Exploring Witchcraft

I’ve decided to do embrace a bit of a turn-around in my spiritual viewpoint. If you have read some of the articles over on The Lotus Pond, you may know that I don’t generally consider witchcraft (or Witchcraft) and spell casting a part of Wicca. I see Wicca as more of a philosophical and religious point of view, with several holidays celebrating or recreating important religious days. I do see the Circle as a work of magic, but to me it is more enacted prayer then spell casting.

Lately I have decided that I would like to explore Witchcraft a little more. I’m not quite sure what it is that is drawing me towards it. Perhaps it is just me wanting to know more about something that I have not yet studied in depth, or it could be something else entirely.

However, I still think it is wrong to use the words Wiccan and Witch interchangeable. To me, these are two different things. One can be Wiccan and be a Witch, but being one does not make you the other.


3 Responses

  1. Amy says:

    You don’t know me, but I found you through a series of links, and what a happy accident. I’ve been looking into Wicca off and on for the past 4 years or so. I can’t quite take the plunge, as I’m terribly afraid of mortifying my Catholic family and my agnostic (and horribly practical) husband. I just wanted to say hi, and I like the distinctions you make, those are basically what I’ve told my husband. I’m looking for something ritualistic, but not necessarily in a magic way. Meditation, circle casting, prayer is all similar in my book.

    When I have more time, I’m definately going to explore your Pagan Link list. As long as you ping when you update, I’ll find you, as I blogrolled you. I really enjoy your site.

  2. Lani says:

    I shall agree with you on that point, using the terms Wiccan and Witch together is wrong. They are not interchangeable. I am a witch…not wiccan. Hehehe…the funny thing is. I use to be Wiccan and wanted to explore witchcraft. And that was the end of the story…LOL! As horrible as this will sound…Wicca had too many rules that felt more like any other organized religion. And I decided that part was not for me. I prefer witchcraft, magic, earth, healing, herbal endeavors, etc. I do revere the goddess, but in my own way. That is the beauty of the path…you get to choose.

  3. I too concur. The terms “witch” and “Wiccan” do not mean the same thing. Unfortunately too many people are not educated enough on their craft or path that these misconceptions occur and then continue to confuse the general public, thus making them more and more leery of the Pagan religion as a whole. Great commentary!