Why I am Wiccan

This past weekend I recieved a nice letter from someone asking me why I was Wiccan, instead of, say, Christian or Buddhist. I wasn’t able to reply as quickly as I would have liked, since my cold had knocked me pretty low. But this morning I sat down to write my reply.

I am Wiccan because it is the right path for me. It fills my spiritual needs and nourishes my soul. The Lord and Lady speak to me, and it feels right.

Beyond the purely spiritual, the morals of Wicca seem right to me. My actions are my responsibility and no one else’s. I can not blame what I do on someone or something else. I can not be a victim. (Although, admittedly, many Wiccans do try to be victims of society, and that troubles me.) The Rede and the Law of Return are very hard to live up to, but I do my best. Wiccans also realize that our path isn’t the only valid path to the divine, and that is very important considering each of my friends belongs to a different faith. (Sadly, some of them only recognize their own religion as valid, which can sometimes strain friendships.)

I find so much joy and peace through Wicca, and through my relationship with the Lord and Lady. I didn’t find any in Christianity, the religion in which I was raised. I do have a great deal of respect for that religion, but it just isn’t the right one for me.

If you’d like to know why I chose Wicca specifically, instead of another religion, I actually did a lot of research. I read the Bible and explored the tenants and texts of other faiths. None of them seemed right. Some believed that people were sinful, other’s saw life as suffering, and most were concerned with the afterlife and being saved. I needed a religion that was full of life and joy, and celebrated the life we live now. I found that religion in Wicca, late in my search. It felt right, like coming home. And ever since I have felt the love of the divine.

I know it can be argued that I could possibly find this love and joy in another religion. Wicca is my religion though, and I don’t feel the need to look for another faith. I am fulfilled, yet I also feel pushed to learn more about myself and the divine. I am happy when anyone can say that they are truly fulfilled by their religion, regardless of what religion it is, and also be able to remain open-minded and realize that each of us has different spiritual needs.


3 Responses

  1. Mari says:

    I want to thank you for your blog. I’ve enjoyed reading it very much. I’m not a Wiccan, though I’m a Gwyddon (http://gwyddoniad.org), and I feel that it behooves us to be more open about our faiths. Your insights provide a wonderful service to those Seeking and are very beneficial to those “already here”.

  2. Vilma says:

    Very beautifully written…

  3. JaeL says:

    I am not sure what to call myself but Wicca does seem to have many of the elements that I desire. Is the title really that important if the practice satisfies?