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Something Wicca This Way Comes


 Hello Readers & Friends,


A VERY different type of post today, but I thought I would do it anyway and see what you all think and if people hate it, then no more, and if people are interested, then I might make it a weekly 'Witchy Wednesday' affair.

So today I wanted to talk a little about one of my interests: wicca. I suppose I've been 'in the broom closet' for a while and don't really talk about it because I assume that either people will have the same reaction as my fiance ("so you worship Satan then") or just switch off because nobody likes to talk about religion, especially 'alternative' ones. So today I thought I'd just explain why I started looking into it in the first place, because I know it seems like a bit to of a weird thing to fall into.

 I do also think it's important to say, I don't consider myself wiccan. I am just interested in wicca. I've been researching it for about a year, but I don't think I'm knowledgable enough to commit to it in a religious way. I also haven't undergone an initiation ritual or anything, which I suppose you could compare to a baptism. So for now I'm just practicing and researching and seeing where it goes!

So, these are the 5 main reasons I found myself leaning towards wiccan readings and getting more interested in it...

1. Nature is at the heart of wiccan beliefs. Wicca is a pagan-based religion, which means it largely revolves around giving thanks to the earth, respecting nature, and celebrating the changing seasons. Whilst other religions are more about Gods and Goddesses (which I don't believe in), wicca is all about the natural world. Some wiccans choose to celebrate deities that represent parts of nature, and they refer to the 'Horned God and Goddess', which basically represent the sun and the moon. So at its heart, it's basically about thanking nature and this is something I can understand and support.

2. Many of the rituals and 'spells' you can practice in wicca revolve around intentions, spiritualness and practicing mindfulness. I feel like these are all things which I try to do anyway through meditation apps etc, so it's just making the conscious decision to set time aside for this. I think they are all really good for mental wellness and mental health, so this appealed to me as well. 

3. There is no heaven or hell. One of the things which I dislike about other religions is the idea of hell, punishment, and sin. I think that the idea of 'sin' means that immediately, those 'good religious people' have a reason to see themselves as being above 'sinners'. In wicca, they believe in the Summerland, which is just a place where everyone's souls drift off to after the body dies. I imagine it sort of like a vaccuum in space, though I think wiccans prefer to picture it as somewhere much prettier with meadows etc. 

4. The Wiccan Rede is, I suppose, akin to the 10 Commandments. It basically explains what moral code people should live by and why. Despite what I said above about sin, there needs to be some sort of guidance so people know what's right and what's wrong. The main concepts for wiccans are: any bad energy you put out into the world will come back to you (karma), do as you wish as long as it doesn't harm anyone else, and don't judge others. Which I suppose are the moral codes I try to live by anyway. I like how open it is, everyone is welcome as long as they aren't harming other people. It's very peaceful. 

5. It's open to interpretation. There are many different types of wiccans; ones who study in groups called a covens, and many who work solitarily. There are wiccans who focus on studying cosmic energy (zodiacs, constellations etc) and wiccans who focus on kitchen magick (cooking up things for rituals such as a lemon brew for cleansing the home etc). And there are eclectic wiccans who take their favourite parts of different branches and mix and match for what suits their beliefs and their lifestyles. I like this because the fluidity means things don't feel forced or fake, and everything I'm doing is being done because I genuinely believe it is benefitting me spiritually. 




 Those are the main reasons why wicca appealed to me as something to explore for my spiritual wellbeing and why I'm hoping to research it much more through 2021. Hopefully I'll find a more spiritual self along the way!

And for some quick mythbusters:

- Wiccans do not believe in Harry Potter style magic. The 'magick' referred to by wiccans I have interpreted to basically be referring to the 'magic of nature' - e.g. a sunset is magical, the way lemon can clean a penny etc. 

- Wiccans do not worship, or even believe in, Satan or the devil. The devil is a Christian construct. 

- Wiccans do not hex, curse, or do any sort of blood sacrifice like you see on TV shows. This would go against the rules laid out in the Wiccan Rede about doing no harm to others. You also can't make someone else's hair fall out or any of that stuff, it's more about the idea of directing negative energy towards someone else, which is a no no. 

- The pentagram is not for speaking to ghosts or raising demons or anything like that. The pentagram that wiccans use as one of their key symbols is actually to do with nature (like everything else wiccan). The five points of the pentagram represent the elements; earth, fire, wind, air, and the 5th is the spirit which connects them all together. Much less menacing when you think about it this way! 

- Wiccans do not have a 'Little Black Book'. Many wiccans have a Book of Shadows, which is basically just a fancy name for a notebook where they track what they learn. It can even just be a digital file on their laptop. I started one this year to keep notes of what I learn, such as tracking the wiccan holidays, the phases of the moon, things like my natal chart, and any tarot readings I try out. It's just basically keeping track of my journey, what I try, what I think works, what I think is boloney, etc etc. It's almost like a school textbook, covered in scribbles and doodles and workings out etc! Nothing as sinister as people probably imagine! 

So there you have it. Do drop me a line on IG if you enjoyed this and would be happy to see my learnings on Wednesdays or if you're horrified and would rather I keep this all to myself! But bear in mind, they won't be educational posts or anything - I'm not qualified for that! They'll probably just be what I did in the week and how I found it! 


Love, 

C x 


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