Now if you have followed me since I started this blog then you know that I had asked this question. And I got a lot of different answers. This is complicating because a lot of people think that just because you are Wiccan/Pagan, that you practice witchcraft, and that is not true.
The reason I…
I’m not sure about Christians, but I certainly don’t agree with the idea that you can believe in the Abrahamic God and still be Wiccan. It’s a contradiction in terms.
We Wiccans might not have a bible or set of dogmatic rules to live by, but there are basic tenets that make a person Wiccan. If you don’t believe in those tenets, then fine. You’re not Wiccan.
Wicca has both a Goddess and a God. How you perceive those deities is up to you, but they are within Wicca, whether you believe in them or not.
Wicca isn’t Witchcraft as you have said, but one of the commandments clearly states - No other God before me. Therefore, Wicca would be considered blasphemous to the Abrahamic faiths.
My point is, if you truly believe in ALL the tenets of Wicca, then you’re Wiccan. If not, then you’re not. Wicca is not a catch-all religion that we can change and shape to suit our own needs.
From christianwicca.org, Nancy Chandler Pittman explains:
“Trinitarian Wicca is the correct name of the tradition often generalized into a practice called Christian Wicca. Trinitarian Wicca is a tradition based on American Wicca, boasting no direct lineage. Trinitarians work exclusively with the Goddess-inclusive Christian Pantheon. This tradition is not eclectic nor is it ChristoPagan because our devotion lies exclusively with the Christian pantheon. Trinitarian practitioners celebrate the Wiccan Way, observing the 8 Sabbats, the 13 Esbats, and upholding the Wiccan Rede… For the Trinitarian path, there are no trappings of Patriarchal Christianity. We do not have conflicts with the Bible, because we work directly with the Gods and Goddesses; church dogma does not have a place in our ritual structure. Concepts such as the original sin, salvation, baptism, heaven, hell, and Satan are not conflicting topics for Trinitarians. They have no place in Wicca at all; as Trinitarian Wiccans, we do not differ in this belief. There is nothing fundamental about Christian or Trinitarian Wicca… The mere term Christian Wicca upset so many people both Christian and Wiccan, that it actually got in the way of the true meaning of the path. That was never our intent. While the term Christian Wicca was more descriptive, Trinitarian Wicca is far more accurate and far less controversial. However, by the time the book came out - the working term had become popular and it was hard to express the concepts of Trinitarian Wicca without using the term Christian in the definition.”
So Trinitarian (or “Christian”) Wicca is not so much Christian but an offshoot of Wicca. It is just that Trinitarian Wiccans interpret the Wiccan God and Goddess to be exemplifying a specific pantheon of Gods and Goddesses - the same ones that Christianity was borne from.
Furthermore, from the same source:
“Currently, if you do a web search for the term Christian Wicca, you will find many individual’s websites professing that they are Christian Wiccans. I am not affiliated with any of these websites. While I support all forms of magickal Christianity and those who wish to combine Christ and the Craft, few of these sites are actually about Wicca focusing on the Christian Pantheon or is Goddess-inclusive. Many individuals profess that they are Wiccan, yet are clinging to a Jesus (male deity-only) form of magick. If they are not acknowledging the forgotten Christian Goddess and seeking a cosmic balance with both the Lord AND the Lady, then they are not practicing Wicca. Calling Jesus into your circle and saying “I uphold the Wiccan Rede” does not make you a Wiccan. I suppose that makes you a Christian Witch who is aware of the Rede. There is nothing wrong with that, it’s just not Trinitarian Wicca. “
I myself am not a Trinitarian Wiccan, but I just wanted to clear up what the actual definition of the “Christian Wiccan” path is, since many people seem to be unsure.
I wasn’t unsure. There are no Goddesses in Christianity, so I don’t see how that works.
Also how can a supposed ‘Trinitarian Wiccan’ follow both the bible AND the Wiccan Rede???
And, just for clarification, just because they follow the Sabbats and Esbats, that doesn’t make them Wiccan either. I know plenty of Pagans who follow the Sabbats, but aren’t Wiccan.
As I stated in a separate post, people can just take bits from both religions and cobble them together, just because there are aspects about Christianity or Wicca that they don’t like. It doesn’t work like that.
If someone wants to create a whole new set of beliefs, then fine. But, they can’t go around calling it something it isn’t.
Mary could ostensibly be seen as the Goddess of Christianity, especially Catholicism. You do not define Wicca, and there is such a thing as Eclectic Wiccans. Your prejudice is showing.
Mary is not a Goddess. She was a mortal. I did not define Wicca. Its creators defined it. Gerald Gardner created it. Eclectic Wicca is fine, but they still follow the basic tenets and generally follow the duotheistic nature of a God and Goddess. Christianity in all its forms does not have a Goddess. It goes against the very precept of their being a ‘one true God’.
There is no prejudice. Christianity is Christianity. Wicca is Wicca.
That would be like asking if someone can be Jewish but still believe that Jesus was the son of God; two complete different belief systems. You can be a “Christian Witch” but anything else would be disrespectful in my opinion to both theologies.