Traditional Wicca vs. Faerie Wicca
There is a wide variety of Wicca worshipers today. Wiccans are a diverse group with distinct principals followed amongst each branch. Most Wiccan beliefs fit into the widespread, humanist religions of modern society, but they do consider themselves to be witches. Wiccan beliefs are based on a combination of witchcraft, white magic, and mystical traditions; however, Gardnerian, or traditional, Wicca is a neo-pagan religion, whereas Faerie Wicca is an ancient religion. In many ways these two branches of Wicca are alike, but in many ways they differ. One distinction between traditional Wiccans and Faerie Wiccans is that traditional Wiccans have a written Rede that carries their law and a witchcraft bible that holds their principles and beliefs. Because traditional Wiccans have written documentation, it is a religion that can easily be studied and learned by others. The Faerie Wiccans have no written word. This form of Wicca is an oral tradition, very much hands-on and only taught in person by initiates of the Craft (Ariadne, 3). It cannot be learned in a book. Because each initiate has their own view or individual experiences, many authentic branches have resulted, including Watchmaker, Vanthi, FireDrake, Compost, Draconian Pictish-Elven, and more. There are basically two main branches of traditional Wicca, which are Gardnerian and Dianic. These two have the same beliefs, but Dianic Wicca caters more to the feminist group of worshipers who only worship the goddess not the god. Traditional Wicca is taught from books, online courses, or in schools following the same principles each time, creating a single lineage of beliefs. In Faerie Wicca, some customs are taught while others are generally understood through Faerie energy. They live by the Faerie Warrior Code which is also taught orally to all initiates. This code includes the Black Heart of Innocence which is a fierce openness. In the Faerie tradition,...
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