Metaphysical Beliefs – A tribute to Wicca, the study of the core being of all objects and the universe, has two different sets of belief systems: naturalism and the Wiccan perspective. Due to the long history of metaphysics, and its start in the 16th century, there are many different perspectives and belief systems that fit within the study of metaphysics due to the evolution of the ideas.
Regardless of the type or faction of a metaphysics follower a person is, they will still be held accountable to the Seven Laws of Metaphysics. Metaphysics as a belief system or religion does not have sects, just different beliefs that people can choose to partake in.
For those who practice Wicca, also known as Wiccans, metaphysics has a lot to do with the seasons and Mother Nature. Wiccans believe that nature, along with a transforming God and Goddess season cycle, is what controls the power in the universe. Wiccans plan their calendar and holiday cycle around the changing of the seasons and worship the ideas of nature throughout almost all of their rituals and experiences as Wiccans.
Metaphysics and Wicca shares a very similar core concept in which both thought processes and belief systems argue that nature and a large natural force is present and consistent in the world. Both Wiccans and those who practice metaphysics explore and examine nature and try to find out the meaning of life by looking at their environments. This tactic of observation is a common one throughout all ideas of metaphysics and is widely encouraged and practiced.
Another similarity that Wiccans and those who study metaphysics both share is their belief in free will. The idea that each person is responsible for him or herself and all that he or she does or acts upon is a core component of both Wicca and metaphysics. In metaphysics this belief is explained by one of the seven core laws of metaphysics: The Law of Freedom. The Law of Freedom states that each person has free will and can make decisions to better or worsen the situation in the world through his or her actions. By using the idea of positive thinking and creating positive energy, people can change the world for the better by putting good energy into the world. More than just the positive energy flow, people who practice metaphysics believe also in doing good works to improve the situation of the world. Their free will is not only a freedom, but a responsibility that holds them accountable to improving the situation in the world as much as personally possible.
The other study of thought and belief of metaphysics is naturalism. Unlike Wiccans and some people who study metaphysics, naturalists think that all powers that govern are through nature and natural forces instead of spiritual or supernatural forces. Naturalism has two separate components that make up the core ideas of the philosophy: ontological and methodological ideas.
Ontological naturalism consists of the study of the reality of nature. Like some components of metaphysics, ontological naturalism looks at objects and their base components while comparing them to other components. This study is very based in the evidence people can gain from nature as opposed to the philosophical ideas that many metaphysics supporters believe are associated with nature. Furthermore, ontological naturalism says that nature is best studied by components such as the study of mass, energy, or intake of an object. This idea makes this branch of metaphysics appeal to typical mainstream scientists.
Methodological naturalism is another form of metaphysics held in the naturalist camp. Science is also held highly in methodological naturalism, but the followers of this idea hold the scientific method dearly while simultaneously denouncing their belief in spiritual ideas such as ghosts or haunting.
Some popular naturalists in the 16th and 17th century are Galielo Galilei, Jean Buridan, and Nicole Oresme. Galielo is an especially famous believer in naturalism as he spent most of his time studying space for explanations of the world around him. People who study metaphysics are commonly infatuated with space and the unknown because they believe it has many clues to what human beings are currently experiencing on earth.
Whether someone identifies as a naturalist or as the type of metaphysics follower that Wiccans typically are, they still belief in the seven laws of metaphysics and the core components of metaphysics. Whether or not people adhere to the principles of evidentiary science isn’t as important as their ability to control their own actions and to bring good into the world.