"I am a Wiccan."
Wiccans can be solitary practitioners (on their own) or be part of a coven. Covens don't normally accept wiccans under the age of 18.
Some do persecute or lie about wiccans because of scary images of people dancing around fires naked, but wicca is actually a very peaceful and harmonious religion, although some practitioners do go "skyclad" (naked) if they feel comfortable. Usually going skyclad is just classed as getting in touch with nature.
Some wiccans do wear alot of black, not because they are goths, but because some believe that black helps them channel energy.
A typical stereotype is that wiccans worship the devil. This is not true. In fact they believe in the goddess and the god.
Another stereotype is that wiccans "hex" or "curse" people. There are some wiccans who decide to study "black magick" but very few actually practise it because it comes back to the crafter by the threefold law (basically the threefold law is the equilvent of "what goes around comes around" but in wicca it is "An Ye Harm None, Do What Thou Wilt."
* Wow, you're a witch! go on cast a spell, make me invisiblle or something!
2. Neo-Wicca. Any form of Wicca that deviates from the liniage of Gardner's Wicca and the traditions that grew from them. Neo-Wicca focus more on the religious aspect of Wicca and does not require initiation and can be practiced solitary. Though the pracitioners of Neo-Wicca tend to be more ecclectic, there are traditions of Neo-Wicca, and practitioners still have to follow the core tenants of Wicca to be defined as such, namely the worship of a God and Goddess, adherance to the Wiccan Rede, belief in the Threefold Law/Law of Return, etc. Neo-Wicca is no less credible than Traditional Wicca.
3. Supposed ancient religion that lived "underground" society until "Old Dorthy" initiated Gerald Gardner, who later "exposed" the tradition by publishing his books. Whether or not that Old Dorthy existed is unknown, and even if this ancient path existed, it is not the Wicca that Gardner published.
4. The title given to a priest of Wicca, also called "Wiccan".
5. Old English term for "wise one" in a masculine form. The femenine is "wicce". Whether or not this is factual is debated.
6. Not what Silver RavenWolf is selling...
7. Practice often abused by teenagers and bored housewives who want to 1)rebel against their traditional roots, 2) want to have extreme power (hah!), not spiritualism, 3) are too absorbed in "the love and light" side of the New-Age and call it the wrong fackin' thing, 4) be Willow from Buffy. These people usually never really research Wicca more than a single book, if you're lucky.
1. Doreen Valiente was an initiate of Gardner's and is often called the "Grandmother of Wicca."
2. Traditional Wiccans credit Scott Cunningham for the Neo-Wicca movement.
3. Many Pagans, Wiccan or not, debate the belief of an ancient Wicca religion.
4. George will become a Wicca after his initiation into the Golden Star Coven.
6. The local "Wiccan" coven is liniaged with Silver RavenWolf. My friends and I often have to stiffle our laughter as we pass their "temple".
7. Please stop calling yourselves Wiccans just 'cause you skimmed through Uncle Buck's Big Blue Book.