicca and other pagan religions almost 9 years ago, I was hooked. Finally, I felt like there was something I could connect with spiritually. A movement passed on individual power and belief, not fear of punishment for doing something you might enjoy, or unwavering yet unexplained loyalty to a god that you were subservient to.
First things first, Wicca and witchcraft are different things. You do not have to practice Wicca or be Wiccan to practice witchcraft. However, to be Wiccan it is inherent that you practice witchcraft.
Witchcraft can be anything ranging from divination (different forms of reading into the future, past, or present and gaining insight into them spiritually; this includes tarot reading, crystal healing, asking spells, creating tinctures, potions or brews, or simply meditating in nature and allowing
energy to release from and entered you naturally. The best thing about witchcraft and particularly Wicca nowadays, is that it can be whatever you want it to be!
However, Wicca is more than this. Wicca is a form of paganism, where you see the power in the seasons, the weather, and nature (think of Mother Nature as the closest thing to a god). The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes Wicca as
“a religion influenced by pre-Christian beliefs and practices of western Europe that affirms the existence of supernatural power (such as magic) and of both male and female deities who inhere in nature and that emphasizes ritual observance of seasonal and life cycles.” (Dictionary, 2017).
Though I deem my belief and religion to be Wicca, I am not strict in any way on it though I am passionate for it. I often don’t truly celebrate the solstices or other ‘holidays’. I have no reminders anywhere for them, I practice alone, I have no Wiccan friends. Covens do exist, and I’d love to be part of one, but it’s just not happening.
You can still have Christmas with Wicca, and if you love Halloween it could be the route for you.
For more information, check out Harmony Nice on YouTube for amazing informative videos, or check out some of the free downloadable books online, or visit your local library! This life is all about research, power, love, and nature.