What is Wicca

The History, Beliefs and Traditions of Wicca.

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Wicca, the religion practiced by many witches, is one of the fastest growing religions in the United States. But what is Wicca? For now, let’s just say that Wicca is an Earth-based religion founded on ancient beliefs.

Wicca is a welcoming religion. Wiccans do not exclude anyone based on their race, color, sex, age, national or cultural origin, or sexual preference. Not all Wiccans are witches, and not all witches are Wiccan, but a lot of them are.

In this section we will introduce you to the beliefs and moral code of Wicca. We also discuss the history of witchcraft and its growing popularity in the present day.

Traditions of Wicca

The Many Traditions of Wicca.

Just as Christianity encompasses a variety of faiths such as Protestantism and Catholicism, Wicca also has several denominations, which are called traditions.

In recent years there has been an explosion of new traditions within the Wiccan community, too many to list here. Here, we list a brief overview of some of the more common traditions practiced today.

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