Wicca - An alternate and often preferred, name for the religion of neo-pagan witchcraft. Many witches prefer to call themselves Wiccans rather than witches and say they practice wicca, rather than witchcraft because the words do not carry the negative stereotypes attached to witch and witchcraft. The terms Wicca and Wiccan distinguish practitioners of Neo-pagan witchcraft from practitioners of folk Magic and Other forms of witchcraft. they signify an organized religion with a set of beliefs, tenets, laws, ethics, holy days and rituals.
Some Wiccans believe that Wicca is derived from the Old English terms "Wita" which means "Councilor" or "Wis" Which means "Wise". In fact, Wicca is Old English for "Witch" as is the Old English term "Wicce". Wiccian means "To Work Sorcery" and "To Be-Witch". Still another Old English term "Wican" Means "To Bend". In the sense that Witches use magic to Influence events, Wicca and Wiccan Therefore appropriate terms.