Anonymous said: what is wicca?
That is a question with no easy answer. Wicca is a modern pagan religion, but consists of several denominations (“traditions”) and different people define exactly what falls under the label of “Wicca” differently. For some it is an umbrella term for modern-day witchcraft, for others it may only cover the specific Wicca denominations known as Gardnerian and Alexandrian Wicca. Depending on the tradition, Wicca worshipers may be monotheistic or polytheistic. Most practice ceremonial magic (again, this is sometimes called witchcraft, sometimes white magic, and sometimes neither of these).
There are aspects of it that may classify denominations as mystery religions: religions that reserve the specifics of their beliefs and practices for initiates.
Historically, the Wicca religion is fairly new, having been developed during the early 20th century. However, it is known as a pagan religion because its beliefs and traditions are based in indigenous and pre-modern European belief systems.
There are some commonalities among the different traditions in terms of theology. For example, whatever their belief in type and number of gods, Wicca practioners believe the the whole universe is alive and connected. Practioners also place more emphasis on the current life than what comes after, but a large number believe in reincarnation an in a place called the Otherworld (or Summerland) where spirits rest between lives. It is from this otherworld that some believe spirits can be communicated with, such as through ouji boards.
Those Wicca practioners who believe in an utilize magic generally see it as a natural part of the world, as of yet misunderstood and disregarded by science. Some might define magic as making change through force of will; others in as simple a manner as using all five senses so fully that amazing results are achieved.
There is much on Wicca to be studied if you have an interest, and the internet is a great resource. I hope that this summary gives you at least an idea, though.