Choosing to Be Wiccan

Choosing to join a new religion can be a difficult decision to make.  Many people exploring Wicca have been raised in their family religion since birth, leading them to sometimes feel guilty about searching out a religion that is more spiritually fulfilling.  Some have been raised in a non-religious household, and may feel embarrassed because seeking spiritual fulfilment. In my opinion, as long as a person has thought long and hard about their choice–researching their own and other religions, talking over their choices with a sympathetic person, etc.–then there is no reason to be worried or embarrassed. Ultimately, it is your spiritual growth and happiness that is most important.

My first piece of advice to someone thinking about exploring Wicca is to first fully explore the religion you were raised in. Read the holy writings of your faith, and explore other denominations. You might find the right place for you within your own faith. (For example, there are a few liberal Christian groups with pagan leanings.)

My second piece of advice is to research many other religions, don’t just stop with Wicca. There are many flavours of Paganism (Astura, Celtic Reconstructionism, etc.), and you might find one of these to be better suited to you. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that Wicca is a catch-all for all things Pagan. It has a specific set of core beliefs that often contradict the beliefs of other Pagan faiths.

Also be aware that choosing to follow the Wiccan path does not make you a witch. Wicca and witchcraft are two different paths, which occasionally intersect. You are likely to soon discover that there are many Wiccans who do not cast spells. Don’t be surprised, because Wicca is a spiritual path, the intent of which is to find spiritual growth through the worship of the divine. (Confused about the difference between Wicca and witchcraft? Read my essay Wicca and Witchcraft: The Differences.)

In short, before choosing the Wiccan path, or any new religion, I highly recommend doing a great deal of research about it and other religions. If doing this research seems bothersome, then I respectfully suggest that Wicca is not the path for you. But if you are excited about the prospect of learning about religions, gods and goddess, and spiritual practices, I wish you all the best of luck.