posted on Jul, 23 2004 @ 04:11 PM
I am Wiccan I am NOT a new ager! My mother was a witch and my Grandmother a type of Shaman/Witch, if you will...
The old joke is what is the difference between a New Ager and a Pagan? At least two decimal points. Meaning that a pagan will pay 1.00 and a New Ager
will pay 100.00
Still, I defend the New Age and condemn it in the same breath. Hey, I am a Pisces so that is natural to me. The New Age has opened up the access route
to paganism. And then we have the Age of Communication making it possible for me to say this in an arena where you are able to read it. So anyone can
say anything on the Internet and not have to provide any kind of validation. How do you know I am what I say I am? Do you listen to that voice inside
you? Good! Do that! Don't be sold some bill of goods just because you want so desperately to be a witch. Be a critical thinker, for God/dess' sake
or you will be just a wannabe for the whole of your life.
Some people call themselves pagan, but with their manipulation, and/or rose-colored glasses outlook marks them as New Agers. Not to mention the lack
of self-responsibility that marks them. "A demon made me do that." "An entity overpowered me on the Astral plane and made me do its bidding." Oh
grow up. This kind of blaming placing is exactly what Wicca is NOT about. This also fully includes those of you who are whining all the time that
so-and-so has cast an evil spell. Take responsibility for yourself and your own actions. Be brave enough to admit when you screw up.
Many New Agers stop at the "let's surround everything with white light and love so we can make it all better" attitude. I find this a very simple
and childlike (note: not childish) outlook that is not workable at all in the real world. Those pagans who also adopt this one-note approach are not
seeing the whole picture.
Wicca is an Earth-based, nature centered religion drawing on the ideas of pantheism, gnosticism, ceremonial magic, and the remnents of pagan
Although the words "Wicca" and "Witchcraft" are often used interchangeably, they are not the same thing. Wicca is a modern revivial of the old,
Pagan religions, using magic, nature and a female Deity along with Her Consort, the Horned Lord, as its central core.
The term Witchcraft literally means the craft of the wise. In its original usage, witchcraft was practiced by those persons, more often than not
female, who had knowledge of herbal lore, the law, psychology and physiology.
It is important to note that not all Wiccans consider themselves witches, and not all witches are Wiccans. The difference between Witchcraft and Wicca
is, for many, a confusing line. The two are best differentiated by the idea of religion vs. practice.
Wicca is a religion which involves communion with the Earth, communion with a God/Goddess (or several of them if you're a polytheist), living in
peace with yourself and others, and giving to those that gave to you. Witchcraft, however, is something that some Wiccans practice.
Witchcraft is the art of magic, the art of energy manipulation, the art of altered states of consciousness. A Witch is anyone who practices magic,
including Wiccans as well as those of other faiths. This is not a religion in and of itself. Witchcraft may be practiced in many different forms, and
admittedly, not all of them are positive. Satanist practices come to mind as an example of negative magic.
A Witch as defined in the Wiccan religion is someone who has studied very hard, committed the Pagan ways to memory, and has given his/her life over to
the Goddess for protection and guidance. The term Witch within Wicca is a high title--just because you are Wiccan does not make you a Witch (in the
same sense that being a Christian does not make you a priest). Being a Witch also does not make you a Wiccan (anymore than it would make you a
Catholic, a Jew, or a Hindu).
Witches and Wiccans are entirely different people, being one does not make you the other. If you look at a Witch as being a Doctor of sorts the
analogy becomes easy. Pick ten Doctors from your phone book. If you called and asked - you may find 4 Catholics, 3 Protestants, a Buddhist, a Hindu,
and a Wiccan. If there was a listing for Witches in the same book the result would be no different. It IS true that the vast majority of Witches
happen to be Wiccan, but you don't have to be one in order to be the other.