pieandhotdogs asked:

Hello could you please clarify on your blog that some pagans DO actually worship the devil, that Theistic Satanism is actually a thing that exists, and not all pagans subscribe to those "cornerstones" that you outline. It's a bit misleading to conflate Wicca and Neo-wicca with Paganism, especially since you seem to be set up as an info blog.

The Wiccan Wonders Answer:

Wicca  is a modern pagan, witchcraft religion. It draws upon a diverse set of ancient pagan and 20th century hermetic motifs for its theological structure and ritual practice.

Wicca is a diverse religion with no central authority or figure defining it. It is divided into various lineages and denominations, referred to as traditions, each with its own organisational structure and level of centralization. Due to its decentralized nature, there is some disagreement over what actually constitutes Wicca. 

Wicca is typically duo-theistic, worshiping a god and goddess traditionally viewed as a mother goddess and horned god (not Satan). However, beliefs range from hard polytheism to even monotheism. ”

Paganism is a broad group of indigenous, and historical polytheistic, religious traditions. While it’s true that some pagans may worship Lucifer/Satan, Wiccans are not Satanists, and we are a Wicca information blog. As Wicca is a modern Pagan religion (as stated above), when we talk about Paganism, it deals with Wicca.

*note: theistic satanism means devil worship

LaVeyan (Modern) Satanism is atheistic(no devil) and not evil at all*

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Anonymous asked:

Hello! I adore your blog firstly! I am new to Wicca, doing some research, etc. I have a question I haven't seen answered, but apologies if you have. I am Australian so our seasons go the opposite way. Does this affect the Wiccan calendar (with seasonal eituals etc) or are the dates more symbolic? I hope this makes sense. Thank you so much for your time and help. X

The Wiccan Wonders Answer:

As I live in Canada I wasn’t too sure about this, so I did some looking around and found this site that might be able to help you and all our southern hemisphere followers. If any of out followers have better information feel free to add!

http://spheresoflight.com.au/index.php?page=sabbat

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Anonymous asked:

Hi! I am really interested in the Wicca, and I wan't to learn more, however it might sound stupid but for some reason I am a bit frightened of it at the same time. I've seen quite a few satanic images relating to Wicca and paganism and I'm wondering how the two are related or if there not related? I don't know it's a bit confusing haha Thank you xx

The Wiccan Wonders Answer:

Often confused with Satanists, followers of Wicca do not believe in the devil. The concepts of the devil and hell are part of Christian theology and have never existed in the Wiccan religion. Satan is a Christian construct, and Wiccans don’t worship him. Even the Satanists don’t actually worship Satan, but that’s a whole other conversation. We do not have a Satan or Devil or any other type of all evil deity in our faith. Witchcraft is a religion that underscores polarity and views the Goddess and God as equals.

Ask any Pagan about the cornerstone of their faith, and they’ll probably tell you it’s a reverence for their ancestors, a belief in the sacredness of nature, a willingness to embrace the Divine within ourselves, or an acceptance of polarity between the male and female. It may be a combination of those principles. It will not have anything to do with the Satan, Old Scratch, Beelzebub, or any of the other names attributed to the Christian devil. Pagans and Wiccans aren’t devil worshipers, Satanists, or Diabolists.

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tall-tal3s asked:

Thank you so much for your blog. As a solitary practitioner, I always refer to your blog for simple questions or pure curiosity. I am hoping to find more Wiccans out there that would like to chat, considering not many people know my religion where I live so I have no one to talk to about it. Blessed be.

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Anonymous asked:

can i be wiccan, and not believe in magic/witchcraft???

The Wiccan Wonders Answer:

Wicca is a religion and witchcraft is a practice. You can be Wiccan and not be a witch or believe in witchcraft. A lot of Wiccans are however witches, but you don’t have to be one. 

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Anonymous asked:

I recently have been feel strong connection with wicca and my vibes have been telling me to ask for some tips on becoming a witch and what wicca is truly about. Seeing how Google doesn't help would you be willing to give me tips?

The Wiccan Wonders Answer:

Being a witch and being Wiccan are very different, Wicca is a religion and witchcraft is a practice. Keep in mind that you can be a witch and not be Wiccan. So first you should ask if you want to be Wiccan and why. I’ll put a link to our Wicca for Beginners tag as it has some good information for when you’re just starting out.

( http://thewiccanwonders.tumblr.com/tagged/Wicca%20For%20Beginners )

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daughteruniverse asked:

Seriously, thank you for everything you do. Our beliefs, while mostly nature worship, will be forever promoted as devil worship. So please continue, it gives me, and certainly others, strength to continue. Blessed be.

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Anonymous asked:

So referring back to the reasons to become a Wiccan.. I'm not one, but my grandmother who passed was one and introduced me slowly into Wiccan (never really telling what it was). Long story short she's give me crystals all the time & small satchels of lavender to put under my pillow while I slept. Now I'm curious, I've thought about it deeply and I want to get into it. The whole aspect of it interests me. Do you recommend I get into it or no? And if you think so, what are good places to start!

The Wiccan Wonders Answer:

I can’t decide for you if you want to be Wiccan. All I can suggest is to look into it more, look into what parts of it you like, different paths, all the aspects of it. Take some time to think about why you want to be Wiccan. Are you doing it just because you think you should? Or because it feels right to you? You can look through our Wicca for Beginners tag if you want to get some reading material, but the choice is up to you in the end.

( http://thewiccanwonders.tumblr.com/tagged/Wicca%20For%20Beginners )

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alically asked:

Hi, thanks so much for replying to my post! It's given me structure for my research and more of an idea of what I should be reading about right now. So thanks again so much :)

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Anonymous asked:

As a Wiccan, would you identify yourself as a witch?

The Wiccan Wonders Answer:

Personally I would, but I know some Wiccans who don’t. It varies a lot from person to person. 

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So you want to be Wiccan: How to tell the good from the bad.

When you’re looking for an introduction to Wicca, you’ll find a lot of contradictory information. One book will swear by one method, and another will guarantee that it’s wrong. So how do you know what’s true and what’s not? Here are some guidelines.

Avoid hype.
There’s a lot of hype or claims of secret knowledge out there, in books, on the internet…So how can you tell whats real? Well if their selling an introduction to Wicca that claims “No one else knows these secrets.” or “I’m going to be in trouble if I tell you this.” or “I went through a lot of trouble to get this for you” or similar, you should move on. It’s generally not too hard to tell when someone is giving out false information. 

Avoid dictators.
If they are very heavy-handed, telling you exactly how Wicca must be done, they’re either inexperienced, missing the point, or just plain dictatorial. If they ever advocate using or harming another being (physical or non), they’re totally off the mark. Don’t believe them.

Avoid pushy salesmen…or any salesmen for that matter.
It’s one thing for a web-manager to receive income from their site… that’s how they can afford to keep a website alive and good information coming to you. It’s a fact of life that we need money to live. And the energy-exchange is honorable: they provide something you need with their time and money, and you give something back in return. But it’s another thing altogether when the whole website seems designed to sell you something, rather than help you find out what you want to know. If the site is organized around sales more than information, you might want to keep looking. The information might be good, but it might be manipulated just to get the sales.

Experiment.
If a certain introduction to Wicca seems reliable to you, try some of it out.When you act on it, you will feel in yourself whether it seems good or not.

  • Does it work?
  • Do you feel good about yourself after?

These are pretty good guidelines.

Use your Intuition.
You are your own best protection against bad information. Listen to your heart, your head and your guts. When you feel comfortable and happy with something, it’s probably fairly safe. If you feel a little anxious or uncomfortable with it, it’s likely not right for you… even if the source is trustworthy.

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So you want to be Wiccan: Facts about Wicca and Paganism.

There’s a lot of information out there on Paganism, including but not limited to Wicca, in books, on the Internet, and through local groups. But how much of it is accurate? How do you learn to separate the wheat from the chaff? The fact is, there are several basic things you should understand about Wicca and other forms of Paganism before you make the decision to join a new spiritual path.

Most Pagan and Wiccan traditions have rules.
A lot op people seem to think that just because there’s no Grand High Pagan Council that there must be all kinds of magical carnage going on. Truth is, there are some fairly standard guidelines followed by a number of different Pagan traditions such as the Wiccan Rede. While they vary from one group to the next, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the concepts. 

Not all Wiccans and Pagans are Witches.
There are dozens of Pagan traditions, and as many different versions of Wicca. Not all are the same, and just because someone is a Wiccan or Pagan doesn’t necessarily mean they practice Witchcraft. A lot of Wiccans do however practice Witchcraft, but they are not one and the same, and do not have to go together. Anyone from any faith can practice Witchcraft, and that does not make them Wiccan.

There’s no Pagan or Wiccan dress code.

Contrary to what many popular movies might have you believe, you don’t have to be a teenage goth princess to be Pagan or Wiccan. In fact, you don’t “have to be” anything at all. Pagans come from all walks of life — they are parents and teens, lawyers, nurses, firefighters, waitresses, teachers and writers. They come from all different walks of life, all socioeconomic groups, and all sorts of racial backgrounds. There’s no Pagan Dress Code that says you have to toss away your polo shirt or khakis in favor of capes and an all-black wardrobe. On the other hand, if you prefer the goth look, go for it… just remember that goth and Pagan are not synonymous. Some Wiccans and Pagans prefer to ”dress up” for rituals, or have a set of “ritual clothes” but they are not needed.

It’s okay to be out of the broom closet…or not.
Countless numbers of Pagans and Wiccans have made the choice to “come out of the broom closet”… in other words, they’ve stopped hiding their spiritual path from others. For many people, this is a huge decision. You may feel that it’s not in your best interest to make your religious beliefs known, and that’s okay too. If you feel you could be in danger if you reveal that you are Pagan or Wiccan, or that it might put a strain on family relations, going public might be something you should postpone.

Pagans and Wiccans are not Satanists.
Ask any Pagan about the cornerstone of their faith, and they’ll probably tell you it’s a reverence for their ancestors, a belief in the sacredness of nature, a willingness to embrace the Divine within ourselves, or an acceptance of polarity between the male and female. It may be a combination of those principles. It will not have anything to do with the Satan, Old Scratch, Beelzebub, or any of the other names attributed to the Christian devil. Pagans and Wiccans aren’t devil worshipers, Satanists, or Diabolists.

You don’t need a lot of fancy tools…or any tools.
Many people think they need to stock up on hundreds of dollars worth of incense, herbs, wands and candles before they can even begin to practice Wicca or Paganism. That’s simply not the case. While a few basic magical tools are nice to have, the key element of most traditions are the beliefs, not the tangible, physical items. If you’d like to gather a very basic “starter kit” of tools, there are several which are common to nearly every tradition: Wand, Pentacle, Candles, Athame and Incense. You can even buy from the dollar store!

You CAN and should write your own spells and rituals.
Despite a commonly held (and generally Internet-based) belief to the contrary, anyone can write and cast a spell. The trick is to recognize what the key elements are to successful spellcrafting — intent or goal, components, and putting it into practice are all key. Don’t let anyone tell you that beginners can’t write a spell. Just like any other skill set, it will take some practice, but with a little work you can. 

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So you want to be Wiccan: Bad reasons to become Wiccan.

People become Wiccan for many reasons, many of these reasons are good, and some are bad. Before you jump into the deep end let’s see if being Wiccan is right for you. For now let’s put how you heard about Wicca out of the way, rather it be TV, movie, or book, because it doesn’t matter. What does matter is you’re here trying to decide if this path is right for you. So let’s begin.

I want to cast spells/curses/hexes on people!
So there’s a guy/girl you like and you want to cast a love spell on him/her, or there’s a mean person at your school and you want to curse them to get even. If that sounds like you, you’re trying to become Wiccan for the wrong reason. Most Wiccans don’t even cast spells. If you’re only interested in spellwork, that’s fine - but keep in mind that the word work is a key component of that. There’s a reason that not everyone in the world practices magic. Also keep in mind the Wiccan rede: Ever mind the rule of three, what yee send out comes back to thee. So any magic you send out comes back at you threefold. Good or Bad.

I was raised Christian, but I hate going to church so I want to become Wiccan!
So you’ve decided the Christian faith isn’t for you. That’s fine, everyone is entitled to spiritual growth and everyone can decide their own faith. However if you’re becoming Wiccan as an act of rebellion, or because it was the first religion you came across, you’re doing it for the wrong reason.  In this situation it’s important to ask yourself why you don’t want to be a Christian and why Wicca is a good path for you. Make sure you look into other faiths as well so you know there isn’t one you feel more drawn too or agree with more.  Switching religions isn’t like trying on a new pair of shoes, and often involves some degree of commitment on your part. Be sure you’re exploring Paganism because it feels right to you - not because it seems wrong to your family.

I want to conjure up spirits to do my bidding!
While some Wiccans do work with spirits and the spirit world, it’s not a good reason to become Wiccan. Remember that these people put lots of studying and practice into working with spirits. It’s important to remember that they’re not pets or playthings - just because you invoke a spirit doesn’t mean it’s interested in doing you bidding, most of the time they aren’t, or they won’t even show up. Many people do have spirit guides, and there are many different types of them. If you do decide to work with spirits, be careful, because sometimes once invoked they aren’t too keen on leaving.

I want to be part of a religion that lets me do what I want!
While there’s a lot of “wiggle room” in the Wiccan faith that does not mean you can do things that defy the laws of logic and (not so) common sense.  Most established traditions do have a set of rules they follow, and if you choose to join one of these traditions you’ll be expected to follow their rules. If you choose to be a solitary practitioner, you can create your own system, or use one already in effect, but you have to establish a form of consistency and have no contradictions. If you’re become Wiccan to avoid rules, you might need to take a step back and ask yourself what would happen if there were no rules. The answer: Chaos.

All Wiccans are peaceful and loving, so I want to be one!
Many people enter into the Wiccan community thinking that every event they attend will be full of sunshine and rainbows, with happy Wiccans frolicking in fields, hugging trees and singing Kumbayah. Then, unfortunately, they get a rude awakening when someone at the potluck dinner says something snarky about someone else, one of the Druids makes a comment about the Heathens, and the drum circle erupts into a brawl because the High Priestess’ boyfriend drank too much. Pagans are people just like everyone else. We’re not all sparkles and light, and it’s unreasonable to expect everyone to be like that. Also, there are so many different sets of beliefs that you can’t just assume everyone’s going to be hugging it out in a giant gooey love-fest. Some Pagans are peaceful, others are not. But it’s a bad idea to expect every single one of us to be exactly the same - you’ll be sorely disappointed if you’re operating under these misconceptions.

I have psychic powers! That makes me a Wiccan!
No. It makes you someone who’s psychically gifted. That doesn’t necessarily make you witchy or Wiccan. Many psychics aren’t even Wiccan. Witchcraft, on the other hand, is a matter of practice. In other words, practicing witchcraft makes you a witch, while using your psychic abilities makes you a psychic.

I want to be like the girls on Charmed!
Charmed is a television show - you can’t use magic to change your eye color, levitate, resurrect the dead, or any of the other amazing things that Phoebe and her sisters do. Likewise, The Craft and Harry Potter are make-believe too. While television and movies might have you believe that practicing witches do all this fantastic stuff, most of the time we’re just hanging around trying to balance our checkbooks, prepare dinner for our families, get to work on time, and walk the dog.

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Anonymous asked:

Hi! So I've just recently discovered Wicca and I'm basically just gathering information to decide if it's right for me, and just out of curiosity, do all Wiccans believe in the one god and goddess? Or is there some variation there? (Sorry, I'm still pretty uninformed)

The Wiccan Wonders Answer:

Well it’s good that you are gathering information and learning about it before you jump in.

As for a God and Goddess, some Wiccans believe in one of each, some believe in three goddesses (the maiden, the mother and the crone) and one God, some pick from Greek or Norse mythology… So there’s a lot of variation, you’ll just have to look around and find something you like and agree with.

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