There are three common definitions for Wicca:
1) A pre-Christian, pagan, nature/fertility religion, matrifocal, oriented to the seasons and the land, with roots in prehistory, evolving as humans evolve.
2) A living (still exists), inititated (stages/lineage/passing on of teaching), traditional, mystery/wisdom religion
3) The indigenous, shamanic religion of Early Europe
Reincarnation- a central belief
Wicca is sometimes called the Path of Return. Reincarnation is a choice that is made, and is not about pain, but about learning, and personal evolution. It is a method to become whole, perfect, complete, or wise. Much like Buddhism, you don't return just for yourself, you come back to help others. You also choose this life.
Belief in a Goddess and a God
There is a fair amount of variation between different Wiccan traditions. While some traditions have little, or no mention of a God, most traditional Wiccans have both a Goddess and a God.
It is possible to cause changes on almost anything, on your environment.
Relationship With Other Beings
Wiccans believe in oneness or union. They believe that we are connected to all beings.
"An ye harm none, do what you will" Part of the Wiccan Rede. It's about responsability/freedom.
There is no central text for Wiccans (like the Christian Bible). The ideas behind Wicca and it's beliefs are taught/learned through direct experience in Sabbats (Sun related)_and Esbats (Moon related).Sabbats
Perception of Dieties
The Wiccan deities are "living" deities. They are not ideals, they are living fact. They are omnipresent (present everywhere), immanent (present in everything), and transcendant (not caught within creation). They are seen as parents. Also, all gods are one God, and all goddesses are one Goddess. [example: Aphrodite, Artemis, Diana, Amaterasu, Kali, and Dourga are all the same Goddess, just different aspects of her, or different ways she presents herself to us.]
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