In general terms, a Wiccan is a person who has adopted the universal beliefs that are shared by Wiccans worldwide. These beliefs are far less rigid than conventional religionsand generally are based on the laws of nature and true spiritualism. Wiccan beliefs stressindividualism, self empowerment, and the willingness to take control over the destiny of ones own life and being. Understanding ones own strengths and the powers that emanate through the universe isessential to the Wiccan. Learning to channel and focus these strengths, powers and energies is trulyof essence in the practice of Wicca. Individualityand freedom of choice are two cornerstones of Wicca. Along with these indelible freedomscomes responsibility that each Wiccan carrieswith them as they live their lives. Conventional religions restrict and hinder self empowerment of the many, for the benefit of the few in control, who then without exception use their authority for their own benefit,financial and otherwise. Wicca on the other hand, has no walls of confinement or leadersone must pay tribute to. Magick and the use of it is regarded as a natural function of nature by Wiccans. It isunderstood that it is and always will be an essential function of all that surrounds us in both a tangible and intangible sense. Through the eyes of the Wiccan, all that is natural isMagickal.