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Wicca, A Gentle Nature Based Religion


I get many, many questions about Pagan/Wiccan Beliefs , so many I have a hard time keeping up. A lot of questions I am finding are sent to my spam box. If you haven’t received a response and it has been more than 2 weeks, please resend your questions. I want to encourage everyone that I can to continue to explore and educate themselves on Pagan Beliefs.

I found this article on info.com. The original article can be read here

WICCA

Learn about Wicca, a goddess-worshiping, nature-based religion.

According to the American Religious Identification Survey, 8,000 American respondents identified themselves as Wiccan in 1990. In 2001, that number increased to 134,000. While the leap points to the increasing popularity of Wicca as a religious or spiritual choice for Americans, Wiccans are still a tiny minority, often misunderstood and subject to unfair prejudices.

Misconceptions of Wicca

Because Wiccans generally refer to themselves as Witches, Pagans or Neopagans, they are commonly mistaken for devil or Satan worshippers. The misconception has a long history rooted in religious propaganda that began in the late Middle Ages, when the Catholic Church began hunting down and burning at the stake those they considered Satan worshippers.

This grossly prejudiced “burning” lasted three centuries, and among the victims were those considered “witches,” despite the fact that they had no association with Satanism. In fact, as a Judeo-Christian anti-God or anti-Christ figure, Satan had no place in Pagan or Wiccan traditions, religious or otherwise. But the link between witches and Satanism captured the popular imagination and continues to persist today.

What is Wicca?

Part of Paganism, a contemporary religious movement that is gaining popularity in North America, Wicca is a nature-centered religion recognized by the federal government. Like many other religions, including Christianity, Wicca uses symbols, observes religious days (often seasonally determined) and honors deities (often rooted in northern European Pagan traditions that sometimes predate Christianity).

Because Wiccans have been subject to violence and persecution stemming from ignorance and religious intolerance, Wicca has long been an underground religion practiced out of sight of the public eye. This secrecy, necessary for survival for many Wiccans, has unfortunately lent Wicca a shroud of mystery that has further perpetuated society’s misguided suspicions.

With the publication of the works of the English civil servant and Wiccan-convert, Gerard Gardner, Wicca began to take off in England in the 1950s. The religion, sometimes practiced individually in isolation, has continued to attract members in North America and Europe. In the United States, Ford Hood, Texas, has become one of the centers for the Wiccan religion.

Wiccan religious leaders are permitted to marry people, function as chaplains in federal facilities and rent public facilities for their religious activities, among other rights granted to religious groups.

Common Beliefs and Practices of Wicca

Because Wicca has multiple roots and influences, its exact genealogy and theology have been fraught with controversy and debate. Many scholars trace Wicca’s roots to northern European pagan traditions, while others point to influences ranging from the Masonic Order and astrology to Jungian psychology, feminism and quantum physics.

However, there are generally accepted principles shared by most Wiccans. For instance, many Wiccans consider themselves pantheists aharm none, do what you will.” They believe in the individual quest for a personal spiritual path that can coexist harmoniously with all humans and the natural world.

Other shared principles include:

  • Rejection of any doctrine, as well as traditional and dominant cultural and religious values
  • Focus on ecology and seasonal cycles of which humans are a part of
  • Rejection of patriarchy and male idols (including Satan) and an embracing of feminism and other all-life-affirming values
  • Belief in the interconnectedness of all life, deeds and beings
  • Rejection of the mind/body split and an embracing of a more holistic view of humans

Some shared practices and rituals include:

  • Consecration of space, usually emphasizing circles and spheres
  • Use of magic and other ritual practices like divination, chanting, dancing and meditation to celebrate natural cycles and promote healing
  • Use of the upright pentagram (as opposed to the upside down pentagram used by the Satanists), a sign rooted in the Babylonian symbol for protection, balance, the elements of the Earth, the human body and the hand

Controversy Among the Wiccans

While information and religious freedom has granted Wiccans legal legitimacy and the security to openly practice their faith, the confusion of Wicca with Satan worship has produced ongoing debate among Wiccans.

For instance, some Wiccans have challenged the general Wiccan identification with the word “Witch.” While many Wiccans worry that abandoning the term will erase Wicca’s painful and unjust past, others contend that using the term continues to bring unnecessary harm to the community. After all, while it is important to remember the history of religious intolerance and persecution (which can crop up any time, even today) the term “Witch” continues to carry negative connotations.

The urgent issue for Wiccans is the misconception that equates Wicca with Satanism. Wiccans are not Satan worshippers. Nor are they anti-Christian. And while Wiccans call themselves Witches, not all Witches are Wiccans.

Wicca has fought a long battle to gain even minimal mainstream acceptance. But until the general public becomes more educated and less afraid of this gentle religion, Wiccans will continue to be marginalized.

 

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Magickal Properties of Colors


This is only a guide. You should use whatever colors you feel comfortable with to infuse your magick……

Red: Love, Lust, Strength, Power, Passion, Enthusiasm, Courage, Energy

Blue: Healing, Meditation, Tranquility, Forgiveness, Peace, Sleep

Green: Healing, Money, Prosperity, Luck, Fertility, Beauty, Employment, Youth

Yellow: Clairvoyance, Learning, Communication, Divination, Psychic Powers, Mental Powers, Wisdom

Pink: Emotional Love, Friendship, Affection, Harmony, Friendship

Turquoise: Awareness, Meditation, Moon, Creativity

Sea Green: Emotional Healing, Calming

Rose: Self Love, Enhancing Relationships

Orange: Strength, Authority, Attraction, Joy, Legal Matters, Success

Purple: Spiritual Power, Exorcism, Psychic Awareness, Third Eye, Wisdom, Healing

Silver Blue: Deep Wisdom, Psychic Awareness

Gold: Sun, Financial Matters, Prosperity, Yang

Silver: Moon, Female Energy, Yin

Peach: Gentle Strength, Joy

Black: Absorption & Destruction of Negative Energy

White: Peace, Purity, Sincerity, Protection, Happiness, Spirituality, Halting Gossip, Strength, Ritual

Lavender: Intuition, Dignity, Spiritual Shield

Brown: Healing Animals, The Home

Find Your Witchy Name


Witch names are VERY important. Sometimes you learn your name through a
dream, divination or it can be passed along. This name selection
technique uses numerology. If the name chosen for you doesn’t “speak” to
you, thats o.k. just play around with the letters or use another
technique.

Check out this website to find other really cool ways of finding your special Witch name.
http://www.lowchensaustralia.com/names/choose-a-witch-name.htm

Great thought and your inner feelings will play the major roles while
choosing
your witch name. This can sometimes be confusing and frustrating.
But I have placed here a guideline to use while searching for that most
personal name in hopes that it will give more meaning and understanding
to the process. Your Birth Number and Name Number should be the same.

NUMEROLOGICALLY!!!

Sometimes numerology is forgotten in choosing a name. Below you will find a system of numerology that is most commonly used.

Numerological Formula for Names

1. How to find your Birth Number.

Add all the numbers of your birthdate.

Example: March 10, 1954 = 3+1+0+1+9+5+4 = 23

Bring down the final two digits (23) and add together.

Example: 2+3 = 5

5 is the Birth Number.

2. Now to find out if the name you have choosen is appropriate for you.

Alphabet and number equation.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Now by using the chart above
calulate the name you have choosen by adding the letters and final sum.

Example: name = DIANA, D = 4, I = 9, A = 1, N = 5,
A = 1

4 + 9 + 1 + 5 + 1 = 20

Bring down the sum and add:

2 + 0 = 2. 2 is the Name number.

Now your birth number is 5 so you will need to add a letter equivilate
to 3 (C, L, U) or you could add 2 letters, (one equivulate to 1 (A,J,S)
and one equivulate to 2 ( B, K, T).

Example: Dilana = 4 + 9 + 3 + 1 + 5 + 1 = 23, 2 + 3 = 5

Diakana = 4 + 9 + 1 + 2 + 1 + 5 + 1 = 23, 2 + 3 = 5

If you don’t like any of the names that the are created to equal 5,
try another name.

I hope this will help in your quest to find the name that is suitable
for you.

Oils and Their Magickal Properties


This list is a little different than most. On this list you look up the strength you want to create, duplicate, produce etc. and you will find the corresponding oil. Maybe a little backwards but in my opinion it’s time saving (^-^*).

Remember this is a guide. Magick is a very personal thing and only you will know what truly works for you and your magickal workings.

Courage:  Cedar, Musk, Rose Geranium

Fertility:  Musk, Vervain

Friendships:  Sweet-pea

Happiness:  Sweet-pea

Harmony:  Basil, Gardenia, Lilac, Narcissus

Healing:  Carnation, Eucalyptus, Gardenia, Myrrh, Narcissus, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Violet

Love:  Clove, Gardenia, Jasmine, Orris, Rose, Sweet-pea

Luck:  Cinnamon, Cypress, Lotus

Lust:  Cinnamon, Clove, Musk, Vanilla

Magnetic (to attract men):  Gardenia, Ginger, Jasmine, Lavender, Musk, Neroli

Magnetic (to attract women):  Bay, Musk, Patchouli, Violet

Meditation:  Acacia, Jasmine, Magnolia, Myrrh, Nutmeg

Mental Powers:  Lilac, Rosemary

Money:  Almond, Bayberry, Bergamot, Honeysuckle, Mint, Patchouli, Pine, Vervain

Peace:  Cumin, Gardenia, Magnolia, Rose

Power:  Carnation, Rosemary, Vanilla

Protection:  Cypress, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rose Geranium, Rosemary, Violet, Wisteria

Psychic Powers:  Acacia, Lilac, Mimosa, Nutmeg, Sandalwood

Purification:  Acacia, Cinnamon, Clove, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender, Myrrh, Sandalwood

Sleep:  Lavender, Narcissus

Spirituality:  Heliotrope, Lotus, Magnolia, Sandalwood

Vitality:  Allspice, Carnation, Rosemary, Vanilla

 

Pagan/Wiccan Etiquette


These are just general guidelines. Always remember to show respect to others even non-Wiccan/Pagans

* It’s a huge NO-NO  to identify anyone as participating in Wicca or as having Pagan beliefs. This can be extremely harmful and detrimental to the person who has been “outed”. It may seriously harm someone to share this information with even one person! Wiccans and Pagans  are still subject to persecution, ridicule,prejudice and harassment. In many cases this includes our own family.  A Witch may “come out of the broom closet” to only certain people. Never assume it to be your responsibility to share that information with others. Always be mindful of what you say. If you follow the Wiccan Rede (“An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will”) remember that outing someone can be harmful and is never acceptable.

* Even if you accidentally tell others about someones beliefs, tell the Witch involved as soon as possible exactly what was said.She may want to do damage-control. This is not a time to become defensive, remember you were wrong and it’s common respect to give him/her fair warning before she is confronted and caught off guard.

* Don’t “evangelize” others. No wants wants to feel as if  they are being forced to convert their beliefs. You can tell people about your spiritual path of course.  But no religion benefits by being forced down other peoples throats. This is basic Wiccan etiquette, that all religions would be smart to follow.

*Never cast spells on other witches. Never use the power against some else who has the power. If someone has “the power” they are connected to the Divine. So another person connected would be damaging their own power by working against another also connected.  Performing magick against other Witches brings the repercussions back to the sender.

*If you know of a Witch who is casting spells  against another tell the other Witch immediately. Harm will never come to the Witch that a spell has been cast against but harm will come to the sender. It is best for you both to disconnect from that individual and try the “friendship” again later after the individual has had time to grow and mature.

*Remember some individuals get arrogant after learning about the “Craft” and use their powers to stroke their own egos. It is best to disconnect from these types.

*Using magick irresponsibly goes against the Rede

*Never use magick against another that is in the craft.

Witches Rune Chant


WITCHES RUNE
Darksome night and shining moon
Hearken to the Witches Rune.
East then South, West then North
Hear! Come! I call thee forth!
By all the powers of land and sea
Be obedient unto me.
Wand, penticle, and thy Sword
Hearken ye unto my word.
Cords and censer, scourge and knife
Waken all ye into life.
Powers of the Witches blade
Come ye as the charge is made.
Queen of heaven, Queen of hell
Send your aid unto the spell.
Horned Hunter of the night
Work my will by magick right.
By the powers of land and sea
As do I say “So mote it be.”
By all the might of moon and sun
As I do will, it shall be done!

Astrological Element


THE FIRE ELEMENT: (ARIES March 21-April 19, LEO July 23-August 22, SAGITTARIUS November 22-December 21)
Fire is bright, strong, and takes control. It wants to be in charge. You never can miss fire. Never subtle, the most confident of all the signs. When it wants something you will know! Fire people do not stop until they get what they want. Look to the fire people as the leaders. The majority of world leaders have strong fire elements in their charts. People look to fire people as the energy boosters of the zodiac. Want to start something with enthusiasm? Find yourself a fire sign. The motivator s and pep talk people are usually fire people. These people are very proud and confident.

Fire people can also be very arrogant and self-centered. Don’t go to a fire person for sympathy or comforting. They just don’t have the time. They are too busy getting their needed recognition. They have no patience for emotionalism or heaviness. They tend to run over the weaker, shyer signs.

Generally compatible with air signs, fire signs can become tired and bored with the intellectual observations of the more communicative air signs. Without the encouragement and ideas of the air signs the fire signs would be lost. A fire sign is the boss who takes your ideas and motivates and leads all the employees to better sales and marketing while taking all the credit.

THE ELEMENT AIR: (GEMINI, May 21-June 21, LIBRA, September 23-October 22, AQUARIUS, January 20-February 18)

Here you will find the talkers and communicators of the zodiac. If you need something written or spoken, ask an air sign. Ideas seem to materialize out of thin air for them. These people are like the air we breathe. Always moving and changing. Just when we think we know them poof, they change again. Very social these air signs. If your party seems dull and no one is talking, you don’t have enough air sign people to fill in the gaps between words with more words.

Objective and rational no emotionalism here. The air signs are so objective they can become impractical in their actions and beliefs. Superficial, these signs never want to get into heavy emotional discussions about the dreaded “feelings” dialog that are more important to watery signs. Like the air, these signs hate to be restricted. Freedom of thought and movement are their most cherished desires.

Fire signs work well with air signs. Fire needs air to generate heat. The fires stimulate and help motivate the air signs into new ideas.

THE ELEMENT WATER: (CANCER, June 22-July 22, SCORPIO, OCTOBER 23-November 21, PISCES February 19-March 20)
Like the water in a glass, water signs conform to the elements around them. Feelings, emotions, and deep personal conversations are what motivates and stimulates the water signs. Sensitive to a fault, the water signs are often more concerned with your feelings and needs then their own. You can find them at movies crying loudest and most often. Everything seems to touch them.

Psychic and secretive are often characteristics of the water elements. When they can no longer withstand the emotions of the world, they often retreat into their own private worlds. Sometimes this leads to compulsive behaviors and fearful ways of life. If the emotions get too strong, these people can be become addicted to drugs, alcohol, food or anything that keeps them from feeling as deeply.

Trust is a big need of theirs, which the earth signs can bring to water. Earth signs also bring the need stability and consistency to water that keeps it contained in a healthy calmer manner. In fact, water signs can be so emotional that the simplest things can get blown out of proportion into big dramatic scenes. Water signs dislike the strong boisterous personalities of the air and fire signs.

THE ELEMENT EARTH: (TAURUS, April 20-May 20, VIRGO, August 23-September 22, CAPRICORN December 22-January 19)
Talk about rocks. The most stable, consistent and sometimes rigid of all the signs. Once they make up their minds, like mountains they cannot be moved without huge efforts. Practical, patient, reasonable, and persistent are these signs. If you want to make sure a project gets done and gets done “right” call, on an earth person. They will stick with it until the bitter end. Not much one for spontaneity or flexibility. (We have to leave that up to the air signs) Not as sensitive as the water signs, the earth signs are still aware of the needs and often want to serve others. These people are not much one for the limelight. If it can be done, an earth sign will do it without the need for recognition.

Often so rigid, they become stuck with old routines to the point of impracticality. Fear of starting something new, earth signs can be very cautious to the point of missing a great opportunity. Conventional to a point of boredom.

The fast moving, changeable air signs fascinate Earth signs though they are un-trusting of their unworkable schemes. If you see an adult asking why repeatedly, you can pretty much be assured you are in the company of an earth sign. Fire signs are too forceful for their slower thorough nature. Sharing with the water signs the characteristics of retentiveness, self-protectiveness, and acquisitiveness. Water signs will sooth and comfort the worry element so often found in the earth people. With this support and encouragement, earth signs can work and work and work.