What is Wicca?

Wicca is an initiatory earth-based mystery religion which believes in a Goddess and a God, follows the Wheel of the Year, and follows a set of ethics which aims to “harm none”. Wicca is a path of empowerment and personal growth, stressing personal power and responsibility, and living in harmony with the universe.  Scott Cunningham also states that “Wicca doesn’t view deity as distant.  The Goddess and God are both within ourselves and manifest in all nature.” (Wicca: A Guide For the Solitary Practitioner)

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Many Wiccans:

  • Are duotheistic, worshipping the Goddess and the God, opposite partners or two parts of a whole. The Goddess can also take the form of a Triple Goddess, with Maiden, Mother, and Crone aspects.
  • Are polytheistic, recognizing that there are many different deities or sub-deities.
  • Believe in reincarnation, where the soul is returned to a living being after death. Many Wiccans also believe that the soul resides in the Otherworld or Summerland between lives.
  • Practice magic/magick. This could include spellwork (releasing an intention into the universe) or something as simple as visualization or prayer.
  • Follow the Wiccan Rede, which states “an it harm none, do what ye will”. This includes harm to others as well as yourself.
  • Follow the Threefold Law or Law of Threefold Return, which is similar to the eastern concept of karma.
  • Follow the Wheel of the Year, with each of the eight festivals known as Sabbats. These are a modern take on pre-Christian festivals, as well as the solstices and equinoxes, which focus on the path of the sun, the agricultural year, and the power of the God.
  • Follow the cycles of the moon, known as Esbats. These ceremonies follow the path of the moon and the power of the Goddess.

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In Wicca for Beginners, Thea Sabin describes Wicca in a series of points.

  1. Wicca is an old-new religion. Although based on pre-Christian pagan traditions, what we today call ‘Wicca’ comes mostly from Gerald Gardner in the 1950s, compiling ancient pagan practices with modern influences, such as the Golden Dawn and Freemason traditions.
  1. Wicca is an earth-based religion. Wicca celebrates the earth and nature, the wheel of the year, and the cycle of life.
  1. Wicca is experiential. You don’t just read about Wicca, you experience it by participating. Your experience tells you what’s true, what works for you, and what you believe.
  1. Wicca is a mystery tradition. Wicca celebrates the mysteries of life such as birth, death, love, and deity. Wiccans reach beyond our five senses to try to commune with the divine, such as meditation and pathworking.
  1. Wicca is European Shamanism. Although not exactly the same, Wicca shares a lot of similarities with shamanism and Native American traditions in that they work with altered states and their psychic abilities in order to overcome our fear and take charge of our spiritual paths.
  1. Wicca is a magical system. Wiccans use magic, whether ‘Low’, ‘Folk’, or ’Practical’ magic, such as everyday tasks like finding your keys, or ‘High’ magic, such as manifesting your own personal power and divinity.

However, Wicca is not:

  • Satanic or anti-Christian. Satan or ‘the Devil’ is a Christian concept, and while Wiccans believe that everything has a ‘light’ and ‘dark’ side, they don’t believe in an innately evil being.
  • Although Wiccans believe that most things have dual and opposite symbolism, they don’t believe that these opposites are antagonistic (such as God and Satan).  Many Wiccans, however, are duotheistic, believing in the Goddess and the God, opposite partners or two parts of a whole, neither ‘good’ nor ‘bad.
  • Wiccans do not try to convert others or feel that their path is the ‘one true path’.

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Wiccan groups are divided into Traditions, similar to “denominations”, each with their own rituals, practices, and theology. Some of the most well-known Traditions are described below:

Gardnerian – Introduced in England in 1954, the Gardnerian tradition is considered the most traditional form of Wicca, from which most paths developed. Its roots are attributed to Gardner’s own experience with the New Forest Coven, as well as inspiration from sources such as Freemasonry, occultism, eastern religions, and naturism. Gardnerian Wicca and similar traditions are sometimes referred to as British Traditional Wicca, in which one usually has to be initiated by a coven.

Alexandrian – Founded by Alex Sanders (“King of the Witches”) in England the 1960s. Very similar to Gardnerian Wicca, with a strong emphasis on ceremonial magick.

Georgian Wicca – Founded by George Patterson in California in the 1970s. This tradition draws from Gardnerian and Alexandrian sources.

Seax Wicca – Created by Raymond Buckland in the 1970s. Buckland was originally Gardnerian, but founded his own tradition in America using his Saxon heritage. It is thought to be more open and democratic then Gardnerian or Alexandrian traditions.

Feri / Faery  – Created by Victor Anderson and Gwydion Pendderwen in California in the 1960s. Initially pre-Gardnerian however later influenced by Gardner and Alexandrian Wicca. Starhawk received training in this tradition.

Reclaiming – Starhawk co-founded the Reclaiming Collective in the 1980s, linking spirituality, magick, and political activism.

Dianic – Known as Feminist Wicca, this tradition honours the Goddess, specifically the phases of Maiden-Mother-Crone. Named after the Roman goddess Diana. Some groups are exclusive to women.

Green Witchcraft – A broad category, sometimes associated with kitchen witchcraft and natural/herbal magic.

Hereditary / Family Tradition – Traditions that have passed through family, therefore claim blood lineage not related to Gerald Gardner.

Eclectic – Doesn’t follow a specific tradition, but borrows from many traditions and cultures. Very popular, as it grants freedom and lacks hierarchical structure. Can be initiatory or self-initiatory, practiced solitary or in a coven.

Solitary – Those who practice without a coven, who learn and practice on their own. Usually self-initiatory and eclectic-based.

Wicca is the largest group within the greater Neopagan movement, with nearly half of all Neopagans identifying as Wiccan. Some Wiccans prefer to term ‘witch’ to highlight their practice in witchcraft, however not all witches identify as Wiccans, and vice versa.

Wicca for Beginners (Thea Sabin)
The Inner Temple of Witchcraft (Christopher Penczak)
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft: 3rd Edition (Denise Zimmermann, Katherine A. Gleason)
What is Wicca?
Wiki – Wicca
Neo-paganism.com – Neo-paganism and Wicca
Neo-paganism.com – Are Neo-pagans Wiccan

© The New Pagan (2013, 2015)

18 thoughts on “What is Wicca?

  1. I was wondering if you know where the stained glass pentagram picture is located. If it’s a church or something else.. I love your website! Blessed Be.

    • Hi, sorry for the late response!
      After a google search, found that the stained glass window is in the First Methodist Church in Warren, Indiana!
      Aine 🙂

  2. What Does God Think About Witchcraft?

    Since you’re reading this article, you’re probably curious about how Wicca measures up to the Bible. Can you be a Christian and dabble in Wicca? What does God have to say about magic and the supernatural world? Keep reading!

    The spiritual world is real, and so is Satan.

    One thing Wiccans have right is that there is a supernatural world that interacts constantly with the world we see, touch and smell. Unfortunately, they believe it’s okay for humans to interact with spirits and spiritual forces any way we choose. To the contrary, the apostle Paul writes that the spiritual realm is potentially dangerous. Therefore, we need to treat it the way God tells us to and be prepared for spiritual battles of good versus evil.

    The Bible says:

    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:12-13)

    Many Wiccans say that Wicca is harmless and nature-loving — that it has nothing to do with evil, Satanism and dark forces. But that is exactly what Satan wants them to believe! Intent on deceit, “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light,” says Paul. “It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness.” Paul says that if they don’t turn toward God and repent, “their end will be what their actions deserve” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).

    We should worship God, not His creation.

    Wiccans are also right to care for and appreciate nature. But they go too far when they start worshiping it. Jesus tells His followers in the Gospel of Luke, “Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only” (Luke 4:8). Creation is merely a reflection of His glory and is not to be worshiped.

    The Bible says:

    For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.… They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator — who is forever praised. Amen. (Romans 1:21-23, 25)

    Don’t try to contact or control supernatural forces.

    Magic and spells depend on what Wiccans call a psychic link. Psychic development can involve training in divination — the attempt to obtain information about the past, present or future by occult means or one’s own psychic abilities.1 The Bible is very clear that divination and any other form of supernatural contact (other than prayer, of course!) is forbidden, since it relies on a supernatural power apart from God. In other words, there is no such thing as “white magic.”

    The Bible says:

    Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and because of these detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12)

    Do not practice divination or sorcery. (Leviticus 19:26)

    Jesus is the Source of real girl power.

    Many Wiccans are critical of the church’s view of women. They claim that Christianity does not empower women, whereas Wicca does. While it’s true that some Christians have distorted God’s Word and not honored women, the Bible says that men and women are equally important in the eyes of God.

    The Bible says:

    So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27)

    Because God places a high value on women as bearers of His image, Christianity honors women in a way that’s unique. That’s why women were often with Jesus during His ministry. And in John 4 we see Jesus treating a Samaritan woman with utmost respect, even though men weren’t supposed to talk to women, and Samaritans were considered outcasts in Jewish society.

    We don’t need to make up our own rules.

    In Wicca, each follower is told to do as she wills. Their only standard is that no one should do harm. In other words, there is no absolute truth. But this presents several problems. First, how can one be sure that no harm is being done? Is there any way to know all the consequences of an action? No! And aren’t personal feelings a wishy-washy method of determining right and wrong? After all, Alex Sanders, a well-known Wiccan who died in the 1980s, wrote, “A thing is good for me until I feel it is not right for me.” Another witch named Stewart Farrar elaborated, “The witch’s own conscience must be the final arbiter.”2 What if a witch one day feels that incest or murder is the right thing to do? Is there anything to stop him? Even though most Wiccans would say that these things are wrong, they have no firm basis for saying so.

    Christianity, on the other hand, provides a powerful authority for denouncing racism, crime or any other moral wrong: God’s holy character and His Word, the Bible.

    The Bible says:

    All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

    Wiccans do not believe in sin as Christians do. They see sin as an outdated, constraining concept. Therefore, they see no need for God. Wiccan high priestess Starhawk says, “We can now open new eyes and see there is nothing to be saved from, no struggle of life against the universe, no God outside the world, to be feared and obeyed.”3 Through spiritual self-improvement, Wiccans hope to reach their equivalent of heaven, called the Summerland or the Land of Eternal Youth.

    On the other hand, the Bible tells us that no amount of good work can earn us eternal life. Through Christ alone we are saved.

    The Bible says:

    “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” ( Jesus in John 14:6)

    It’s Your Choice

    God has made it clear that Wicca is dangerous and incompatible with Christianity. He made His creation for us to enjoy as a reflection of His character, but not to be worshiped instead of Him. Wicca may seem attractive, magical and different, but it does not give eternal life and a relationship with the God of the universe. If you choose Wicca, you cannot choose God as well, because He will not tolerate worship of anything but Himself. He is perfect and holy. Study God’s Word and you will find that a life centered on the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who gave His life for us on the Cross is better than anything we could ever find here on earth.

    1. Craig S. Hawkins, Goddess Worship, Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism (Zondervan, 1998), p. 21. ↩
    2. Catherine Edwards, “Wicca Casts Spell on Teenage Girls,” Insight Magazine, October 25, 1999. ↩
    3. Starhawk, The Spiral Dance, p. 27. ↩

    • The bible is possibly the main reason why I quit Chistianity all together. There is no proof Jesus even existed, so many philosophers and poets and social critics lived in the same place and time as Jesus. How come there is NO mention of him anywhere except for the bible? how come he is white with blue eyes in Europe, olive skinned in Brazil and black in Africa? History and facts, always. Why do you think all Christian holidays fall exactly around pagan Sabbats? Xmas in Yule, Easter in Ostara… Why do we decorate pine trees? why do we decorate Easter eggs? All pagan traditions, associated to our Sabbats and wheel of the yeah. The story of a savior who was born of a virgin on the 25 th of December, and had 12 apostles and was crucified and rose after 3 days, ISNT particular to Christianity. Horus, Krishna, Mithra and legends all over the world, dating thousands of years BEFORE Jesus, have been found. The beautiful thing about Wicca, is that we question, and we want to know where ideas and traditions come from. I invite you to do the same.

    • I just wish people knew that many horrendous things were and still are being done all in the name of God, and mostly by people who align with one of the three main Organized religions. Kings claimed to be “chosen by God” to represent the land and to protect their people, they used the word God to retain power. The Catholic Church owned more land than anyone else in Europe at one point in history. Even today, the wars that are destroying the middle East are all being fought by people who are controlled by the ideas contained in some scripture written by men who claimed to be chosen by God. I am sorry and I respect everyone and their choices. But since I never heard of a “Witch War”, I guess I’ll stick with being a happy, fun, curious, and knowledgeable Green Witch.

    • I think that inforcing your opinions on others is unholy and evil as everyone is entitled to their own opinion and shouldnt be controlled by a big fat book full of quotes by close minded deceased persons who never returned to prove they where right and told people racism is bad and not to burn there children and then went on to burn young girls and women

  3. I’ve had some strange experiences with witchcraft in my 14 years of life. You may want to grab some popcorn.

    2nd Grade: My first spell. I had no knowledge of what witchcraft was, only that I was a being with powers. I blame it on Harry Potter. There was this girl I hated, so I lit a white candle, wrote her name on a paper, put it in a plastic container, and froze it. She cut her forehead open. Younger me saw that it had worked, but didn’t fully understand what I did. I did this spell 3 more times over the years.

    3rd Grade: I made a friend who’s mother was a witch. Let’s call her Risa. We played pretend-to-be-a-witch for fun. I would start harvesting the garden in my backyard. We would carve sticks into wands, study herbs, and found our star signs. I discovered the wiccan community, but I didn’t think too much of it. I made a name: Rani Edd. Today, it doesn’t suit me anymore. A separate witch name is a part of being a witch, but I didn’t know that yet. This same year, I also got a cat 🙂

    4th Grade: One day, we decided to make a herb sachet with the herbs we harvested. I put them in a purple much, whispered a prayer, and successfully made a love spell. Because it was Black Magic, the boy I targeted had glazed eyes as it presented pretend flowers to the girl I gave his love to. I was officially scared. Later on, I threw that spell in river after burning it in a jar.

    6th Grade: We cursed a locket. By this point, I have discovered the wiccan community and started checking out wiccan books at the library. We cursed the locket, and gave it to a wiccan friend. At this point my wiccan friend count was 2. We were a group of 3, but we didn’t know that meant anything yet. I still have no idea where the locket is, because it got lost in the moving. I hope it found its way into a stream because there were negative vibes on that thing.

    8th Grade: My last freezing spell was full of many negative emotions. It involved my best friends boy drama. As a joke, we pulled out a picture of his face and wrote bad things about him, his girlfriend, and there friends. Our two friends already had bad vibes, so this spell had a ton of deep roots. We ripped it, froze it, and forgot about it. Until they all started crying, the boy broke his wrist, and his girlfriend got a major concussion. They are physically fine now, but I suspect they went through some emotional trauma. After that incident, I did some research and found that freezing spell on many wiccan sites. I had done a wiccan spell without any knowledge of wiccan culture.

    I found many wiccan alter items in my grandmothers collection. She travels the world, and we know she collects many artifacts from history around the world. I now believe she practices witchcraft. Unfortunately, she lives in Egypt so it’s becoming increasingly harder to contact her.

    I have always felt like the outcast. Only recently have I realized that the rest of the world sees me as a social butterfly, and it’s only myself that sees myself as a stranger. Since practicing witchcraft, I have felt more myself. I’m more bold, fearless, and myself. I’m no longer afraid. I’m very artistic, and I’m a pretty gifted writer. My closet is 90% black and I have a ridiculous amount of candles.

    I am now aware of the Wiccan Rede, and I follow it to the best of my ability. I’m trying to go about the right path. If anyone can help me find out where all this knowledge and drive for witchcraft has come from please let me know! My parents are Catholic and Christian so its definitely not them. And if anyones looking for a witchy friend or if you want to help email me at ember@oath.com

    Thanks y’all 🙂

    • Hey Ember, there’s some great resources out there, both books and online, about Wicca and Paganism. Knowledge of your ancestors is something many Wiccans are interested in, and helps one to understand where they came from. Pagan ethics is definitely something to think about! Treat everything and everyone with respect, and try to cause no harm (including harm to yourself).
      Good luck!

  4. http://www.intothelight.org/witchcraft-sorcery.asp

    Witchcraft & Sorcery
    The Forbidden Arts

    I feel compelled in the Lord to write this article because we have had many requests lately for information about ouija boards and communicating with the dead. (Ouija is pronounced We-Gee). These are subjects that seem to strike fear in the hearts of Christians everywhere. But many Christians do not believe that they should be spoken about from the pulpit and so they are discussed in the dark corners of churches by people who, for the most part, have no idea exactly what they are talking about. We need to drag these subjects out into the light of Christ where they can be examined and shown for what they really are – Tricks of the devil!

    This article will probably offend some people, so consider yourself warned. Some people seem to feel that we should leave well enough alone, that it is not right to talk about things like these openly. Well I am here to rock the boat! Hosea 4:6 says that God’s people are “destroyed for a lack of knowledge” and 2 Corinthians 2:11 tells us not to be ignorant of the devices of the devil. So in obedience to the word of God it is time to stand up and be a true man of God or get out of the boat. There are too many preachers in the world that refuse to preach the severity of God. They seem to be afraid that they will offend someone. Jesus and His apostles offended almost everyone, especially the established church of that time! If we are to be called true men of God then we must preach the whole truth of serving a jealous God, not just the good bits.

    Many of the requests for information we receive are from people that have a loved one that is involved in these forbidden practices. In order to answer these questions I found that a deeper study was needed. It is useless to try to attack a fortress by knocking the top off one of the towers. It is better to undermine the foundation and then all the walls will collapse. Before we go any further I should clarify a few things. This article will cover more than these two subjects because the Bible does not use occult, ouija, necromancy or similar words. These are modern words used to describe variations of sorcery and witchcraft. However the Bible does use the words sorcery, sorcerer and witchcraft. Everyone knows that sorcery has to do with magic and spells but let us see what more the Bible has to say.

    We are told in Revelation 21:8 that sorcerers shall have their part in the “lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.

    “The original Greek word for sorcerer is pharmakeus which means “an enchanter with drugs.” This, in turn, comes from the word pharmakeia from which we get our modern English word pharmacy. The word in its original Greek means the occult, sorcery, witchcraft, illicit pharmaceuticals, trance, and magical incantation with drugs.

    Why does God condemn those that practice these forbidden arts? To find the answer to this question we must return to the Word of God. 1 Samuel 15:23 says that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. Why does God equate the sin of witchcraft with the sin of rebellion? After all it is not murder or rape. To learn why, we must look at what witchcraft entails. It does not matter what you call it, witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, tarot reading, horoscopes, ouija boards or any one of a hundred other names, witchcraft is rebellion and therefore is a sin against God. The purpose of any one of these forbidden practices is to seek knowledge over and above that which is allowed by God, whether it be to foretell the future, to have power over others or to control things that belong to God. In short to be as God Himself. Our God is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14). In Deuteronomy 6:15-16 it says;

    15 (For the Lord thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the Lord thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.
    16 Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God, as ye tempted Him in Massah.

    In Exodus 17:7 we are told that at Massah the Israelites rebelled against the Lord God saying “Is the Lord among us or not.” God created us for His pleasure. What right do we have to rebel against Him and put our trust in things other than what He allows? We do not have the right to do this. As 1 Corinthians 6:20 tells us:

    20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (Emphasis added)

    God is telling us right there in His word that we are to put our trust in Him alone and to have faith that He will supply all of our needs, as He has promised. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is the “substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” We are to have enough faith that God, the creator of the entire universe, knows what is best for us, even if at times it does not seem like it to us. If we do not have enough faith to believe that God can supply our needs then how dare we call ourselves children of God? Jesus said that if we have the faith of a mustard seed then we can tell a mountain to move and it will (Matthew 17:20). How much faith then does it require to trust that God can look after our needs? Our lack of faith and trust in Him is why God condemns the sin of witchcraft so strongly. In fact God condemns it so much that the Old Testament punishment for witchcraft was death. Exodus 22:18:

    18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
    The sin of witchcraft is not a new sin; in fact it is almost as old as creation itself. It began in the Garden of Eden with Eve. Genesis 3:6 says:

    6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her: and he did eat. (Emphasis added)

    Eve desired to be as wise as God and the spirit of rebellion and witchcraft entered the world. This spirit has been with us ever since and is growing stronger and stronger. These spirits are overtaking us. Eve initiated this sin and this is one of the reasons why those that practice the sin of witchcraft are predominantly women. There are a number of Christians out there that do not understand the dangers of witchcraft and rebellion. They even go so far as to believe that things like horoscopes are fun to read even though they know that they are not real, but they are involved in the sin of rebellion and are in a very real danger of hell! I know that some of you reading this will think that I am being too harsh or too rigid. These are not my rules people! These are directly from the mouth of God Himself. It is all in His Word.

    If we open ourselves up to the devil just once he will take advantage of it. The devil is evil – not stupid. It might just be reading the horoscopes today and then, out of idle curiosity, you get a personalized horoscope done. Then you get a tarot reading. The next step after that is ouija boards and consulting mediums to communicate with the dead. This is direct rebellion against the Word of God, and it does not have to be anything as overt as this. Remember God calls rebellion as the sin of witchcraft. Any time you are not obeying God, you are being rebellious and you are opening yourself up to the spirits of witchcraft and all that comes with them.

    Witchcraft normally begins with the sin of curiosity, which in turn is born out of pride (this was the sin of Eve). This comes about because pride tells us that we have a right to know something when the Bible tells us that we are to place our trust in God and lean not to our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). Remember, we have already established that we were bought with a price. So if we are no longer our own but belong to God, what right do we have to try to find out about the forbidden knowledge? How dare we put ourselves in the place of God! Where is our trust? This is very important so let me repeat it. What right do we have to do our own thing when we belong to God? None. We have no rights, we are slaves to Christ, and we are to do His will. I know that I have already said this, but this point is so important that it bears repeating.

    Now there are probably still some people reading this complaining that this is too rigid, that a loving God would not do this. It is because He is a loving God that He has set down rules. We set rules for our children because we love them and do not want to see then get hurt. God disciplines us for the same reason, as He shows us in Hebrews 12:5-11:

    5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
    6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
    7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
    8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
    9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
    10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
    11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

    This spells it out very clearly that God sets rules for our benefit and if we break those rules then God loves us enough to tell us that we must get right or go to hell. Verse 11 tells us that if we endure the correction then it produces “the peaceable fruit of righteousness”.

    God has set down rules for us to follow, (as is His right to do,) but because of His love for us, He does not leave us without warning signs. That is what Hebrews 12:5-11 tells us. The things forbidden by God include more than has been mentioned. It also includes astral travel, mantras and chanting, astrology, shamanism, Wicca, white, black or gray magic, belief in and communicating with fairies, imps and spirits, divining, aura reading, animal and human sacrifice, self mutilation, psychics, role playing games, card, board and Internet role playing games, and many more too numerous to list. All of these practices and more come under the broad heading of witchcraft. They are the ways that people use to try to take the place of God and gain unnatural control over their own lives and the lives of others.
    I will expound on these subjects in future articles. These are subjects that need to be exposed and not feared because we are to have only a holy fear of God, not of man, not of the devil, not of the things of this world. (2 Corinthians 7:1)

    1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

    If you are unsure if you are involved in any area of witchcraft then you need to pray, read the word of God and ask for His guidance, because if you sincerely seek Him, you will find Him.

    Please feel free to contact us for any questions on this article.

    http://www.intothelight.org/contactus.asp

  5. Wonderful blog! I am a slavic neopagn but I started my spiritual path with Wicca 10 years ago. I still nave some influences of wicca in my practice . if you want came to my blog 😊

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