What do you think about wicca?

Wicca generally falls under the umbrella of Pagan Witchcraft. It's very broadspread so I can't make a generalization, but I worship a Goddess and a God, representing the moon and the sun, the sea and the sky. It's very accepting, the only real passage says "An it harm none, do what ye will." Some follow the Three-Fold Law, stating that whatever energy a person puts out into the world, be it positive or negative, will be returned to that person three times. Curses are frowned upon as they break the one and only rule of Wicca, but everyone practices differently. Maybe do a little research before you reply.

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  • The only issue I have with Wicca is a relatively minor one: Gerald Gardner tossed some genuine folk traditions and a few he invented into a cauldron, stirred in a selection of esoteric stuff from the Golden Dawn and earlier ceremonial magic sources, seasoned it with some vaguely credible faux history, gave it a good stir, and claimed to have rediscovered an ancient religion. Gardner was publicity-seeking, politically right-wing, and a confirmed fibber, but that's pretty trivial compared to how thoroughly nasty the founders of other religions have been, and his creation is generally pretty harmless.

    When it comes to religions, that's about as good as it gets.

    (Younger Wiccans are perhaps inclined to be a little bit, "Look at meeeee!" but I think that's mainly a result of their age, not the religion as such.)

    As far as I'm concerned, all religions are different flavors of BS, but I think people should be free to believe whatever foolishness they choose, just so long as their irrational beliefs don't have a direct impact on the lives of others. Wicca clearly gives meaning and purpose to the lives of some people, and that's fine by me.

    I won't be looking for a local coven, but if I had to choose whether I wanted to be marooned on a desert island with a Wiccan or a Christian, Jewish, or Islamic fundamentalist, I'd definitely pick the Wiccan.

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    • I don't agree with a lot of Gardner's principles either. Very insightful.

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  • I'm an atheist but I have no problem with anyone who chooses to be religious in order to find some kind of inner peace.

    By all means believe whatever you want. I won't join in with your prayers or scripture reading, but if it gets you through your problems then I respect that and I'll let you deal with them in whichever way you choose.

    All power to your elbow.

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  • I like Wicca baskets and Wicca furniture.

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  • Just another fairy tale like all religion. But if it makes you feel good, then practice whatever you like. Feelin goods good enough!

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  • I’m not religious myself, but I do find all religions to be really interesting. I studied wicca a little bit a while back, and it’s actually kinda cool. I still don’t know too much about it, but from what I can tell, it’s really accepting, and surprisingly peaceful. I have absolutely no problem with it.

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  • I'm not a Wiccan, but my sister is, and from what I know it's actually a really interesting religion. It's not overly controlling in its teachings, like a lot of others can be, and Wicca beliefs definitely seem like good ones to follow. I'm definitely glad that it's coming back to popularity, even if I don't necessarily believe in it.

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  • I think as Wicca can engulf anything from solitary practioners to actual witches covens and can involve everything from white to gray to black magic that it's pretty broad. I don't necessarily believe in magic, but as far as that stuff goes the worst thing people can do is to focus their energy on stuff that would involve affecting another person's free will.

    Now the skeptics, our atheist friends, could argue that if its not really real then what is the harm, and while I think that is a legitimate argument I also think that it can harm the practioner if not spiritually then at least psychologically to hold onto the notion that one can make manifest a change in someone else's freewill. The perfect example of spellcraft which involves the manipulation, real or imagined, of another person's free will is the love spell. While many books on spellcraft caution against such things bookstores are full of cutesy little pink and red books which explain how to do just that.

    I've met and been friends with wiccans, so honesty I can say I myself prefer some of them to fundamentalists, but fundamentalists of all faiths are a scourge upon the earth and give a bad name to people of faith in general.

    I think in general that it depends on the individual, but generally it's not the worst thing, nor is it the best thing either. I don't really believe in it, and for me it would certainly be sinful on a Judeo-Christian level, and a distraction of the delusional sort on the emotional and personal level.

    Realizing that I'm powerless over people, places and things has been much more of a good thing than trying to manipulate such things ever could be. I still struggle everyday with my own inner demons, but acceptance is the key to many if not all that troubles me.

    Okay that is my jacked up and sideways rant.

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    • I understand where you're coming from. The way I interpret the Rede, manipulating someone would be against it. You might be thinking of just witchcraft in general. I mostly focus on meditation and worship, and I certainly would never attempt a love spell or a curse. It's bullshit. A lot of people think curses are ok, that sacrificing animals is ok, when it really isn't. I just wanna meditate and have my crystals, dude. For me it isn't a distraction, it just helps me center myself, like praying might help others. Sorry if that was kinda jumbled.

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      • It's important to note that there is a difference between Wicca and witchcraft. Wicca is the religion. Witchcraft is a form of magic practiced by many including Wiccans. Most Wiccans would never cast a curse and few would cast a love spell on someone.

        Many cast love spells that call love into their life. But this is not meant to be manipulation or domination simply a request for help. Like a prayer.

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      • Right on, I think it depends on tube individual. All sorts if people do all sorts of stuff.

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    • As a man of science, I can unequivocally say, "Be glad you feel both comfort and taunt by the great unknown. For your attack with logic and rigor will create the stuff upon which civilization is built. Not the least of which will expose which seductive myth best motivates a society to dominate all others."

      -- McBean the Great, circa 2018.

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      • Sometimes I stare too long into the abyss, then it winks at me.

        --Rose the Afflicted

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        • Ohhhhhh, relief. It took over a century, but finally a great mind fixed Neitzsche's sloppy thinking.

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  • I've always like Wicca solely because of that passage. It's the only religion that doesn't have a load of pointless rules that shame you about doing things that don't even harm anyone anyway, so it's the only one I can abide.

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    • That's what really pulled me to it, the freedom and openness while still having a standard of living.

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  • I hold that each should choose what you follow. I'm an eclectic Wiccan. But here is the full Rede.

    Bide within the Law you must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust.
    Live you must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give.

    For tread the Circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out.
    To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme.

    Light of eye and soft of touch, speak you little, listen much.
    Honor the Old Ones in deed and name,
    let love and light be our guides again.

    Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune.
    Widdershins go when the moon doth wane,
    and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.

    When the Lady's moon is new, kiss the hand to Her times two.
    When the moon rides at Her peak then your heart's desire seek.

    Heed the North winds mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail.
    When the Wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.

    When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss you on the mouth.
    When the wind whispers from the West, all hearts will find peace and rest.

    Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
    Birch in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.

    Oak in the forest towers with might, in the fire it brings the God's
    insight. Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower.

    Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.
    Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.

    Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
    White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.

    Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.
    Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.

    Elder is the Lady's tree burn it not or cursed you'll be.
    Four times the Major Sabbats mark in the light and in the dark.

    As the old year starts to wane the new begins, it's now Samhain.
    When the time for Imbolc shows watch for flowers through the snows.

    When the wheel begins to turn soon the Beltane fires will burn.
    As the wheel turns to Lamas night power is brought to magick rite.

    Four times the Minor Sabbats fall use the Sun to mark them all.
    When the wheel has turned to Yule light the log the Horned One rules.

    In the spring, when night equals day time for Ostara to come our way.
    When the Sun has reached it's height time for Oak and Holly to fight.

    Harvesting comes to one and all when the Autumn Equinox does fall.
    Heed the flower, bush, and tree by the Lady blessed you'll be.

    Where the rippling waters go cast a stone, the truth you'll know.
    When you have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.

    With a fool no season spend or be counted as his friend.
    Merry Meet and Merry Part bright the cheeks and warm the heart.

    Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good.
    When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow.

    Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you.

    These Eight words the Rede fulfill:

    "An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will"

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  • I am Wiccan and have been for years. I believe in the three fold law otherwise known as Karma.

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  • What do you know about Wicca? Can you change people's appearances, can you be invisible and trespass onto people's properties, can you talk to people without opening your mouth, can you read people's thoughts. I am a victim of this. Please tell me what you know.

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    • No, that's physically impossible.

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  • I knew a dominatrix who was Wiccan who invoked the goddess in her sessions. The whippings were cleansing but intense yet she was a loving lady.
    We did one session dedicated to female domination at the beach. I gave her my full permission to do the ritual including the whipping. I cut Z two switches knealt at her feet as she closed the magic circle. Both of us were skyclad. I was blindfolded bound to a tree then mercilessly caned from my shoulders down to my legs leaving stinging red welts honoring the goddess. I meditated as I was whipped honoring femdom principals and the goddess. I was quite shaken when Z finished. When she cut me loose I was at her feet wrapping my arms around her legs literally shaking from the caning. She then did a ritual claiming the defeated male by taking me with a dildo.
    Afterwards we both took a cleansing dip in the ocean.
    I had more respect for dominant woman after the ritual and especially for Mistress Z. There was definitely a real power exchange.

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  • I am a Wiccan. I have been for years. I am also a witch and wizard. I am not an expert, as we can always learn more. But if you would like to talk I have a few years under my belt.

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  • If I get anything wrong or make a generalization I shouldn't, please forgive me.

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