Many people are taking an active interest in witchcraft and its practices nowadays. There is a certain charm to the essence and core of what witchcraft is. It means going inside yourself and using your deep unlocked potential to bring about change in the physical reality, with the help of ethereal forces all around us.
There are now spellbooks available online, you can read up on free spells that are available, and think you have been initiated into this tradition. However, witchcraft and Wicca are much more about your inner world, rather than the outside manifestation in rituals and spells in the shape of ritualistic objects such as candles and so on. That is only what you can see. What you can’t see is what the witch, or practitioner of witchcraft is going through inside herself or himself.
So what exactly is Wicca? Truly, Wicca and witchcraft cannot be distinctly and clearly separated as two entities – Wicca practitioners use witchcraft as a ritualistic tool. So it’s very common that when people first hear about Wicca it tends to be about the spells and about witches – this is because of the misconceptions surrounding it. What’s even more important, witchcraft can be defined as a separate activity only when it is practiced without the spirit and the purpose within the Wiccan culture. So things are quite blurred here.
Let me give you a specific example. In the Christian faith, for centuries and centuries blessings and exorcisms have been an important part of the religion. If you have seen the movie The Exorcist, then you will remember Father Karras reading from the Bible while casting holy water on a possessed child. But we still hold this activity in high esteem, while witchcraft is looked down upon. Are the rituals actually that far apart, and so fundamentally different in their natures? I will leave the answer to you.
So as I said before, witchcraft, contrary to common opinion, is not about evil spells, body parts of frogs, spiders and bats being mixed together in cauldrons, curses being conjured to change the luck of others, and so on. What is more important is the mindset – witchcraft is mostly about harmony and balance, and this is reflected in many of its symbols. Though it must be said, oddly enough, that cauldrons and broomsticks do play a part in some rituals in witchcraft.
Some of the common aims which Wicca practitioners aim to achieve with their activities are promoting life power or fertility, bringing more love into the world, healing others, and reducing negative influences around us. It is a commonly held belief among Wiccans that magic (or magick, as they spell it) is a primal law of nature, as alive as forces like the rays of the sun or the strength of a gust of wind.
However, when approaching the Wicca culture, it is always important to keep a sense of balance and respect. Wiccans do not make any claims to extraordinary feats like producing great balls of fire or cursing someone to eternal damnation. When you are just getting into this culture, treat it with respect and tread lightly. But you will find in this a very worthwhile pursuit.