Wicca, Witch, or Pagan??? The Debate
With all the fuss and discussion going around, it seems, on the meanings and differences of these words, I will attempt to give my 2 cents worth as best I can.
Wicca is a fertility religion, not some nature loving religion. It was founded mostly by Gerald Gardner and Doreen Valiente in the 50's. Wicca is a gathering of several older forms of pagan religions and practices and set into one cohesive form or way. Over the years, eclectic's have crept in and tried to change the religion to make it more "earth friendly" and shy away from the obvious sexual aspects of the religion. This is wrong! Once you change anything of this nature, then it no longer becomes what it was, it becomes something different. This is fine so long as you don't call it Wicca, because it is NOT!
All anyone has to do to discover true wicca is to read the right books and you will notice quickly the differences in traditional wicca and this new stuff they call wicca. The right books are simply those written back in the old days or by those today who still worship in the old ways.
It is my opinion that many "pagans" today have way to much christian baggage that they are still carrying around and many that have these false and negative insecurities about their bodies. For the love of the gods, if you fall in this category, then you need help because you have missed the point of Wicca and are still very very far away from true will.
Witchcraft is a practice that can be performed by anyone with knowledge, regardless of their religious beliefs. You don't have to be wiccan or pagan to perform witchcraft or magick, you only need intent, projection, and will. Wiccans perform magick and practice withcraft, yes, but its not the religion or spiritual beliefs of Wicca. There is a difference. It has always been my belief that a woman will always be a more powerful witch than a man simply because a woman performs witchcraft nearly everyday without even realizing they are doing "it". Never underestimate the true power and magick of the female, never my friends, lol.
The term "pagan" to me is like an adjective in that it describes many ways, mostly eclectic and usually made up as the person goes along. Honestly, before Gardner and Wicca, there was no pagan. There were a few who still followed Crowley and his beliefs, yes, but mostly this modern pagan movement derives mostly from Wicca. I love how these "insta-witches" or pagans talk about their own practices and then you find its mostly wicca with their own brand of stupid thrown in. Of course most of this bunch began as a cunningham or silver ravenwolf "wiccan" and then changed after learning of the fertility aspects of the religion and moved along with their christian baggage and new age junk.
Theres nothing wrong with finding your own way, but realize what wicca truly is and recognize that this new age pagan crap is just watered down wicca for the masses. Sorry but it is what it is. Do what thou will....