The following posts were drawn from a variety of ongoing discussion boards to offer a sampling of how Wiccans & Pagans experience their faith.
"When I was 10 or so I discovered the mythology section of the local library... I think that's where it all began. I adopted Diana as something of a patroness soon after. I didn't know what Wicca was at that time, but as I grew older and began to learn about it, it just seemed to click into place. It also seemed natural to fall into a nature-based religion after my childhood: growing up on my grandparents fishing camp. Our lives were very much touched by the seasons, elements, plants and animals, much more so than it seems now, living in the heart of the city...Like I said, once I found Wicca it just seemed natural.
"...The thing that brought me to Wicca was that I had a heartfelt belief system and Wicca was the most complete match. And it has allowed me to introduce any other cultures and belief systems that I love or am partial to at any given time. My spirituality couldn't exist on a narrow path."
"Wicca is a religion of poetry, not dogma. There is no 'head high Wicca honcho,' no Wiccan Bible, no set laws or rules or ruling organization, per se. Because of that, many people think Wicca is 'do whatever you want/feels right,' but I think it's safe to say that those of us who've practiced for many years would disagree.
"Wicca is a religion which reveres nature, life, and all living things. Our most basic ethic, called the Wiccan Rede, is 'Harm none, do as ye will.' We also believe that whatever you send out returns to you times three, so no witch in her/his right mind would send out evil.
Wicca is also a mystery religion--meaning that there are some things that cannot be spoken, can only be experienced, as one becomes aware of, sensitive to, and works with the ebb and flow of nature, energies, and life."
"Me, I follow the 'An it harm none' as much as possible. I take the meaning quite literally and do exactly the opposite of harm--I help. I volunteer regularly at places that need the help (Reading programs, Meals on Wheels, etc), and I offer my hand when I see someone needs it (although I stop short of picking up people from the side of the road, we all know how dangerous that is nowadays). I feel a lot of love from the Goddess (Who I believe is a part of everything, and us of Her) and I try to project that out to the rest of the world--and try to fight a short temper to do so...