Myths and Misconceptions – The Truth About Wicca and Paganism

Wicca, and paganism on the whole, is flooded with misconceptions and false myths. Some of it was born of fear, some of misunderstanding, and some of blatant ignorance. Today, Luna’s Grimoire strives to educate people about Wicca and paganism, and hopefully, we can help break some of those barriers and create a more welcoming reputation for the misunderstood belief systems.

We wrote this article so that you can share with your friends and loved ones in the hopes that they can better understand the path you walk, and provide some answers to the most asked questions.

Is Wicca a cult?

No, not any more than any other religion. While it’s still quite new, Wicca is a legally recognised religion, founded in the 1950’s by Gerald Gardner. Like any other religion, there are some ritualised practices, and many of them are based on ancient practices, so they can seem a little… odd. Wicca, like paganism and witchcraft, is a spiritual practice like any other religious practice, and with that comes the few who radicalise and become obsessed (we all know that one person who’s trying to save everyone’s soul); they are not the many, who are mainly solitary practitioners that are normal people like you and me.

Wicca, witchcraft, paganism? What’s the difference?

So, paganism is like an umbrella term for everything that is pre-Christian or non-Christian. Hinduism is a form of paganism, as is Wicca. Now here is where it can get confusing: not all witches are Wiccans, and not all Pagans are witches or even Wiccan. Wicca is a small subset of paganism, and witchcraft, or the Craft, is also under the pagan umbrella. You can be a solitary witch who is not Wiccan, but does follow the pagan wheel of the year and practices some of the teachings of paganism, without actually practicing any Wicca specifically. The best way to end the confusion is to think of it all as witchcraft, because it is the Craft of the witch 🙂

Do pagans and witches believe in God?

In short, yes, but we’re all mostly polytheistic, which means we believe in the many manifestations of god, or the Divine, or the Universe, or Source or whatever new word people use to describe the supernatural power that exists omnipotently in the background while we scurry around worried about annoying them. You will find that many witches have a book of pantheons, or a collection of deities they follow depending on the time of the year or what they are actively focused on manifesting in their lives.

Are witches devil worshippers?

Well, no. The devil, aka Satan, doesn’t exist in our realm as he’s a Christian construct.

But what about going to Hell?

Well, like Satan, hell is a christian construct and doesn’t exist for us. It’s quite liberating as we don’t feel like a deity is responsible for us; we just focus on doing good in the here and now, and try our best to live our best lives and help as many people along the way as possible.

Why do witches use the Satanic symbol?

The pentacle is the five pointed star, which classically represents the elements of fire, water, air, earth and spirit. As to why or how that became a satanic symbol, that’s a conversation for another day.

Do you guys actually have sex orgies?

No. We’re all quite liberated when it comes to sexuality but sexual acts aren’t exactly a part of regular ritual. Many groups practice sky clad (naked) in nature (yes, around a bonfire in a forest), but this is not sexual at all. Now, there are groups who do include polygamy in ritual, but that’s not the norm and should not be viewed as such.

What about spells?

Spellwork is a fundamental part of practice in paganism, Wicca and witchcraft. It’s not like the magick you’ve seen in Harry Potter; we believe in magick in nature. Everyone’s approach to spellwork is different; some pray to the gods, some focus on intent and manifestation. Most will tell you it includes health, prosperity, confidence and a bunch of boring everyday things… not really as fun as levitation and defence against the dark arts…

Why do people become pagans?

As with most religions, many newcomers are here because they aren’t happy with what they have seen previously and they are on a journey to find something that resonates with their heart, head and soul. Most tend to stick around because they find that it’s aligned with most of what they already believe.

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    Morgan Silvermooon 7 years ago

    I am soooo happy to see a sight like this.

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      lunasgrimoire 7 years ago

      We’re happy to have you here 🙂

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    Joanne Hale 7 years ago

    thank you so much. brand new today, and just started reading.

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      lunasgrimoire 7 years ago

      Lovely to have you here! Blessed be!

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    Midntjul 7 years ago

    I have just begun my journey and am reading and studying everything I can. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with those of us who are just at the beginning of our journey.

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      lunasgrimoire 7 years ago

      You’re welcome. If you have any questions, you can ask in our forum!

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    noost 7 years ago

    Hi i love this site and to be honest i’ve just been coming forth since i have noticed more and more that my son has been showing more gifts . I have hidden mine for way to many years due to my family scolding me and treating me as if there was something wrong with me and i bottled it up for way to many years and when i had a brain tumor removed back in 2009 before going into surgery i noticed my son was chanting i asked him what he was chanting and he told me he didnt know but that he knew it would help me in surgery, he was 12 now he just turned 15 my son is autistic and i and his mom have just been slowly coming out with the nowing that we need to get back to our way from when we were little so we may better help guide our son to help him understand his gift, the struggle we have is he still has a hard time spelling writing and reading but his hands on are amazing and a photo memory. But my wife and i are some what scared due to we have hidden away are gifts so long due to family and public scrutiny that we may have hard time guiding our son. any thoughts.?

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      lunasgrimoire 7 years ago

      If he wants to learn, let him. He will know how to handle himself against society. Don’t worry too much about it. Honestly, the best lightworkers I know are autistic, and that’s because they don’t understand society’s false and double standards. Teach him hands on things if he’s not great with reading. Teach him how to make herbal remedies and little things like that. He’ll do well. Also, he should be a fantastic psychic – most autistics are! So test him with some Angel Cards and see how he does!

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    Jessica Richert 7 years ago

    i have a 14 year old daughter, and she has been asking about wiccan and christin religion and she ask which way she should go, i told he that is her choice, but do i need to help her deside or when she is ready she will know?

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      lunasgrimoire 7 years ago

      One day she will wake up and just know. At least that’s how I knew!

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    lavendermoon 6 years ago

    i have a couple of questions. my first question is do we just jump into taking courses?? and are we tested?? my second is my 15 yr old daughter is showing interest because i myself am learning the wiccan way. how can i go about teaching her as i am learning keeping it positive for her as well

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      lunasgrimoire 6 years ago

      You should be going through the Free School of Magick programme.. then in the Forum you will see the further classes. Each class is different and each teacher has to decide whether or not to grade you.

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    Tah Runaway 6 years ago

    I find this statement insulting, “Nearly all Wiccans are Pagans, but not all Pagans are Wiccans. As if
    that wasn’t puzzling enough, there are some people who are witches, but
    not Wiccan or Pagan. Confused yet? You’re not alone. Bascially, “Pagan”
    is an umbrella term for a group of different spiritual paths” Please don’t assume that people can not follow a line of reasoning. Yes, there are broader catagories, overlapping catagories and completely different ones. Best to just say the facts and not make assumptions that the readers can’t follow you.

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      lunasgrimoire 5 years ago

      I didn’t write the article, as stated in the byline. I understand where you’re coming from and agree, but there are those who DON’T know the difference between the terms pagan, wiccan, witch, and I think the author was trying to help the readers who know nothing about paganism understand the umbrella that it is.

      I personally know that you can be Pagan, but not wiccan, or even a witch, you can just be hindu, or buddhist, because these popular religions fall under the bracket of paganism, which I stated in an article I did write about paganism.

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    Karen Spencer 5 years ago

    I was on my own, practicing Wicca for many years. I read a few books, but never had any real guidance, so I started giving up. I basically stumbled onto this site and started reading. I just joined today and I’m loving it!!!!!! Thank you so much for this site!!!

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      lunasgrimoire 5 years ago

      That is fantastic. Hope to see you in the forum soon then 🙂

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    Penny Sowle 4 years ago

    I too stumbled onto this site and have read and studied pagan/wiccan beliefs while trying to find my own spiritual path. Thank You as well

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      lunasgrimoire 4 years ago

      You’re very welcome! Don’t forget to join us in the forum!

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    Casper A Hank 3 years ago

    So my family is a pagan/Wiccan one and my mom is an arch mage my brother has seen hell literally since he dream walks and can peek through realms .hell is not a Christian term it’s been used much older there was demons before Christianity and judism and so was hell. My proof is there have been witches whose power was from demons and wizards like Solomon his power was dark and he had an army of demon’s

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    janicole6 3 years ago

    Can you be Wiccan if you are atheist? I am drawn to the connection with nature and learning to focus your will/intent but I’m atheist. I was wanting to go through these lessons but I’m unsure if it can pertain to me.

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