By Meg Owens
Wicca, commonly referred to as witchcraft, is an Earth-centered religion. Wicca is also a feminine form of Neo-paganism, which is “a modern religious movement incorporating beliefs or practices from outside the main world religions, especially nature worship.” Wiccans are typically duotheistic, worshipping both a God and Goddess. They hold certain celebrations that encompass both cycles of the moon (honoring the Moon Goddess, the female deity) and seasonal festivals involving the cycles of the sun (honoring the Horned God, the male deity). Wiccans also have patron Gods/Goddesses to which they relate most with. They will lend the practitioner their powers and listen for their prayers.
Wiccans hold the belief that all reality is divine, meaning that, “reality is identical with divinity, or that all things compose an all-encompassing, immanent God.” They favor the natural world as a living structure and refer to other humans as celestial beings as well. Wiccans believe in meditation and perform it whenever they need to access deep wisdom, or strengthen their enlightenment. Another form of directing energy is using tools of craft. These tools consist of swords, spell books, chalices, censors, cords, and crystals.
Wiccans refer to themselves as “witches”, which most outsiders associate with the practice of satanism. Common stereotyped names include Wiccans being called satanists or “sinister spell casters.” However, they continually refuse any correlation to Devil worship. Their use of witchcraft is often mistaken with non-religious forms of witchcraft. Witches perform magick in “attempt to manipulate the natural world or alter mental and material conditions,” not to be confused with magic. They add the ‘k’ in order to differ from the common term, magic, meaning to conjure for sheer entertainment.
Even though the Wiccan Rede sets craft apart from any activity having to do with satanism, it still stands in opposition to Biblical beliefs. Wiccans worship creation rather than the creator. The Rede has to do with morality, providing the moral system in the Neopagan religion. Scripture condemns all “occult practices” that are considered hateful towards the divine.
Deuteronomy 18: 10-11
“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritual or who consults the dead.”