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Wiccans and Witches - Not What You May Think


There is much debate about the definition of the words 'Wiccan' and 'witch', not only by those who wish to throw stones at either group, but also within the confines of witches and Wiccans themselves. Some use the words 'Wiccan' and 'witch' interchangeably. Some adamantly claim that they are two different types of spirituality. Some feel that the word 'Wicca' denotes a male witch, rather than a branch of spirituality. And some, of course, feel that no matter which word that is used, the connotation is that of evil with a very possible connection to Satanism and the sacrificing of goats.
The only one of those options that is definitely incorrect is the latter. Wiccans and/or witches do not believe in Satan. Satan is a concept that is embraced by Christianity and has nothing to do with the worship of the power of nature. As for sacrificing goats - or chickens, or whatever - if your neighbor is sacrificing animals and telling you that is part of their Wiccan religion, they are lying. They are simply trying to justify their desire to kill animals with some sort of religious excuse.

The primary difference between witchcraft and the practice of Wicca seems to be that witchcraft is literally considered the 'craft of a witch'. The 'craft of a witch' is being able to work magick, usually using personal power with the energies within natural objects such as stones or herbs. In early times, before the followers of Christianity decided that any worship that relied on the power of nature was inherently evil, a witch was considered a healer and was revered for that very reason. And witchcraft can be practiced by people of any faith, even those of the Christian faith. It is a craft, not a religion.

Wicca, on the other hand, is strictly a religion that revolves around the power and worship of all things in nature. It is possible to be a Wiccan witch - in other words, many Wiccans practice the use of magick using a combination of their own personal power and the powers within nature. Wiccans do hold rituals during the full moon, but none of these rituals (at least among legitimate Wiccans) involves hurting a living thing. The idea of taking a life while claiming to worship nature is contradictory to the most important part of their vows which is 'An harm ye none, do what ye will'.