Dos & Don'ts...

Wiccans do not do evil.

They believe that doing evil and harm is against all ethical and moral laws. Wiccans simply do not do harm.

Wiccans do not worship Satan.

They do not have a Satan/Devil or any all-evil deity in their religious structure. Wicca is a religion that underscores polarity and views the God and the Goddess as equal entities.

A Male Wiccan is not a Warlock.

The word Warlock is a Scottish word meaning "oath breaker", and became a term designating a male Wiccan during the "burning times".

Wiccans wear clothing of every color and every style.

Many Wiccans do choose to wear black clothing or ritual robes. The color black is the culmination of all vibrational rates of light on the material plane. Black absorbs light information and helps Witches be more receptive to psychic impressions and energies.

Wiccans come from every socio-economic and ethnic background.

Many Wiccans are professional people holding positions of responsibility such as Doctors, Nurses, Police Officers, Teachers etc. Wicca does not discriminate against color or ethnic origin and does view everything as equal in the eyes of the Goddess and the God.

Wiccans do use spells.

A spell is a thought, a projection, or a prayer. Other religions use prayer, meditation, projection and ritual to produce an intended result. The word "spell" does not imply doing evil or harm.

Wiccans do use magic wands.

Often you see the use of magic wands in children's cartoons and movies making the idea seem frivolous. In actuality they are used in healing for directing energy.

Wiccans do use Wicca as a science, an art and a religion.

They use their knowledge and magic in harmony with the Universe and Nature around them.

The words "Wiccan" and "Witch" have a deep and rich history.

As defined by the English Oxford dictionary "Witchcraft" is a Celtic (pronounced Kell-tick) word meaning the wise, good people. "Wicce" (wick-kay) designates a female Witch whereas "Wicca" (wick-kah) designates a male Witch.

In the Wiccan religion we view the pentacle as an amulet and a symbol for protection.

The five-pointed star represents the human body and the earth. In combination, the star surrounded by the circle represents the human body encompassed by the protection of the Goddess/God force. The pentacle is the symbol for Universal Wisdom.

Wiccans do concern themselves with ecology.

They have never forgotten this basic fact: the world is not our enemy. Neither is it inert, dumb matter. The earth and all living things share the same life-force. They are composed of patterns of intelligence, of knowledge, and of divinity. All life is a web. We are woven into it as sisters and brothers of All. Wiccans need to be grounded in both worlds and awake to their responsibilities for both worlds. It is only by being responsible human beings that we can be responsible Wiccans and only responsible Wiccans will survive.*

* Excerpt from "Power of the Witch" by Laurie Cabot, Delacourt Press. (Dell Publishing) N.Y., N.Y., October 1989.

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