Frequently Asked Questions about Wicca

Copyright 1997 c.e., Church and School of Wicca

Q:

Do Witches worship Satan, the Devil, etc., or participate in Satanic rituals?

A:

No. Satan, or "the Devil," is a concept not to be found outside of Judeo-Christianity, Islam, and Zoroastrianism. He is not a part of Native American religions, Shinto, Buddhism, Animism or (of course) Wicca.

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Don't Witches participate in "strange" rituals?

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Define "strange"! Do you find brushing your teeth strange? Do you find your morning cup of coffee strange? Then why would greeting the sun every day be strange? The Communion or Mass common in the Christian church where one drinks "blood" seems strange to us.

Q:

Do Witches believe in God?

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Most Witches don't believe in the Christian concept of God. As one Wiccan teacher put it, "My God does not have a beard nor does it hate women." They believe in an unknowable Ultimate Deity. Witchcraft, being the oldest religion/philosophy on earth, has its own pantheon of Gods and Goddesses that are used in a way similar to the way Catholics use Saints.

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Isn't the pentagram (the five-pointed star enclosed in a circle) a symbol of the Devil?

A:

The pentagram in its correct state (one point up, standing on two points) represents the perfected human. The upside-down pentagram means the opposite. In Wicca, the five points represent our basic beliefs.

Q:

What are your five Basic Beliefs? Are they like the Ten Commandments?

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Sort of, except we only have one "commandment," the Wiccan Rede. It states, "If it harm none, do what you will." The other four beliefs in our religion are: (2) The Law of Attraction, (3) Harmony and Serenity, (4) Power through Knowledge, and (5) Progressive Reincarnation.

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Are there different denominations of Witches like there are different denominations of Christians, such as Baptist, Catholic, etc.?

A:

Yes. Most of the information in this document applies to many Witches, while some is specific to our particular way. Furthermore, since the Craft is an individualistic religion in which many Witches practice without a formal coven, there are probably many thousands of different "denominations."

Q:

I know a Witch in my town and he/she isn't at all like you are describing. Is he/she really a Witch?

A:

Although it has many tried and true rituals and ways, the Craft remains experimental and ever growing. In short -- if it works, we use it. Also, like all religions, we have a lunatic fringe element. Pick the explanation that best applies to the person you know.

Q:

Do you practice "black magic"?

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Magic is neither "black"/evil, nor "white"/good; rather it depends on the intentions of the magician. It also it depends on how you perceive good and evil. For example: if you use magic to bring a murderer to justice and he is given a death sentence, is that evil? After all, in effect, you killed him. We will teach you how to use magic; you will supply the responsibility to use it wisely.

Q:

Can I come to the School?

A:

Sorry, but no. Gavin and Yvonne are both in demand as speakers and do a lot of lecturing around the country. Most of the time they are not in at headquarters. Believe it or not, most of the work is done on the road. We conduct various seminars at different locations throughout the Country where we bring the School to our students.

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What is a "Warlock"?

A: Warlock is another word for traitor. It is not used to describe a male Witch. A male Witch is also a Witch or Wiccan.

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