Wicca is also known as Pagan witchcraft. The followers of the religion are called wiccans, witches or crafters.. It's a recent religion involving the ancient art of magick and rituals, developed in England the first half of the 20th century. It popularised from the wiccan high priest named Gerald Gardner who at the time called it the "witch cult" and "witchcraft," and its adherents "the Wica." from the 1960's the name normalised to Wicca. It's a duotheistic religion worshiping the Tripled Godess and the Horned God but there are some other theological positions in wicca.
We believe in past lives and that we live in different lives to learn lessons and gain knowledge and wisdome. It's been said; "Once a witch, always a witch" generally it seems that the energy that define us and our gifts do not fade as we pass from one life to another. So it is believed that Wiccans are the reincarnations of previous wicthes that excisted. Also those who follow this belief also state that the soul rests between lives in a peaceful place with different names such as the Otherworld, Summerland or the Godess exctases all those names seem to refer on the same thing anyway. Magic though is not used from all the Wiccans but most of them actually use it. We believe that magic is a law of nature. Aleister Crowley, declared that magic is "the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with will". Wiccan are believed to have the full control of the five senses developing a sixth sence as well. Eventhough magic was seperated in 2 fields before (black and white, left and right hand magic) lately witches seem to argue about that and seperate the type from the intention and not the colour since black should not necessarily have any associations with evil. But for candle magic the colours are representative and full with the intent of the crafter so it's not really a colour matter.
The five elements( wind, water, fire, earth and spirit) are also very important because they are the sources of energy. the ability to control them it's just the idea of fully respect them. The invokation of the elements is use in rituals spells, circle casting and much more that cause effects to the physical and spiriual world. Each element has been associated with a cardinal point of the compass; Air with east, Fire with south, Water with west, Earth with north and the Spirit with centre.
There are many rituals within Wicca that are used when celebrating the Sabbats, worshipping the deities and working magic. Often these take place on the full moon or in some cases a new moon, which is known as an Esbat. the circle casting is importan for the rituals so the casters will be fully saved from negativities. The circle casting involves sometimes invocations (to the Gurdians and the elements) Before the circle is closed after the ritual the God and the Goddess is been thanked.
here are some Sabats (wiccan rituals) that are celebrate around the world.
|Sabbat||Northern Hemisphere||Southern Hemisphere||Historical Origins||Associations|
|Samhain, aka Halloween||31 October||30 April, or 1 May||Celtic paganism||Death and the ancestors.|
|Yuletide||21st or 22 December||21 June||Germanic paganism||Winter Solsticeand the rebirth of the sun.|
|Imbolic, aka Candlemas||1st or 2 February||1 August||Celtic paganism||First signs of spring.|
|Ostara||21st or 22 March||21st or 22 September||Germanic paganism||Spring Equinox and the beginning of spring|
|Beltaine aka May eve||30 April or 1 May||1 November||Celtic paganism||The full flowering of spring Fairy folk|
|Litha||21st or 22 June||21 December||Possibly Neolithic||Summer solstice|
|Lammas||1st or 2 August||1 February||Celtic paganism||The harvest of grain.|
|Mabon aka Mordon||21st or 22 September||21 March||No historical pagan equivalent.||
Automn equinox.The harvest of fruit.
Wicca is refered to the good intent (White magic for the ones who like to call it that way) so is actually healing, protection banish negativity peace etc. It is stated to the wiccan rede... (rede=advice) some people though call it the Law.... the official version is the following:
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"
I hope it helped you guys out there.... And always remember what you send forth comes back to thee.... So evermind the law of three ;)
Merry ye meet and merry ye part