So you want to be a Wiccan?

It seems a lot of people are asking about Wicca these days. Many want to know "How Do I Become Wiccan?"

bullet First ask yourself whether you really want to become a Wiccan. Some Cowans (non-Wiccans) are keen to convert to Wicca in order to cast spells and gain power over other people. They have seen Witches wiggling their noses or waving a wand on TV or in the movies and are enthused about gaining that degree of control over nature and other individuals. 

Wicca doesn't really work that way. The Wiccan Rede severely restrict Wiccans' spells and rituals. It prohibits any manipulation, coercion or harm. Spells must be for the good of all; they must harm none. A Witch cannot, for example, cast a love spell on another person in order to make them fall in love. That would manipulate them. A Wiccan is permitted to perform a ritual to make themselves more open to love generally, — or after receiving a request — to make another person more open to love. However, that is about the limit. 
 

bullet There are other considerations:

bullet Being a Wiccan is not easy. Wicca requires a great deal of personal discipline and effort before one becomes proficient in the craft. In fact, the learning never stops. 
 
bullet Unlike many other religions, Wicca has few ready-made rules of behavior. In order to determine whether a particular action is moral or not, Wiccans follow the Wiccan Rede which requires them to analyze all of the possible consequences of the action (or lack of action) and make certain that "it harms none," including themselves. In a situation where all possible actions will cause harm, most Wiccans select the option that does the least harm.
 
bullet In some areas of North America, it is not particularly safe for a Wiccan to be open about her or his religion. There are still many sincere, devout but misinformed people who incorrectly associate Wicca and other Neopagan religions with Satanism, devil worship,Satanic Ritual Abuse or other criminal behavior. Verbal abuse, physical attacks, shooting and even one lynching have occurred in recent decades in the U.S. Fortunately, Wicca is becoming more widely known as a benign faith, and the opposition is declining rapidly.
 
bullet However, there are also many positive aspects to the religion. Wiccans feel very close to the environment and the cycles of nature. Many have reported an intense feeling of comfort when they found Wicca — a perfect fit; they feel that they have found their religious home; they have found something that they have been searching for all their life. Members of covens often become emotionally and spiritually close — much like a family. Wicca is more than a religion. It is an all encompassing way of life that permeates all aspects of your being.
 
bullet If you decide to proceed, then you might spend some time learning about Wicca:
 

bullet Check the articles and the video lessons on this site.
 
bullet You might surf the Internet for information. This will give you an appreciation of the range of Wiccan beliefs and practices. Wicca is not a single monolithic religion; it is rather a grouping of many different traditions.

 

After you have formed a sincere interest in Wicca, you might consider performing a ritual of self-dedication. There are many versions of this ritual available. Many acknowledge your committment to study the religion, to learn about the Goddess and God, to study the ethical demands of the faith, to maintain your personal Book of Shadows to record your experiences within Wicca, and to consider as a future goal to become initiated as a Wiccan priestess or priest. A Google search for Wicca self-dedication will find many links that show the wide variety of dedication rituals within Wicca.

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