Wicca is a religion of the Neo-Pagan movement. It was created by Gerald Gardner, and first presented to the public in 1954 with his book, "Witchcraft Today." Since the release of this book, those of us who practice witchcraft, but are not Wiccan, have had to constantly explain the differences between the two. The beliefs concerning the origins of Wicca have changed substantially since it's introduction in 1954. Initially, it was believed that Gardner's definition of Wicca was truth. That he had been initiated into a coven of witches that had somehow survived throughout the ages, has been effectively disproved. Likewise, his penchant for ritual nudity (going "sky-clad") has been linked to his membership in a nudist colony in the '30s. Many of the tools used in Wicca were imported from the Freemasons, although it is possible that the masons "borrowed" them themselves from ancient traditions. For more information on what the truth about Wicca really is, read my aptly titled essay "The Truth About Wicca."
Wicca has moved beyond it's roots. Although there are still those that believe that Wicca is directly descended from the ways of the ancients, most realize that those ways are lost to us forever. Wicca today, is a religion that honors a God and a Goddess, revels in the beauty of nature, respects the gifts of the Earth, and usually incorporates witchcraft. Wiccans celebrate 8 Sabbats, and 12 or 13 esbats, depending on the moon's schedule, each year.
In this section of the webpage, you will find many answers to your questions about Wicca. The information here is supplied by practicing Wiccans, and will give you a "personal" look at the beliefs and rituals. Enjoy.