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Can you become Wiccan without a teacher?

Can you become Wiccan without a teacher? Topic: Research bible guide
June 17, 2019 / By Amminadab
Question: I'm not considering being Wiccan, but I am curious. My friend, who is a Wiccan, gave me some books on Wicca to read and I gave her one copy of the bible. We're both into learning about different religions, and I do think Wicca is very interesting, but do still believe in God, as a Catholic. Anyway, she have me some really in-depth books on Wiccan and I felt very educated on the topic. On this site and other sites, I have seen people commenting saying that you cannot become Wiccan unless you have a teacher. Anyway, if you had access to all these advanced books, studied for the allotted amount of time (isn't it a little of a year of study, sorry if I'm off), did research, and found other good sources on the internet could you be Wiccan? For me, if Wicca was a path I had chosen, I would have had trouble finding a teacher (other than my one friend, that is, but I hardly ever see her), and I'm sure I wouldn't be the only one. So, can you become a Wiccan without a teacher? Thanks so much for listening to my rambling and answering the question! :)
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Tiphanie Tiphanie | 5 days ago
You can definitely become a follower of Wicca without a teacher. It's called being a Solitary. In your readings have you read Scott Cunningham's book "Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner"? If not, you should, as this book is written by a well known and respected Wiccan (now deceased) whose whole emphasis was on Solitary as opposed to Coven practice. As a former Catholic myself, I want to let you know it isn't really that big a step from Catholicism to Wicca, since much of the Catholic practices and beliefs are based in old pagan traditions.
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Tiphanie Originally Answered: If you are a Wiccan, can you please help me?
If you're looking to do some reading, I'd recommend "Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner" by Scott Cunningham (which will give you all the information you need to start practicing the religion on a daily basis), and "The Triumph of the Moon" by Ronald Hutton (for history). I advise you to stay away FAR from anything by Silver Ravenwolf, for reasons outlined in the following essay: http://wicca.timerift.net/ravenwolf.shtm... Many serious Wiccans have serious problems with Ravenwolf. http://www.fortunecity.com/roswell/vanth... http://www.ecauldron.com/opedtarnishedsi... Her scholarship is shoddy, her ethics are questionable, and her spells are often poorly constructed, at least in my experience. In answer to your question, though... :-) Many Wiccan describe finding Wicca as an experience of "coming home" to something that feels totally right to them. Here are some good websites on the religion. First, a relatively objective (non-Wiccan) set of articles on what Wiccans do and believe: http://www.religioustolerance.org/witchcra.htm Another useful article: http://www.religionfacts.com/neopaganism/paths/wicca.htm And good site by Wiccans: http://wicca.timerift.net If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Roz Roz
I don't know what books she gave you-- there are a lot of really bad ones. Knowing the authors would help. There are people who don't believe there is any merit to eclectic/solitary Wicca... they believe initiation is necessary. And there also those who don't agree with that. So it depends who you ask-- opinions vary. I personally believe that most people could benefit from joining a coven or having a teacher-- however I wouldn't say it was necessary. Hopefully, though, the person is a good self-study. A year and a day is traditional with many covens though I don't think it's necessary for a solitary to adhere to that schedule so rigidly. It might take someone longer without guidance. Basically there is no need to rush. I don't know how old you are but reputable coves & teachers don't train minors, anyway. But for those 18+ you can find groups, events, shops, etc and places to network at www.witchvox.com
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Natisha Natisha
Like in Christianity, there are differing 'denominaitons' within Wicca. The differing 'denominations' are based on their individual 'orthodoxies'. Basically, what a particular group says is right. There are some wiccan traditions that say ya need to be in a coven, a group, but there are some traditions that are known as solitary practioneers. Information and knowledge derived from books or loosely formed group associations. There is one such group in Minnesota, called the Covanent of the Goddess. Its made up of mostly 'solitary' witches, that will come together for the Sabbaths to celebrate, which occur like once a month. Discussions and friendships form these meetings, in which later chats can bring about more knowledge or introductions to more formalized group settings. People can learn about the different traditions and groups on-line, but a great source for information is usually posted at your local witchy or new age shops either on bulletine boards at the shop or from the people working in them.
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Lorrie Lorrie
Wicca does not need a teacher it's just so hard to understand everything without one is all now I never folowed wicca but I do folow electic paganism which means I took aspects of every reiligion I know of and made them work together so I am very diverse in one realigion just thought I'd put somthing educational in hear for readers
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Lorrie Originally Answered: Is it possible for someone to be a Catholic Wiccan?
Christianity and Wicca as a syncretic, hyphenate religion cannot exist. While there those who very sincerely believe that they are following both, they are not... The fault rests on how one defines Christian. If you define Christian as one who believes Christ existed, regardless of whether or not one believes in his teaching, it is possible that one could define oneself as a Wiccan Christian, but most Christians would say, quite rightly, that merely believing Christ EXISTED is NOT what makes a Christian. Merriam Webster (m-w.com) defines a Christian as " one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ*" It is possible to PROFESS belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ and be a Wiccan. ..You'd also be a liar. Because it is impossible to BELIEVE IN or AGREE WITH those teachings as a Wiccan. One common teaching in Christianity that is used to define Christianity is the Nicene Creed. If we examine it, we can see it is ABSOLUTELY NOT COMPATIBLE WITH WICCA. Observe. (My comments follow in brackets:) The Nicene Creed:** We believe in one God, [Wiccans are polytheists] the Father, the Almighty,[Wicca does not teach omnipotence] maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. [Wicca does not support Creationism but instead teaches "as above, so below, which includes the idea that the Universe may be interpreted by observation of its parts] We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. [Wicca teaches that there are multiple gods, and that all people are children of gods. Wicca does not mention Jesus at all.] Through him all things were made. [Wicca teaches that humankind makes many things.] For us and for our salvation [Wicca has no concept of salvation] he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit [Wicca has no heaven, nor a Holy Spirit] he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. [Wicca teaches that humans are born human and gods are born gods. Transformation in one life from one species to another is not a part of Wicca.] For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. [HUGE POINT! Wicca teaches that RESPONSIBILITY for all of a Wiccan's actions are upon that Wiccan, and must be taken care of by that Wiccan. Thus, in Wicca, it is impossible to die or suffer for someone ELSE except in very specific, personal situations (like taking a bullet for someone.) Wicca teaches there are no SINS, so there was literally no reason for Christ to die!] On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; [This is in no WICCAN Scripture] he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. [Wicca has no concept of who sits to what side of any father deity.] He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. [Wicca has no teaching about a half-god judging living or dead, and, in fact, has teachings about who judges the dead...There is also no teaching of a Kingdom to Come in Wicca.] We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. [And Wiccans don't] With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. [Which Wiccans don't do.] He has spoken through the Prophets. [Who are not Wiccan.] We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. [Which Wiccans do not.] We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. [Wiccans neither baptize nor sin.] We look for the resurrection of the dead, [Wiccans do not.] and the life of the world to come. [Wicca does not teach of a coming future world, but of NOW worlds.] I am sure there are some who think they are Wiccan and Christian, but they aren't. Either you think Jesus died for your sins (Christianity) or you acknowledge the doctrine of Self-responsibility as a proper person or adult human (Wicca). They are mutually self-exclusive. I actually feel sorry for those that do think they are one and the same because every one of them I have met confuses Wicca (Worship of the gods and living by their standards) with magic, and Christianity has a long and perfectly valid tradition of magic that existed BEFORE WICCA ever existed. Here are some books discussing it: The Magical Writings of Thomas Vaughan: http://www.amazon.com/Magical-Writings-T... Greater Key of Solomon: http://www.amazon.com/Greater-Key-Solomo... Ancient Christian Magic: http://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Christian-... The Divine Synthesis and Realization of Magic by the Christian Revelation http://www.amazon.com/Divine-Synthesis-Realization-Christian-Revelation/dp/1425305385/ "Christian Wiccans" either have Christianity all wrong or have Wicca all wrong, and that's sad. Many have also been unfairly persecuted, and judge all who oppose their claims as discriminating or being mean when, in fact, they are trying to help. *There are other definitions, but they are specific to sects of Christianity **http://www.creeds.net/ancient/nicene.htm

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