An introduction to Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism

What is Wicca, does Magic exist, and are witches real?

These are all questions we seek answers for and yet, all we seem to find are witches with flying broomsticks, Halloween costumes, and street magicians. May I tell you a secret? Real magic does exist, its spelling is “Magick” and I should also take this moment to warn you, the path to witchcraft is not always easy and glamorous, Aldo mostly filled with spirituality, nature, love, and harmony, sometimes, playing with the occult is a risky way and shall be done with care and wisdom.

At Witchry, we are here to lift the veil of shadows that surrounds all of those myths and misconceptions regarding one of the most ancient and empowering traditions on the planet and demystify what real Witchcraft is. We are here to share with you the knowledge of Wicca, Paganism, Magick, and Witchcraft and guide you in your path to become empowered with the mystical reality of being a Witch.

You are about to embark on a journey filled with the natural wonders of a magickal life and you will learn every aspect of Witchcraft, from the beliefs of Wiccans to divination spells and techniques to casting circles, deities, sabbats, and much much more. We will take you by the hand and guide you through the paths that you would like to explore. We will teach you how to control the universe’s intentions towards your own personal interests and change your life for the better.

Before you leap into this new adventure and make any impulsive decisions that could have repercussions, perhaps, it would be wise to acknowledge the basics of Wicca and Witchcraft beforehand, this is why we recommend you to first take the time and space to see if practices of Wicca feels right for you and to keep reading before attempting any spells or rituals.

Let’s begin with the basics, shall we?

What is Wicca?

Contrary to some popular beliefs, Wicca is a very peaceful faith and a harmonious, balanced, way of living, which is also based on some ancients traditions dating from long before Christianity and other religions. In fact, some ancient cave paintings can be traced back to the Paleolithic era, where people worshipped a Hunter God and a Fertility Goddess.

Wicca is based around fundamental understandings of nature, appreciation of the sunrise or sunset, the warm breeze that gently blows your face in summer, the cycle of the moon and the glowing moonlight breaching through the forest trees, a meadow enchanted by the first light of day, the colored leafs falling off in autumn through the cold and lonely nights of winter.

Wicca is living by the beauties of our mother earth, feeling and recognizing its energy flowing through us and receiving its gift of nature while appreciating and giving back what should not be taken for granted.

For centuries, the meaning of witchcraft has been mistakenly associated with evil and wrongdoing, and sadly enough, the medieval church of Christianity spread false myths around pagan beliefs in order to scare people and convert them to their religion.

However, the ancient traditions haven’t been forgotten and from those, Wicca was born.

Wicca, Witchcraft, and Paganism, what’s the difference?

Not all Wiccans are witches, however not all witch nor pagans are necessary Wiccans either. It may sound a bit confusing at first, but the truth is it couldn’t be much simpler.

A Witch is someone who practices the many forms of Witchcraft; magick, divination, elemental, ceremonial, and much more, the topic is so large however that we’ll cover it in another article of its own.

The term Pagan simply means having beliefs towards gods or deities that are not from the main world religions. Since most Wiccans believes in either the god and goddess or several other deities or form of entities, we are considered Pagans. There is also the Neopagans, however, we will keep this discussion for another time as well.

Witchcraft is the art of practicing magickal skills and abilities itself, it can hold so many different meaning, especially between cultures, that it is very hard to resume it in a short sentence, for example, voodooism in Africa is a form of witchcraft and growing your own garden could also be one.

In summary, being a witch means practicing a form of witchcraft, being pagan is to believe in some deities other than the most well known and witchcraft is the art of magick itself.

A closing word

We hope that this article was helpful in learning the basics of Wicca and Witchcraft, we will update it in the future with new sections and link towards new articles. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments or on our Facebook page. It’ll be our pleasure to answer any concerns and get in touch with you.

Dominik Giroux

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