Is Wicca a Religion?Wicca is the most popular Neopagan religion in the world. It is also known as pagan witchcraft, however, Wicca and witchcraft, though similar, are not the same. Wicca is a religion. Witchcraft is not. Wicca has been around since the 1950's and bases it's theology and rituals on ancient pagan and 20th century hermetic ideas. There are many different types of Wiccans and the religion itself is constantly evolving. Typically, however, it is a duo-theistic religion worshiping both a God and Goddess, most often viewed as the Moon Goddess and Horned God though these may be broken down into smaller deities based on the preferences of the practitioner. In cases where many deities make up the God and Goddess, the whole God and Goddess are referred to as the Great Goddess and the Great Horned God, with great used to describe the group of smaller deities making up the whole.
What do Wiccans celebrate?Those who believe in Wicca love the outdoors, and because of this they meet outdoors where they possibly can. They note the cycles of nature, celebrating lunar cycles and times of year. Many may engage in the practice of magic, including making potions and casting spells, but as any proper practitioner of Wicca will tell you, they also believe in the Law of Three. The Law of Three states that whatever energy the Wiccan sends out into the world they will receive back three-fold. It's something of a cosmic balancing system and makes most practitioners wary of casting spells or practicing magic that is harmful. A Wiccan believes that if they cast a harmful spell or do something with the intention of causing harm, that same intention will come back to them and hit them three times harder than their intended target! Read all about Wiccans here: https://astronlogia.com/occult/
Wiccans have specific days that they celebrate throughout the year called Sabbats. There are eight of them spaced about every 45 days. They are found on the two equinoxes, the two solstices, and then Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane and Lammas. The dates may vary depending on the where they fall in the lunar cycle. These celebrations may include healing ceremonies, divination ceremonies, teaching moments and discussions and other activities. Once the ceremonies are over, the practitioners will eat and drink, then banish the ritual circle and free the energies it contains. There are a number of rituals that may take place during these ceremonies including: