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  Becoming a Wiccan
  First ask yourself whether your motives for an interest in Wicca are positive. Some are keen to convert to Wicca in order to cast spells and gain power over other people. They have seen Witches on TV or in the movies and are enthused about gaining that degree of control over nature and other individuals.

Wicca doesn't work that way. The Wiccan Rede severely restrict Wiccans' spells and rituals. It prohibits any manipulation, coercion or harm. Spells must be for the good of all; they must harm none. A Witch cannot, for example, cast a love spell on another person in order to make them feel fall in love. That would manipulate them.. 
 
  There are other considerations:
  Being a Wiccan is not easy. Wicca requires a great deal of personal discipline and effort before one becomes proficient in the craft. In fact, the learning never stops.
 
  Unlike many other religions, Wicca has few ready-made rules of behavior. In order to determine whether a particular action is moral or not, Wiccans must analyze all of the possible consequences of the action (or lack of action) and make certain that "it harms none," including themselves.
 
  In some areas of the World and even North America, it is not particularly safe for a Wiccan to be open about her or his religion. There are still many sincere, devout but misinformed people who incorrectly associate Wicca and other Neopagan religions with Satanism, devil worship, Satanic Ritual Abuse or other criminal behavior. Verbal abuse, physical attacks, shooting and even one lynching have occurred in recent decades in the U.S. Fortunately, Wicca is becoming more widely known as a benign faith, and opposition is declining rapidly amongst the informed.
 
  However, there are also many positive aspects to the religion. Wiccans feel very close to the environment and the cycles of nature. Many have reported an intense feeling of comfort when they found Wicca -- a perfect fit; they feel that they have come home; they have found something that they have been searching for all their life. Members of covens often become emotionally and spiritually close -- much like a family. Wicca is more than a religion. It is an all encompassing way of life that permeates all aspects of your being.
 
  If you decide to proceed, then you will have to spend some time learning about Wicca:
 
  Much of the information you need is on this site (hopefully) , surfing the net will give you an appreciation of the range of Wiccan beliefs and practices. Wicca is not a single monolithic religion; it is rather a grouping of many different traditions.

Recommended books;

Wicca, A guide for the solitary practioner : Scott Cunningham
Witchcraft: An Alternative Path : Ann Moura
 
  After you have gained a little knowledge about Wicca, you might want to try to contact a local Wiccan coven. A coven is a group of Wiccans, typically three or more in number. Most are restricted to persons 18 years-of-age and older. Some are informally structured. Others require potential members to pass a training class before being initiated as a Wiccan; it often lasts the traditional "year and a day." There are also individual Wiccans who are not affiliated with a coven. They are often called solitary practitioners.

How to contact other Wiccans.
 
  If you wish to remain a solitary practitioner yourself, you might find the Seax-Wica tradition founded by Raymond Buckland to be of interest. 1 This tradition has a self-initiation ritual by which a sincere individual can initiate themselves into the craft as a Priestess or Priest. Alternatively, you might wish to write your own ritual.

 


 

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