Growing up with an Aunt who considered herself a witch wasn't always the easiest thing to deal with. My Aunt has practiced the Craft of Wicca for as long as I can remember. Although my friends and I were always full of questions, my Aunt would always take time to answer or explain each one of them. I wanted to define the word Wicca because I know it is a confusing word to many people. Most people, when they hear the word Wicca or witch think of evil magic or witch. This is not completely true. Wicca Craft, also known as witchcraft, is both an ancient religion as well as a new religion that encourages its members to progress in their own way and in their own time to greater spiritual understanding. Wicca is based on reverence for nature's cycles and respect for the earth and all creatures.
When I first called my Aunt to share with me once again her beliefs she began by saying,
There is no official text; for the Craft is a religion of life and of nature. The Wicca religion doesn't have a bible, but we have a creed that everyone lives by: If it harms none, do what you will. This is just a shortened version of the Wicca creed, but these eight words are what witches devote their lives to. Along with a creed, the Wicca religion also has a mission statement: To live life with joy and happiness doing one's true will, harming as little as possible, while living in balance and harmony with Mother Nature. (K. Lamb, interview, June 1, 2004).
Although Wicca is a very "open" religion in believing that all persons dictate how to live their own life, they do follow one major law. The...