do you practice Wicca?

Blessed Be - a wonderful saying of the Wiccan faith
United States
January 7, 2007 9:51am CST
How many of you practice wicca and how did you get started? (I started thinking about this after some responses to another post of mine...) What prompted you to follow this path and what do you like most about it?
3 responses
@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
23 Feb 07
I prefer to say I practice eclectic wichcraft. Though it IS strongly influenced by Wicca. I've been on my path for..well nearly three years now. What started me out was a pack of tarot cards which my Mom got me for christmas (or Yule as I usually now call it ^_^) which got me curious, then I began research online, went to the library to read, and after a while of doing this in secret I told my parents about wanting to study it. They thought it was bad at first, but then after I explained it was evil, they let me interlibrary loan -- that's asking the libraries to request books from other libraries associated with them a book for like a month or so -- books from bigger city libraries..and well, here I am nearly three years later.
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• United States
25 Feb 07
how wonderful that your parents came to be so understanding and supportive. i came to the realization a long time ago that what you do with witchcraft can be good or bad...it just depends on you. thank you so much for the response.
• United States
25 Feb 07
ooh..just realized my monster typo there..wasn't evil* lol. And yeah..I guess I lucked out with my parents lol, I've heard alot of stories about kids with parents who flat out forbid them from studying..*shudders*
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@Lillith (775)
• United States
7 Jan 07
I was always seeking the right path for myself. Christianity just had too many rules and too many things that we were not supposed to do. It seemed that Christians are just not supposed to enjoy life or have any fun unless it relates to worshipping their God. I am a person who enjoys living and all it has to offer. I did not enjoy feeling guilty every time I had some fun outside of church. In addition, I was fascinated by things of the occult nature. When my abilities started developing in my mid 20's, I REALLY felt out of place in a Christian environment. Over the years, I started meeting people who practiced different forms of witchcraft. These people were much more loving and honest than any Christian I had ever met. They really followed the Wiccan rule of harming none. Then someone suggested a book about Wicca for me to read that was really "user friendly." I read it and KNEW I had found what I was seeking. I am now on a path I can understand, as well as continued learning. It is a way of life that shows love, respect, appreciation, and magic. I like being able to make my own decisions and trusting they are the right ones. There are so many things I love about this way of life, it is impossible to just settle on one. But it was the best decision for me. Blessed be.
• United States
7 Jan 07
thank you for such a wonderful response...i too had problems with the "Christian" faiths...now, i'm in my church every time i step outside...not enclosed within 4 manmade walls...would you please tell me he original book you read? As I stated I would like to take time to study this further, and i will definitely need a "user friendly" book....thank you again so much
• United States
18 Feb 07
The conception that Christians can't have fun is mainly because of the old conservative christians who add to the bible and make it out to be a lot more strict than it actually is. For one thing, a lot of people say its wrong to drink alchahol: well, if you were to search the bible, you would find just the opposite. Its fine too, as long as you don't go to the point where you aren't controlling your actions anymore. (anyways; i still dont see why people think that getting drunk is fun, they usually just do something regrettable) Not trying to get into a big argument, just pointing something out.
• United States
25 Feb 07
thank you so much...the bible has been misinterpreted so much by man that it is hard to form a valid opinion of what is right and what is wrong. everyone has their own interpretation. thank you for bring up such a valid point.
• United States
10 Jan 07
what is wicca i have never heard of it before do you think you can explain it to me
• United States
10 Jan 07
Here is a very general explanation that I found for you. You can find lots more information about it on line: Wicca, sometimes called "The Craft" or "The Craft of the Wise" is one of many earth-based religions. The religion which is closest to Wicca in America is probably Native American spirituality. Traditional Wicca was founded by Gerald Gardner, a British civil servant, who wrote a series of books on the religion in the 1940's. It contains references to Celtic deities, symbols, seasonal days of celebration, etc. Added to this were components of ceremonial magic and practices of the Masonic Order. A more recent form is eclectic Wicca which involves a combination of Wiccan beliefs and practices, combined with other Pagan and non-Pagan elements. The various traditions of Wicca are part of the Pagan or Neopagan group of earth-based religions. Hope this explains it a little better.