The most basic questions are sometimes the hardest to answer. The term Wicca today encompasses a wide range of beliefs, which means you might encounter someone who identifies themselves as Wiccan who does not fit the generalizations here. My attempt at defining the term encompasses the majority of self-identifying Wiccans, and I believe it is in line with how the community in general applies the word. If you are reading this because someone you know is interested in Wicca, I would strongly suggest that you ask him or her what Wicca means to them. This is particularly important if you are a parent with a child who is studying Wicca. Teenagers in particular sometimes have skewed expectations when it comes to Wicca, whether because of rumor or influence from Hollywood. My definition is totally useless if it isn?t the definition being used by the person in question!
1. Is polytheistic religion focusing upon dedication to patron deities, typically a god and a goddess.
2. Is a modern religion influenced by a variety of pre-Christian beliefs.
3. Views the spiritual and material worlds as overlapping: the Gods are not distant beings but entities whose presence we can experience.
4. Stresses personal experience with divinity and developing greater harmony with the larger world.
5.Views the universe as the product of complementary opposites in a system roughly akin to the Chinese concept of yin and yang.
6. Teaches that we all are ultimately responsible for our own actions.
There is an excellent FAQ that will answer more questions you might have at http://wicca.cnbeyer.com/wicca101/index.shtml