Make your own free website on what is the difference between Wicca, Paganism, and Witchcraft you ask? Well, first lets take a look at why we put them all together. All Wiccans are Pagan (it is . after all a pagan religion). Most practice Witchcraft and other mystical/magickal/psychic arts. The difference is that there are many different forms of paganism. Wicca is just one of them. So NOT all Pagans are Wiccan. As for Witchcraft, well, that's just an art of magick. Mostly anyone of any religion can practice it if they have the know how and the desire. Many Pagan and Non-pagan people do so every day. Then, there are those who are a Witch and not Wiccan, Pagan, or any other religion. All they practice IS Witchcraft in one form or another.

For example: A Christian may look at it this way. All Protestants are Christian. But, so are Catholics. However, there are significant differences between the Protestant religions and Catholicism. There are also many other forms of Christianity, which I haven't put here. Then, there are also those who call themselves "Christian" and don't particularly follow any specific denomination. Does it make more sense?

I used to have a forum where people can post questions and comments. However, the forum hasn't been up for 3 years due to some technical problems I had. I do plan on getting it back up. Here I had originally said that if you had anymore questions to post them in the forum. However, just e-mail me if you have a question.

Just like there are many different denominations in Christianity, there are also many different Traditions (aka. Trads) in Paganism. There are so many Wiccan, Pagan, and Witchcraft Trads that I don't know them all. However, if you feel that yours should be listed with these then feel free to contact meabout it. Please include a return addy incase I have any questions for you.

The Trads which I am aware of are:

Alexandrian Tradition
Bardic Tradition
Brittish Traditional Witch
Celtic Wiccan/Pagan
Caledonii Tradition
Ceremonial Magician*/Witch
Chaos Magick
Dianic Tradition
Eclectic (or the mixing of trads)
Faery Wiccan
Gardnerian Tradition
Keltic Cosmotheism
Kitchen Witch
Nordic Pagan/Wiccan
Teutonic Tradition

* Ceremonical Magicians or Magi generally don't consider themselves to be the same as a Wiccan, Pagan, or Witch. I've included them here because it seemed right somehow.

A lot of people tend to mix the trads a bit. This has to do with the "whatever feels right" rule of thumb that most who practice magick tend to follow. The reason for this is because most Pagans feel that beliefs and religions are only as good as your own belief in them. So, if someone finds parts of a trad that they just can't follow (for whatever the reason) they may substitute other parts of other trads in its place. Usually they will then call themselves Eclectic or something similar. For example, I myself love the Celtic Wiccan and Pagan traditions. But, I also like some of the Greek and Egyptian pantheons as well. So, I call myself "Eclectic Celtic Wiccan" or "Eclectic Celtic Pagan". Someone else may say they "follow the Celtic Tradition with Egyptian and Greek influences" or something to that effect.

I should also mention that there are those who feel that combining trads or pantheons just isn't right. Again, this is a very personal opinion and often times can lead to some pretty heated debates. It all depends on who you talk to.

Choosing a trad is a very personal spiritual decision. There are many people who don't even consider themselves a part of any tradition. This may be because they had no "formal" training or just don't see the point. If you want to learn more about a trad then your best bet would be to either find books on that trad or someone who can teach you about it. You can find that 'someone' by looking up covens who are of that particular trad or posting in a contacts and classifieds. You can do this on many sites such as Witchvox.