Wicca and Witchcraft are not synonymous with each other. Wicca is an Oathbound, mystery tradition of priesthood, who happen to practice witchcraft.
Neo- Wicca is Wicca that has been brought to public knowledge through the availability of books like Gardnerian and Alexandrian Book of Shadows, books published by Gardner, the Farrars and a Plethora of other wonderful and not so wonderful authors. Neo- Wicca can include Pop Wicca.
Witchcraft is the practice of witchcraft. What constitutes this practice differs from culture to culture. Witchcraft may be considered evil by many people due to cultural associations but not all witchcraft is in fact evil.
Witchcraft is not a religion, it is a craft, a practice. Religious Witchcraft does exist, like Wicca, or My System and various other Neo-Wiccan and/or Traditional Initiatory Witchcraft traditions.
Witchcraft works whether or not you believe in it, as it is magic and magic exists whether or not one chooses to believe in it. Modern Western Witchcraft is based on the principle that energy can be manipulated and altered to effect change. We all know from science that energy cannot be destroyed or created, it can only be transformed. This is what we Witches tend to do and transform energy often to benefit of us and others. We do this by using Herbs, Incantations, Candles, Food, Dirt, Feathers etc. Sometimes witches will call on Gods to help them with magic, especially if it requires a heap load of power from a force greater than ourselves. Often Witches especially those in the Western World or those influenced by Neo-Wicca have a reverence for Nature. Most Witches do NOT sacrifice animals, and in fact the Wiccan, Pagan and Witchcraft communities consists of many Vegans and Vegetarians and Animal Rights Activists (Myself included).
Witches are people of all colours, sizes, shapes and cultures. Witches have many different beliefs, and different Witches are not always likely to agree on certain aspects of belief and practice.Magic can be practiced regardless of religious affiliation.
Most of the Witches you will meet are nice people, just living their lives, and trying to do it the best they can, and deal in their own way with life’s obstacles. They will not burn in hell or ever meet Satan. They are not delusional and many certainly take an interest in Science, and embrace faith with a certain skepticism with things they themselves have not seen or proven. They do not like being preached to. They do not like having stones thrown at them. They do not need anyone’s validation for them to be witches as they simply ARE. We are your lawyers, teachers, mothers, sisters, bakers, vets, doctors, fathers, friends, we are just like you, but with different beliefs and practices.
*Posted as part of the 44 Days of Witchery Blog Challenge- Day 35
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