So, you may remember that a few weeks ago, I wrote this post about Why I’m a Buddhist. And nothing’s changed, I am still Buddhist! But I also practice Wicca.
It’s been something I’ve been trying to keep under the radar for a while, mainly because I was afraid that people would judge me, or think I’m really weird. I say I’m weird all the time, more as a defence that if I call myself it, no one else can. But this isn’t a mental health update. And considering it’s approaching Samhain, or as you might call it, Halloween, I figured there couldn’t be a more perfect time to talk about it. Sooooo here goes!
For those of you who don’t know, Wicca is a nature based religion, and a form of paganism. Us Wiccans follow the ‘old ways’, as such. It believes in the existence of male and female deities, a higher power of the Universe, and that there is a supernatural power (i.e. magick) that exists in this Universe. So yes, it does include witchcraft.
Never thought I’d say that on the internet. But you know what? I don’t think I care anymore. What people think about me, is really none of my business. I’m learning recently that I’m on my own path, and getting distracted by other people really doesn’t help me in any way.
Anyway, let’s get into the reasons I’m Wiccan.
Those of you who have been following me for a while will know that I describe myself as “an avid believer of the fantastical”. For as long as I can remember, I have believed all kinds of stories about the fair folk, dragons, and the rest of the fantastical world, and are very well glamoured against us. I think if you don’t believe in magick, or miracles, or coincidence, or fate, or karma, or whatever you want to call it, then I don’t think you’re looking at the world with enough wonder. We live in a truly wonderous world capable of things we never thought possible, have a little faith that the universe always has your back.
‘If it harm none, do as ye will’
This is a phrase found within the Wiccan Rede. It is essentially a document that that lays out a morality system in Wicca. I’ll link the Wiccan Rede here. It is exactly what it claims to be, and means that as long as you’re harming no one, then you can do what you want with your life. This is something that I’ve always believed, as it’s so important to realise that as long as you’re not harming anyone, mentally or physically, including not harming yourself, then really it’s no one else’s business what you decide to do or practice. We don’t need to judge others to feel better about ourselves, we only need to be comfortable with ourselves.
There’s a quote that I adore about Wicca, and it states that “We do not bow or bend our knees to our Gods, instead we open our arms and embrace them. We do not beg them to do things for us, we ask to be empowered and for them to assist us, so that we may do those things ourselves”. Something I have found since practicing Wicca, is that my personal power has increased a lot. What does that even mean?! It means that I’m much stronger in myself and my beliefs. I think it’s because I finally feel connected to something deeper that gives me a daily spiritual practice. It’s a lot of work, but it’s something I feel so connected to, and really brings me a lot of inner strength.
If it’s not already obvious, Wicca is a Pagan religion. Personally, I believe in the deities of the Graeco-Roman times, as well as the Celtic Gods. Following the old ways feels a lot more authentic to me, and I believe that a world as complex and diverse as our own couldn’t possibly be limited to just one Deity. However, I do also believe that no matter what you practice, Buddhism, Wicca, Christianity, Taoism, Hinduism, Islam… we’re all praying to the same source of energy, and we’re all working with it in our own way.
The elements are extremely important to me. If you have ever watched the tv series Avatar: The Last Airbender, you’ll be very familiar with the elements and how important they are to our emotional guidance system. Your star sign is a good way to figure out which element you have a connection to astrologically, but you can also feel connected to another element.
Water: Cancer, Pisces, Scorpio
Fire: Leo, Sagittarius, Aries
Earth: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Air: Libra, Aquarius, Gemini
The elements are something we should feel at one with, and something that we can work with, but often they’re feared, and wished away. We try to control our situations so much in this day and age, but the elements are a reminder to us of the uncontrollable, and how beautiful it can be when we release control and just let life be.
Natural Remedies and Cures
Wicca (or at least what I practice of it!) is very natural in terms of health and wellness. Personally, I’m transitioning to veganism, which ties into the ‘harming none’ aspect of Wicca. But also because I believe it is far healthier for our bodies to be planet based. If you don’t believe me, I recommend watching documentaries like What the Health, Earthlings and Cowspiracy for the truth about the meat and dairy industries and what they’re doing to our bodies, and our karmic footprint. Not that I would ever push my beliefs on anybody, but I do think you should be fully informed on the choices you make, especially when it comes to food.
Being a Wiccan also means that I like to explore more natural remedies of healing and preventing illness. When I have a sick stomach, I don’t take medication, I drink peppermint and ginger tea. I use a lot of herbs, essential oils, and crystals, because I believe that they all contribute to our overall health and wellbeing. When it comes to eating, I try to eat as little processed food as possible. I’m human, so I’m not immune to the cravings for some fast food, but I always try to keep a 90 / 10 system going. Meaning if I’m eating healthily 80% of the time, then I can let myself eat more liberally the rest of the 10%. To be completely honest though, I find the more I transition to a healthier lifestyle, the less I even want to put processed and unhealthy shit into my body. It brings down my vibration and makes me feel like a sluggish, half-version of myself. (If you want to know how I almost completely have cured my severe and chronic asthma with natural treatments, please let me know and I’d be happy to assist!
The Natural World
Finally, Wiccans are very connected to nature. Which admittedly, I have never been before. I used to hate the outdoors, weather, or anything remotely along that line. Don’t get me wrong, I have always adored animals (I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 3 years old!), but I suppose for lack of a better word, I was a bit of a ‘princess’. I didn’t like being out with nature because it felt almost unclean to me. And honestly, I look back on that part of myself and laugh because it’s so far from what I feel now. Nature is one of the most beautiful things this world has to offer us, and humans are destroying it every day. People say we’re the intelligent life force and yet we seem intent on killing what feeds us. How will we grow food to eat when there is no more soil, covered up by concrete? How will we breathe when the last tree that provides us with oxygen is cut down? Wicca has given me a serious connection to the Earth that has made me feel a lot closer to source energy, and given me a newfound passion along the way.
I could go on, and on, and on about this topic and why I’m so passionate about it. But for tonight, I’m going to leave it here. Thank you so much for reading, and an extra thank you if you’ve read this with an open mind. It means a lot to me that you take the time to read about someone else’s beliefs, and I’m so grateful that you read my blog at all. Just a quick little word of gratitude to say that I appreciate you so much.
To be honest, I would adore to start a spirituality talk over here and talk to people of different faiths to me and really expand what people know about religion. Today, people can be so prejudiced towards you whether you were the pentacle, the headscarf or the cross, and it’s something that needs to be more widely awknowledged and talked about. Never should we try to change peoples opinions by shoving ours at them forcefully, instead I believe we should be educated to accept all faiths as valid, and as a personal choice. So if you would like to take part, I would love for you to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured!
That’s it for today and from my heart to yours, namaste and blessed be.