Wicca is a Nature-based, family-oriented religion incorporating beliefs from European pre-Christian religions as well as an eclectic variety of other positive and life-affirming belief systems, including ancient Egyptian, Tantra, Buddhism, Druidism, etc. Wiccans honor the seasons and cycles of Nature and live their lives in harmony with the other animal, mineral and vegetable inhabitants of the Earth. Although there is no set doctrine or dogma of Wicca, most Wiccans are polytheistic and the Divine Feminine is an essential part of the practice, along with the Divine Masculine. The one rule of Wicca is: “An it harm none, do as thou wilt”. Wiccans are healers who do all they can to bring peace and balance to the Earth, relationships, nations and all other aspects of life. Wiccans are good friends, trustworthy employees, compassionate healers, generous benefactors, devoted parents and wise counselors who respect the spiritual paths of others.
Witchcraft is the magickal, shamanic practice of Wicca. It involves the trained use of natural magick to cast spells for positive change for individuals, groups and the world. Magick is natural because it flows in harmony with Nature and employs the sun, moon, elements and seasons to effect changes. The shamanistic practice allows witches to journey into other realms of reality to find solutions and clear obstacles so that positive changes can occur. The tools used in these practices are most commonly blades, cauldrons, candles, incense, herbs, music, pentacles, chimes, wands, chalices, drums, malas, stones, Tarot, Runes and robes/masks/crowns. These tools are all used in some manner to hold the focus of the ritual and to direct all energies into that focus. Conceptually, this is the same as saying a prayer and lighting a candle or incense. Magick happens when the intended change is visible to all involved.
The Pentacle or Pentagram is a five-pointed star with a circle around it. Many Wiccans wear this symbol as jewelry, tattoos or on clothing, and many folks decorate their homes, magickal tools, meditation rooms, etc. with it. Unfortunately, this symbol has been misused by Hollywood filmmakers and is now commonly perceived to be “of the devil”. It should be stated that Wiccans do not believe in Satan or a devil or any other total embodiment of evil. That concept comes from the Christian belief system and is no part of Wicca even though artists have borrowed beards, horns and goat legs from old benevolent gods like Pan and used them to depict a devil.