Do You Know the Difference Between Witch and Wicca? The difference between a witch and the practices of wicca are often misunderstood. I have even fallen victim to confusing the differences between them and unintentionally using them interchangeably. In modern days it is common for the words witch and wicca to be one thing and even rituals and practices have been mixed. So here are the differences:
What is a Witch?
A witch is someone who performs rituals, spells, divination and practices. However witches do not have to believe in a God or a Goddess because a witch is just a person who practices witchcraft rather than prescribing to a faith. Therefore witches can be of any faith, they can believe in one God, or multiple or even believe in the Christian God ( Although some will say its an oxymoron to do so). Witches are also not constrained to good or bad behavior although most witches tend to be benevolent rather than malevolent. However Santeria and Voodoo fit into the description of witchcraft practices and are generally more malevolent and self serving. The fact that witches don’t have to be a part of any church means anyone can be a witch. While white and dark magick exist in witchcraft, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all witches are bad. In my last post, I talked about how not all witches are satanist and that it is a prominent misconception that all witches are evil. My reasoning still stands but I have to amend that satanists can be witches. It does not mean that all witches worship the devil or that all witches therefore must be evil and sell their souls for power. Most witches believe that Satan is a Christian creation and has no effect on their belief systems or on their practices. I think it should be said that every religion and culture has at least one person who has done terrible things that leaves a black cloud over the whole culture or religion. Yes, people exist who have ideas that we don’t agree with but that is their life and their choice and it shouldn’t be our place to judge others when it really has nothing to do with our own beliefs. It will still happen though so…
What is Wicca?
Wicca is, as far as I have heard and read, a religion. While different Wiccan sects do exist, they still hold to the ideal of worshiping a God or a Goddess but often they worship both. The term “Wicca” as it is used today was first popularized in 1954 by Gerald Gardner. They hold the creed “Do no Harm” and believe in the influence of nature on magick and self. Not all Wiccans are Witches however, because not all Wiccans necessarily practice magick rituals for the benefit of themselves or others. Wicca practitioners, as far as I have learned, commit rituals to honor or worship their God or Goddess. Wiccans, like witches, have many different cultures and sects within their religion and practices. Each coven or group practices and worships in their own way. Eventually I will talk about different sects and types or witches and Wiccans a bit later once I have learned more on the subject.
While this isn’t a significant all inclusive post with all the nuances, what it means to be a Witch more Witch than Wiccan or vise versa. I do however know that my core Christian beliefs have not changed and I have considered that I may be doing this research for more anthropological reasons than to actually practice. I still want to share my findings with others because I may help answer some questions for others along my own journey.
Blessings and Serenity,