QUESTION - Do you believe in God and do you have to believe in God to be a witch? I’m confused because I don’t think I believe in God but I do want to be a witch?
ANSWER - Witchcraft is not a religion, it is a craft. Some religious people (defining religious as believing in a God/Gods) do practise witchcraft but not everybody who practises witchcraft is religious. In fact, among non Wiccan witches it is more common not to be religious. Wicca is normally seen as the religion behind witchcraft. But again, not all witches are Wiccan. And not even all religious witches are Wiccan (I even know the odd Christian witch which may seem a bit of a logical absurdity but I am assured it is a path that works very well for them.) So no, if witchcraft is something that appeals to you but you don’t have a personal belief in God then this will not hold you back from developing as a witch. I do however stress that there are many broader ways to be spiritual and a formal approach to religion is just one of them. I do think a witch relies heavily on having spirituality to at least some degree, however that manifests itself, be it a focus on meditation, an affinity with spirits or even a simple love of nature. I’m a big believer in the saying that nature abhors a vacumn and while it is perfectly ok to be an atheist, atheism does leave a void that needs to be filled with something. Even if you just fill it with questions. I don’t think being spiritual is about having the answers, it is more about being aware and self aware enough to ask the questions that go beyond the immediate sphere of your own life.
Do I personally believe in God? Yes, absolutely and wholeheartedly. I have my own personal beliefs regarding the dual nature of the God and Goddess. However
I don’t go around trying to convert people, I have my beliefs and I respect the fact that other people have theirs.
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