Wicca often uses witchcraft as its practice. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME THING… Wicca is a religion that uses witchcraft much like all the other religions that use witchcraft as its practice. Wicca is a religion. Witchcraft is a Practice. One may be apart of the other but it is not automatically the SAME thing
Witchcraft is one of the world’s oldest spiritual traditions, yet also one of the most misunderstood. Television, movies, and comic books abound with stereotypes and misconceptions about what it really means to be a witch.
Many people decide they want to become a witch because they relate to the witches and wizards in fictional stories, such as Harry Potter or Narnia. However, the magic you see portrayed on-screen is usually significantly different from real magick practiced by devout witches, wizards, sorcerers, and ceremonial magickians every day.
To put it simply, witchcraft is the practice of magick. That’s it.
Contrary to popular belief, witchcraft is not a religion; it is a spiritual practice that may or may not be part of a person’s religious faith.
Witchcraft is often conflicted with Wicca, which is an actual religion. It is important to remember that not all witches are Wiccan, and not all Wiccans are witches. Many Wiccans practice witchcraft, but many do not. Many who practice witchcraft are Wiccan, but most are not.
What Is Magick?
Magick is alive and well, although there is some considerable debate as to what it really is. Some believe magick to be purely spiritual power, while others believe that magick is just as much of a force in the natural universe as gravity or electricity.
I believe it is the force of the universe. For me, manipulating the energy already existing in nature, is what witchcraft is all about. It is there, and its presence is undeniable! However, unless one learns the craft, then it is debatable!
One popular notion is that magick does not actually violate the natural laws of the physical universe, but is simply a law unto itself that we do not yet have the scientific means to understand.
Similar beliefs are held about psychic powers and other paranormal phenomena. In this perspective, magick is very similar to dark matter. We know it exists, but we just can’t quite tell what it is or what it looks like.
Witchcraft is the use of magick to achieve an end that cannot easily be achieved through normal, or mundane means.
I hope this helps you decide on your path.
Black Witch S