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What is the Difference between Druidry and Wicca?

Post by Azvanna » 01 May 2013, 07:09

I know that the two paths are compatible, but I am having trouble putting my finger on the main difference. Is it that Wicca is more about manipulating energy to get it to do what you want while Druidism is more about living in harmony with what is happening around you? Case scenarios welcome!

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Re: What is the Difference between Druidry and Wicca?

Post by Corwen » 01 May 2013, 12:45

Some quick thoughts...

Wicca: small groups of initiates. May have outer circle of non-initiates
Druidry: large groups, more formally organised but not generally all of initiates, may have smaller inner group of initiates but not always
Wicca: spreads by covens dividing
Druidry: spreads by individual Orders growing larger. Rarely dividing
Wicca: closed rituals/groups with binding oaths
Druidry: generally public rituals/groups with no binding oaths
Wicca: very definite theology based around God and Goddess
Druidry: wooly, or varied theologies
Wicca: Magic/power raising primarily based on sexual polarity/physicality and often used for practical ends as well as spiritual development
Druidry: Magic/power raising rarely practised for practical ends and generally where practised based on the power of language and artistic creativity
Wicca: Deities may be invoked (called into Priest Priestess) as well as evoked (called into circle).
Druidry: Deities, if called upon at all, are not usually invoked. This difference between invocation and evocation is probably the core difference between the two paths.

Similarities: same ritual eightfold year, same ethic of non harm (though this is more explicit in Wicca), similar cultures and much of the wording of contemporary Druid Ritual (at least in UK) has crept in from Wicca. It is possible to do both at the same time with no problems.
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Re: What is the Difference between Druidry and Wicca?

Post by Selene » 01 May 2013, 16:47

Azvanna, here's a POV from one of our members who's both a Druid graduate and a Wiccan high priestess: http://www.druidry.org/library/harmony- ... nd-druidry. It's very like what Corwen has said (which seems to me to be an excellent reply), but maybe a little closer to offering the sort of scenario you were looking for.
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Post by Azvanna » 02 May 2013, 08:41

Those are both very informative replies. Thank you!!

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Re: What is the Difference between Druidry and Wicca?

Post by Donata » 03 May 2013, 00:48

There was a long very informative discussion on this topic a while back - unfortunately automatic pruning makes us lose some threads that have ongoing value.

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Re: What is the Difference between Druidry and Wicca?

Post by StephenThomas » 03 May 2013, 12:27

I am currently an Ovate and studying Wicca at the same time. I find them very compatible. What one doesn't do well, the other does. I think they should be done together. That's just my opinion and I realize that it doesn't fit everyone.

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Re: What is the Difference between Druidry and Wicca?

Post by Whitemane » 03 May 2013, 12:34

What is important is that Druidty, Wicca, and most (if not all) neo-pagan belief systems have a common core of beliefs about the centrality of Earth and Nature in the magic of being human.

These common beliefs are much more important than the differences.
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Re: What is the Difference between Druidry and Wicca?

Post by Heddwen » 03 May 2013, 12:48

I was given to understand that wicca meant to bend or change energy whereas druidry involved change, or power from within.

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Re: What is the Difference between Druidry and Wicca?

Post by Azvanna » 19 May 2013, 06:06

Heddwen wrote:I was given to understand that wicca meant to bend or change energy whereas druidry involved change, or power from within.
Yes, this is a summary of what I thought too. It seems a little more complex than that, but is that statement still true? Otherwise why not just go ahead and be Wiccan..

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Re: What is the Difference between Druidry and Wicca?

Post by Heddwen » 19 May 2013, 19:07

As far as I'm aware the statement is still true, however, I feel that the path is up to the individual. Its all about what feels right for each person. On a personal note, I practise both witchcraft as my religion and druidry as my spiritual path and I feel that they are both compatible and complimentary.

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Post by Corwen » 19 May 2013, 20:39

I don't think that statement is true at all in practice. Wicca as carried out by covens is often more explicitly about self development, and more time is spent talking about spirituality, than in most of the Druid groups I have encountered. Wicca definitely sees itself as a Mystery Religion along the lines of the Eleusinian Mysteries with a religious and spiritual purpose.
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Re: What is the Difference between Druidry and Wicca?

Post by britnilinda » 06 Jul 2013, 11:00

As for differences between Druidy and Wicca, that would depend on which tradition of Druidry and which tradition of Wicca you are comparing. Both Druidry and Wicca are "invented"/"revived" traditions (like all other Pagan denominations)and both impard a sriritual signifcance on nature. Magic plays a central part in Wicca whereas it has a lesser role in Druidy if practiced at all. Animystic mentioned the silly Wicca v wicca debate, I think this is something that only exists on internet forums. If it's a religion it's gets to be capitalised as you would Christianity or Islam.
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