Wicca, the religion practiced by many witches, is one
of the fastest growing religions in the United States.
But what is Wicca? For now, let’s just say that Wicca is
an Earth-based religion founded on ancient beliefs.
Wicca is a welcoming religion. Wiccans do not exclude
anyone based on their race, color, sex, age, national or
cultural origin, or sexual preference. Not all Wiccans
are witches, and not all witches are Wiccan, but a lot of
By the way, Wiccans don’t use the word “warlock” to
refer to male witches. Male witches are witches, too.
A warlock is a person who has broken an oath and
because of that has been ostracized from the community.
If you have violated an oath you can also be
warlocked or ostracized and ignored.
There are many different traditions in the Wiccan religion.
We’re going to talk mostly about Wiccan witches,
and in this book we will use the terms “Wicca” and
“witch” interchangeably. We’ll explain more about
Wicca, witches, and their history in the sections and
chapters that follow. So, read on, have a great time
learning about Wicca and witchcraft, and welcome
Everybody has the ability to channel energy. In a
sense, everything you do happens because of this ability.
You decide you want a snack. So, you get up, go into the kitchen, pick up an apple, and take a bite.
That’s simple. You’ve used your physical energy to
move your body. Everybody can use other more subtle
kinds of energy, too. We all have an inherent power
within us to 1) take control of our own lives and 2)
make things happen. Because many of us have been
taught by our religion, the education system, or our
parents to always look to outside authorities, we have,
to a large extent, repressed this ability. Using energy, or
powers, to control your life and make things happen is
just as much a part of the natural world as getting up
from your chair.
There’s nothing supernatural about a witch’s abilities. Some people see these abilities
as greater than ordinary and call them “supernatural,” but the forces that witches use
are available to all of us and are, thus, ordinary. Witches use natural energies to enhance
their lives and to heal and protect themselves, their loved ones, and the Earth.
Are you secretly hoping that a force over which you have no control will possess you?
That it will make all your decisions for you and tell you how to live your life? No such
luck! Witchcraft can help improve your life, but you still must make responsible choices.
When you study witchcraft, you learn more about yourself, your needs, and your wants.
That knowledge will help strengthen the inborn power you already have. And that, not
some unseen force, just might help you decide what to order for lunch.
Or, Super Abilities in the Natural?
A witch’s powers may be super or, well, powerful, but they are natural. We’re not talking
about powers like the ones Samantha Stevens from Bewitched had. What she did
on that TV show often was unnatural! Just one twinkle of her nose cleaned her house
in a flash. (Wouldn’t that be nice?)
When you start to learn about your abilities, the natural energies you were born with,
you’ll start to understand what that force is—and that the energy is in all of us.
When you learn to focus on your natural energy, you’ll learn to increase it, channel
it, and send it out into the world. You probably won’t be able to turn someone into
a toad, but is that something you’d really want to do? Our natural energies make
up our power, and we can use that power in the natural world to do natural things.
Using your energy is not a substitute for action, though. You still have to write up
your resume, mail it out, and go to interviews for that job you want. If you use your
magickal energies, too, they may just help land you a great offer. Powers are a special
blessing that we all have. Some witches believe that their powers come from the
Goddess (we’ll discuss this a bit more later in the chapter). Either way, just know that
you have them. If you open your heart and mind, you can use your powers. And the
more you work with them the better, the more powerful, you become.