Wicca the religion

Goal of this Witchcraft Guide is to help to understand eWicca rituals and ceremonies, but not to present comprehensive information about wicca history, traditions, beliefs, rituals, tools, etc.

This Guide may not contain specific information, which someone believes, is essential. E.g.:description of wicca pantheon, etc. Please use own judgment based on relevant research. Your judgment is a manifestation of your power and is an element of working ritual. If you do not have judgment, follow recommendations, or the strongest beliefs of tradition.

For example, if for most people in your area sacred place like altar should be faced east, follow this traditions, even if some books say it does not matter. In some cases it's ill striving against the stream.

Magick is the ability to create by aligning inner powers with natural and supernatural powers. Inner powers are will, thought and imagination; natural powers are found in nature, such as the elements; and supernatural powers are spirits, deities and Gods.

To avoid confusion (powers, energies, spirits, forces, elements...) I will use terms Powers in relation to what wiccan can use and Gods in relation to whom wiccan may ask.

Wicca is rapidly growing religion which practice magick and  honors a deity, divided into male and female spirituality known as the God and the Goddess

T erm wicca derived from Old English words "wicce" (female witch) and “wicca” (wizard). Although created in 20th century, it's possible to say that wicca evolved through the ages simply because it incorporated terms and views of different world traditions and religions. This in turn, created room for development and interpretation of wicca by various followers and adepts, and finally A witch is someone who uses magick in his or her everyday life.

Principles of wicca were created in the 1970s, by the Council of American Witches (no longer exists). eWicca was created on the basis of these principles:

We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces.
We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment.
We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than is apparent to the average person.
We conceive of the Creative Power in the Universe as both masculine and feminine.
We value neither gender above the other.
We recognize both outer worlds and inner, psychological worlds, and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal and magickal exercises.
We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy.
We see religion, magick, and wisdom-in-living as being united in the way one views the world and lives in it.
Calling oneself a “witch” does not make a witch, but neither does heredity itself, or the collecting of titles, degrees, and initiations. A witch seeks to control the forces within him- or herself that make life possible in order to live wisely and well, without harm to others, and in harmony with Nature.
We acknowledge that it is the affirmation and fulfillment of life, in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness, that gives meaning to the Universe we know, and to our personal role within it.
Our only animosity toward Christianity, or toward any other religion or philosophy of life, is that its institutions have claimed to be “the one true, right, and only way” and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practices and beliefs.
We are not threatened by debates on the history of the craft. We are concerned with our present and our future.
We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as “Satan” or “the Devil” as defined by Christian traditions.
We work within Nature for that which contributes to our health and well-being.

The major principle of wicca, called  the Wiccan Rede,  summarized as follows: “An it harm none, do what ye will”, with obvious translation from old English as "If It Harms None, Do What You Will".

The major law of Wicca is the Law of Attraction, which states "What you put out is what will come to you", or its the more extreme version, the Threefold Law, stating whatever energy or actions people send out will come back  threefold.

The other terms of wicca (pantheon, karma, astral, chakras, etc) arrived from Greek, Egyptian, Indian, Celtic and other mythologies and beliefs.td