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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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The Witches Pyramid


The witches Pyramid really worked to help me understand and get POWER out of my spells and other castings.

To Know, To Will, To Dare, and To Keep Silent. These make up the witches Pyramid.. Follow them with every spell casting and see how miraculous you’re results will be.

To Know
-corresponds to Air
-represents the witch’s reason/intellect/intuition/wisdom and other more mystical understandings…

This means know what you are doing, intellectually and practically. To have knowledge of spell work & magick, what may work best in your situation, what you are able to handle, are comfortable with, how to execute what you want. Know your spell. Research it, think of ALL possible outcomes. Know what element of spell it should be candle (fire), incense (air) and so forth. If you choose a candle spell, then know why you want to do a candle spell. If you choose a certain type of spell do it b/c you like it or b/c it speaks to you in a certain way. This is all about you and your energy don’t do what another is doing, do what is right for you.

Now that you have decided on the type of spell, learn about and know the steps/process. Always gather your tools in advance. Make each spell your own…For example…Let’s say you are feeling nervous and tense and want to do a relaxation spell on yourself. You find a the perfect spell for you BUT the spell calls for Lavender (lavender buds, lavender oil, lavender scented candle) but you relate pink to relaxation and roses make you feel calm..So tweak the spell to suit you. Instead of lavender use roses (rose oil or rose water, rose petals, rose scented candle). If you complete the spell using elements you don’t like. The spell will NOT work, b/c your energy will be focused on your dislike for lavender…

To Will
-corresponds to Fire
-represents the witch’s Will/Discipline/her skills in the arts of magic and life.

To Will – refers to magickal will. This means to be able to generate enough emotional and psychic energy to accomplish your purpose. I can’t stress enough that you must believe. Believe in your work, believe in your words, believe in your craft, believe in yourself and believe in your inner power. It’s not only your conscious mind that has to believe in the spell. Every fiber of your being must BELIEVE.

My spells still make me feel all giddy and nervous inside. I gather my tools and talk to the Goddesses and/or Gods I will be working with or if my spell does not involve a God or Goddess, I still talk to them while I prepare and thank them for previous spell works.

You should also respect the spell by turning off all distractions (t.v, radio put your cell phone on vibrate). I like to play Enya while I’m casting ( Enya-Only Time or Enya-Orinoco flow) or I like complete silence with no music. Remember this is your spell so do what is right for you. Your spell feeds off of your thoughts and energy, and if you don’t feed it well, it will not prosper.

To Dare
-corresponds to Water
-represents the witch’s Emotions/Heart since the word courage derives from a word that means “heart”

Until you act, the spell will be nothing more than a particularly vivid daydream. Yes, thoughts are real and can have an effect upon the world, but for an effective spell, you have to go through the motions. You don’t have to wait until you have your own private temple and the bestest altar and a perfect relationship with your Deities. You can make do with a few basics. Intent is the key here. Intent comes under Will and Dare. Are you making the best of your time, energy and resources? If you can’t afford actual granulated Frankincense, charcoal and a brazier, a stick of frankincense incense will do. If you don’t have your own permanent stone altar, a nice altar cloth spread over a convenient surface will suffice.

To Keep Silent
-corresponds with Earth

To Keep Silent– means to Shut Up About It!!! Don’t talk to anyone about it. Your positive energy is very important to a spell but someone elses negative energy can effect your spell also (even if they were not part of the ritual). Have you ever heard of a hater..Then you should understand why you should keep silent. There are even a rare few people who will go home and actively craft a counter-spell Witches have always been a secretive lot. In the old days of persecution, of course, there was a life-or-death need for secrecy. Today, Witches are more likely to be discreet about their spells and workings. There’s a practical reason for this: spells seem to work better when they’re not blabbed about. Indeed, some traditions believe that, after the spell is cast, it must not be spoken of nor thought about until the desired result has been achieved and verified. Many groups will not even discuss the particular working while in Circle, believing that this has a tendency to “pull back” the power and negate the working.

Not only that I just think it is bad etiquette to talk about such a sacred act.

I hope this helps

Brightest Blessings,

Bewitched

XOXO

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.

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.

Basic Rules of Karma


BASIC RULES OF KARMA
Simply put, karma is the result of previous acts or deeds,
either in the past or in past lives. Many people for some
reason, think there is only ‘bad’ karma. But think about it,
if you owe karma to someone, then someone is in a
position to receive a karmic repayment. So there is both
positive and negative aspects of karma.
In all walks of life, karma is in affect for everyone. But in
magikal or spiritual rituals, it is doubly so. What you put
out into the universe will come back to you. If you put
out good thoughts, energies and intentions, then good
will be returned to you. By the same token, if you put out
negative thoughts, energies and actions, negative events and energies will
be returned to you.

Apple Banishing Spell


Well first of all an apple banishing spell is not to rid the Earth of all apples…So if you’re an apple hater sorry….

An apple banishing spell is an Earth spell. An Earth spell is the slowest of all spells which makes it very useful in many ways (especially from desires or addictions you need to wean off of slowly). For example an alcoholic should never rid himself of his addiction through a Fire or Candle spell. These spells offer quick results and could do more harm than good. Remember our goal is to harm no one-NOT EVEN YOURSELF!

In this particular spell the slow degradation of the apple empowers your words/spell.

Items needed:

A ripe apple

table salt, sea salt or Rock salt

a small shovel or spade

something sharp to write with ( small knife, nail, needle etc.)

Positive Intentions &  belief

It is suggested to do this spell on the edge of your property or in the park (the reason being is to have the bad habit or negativity as far away from you as possible, reassuring you that it won’t return)

What to do:

First gather your supplies listed above and take it to the spot where you wish to bury your apple. When you find a spot, dig a hole double the size of the apple (deeper than it is wide).

Hold the apple in your hands and focus ALL of your energy on what you wish to rid yourself of.  Visualize your life without the habit. Then take your sharp object and engrave it into the sides of the apple.  You should start feeling something inside you (it varies from person to person, it may be a tingle in your stomach, butterflies, or a  nervous feeling). That is the negativity leaving you and being absorbed into the apple, your spell is already working.

Next cover the bottom of the hole with your salt.  Salt is a natural cleanser/purifier so as the apple spoils and desinigrates beneath the earth the salt will purify your negative habits/addiction, banishing them. Place the apple in the hole and use your hands to cover the apple with the dirt you previously scooped out.

While covering the apple with your dirt, repeat this spell….

“Bad habits with no good intent

Lost in the hole where this apple went

I release the bearing you have over me

As this apple degrades I will be set free

So Mote It Be!!”

Repeat this until the apple is completely covered.

Then stand up and stomp 3 times on the  newly packed dirt. This represents stomping out your habit.

Then gather your materials and never look back at that spot.

If you have tried this spell PLEASE  leave comments or contact me to let me know your results. Remember as with all spells you must BELIEVE it will work, you must give Earth spells time to work and you must put forth some effort.

Blessed Be,

Bewitched

XOXO