The Wiccan Beliefs
|The divine Spirit is present in all creatures
and things: people, animals, plants, stones...
The ultimate creative force manifests in both
feminine and masculine modes; therefore it is
often symbolized as the Goddess and The God.
In some covens, both are celebrated equally.
In others, The Goddess is given precedence or
even celebrated without reference to the God.
All Goddesses and Gods are aspects of The
Goddess and The God. The aspects most
popular in Wicca are the Triple Goddess of
the Moon (Maiden, Mother and Crone) and the
Horned God of death and rebirth.
Reincarnation and karma are valid concepts.
Upon death one goes to a state of rest and
reflection, and eventually chooses where and
when s/he will be reborn.
Magick is practiced for positive (helping)
purposes: spiritual development, healing,
guidance, safety, etc.
Rituals are generally performed outdoors
when possible, at the New and Full Moons, and
at eight Sabbat festivals which mark the
progression of the seasons.
Magick and celebration are performed in
small groups, usually 3 to 13, called covens.
These are basically autonomous -- there is no
central church authority or hierarchy.
There is no holy book, or prophet, no
equivalent of the Bible or Jesus or
Mohammed. Individuals have access to the
divine, and do not require an intermediary.
Every initiate is regarded as a priest/ess.
The central ethic is "And ye harm none, do as
ye will." Whatever energy you send out
returns threefold, so it is wise to be kind to
We should live in harmony with the Earth and
Nature, and not exploit them.
Though Wicca is a valid spiritual path, it is
not the only one. There is no recruiting, and
people should be free to choose the path that
best fits their needs.
The concepts of original sin, sacrifice,
redemption, confession, the divinity of Jesus,
sinfulness of sex, Judgment, Heaven and Hell,
denigration of women, bodily resurrection,
and the Bible as divine revelation are not part
of Wicca. Neither are Satanism, the Black
Mass, desecration of cemeteries, the sacrifice
of animals, etc.
The above is not universally accepted by
all Wiccans and Pagans, but as a general rule,
these are representative of the Wiccan belief
system. This list was borrowed from Our Lady
of the Woods, Copyright 1983. Though these
may look similiar to the Wiccan principles,
they are different.