Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Not all Pagans are Wiccans

Anne, over at TGAB, was recently asked "So. What do you Wiccans do at Christmas?" Realize, she's not Wiccan. However, the guy asking the question knew that she is Pagan, and jumped to the conclusion that that means she's Wiccan. (Her post is here, if you want to see it.) Reading her post made me decide to finally write about a certain topic.

I think that most of my followers are Pagan, and as such already know what I'm about to say. But I also know that some of my followers are not Pagan, and as such I wanted to clarify some things. And if all of my followers already know what I'm about to say, then I guess this post is pointless. lol So here goes...

Paganism is not a single religion. Rather, Pagan is an umbrella term which covers many different religions and spiritualities, which are sometimes very different from each other. Wicca is just one of these religions, and it's the one that everyone has heard about.

I sometimes describe it this way: You know how there are many different sects of Christianity? You have Lutheran, Baptist, Catholicism, Presbyterian...the list goes on and on. Well, Paganism is a little like that. Except we sometimes have even less in common with each other than the different forms of Christianity have with each other, which I guess is really saying something when I stop to compare the differences between the different forms of Christianity. lol

Anyways, I just wanted to clarify that little detail, that Wiccan and Pagan are not synonyms (hey, I learned to spell a new word!).

ps. Darned spellchecker! First it didn't think that "Wiccan" was a word, and now it doesn't like the plural "Wiccans" either!!! Darned darned darned spellchecker...

5 comments:

Tricia said...

Well hey, I got asked if I was Wiccan just because I mentioned I'm celebrating Solstice. I'm not even Pagan...(or so I don't identify as such).

Lordylordylordy.

Sarita said...

lol I believe it.

When people comment on my pentacle they often ask "Are you Wiccan?"

Magaly Guerrero said...

Very true, and it looks that after the latest Parliament meetings Wiccans might be something else entirely. Way too confusing for this Eclectic Witch.

Sarita said...

Huh? Apparently there's something that I didn't hear about. I knew that Pagans were represented in a recent meeting with Parliament, but I didn't know anything about Wiccan getting redefined.

Isn't there enough controversy about what makes a Wiccan already?

Sarita said...

*Typo...that should be "Wicca getting redefined." Drop the N. lol Oops.