Wicca for Beginners: Free Online Wicca Lessons
Wicca Lessons for Beginners
Are you looking to learn about the religion of Wicca? Well, you have certainly come to the right place. Please have a seat and join me in a cup of mint tea (doesn't it smell wonderful?). Let's talk.
In the many years -- well, decades now -- that I have been Wiccan, the seekers like yourself just keep flowing in. At first the internet and the explosion of Wicca books on bookstore shelves was a boon-- and then it got to the point at which the bad, poorly written information outweighed the good. There are schools, some good and some bad, but why should you be charged to learn about your own religion?
I've been writing on Hubpages for about three years at this point, and I've written quite a number of articles on Wicca, mostly aimed at helping the Beginner. Some of them are for people who know absolutely nothing about Wicca whatsoever, and others are for people who may have been self-studies for a while and read a few books but are still learning about how to put it all into practice.
To make things easy for you, I created this directory of all my articles on the Wiccan religion.
Most Recent Update: Nov. 2017
Welcome Wiccan Seekers
Introduction to Wicca - Just the Facts, Ma'am
When you're learning about a new religion, particularly one you plan to practice, it's important to cover the basics. Wicca is a bit foreign to most people because it's completely different from the more prevalent Abrahamic religions. There are a lot of different words and concepts that are important to grasp, and once you do you may need guidance to help you find your way on your new path. The articles below will help you start your new path on the right foot, but first allow me to announce:
Wicca for Beginners
- First Lesson in Wicca: What Wicca Is, and What Wicca Isn't
As Wicca became a pop fad, a lot of people jumped on the band wagon. Countless websites and books with inaccurate information have been published. Here is a brief overview that explains what Wicca actually is, and what it is not.
- Wicca and Witchcraft- Which is Witch, What’s What?
This article gives you a short-and-sweet answer to the question about the difference between Wicca and Witchcraft. But, if you want a more comprehensive understanding, it attempts to give you that as well. Read the whole thing, or just the point "in
- Understanding Wicca: Initiations, Dedications and ‘Officially’ Becoming a Wiccan
What makes you Wiccan? And how do you go about getting it done? What's the difference between dedicate and initiation? Let's chat about what it all means to help you sort out your path.
- How to Become Wiccan: Taking the First Steps on your Path
Transitioning into a new religion can leave you feeling overwhelmed, but keep in mind that it's not a race; it's a lifestyle. Slow down and start with baby steps, like those outlined here.
- Wicca for Beginners: Getting Over 'Scary Words'
Word associations can sometimes be more powerful than their actual definitions. When learning a new religion, you learn a new 'jargon' and it's time to drop those negative connotations.
- Is Wicca a Dangerous Cult? Let’s Consider the Facts about the Wiccan Religion
Is Wicca a cult? Let's take the facts into account about the Wiccan religion and see what they reveal.
- Wiccan Myth Busting: 5 Most Common Misconceptions Christians Have about Wicca
Among Christians there seems to be the same persistent misconceptions about the religion of Wicca. Any reasonable individual would rather be informed than be mistaken. It's fair to disagree or even criticize different religions; but if you expect us
- Wicca For Beginners: Wiccan Views on Sex
Sex and religion are not usually two topics you see discussed together. Many mainstream religions consider sex sinful or taboo. Sex actually plays a prominent role in the Wiccan religion.
- Wiccan Views on Life After Death
Where do we go when we die? A lot of religions have different ideas about our final destination. Ever wonder what Wiccans believe? Learn about that here.
- Recommended Wicca Books: Reading for Your First Year...
A recommended reading list for your first year (or in your beginning years) of converting to Wicca. I believe these give the best possible essential foundation for study and practice.
Practicing Solitary Eclectic Wicca
"What? Ethics!-- that's not fun! Bring on the spells!!!"
If these are the kinds of thoughts you're having-- you might want to consider that you're in the wrong place here. Wicca is a religion, first and foremost. Ethics are pretty much the heart of a religion, and a religious person's world view. They are important to learn and consider.
Ethics in Wicca
- Ethics in Wicca Part I: The Wiccan Rede
It is unfortunate, and perhaps telling, that for every 100 books on Wiccan spells and magic, there is perhaps maybe one book on Wiccan ethics. If Wicca is more than just something to fill your time on the night of the full moon-- an actual religion t
- Ethics in Wicca part 2: The Threefold Law
In continuing the series of the complex issue of ethics in the Wiccan religion, we now examine what is know as the
- Wicca and Ethics: Is Magic for Personal Gain Wrong?
You have probably heard the argument that it’s unethical to do magic for personal gain. I am one of those who disagree, and I will explain why.
- A Witch Who Cannot Hex, Cannot Heal: One Wiccan's Pe...
Reactions to this saying have varied from cheers of agreement to vehement opposition. Here, I explain my personal take on this issue, and the reasoning behind my opinion.
Of the Divine
Wiccan Gods and Goddesses
Wicca is an interesting religion in that we don't really have our own Gods -- we worship Gods of other, older religions. Wiccans worship Pagan Gods, but we have various perspectives on the nature of the divine as well.
Here's a start with learning about deities in Wicca, with more to follow.
- Wicca for Beginners: How to Find Your Wiccan God and Goddess
Learning to connect with your deities is the heart of what Wicca is about, but just how do you do it? Read here for some ideas to begin your relationship with your Gods.
- Wicca for Beginners: Who Is the Horned God and the T...
The Wiccan view of deity differs than more mainstream religions with which most people are familiar. Learn more about the Horned God and Triple Goddess here.
- Hellenistic Wicca: Worshipping the Greek Gods
Are you a Wiccan who feels drawn to the Greek Gods and Goddesses? This is a pantheon that fits very nicely within the Wiccan religion. Learn more about it here.
- The Problem with Christian Wicca: Why It's Usually N...
Some people will tell you Christian Wicca makes sense; I argue it doesn't. A closer look reveals Christian Wicca is usually neither, and it's a disservice to Wicca to call it that.
- How to Find Your Wiccan Name
What's a Wiccan name, and how do you get one? All these questions and more answered right here.
- Handfasting: A Wiccan Wedding Ceremony
Wiccan wedding ceremonies are usually called handfastings, in which a couple's hands are bound with a cord to symbolize their unions. Learn more about the Wiccan version of this ceremony here.
The Wiccan Wheel of the Year
What are Wiccan Holidays?
The Wheel of the Year is the cycle of Wiccan holidays -- and that's a whole 'nother directory!
New Wiccans are encouraged to begin learning about and observing the Sabbats, as these special days have a great deal of meaning in Wicca.
Check out this directory here for a listing of my articles for each Sabbat:
You'll find everything from the meaning of the holidays and their history to great recipes and decorations you can use in your celebration.
Wiccan Altars, Tools and Rituals
Wiccan Tools and Altars
Wicca is a ceremonial religion. We value ritual. The tools, the symbols, the gestures and actions-- they all have meaning behind them that help tap the subconscious and promote a spiritual consciousness. We use these things to keep in a state of mind conducive to worshiping our Gods and connecting to the web of life.
Here are some articles to help you get started on formal practice.
All About Wiccan Tools
- Wicca on a Budget: The Dollar Store Altar
Were you worried that practicing Wicca would break your bank? You needn't be; take a trip to a dollar store with me and we'll set up a full working altar on a budget of just 20 bucks!
- The ‘Why’, ‘Who’, ‘When’, ‘Where’ and ‘What’ of Wiccan Tools: Wiccan Tool Article Series, Part 1
An introduction to the concepts of tools in Wicca. This first part of the article series answers the basic questions: why, who, when, where and what.
- The 5 Primary Tools of Wicca: Wiccan Tool Article Series, Part 2
An overview of the 5 main Wiccan tools used in ritual: the Book of Shadows, athame, pentacle, wand and cup.
- Secondary Tools of Wicca: Wiccan Tool Article Series, Part 3
Introduction to some of the many tools used within the religion of Wicca. These tools come from various influences, though some are more common than others.
- Minor Tools and Supplies a Wiccan May Find Useful: Wiccan Tool Article Series, Part 4
A look at minor tools not specifically Wiccan, but that any Wiccan may find useful in related beliefs and practices to the Wiccan religion.
- What Goes Into a Wiccan Book of Shadows?
Thinking about starting your own Book of Shadows? That's great! But you might be wondering exactly what you should start with. Here are some ideas of what to put (and what not to put) in your BOS.
- Wicca for Beginners: What is a Pentagram or Pentacle?
The pentagram is probably one of the most fascinating and one of the most misunderstood symbols in history. So what should a beginner Wicca know about it? Learn here!
- Wiccan Tools: Where to Buy Your Wiccan Tools on a Budget
You don't need to go broke to be Wiccan, you don't need a lot of fancy tools-- and what you do choose to have, you can get almost anywhere. Here are some bargain hunting tips for Wiccans.
The Wiccan Altar
- Beginning Wicca: Types of Altars
The seat of worship is generally the altar-- but what type do you have? What type do you need? Get the basics of the most basic of tools-- the place where you would lay all the rest of them: the altar.
- Wicca Basics: Creating a Shrine
If you don't have a permanent altar, a shrine can be an excellent place for daily spiritual devotionals and meditations. And for some occasions, a shrine is like the center stage of the event.
- Wicca Basics: Designing your Ritual Altar Layout
Getting ready to build your Wiccan altar and hold rituals? How exciting! The altar is truly the center stage of religious rites and should be both practical and pleasant. Try these suggestions!
Wiccan Ritual-- The Heart of Practice
An Introduction to Wiccan Ritual
- Wicca Basics: An Introduction to Ritual Structure
Looking to start holding Wiccan rituals? That's a lot to take on, but you don't need to do it all at once. The best thing to do is break it down into bite-sized chunks, like I've done here.
- Wicca Basics: Your First Solitary Ritual
Anticipating your first Wiccan ritual is exhilarating, yet most people have not grown up in Pagan religions, and it is a bit out of their comfort zone. Here's some advice to set your mind at ease.
- Wicca Rituals: A Standard Ritual Opening and Closing...
Having a standard ritual opening and closing is a great way to promote ritual consciousness and gain confidence so your experiences will be deep and meaningful. Here's one to use or adapt!
- Wicca for Beginners: What is an Esbat Ritual?
An esbat in Wicca is a type of ritual. Where, when and how it's performed is something most beginners are eager to learn. Here are the answers to the questions you may have.
- Wiccan Ritual Music: How to Create a Ritual Playlist
Music can be a very powerful force within a ritual context. If you like to use music in your ritual, consider making a playlist to run stead
Wicca Ritual Essentials
- Wicca Basics: More Questions to Answer on Casting th...
The questions about Casting a Circle in Wicca seem to go on and on. Here are a few little details to continue your understanding and way of thinking about this sacred religious rite.
- Wicca Basics: What is Casting a Circle?
Casting a circle is one of the most basic elements of the Wiccan ritual. Learn what this rite is, and why it is an important part of ritual structure for a Wiccan.
- Wicca Basics and the 3 C’s: Cleansing, Consecratin...
If you've ever read a book about Wicca you've probably been told to do any and all of these things-- but did you ever really stop to think what they are, or what they're about? Let's take a look...
- Wicca for Beginners: Visualizations for Grounding an...
Grounding and centering can be a very productive activity, not just for ritual but for a healthy, balanced life. These visualizations are a great way to accomplish grounding and centering anytime.
- Wicca for Beginners: What are Grounding and Centerin...
You've heard of grounding and centering, but just what are these things? How do you do them? Learn here- you don't need to be Wiccan to reap the benefits from learning to ground and center, but it is a must for Wiccans to learn.
- A ‘Virtual’ Wiccan Dedication: Meditation and Cr...
If you've been considering walking the Wiccan path, this virtual dedication may be just what you're looking for. Rites of passage such as these are beneficial in transitions and can help you take your first steps firmly and with confidence.
- Simple Wiccan New Year Blessing Rite Without Tools o...
The New Year is here! While secular celebrations about, spiritual people may want to take the time out for worship. This Wiccan ritual can actually be adapted to any time of year, but is a great way to spend New Year's Eve if you don't have any parti
About Wiccan Elements
The Elements in Wicca
- The Wiccan Element Series: Part 1- an Introduction
On first glance, the concept of the Elements seems simple and straightforward. But upon closer look, you'll notice the many layers and complexities that surround this spiritual concept.
- The Wiccan Element Series: Part 2- The Element of Ai...
Learn about the correspondences of the Element of Air; part 2 in my Wiccan Element series.
- The Wiccan Element Series: Part 3- The Element of Ea...
In the next article of this series on Elements in Wicca, we will examine the correspondences of the Element of Earth.
- The Wiccan Element Series: Part 4- The Element of Fi...
Learn correspondences and associations of the Element Fire, as it pertains in general to the religion of Wicca.
- The Wiccan Element Series: Part 5- The Element of Wa...
Learn correspondences and associations of the Element Water, as it pertains in general to the religion of Wicca.
- Wicca for Beginners: Elemental Powers and Finding Yo...
Once again, I'm going to present something against popular opinion. But I hope this perspective, if new to you, is something that will help expand your own way of thinking on the elements.
- Free Printable Book of Shadow Pages
Looking for some beautiful printable pages for your Book of Shadows? Here are some designs I've come up with for you~ free for personal use!
- Wicca For Beginners: How to Make Incense
Do you like incense? Do you enjoy that billowy, curling, sweet-scented smoke filling the air during your meditations and rituals? Learn how to make incense here-- the good stuff!
- Free Printable Book of Shadows Blank Pages
Looking for some really nice, decorative pages for your Book of Shadows? Print some of these!
- How to Make a Book of Shadows Using Adobe Photoshop ...
Not everyone is crafty and has great handwriting, but everyone wants a beautiful Book of Shadows, right? Don't be afraid to be a 21st century Pagan! Make your Book of Shadows on your computer!
Meditation and Energy Work
- Learning to Meditate: An Instructional Guide for Beg...
For the newbie-- a simple meditation guide. This brief explanation strips meditation down to the bare basics to help you get a start without getting overwhelmed.
- Ways to Meditate When You Can't Sit Still
You keep hearing how meditation is so beneficial to Witchcraft and spirituality, but you just can't sit still long enough to find out. Guess what? You don't have to sit still to meditate.
- Wicca for Beginners: Energy Manipulation Exercises w...
Learning to manipulate energy is a big part of Wicca, Witchcraft and many other esoteric religions. Need practice? Try these exercises to help improve your skills.
Teens are Wiccans Too!
Special Advice for Young Seekers: Teen Wicca
Are you a teen interested in Wicca? Welcome, young one! While I do recommend getting around to reading the other articles found on this page, I do have a bit of advice especially for you.
Wicca for Teens
- Teen Wiccans: What to Do When Your Parents Won’t L...
Mom and Dad won't let you be Wiccan? You're not alone. While it's important to honor your parents, you can also be true to yourself. Here's how.
- Solutions for Teen Wiccans: My Parents Won’t Let M...
Being a teen Wiccan can be tough, especially when you can't do what your favorite books are telling you to do. Before you think about breaking house rules, consider these alternatives.
- Wicca for Teens: Finding a Mentor, Teacher or Coven
Many teens seek out someone to teach them about Wicca, because self-study can be confusing and slow-going. If you're looking for guidance, read here to learn the best way to go about it.
- How to Be a High School Pagan or Wiccan
Getting through high school can be tough enough without being a member of a misunderstood minority religion. Teens who identify as Pagan or Wiccan need to be prepared for the issues they might face, while still use good judgement about how to navigat
Looking for More On Wicca?
Reviews on Books, Movies and More
- “The Craft” Film: A Wiccan Witch Thinks Back on the Original, and Looks Forward to the Remake
"The Craft" may make a comeback. Sony announced a remake of the popular witchy cult classic. Will it enchant audiences as much as the original, or end up a curse?
- Pagan Film Review: The Last Keepers
I love movies that touch on realistic depictions of Paganism and Witchcraft, and was thrilled to stumble on this somewhat obscure film with a brilliant cast. Here's my review of the Last Keepers.
- Why I Love the Wicker Man Movie, Even Though I’m P...
Some Pagans are terribly offended by the film The Wicker Man-- I'm not. In fact, I really adore it, even though I am Pagan. Want to know why? Read on...
- The Good Witch Series: A Review from a Real Wiccan W...
Hallmark's movie series The Good Witch is just one of the many television and movie depictions of Witchcraft-- but how does this one measure up to the real thing? Here's my opinion.
- Review on Books about Witches and Wiccans: Teen Fict...
This is a fun read for lovers of teen fiction, particularly teens who want to learn about Wicca and Witchcraft. Adults in the Pagan community may also find inspiration here for dealing with teens.
- Looking at Cunningham's Book "Wicca" 25 years later
I first read Scott Cunningham's book
Wicca and My Life
Sometimes I have observations, thoughts or experiences, and I just want to share them. They're nothing you particularly need to know to become Wiccan. But, if you're interesting, they can give you a little perspective into this Wiccan's life and mind.
Personal Essays (Newest On Top)
- The Duggars Scandal: A Lesson Wiccans Can Learn from This
How can a scandalous incident involving right-wing Christian conservative reality TV stars illustrate a lesson in Wicca? Allow me to explain.
- A Wiccan's Response to Pat Robertson's Claim that Wiccans Will 'Destroy' Your Children
Pat Robertson warned on his show that Wiccans will 'destroy' your children and people should stay away from their Wiccan neighbors. I feel such pity for Robertson, and people like him.
- I’m Wiccan, I’m Told I’m Going to Hell, and I�...
Christians tell me on a regular basis that because I am Wiccan, unless I make a major about-face, I am in danger of going to Hell. I have found peace with that. Here’s why
- What is the Difference between Wicca and Paganism?
Many people use these terms interchangeably, but they're not actually synonymous. If you're not sure if you're Wiccan or Pagan, let me explain.
- Wicca in the News: Wiccan "Warlock" Accused of Sexua...
I love to see Wicca in the news, but not for things like this. One recent news story that's been literally painful to accept involves child abuse and a self-proclaimed
- Pagan Crisis of Faith: Transitions of the Soul
I had a friend once; a wonderful friend and mentor. As suddenly as she came into my life, she was gone, and my faith was shattered... but she helped me find it again.
- Gifts for Wiccans: Great Ideas for Wiccan Gifts for ...
Do you know a Wiccan mom? Maybe your own mom is Wiccan. If you're struggling with gift ideas for Mother's Day, consider some of these.
- How the Wiccan Religion Changed My Life
My hundredth hub! Why do I write so much about Wicca? I want to make my contribution, to give back in a small way. What has it given me? Well, just... everything.
- Wiccan Rituals: Experiencing Catharsis Through Drama
A friend and I experience ritual catharsis at an open Pagan gathering-- and I found that for me, it's the only way to go.
- The Real Power of Prayer
I have always been a strong believer in the power of prayer, which I know some people question. A recent experience made me re-think, and has re-affirmed for me, the power of prayer.
- The Power of Magical Places: Thoughts and Conclusion...
I visited a place so powerful, I felt overwhelmed at times by the energy. While there I performed one of the most powerful healing spells of my life. An essay on my thoughts and experiences.
- Religious Experiences: Gift From My Spirit Animal
When a spirit animal comes into your life, you never know what to expect. Some days they may give you lessons, other days they may bring you gifts. My personal experience with my spirit animal.
- What Is a ‘Persecution Complex’? And Why Is it B...
Remember the story of the boy who cried 'wolf'? Let's talk about the Wiccans who cry 'persecution'... a lot.
- 5 Reasons Some Wiccans Don’t Use a ‘K’ in Magi...
When you're Wiccan, do you have to use a 'k' when you spell 'magick'? Actually, though most sources embrace it and list reasons the 'k' is tacked on, not all Wiccans use it, for their own reasons.
New Wiccans - You are Good to Go!
Anyone wanting to learn Wicca can get off to a good start with what I have here-- and there is more to come, as I'm not going anywhere.
As you read through these hubs, feel free to ask questions. Check out the recommended books and other items you might find interesting. Put these lessons to use when learning about Wicca and going deeper into your path.
Bright Blessings, and may the God and Goddess guide you in your journey!
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