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What do Wiccans believe about Heaven or Hell?

Updated on June 30, 2011

Many Christians do not understand the basis of Wiccan belief concerning Heaven and Hell. This is a valid confusion given the eclectic nature of Wiccan and / or Pagan beliefs. Wicca is a religion very focused on personal beliefs as opposed to the dogma of a specific preacher, church or book. Many modern Wiccan's borrow beliefs from a variety of sources ranging from Ancient Egypt to North American Native American's and everything in between.

Some wiccan's believe in the afterlife as concept made popular by the High Priest Raymond Buckland who believed that a human's soul will be reincarnated into another human until learning the lessons necessary for that soul to advance to the next spiritual level.

Some Wiccans believe that between reincarnations the soul rests in Summerland or the Otherworld. Summerland is similar in a manner to the Catholic concept of purgatory as a type of waiting place between realms however Summerland is not a place of judgement but a place of evaluation where a soul will be able to conduct a self-review of it's action on earth and see how it affected those around it. If you have ever seen the movie "Defending your life" with Meryl Streep , it is a very similar concept only there is no trial.

Other Wiccans believe that the energy of the soul simply evolves into something else. Like steam from water and then back to water again the soul simply passes into a different state.

Many people of other religions feel that these beliefs make the Wiccan less moral or ethical than other religions. With out the fear of eternal damnation what is to keep a person on the straight and narrow. They believe that without a set dogmatic beliefs such as the ten commandment, Wiccan's simply make it up as they go along. Both of these concepts are false. It is true that many Pagan traditions do not have a perscribed holy book nor do they have an organized priesthood in the manner of other churchs that dictate to them what they must believe. This also means though that Wiccan's burden of responsibility for their moral and ethical behavior falls squarely upon them. The most sacred of Wiccan beliefs is the Wiccan Rede

"That it harm none, do as thou wil t"

This means in real terms that as a Wiccan I can not easily look in a book, or read a commandment I must examine how my actions are affecting all that is around me. The people, communities, and nation I live in as well as the earth we live. We are charged with a sense of responsible stewardship toward everything around us. We must not only look to action itself but to the ramifications of those actions for others.

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Beliefs amongst pagans are as varied as they are amongst any other religion this article was not meant to be a complete summary of all Pagan beliefs..Simply knowing what one person believes does not give anyone a contextual basis in which to make generalizations concerning the group or the individual. I have found that the misunderstandings between religions and their doctrines come not so much in the differences but in the ignorance concerning those differences. All people and their beliefs deserve respect and consideration in light of the truth of their beliefs. The most effective manner to gain this information is by simple communication. Many Wiccans refrain from sharing their faith and beliefs with others because of the prejudice we receive but we are more than willing to share our beliefs in a non-judgmental and open exchange.

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      Bubba 

      3 years ago

      I'm so glad I found my sotiulon online.

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      wendi_w 

      6 years ago from Midwest

      Thank you for taking the time to read

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      Mandy 

      6 years ago

      This is a great article, it is sometimes really difficult to communicate with people as to who i am as a pagan, because for one they do not listen properly and they have already decieded on their own misconceptions, Fortunately, after years of being alone in my path, i have attracted so many wonderful like minded people into my life, and it is bliss not to have to try to defend myself and beliefs. i am more than willing to talk to those who are open to listening and learning, but have had to realize how to not waste energy on those who are not quite ready to listen....but as you may know, this time will soon be over thanks to the beautiful almighty universal changes happening in our solar system. Thankfully, more people will awaken , and open up to all sorts of spiritual vibrations :) Peace, love and light )O(

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      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Thank you for clarifying the misconception of other people regarding Wiccans. All people are given to exercise freedom on faith. I hope respect should be given to each and everyone of us regarding our beliefs.

      Thanks for sharing, Wendi. :D

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      wendi_w 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      Thank you, I appreciate any and all feedback. I have begun writing again to hopefully improve my writing for school and to give me an outlet to deal with the stress. am also finding it is a great way to organized my personal learning.

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      Eternal Evolution 

      7 years ago from kentucky

      Your welcome, the title suggestion just seemed to fit the hub a bit better. That site is a very lovely place, most people there are very friendly and there are so many different points of view. Once again great hub!

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      wendi_w 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      Thank you, I actually went back and forth concerning the title, I have already changed it. Thank you as well for the site recommendation. I would never pretend to know about every ones beliefs, I wrote this as an answer to a question posted a few days. I found myself clarifying my own beliefs as I researched it

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      Eternal Evolution 

      7 years ago from kentucky

      Nice hub but might I suggest changing the title to "What do Wiccans believe about heaven or hell" since Wicca is really the only type of paganism talked about. There are tons of pagan religions with various beliefs about the afterlife.

      None the less it is a good hub with some good concepts :D A site you might find interesting is mysticwicks.com It has tons of information and views from a lot of different pagans.

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