I have been around Wicca most of my life and I am 54 now. So I guess that means a long time. My mother was Wiccan but I did not start to practice until I was in my 20's. So I guess that still makes it a long time, lol. I am primarily a solitary practitioner but have participated and been a part of circles. I believe in the Big Bang and that all the elements and matter that exist in the universe are products of this cosmic event. We are all made up of "star stuff" the basic elements of the universe. I believe that all energy is made up on the subatomic, quantum level and this is pure energy. I believe that this energy can be subtly influenced if someone has the meditative power to influence it. This is where magickal forms and rituals, spell casting and objects such as crystals come into use as a means of focusing our energy to accomplish this. I believe the Goddess and the God are concentrations of this pure energy that makes up the universe.