Read, it won't hurt your brain :3 I don't classify myself as a pagan or a wiccan. I'm neither, as I do not pray to any deity. I have however studied with my family, so I'm not ignorant of the religion. Basically, wicca is a nature based religion, where you use positive thought and energy to achieve the outcome you desire. There are basic guidelines to the religion, such as that if you do anything, it comes back to you in three's and that if it harm none, do as thou will. The group that I studied with highly valued the elders and women who were in their coven, no matter the woman's age (because woman bring life). You can use elements of the earth (wind, fire, water, earth, and spirit) to help you cast spells (words and chants to raise positive energy to achieve an outcome). You can use candles, colors, herbs, stones, string even to help with your spells. You can practice alone, or with others. The cycle of the moon is a common factor in spells as well, as one spell might be stronger during say a cresent moon over a full moon. There are rituals and praise to the God/dess, and it said that the God controls one half of the year (for hunting and such), while the Goddess controls the other half (for birth and life). There are major celebrations- Winter and Summer Solstice as well as Spring and Autumn Equinox (the changing of the seasons). There are other celebrations as well ([link]). There are many, many different studies of wicca, each with their own set of guidelines and rules. Such thins vary from person to person, as well as coven to coven beyond just the overall guide of what "branch" (for lack of better word), you choose to practice under.
There are traits people possess that can be deemed as a magical ability- healing, empathy, precognitive, etc; I know people who possess these abilities, who really help. For instance- I had a nasty cut on my hand, and the bandaid wasn't helping keep the wound covered as I'd hoped. I was crying from pain. One of the priestess' took me into the restroom, and had me imagine the pain leaving me like a thread being pulled through my hand. It may seem that it wasn't technically healing, however the pain did go away and I was able to enjoy the rest of the day. That is a way of healing, even if it's not voodoo or smoke and mirrors.
LOL Wow. Panties in a bunch already. It's a suggested person for many newcomers, I don't care if you don't like her. That's not my problem. Nor did I state it automatically means witchcraft. Walk away now
I love how you thought I was being mean Trust me, if I'd wanted to, you'd have run away crying. That was relatively polite, by my standards.
And the only reason I'd ever suggest Silverwolf to a newcomer is if I wanted to show them how not to go about witchcraft, Wicca or Paganism in general. For gods' sakes, her pen name sounds like the Mary Sue heroine of a weeaboo Magical Girl fanfiction.
Wave a wand in the air and have teacups turn into turtles? Definately not.
Magic, on a religious witch level, is extremely focused prayer. It's concentrating your energey and putting it behind your desires. And that is a horibly simplified explanation, because if it was that simple, every pagan/wiccan/witch out there would have won the lottery.
It is also a nature based religion, generally polytheistic (more than 1 God/dess) And it is more about that, than it is about magic.
I only call myself a 'witch' to identify myself as a practitioner of the Craft, sort of like a medical practitioner calling themselves a 'Doctor'; it's just a means of identification.
I guess what I can do can be called 'magic', but it's nothing like people see magicians do (which is 'slight-of-hand', not real magic) and the actual process can take days if not weeks and months to produce results; nothing's "Abra-kadabra-POOF!" and it's done. Alot of study has to go into the practice of real-life magic, sort of a Doctor needs to study hard before they become full-fledged Doctors. It's alot of work but I like the results I see in every-day-life in my chosen path.