My apologies in advance, Dragon. I have a migraine that is making me absolutely punchy now for the fifth day, so I don't really understand what you are saying. (Dreadful spelling and incomplete sentences also a hazzard now, since my brain is hurting too much to be able to do much more than stream of consciousness).
Aleister Crowley is credited with that phrase. Crowley, however, is of the last century, and fell into disrepute when he began using illicit drugs to achieve a state of consciousness that normally comes from fasting and meditation. He started compounding that with sex, drugs, etc., and that didn't go over well at all. He was not considered to be mainstream, and not a representative of all things Wiccan.
Wicca is actually considered to be the oldest religion on earth. It is considered to date back to the caveman times. It is a matriarchal based relgion, with women taking the lead role, contrary to Christianity. it operates on sympathetic magic. That means that images are used to exemplify concepts to be prayed for. For exmple, wearing a headdress of corn will help pray for a large harvest to get through winter months. Wearing a horned headdress shows luck with finding beasts which used to be hunted to keep the families alive. In this, it is very much like the American Indian religions.
Over the years, the religion has been persecuted and driven underground, but has survived in small numbers. It also blossomed into a variety of different sects or forms of the religion, ranging from classic Gardnerian, to some more unusual sects that have arisen since the 1970's.
Since it predates Christianity by thousands of years, there is and was no battle with Christianity and no belief in the devil or hell or any such thing. These are Christian concepts that Wiccans do not identify with. There is an equivalent of Heaven, which is often called Sum(m)erland, a place of eternal beauty and peace where the sun shines, apples grow, and love and tranquility prevail.
Since the 1970's, the groups of drugged-out weirdo-whackos who thought it would be "cool" to be "a witch," have created theories, thousands of books, and generated tons of nonsense, clouding issues about the REAL religion, as they made up junk as they went. It frustrates me to no end to go into Barnes and Noble and see the huge selection of supposed self-help and other nonsensical books, practically Wicca for Dummies, that are now published. I'd estimate at least 70%+ of them are pure bull-puckey. It seems that teenagers played Ozzy Osbourne's music a bit too loud, took some hits of drugs that would never have been allowed in true Wicca, and they saw some "B-rate" horror movies of 100% fiction about supposed Witchcraft, and they decided THAT was their religion. And then some unscrupulous people capitalized on that, and wrote books about what was total nonsense, and they sold. Now it is an industry gone wild, misleading kids and other people each day. It is very hard these days to find a grain of the real relgion or truth with all the garbage out there. BTW, the real religion does not allow kids to join unless their parents gives full consent and/or accompanies - we're talking until age 16 with almost all reputable groups, and some 18 years of age.
There are some unique ceremonies, but nothing that much different in symbolism, if you think about it, than consuming the flesh and blood of Christ in some of the Christian religions, or doing the stations with the icons.
Because Wicca teaches karma, it is believed that any harm you do comes back thrree-fold to you. It is as wrong and immoral to attempt to do harm to someone or something, as it is in any Christian religion, and it is not allowed. Those that do harm other than for necessary protection of self or loved ones, have caused grievous violations of the religious standards. It is even considered 'wrong" to attempt to manipulate things for self-gain (i.e., winning the lottery).
I think I have seen the site that you went to. Any of the sites that use the supposed Old English stuff are pretty much in question from the get-go. No need for it. Some are okay, but after Anna Riva (pet peeve here since when I lecture, I end up dispelling her work all the time), and some others like her have written a ton of books on every conceivable subject matter and almost none of it matches the original religion. But it sells.
No true Wiccan who is not violating their faith, would EVER harm an animal! That would be a dreadful violation since they have pantheistic beliefs in the nature of animals and plants having a right to life too, and the essense of what Christians call "God," is reflected in the complexities that gave them life. When you see this nonsense about animal sacrifice and harming animals, it is by those who following what is in essence either the reverse of the Wiccan relgion or who believe that they are following "Satanism." Again. there is no belief in the devil in Wicca, so there is no devil to turn to unless you are a freak who is confused on what is real and just tries to pervert the Christian religions (most of these seem to be kids who want to be different and freaky in society).
Yes, there are some truly evil cults out there that do kill, torture, and main, but they are not practicing Wicca, and enough on the history and theory of Wiccan practice for one night - lesson over LOL! Lesson two on History of the Devil, and Leeson Three on Cults that Kill will be deferred for now