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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions regarding Wicca, Paganism, beliefs, rules, expectations, and legal rights.

Can Men Be Pagans or Wiccans?
A reader is wondering if he can still be Wiccan or Pagan, even though he's not female. Find out the answer, as well as why Paganism and Wicca is so appealing to so many women these days.

Do Wiccans Practice Nude?
There are a lot of rumors floating around out there about whether Wiccans practice nude. So... do they?

How Do Pagans Know What's Right or Wrong?
A reader wants to know how Wiccans and other Pagans know the difference between right and wrong, if they don't have the Bible and the Ten Commandments to guide them.

What’s the difference between Paganism, Wicca and Witchcraft?
Are Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism the same thing? Not exactly. Learn what some of the differences are.

Why Do People Become Wiccan?
A reader writes in wondering why people decide to follow a Wiccan or Pagan spiritual path. Learn what the answer is - it may surprise you!

Is Initiation Really Necessary for Me to be Wiccan?
Some people say you can't be Wiccan unless you're initiated, others believe that anyone can be Wiccan if they want to. So which is it? Well, like many issues in Wicca and modern Paganism, it all depends on who you ask.

Do Wiccans Recruit New Members?
While many Wiccans and Pagans wouldn't mind seeing more people embracing earth- and goddess-based spirituality, they don't actively try to convert new believers. Find out why recruitment just isn't done -- and is in fact frowned upon -- by the Wiccan and Pagan community.

IÂ’m new to Wicca - how do I get started?
So you're interested in Wicca or some other form of Paganism, but have no idea how to begin learning and studying? Don't worry - we've got the basics here of what you need to know as you get started.

I Bought All My Supplies, Now What Do I Do?
So you've just acquired a bunch of stones, candles, herbs, and some other cool stuff. Do you pile them all on your altar and hope you don't run out of space? What on earth do you do with all that stuff?

Do Paganism and Wicca Have Rules?
Are there any rules involved in Paganism or Wicca, or is it just a magical free-for-all where everyone does as they please? Find out what standards most Wiccan and Pagan groups set for themselves.

My Parents Don't Want Me To Be Wiccan -- Can't I Just Lie?
Teens often have questions about talking to their parents about Wicca and Paganism, for a variety of reasons. Learn why it's important to keep those lines of communication open - even if your parents object.

Can I Raise Magical Energy With Exercise?
A reader writes in about an odd experience that took place during an exercise session. Find out what happened, and whether it's normal or not.

Do Wiccans Use Magic Like the Witches in Harry Potter?
Can you really disarm an enemy by shouting "Expelliarmus" or turn on the lights with a flick of the wand? Well, no, but you'd be surprised how much of JK Rowling's fictional world is based on real magical theory.

Can I Still Go To Church With My Family?
Many people new to Wicca and Paganism are unsure about how to handle family obligations at church. Are you allowed to go, or does Wicca require you to stay away from celebrations held by other religions?

Why Is There So Much Secrecy?
Even though you can buy books on Wicca and Paganism just about anywhere, there still tends to be a lot of secrecy and mystery surrounding the issue. Find out why you can't just open the yellow pages and find a coven of Wiccans.

Are Pagans and Wiccans Into Kinky Group Sex?
Are Pagans and Wiccans performing naughty naked rituals? Will you be expected to join in kinky group sex activities if you become Pagan? Well, no... let's talk about why that's a myth.

Do Wiccans and Pagans Worship Satan?
Are Pagans and Wiccans a bunch of devil-worshippers? Are they performing naughty naked rituals? Well, no... let's talk about why that's a myth.

Do Pagans and Wiccans Have to Dress Funny?
Now that you've discovered Paganism and Wicca, do you have to wear flowing robes and capes? Will your new Wiccan friends disown you and tell you you're not a real Pagan if you wear jeans and a polo shirt?

Do Wiccans and Pagans Believe in God?
What do Pagans and Wiccans think about the concept of "God"? The answer might surprise you.

Reader FAQ: Does Wicca Have Dietary Restrictions
A reader is worried that she might have to change her diet if she joins a Wiccan coven. Are Wiccans and Pagans held to any sort of dietary restrictions?

Are You Required to Abstain Before Ritual?
A reader has been advised to abstain from eating, drinking, or doing much of anything else prior to a ritual -- but she's got a medical condition that could be aggravated. Should she abstain before ritual?

Why People Sometimes Leave a Pagan Religion
We often talk about why people have been drawn towards a Pagan faith such as Wicca, but what about people who leave Paganism for something else? Their reasons for doing so are as varied as the people themselves.

Hair Length and Religion
A reader was told she has to keep her hair long to be Wiccan. Let's look at how hair length can be influenced by religious structure -- and whether or not it has any impact on our practice.

Ten Things Pagans Want You to Know
Recently, over on the About Pagan/Wiccan Facebook page, I posed the question, “What is the one thing you wish your non-Pagan friends knew about you?” Over a hundred readers answered, and there were some pretty consistent themes that popped up in the comments. We decided to turn this into a Top Ten List, because the responses shared a number of...

What is a Fluffbunny?
Ever hear the term fluffy bunny in the Pagan community? It's not a cute and cuddly rabbit, and generally has some pretty negative connotations.

Using Magic To Solve Problems
A number of readers want to know what to do when the spell they've cast isn't working. Could there be something more that they need to try?

Honoring the Ancestors When You're Adopted
A reader wants to know how she can go about honoring her ancestors in ritual and ceremony when she doesn't know who they actually were. If you're adopted, or not sure about your family's background, be sure to read about honoring the ancestors when you're adopted.

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