I am a Witch, I am not Wiccan. Now, what I am about to write about is not intended to insult or put down Wiccans in general; but to educate those who believe that Wicca is the only true path of Pagans. I don’t follow the Wiccan Rede, for I am not Wiccan. As a Witch, I follow the Olde Ways; as a Pagan, my deities are of the Ancient Greek Pantheon; the Wiccan Rede did not exist in ancient times, nor was it a concept in general. Not all Witches are Wiccan; they follow whatever path feels true to the individual. Not all Wiccans are Witches, as they may not have been born to the Craft, or have no desire to do spell crafting.
Wicca was founded by Gerald Gardner in the 1950’s and was a compilation of aspects from various faiths, and ideas of his own. Wicca is to Paganism, as Roman Catholic is to Christianity....in other words, Wicca is a sect, or as we pagans call it, a path, within a much larger circle. This is a spiritual part of a person, and deities are incorporated into all aspects of the path.
Witch, a person who practices the Old Ways of the Craft; whose being is entwined with nature in all aspects (mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically). Many are born to it, while others spend years of serious study. Being a witch is not dependent on belief of gods, goddesses, a God or a Goddess, so spellworkings and ritual does not necessarily requite the blessing(s) of a deity (ies).
If you’re currently in shock about what I’ve just written, please relax. Now, if you happen to believe that being Pagan means one is Wiccan, if you happen to believe that being a Witch means one is Wiccan; you need to stop reading certain authors (Silver Ravenwolf and Fiona Horne for example), and start expanding your knowledge base. By the way, all Pagan paths are not nature based either; studying up on Reconstructionism will teach that, but I digress. Basically, saying that all Pagans are Wiccan is like saying that all Christians are Roman Catholic; an incorrect assumption, since there are many sects in Christianity as there are many paths in Paganism.
So, why am I going on about this? Once again I have been told that my beliefs are wrong for they do not follow Wicca, or any of Wicca’s various paths. (Yes, Wicca has branches on its tree.) I have been informed that Wicca is the one true path, and any other so-called Pagan path is wrong. Excuse me, but isn’t that a very Christian thing to say? Explain to me how, these same people say they left their Christian faiths, for various reasons, and yet, now feel they have the right to dictate what other Pagans should believe in?
I wonder, again, could it be the authors they are reading? I have, on many an occasion, been asked if I am Pagan and on saying “Yes”, been responded back with, “Merry Meet, nice to meet a fellow Wiccan”. On explaining that I am not Wiccan, I see a confused look upon the face, and receive a, “Then how can you call yourself a Pagan?” deep sigh This usually happens in one of the major book chains, in the New Age section, filled with all manner of books on the various Pagan paths; and yet, all they know is Wicca?
Now I know many a Wiccan and we get along wonderfully. We don’t agree on every concept, but agree to disagree, for we understand that everyone is entitled to be different. Simple concept, right? Yet, is there something I do not understand; if so, and you are Wiccan, can you please help me out? Basically I’m asking, don’t immediately hate me for what I have written, but help me understand. However, if you’re going to tell me that my beliefs are wrong, and only Wiccan ones are right; perhaps you shouldn’t waste your time on me. I believe that’s an area I might remain dense in.
Lady Winter Wolf