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Wicca vs. Traditional Witchcraft

The Differences between Wicca and Traditional Witchcraft



Traditional Witchcraft


North = Earth
East = Air
South = Fire
West = Water

North = Earth
East = Air
South = Fire
West = Water


Wiccan Rede
Threefold Law

Intent of Action


Called sabbats - 8 in a year
(Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane,
Litha, Lughnassadh, and Mabon)

Sabbats & Esbats


Book of Shadows
(Serves as a diary, records riutals, spells etc)


Guardians & Watchtowers

(Reside in the 4 corners, protect circle, called during Calling The Quarters)

None. However Spirits & Elements may be called to protect area, usually a spirit or Ancestor

Deity's home/Afterlife



Triple Deities

God & Goddess

No Gods/Goddesses

Clothing For Rituals

Skyclad, or use ceremonial robes

Never skyclad, body decoration or clothing


Cast circle for rituals

Every space is seen as sacred, no need for a sacred circle


May be many degrees, self initiation

Lineage may be passed down, or self-dedication


Not very secretive, BoS can be found on net

Very secretive, no spells/rituals on net


Worshipped, horned god and his consort,
reign over the universe, may follow a pantheon, or single gods/goddesses

All things are equal,
thus no deities, only the sexual male/female polarities of nature

There are major differences between Wicca and Traditional Witchcraft, as can be seen above. One particualrly big one is that Wicca's may refer to their religion as both Wicca or Witchcraft, and to themselves as either a Wiccan or a Witch. A Traditional Witch will only refer to their beliefs as Witchcraft, and only refer to themselves as a Witch. Both Witchcraft and Wicca however can be referred to as Pagan religions the same as generic Paganism and Druidism.