Wicca - What It Is Not
Wicca is not a "cult." A cult presupposes blind faith in a central
figure whose every word is regarded as ultimate truth, and the utter conviction
that no other way or philosophy will lead to this truth. You would be very
hard pressed to find a Wiccan anywhere who would blindly follow anyone
else. Wiccans are historically very independent people who seek truth from
within through rituals, meditation, magic, studying and communing with
nature. Wiccans respect the right of everyone to worship in their own way.
We do not feel that Wicca is the only way -- only that it is our way.
Wicca is not synonymous with Satan worship. The very concept of
a supreme evil spirit is alien to Wicca. In fact, most Wiccans do not even
believe in Satan. The devil is a Judeo-Christian construct and as such,
it has nothing to do with Wicca. The notion that witches worship Satan
was propounded by the Roman Catholic Church as it made their way
in an effort to suppress the native earth-based religions prevalent at
the time. They succeeded to the extent that they drove the practitioners
of these religions underground where much of their knowledge and traditions
were lost. Through the work of the Golden Dawn, as well as anthropological
and archeological research, many of these traditions have been rediscovered
and incorporated into Neo-Paganism, an umbrella term for most modern earth-based
and shamanistic religions.
Wicca does not include flying on brooms. Mostly, witches drive cars
or ride bikes. There are many rituals which include brooms, however, and
these may be the source of the flying-broomstick stories. In parts of Europe,
some people run across their fields astride a broom to coax the grain to
grow. They may also jump over a broom handle asking the grain to grow as
high as their highest leap. It is also common for a ceremonial broom to
be used to sweep away negative forces from any area one wishes to cleanse.