Is Wicca A Religion?
Although it doesn’t follow the rules of a centralized organization, as Christianity, Islam or Judaism do, Wicca is a bona fide religion. It does not worship only one god or a trinity, but instead worships nature and its elements.
In fact, to its core, Wicca sees a sense of divine in all that is real and surrounds us. It sees Earth as one living organism and the people who inhabit it as gods and goddesses. However, given the fact that most adepts are women, Wicca considers that the supreme manifestation of divinity is of a feminine nature.
Although world-widely Wicca has been recognized as a neo-pagan religion with a number of adepts that almost doubles at the end of each semester, many people adopt a more conservative attitude towards it. They see Wicca more as a belief rather than a religion, mostly because Wicca does not have a specific set of rules and moral groundings.
This does not imply that Wicca is of a malevolent nature, as Wiccans do have one supreme rule: do whatever you like, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone. Furthermore, Wiccans see women as being at least equal to men; they believe in the importance of preserving the environment and sanctify the passing of the seasons, as a symbol of rebirth and rejuvenation.
Because Wicca sees sexuality as a positive thing and a gift of the Goddess, most monotheistic religions frown upon it, claiming that supporting sexuality is a manifestation of an evil nature.
Another controversial aspect of Wicca is that while many adepts call themselves witches and see their religion as a form of witchcraft, others believe that witchcraft has a ritualistic allure and can be practiced by any religion.
It’s interesting to observe how the freedom of judgment has influenced Wiccans’ believes regarding their own religion. While some see the Wiccan Gods as displays of moral values and positive energy, others choose to believe that Wicca is either a monotheistic, ditheistic, polytheistic or henotheistic religion.
It is important to know that despite the many variations regarding the means of worship or the dogma itself, Wicca has been officially recognized in most countries as a neo-pagan religion. Moreover, although it doesn’t follow the strict moral paths of the more conservative religions, Wicca is a positive belief, with no intents to harm anyone in any way, shape or form.