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Wiccan Beliefs & Practices For Beginners- What Do Wiccans Do?

Wicca is a modern pagan, witchcraft religion that was developed in England during the first half of the 20th century by a man named Gerald Gardner. It is based on a reverence for nature and the worship of a goddess and god, as well as the veneration of ancestors and nature spirits. While there is no central authority in Wicca, the religion is based on certain core beliefs and practices that are common among Wiccans.

The Main Tenets of Wicca

As mentioned above Wicca has no central authority setting the rules, however there are a set of commonly held beliefs.

  1. One of the most common beliefs in Wicca is the worship of a goddess and god. Some Wiccans believe that the goddess and god are the embodiment of the female and male aspects of the divine, and that they are present in all things.
  2. Wiccans often celebrate the cycles of the moon and the seasons of the year, which are seen as the progression of the wheel of life or cycles of the goddess and god.
  3. Another major belief in most Wiccans is a reverence for nature. Most Wiccans believe that all living things are sacred, and that the natural world is a reflection of the divine. They often practice rituals and spells outdoors, in nature, and believe that the natural world is a source of wisdom and guidance.
  4. The vast majority of Wiccans also believe in the power of magic, and that we can use ritual and spell work to make positive changes in our lives. However, Wiccans follow the Wiccan Rede, "An it harm none, do what ye will" which means that any spell or ritual should not harm anyone, including oneself.
  5. Wiccans also believe in reincarnation, and that the soul continues to live on after death.
  6. Most Wiccans also believe in the Law of Threefold Return, which states that any energy a person puts out into the world, whether positive or negative, will be returned to them three times over.

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Wiccans practice rituals, spells and meditation, which are often performed in a sacred space, known as an altar. The altar is a place where the Wiccan can focus their intentions and connect with the divine. Wiccans also mark 8 sabbats each year, which are solar and lunar festivals that mark the changing seasons.

In essence Wicca is a growing spiritual path that welcomes diversity and encourages self-discovery and personal growth as well as embracing beneficial freedoms. If you're interested in learning more about Wicca, consider seeking out a local Wiccan community or reading books on the subject to deepen your understanding. Also follow our blog, sacred Space, where we delve into all things sacred.

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