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What Is Wicca All About? Part II

In Part I, I talk about the basics of the deities and ethics in Wicca. Rituals and mythology play a key role in the Wiccan faith and I will discuss them here. The practice of magick is a defining feature of Wicca, as is the complex and interesting theology of the God and Goddess.

Wiccans, along with other neo-pagans and occultists, often use the spelling “magick” or “magik” to refer to the mystical practices in their faiths and traditions. They do this to make it clear they are referring to the special body of practices in Western esoteric traditions. “Magick” is contrasted with “magic”, which is the illusionist trickery used by street magic performers and stage magicians. Magick is regard as a real phenomena that appeals to deities for intervention or utilizes the natural, mystical laws of the universe.
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Magick Rituals And How They Work

Magick rituals are used by Wiccans, ceremonial mages, neo-pagans, and other practitioners in the Western Tradition of mysticism. The word “magick”, as opposed to “magic”, was first coined by Aleister Crowley in the early 20th century. He was a (in)famous and controversial figure, and remains so to this day. Despite that, he has had a massive influence over the form and terminology of magick in the West.

Prior to Crowley, it was common practice in magick to call forth spiritual beings and bind them within a magical seal. The wizard or witch would also be within a second protective circle, in case the spirit broke free of the mystical prison. The magick user would negotiate with the being or forcibly bind it into service. Either way, it was an extremely risky proposition.
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What Is Wicca All About? Part I

The average person has only heard about Wicca in passing. Perhaps a cousin is a Wiccan or they heard about some controversy about Wicca in the news. Many are left with the impression they are some sort of “Satanic witches” or a strange and tiny cult. Both are quite contrary to the truth. Wicca is a faith rooted in Earth reverence and the practice of magical, spiritual rituals.

Wicca has holidays, rites, small traditions, and so forth like any other religion. It is an incredibly diverse faith with many branches and sets of beliefs. There is no established orthodoxy or ruling structure. Most Wiccans are “eclectic”, meaning that they draw information and mythology from several sources. That noted, there are some unifying features that define the faith.
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