What Wicca is All About
Excerpt from the book: The Truth About Wicca and Witchcraft by James Aten
Welcome to the world of Wicca. There has been much said about our religion, and much of it is misinformation. The goal of this book is to educate you, the reader, on what Wicca is really all about and dispel the myths. So, I think we should begin by dumping the garbage and false information about Wicca.. First of all, Wicca is NOT about Demonology, Satan or Devil worship, the Necronomicon, or “Black Magick”. These things have absolutely nothing to do with Wicca.. They are not associated in any way shape or form. The Devil is a Christian concept and is not worshiped, hated, loved, or even acknowledged in Wicca.. I run a Wiccan chat group on the internet and I constantly get requests to join from people claiming to be vampires, Satan worshippers, and even werewolves. What any of that has to do with Wicca is beyond me.
I have to just assume these people must be sadly misinformed if they think any of this makes them Wiccan. True, the one that claimed to be a Lycan made us laugh, but I always have to advise these people to do some research on what Wicca really is before they run around saying they’re Wiccan. If your goal is to conjure a Demon, or learn how to make a Voodoo doll to get revenge on someone, you will not find what you are looking for here. These things fall under the category of “Wrong thinking”. If you are tempted to do something of that nature, there is a better way to handle your problem. The fact is, you DO have power and you CAN fix your problems! But doing something with harmful intent, or lashing out at people will only defeat your purpose and bring more negativity raining down on you. Also, it’s important to note here that the law of karma is universal. Just because someone doesn’t believe in it doesn’t mean that it won’t affect them. I have met young people who have said to me, “I don’t have to follow the law of three, because I’m not Wiccan”. This is entirely inaccurate.
It’s never okay to harm someone else, and you will never really just “get away with it”.
Another thing that’s noteworthy here is that the things you see in movies and on T.V are almost completely fantasy. There is very little, if any, reality in movies like “The Craft” or T.V shows like “Charmed”. I have met people, also, who actually think the things they see on the screen are real! There is nothing much to be learned from movies or T.V for the beginner.
In the ensuing chapters, I will be covering the complete concept of Wicca.. I will also explain some of the differences, and surprising similarities, to other religions. And I will be covering subjects that are closely related to Wicca, such as meditation, psychic development, chakras, auras, astral travel, and, of course, Witchcraft! My goal is for you to have a complete understanding of what Wicca is about. After reading this book, all the myths, and things you might have heard about Wicca in Church, should be dispelled completely. There is no evil to be found here, just people on a very old Spiritual path reaching for the Divine.
Introduction to Wicca
There is an ever-growing number of people interested in this subject and all Wiccan paths are not exactly the same. Indeed, the traditions of Wicca today are many and varying. Some feel a pull towards Celtic traditions, some may feel more compelled to study ancient Egyptian magick. Some may simply wish to study elements of several diferent paths to get the information that they need for their path.
For beginners though, it’s good to just stick with the basics. Once you’ve got them down, you can start to make educated decisions on what elements are going to be truly helpful to you. When I began my studies, some 22 years ago, I knew intuitively that magick would work, but I was at a loss to explain exactly how. I knew that the more I learned about the subject, the more my confidence in my work would increase and the better my spells would work. So, in the early stages, I wanted to learn as much as I could about the process and everything that went into it. Needless to say, I ended up getting a lot more information than I
expected! I was led down many avenues of knowledge and I wanted to share much of this information in my book.
You will find that on this path, you will experience many phases of learning and growth. The God and the Goddess will guide you whether you are aware of it or not. And when you meditate on a subject, prepare to get answers! My journey began when I did my first spell in 1986 and really kicked into high gear when I discovered the religion of Wicca in 1998. I was fortunate enough to have met a couple of teachers along the way who taught me exactly what I needed to know, when I needed to know it. The rest, I got from great books, meditation, and practice.
My hope is that after you read this book, you will have a very clear understanding of how Wicca works, how Witchcraft works, and why. Much of the nformation I have included here is put in place as a guideline to help you develop insight for yourself and bring about positive changes. It’s also to help you avoid the same painful mistakes that some of us have made. It’s always been my belief that knowledge is power and you should get your information from more than one source, so I have included relevant information about Wicca, the Occult, and general Metaphysics. At the end of the book there is a recommended reading section.
Some of you may choose to enjoy these books as I have. Blessed B
Aten’s writing has been described as eclectic. “Basically a compilation of things I’ve learned over the years.” His first book The Truth About Wicca and Witchcraft-Finding Your True Power was realeased in May, 2008, and according to Aten, “Just the first of many.”