What is Wicca Anyway?
I know I’ve talked a lot on my blog in the past about being Wiccan, and little bits and pieces, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually described what it is to me. The word carries so many different connotations for so many different people, and it can be difficult to get a description.
There’s a saying: “Ask 10 Wiccans about Wicca, and you’ll get 15 different answers”
So, today, I’m going to define my religious beliefs.
You’ve officially been warned. *insert smirk*
The books all say that Wicca is “A Nature-based religion encompassing the belief in both a Goddess and a God as Deity, with a reverence for all living things, incorporating magick to cause change in every-day life.”
True, so far as theoretical theology defines it.
To me? Wicca is the belief that all life has a sacred value to it, because everything is, in fact, connected. At the atomic level.
Yes, I use Science to define Religion.
Blasphemy, some might say, including some of the Wiccans I know. I’ve been told time and time again that Science and Religion are mutually exclusive, and can’t ever be combined.
Hooey, I say.
Because, one of my core beliefs is that all things in the universe are made up of two things: atoms and energy.
Atoms are the substance, and Energy is the force that catalyzes motion and change in that substance.
All the atoms in the universe are touching at some point. The floor’s atoms are touching your feet’s atoms, are touching the atoms in the air, are touching atoms from a tree outside my house, are touching… you get the picture. To affect one thing is to affect all things, even if you can’t see the effect of it, it’s there.
The Butterfly Effect.
Perfectly balanced between light and dark, male and female, in motion and at rest. Everything in the universe struggles for that balance. Nature abhors a vacuum, and seeks to fill it with the opposite element, to correct the imbalance.
So, for me, there must be a balance between male and female. God and Goddess.
In fact, the largest part of why I began to study Wicca was that search for balance. Learning how to balance home and work, spirituality and mundane life, moods, etc. Finding emotional and spiritual balance was something I’d searched for – for a long time, and Wicca gave me the freedom to find it in my own way, and the acceptance of peers that were also searching for their own way, without being told we were doing it wrong.
And I’ve found it. I carry it. In my heart, within my head, and on my body.
A balance between light and dark, male and female, and the elements: Air, Fire, Water and Earth. It’s all there. It’s all within me, attainable. Sometimes I forget that, and I don’t act the way I profess to work toward, but that’s human nature.
I get back up, I strive, I stretch myself, and I try again. That, too, is human nature. And, as the books say… Wicca is a Nature religion.
~Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.~ Albert Einstein