Welcome back to this magickal trip down Wiccan way. In my last article I gave a little info on what it means to be a witch, but not a Wiccan. Wicca, as a religion, experienced a rebirth in the mid-20th century and is a form of modern paganism, however its roots go much further back.
When I explain to others what it means to me, I try to keep it simple. Wicca is a religion grounded in love and positivity. There is a Goddess and a God, and a connection to nature and all living things. While we recognize the duality of light and shadow in people and the world, there is no Devil and no Hell.
There’s also no long-winded religious text on how to live our lives. We have the Wiccan Rede, which can be summed up neatly with these words: And you harm none, do what you will. We take responsibility for our actions and do everything we can to ensure those actions leave a positive impact on the world and its people.
A question I get asked a lot is “Where do you worship?”. There’s no house of worship that I go to once a week to praise with a group. My “church” is a sacred space I create that can be out in nature, in my home, or a hotel room while I’m traveling. The building isn’t what’s important. It’s the connection I have with my spirituality.
And, YES, I do celebrate holidays! Eight beautiful days that correspond to the seasons on the Wheel of the Year. A lot of them correspond with familiar Christian holidays, and for a reason. Ye Christians of olde realized that it would be easier for people to convert if their holidays were around the same time, so a few Christian holidays are celebrated at the same times in the year. Another topic for another day.
I have traditions and celebrations just like any religious practitioner. I use my tools from My Box of Shadows and fill my home with the love we all share. That love of self, community, and Deity.