I have been studying the Gnostic faith a lot lately and in a nutshell Gnosticism teaches that we are eternal souls and that the Other Side is our true Home and reality. We incarnate in order to learn and advance spiritually.
We create a chart and choose our spirit guide, before incarnation. The chart holds the major points in our lives, chosen by us, depending on the lessons we want to learn, such as number of marriages, divorce, number of children and so on.. these are all learning experiences and nothing to do with failure.. It was all pre-ordained by us, with the approval of God and the Elders..
We also believe in Father God AND Mother God (Azna)
I have taken much of this from the Sylvia Browne Topics and Spiritual Learning Group.... discusses both Gnosticism and Wiccan, among many other topics. I am only somewhat familiar with Wiccan so I can't really comment on the similaries/differences. Hope that helped a bit!
at 10:13 PM on Jun. 22, 2008