Druidry and Wicca

Differences and similarities

between Druidry and Wicca

First, I have to define ‘Wicca’ in a way that makes everybody happy, which is maybe one of the hardest tasks in modern paganism.
The best way is to say it with the words of an English friend, who is a Wiccan High Pristess and Druidess at the same time: ‘Wicca’ means British Traditional Wicca à la Gerald Gardner & Co (properly initiated into a Brit. Trad. Coven), and ‘Pagan Wicca’ stands for all of those who practice Wicca as it is depicted in the many good books that deal with Wicca (e.g. Scott Cunningham etc.).
Pagan Wicca is a very individual path (everything can, nothing must), thus this list of differences and similarities refers primarily to Wicca as in Britisch Traditional Wicca.

I refer to Druidry here as the kind of Revival Druidry that is for example practiced by OBOD. There are also other streams of Druidry, like for example Celtic Reconstructionism, where the differences to Wicca would be greater.

This list doesn’t claim to be complete or infallible. Its use is to give interested people a general idea. Neither Druidry nor Wicca can ever completely be described or categorized. To fully understand them, they have to be experienced and lived and by doing so, they will become unique and very individual paths for each and everyone.

What Wicca and Druidry have in common:

Respect and Love for Nature

their ethics

Both work within a circle. In Wicca the Circle’s primary purpose is to preserve and focus the energy, so it fulfills the intent of the particular ceremony. The Wiccan Circle is also a protective circle, so that the energy has no outside interference or influence. The Circle is ‘between the worlds, beyond space and time. In Druidry the circle is rooted in the Earth.

The 8 High Days, although with a different approach

The 4 Elements and directions and their correspondences

The carmic ‘law’ that all that you send out (energy-wise) will come back to you (nevermind how often for now)

Reincarnation

The equality of man and woman, of male and female principle, both in groups and in divinity

Honouring the ‘old gods’

The use of meditation, visualization and rituals as religious/spiritual practices

honouring our ancestors (but in slightly different ways)

both are orthopractic religions, not orthodox ones: which means that what one knows or believes is less important than what one does or experiences.

Differences

(quite often the differences are only in the detail, whereas a more generic definition would put them under “Similarities”)

What is specifically Wiccan:

Wicca has a stronger focus on the moon than Druidry and celebrates the full moons (and some also the dark moons) with a ritual, but gives the same amount of importance to the Sun as does Druidry.

Wicca uses Magic in a different and in tendency more active way than Druidry

Wicca has a different historical background than Druidry

Wicca is widely seen more like a mystery religion

Wicca has a different focus on and understanding of standard elements of a ritual, like for example calling the quarters, steps and ritual tools

What is specifically Druidism:

Tree lore and Ogham

The druid grove (outside, the real thing, with trees and such 😉 )

The focus on peace

In Druidry the moons don’t play such a big role

Druidry can be seen as a religion, but also as a way of living / a philosophy, which results in there being Druids from many different faiths

Druidry has a different historical background than Wicca.

Druidry is widely seen more like a spiritual path

Druidry focuses on the celtic pantheon

This list is a collective effort from Druids and Wiccans, all members of the Druidcraft Subforum on http://www.druidry.org

 

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