Some Wiccans wear ordinary street clothes during their rituals. Other wear only a robe. Still others perform their rituals "skyclad" -- clad only by the sky, or without clothing.
Should I become a Wiccan?
This is an intensely personal decision. We cannot recommend whether a person should or should not adopt a specific religion. Such a decision has to come from the heart. If you are searching for a faith group that matches your beliefs, you might find the Religion Selector by SelectSmart.com to be helpful.
If you find the following portion of the Charge of the Goddess to be particularly moving and meaningful, then you might have the makings of a Wiccan. If it simply sounds like gibberish, then Wicca may not be for you:
Becoming a Wiccan is not a simple task. Parents and friends might be very distressed when they learn that you are not accepting their religion. If you live in some areas of world, you have to be quite secretive about being a Wiccan because of danger of physical assault or worse. In some countries, a simple Wiccan statement of faith is considered blasphemy and a criminal act that may be punishable by execution. Even some otherwise democratic countries like Canada have a blasphemy law on the books.
Other people's reaction towards Wicca depends a lot on how tolerant they feel towards other religions, and on what they believe about Wicca. There is still a lot of misinformation being circulated about Wicca and other Neopagan religions. Fortunately, an increasing number of Neopagans are coming out of the closet and openly discussing their religions. Increasing numbers of non-Pagan web sites which accurately discuss Neopagan religions are online. Over time, the hatred and misinformation should largely disappear, particularly if the trend towards increased secularism in the world continues.
Why do many Christian information sources react so negatively towards Wicca?
Many of their negative attitudes towards Wicca are derived from the association between Wicca/Witchcraft and Satanism which became so prominent in the Middle Ages.
There is another main cause. Most conservative Christians believe that everyone will spend eternity in either with God in Heaven or in the torture chambers of Hell. To be saved and attain Heaven, they believe that a person must first have trusted Jesus as Lord and Savior while on Earth. Thus they conclude that all Wiccans, along with all persons who follow religions other than conservative Christianity will end up in Hell. Further, any Christians who have not trusted Jesus will join the non-Christians there. Many Christians are profoundly motivated by a desire to save as many people destined for Hell as they can. This motivates them to oppose Wicca.
How to I make contact with other Wiccans?
There are generally no Wiccan listings in the religion page of your local newspaper. Individual Wiccans and covens tend to keep a low profile for reason of security. It is safer that way. Many Wiccans start by attending a local Neopagan gathering or festival. The Witches' Voice web site maintains an index of Wiccans and covens worldwide, listed by state or province. We urge caution when contacting an unknown Wiccan individual or group for the first time. There are a lot of nut-cases and sexual predators in North America and Wicca has its share. We recommend arranging the first meeting in a public place. More details on contacting a solitary practitioner or Wiccan coven in your area.
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