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5 years ago  ::  Oct 30, 2009 - 9:18PM #1
Midsummer_witch
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What is the difference between Wicca and Witchcraft as discussed here?


What seperates the two?


And how is a Witch different from someone who simply classifies themself as Pagan?


 


I would appreciate any personal insight, opinion, or fact regarding any or all three questions.


Thank you and blessed be!



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5 years ago  ::  Oct 31, 2009 - 1:13PM #2
CreakyHedgewitch
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Midsummer_witch,


The below thread might be useful in answering those three questions at greater length - at least from my perspective and experiences.


community.beliefnet.com/go/thread/view/3...


My short-er answers however to your questions would be as follows.


"And how is a Witch different from someone who simply classifies themself as Pagan?"


All modern Witches are Pagan Witches. All Pagans are part of the modern Paganism Movement.


A Pagan is anyone who self-identifies as such, self-defines that this means to him or her, whose validation is almost always experiential (UPG) and who may be but mostly likely isn't part of the limited consensus (an already established religion or group) of what is Pagan. For most, there is no singular definition of what Pagan is or should be. Thus while individuals or groups may identify being Pagan as his or her religion, Paganism isn't a shared religion in its own right. Some generalities amongst Pagans (but not universally) are self-responsibility as a core value, learning is experiential, that the Divine is essentially recognisable and more reasonable as being polytheistic rather than monotheistic and that nature is not irrelevant to one's spirituality. As such, being Pagan can describe a rich and diverse spectrum of choices, practices, beliefs and wisdom walks.


Excluding indigenous witchcraft trads, a modern Witch is still a Pagan as well as one who has chosen to deliberately practice and enact some variation of the Craft as his or her wisdom walk. This may be as a solitary, within a Trad or within a Coven, Circle, group etc.


"What is the difference between Wicca and Witchcraft as discussed here?"


'Here' has had many differing opinions on that subject. Laughing


Wicca IMO is a Religion of Witchcraft, conceived in the 20th century within the modern Paganism Movement where witchcraft is the modern re-definition of witchcraft as a positive life-path/faith known as the Craft. All Wiccans are therefore considered to also be Witches. There is however Wicca as it was conceived in Britain and still practiced as a mystery faith passed by oral lineaged teaching and there are book-taught Wiccan Traditions that evolved outside of this lineage. What is usually recognisable as Wicca are the sufficient or significant practice of core beliefs such as these: www.beliefnet.com/boards/message_list.as...


"What separates the two?"


Within the Paganism Movement, numerous Traditions of Witchcraft evolved out of the re-definition of this term into numerous variations of the Craft. Some Trads are religions, others vocational or 'traditional'.(1) These Trads have been directly or indirectly influenced by Wicca and often contain some degree of recognisable simiilarity of practices etc but they have never been and are not part of the Religion of Wicca. One may therefore be a Dianic, Green, Kitchen, Eclectic, etc Witch without ever being a Wiccan Witch. There are also indigenous witchcraft traditions that are not part of Paganism as well as historical, fictional or folklore witchcraft beliefs.


Any questions, please let me know.


C.H.


(1) See the longer thread for a description of Traditional Witchcraft.

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5 years ago  ::  Oct 31, 2009 - 5:07PM #3
Midsummer_witch
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Thank you so much, all of this information has been very helpful!


Blessed be!

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5 years ago  ::  Nov 01, 2009 - 9:12AM #4
CreakyHedgewitch
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Glad something in all that was useful.


C.H.

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