What is the difference between Wicca and Witchcraft?
Wicca is a religion and witchcraft is a practice. Wicca is a recognized religion with all of the protections of any religion in many countries including, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Canada, United States, Australia, some European countries, and South Africa. There are Wiccan churches in many countries and even Wiccan chaplains in schools and the armed forces. Many of the legislation around Wicca becoming a recognized religion happened in the late ’80s and ’90s.
Wiccan’s don’t try to convert anyone to the religion of Wicca; you won’t see Wiccans standing at street corners or knocking on doors. Children who are born into a Wiccan household are usually, and in my opinion, should be able to make their own choices about their own spiritual path. Wicca also has no central authority figure.
Witchcraft is the practice and art of Magic, magical abilities, and spells. Practices of Witchcraft are found all over the world and are old practices of magic and healing that go back throughout human history. Witchcraft is the craft of the witch and that is only defined by the individual practitioner. How each magical practitioner uses their skills and abilities is completely up to the individual. What is in the heart of the witch is usually what comes out with their magic, most of the time. Witchcraft doesn’t have just one school of practice. Every single culture and even family will have its own traditions, spells, and rituals.
In many countries, it is illegal to practice Witchcraft; with death penalties being the punishment. In some other countries, you can hire the local witch to heal or hex on your behalf and magic is part of everyday life.
Wicca has had a lot of misconceptions around it, just the same as witchcraft, thanks to Hollywood and media portraying Witches as evil. The Church of Satan is a religious organization that is completely separate and funnily enough, they actually don’t really believe in any deity, good-bad, or other. Satanists are NOT Wiccan.
Do you have to be Wiccan to practice witchcraft?
No! You have to be Wiccan to practice Wicca and you can 100% be a solitary Wiccan practitioner. Wicca being the religion, Wiccan being the person who is a member of the religion. Witches can be from any faith, any walk of life, and any ancestry. This is what makes it so amazing; it’s a living history of traditions, beliefs, and legends from around the world.
Anyone can practice witchcraft. When you cast a spell you’re engaging in Witchcraft. You don’t need to have any special gifts or lineage of magical parents to practice witchcraft or even take Wicca as your chosen religion.