I’m not Wiccan. I’m a witch. I feel that witchcraft is a magical practice where Wicca is a religion that’s made for witchcraft.
(Note: This is my experience with Wicca. I understand that there may be exceptions to the rules, but I don’t care. I’m sick of hearing that only true witches believe in [insert Wiccan belief] or only practice [insert Wiccan practice] – and that’s simply not true.
Also, to me, Wicca is a specific religion. It’s a fertility initiatory religion that centers on a God and Goddess, holidays that celebrate the changing seasons (supposedly), reincarnation and karma (their own type not the Hindu type), and has a moral compass that tells you to absolutely not harm anything.)
My Reasons for not following Wicca
1. One of the many problems I have with Wicca is that the holidays don’t match up where I live. No, I don’t live in the Southern Hemisphere.
Here the winters are long. When it’s Imbolc to Valentine’s Day is the coldest time of the year. Supposedly this is a time where the sun’s light and heat are waxing. I try to get into this mindset, but it just doesn’t work.
Lammas doesn’t doesn’t line up either. Apparently this is the first harvest? Where it gets colder…Only August here is very hot like melt your eyeballs hot.
So, I don’t practice the Wiccan Sabbats.
2. The Wiccan Rede
Another problem I have with Wicca is that I feel like the Wiccan Rede doesn’t make any sense. It’s hard to go through life without hurting others whether that’s plants, animals, or other humans. I think this was thrown in here so that people wouldn’t curse each other or to make Wicca look good to the other religions. Who knows.
3. Threefold Goddess and the Horned God
I’ve always felt that the Wiccan Goddess is pigeon-holed by Her biology where Her power only comes from giving birth and having children. I’m a child-free woman and this “facet” doesn’t connect with me. I also feel that the God is pigeon-holed by His sexuality. Men aren’t just sexual beings. The God is so much more than His “horns.”
Also, I don’t see the Gods as parents. This just invites dysfunction.
4. The many, many Wiccan Tools and Correspondences
Wicca is all about correspondences. It’s ridiculous. Everything has a correspondence to it (the directions, the moon phases, the rocks, the herbs……) I feel like this lessens the power of Gods, herbs, stones, etc. Also, I’m not big on the ceremony and it’s ceremonial tools. Although, I have used the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.
5. Drawing Down the Moon/Sun
Lately, I felt that “drawing down the moon/sun” was disrespectful somehow to the Moon or Sun God or Goddess.
What really gets my goat is that people say only true witches believe in the Wiccan Rede, true witches don’t believe in Satan….Blah, blah, blah. I hate this white knight badge that people stick on witchcraft. Witches have been cursing for YEARS. Witches don’t have to believe in the Goddess and the God. They can be atheists. They can be Satanists! Witchcraft is NOT Wicca.
*Throws her hands up in disgust*