Wicca Book Of Shadows

Made By: Jim HD

Index
What is Wicca.................................................6
What Witchcraft is......................................................8 What Witchcraft is not................................................9 Movement of origin..................................................11 Two kinds Wiccan....................................................11 Both a god and a goddess.......................................12 Morality in wicca......................................................13 Fatal ideas about reincarnation...............................13 The Legend of the descent of the Goddess.............45 The Charge of the Dark Goddess............................46 Charge of the Crone................................................47

God..............................................................48
The Charge Of The God..........................................50 The Charge of the Sun God.....................................52 The Charge of the Dark God...................................53 Charge of the Horned God......................................54

What Wicca is not.........................................14 Questions about Witchcraft...........................15
Are Wicca and Witchcraft the same thing?..............15 Who do Witches Worship?......................................15 How do Witches view Christianity. Are Witches AntiChristian?.................................................................16 Can I follow the path of Wicca or Witchcraft and be a Christian too?...........................................................16 The Wiccan Rede says "An it harm none, do as ye will." Does that mean a Witch can do anything they want and its OK if they justify the action to themselves? ............................................................17 If Wicca and Witchcraft are not evil, why do you wear black robes?............................................................18 OK, so if Wicca and Witchcraft are not evil, why do you hold rituals and ceremonies at night hidden in the woods?..............................................................18 What form does the practice of Witchcraft take?.....18 How do you see the Goddess and God?.................18 Do all Witches practice their religion the same way? .................................................................................19 Is Witchcraft a cult?.................................................19 Do Witches have a bible?........................................19 If Witches don't have a bible, what do you use?......19 The word Tradition is used quite often. What is the exact meaning of this?.............................................20 Do Witches cast spells?...........................................20 Do Witches worship the devil?.................................20 Are Witches only women?.......................................20 How do Witches view Sex?.....................................21 What is the purpose of performing ceremonies Skyclad?..................................................................21 Is Witchcraft a religion?...........................................21 How do Witches view death?...................................21 How can someone find out more about Witchcraft? 22

Witch Living Rules and laws.........................55
13 Goals of the Witch..............................................55 The Law of Return...................................................57 The Law Of Power...................................................58 The Law ..................................................................58 The Sacred Wood....................................................59 Give Thanks.............................................................59 Show Respect..........................................................59 Find balance............................................................60 The 161 Laws..........................................................61 The Proposed Laws.................................................70

Time of Magic...............................................72
Weekdays................................................................72 Sabbaths..................................................................74 Moon........................................................................74 Time of day .............................................................74

Signs & Symbols..........................................75 Tools from Wicca..........................................78
Athamen..................................................................78 Bollinen....................................................................78 Bells.........................................................................78 Incense....................................................................78 The cup....................................................................78 The diet....................................................................79 The pentagram........................................................79 Statues.....................................................................79 The stick..................................................................79 The sword................................................................79

The Elements...............................................80
Earth........................................................................80 Air............................................................................80 Fire...........................................................................81 Water.......................................................................81 Spirit.........................................................................82

Definitions of Wicca, Pagan & Witchcraft......23 What Is Magick.............................................24 How to Become a Wiccan or Witch...............25 Warnings & Cautions For The New Wiccan. .28
The Shadows are out there.....................................28 You - yes, you can be a Vampire.............................29 Oops! Did I just do that?.........................................29 Power corrupts.........................................................30

The Altar.......................................................83 Important Wiccans and witches texts............84
The Witches' Creed.................................................84 The Wiccan Rede....................................................85 The Wiccan Credo...................................................86 Drawing Down the Moon.........................................88 The Great Rite Invocation........................................90

Stories..........................................................92
Air Meditation...........................................................92 The place where you relax.......................................93

Magickal Protection & Psychic Self-Defense 31 Divination & Scrying.....................................33 Elements & Magick.......................................34
ELEMENTALS.........................................................35 YIN YANG................................................................35 SIMPLE MAGICK....................................................36

The Magic Circle...........................................95
The Purposes of a Circle.........................................95 Questions about Opening the circle.........................95
What is a Circle?...................................................95 Why do you need a Circle?...................................95 What do I need to know to cast a circle?..............95 What is the purpose of your circle?.......................96 How big will your circle be?...................................96 How will you visualize your circle?........................96 Can you keep your focus for as long as it takes to set up the circle?...................................................96 When do I cast the circle?.....................................96 Casting A Circle - How do I know if I did it?..........97 Casting A Circle - What's this about cutting a door? ...............................................................................97

The Concept Of Deity...................................36
The Supreme Creative Force..................................36 Polarities of The One...............................................36

Witches Reed of Chivalry.............................37 Before Time Was..........................................39 Goddess.......................................................40
The Charge Of The Goddess..................................42 Song of the Goddess...............................................44

I live in an apartment; will the people downstairs walk into my circle and mess it up?......................97 When and how do I take the circle down?............97 What's the best way to practice casting a circle?. 98

Jim Hds way of making the circle............................99
Opening the circle.................................................99 Closing the circle.................................................100

How To Cast a Circle 1..........................................101 How to Cast a Circle 2...........................................105 How to Cast a Circle 3...........................................108 Opening the circle..................................................109 Calling the Quarters/Casting Your Circle ..............112 Casting The Circle 1..............................................115 Casting and Closing a Circle..................................116
How to Cast a Circle............................................116 How to Close a Circle..........................................117

Casting the circle 2................................................118
Taken from Scott Cunningham's Wicca:.............119

Spells & Witchcraft.....................................121
Book of Shadows Blessings..................................121 Self-Forgiveness Pray...........................................122 Bless you...............................................................123 A Person Blessing.................................................124 Blessing for the Body.............................................125 Refresh your Self...................................................126 A Blessing for Self Image......................................127 Elemental Blessing................................................127 Nine Elements Blessing........................................127 Luck.......................................................................127 House Blessing......................................................128 A Parting Blessing.................................................128

Songs.........................................................129
I am........................................................................129

Chants........................................................130
Daily sun................................................................130 Sorrow...................................................................130 Dream charm ........................................................130 Spirit Protection Wreath ........................................131 Beauty ...................................................................131 Meditation .............................................................131 Prayer of holding ...................................................132 Undo curse ...........................................................132 Evocation of the Witch...........................................133 Elements Poem.....................................................134 Born of Elements...................................................135 Witches' Chant.......................................................136 The Witches Rune.................................................137

Glossary.....................................................138
Akasha...................................................................138 Amulet....................................................................138 Ankh.......................................................................138 Asperger................................................................138 Astral projection.....................................................138 Astrology................................................................138 Athame..................................................................138 Balefire...................................................................138 Bane......................................................................139 Beltane...................................................................139 Besom....................................................................139 Bolline....................................................................139 Banish....................................................................139 Bells.......................................................................139 Bind........................................................................139 Blood of the Moon..................................................139 Book of Shadows...................................................140 The Burning Times................................................140 Cauldron................................................................140 Censer...................................................................140 Call.........................................................................140 Chalice...................................................................140

Charging................................................................140 Circle......................................................................141 Conscious Mind.....................................................141 Coven....................................................................141 Covenstead............................................................141 Deosil.....................................................................141 Divination...............................................................141 Divine Power..........................................................141 Drawing Down The Moon......................................141 Duality....................................................................142 Earth Power...........................................................142 Elements................................................................142 Elemental...............................................................142 Esbat......................................................................142 Evocation...............................................................142 God........................................................................142 Goddess................................................................142 Grimoire.................................................................142 Handfasting............................................................143 Herbalism...............................................................143 Imbolc....................................................................143 Incense..................................................................143 Initiation.................................................................143 Invocation..............................................................143 Karma....................................................................143 Labrys....................................................................143 Lughnasadh...........................................................144 Mabon....................................................................144 Magick...................................................................144 Magick Circle.........................................................144 Meditation..............................................................144 Megalith.................................................................144 Menhir....................................................................144 Midsummer............................................................145 Mighty Ones...........................................................145 Neo-Pagan.............................................................145 Ogham Alphabet....................................................145 Old Ones................................................................145 Ostara....................................................................145 Pagan....................................................................145 Pantheism..............................................................146 Passing Over.........................................................146 Pendulum...............................................................146 Pentacle.................................................................146 Pentagram.............................................................146 Personal Power.....................................................146 Polarity...................................................................147 Polytheism.............................................................147 Projective Hand.....................................................147 Psychic Mind..........................................................147 Psychism...............................................................147 Receptive Hand.....................................................147 Reincarnation.........................................................147 Ritual......................................................................148 Ritual Consciousness............................................148 Runes....................................................................148 Sabbat...................................................................148 Samhain.................................................................148 Scrying...................................................................148 Shaman.................................................................149 Shamanism............................................................149 Simple Feast..........................................................149 Skyclad..................................................................149 Solitary...................................................................149 Spell.......................................................................149 Spirits of the Stones...............................................149 Staff.......................................................................149 The Summerland...................................................149 Talisman................................................................150 Threefold Law........................................................150

150 Visualization...........................159 FUNERAL AND BURIAL REQUIREMENTS...151 Witch........155 LEADERSHIP....................151 Witchcraft....................................161 Finding a Teacher.........................................................................................159 WORSHIP..........Tradition.....................................151 Wiccan Rede..........US Army......160 A Christian Speaks of Wicca and Witchcraft....................155 HISTORICAL ORIGIN......................................................................153 How others look at Wicca and Wiccans.........155 MEMBERSHIP.152 OTHER NAMES BY WHICH KNOWN...150 Wicca..................................................................................................................................................156 PRACTICES AND BEHAVIORAL STANDARDS 157 ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................155 The Bible's view of pagans and witches...............160 MEDICAL TREATMENT.................... Mentor or Guide............156 BASIC BELIEFS.....................................155 Military Views on Wicca .160 OTHER..................................................158 ROLE OF MINISTERS..........150 Trilithon..............................161 A Situation of Strife and Shame...............150 White-Handled Knife................................................................................150 Triple Goddess...................................................................................................................................150 Wand.........................................................151 Widdershins............................................165 .................................................151 Yule..............................................164 Translated By...........

or the warmth of the summer sun on your face. It is the song of the birds and other creatures of the wild. Source: http://wicca.org/wiki/Wicca Wicca is a deep appreciation and awe in watching the sunrise or sunset.htm Wicca (Old English word for "witch") is a pagan nature-based religion characterized by the pre-Christian beliefs and practices in Europe. a meadow enchanted by the first light of day. Wicca is a very peaceful. Scotland. it can reasonably be assumed that Witchcraft is one of the oldest belief systems known in the world toady. we are not prone to the arrogance of human technology as they touch our souls. we try to reconstruct those beliefs to the best of our ability with the information that is available.What is Wicca Contrary to what those who choose to persecute or lie about us wish to believe. Source: http://en. and Wales. a giver. we now have basis to believe that the origins of our belief system can be traced even further back to the Paleolithic peoples who worshipped a Hunter God and a Fertility Goddess. harmonious and balanced way of life which promotes oneness with the divine and all which exists.000 years old.wikipedia.com/celtic/wicca/wicca. and a pregnant woman standing in a circle with eleven other people. the gentle caress of a warm summer breeze upon your skin. Thanks to archaeological discoveries. What is Wicca Page | 5 . Wicca is a belief system and way of life based upon the reconstruction of preChristian traditions originating in Ireland. light and integrity. and a protector of all things. and shadow and all that lies in between. estimated to be around 30. a seeker. It is the morning dew on the petals of a beautiful flower. With the discovery of these cave paintings. worshiped and believed has been lost due to the efforts of the medieval church to wipe our existence from history. To be a Witch is to be a healer. a teacher. may you walk it with honor. It is being in the presence of Mother Earths nature and being humbled in reverence. the forest in the light of a glowing moon. These archetypes are clearly recognized by Wiccan as our view of the Goddess and God aspect of the supreme creative force and predate Christianity by roughly 28. It is light. and the softness of winter snow. If this path is yours. depicting a man with the head of a stag. While much of the information of how our ancestors lived.000 years making it a mere toddler in the spectrum of time as we know it. When we are in the temple of the Lord and Lady. Wicca is the fall of colorful autumn leaves.

Witchcraft in ancient history was known as "The Craft of the Wise" because most who followed the path were in tune with the forces of nature, had a knowledge of Herbs and medicines, gave council and were valuable parts of the village and community as Shamanic healers and leaders. They understood that mankind is not superior to nature, the earth and its creatures but instead we are simply one of the many parts, both seen and unseen that combine to make the whole. As Chief Seattle said; "We do not own the earth, we are part of it." These wise people understood that what we take or use, we must return in kind to maintain balance and equilibrium. Clearly, modern man with all his applied learning and technology has forgotten this. Subsequently, we currently face ecological disaster and eventual extinction because of our hunger for power and a few pieces of gold. For the past several hundred years, the image of the Witch has been mistakenly associated with evil, heathenism, and unrighteousness. In my humble opinion, these misconceptions have their origin in a couple of different places. To begin, the medieval church of the 15th through 18th centuries created these myths to convert the followers of the old nature based religions to the churches way of thinking. By making the Witch into a diabolical character and turning the old religious deities into devils and demons, the missionaries were able to attach fear to these beliefs which aided in the conversion process. Secondly, as medical science began to surface, the men who were engaged in these initial studies had a very poor understanding of female physiology, especially in the area of a women's monthly cycles. The unknowns in this area played very well with the early churches agenda lending credence to the Witch Hunters claims and authority. The fledgling medical professions also stood to benefit greatly from this because it took the power of the women healers away giving it to the male physicians transferring the respect and power to them. Unfortunately these misinformed fears and superstitions have carried forward through the centuries and remain to this day. This is why many who follow these nature oriented beliefs have adopted the name of Wicca over its true name of Witchcraft to escape the persecution, harassment and misinformation associated with the name of Witchcraft and Witch not to mention the bad publicity the press and Hollywood has given us simply to generate a profit.
Source: http://wicca.com/celtic/wicca/wicca.htm

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What Witchcraft is Witchcraft is a spiritual system that fosters the free thought and will of the individual, encourages learning and an understanding of the earth and nature thereby affirming the divinity in all living things. Most importantly however, it teaches responsibility. We accept responsibility for our actions and deeds as clearly a result of the choices we make. We do not blame an exterior entity or being for our shortcomings, weaknesses or mistakes. If we mess up or do something that brings harm to another, we have no one but ourselves to blame and we must face the consequences resulting from those actions. No ifs, ands or buts and no whining... We acknowledge the cycles of nature, the lunar phases and the seasons to celebrate our spirituality and to worship the divine. It is a belief system that allows the Witch to work with, not in supplication to deities with the intent of living in harmony and achieving balance with all things. The spells that we do involve healing, love, harmony, wisdom and creativity. The potions that we stir might be a headache remedy, a cold tonic, or an herbal flea bath for our pets. We strive to gain knowledge of and use the natural remedies placed on this earth by the divine for our benefit instead of using synthetic drugs unless absolutely necessary. Wiccan believe that the spirit of the One, Goddess and God exist in all things. In the trees, rain, flowers, the sea, in each other and all of natures creatures. This means that we must treat "all things" of the Earth as aspects of the divine. We attempt to honor and respect life in all its many manifestations both seen and unseen. Wiccan learn from and revere the gift of nature from divine creation by celebrating the cycles of the sun, moon and seasons. We search within ourselves for the cycles that correspond to those of the natural world and try to live in harmony with the movement of this universal energy. Our teachers are the trees, rivers, lakes, meadows, mountains and animals as well as others who have walked this path before us. This belief creates a reverence and respect for the environment, and all life upon the Earth. We also revere the spirits of the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water which combine to manifest all creation. From these four elements we obtain insight to the rhythms of nature and understand they are also the rhythms of our own lives.

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Because Witches have been persecuted for so many centuries, we believe in religious freedom first! We do not look at our path as the only way to achieve spirituality, but as one path among many to the same end. We are not a missionary religion out to convert new members to think the same as we do. We are willing to share our experience and knowledge with those who seek our wisdom and perspective however. We believe that anyone who is meant for this path will find it through their own search as the Goddess speaks to each of us in her time and way. Wiccan practice tolerance and acceptance toward all other religions as long as those faiths do not persecute others or violate the tenant of "Harm None."
Source: http://wicca.com/celtic/wicca/wicca.htm

What Witchcraft is not • Witchcraft or Wicca is not a cult. We do not proclaim ourselves to be spokespersons for the divine or try to get others to follow us as their leaders. • We do not worship Satan or consort with Demons. Satan is a Christian creation and they can keep him. We do not need a paranoid creation of supreme evil and eternal damnation to scare us into doing the right thing and helping others. We choose to do the right thing and love our brothers and sisters because it IS the right thing and it feels good to do it. I suppose it is a maturity thing. • We do not sacrifice animals or humans because that would violate our basic tenant of "Harm None." Anyone who does and claims to be a Wiccan or a Witch is lying. • We have no need to steal or control the life force of another to achieve mystical or supernatural powers. We draw our energy from within, our personal relationship with the divine and nature. • We do not use the forces of nature or the universe to hex or cast spells on others. Again, "Harm None" is the whole of the law. Witches have a very strict belief in the Law of Three which states that whatever we send out into our world shall return to us three fold either good or bane. With this in mind, a "True Witch" would hesitate in doing magick to harm or manipulate another because that boomerang we throw will eventually come back to us much larger and harder then when we threw it.

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likewise there are those who devote their lives to taking advantage of and using people for their own gain. we are human too just like everyone else and make mistakes and errors in judgment. The heart of Wicca is not something summed up into a few short words and can often take on different meaning to each since the Lord and Lady touch us in different ways. for it is when you see life and the world with your heart and spirit that you truly gain an understanding of what Wicca is.com/celtic/wicca/wicca. It is when we follow the path with the love of the Goddess in our hearts and adhere to the basic tenant of the Reed that our works are beneficial and we achieve harmony and balance with all things.This is not to say that Witches are perfect. Your inner voice will also quickly let you know if the intent of what you are reading is for superficial purposes to benefit self instead of working to benefit the whole. you will find that you are able to understand the basis of our beliefs and how they may apply to you. spell or rite that could go astray. Remember to read with your heart. Most of us continually strive to consider all potential outcomes of our thoughts and actions pausing to seriously consider the consequences before undertaking a ritual. I urge you visit the other pages on this site as well as following the links to a select group of exceptional Wiccan and Witchcraft sites. Just as there are parents who love and nurture their children. To gain a fuller understanding of the Craft. there are parents who abuse their children. Through the wisdom and words set down through the ages.htm What is Wicca Page | 9 . Source: http://wicca. As there are many who devote their lives to giving and helping mankind. Unfortunately the same flaws in human nature applies to witches too.

Gardner claimed that he had been initiated into a Coven (a collection of witches) in 1939 by Dorothy Clutterbuck. but practicing on their own. Source: http://www. or a mess as it is called in Danish. About this Coven actually existed. Source: http://www. because there exists a Coven nearby. Eclectics are primarily their knowledge from books. a Coven is led by a high priestess and high priest. is still an issue today. a wealthy English woman who is said to have been a leading figure in the "New Forest Coven.Movement of origin Wicca began in earnest in 1954 when Gerald Brosseau Gardner (1884-1964) published his first book on witchcraft." The Coven was a collection of pagan witches. A Coven.religion. Traditionally. A Coven is formed when some Wiccan decides to regularly practice their faith together.dk/artikel/335730:Andre-religioner--Hvad-er-Wicca Two kinds Wiccan There are essentially two main groups of practitioners within Wicca: eclectics and those engaged in Covens.religion. is a witch groups of maximum 13 persons. Eclectic Wiccan is a collective name for the Wiccan who is not dedicated or belonging to a particular tradition of Wicca. websites and through personal experience.dk/artikel/335730:Andre-religioner--Hvad-er-Wicca What is Wicca Page | 10 . since they are subsumed into one group. Many are forced to practice Wicca alone. Witchcraft Today (witchcraft today). who is said to have met in the English region of New Forest in the early twentieth century.

Wiccan sees the spiritual and material world as overlapping. Personalities from other religions. The gods are not distant existences. 'mother' and 'Old Woman' and portrayed often as a lunar goddess. sexuality. Goddess . and that there is harmony with nature. a religious idea which is akin to the Taoist concept of yin and yang. Goddess and God can make themselves known through the body of the priestesses and priests through the full moon ritual. wilderness. Source: http://www. God is just the spark of life and inspiration within the Goddess. and in total. Most Wiccans see the Goddess as the leader because she has everything. as the Virgin Mary and the Hindu goddess Kali.Both a god and a goddess In Wicca worship a God and a Goddess as opposites. Emphasis is much emphasis on the personal experience of the divine. "Drawing Down the Moon" (To Draw Down the Moon). Traditionally called God "The Horned God" and is associated with nature. often seen as manifestations of the Great Mother Goddess. but close to. and hunting."The Great Mother Goddess" is often seen as a triple goddess with aspects of 'Virgo'.religion.dk/artikel/335730:Andre-religioner--Hvad-er-Wicca What is Wicca Page | 11 . at the same time her lover and child simultaneously.

dk/artikel/335730:Andre-religioner--Hvad-er-Wicca What is Wicca Page | 12 . Do What You Want). Source: http://www. which states that one must do as you like. many believe Wiccan that it is possible to contact the dead man's soul through the media or Ouija-board. Additionally weighted "The Rule of Three" (Act 3 time of return). Source: http://www. while others do not believe in this practice. Do As Ye Will" (If it does no harm.Morality in wicca The moral of Wicca is largely based on "The Wiccan Nest".religion. and do their utmost to avoid harming themselves or others.dk/artikel/335730:Andre-religioner--Hvad-er-Wicca Fatal ideas about reincarnation Many Wiccans believe in reincarnation.religion." Therefore. it is the present life. Though Wiccans have several ideas about the afterlife. The perception is that before this life rests the soul of a moment in the "Other World" and "Summerland. It reads "An Ye Harm None. which prescribes that good or bad deeds will come back to a 3-fold. they focus on. as long as you take responsibility for his actions.

it's not something wicca mixed in.dk/wicca/ Page | 13 . It's not a sin. Do not compromise your positions and follow your heart and your intuition . where you can meet with others. I would like to make the same challenge that I met when I first began my own quest: Read and learn. or heard or read about someone who uses it in Denmark. Wicca is not an association or organization that you join in. as we see it in Christianity. Personally I do not think it belongs in such places. then I want in on the topic called nudity during rituals. I have not seen anyone who uses it. In that time I have studied wicca. The worship of only the feminine or masculine will create imbalance. but it's not something that occurs when you practice wicca in this country.What Wicca is not Wicca is not satanist or devil worship in any form. There are a number of venues on the web where you can chat with like-minded.it can not go wrong. But back to what wicca is NOT. Source: http://www. And now we're at it. but be skeptical! Find your own truth.enchantedforest. This is up to the individual! It's about to follow him comfortable. nature and the gods. Regarding sex. for what is true for me is not necessarily true for you. Finally. This creates balance just as the Goddess and God creates a balance between them. who want to exploit innocent or brainwash others. gods are double-sided they have both dark and bright sides of it. and more places are organized tours. I have had very little contact with others. It is not no sect. since I've known so many.

Questions about Witchcraft Are Wicca and Witchcraft the same thing? Some say yes. Norse. or Shamanism. So. I follow a predominately Celtic Witch/Tantric path. like Astarte. it IS the Universe. and some say no. such as Celtic. Isis. etc. Questions about Witchcraft Page | 14 . may focus a little more tightly on using Magick and ritual to work with the elemental and spiritual forces in nature. Gnosis. This supreme energy force does not rule over the Universe. and then blend together any points that "feel" right into their own personal path. Since most find it difficult to talk to or call upon a faceless mass of Divine energy. In general. this supreme power is personified into male and female aspects as the Goddess and God. which is composed of everything it has ever created. Wiccans feel free to review different belief systems.. when asked I'll tell you I'm a Witch. Essene. Some take this concept a step further and use actual names. I also consider myself a Wiccan and perhaps part Shaman because I utilize and blend aspects of them all. As time passes. Dianna. Cernunnos. I feel the differences are slight in that Wicca and Witchcraft both work to achieve balance and harmony within nature and self. Regardless. Odin. In the end. Pure Witchcraft on the other hand. it is a personal preference and what a Witch uses depends on what "feels" right for them individually. Pan. when invoking the Goddess and God. I find myself increasingly drawing upon the wisdom and beliefs of other spiritual paths as my knowledge and understanding of them increases. I suppose the only way to navigate this question safely is to point out what some may consider the main differences. Who do Witches Worship? There is a single power defined as the One or All. This simply makes the concept easier for the human mind to comprehend and relate to. Personally.

you will find some stark commonalities. Are Witches Anti-Christian? Not necessarily. however. I believe that if one looks closely at the true teachings of Jesus with an open heart. the important thing is that you get there without harming anyone or anything along the way. and some Christians. The "Burning Times" are a clear historical example of one religious group attempting to exert its philosophies and beliefs upon others using extreme measures." Witches do object to religions that attempt to suppress the religious beliefs of others. Many of them feel they have exclusive rights to the divine. Perhaps an over simplified way of describing our view is this: Imagine a beautiful meadow in the forest. is very tolerant of other religious views. and does not engage itself in criticizing the beliefs of other people.How do Witches view Christianity. This is why there is a slight rub between Wiccans. Ultimately you must do what "feels" right to you. or every human's right to seek spirituality in their own way. Pagans. It is only when one takes literally the sometimes frail misinterpretations of those who misunderstood the intent or used the teachings to suit their own political agendas that one see's wide differences. The fact remains. some say yes and others maintain that they are completely separate religions. providing that their beliefs do not violate the basic tenant of "Harm None. Peanut Butter and Chocolate are two completely separate things. We also have a strong disdain for those who use religion as an excuse to commit mass genocide. As a solitary you are free to choose any path you desire. Questions about Witchcraft Page | 15 . and their are many paths leading to this meadow. Can I follow the path of Wicca or Witchcraft and be a Christian too? Again. It really does not matter which path you take to get there. It is the intent of your actions and spirituality that matters in the end. Witchcraft. I realize it is a poor comparison. or any blend that "feels" right to you. overall. that they work pretty well when mixed together. Witches.. The important thing is to not allow a name or word to become a stumbling block..

or try to be aware of the karmic return of our actions. do as ye will. *smile* it is more like something I feel) I try to analyze my impulses and feelings to ensure they are not driven by greed. sometimes a Witch will focus an energy form toward someone who needs a psychic zap. or make mistakes. There are times when we simply must make a personal sacrifice for the good of the whole and shoulder this weight." which tells me what is right or wrong. envy. color. Yes. By keeping these ideals of right and wrong foremost in my mind.. I then use common sense and judgment in my actions and accept full responsibility for them. lakes. This is not to say that Witches are perfect. Questions about Witchcraft Page | 16 . religion. No I do not hear voices. or sexual orientation. When confronted with this type of situation. never do anything wrong. If and when a Witch does zap someone. asking her that justice be done according to her will. My interpretation of the Rede tells me that the creative force of the universe has given me an inner voice. but is not limited to the earth. This is only done however when a person is consistently doing something very wrong within society and causing a lot of harm to others.. they do so with the full knowledge that it will eventually return to them and there will be a price to pay according to the Law of Three. but I try. By listening to this inner voice. In this way I am not focusing negative energy towards the individual and therefore am less likely to suffer karmic repercussions.The Wiccan Rede says "An it harm none. oceans. as well as seeking to obtain harmony and balance with nature and all living things. We are aware of. We are still human. and are very careful not to send out negative energy in thought or deed. and all of earth's creatures. I am able to do my best at following the Rede as I go through my day. rivers. If they are. I try to put them in perspective or discard them all together. The whole premise of our belief system is based on living in harmony with all things that exist. trees." Does that mean a Witch can do anything they want and its OK if they justify the action to themselves? An excellent question indeed! and the answer is no. It is also this consciousness that connects me to the creator. (Perhaps I should clarify here. prejudice or anger. or "conscience. air. I prefer to bring this person to the attention of the Goddess. as well as other people without regard to race. This includes. lust. This is not always easy to do.

why do you hold rituals and ceremonies at night hidden in the woods? This practice has its history in a couple of different things. What form does the practice of Witchcraft take? The form and context vary from group to group. so the evening is the only time we have to seek spiritual communion. OK.. Wicca and Witchcraft are still largely misunderstood religions and we are still persecuted for our beliefs. none of which have anything to do with evil. OK. why do you wear black robes? This is another baseless superstition and Witches wear clothing and robes of every color. so it just makes sense for me. but I am truly more aware of the heavens and the great expanse of the Universe at night. there's an ugly visualization for ya! LOL. and do. the day followed an entirely different schedule than it does in modern times. Almost without exception.. I do my Magickal work naked. For one. and between each ritual. Secondly. See Before Time Was or read the answer to question number two above again for more insight. so that takes care of why we observed our rites at night during ancient times. and may run the gamut from elaborate ceremony to spontaneous ritual to simple meditation. or engaged in their trade. and many of the reasons are the same in today's times. most of us are busy working all day earning a living. Gawd. therefore wearing black simply helps Witches absorb natural energy to increase the power of their thought forms. and possibly for others as well is that I feel a special closeness to the Goddess and God at night.If Wicca and Witchcraft are not evil. In the old world. The new day for them actually began at sunset. nothing can exist. Yes I can. The second reason is that survival had an entirely different meaning during those times. All daylight hours were vitally important simply for survival reasons. Personally... This is also why most observances of holidays were celebrated on the evening before the actual calendar day. everyone spent their daylight hours tending the crops. or a sunrise and sunset. It is known that black is a very good conductor of energy. Black is the combination of all colors and all vibrational rates of light on the material plane. especially within the Celtic tribes. so if Wicca and Witchcraft are not evil. How do you see the Goddess and God? Wiccans believe that there are female/male aspects to the One or All and without the union and balance of these two aspects. Another reason which is important for me. Questions about Witchcraft Page | 17 . enjoy the mountains and meadows during the daylight. their herds.

This book contains rituals. Witchcraft is a Pagan folk-religion of personal experience. what do you use? Most modern Witches keep a Book of Shadows. Most Witches find enough common ground for mutual support and productive networking throughout the Craft community. Druids. They indulge in extravagant homage or adoration (Webster's Dictionary). the number of different sects within the Craft may give the impression that no two groups practice the same way. such as the working of magick and a respect for nature. Cults are groups that trade a sense of salvation and belonging for the ability to think for oneself. They often will remain solitary in their beliefs but other will also find like-minded people to celebrate seasonal cycles or monthly moons with. Though practices may vary. usually of an earthly leader of some sort. but I would assume that this also ties into the Burning Times when the church set out to eliminate all texts along with the followers of the old ways. self sufficient and defend the right of free will without hesitation. herb lore. If Witches don't have a bible. which is more like an individuals workbook. Witchcraft in the old times was much the same as the beliefs of the Essenes. Witches and pagans come to the Craft individually through reading and communing with nature. The writings that existed were more than likely were taken into the shadows and hidden with the survivors. meaningful to the person who keeps it. discoveries. spells. Therefore. Most Wiccans. This approach was taken because the power and knowledge could be misused in the wrong hands. you'll quickly come to find the term "Cult" could not apply to us. Gnostics. A bible is supposedly the word of a deity revealed through a prophet. journal. Witches are extremely individualistic. If you know a real Witch.Do all Witches practice their religion the same way? Yes and no. I am not exactly sure how the name "Book of Shadows" came to be. most traditions have many similarities. the old masters could ensure those who wished to follow the path had a true understanding and their hearts were in the right place as their knowledge of the mysteries grew. etc. when the medieval church began its attempts to convert and eliminate rival belief systems. and many other religions. The teachings were passed along by spoken word through long periods of one-on-one instruction with an Elder of the Craft. by using only the spoken word. Covens almost always keep a similar group book. Do Witches have a bible? No. Questions about Witchcraft Page | 18 . the teachers were either killed outright or went underground resulting in much of the ancient knowledge being lost. or diary. Unfortunately. Moreover. poetry. Is Witchcraft a cult? No. (BOS) or Grimoire. Wicca is a highly individualistic religion.

some traditions have only women practitioners. The Christian word for this is "Prayer". Germanic. Since Witchcraft teaches that whatever one sends out is returned threefold. Are Witches only women? No. Norse. or series of steps. Mormon or Catholic. has absolutely no place in Wicca or Witchcraft. never a warlock and it is considered an insult to call a male Witch "Warlock". This energy is drawn from the Earth with the aid of elementals.. Witches are very careful to never send out harmful energy carelessly. The word "Warlock" actually means "oath breaker". such as Methodist. The Goddess and God of the Witches are in no way connected to Satanic practices. just as others have only men. is a Christian creation and they are more than welcome to keep him. The only real difference is that Witches also invoke the aid of spirit guides. In fact. Do Witches cast spells? Some do and some don't. etc. Spellwork should never be the focus of following this path and those who seek our ways only for this purpose are very misguided. and is sometimes broken down into further subsets. The worship of Satan is the practice of profaning Christian symbolism and is thus a Christian heresy. Satan. A spell is a ritual formula. familiars or other elemental energies to add strength to the process as well as using ritual tools. concentrated and sent out into the world to achieve a positive goal.The word Tradition is used quite often. or the Devil. although women do seem to predominate in the Craft overall. What is the exact meaning of this? Here the word Tradition relates to the beliefs of a specific geographical region such as Celtic. or the Devil. rather than a Pagan religion. Some traditions of Wicca separate between female/male. A male Witch is simply called a Witch. Satan. Do Witches worship the devil? No. Questions about Witchcraft Page | 19 . to direct psychic energy to accomplish a desired end. The word "Wicce" pronounced (Wik-kay) designates a female Witch and "Wicca" pronounced (Wik-kah) designates a male Witch. Essentially it is much the same as the variety of denominations seen within Christianity.

It is a deeply intimate sharing of body. It is a dedication made to nature. we think it's wonderful. or Wicca. is not something that can be followed once in a while or when it is convenient or we need or want something. Is Witchcraft a religion? Yes. The American Heritage Dictionary defines religion as "a belief in and reverence for a supernatural power recognized as the creator and governor of the universe". do use sex magick in their private rites and rituals. So yes. and jointly follow the path. It is a way of life. Our definition differs slightly in that to us. but there are those who believe that the absence of clothing allows energy to transfer to and from them more freely. Regardless. Just like everyone else. insecurities or socially retarded inhibitions regarding the human form. the creator of the universe IS the universe.How do Witches view Sex? Sex is part of nature and sacred to the Deities and Witches. however. going skyclad during ritual is in no way a sexual act. it is a deeply spiritual one for those who "choose" to do so. After passing over.S. Not all Witches perform rituals skyclad. Very few. if any. it does qualify as such. In the U. Wicca has full recognition as a religion and is granted all rights as such under the Constitution. The Great Rite at Beltane is a symbolic representation of the union between the Goddess and God resulting in the creation of all that exists. Many wear a robe or some other clothing made of natural materials while participating in group activities and go skyclad only when observing rites alone or with their mate. Many simply feel closer to the Goddess and God while in their natural form without the bindings of human technology. traditions engage in sex as a part of group rites and there are no orgies during ritual.. Many couples who have chosen each other. What is the purpose of performing ceremonies Skyclad? The term skyclad means "Clad only by the sky". Questions about Witchcraft Page | 20 . the deities and yourself. We do not believe in an absolute Heaven or Hell where the spirit spends eternity as reward or punishment for ones earthly actions. spirit and soul which bonds them together closer than anything else can. Witchcraft. and as such we are mindful of the balance between ourselves and all things within the universe at all times. Witchcraft is a nature based religion and it has been recognized as such in the United States and Canada. How do Witches view death? Many Witches believe in reincarnation and the Summerland. Summerland is where the spirit awaits to be returned into a new physical form.

How can someone find out more about Witchcraft? Ours is not a missionary religion. We feel that if this path is right for you. form their own groups or share thoughts and beliefs with others. Some Witches also teach classes or facilitate discussion groups. We are. people may make contact with a like minded Coven. and national and regional festivals through which a seeker can make contact with the larger Craft community. becoming more visual and vocal in an attempt to educate and dispel myths and superstitions about the Craft.htm Questions about Witchcraft Page | 21 . In this way. For those who are interested there are many excellent books in our suggested reading list.com/celtic/wicca/wicca. you will find your way to it. Source: http://wicca. You need not worry about a Witch knocking on your door and wanting to come in and share passages from their BOS. There is also a growing number of superb craft sites on the internet. however. and we never try to make converts. periodicals.

It is used by some Wiccans to describe themselves. Pagan & Witchcraft Wicca: A modern Pagan religion with spiritual roots in the earliest expressions of reverence for nature. This belief system also has nothing to do with Satanism. ritual observance of astronomical and agricultural phenomena. Pagan/Neo-Pagan/Paganism: General term for followers of Wicca and other magickal. colors. shamanistic. wells. particularly that kind relating to herbs. stones.magick. In some circles. Wicce: Synonymous with Wicca. Pagan & Witchcraft Page | 22 . rivers.htm Definitions of Wicca.Definitions of Wicca. and polytheistic Earth-based religions. Source: http://wicca. acceptance of reincarnation and magick. Witchcraft: The craft of the witch . etc. Witch: A practitioner of folk magick.com/celtic/wicca/definitions. colors. and the use of magickal circles for ritual purposes. and other natural objects. Some major identifying motifs are: reverence for both the Goddess and God. especially magick utilizing personal power in conjunction with the energies within stones. Wicce is used for women and Wicca is used for men. Also used to refer to pre-Christian religious and Spiritual belief systems. This term has nothing to do with Satanism. herbs.

What Is Magick I suppose I could ramble on for quite some time about what Magick of Wicca. or power. It very simply dispels everything that some religions. stars. Magick is everywhere! In the trees. old superstitions and of course Hollywood have tried to make people believe magick is. and knowing that you are a vital force within that flow. or pretense. With it you can create your dreams. love your life and find the peace that lives in every human heart.It is real. And it works. Magick is finding your connection to the Earth and all that is natural. Witches and Witchcraft is or is not. and in the sea.. alive and moving in the universe! It binds all that exists together. heal your world. Instead. concise and to the point.. Magick is the mystery that lies in the secret soul of the world. Source: http://wicca. joy. It is the spark that quickens a seed to rise up from the soil. wonder and truth the of the world around us! It is the subtle enchantment that reminds us not to waste a single moment of this gift that we call life! Magick is not greed. It exists. I will offer this brief writing I found somewhere.htm What Is Magick Page | 23 . Unfortunately I cannot remember where I came across it or who the author was.. rain. but I thought it was clear. Magick is laughter..com/celtic/wicca/magick. It is the essence of creation. we have the power to create! MAGICK IS WITHIN YOU. Magick is living in balance with the flow of life. What we imagine.

While doing this.. you come across it by accident unless you were raised that way. There are no right or wrong answers and it is not a test. This notebook will help you design your dedication/self-initiation ritual and eventually evolve into your Book of Shadows. As Silver RavenWolf accurately stated in her book To Ride A Silver Broomstick. More often than not. you will begin to form associations and hopefully find correspondances within yourself. Note these feelings in a journal or diary. Write down the reasons you think Witchcraft is your path. What does being a Witch mean to you? What do you hope to achieve and learn? What do you fear about following this path? How do you see the Goddess and God? What does the Divine mean to you? Be absolutely honest with yourself here. Read everything you can get your hands on that will tell you more about the beliefs of Wicca and Witchcraft. The following are the steps I would recommend to any one who wishes to learn more.How to Become a Wiccan or Witch Being a Wiccan or Witch is generally not something you are born as or just wake up one morning and decide to become. and we know beyond all real and imagined shadows that this calling to the mysteries is indeed there.." If you are one who has seen striking similarities between what you believe and have found here. Only by learning as much as you can about the basic beliefs and tenets of this path can you decide if the old way's are right for you. and not a whimsical flight from reality. It is that moment in our lives when we feel the Magick of the Universe for the very first time coursing through us. That it is truly there. there are generally accepted ways to increase your awareness and find communion with others who feel the same. It is only a way to help you define your understanding of this path. How to Become a Wiccan or Witch Page | 24 . Many find the philosophies of how Wicca and Witchcraft view nature are the same as the one's they currently hold. They just didn't know there was a specific belief system that shared the same views. this is a private book and nobody else will ever read it. "The Charge comes to each of us in a different manner.

now is the time to perform a dedication ritual. If everything still feels right and you are sure Witchcraft is the path for you wish to follow after all this studying. effort. Before you begin working with magick. raising and directing energy." Magick is not Hollywood hocus-pocus. This ritual should be yours and yours alone. You are dedicating yourself to the Craft and making the decision to live life in closer harmony and balance with the earth and nature. You are making a commitment to yourself and the Divine. Design it however you want to and in a way that will be most meaningful to you. grounding. A dedication ritual means exactly what it sounds like. The main ethical tenet to always remember is the point of the Witches Rede: "An It Harm None. It is not bending the natural order of things to fit your needs or desires. a full moon reflecting off the snow pack fed waters of the lake all combined with the energy of surrounding nature.Most importantly. you need to understand what it is. hear or are told does not feel right.. How to Become a Wiccan or Witch Page | 25 . Mine was on the shore of a remote high cascade mountain lake here in Oregon. Magick doesn't work that way. calling quarters. are not willing to work for what they want or are looking for an easy solution to their problems. then it usually isn't right for you. Casting circles. If that is what you are looking for. I haven't mentioned anything about spells because you need to complete the first two steps before you even think about working with spells. This setting was ideal for me but something completely different might be right for you. Magick is raising and channeling the energy found in yourself. If something you read. The dancing light of the campfire on the trees. where it comes from and the ethics involved. nature and in the Divine. listen to your inner voice. It takes dedication. We do not need people running around claiming to put spells and hexes on people because they cannot face reality. A Witch combines this energy with their focused efforts. invoking the Goddess and God. centering and closing the circle.. Witches have had enough bad press over the past few centuries and are working hard to turn those misconceptions around. energy and hard work to achieve a desired result. It is usually very good council and will not lead you astray. You will also need to learn and understand the basic structure of rituals. you are in the wrong place.

The ability to focus and visualize will greatly increase the power of your magick. The Suggested Reading Section of our on-line catalog offer some excellent resources to help you understand these basic concepts. You will also find that meditation and visualization exercises will increase your concentration.htm How to Become a Wiccan or Witch Page | 26 .All your reading and study will help you prepare for this.com/celtic/wicca/howto. Breathing exercises will help you focus as well so spend time on them. Written by: Herne Source: http://wicca. If you are interested in joining a Coven. Covens are generally very selective and rightfully so. This gives you time to explore the religion and decide if it is the right path for you as well as giving you and the Coven members time to get to know one another. There are many out there who seek this path for all the wrong reasons. most will require the traditional year and a day of study before initiating new members.

Last are the intelligent variety. however. the ones you have to worry about. more like rats or vultures than mosquitoes. prefer to talk you into dropping your defenses and linking your energy field to theirs. First are the little ones that feed off the energy in negative emotions. Unlike creatures from our world.) I mentioned that these creatures feed on energy. If you aren't magically protected. They are very strong. they will happily latch onto your energy field (aura) and snack on it. The most intelligent variety . Others. If you are emitting strong negativity. and can push past weak or flawed defenses to get to you. but an elephant is not unfriendly toward ants either. It is not unfriendly.) They also are capable (if someone is helpful enough to open a doorway for them) of Warnings & Cautions For The New Wiccan Page | 27 . I stay out of our woods when it is about. I call the Shadows. The Shadows are out there They exist. They are usually not much more troublesome than leeches or mosquitoes. and beyond to the Great Old Ones. however. just give you enough information so you can make an informed decision. The terms 'Imp' . and I will grant you power beyond your wildest dreams. are a little more sinister. a thousand leeches could weaken a person severely. The more intelligent ones are capable of working their own Magic to breach your defenses. in the invisible world that parallels our own. They are stronger. right.Warnings & Cautions For The New Wiccan If you've looked at this site at all. I've been asked to discuss the not-so-nice things that can happen. Next come the more dangerous variety. they lack physical form. and feed on energy instead of matter. They are as varied as the animal life on our world. 'Evil Spirit' and 'Demon' are fairly accurate. living creatures. ("Open yourself to me. And they are much harder to peel loose once they have their teeth into you. (My land is inhabited by one of these-it gives the psychic impression of a mountain with legs. These. the 'heart-fire' that burns in each of us. you've seen the wonderful things that happen when you begin following a Wiccan path. but they exist. they will be drawn to you like flies to rotten meat. I'm not trying to scare anyone off. Most are content to graze on the random energy fields that leak from humans and other creatures in our world. Their favorite meal is human life energy. Shadows come in three basic varieties." Yeah. These are attracted both by negative emotions and the energy of magical workings. being as lazy as humans. They are relatively rare even in their own realm. They range in size (power) from the equivalent of insects and rodents to the equivalent of magically trained humans.

Weather. then. Oops! Did I just do that? Magic is an art form. Each action we take. they found. to control others. In fact. I call them 'humans'.S. touching everything. exactly what the consequences may be. it could have been your next-door neighbor. Midwest. Scientists studying weather prediction in the 1970's discovered something amazing. They are capable of not only psychic magical attacks. it remains as unpredictable and powerful as the weather unless you are highly skilled and focused. Yes. you can be a Vampire There exist in this world evil creatures. if they can get past all your defenses unless you are very strong at warding. Warnings & Cautions For The New Wiccan Page | 28 . can I live with the result?" Thus. "If this spell backfires on me. murderous animals. has consequences that spread out from it like the ripples in a pond.yes. Be very sure. Some Wiccans counsel about how rain on your fields could cause drought elsewhere. before you work magic. even asserting a degree of control over you. You . They can enter your body and feast at will.entering our world.and reflect back to converge on the source. and affects me instead of the intended target. This might be true. As a species. Selfish magic has negative consequences: Loving. capable of working magic. magical or mundane. and then must the cause be just" (author unknown). They do this to gain more magical power. "I want it! Destroy the world. They spread out. if you are trying with your own personal power to 'squeeze' the rain clouds as they pass over. Humans are also capable of 'feeding' off the energies of other humans. It seems that the air disturbed by a butterfly taking off from a cactus in Mexico. could in theory cause devastating storms and tornadoes in the U.Herne (owner of this website) calls them "Psychic Vampires". if it happened at the right time and place. or to replace the energies they are losing by dealing with the Shadows. They are highly intelligent. and extremely devious. Once here. Despite the best efforts of Ritual Magicians and Technopagans. but physical ones as well. Some humans can even do this while traveling astrally. So that Evil Spirit that tried to get into your last circle may not have been from the other side. this is exactly like the old stories of Demon possession. Ask yourself. giving magic only positive ones. Magic is very similar. I tend to use magic "only in direst need. But asking the Lady and Lord for the blessing of rain for everybody's crops is a different thing entirely. computer models suggested something they called the Butterfly Theory. is so unstable as to be impossible to predict more than a day or two in advance. they tend to be amoral. For Selfishness is the true root of all evil.

a gift from the Lady and Lord. Until then. But that's OK. Power corrupts So. you must convince others to worship you. It must never be abused. I will try to teach the basics of magical defense. In my next article. Can't happen? Do the names Jim Jones. and see all. And don't link your life force to anything with glowing red eyes and a black aura. money. And glorifying yourself because of something lent to you is like showing up at your class reunion in a borrowed suit and a rented Jaguar. power.com/celtic/wicca/cautions. We don't hand out loaded guns here. And you know what's best for them. as long as I get what I want!" Be careful of what you ask. All the power of the Elements is yours to command. Love.. For you alone are God of this world you have created. to lend you their energy so that your power can grow. You are powerful. and you want only what's best for your worshipers.all these are yours. You are a God! Now. learned all about Wiccan magic. you just may get it. Sun Myung Moon or David Koresh ring a bell? It is important to remember that the gift of magical power is just that. and now you find you can really do things.how to keep the Shadows at bay. and what to do if you suspect you are being attacked psychically. Written by: Erik & Herne Source: http://wicca. This reason and this reason alone is why you will not find the Council of this site posting or trading spells and rituals.let Chaos take the universe.htm Warnings & Cautions For The New Wiccan Page | 29 . because you are a loving God. how to shield yourself from negative energy. for you know all. you've studied hard. You are special. Merry Part. respect..

there's no better night's sleep than in a room that's been magically shielded to keep out psychic noise. Magickal Protection & Psychic Self-Defense Page | 30 . they are also useful anytime. While these are essential while working magic. it won't. if you know what you're doing and take appropriate safety precautions. In this article. Instead of using your energy. And that by doing so. Reinforce the visualization regularly. I'll describe some of these in an article for an advanced class. and it can be permanent.Magickal Protection & Psychic Self-Defense Magic works. to keep out unwanted energy. you will be able to shield yourself instantly. (This is where those visualization exercises come into practical use. Let's start with Shielding. I tend to anchor wards with physical objects-a stone. then you need to realize that when you use it you are putting your hands on the same forces that move the tides and spawn tornadoes. For example. ("Ground and Center" here. etc. This is the first thing you have to learn. a mistake can ruin your whole day or worse. so keep this in mind. This could be psychic 'background noise'.) I visualize it as porous. The method I use is to visualize a 'net' of energy around the area to be shielded. the shield will fail. Earthpowered shield. Period. But it is the visualization that really matters. Once you have shields. Remember to 'see' it in 3D. At the same time. I visualize negative energy being absorbed by my shields and flowing into the earth. carved runes. there is lots of nifty magic you can do with them. Many people do this unconsciously all their lives. or magical energy directed at you.) I generally use my personal energy to power it. you're wasting your time. If you don't believe that magic gives you the power to reshape the universe. you have the potential to harm yourself or others. It takes years of study and practice before you're ready to try it. Because if you believe a spell or ritual won't work. This is a technique for creating a magical 'force field' around your person or a place. I define a Ward as a Shield anchored to a physical place. you can create a stable. And if you do believe in the power of magic. nasty astral critters. Others of us have to learn how. or allows you to drop your own shields and recharge. I will outline a few basic techniques for protecting yourself and your home. to protect your Circle or home. I have found that exhaustion or alcohol quickly erode my ability to shield. If the mental image fails. With practice. Warding is a similar technique. With practice. without thinking. so that energy I send can pass through. you let Earth energy flow upward to power it. though. a sphere rather than a circle. I have often compared working magic to rock climbing. It is fairly safe. This leaves more energy for spell work. though.

And on rarer occasions. While the mind alone is all you need to do this. and I quickly raise my shields. I don't sit back and continue to shield until exhausted. I feel a sudden energy drain as my shields (thank the Lady and Lord) go from standby to maximum power before I know what's happened. Let it flow in from all around you until you feel like a ball of lightning. I don't like bothering Mom and Dad all the time with small problems I've been taught to handle myself. The most basic technique is calling White Fire. too. Other times. the faster they run. In these situations there are a few shielding tricks I use. the nastier they are. it really helps. Invoking the Lady and Lord is probably the surest and simplest defense. This is the Light energy of the universe. In fact. Last is the 'iron wall' or 'stone tower' visualization. the silver-white of the Moon and the firewhite of the Sun. I visualize the outside of my shields as a perfect mirror. (I feel the Rede does not prohibit self-defense. I will feel a 'tickle' at my aura as some kind of psychic energy contacts it. The ancient warriors knew that any purely defensive battle is doomed. reflecting any energy back to it's source. This requires a lot of power. But like most kids. but that's another article. Now on to a few active techniques. changing the thin energy shield into a massive fortress. then send a directed bolt of it back in the direction the negative energy came from. when going about my daily life. Malevolent entities (wether astral or earthly) tend to avoid the presence of the Deity.htm Magickal Protection & Psychic Self-Defense Page | 31 . Written by: Erik Source: http://wicca.no matter how many runes you carve. I use this to contain any psychic energy I might be emitting. Occasionally. the hair stands up on the back of my neck. First is the mirror. the sum total of the magical Elements.) If this doesn't work. you can still call on the Lady and Lord in their warrior/protector aspects to help you. If negative energy keeps coming at me. hopefully making myself psychically 'stealthy'.com/celtic/wicca/defense. but when huge waves of negativity are breaking over you. if it goes on long enough. I find my sword/athame is a perfect tool for this. Next is making the inside of my shields a mirror.

Tarot Cards. Some of the more popular and well known methods are: Crystal and or Crystal Ball Gazing. Reading Tea Leaves. Divination is simply the use of an object or objects to ascertain answers to questions or to see an event or events which are not perceptible to the average person.htm Divination & Scrying Page | 32 . For now. Palmistry.Divination & Scrying As this section grows. Source: http://wicca. Feng Shui. we will discuss the many different forms Witches use for Divination. In the following sections. This is merely a result of our ability to work with our "Spirit Guides or "Spirit Twins" to obtain answers to the questions we seek. Witches and Pagans have always been credited with having special powers. Candle Gazing and the list goes on and on. As time permits.com/celtic/divination/intro. with being able to see the unseen. either myself or one of the Councilors discuss these areas. Divination takes many forms and while some of the Craft will use several different techniques. one of our guests has provided the technique that she has achieved good success with and would like to share it with you. Gazing into a pool or bowl of water. Just about anything can be used as a divination tool and over the centuries just about everything has. If you are unfamiliar with the term. everyone will end up with one favorite or more successful way of obtaining answers to their questions. we will cover these methods and the various tools employed to achieve these goals.

Elements & Magick The Ancients divided the world into four basic principles or *elements* earth. are available (an important one is Crowley's '777').) The elements are often used in magick ritual. and Capricorn are earth signs. earth: a triangle pointing down and with a horizontal line through the middle of it. Scorpio. These *magical elements* are also of some importance in astrology. water: blue. fire. water: a triangle pointing down. and air. Each element has a symbol and color. Gemini. and Aquarius are air signs. Element Earth Water Fire Air Suit Pentacles Cups Swords Wands Quarter North West South East Archangel Uriel Gabriel Michael Raphael Astrological signs also correspond with the elements. Tables of these relationships. the human psyche. especially within the astral world. water. Many occultists think of the magical elements as forces. Libra. called 'Correspondence Tables'. Taurus. air: a triangle pointing up and with a horizontal line through the middle of it. That viewpoint has mostly changed with advances of science. but the four elements are still accepted in magick.. Magick sees relationships between things. Cancer. and Pisces are water signs. Thus one thing or symbol can be used to suggest another. for the magician may surround himself with as many appropriate correspondences as he can to vividly affect the senses. (The tattvic symbols are briefly described later on in this course. fire: red. you can think of them that way (such as gold equals sun). thus making his magical contact with the inner planes more lucid. The magical elements have correspondences with the tarot cards as the four suits..fire: a triangle pointing up. or as *qualities* of energy. air: yellow. and with nature than are modern explanations of the world. These relationships are called 'correspondences'. The Eastern tattvic system uses different symbols and colors. (Common symbols are -. for they are more closely linked with emotions. The four quarters (directions of the universe as used in magick ritual) and the Archangels also correspond with these same elements. Virgo. Elements & Magick Page | 33 .earth: brown and green.) Colors of the elements are -. Aries. Leo and Sagittarius are fire signs. Although magical correspondences are not literally equal to one another. This is important in magick.

elementals were the physical explanation of the universe. as shown: Yin Water Contraction Cold Feminine Moon Negative Passive Ebb Wane Elements & Magick Yang Fire Expansion Hot Masculine Sun Positive Active Flow Wax Page | 34 . A created elemental is called an 'artificial elemental'. or opposite pairs. some contemporary occultists see them only as symbols for forces and otherwise not 'real' at all.no elemental has immortality. These are grouped into four main categories: Earth Gnome Dwarfs Elves Brownies Hobgoblins Leprechauns Water Undine Nymphs Tritons Mermaids Mermen Sirens Harpies Salamander Fire Jin Genies Air Sylph Faries Angles Elementals are usually only visible to those with clairvoyant sight and are more likely to be seen at night in the mountains or country away from cities -especially if you are tired or sleepy. as it might merely be an ordinary household pet such as a dog or cat.ELEMENTALS The magical elements are said to be peopled by spirits and mythological entities called elementals or nature spirits. YIN YANG Chinese philosophy and acupuncture talk of yin yang. Although elementals exist naturally. However. it is also possible to create one which will exist for a limited time -. the term is ambiguous. This is the idea of polarity. Another word sometimes used for elemental is 'familiar' (usually in medieval witchcraft). To the Ancients.

we recognize and attune ourselves with nature and the creative force in a way the individual or group is most comfortable with. Wiccans. The Concept Of Deity Page | 35 . The following is an explanation of this concept which most agree upon.To help you to achieve your goal (magical or otherwise). The fact that some may call upon or associate with the divine by different names does not necessarily mean that we see a complete seperation of deities. We accept that different aspects of the divine combine to make the whole. This includes that which is manifest to our limited awareness and understanding as well as that which is not. We see examples of this in everything around us as nothing can exist without the interaction of feminine and masculine energy. The One is infinite to a point that the human mind simply cannot comprehend its vastness. Pagans and Witches see the divine as being manifest at all levels of humanities limited ability to comprehend the universe world around us. This creative energy is omnipresent.htm The Concept Of Deity As mentioned in earlier documents. Polarities of The One The Goddess and God are seen as a manifestation of the feminine and masculine forces of nature. The Supreme Creative Force The One is the all encompassing unity of all things which exist. In this view. Some occultists suggest everything can be similarly arranged into related opposite pairs. They are concepts that allow the human mind to comprehed the creative force of the world around us... It is a variation of affirmation.com/celtic/elements/elements. In Chinese literature it is quite long. Source: http://wicca. SIMPLE MAGICK Here is a simple magical technique you may wish to try. find a word or short phase which sums up what it is that you want to accomplish.The list could go on. Each having unique characteristics that when combined result in the harmonious creation of life. which was discussed in an earlier lesson. Write the word (or phrase) down 10 times each day until you achieve success.

2. It really matters little whether we associate with the divine as the "Father. It is only by preparing our minds to be as Gods that we can ultimately attain godhead. a thing of falsehoods. 4. Witches Reed of Chivalry Page | 36 . for hearsay is. "This above all. and must be lived by all who follow the Old ways.to thine own self be true. a culture or specific belief system has created over time for association purposes. so shall ye reap.. in large part.. and have them known that honesty is likewise expected of them.. Goddess and God. 8. Written by: Herne Source: http://wicca. to their sisters and brothers of the Craft.htm Witches Reed of Chivalry Insofar as the Craft of the Wise is the most ancient and most honorable creed of humankind." Ultimately. Son and Holy Ghost" or "The One. Chivalry is a high code of honour which is of most ancient Celtic Pagan origin. give thy word sparingly. bringing into creation. for "as ye sow. and return.. It must be kenned that thoughts and intent put forth on this Middle-Earth will wax strong in other worlds beyond.. but adhere to it like iron. Pass not unverified words about another. A Witch's word must have the validity of a signed and witnessed oath. it behooves all who are Witches to act in ways that give respect to the Old Gods. Thus one should exercise discipline. that which had been sent forth. Refrain from speaking ill of others. be it noted that: 1." 3. and to themselves.com/celtic/wicca/concepts. 7. Thus. Be thou honest with others. the concept is the same.. on this world. Therefore." 5. 6.Giving name to the divine or feminine and masculine energies is in many ways irrevalent and certainly cannot justify the wars and bloodshed history has seen because of it.. for not all truths of the matter may be known. They are simply names humanity.

Those who seek the Mysteries should consider themselves as select of the Gods.9. Therefore exercise discretion in the use thereof. diverse covens and circles may well have diverse views. and thy powers wax strongly as wisdom increases.com/celtic/wicca/chivalry. Dignity. "How canst thou honour another unless thou give honour to thyself firstly?" 20. 19. The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever possible and within reason.htm Witches Reed of Chivalry Page | 37 . 14. Others have laboured long and hard for them. 10. or grove is visited or joined. 11. and seek perfection in body and in mind. Strive not to harm another. circle. Have pride in thyself. Source: http://wicca. and abide thereby. and a good humour are much to be admired. 13. 18. 17. clan. 15. 16. even if they are different than yours. one should discern quietly their practices. The fury of the moment plays folly with the truth. and cherish them as treasures. These views. Courage and honour endure forever. For the Lady hath said. thou hast power. When a coven. to keep one's head is a virtue. Though there may be differences between those of the Old Ways. As a Witch. and should always seek to make this so. Those who follow the mysteries should be above reproach in the eyes of the world. a gracious manner. for in the main they have been chosen with wisdom for the well-being of all. Their echoes remain when the mountains have crumbled to dust. Contemplate always the consequences of thine acts upon others. 12. Strengthen others of the Brethren and they shall strengthen thee. Pledge friendship and fealty to those who so warrant. should always be given respect. Thou shalt not reveal the secrets of another Witch or another Coven. for it is they who lead the race of humankind to the highest of thrones and beyond to the very stars.

but darkness surrounded them. And the vast expanse known as the universe was The One. all pervading. They sprinkled the universe with whirling globes and so all was given shape by the hands of the Goddess and God. and all occurs with the blessings of The One. live. The Goddess chose the Moon as her symbol. and the God the Sun as his to remind the inhabitants of Earth of their creators. satisfied by their works. From their union sprang the seeds of all life. Written by: Scott Cunningham Source: http://www.com/celtic/wicca/before. eternally changing.Before Time Was Before time was. all wise. the Goddess and God. The Goddess and God stretched and gave thanks to The One. and all was The One. as has been the way of existence since before time was. fashioning the Goddess and God from The One and of The One. The One was all. The Goddess and God.wicca. So they formed energy into gases and gases into suns and planets and moons. and were one. rejoiced and loved. All things come to pass thereunder. All are born. They were alone. all powerful. and the human race so that we might achieve incarnation upon the Earth. solitary save for The One. die and are reborn beneath the Moon and Sun. The One molded energy into twin forms. And space moved. there was The One. equal but opposite.htm Before Time Was Page | 38 . Light arose and the sky was illuminated by a billion suns.

She rules over the flocks and herds. which is subject to time and death. She is the foundation of everything existence: she is Mother of all things. she follows the Old Woman. Queen of Heaven and Queen of the Underworld. She is the Creator. Her many faces we see in the many goddesses. She is Hecate. She is enchanting. Moon Goddess and Star Goddess at the same time. These concepts are derived from human experience. She is so young and so old as she wants. She is also the triple goddess. Crone). She represents hope. Mother. and therefore no wife. maiden. the moon shape and the Wild Thing. She has all the goddesses. Goddess Page | 39 . She is forever young part of us that takes delight in life's wonders and possibilities lengths. and all goddesses are part of her. Fortryllersken by its boiler. and full moon. which creates balance. gives the inspiration and the one who inaugurates. and through the sacred marriage with her that God has allowed to ascend the throne. light. death and darkness. gentle. the woman over the power of words. Venus as Morning Star and Evening Star and the start of a new growing season is her. summer. she is the Creator. Her sacred color is red or silver. In her aspect as mother protector of life. just like she is queen of the Earth. but also the destroyer. She is Artemis. she is Isis. As a Virgo. Goddess is eternal: always changing and always self-renewing. and thriving as she reigns over growth times. She is the virgin Artemis and Aphrodite seductress. after the winter. Sunrise. mother and the Old Wife (Maiden. She also represents the balance . new moon. Queen of Heaven. white and blue and the title "Queen of Heaven" was borrowed by the Catholic church to the Virgin Mary and the Catholic Church had thus Statue live on through the Virgin Mary. animal babies are born and growths appear. She is the queen of the earth. spring. In the year cycle and the goddess. Mistress of Magic and the Dark Moon. seductive. dinner is her. She is Earth Mother. the country's fertility across the field and love. Star Goddess. life back to nature. and the young potential. She is raw and untamed material that we can shape. She is Cerridwen.the balance of nature and the balance between life and death. Her sacred colors. She is always virgin.Goddess Goddess in Wicca is the Great Mother. the woman of growth and fertility. life and rebirth of spring. she is double sided. the bride and the Goddess of Sovereignty.

after spring. She brings food and shelter for her children. and although I did not know where they originally come from. She knows the mysteries. and she is the old woman who lives in the woods and can learn many secrets from him. and one must also accept his dark part. and she can help us to complete a cycle. winter and widow's wail her. and waning moon. But to understand who she is and what she stands for. In the year and goddess circuit follows her mother. and she is born again Goddess. Source: http://www. goddess of the night and the underworld goddess. and she knows that patience brings all the answers. For life always gives birth to new life. shadows silence. but she also represents peace in the darkness of night and death. the dark night. This is the description of the Goddess in outline. She destroyer. who touched in his big black kettle. come all by itself. Woman of Lower. She is the wise woman. The power of solitude and silence her. Her sacred color is black. There are some texts that I feel gives a glimpse of her. I would still share them here. She also reigns over our subconscious and dreams of empire. It is time for learning.dk/wicca/ Goddess Page | 40 . weakness and death. she follows the Virgin. and she knows how to use it. Wisdom is hers. so it can nurture new life. midnight's crossroads.enchantedforest. The Old Woman is the last aspect of the Goddess. just as she watches over mothers and children.In the year and goddess circuit. As a wife she also protects married women. She watches over caves and tombs. as one reads more and more and even looking for her. She is the lush nature through the summer and harvest. too. decay and die. as winter follows fall. She tells us that everything that is born must also grow old. She is growing dark.

I give peace. There shall ye assemble. and the Cauldron of Cerridwen. And ye shall be free from slavery. for behold. and as a sign that ye be truly free. I am the gracious Goddess. to these will I teach all things that are as yet unknown. Nor do I demand sacrifice. who gives the gift of joy unto the heart of man. and adore the spirit of me. For mine is the secret door which opens upon the Land of Youth. Upon earth. ye who are fain to learn all sorcery.The Charge Of The Goddess Whenever ye have need of anything. and mine is the cup of the wine of life. and ye shall dance. I am the Mother of all living. Goddess Page | 41 . yet have not won its deepest secrets. once in the month and better it be when the moon is full. make music and love. you shall be naked in your rites. and beyond death. which is the Holy Vessel of Immortality. and mine also is joy on earth. and my love is poured out upon the Earth. For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit. sing. for my law is love unto all beings. strive ever towards them. who am Queen of all witches. and freedom. let nothing stop you or turn you aside. Keep pure your highest ideals. then shall ye assemble in some secret place. feast. all in my praise. I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal. and reunion with those who have gone before.

power and compassion. Let my worship be within the heart that rejoicest. mirth and reverence within you. And thou who thinketh to seek for me. let thine innermost divine self be enfolded. unless thou knoweth the mystery.htm Goddess Page | 42 . Call unto thy soul. and before my face. for behold. thou wilt never find it without thee. and the desire of the heart of man. all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals.I am the beauty of the green earth. For I am the soul of Nature. and unto me all things must return. that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee. Therefore. For behold. honor and humility.com/The%20Charge%20of%20the%20Goddess. Source: http://www. arise. and come unto me. and the white moon among the stars. beloved of gods and of men.controverscial. know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not. I have been with thee from the beginning. let there be beauty and strength. and the mystery of the waters. who gives life to the Universe. and I am that which is attained at the end of desire. in the rapture of the infinite. From me all things proceed.

I wear the crescent Moon upon my brow and my feet rest among the starry heavens.htm Goddess Page | 43 . I am the eternal Maiden. I am the wheel.Song of the Goddess I am the Great Mother. I am mysteries yet unsolved. wisdom and understanding. and I send you blessings of limitless love. I am the chaste Goddess of the Moon. My names are many. I pour forth insight. I give release and renewal to weary souls. worshipped by all creation and existent prior to their consciousness. I am a field untouched by the plow. a path newly set upon. the gracious Lady of the harvest. and Crone of reckoning. I rule the tides of the oceans and of women and men. peace. The winds and moving leaves sing my name. Mother of all. I am the Crone. the shadow of the Moon. I am clothed in the deep. I am the life giving Mother. the Seas.wicca. boundless and eternal. I am the primal female force. the Earth. Source: http://www. By me the tides of the Earth are ruled. cool wonder of the Earth and the gold of the fields heavy with grain. I am the blessed Mother. wondrously fertile. I am the Goddess of the Moon. Rejoice in me and know the fullness of youth. I am refuge and healing. the Lady of all magic. yet know that by all names I am the same. all things come to fruition according to my season. tender of the unbroken cycle of death and rebirth.com/celtic/wicca/song.

even the Mystery of Death." replied Death. And She knelt. but let me place my cold hand on thy heart. Age causes all things to wither. and Death scourged her tenderly." She replied: "I love thee not." She said.com/stories/legend_of_descent_of_goddess. and was bound." And he taught her all the Magicks. against which I am helpless. For there are three great events in the life of man: Love. and Magick controls them all. But to be reborn you must die and be ready for a new body. that have brought thee in these ways. the Mighty One. Such was her beauty. but when men die at the end of time. and Resurrection in the new body. and to die you must be born. "Blessed Be!" and gave her the Fivefold Kiss. Source: http://www. for naught mayest thou bring with the into this our land. Why dost thou cause all things that I love and take delight in to fade and die?" "Lady. and so She journeyed to the Underworld. The Guardians of the Portals challenged her: "Strip off thy garments. lay aside thy jewels. "tis age and fate." So She laid down her garments and her jewels. Death.The Legend of the descent of the Goddess Now our Lady the Goddess had never loved.better so. saying: "Thus only mayest thou attain to joy and knowledge. and this is all the Magicks. saying: "Blessed be thy feet.php Goddess Page | 44 . abide with me!" But She answered: "I love thee not. Abide with me. as are all who enter the Realms of Death. and you must remember and love them again. that Death himself knelt and kissed her feet. but She would solve all the Mysteries. But thou! Thou art lovely. I give them rest and peace. For to fulfill love you must return again at the same time and place as the loved one. thou must receive Death's scourge. and without love you may not be born." And Death said." Then said Death: "An thou receivest not my hand on thy heart.paganlibrary." "It is fate . and strength so that they may return. "I feel the pangs of love. And She cried. Return not.

Tiamat. and by a million.The Charge of the Dark Goddess I have chosen to include this "dark" version because I want's to show her duality. Persephone. I am the shadowy. Wisdom and empowerment are the gifts of the Dark Goddess of Transformation. I am Justice tempered with Mercy. which I consider very important. Fata. I slit the throats of the cruel and drink the blood of the heartless. Seek me at the crossroads. the Warrior who rights all wrongs in their Time. I am the chrysalis in which you will face that which terrifies you and from which you will blossom forth. the swirling mists of midnight. and you will discover true beauty. the Teacher of Mysteries. strength. She is known to us as Kali. I am the web which connects all things. I am the crucible in which all the aspects of yourself merge together in a rainbow of union. Inanna. Goddess Page | 45 . I am the cauldron in which all opposites grow to know each other in Truth. shrouded in mystery. I am the fury. I am the fire that kisses the shackles away. I am the glinting sword that protects you from harm. Ereshkigal. Morgana. Swallow your fear and come to me. Lilith. I have been with you since you were born. and you shall be transformed. I snip the threads that bring my children home to me. there is no return. vibrant and renewed. Hecate. still tomb. I am the Sorceress that will not be ruled. which rips the flesh from injustice. Open yourself to my embrace and overcome. for once you look upon my face. My children find their blessed rest in my embrace. I am the Healer of all wounds. Arianhrod. and know Me for who I am. Cerridwen. the Weaver of Time. I raise up the oppressed and empower the disenfranchised. I make the weak strong. I am the passionate and seductive lover who inspires the poet to dream. After the day is done. and courage. and I will stay with you until you return to Me at the final dusk. all things must come to Me and bare their breasts to die and be reborn to the Whole. I make the arrogant humble. million other names: Hear me child. Durga. I am the womb from which all things are born. I am the One who calls to you at the end of your journey. I am the velvet depths of the night sky. I am the glowing forge that transforms your inner demons into tools of power.

and all your lust and desires shall avail you not at all. and discipline balanced through mirth and reverence. let my worship be within the heart that has truly tasted life. I am the soul of nature that gives form to the universe. Illumination. Source: http://www. For unless you know my mystery. look wherever you will. I am the mystery of the Otherworld and the fear that coils about your heart in the time of your trials. child.no/bos/chcrone. as yet unimagined and unknown. Venture into the dark so that you may awaken to Balance. compassion in your wrath. from the very beginning.enchantedforest. Seek me within and without. hidden in the deepest night. for behold all acts of magic and art are my pleasure and my greatest ritual is love itself. I am you. the comforting hand that nurtured you in the dawn of life. it is I who await you at the end of the spiral dance.dk/wicca/ Charge of the Crone Hear the words of the Dark Goddess who stands within the crossroads.Most importantly. for it is within you and nowhere else. and Wholeness.html Goddess Page | 46 . for I am that which is attained at the end of the dance. it will elude you. whose torch illuminates the Underworld: I am the Queen of Magic and the dark of the Moon. Know me. Source: http://web. know that all your questioning and efforts are for nothing. power in your humility. For behold. and you will be strong.akasha. Most ancient among gods and mortals. and the loving embrace that awaits you at the end of each life. and I am within you. Therefore let there be beauty in your strength. I have ever been with you. You who seek to remove my veil and behold my true face. I am part of you. and I am the womb of new beginnings. Take my Love with you everywhere and find the Power within to be who you wish.

God Page | 47 . so the tribe can survive. At Samhain draws the god of the underworld. and he has both bright and dark sides. of course. He is the sacrifice that must die. But just as the Goddess. he is doublefolded. The god Pan. he loses his power. But I would strongly emphasize that God is NOT this evil figure. and through the winter and spring growing his strength. At Litha is his power at its peak. The Horned God is not "devil" from Christianity. flocks. And the Celtic "Cernunnos" simply means "the Horned". Thus. But his sacrifice will not be poisoned. and thus master over death and resurrection. which filled the shaman. But it's not just animals that must die for others to survive . where he waits to be reborn of the Goddess at the next Yule. it is a gift from nature. By Lugnasadh takes god's dark side over and the sun loses its strength. the spirit of vegetation in the countryside and everything that grows in the wild. For he is also the one who takes life. This way through. to be reborn to her. and he has brought much to the fertility goddess and nature. with its goat hooves and human torso was also a horned god of the forest. and just as the Horned God described here. human sexuality and ecstasy were the Christians regarded as a sin. He's like the Statue double-sided.God Witches god is the ancient hunting and fertility. darkness and dark shadows in the deep woods and in the underworld. he was both god of fertility and the underworld god. and he was therefore made to their symbol of evil. he also harvest god. he finds also the peace of the Great Mother. which is found in life-forces. Osiris is one example. he is also the lord of life and the giver of life. Just as the seed goes into the earth and reborn the following spring. His wild and free aspect. but as autumn begins to approach. He is not only the hunter but the hunted. He is the lord of the forest. even though the Christians made him this. he is also master of light and darkness. But death is not final. He is the hunted animal soul. This is also seen in the god's function as a sun god. Thus. the darkness of night. The Horned God as the god of fertility is found in many other mythologies. At Yule fed him by the goddess. the Horned God.including grain is being sacrificed at harvest. meadows and woods.

He is the wise Odin.he is all gods. come all by itself. and although I am not aware of where they originally come from. There are some texts that I feel gives a glimpse of him too.enchantedforest. I would still share them here. as one reads more and more and even looking for him. This is the description of God in outline. god has many faces and names. he is the hunter and the hunted. But to understand who he is and what he stands for. They are his many faces and many aspects. all gods are a part of him. lord of the underworld Hades .Like the goddess.dk/wicca/ God Page | 48 . Forest Lord and God of the underworld. Source: http://www. But first and foremost.

Not Thee do we adore. Whose Name is Mystery of Mysteries. Dionysus. Beli. Osiris. I am alone. O Secret of Secrets.The Charge Of The God Listen to the Words of the Horned God. I am the Lord of the Universe. And the Spark of the Spirit Eternal. Pan. Dianus. the Lord within ourselves. The All-Devourer and the All-Begetter. And in the core of every Star. That art hidden in the being of all that lives. and the Giver of Life. I am the Flame that burns in the heart of every being. And by many other Names. Who was of old called among men: Adonis. The Father of all living. Yet therefore is the Knowledge of Me The Knowledge of Death and Resurrection. Thou art That. Lugh. and That am I. For I am the Midnight Sun. For That which adoreth is also Thou. Herne. I am the Lord of the Shadows In the darkness of the Underworld. I am He Whose Seed lies strewn As glittering Gems across velvet darkness Within the Womb of the Mother. Cernunnos. I am Life. Bran. I am the Light of the Stars. Tammuz. God Page | 49 . I am the Horned God. For I am the God Within. Gwyn.

I am the Light of Life. of flock. I am the Hidden God.controverscial. I am the seed of flesh. God of forest. For I dwell within the secret seed.I am the Horned Leader of the Hosts of Air. I am a smooth Path beneath you. Who ever yet remains. I am the wolf and the Shepherd.com/The%20Charge%20of%20the%20God. The Judge of Gods and of Men. The Leader of the Wild Hunt. I am a Guiding Star above you. I am the Hunter and Hunted. and of field. I am the seed of grain. I am the Seed of the Stars.htm God Page | 50 . I am the Flame of Love. I am a bright Flame before you. I am the Lord of the Heights. I am the Horned God! Source: http://www. I am the vine and the grain. I am the Lord of the Depths.

enchantedforest. Lord of Light Golden One and King of Glory Rejoice in my orb Now in its splendour My warmth has restored the earth to its life About me the planets revolve.The Charge of the Sun God I am the Sun God At the height of my power The noon of my majesty No shadow I cast My light at full zenith Darkness is overcome Rejoice in the light Born of the dark was I In the cold midnight Sun of that hunting God Deep in the greenwood I come forth and put to flight the darkness Lord of Life. Source: http://www.dk/wicca/ God Page | 51 .

Sing to us and cry out. Hoder. Anubis. the Dark Mother and I will listen. Life is immortal because the living must die. for behold. and the Power will be yours to wield. Gather in the moonless night and speak in unknown tongues. in the body of one you love.dk/wicca/ God Page | 52 . Source: http://www. I am the never ending veil of Night where the Star Goddess dances.The Charge of the Dark God I have chosen to include this "dark" version because I want's to show his duality. but no kiss return. and I am the laughter at the edge of Death. in the mouth. Listen to the words of the Dark God. Setesh.enchantedforest. Come with me into the warm enfolding dark. Blow me a kiss when the sky is dark. which I consider very important. and be transformed. I am the power that says No. and by many other names: I am the shadow in the bright day. and I will smile. who was of old called Lakchos. Hades. I am the Death that must be so that Life may continue. feel my caresses in the hands. for my kiss is the final one for all mortal flesh. and That Is Enough. and NO further. I am the things that cannot be spoken of. I am the strength that protects. that limits. Donn. I am the reminder of mortality at the height of living.

akasha.html God Page | 53 . Come! Come! To the heart-beats drum! Come to us who gather below When the broad white moon is climbing slow Through the stars to the heaven's height We hear thy hoofs on the wind of night! As black tree-branches shake and sigh. In fiery flame by starlight pale. Sabbat and equinox Source: http://web. by the moon-led sea. By the standing stone and the twisted tree. As the moon bewitches the midnight air. Thee we invoke where gather thine own. When the haunted wood is hushed and still. By joy and terror we know thee nigh.no/bos/chhorned. O'Horned One! Thee we invoke. Come where the round of the dance is trod. O'Horned One! We call thy name into the night. In shadowy host that rides the gale. By the nameless shrine forgotten and lone.Charge of the Horned God By the flame that burneth bright. Evoke thy powers. And by the fern-brakes fairy-haunted Of forests wild and woods enchanted. on dusky hill. Horn and hoof of the goatfoot God! By moonlit meadow. Come to the charm of the chanted prayer. that potent bide In shining stream and the secret tide. We speak the spell thy power unlocks At Solstice.

Witch Living Rules and laws "And harm it none. Apply Knowledge With Wisdom: Use the wisdom you have gained to temper your actions.as simple as that. 4. If you follow the principles of Wiccans that the Divine exists in nature and its creatures. In other words. Keep daily journals as well as sleep journals. Take classes offered in your area such as tarot. your goals and what you want and who you really are. Wisdom is a gift given to the wise and the wise use their wisdom to make the best decisions available. your goals and anything else you think that is important.enchantedforest. step back and examine yourself. which constitutes the main guideline in wicca. because no one knows everything. meditation among other things that interest you. To apply knowledge without wisdom is reckless and can be dangerous in certain situations. Talk to other Wiccans and exchange ideas and experiences. Use your daily journals to understand your thoughts and motivations. 3. Source: http://www. Attend public rituals to gain insight into how others practice. Endeavor to heal your shadow self. this falls quite naturally. Know Your Craft: Study and practice the Craft. Through exploring the different aspects and theories of the Craft you will become more adept and begin to form your own theories and practices that work best for you.dk/wicca/ 13 Goals of the Witch 1. There is not some "10 Commandments" or other definite rules of wicca. Do not abuse the knowledge you have acquired. Learn: The learning never ends when you are a witch. The truly wise never claim to know everything or claim the status as an authority or guru. You never know where a revelation may be hiding. experiences during meditation. Witch Living Rules and laws Page | 54 . This is The Wiccan Rede the eight words. Record your thoughts. 2. your life. do as you will" . Use your dream journal to build a base line so that you can interpret your dreams because dreams are the way our shadow self talks to us. Know Yourself: Take time to learn about yourself. Read and study everything that you can and never dismiss any knowledge out of hand.

stress relief and meditation. focus. We embrace the light and dark. To not mind your words is the same as spreading chaos magically. Our holidays.5. Essentially. Sabbats. Life your life to the fullest and make every day a celebration of life. Both have a purpose. A healthy body not only makes us feel better and live longer. 6. It is another mystery of Wicca that one has to experience to truly understand. 7. so do words. Words are the verbalization of your thoughts and therefore carry power. As a witch your thoughts manifest reality in accordance with your will. We are to eat the proper foods and practice our breathing. Achieve Balance: Wicca is a religion of balance. We are to experience nature and understand that we are part of it and it is part of us and how it affects us. Celebrate Life: This one is somewhat self explanatory. Once you have reached a level of magical development you can set events in motion without even realizing it. Keep Your Words in Good Order: As thoughts manifest reality in conformity to your will. Discipline in minding your words adds meaning to what you speak and enhances their effectiveness in magical workings as well as the mundane world. personal relationships. What it means is that we should eat a proper diet because it will help to make our bodies healthy. Your thoughts manifest before words are even formed. Keep Your Thoughts in Good Order: This goal goes hand and hand with goal 7. Attune With the Cycles of the Earth: This is one of the basic concepts of Wicca.Learning to breath correctly aids in the raising of energy. it aids us in our magical works and makes the mundane tasks easier. 8. Life is a gift from the God and Goddess and they wish us to have a good time while here. home. We are to achieve balance in our lives. 10. Witch Living Rules and laws Page | 55 . with the Wheel of the Year being based on the cycles of the Earth. A disciplined mine reduces that occurrences and aids in magical works. don’t be afraid to enjoy your life. what we take from the earth and what we give back and so on. A balanced life is a good life. It doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the food we eat or occasionally indulge. the God and Goddess. neither is more important than the other. Such as balance in the self. 9. Breathe and Eat Correctly: This one is self explanatory as well. are based upon the Wheel of the Year.

Honor the Goddess and the God: We should honor the God and Goddess in everything we do.org/13goals. It also helps us in our mundane life as well. They are a part of us as we are a part of them. That means if you send evil away then it comes three times as hard back. Meditate: Meditation is a key skill in the working of magic. We also honor our gods through rituals and celebrations. There is no such thing as a free lunch Source: http://wicca. Everything is connected to everything else 2. Exercise the Body: This is a difficult goal for many people but it is an important one. Nature knows best 4. Written by: Jim HD – 17/07/2011 1.11. 13. It reduces stress and helps us get through our mundane tasks by being able to focus and think clearly. Is a Rule that say what you send out good or bad will get back to you three times. And if you send good out then good will come back three times. It allows us to focus our thoughts thereby focusing our will. We are all connected. Our bodies are wondrous things that the God and Goddess have blessed us with.html The Law of Return The Law of Return.cnbeyer.thewiccanway. Source: http://www. We should respect the bodies we have been given and keep them in shape. Everything must go somewhere 3. We do this because we love them and we desire to not because we fear them.shtml Witch Living Rules and laws Page | 56 . To exercise the body is to honor the God and Goddess. 12.com/three. A healthy body feels better both physically and emotionally. The Rule of Three or The Threefold Law. We also live longer and are less encumbered during mundane activities and magical ones as well. By honoring them we honor ourselves and our fellow humans.

com/laws. is not open to interpretation or change.htm Witch Living Rules and laws Page | 57 . but teach not to those who would use your instructions for destruction or control. Ever remember that the Power is the sacred gift of the Goddess and God.silverhoofs. the Goddess and God need not blood to be duly worshipped. Written by: Scott Cunningham Source: http://www. so. is joy. to injure or control others. too. for to do otherwise is to lessen your connection with the Goddess and God. so create joy and disdain misery and unhappiness.com/laws. among those who walk with the Goddess and God and receive Their love. and should never be misused or abused. so long as the new laws don't break the oldest law of all: Harm None. Be not as those of other religions. to those students who you choose. Shed not blood in ritual. Those of our ways are kind to all creatures. Written by: Scott Cunningham Source: http://www. and new laws written to replace them. It is unwise to accept money for use of the Power. to the best of your ability. the oldest law. as long as by doing so you harm none. keep the law close to your heart. Use not the Power for prideful gain. the Power shall be used to protect your life or the lives of others. Ever remember that if you would be of our way. for such cheapens the mysteries of Wicca and magick.The Law Of Power The Power shall not be used to bring harm. for it quickly controls its taker. If ever the need arises. The Power can be used for your own gain. for it is the nature of the Wicca to keep the Law. for hurtful thoughts are quite draining and aren't worth the loss of energy. Teach only what you know. forever remember: She who teaches out of love shall be enfolded in the arms of the Goddess and God.silverhoofs. This. teach not to boost pride. So harm not. Harm none. And this is within your power. The Power is used only as need dictates. any law may be changed or discarded. And this is the law of the Power. Also.htm The Law We are of the Old Ways. Keep the Sabbats and Esbats to the best of your abilities. Misery is selfcreated. Blessings of the Goddess and God on us all. But if the need rises.

Source: http://www. • Never talk about others in a negative way. Source: http://www. • Treat the Earth and everything that belongs to her with the same respect that you give yourself and protect her. if others want to destroy her. No man is above you. if they want to find happiness and wisdom. and you should not humiliate others. which comes from the Holy Wood. even if you feel that what they say is worthless. • Always listen to your heart. you have to give thanks to Creator/Goddess. it benefits everyone and not just you.enchantedforest. also in the day giving you the opportunity to develop yourself. Give thanks for life in you and the opportunities available in the light in front of you. contain certain basic ethical principles that all people can live with in their everyday lives.dk/wicca/ Give Thanks Every morning when you wake up and every night before falling asleep.The Sacred Wood The Sacred Wood found in all types of natural religions. • Respect others' privacy and does not break into other people's quiet moments or personal circle. • No man is under you. • Live by the laws which are valid for the country you live in. • Never interrupt others' conversation.dk/wicca/ Witch Living Rules and laws Page | 58 .enchantedforest.enchantedforest. always treat others with respect. Think about the things you did and the thoughts you had today and pray that you may be able to make them better. • Show deep respect for others' beliefs and religion. • Do not touch anything belonging to others (especially sacred objects) without permission. all of nature people have and still practice everywhere. Doctrine. Source: http://www. These principles are the guiding stars twinkling of experience. • Listen politely to others speak. whether they are there or not. and you must therefore do not accept to be humiliated.dk/wicca/ Show Respect • To show respect is a basic law in life.

• Listen to the advice you get from your heart and feel its way. you. including yourself. all are beautiful and as children of the Creator they must all be respected. is the side where you are in the light and it makes it alot easier way to go. in quiet moments of meditation and through the wise older people and true friends' words and deeds. but if you listen to mother nature and see the balance that exists between all leving thinks. Once you have learned to look carefully.enchantedforest. and go toward the light. then it's easier to keep your balance. including yourself. and do something good about someone do something good for everyone. • Expect to find guidance in many ways. you have found the right path to light.dk/wicca/ Witch Living Rules and laws Page | 59 . • All nations and tribes in the universe is as different colored flowers on a meadow. Source: http://www. in dreams. • Shop evil against another person acting hurts from all people. what place it has gotten in life.Find balance The balance between what is good and evil is and has always been a very difficult thing. • Find the balance between good and evil.

The Law was made and ordained of old. 16. be he of sufficient rank.And the High Priestess shall choose whom she will.The 161 Laws 1.And the High Priest shall support her as the representative of the God. 6. 14. 17. And that it may be a fit place for the gods to enter. 12. for it was made for the good of Wicca as the worship of the Wicca is good for the gods. And the Wicca shall be properly prepared and purified to enter into the presence of the gods. for the gods cannot help man without the help of man. 19.And the greatest virtue of a High Priestess be that she recognize that youth is necessary to the representative of the Goddess.For in this way only may men have communion with the gods.For a true High Priestess realizes that gracefully surrendering pride of place is one of the greatest virtues. With love and worship in their hearts. should be truly cast and purified.But the High Priestess should ever mind that the power comes from Him. to be her High Priest. As has been taught of old. 21. 4. For the gods love the brethren of Wicca.And the High Priestess shall rule her coven as the representative of the Goddess. So should the Wicca love the gods by being mastered by them. And it is necessary that the Circle which is the temple of the gods. 13. 5. 15. which they ordain. Her wisdom and justice. 9. 8. The Wicca should give due worship to the gods and obey their will. with greater power and beauty. 10.So He resigned all His power to Her. 3. 2. 20. laying His power at the feet of the Goddess because of Her youth and beauty. as the God Himself kissed Her feet in the five-fold salute. to advise and help in their troubles. Her humility and generosity.So she will gracefully retire in favour of a younger woman should the Coven so decide in council.And that thereby she will return to that pride of place in another life. 18.It is only lent. 7. The Law was made for the Wicca. As a man loveth a woman by mastering her. they shall raise power from their bodies to give power to the gods. Her sweetness and kindness. to be used wisely and justly.For. HPS & HP 11. Witch Living Rules and laws Page | 60 .

And only if it be safe may the Covens meet in some safe place for the great festivals. 33. with the help and advice of the High Priest and the Elders.Nor may he tell where the Covendom be. save only the Priest and Priestess and messenger."I will not work under this High Priestess. in their agony. 32. 38. or in any way tell anything which can betray any of us to our foes.And there shall be no communication between them. 40. always heeding the advice of the Messenger of the Gods if he cometh. save by the messenger of the gods. 30.Or where the meetings be. or the summoner.In the old days. 41. DISPUTES 36.But it must be recognized that there will always be people who will ever strive to force others to do as they will. 26.Let each High Priestess govern her Coven with justice and love. none shall say whence they came nor give their true names.And while there.And they oft have good ideas and such ideas should be talked over in council.So be it ordained that no Coven shall know where the next Coven bide.So be it ordained that no one shall tell anyone not of the craft who be of the Wicca. that if any be tortured. 35. when witchdom extended far.So be it ordained that none but the Wicca may see our mysteries.To this end. or if they say. 34. we were free and worshipped in all the greater temples.And if any break these Laws. they may not tell if they do not know.But if they will not agree with their Brothers.She will heed all complaints of all Brothers and strive to settle all differences among them. 42. THE CURSE OF THE GODDESS SHALL BE UPON THEM.Or who its members be. 28. 25.SECURITY 22. 27.These are not necessarily evil. even under torture. for our enemies are many and torture loosens the tongue of man. 39.But in these unhappy times we must celebrate our sacred mysteries in secret.Or the Covenstead. so they may never be reborn on earth and may remain where they belong. 23. in the hell of the Christians." Witch Living Rules and laws Page | 61 . 31. nor give any names or where they bide. 37. 24. 29.

Witch Living Rules and laws Page | 62 .Learn as much as you may by heart and. 46. 48. 54. when danger is past. they must utterly avoid the old Coven. 57. meet for the great festivals if it be truly in peace and brotherly love. and on the instant avoid their dwelling and remove to the new Covendom.The Elders of the new and old Covens should meet in peace and brotherly love to decide the new boundaries. 50.Anyone living within the Covendom and wishing to form a new Coven.So destroy everything not necessary. NEW COVENS 44. you may be arraigned. 55.But splitting the Coven often means strife. 56.For if it be found in their hand of write.Any of the third may claim to found a new Coven because they live over a league away from the Covenstead or are about to do so.Those of the craft who dwell outside both Covendoms may join either but not both. 60.It hath ever been the Old Law to be convenient to the Brethren and to avoid disputes. but never let the book out of your hands.43.And our oppressors know well "Ye may not be a witch alone". Let brothers and sisters copy what they will. an it be safe.Let each guard his own writings and destroy them whenever danger threatens. shall tell the Elders of their intention. 47. and never keep the writings of another. destroy their book an they have not been able to. rewrite your book. 58. 53.If your book be found on you.Though all may. 'tis clear proof against you alone. But if they do. an it be found. if the Elders agree. So be it ordained.If you would keep a book. 49.For.Members of the old Coven may join the new one when it is formed. let it be in your own hand of write. they may be taken and arraigned. 59. 'tis clear proof against them.So all their kin and friends be in danger of torture. 45.For this reason. if any die. GRIMOIRE 51. 52. so for this reason these Laws were made of old and may the CURSE OF THE GODDESS BE ON ANY WHO DISREGARD THEM.

74. you will feel naught. never say you would wish ill of anyone. "My mother used to worship the Old Ones.For this reason. consorting with a Christian devil or sacrificing children.But if they try to make you speak of impossibilities such as flying through the air.If the torture be too great to bear. 65. I would I could go myself.If they try to make you speak of the Brotherhood. but if you betray aught there is no hope for you in this life or in that to come. as if they would come to our meetings. What do you want me to say?" 63. 62.If you are condemned. These speak as if they were well affected to us.To obtain relief from torture say "I had an evil dream. I cannot bear this torture. 77.PERSECUTION 61." 81. do not. 76. if steadfast you go to the pyre. TOOLS 71. the Christians have their spies everywhere. deny it afterwards. fear not.Let the colours of the hilts tell which is which. 80. 64.Write the names and signs on them in ink before consecrating them and wash it off immediately afterwards. the ecstasy of the goddess. I was crazed. say. say you babbled under torture. You go to death and what lies beyond. if there be an excuse.Have no sword unless your rank allows it. 69. let the working tools be as ordinary things that any may have in their houses. 70.Ever remember ye are the hidden children of the Goddess so never do anything to disgrace them or Her.Be sure. 72. it frightens me.Not all magistrates are bad.To avoid discovery. drugs will reach you. saying. never threaten. 79.Let the pentacles be of wax so that they may be broken at once or melted.If any person not in the Circle. speak of the craft.Keep all thoughts of the craft from your mind. 75. 68.Have no names or signs on anything. they may show mercy. 73. 'tis evil luck to speak of it. CONDUCT 78. "Speak not to me of such.Never boast.The Brotherhood is powerful and will help you to escape if you stand steadfast." 66.Do not engrave them lest they cause discovery. or eating men's flesh. say "I will confess.If you have confessed aught." Witch Living Rules and laws Page | 63 . say you knew not what you said. I was beside myself. 67.

an it be just. the High Priestess shall straightly convene the Elders and inquire into the matter. For none may come to meetings with those with whom they are at variance. for the craft must ever survive. 100.And let all justly guard all monies of the craft. 91.And even the Christians say." but if any Brother work willingly for the good of the craft without pay. But at the same time.And say." 85. 'tis right they have their pay. an either cannot agree. If there be any dispute or quarrel among the Brethren. ever deny all knowledge. So be it ordained. 89.And if any Brother truly wrought it. An this be not taking money for the art.If the craft hath any appanage. 95. "'Void the Coven or seek another one.82. 90. 94. "'Tis foolish men talk of witches flying through the air. "Many wise men now say there be no such creatures.Ever make it jest) and in some future time perhaps. To do so they must be as light as thistledown. 97. the persecution may die and we may worship our gods in safety again. And men say that witches all be blear-eyed old crones.To such as these. So. the answer be. get hence. there be some people who cannot rule justly. Ever recognising there be people who can never agree to work under others. 93. To those who cannot rule justly. 96. taking with you those who will go." 98. let all guard it and help to keep it clear and good for the craft. So be it ordained. not favouring one side or the other. QUARRELS 92. there is one answer. first alone and then together. 87. and they shall hear both sides. so what pleasure can there be at a witch meeting such as folks talk on ?" 84." 99. Witch Living Rules and laws Page | 64 . "The labourer is worthy of his hire. but for good and honest work. VALUABLES 88.Let us all pray for that happy day. ever say. To those who must ever be chief. or make a Coven of your own. "Those who cannot bear your rule will leave you.May the blessings of the Goddess and God be on all who keep these Laws which are ordained. 86. 'tis but to their greater honour. 83. And they shall decide justly.But to others.

after great consultations with all. And many have died because they were scolding old women. and the hunt is up again.But when one of our oppressors die. 106. so is the god of the Christians ever in need of man's help to search out and destroy us. 109. thinking. "Such a one is a mighty searcher out. Their priests ever tell them that any who get our help are damned to this hell forever.For all know full well that so many folk have died because someone had a grudge against them. 110. use the art to restrain Christians from harming us Brothers. They have countless thousands.CURSES 101.However much they may injure us. Witch Living Rules and laws Page | 65 . or harm any. So for this reason all be forever spying. or even be sick. so it be proof that they cannot or more truly there be none. and none hath done him harm.But as our gods need our aid to make fertility for man and crops. harm none. say. "There be none. or if there be. "This be witches' malice". And though they slay ten of their own to one of ours. but only to constrain them and never to punish. may use the art in any way to do ill." 105.And this be to our advantage and turns suspicion away from us. But in these evil days we must not do so.In England and Scotland 'tis now many a year since a witch hath died the death." 111. 113.While we are few indeed.To this end men will say. 102.But they make men believe that they may escape this hell if they give victims to the tormentors. ever is the cry. or were persecuted because they had money or goods to sieze. So much that men now say that only old women are witches. they be in a far country. "An I can catch but one of these Wicca.In the olden days when we had power.That none shall use the art in any way to do ill to any. I will escape from this fiery pit. and a persecutor of old women whom they deemeth to be witches. still they care not. however great an injury or injustice they receive. we could use the art against any who ill-treated the Brotherhood. so men be mad with the terror of it. But they may. And this be chiefly by giving monies and rich gifts to receive his favour for their great god is ever in need of money. and men searching long and not finding.That this Law shall ever continue to help us in our plight. no one. For our enemies have devised a burning pit of everlasting fire into which they say their god casteth all the people who worship him.So for this reason we have our hidels." 104. And nowtimes many believe we exist not. except it be the very few who are released by their priest's spells and masses. So be it ordained. 112. or because they had none to bribe the searchers. 103. 108. 107. But any misuse of the power might raise the persecution again.

Do good. Or any tribunal but that of the Priestess.114. But ever let the Coven debate this at length. In any dispute between Brethren.Never accept money for the use of the art. 127. and only if it be safe. If it is not possible to achieve your ends one way. LAW OF THE LAND 126. 120. So be it ordained. 116. an it be safe. PAYMENT 119. If you accept no money. for money ever smeareth the taker. no one may invoke any laws but those of the craft. however much you are tempted. 117. may the art be used. Witch Living Rules and laws Page | 66 . perchance the aim may be achieved by acting in a different way so as to harm none. 123.If you know it is being broken. "Tis the Old Law and the most important of all laws. 122. or bring them into contact with the law of the land or any persecutors. to incline the owner's mind so as to be willing to sell. Only if all are satisfied that none may be harmed.So never break this Law.Be not as these.All may use the art for their own advantage or for the advantage of the craft only if you are sure you harm none. 125. 118. provided it harmeth him not in any way and the full price is paid without haggling. that no one may do anything which will endanger any of the craft. and never consent to its being broken in the least. 'Tis sorcerors and conjurers and the priests of the Christians who ever accept money for the use of their arts. 124. 115.And keep strictly to the Old Law. Priest and Elders. MAY THE CURSE OF THE GODDESS BE ON ANY WHO BREAKETH THIS LAW. 128.'Tis judged lawful if ever any of the craft need a house or land and none will sell. So be it ordained. And they sell pardons to let men escape from their sins. you must work strongly against it. 121.Never bargain or cheapen anything whilst you buy by the art. you will be free from temptation to use the art for evil causes.And any High Priestess or High Priest who consents to its breach must immediately be deposed for 'tis the blood of the Brethren they endanger.

134.It ever be the way with women and with men also. and the curses of both the God and the Goddess be on all who break them. and the curse of the gods be on any who break this Law. 140.Or who speak of any real meeting-place or where they bide.But it may be found a disadvantage to the craft. I know not where." 131. USE OF THE ART 138. for the art is holy and may only be used in need. show us your power. and all cures so all may learn. 139. 142. That is. RESIGNATIONS 141." because our oppressors of old make it a heresy not to believe in witchcraft and so a crime to deny it which thereby puts you under suspicion. 132. "I know not of it here.And so many a time it has happened that a High Priest or a High Priestess. 130. "You have no power.But keep another book with all the Bales and Apies and let only the Elders and other trustworthy people have this knowledge. impelled by love.But the curse of the Goddess be on any who cast suspicion on any of the Brotherhood. 136.But ever speak of them as old crones. hath departed with their love. WORTCUNNING 135. Do magic before our eyes.Heed them not. consorting with the devil and riding through the air. "There be witchcraft in the land.Nor should we reprove them for this.But ever say. perchance there may be but afar off. 143. 137. they left the Coven. Witch Living Rules and laws Page | 67 .Remember the art is the secret of the gods and may only be used in earnest and never for show or vainglory.Magicians and Christians may taunt us saying. 144. then only will we believe.Let the craft keep books with the names of all herbs which are good." 133.And ever say." seeking to cause us to betray the art before them. "But how may many ride the air if they be not as light as thistledown.DISCUSSION OF WITCHCRAFT 129.It is not forbidden to say as Christians do. that they ever seek new love. So be it ordained.And may the blessings of the gods be on all who keep these Laws.

and it is the cause of better results if this be so.akasha.So the Law is. 147. Source: http://web. if a High Priestess leaves her Coven. 146. So be it ordained. 159. 152.Now if the High Priestess wishes to resign.But if they should run off without resigning. the deputy is made maiden and deputy of the High Priestess. the culprit kneeling should be told his fault and his sentence pronounced. PUNISHMENT 156.And if for any reason this be undesireable.The person who has done the work should reap the benefit of the reward.All properly prepared.Order and discipline must be kept.And it is for this reason that a man may be taught only by a woman and a woman by a man. and women and women should not attempt these practices together. that deputy shall act as High Priestess for as long as the High Priestess is away.no/bos/161.145. If somebody else is elected. 161.html Witch Living Rules and laws Page | 68 . 158.And this resignation is valid. it can easily be avoided by both persons from the outset firmly resolving in their minds to be as brother and sister or parent and child. if she has a deputy.Meanwhile. 160. then shall the Coven elect a new High Priestess. 50.The culprit must acknowledge the justice of the punishment by kissing the hand on receiving sentence and again thanking for punishment received.A High Priestess or a High Priest may. she may do so in full Coven. 157.To this end all the craft must receive correction willingly. 149. who may know if they may not return in a few months? 148. punish all faults. 151.Punishment should be followed by something amusing. and should.Unless there is a good reason to the contrary.It has been found that practicing the art doth cause a fondness between aspirant and tutor.If she returns not at the end of a year and a day. TRAINING 153. she be taken back and all be as before. So be it ordained. 155. 154.

members who create dissension and discord within the Craft will be asked to resign. No member will be present at any meeting where the working is that of a higher Grade than he or she has attained. take appropriate action. If any member of the Craft feels that he or she has reason to complain of the conduct of any other member in matters affecting the Craft. No member of the Craft will initiate any person unless that person has been interviewed by at least two Elders and accepted as suitable. 7. Witch Living Rules and laws Page | 69 . or of any misdemeanour towards any member whilst on Craft premises. 8. 6. or cause any such information to be published in any way. 2. 3. No member will disclose the name and address or telephone number of any other member to any person whatsoever without the said other member's previous permission. will. 5. nor will any of the Elders do so without the approval of the rest of the Elders. No affairs of the Craft will be discussed by members in the presence of uninitiated persons. or in places where conversation is likely to be overheard. after considering all available evidence. Such papers as are permissible will be kept in a secure place. No copies of any papers relating to the Craft will be made or retained without the Elders' permission. No member of the Craft will give any information or interview about the Craft to any journalist or writer.The Proposed Laws 1. he or she will bring the said complaint to the notice of the Elders as soon as possible. except by invitation of the Elders. These invitations will only be extended on very rare occasions where special circumstances exist. without the approval of the Elders. As it is essential for the successful working of ritual by a group that there should be unity of purpose and an harmonious psychic atmosphere. The Elders. if they find the complaint justified. 4. Should they fail or refuse to do so they will be informed in writing by the Elders that they have been expelled.

including the Elders. and all new members will be given a copy of these rules upon initiation. will read these rules and declare upon their honour that they will abide by them in letter and in spirit. the Elders will receive a report of it. he or she will honourably observe the Oath of Secrecy taken at initiation. If the Elders be not present at such meetings. and will also return to the Elders any written matter relating to the Craft which may be in his or her possession. or as near to them as possible. and details of ceremonies carried out. prior to initiation. 13. It will be understood by all members that these rules are equally binding upon all Grades of the Craft.akasha. Nor will the Elders give approval to any important innovation without first asking the approval of the rest of the Craft. 11. 10. Where convenient. they will receive a report of them. In the event of any member resigning from the Craft. Members will meet upon the traditional occasions. verbal reports will be accepted. or such officers as the Elders authorise to do so.html Witch Living Rules and laws Page | 70 . This declaration will be made to the Elders in writing. New members. names of members attending. Members will endeavour to acquaint themselves with the traditions of the Craft. and such meetings will be arranged by the Elders. 12. Members may arrange other meetings for their private working if they so desire. All members will receive a copy of these rules. This report will take the form of a short letter to the Elders giving place and date of the meeting.no/bos/proposed. and signed. and that serious and/or persistent breach of these rules will be grounds for expulsion.9. and will not introduce innovations into the working without the Elders' approval. Source: http://web. but if more than two members be present at such a meeting.

Time of Magic When you perform magic. Tuesday: This day is associated with our Nordic god of war Tyr . Appropriate colors for the moon is white and pearl-like purple (which shone in beads or a few white moonstone). Red is a color associated with the mind. the sun gods and the sun and golden yellows. Often referred to Mars as the red planet. The colors associated with Mercury are strong and clear. Monday: This is the lunar day. energizing and used to stimulate the mind rather than emotions. But time also come into play. Monday is a day of healing and psychic development. every time you perform magic. Sunday: The name comes from the Nordic sunnudagr or "sunny days" and Sunday is therefore associated with the sun. day.). communication (with its animals. just as it is good time to promote health and prosperity. consideration is much why and how. More traditional goddess images associated with the moon (Selene. Aradia. date. etc. Working with Mars can be excellent if you need to enhance their lives or themselves. though of course you need not consider the month. Examples are yellow or orange. It is especially good for Wednesday include divination and magic that has communication and knowledge to do. His Roman counterpart is Mercury. Odin ruled over mind (wisdom).only mind can. Weekdays The seven days of the week. But if one wants to give his magic a little extra strength. Solar energy brings life. moon phase. Wednesday: This is Odin's day. energy and physical strength. etc. In Roman mythology. Hecate. which flew out into the world) and knowledge. but it is not often that time is involved. but it is important to be careful and remember that this energy also has an ever-aspect in itself. which also affects the Sunday. this corresponds to the war god Mars. the messenger with the magic sandals and helmet as he let fly through the air in an enormous speed . it might be a good idea to consider when. fire. each associated with a planet in our solar system.Tyr's day it is. Some days just better suited to a type of magic. Time of Magic Page | 71 . Diana. The day is associated with body and health and our psychological properties. making it also suitable colors in the magical effect. and each day has its strength lying at specific energies.

The planet Venus is easy to see the sky when it is full of stars. fertility Stability. learning." cheerful ") comes from this and the meaning of this word can give a good picture of what kind of thoughts that are associated with Jupiter. In traditional astrology Saturn has a bad reputation because it is associated with melancholy. Friday: The day incorporates the name of the goddesses Frigg and Freya. since this was a normal day to swim at. refers the name "Saturday" not for some planets. Another word for Jupiter is "Jove". brown and black. and some of his properties are precautionary. His colors are dark and earthly.enchantedforest. In Danish. Venus was the Roman goddess of beauty and love.Saturn's Day. Grounding. abundance. mind Source: http://www. Violet Red Blue Green brown Magic intent Prosperity. since this reflects the sky. and are often (despite the fact that it is a planet) called both "evening star" and "morning star" because the light from the usually stronger and clearer than from some of the other stars in the sky. but if you go into English with "Saturday" this refers directly to the planet Saturn . Jupiter was king of the gods and represents the royal authority as well as love of country and people." lively ". Weekday Monday Tuesday Plants Sun Moon Rulers Frankincense camphor ginger lavender Ceder Mandel Earth smells Oil Colors yellow. His color is blue. humor Love. Gold White. The word "Jovial" (meaning: "As belongs to the plant Jupiter ".dk/wicca/ Time of Magic Page | 72 . Health Psychological aspects. who would like considered to be blue. and her color was green and symbolized fertility and growth. after the Latin dies Veneris "Venus's day '. but all the planets reflect both positive and negative things.Thursday: The Norse god Thor day. orange Wisdom. conservation and care. Sparring Wednesday Mars Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Yellow. healing strength Held. Saturn is described as an old man who is responsible for keeping track of time in the universe. It is also associated with the Roman god Jupiter. He is the opposite of generosity. Saturday: From Nordic day are known as laugardagr or 'laundry'.

Evening: Love. But there is still a little bit about what aspects associated with the different parts of the day. They mark the time of year when specific energy reigns. fertility magic. healing. Moon is also widely used in wicca. mental and spiritual abilities. all kinds of magical work. boot magic for new projects and the mundane activities. where you have an easier time getting in the right mood at a particular time of day. intuition and emotional balance. health and sexuality. passion. Source: http://www. Spring Equinox / Ostara: Frøplanting. Morning and Afternoon: New beginnings. New moon: new projects. exorcism. Moon Moon's influence. both us and the magic that we send out. and its light is handy in the evening or night if you do outdoor rituals. inspiration and imagination. Full moon: psychic abilities. luck and wishes.Sabbaths Sabbaths also play their role in relation to magic. silence. fertility magic. Lammas / Lughnasadh: Letting go. Mid Summer / Litha: Magic for men and earthy matters. priesthood. Samhain: Divination. Night: Expulsion. growth potential. There should be no or very little magic thrown. Waning moon: being free from something such as bad habits and the like. some type of magic more suited to some of those days than others. magic for children's health. beginnings. initiations. Winter Solstice / Yule: Celebrating. Dinner and afternoon: strength. Dark Moon: deep reflection. Therefore. Time of day The time of day has no great significance yet.enchantedforest. Some times are better suited than others. etc. lysmagi. conception. Beltane: Sex magic. weaving magic. purity. courage. spiritual marriage. (See below sabbaths for more) Imbolg: cleansing. divorce. wisdom.dk/wicca/ Time of Magic Page | 73 . self-insight. Autumn Equinox / Mabon: Magic to increase the intellectual. Often it is something more personal.

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Tools from Wicca
Athamen is a knife with a two-sided sheet. After which it is used to cut with, it is often lethargic. It is used as a pointing device to direct magical energy so as to draw the circle edge. It is a masculine symbol that symbolizes the element fire. Unfortunately, a knife with a two-sided sheet is not always the easiest to get, although there are melee weapons that would be great. These require that familiar blank gun license and often costs a lot. You can use any knife as long as it is treated as a magic tool. If you have no knife, the index and middle finger are used, so you point to them. This kind of Athame is legal everywhere, and though it may take a little training, it works fine. Bollinen is the white-handled knife, as opposed to Athamen used more practically. It is with this knife you cut herbs and branches for use in rituals or magic, just as it is also used. Bells are used to mark the beginning and end of a ritual, and chase away evil. They symbolize the consecration of the elements of movement. Bell swings represent the extremes of good and evil, death and immortality. The use of bells varies widely. Personally I connect the sound of bells with the element air and breathe. Incense is a symbol of the element air, but can also be used to represent fire. Incense also sharpens the senses and helps to achieve peace. The cup is used practically to have wine or other drink, which is used during rituals. Interest symbolically represents the woman, the feminine element of water. It is open, receptive and passive. Cup shape can vary greatly - depending on what seems true for the individual, and what can be obtained.

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The diet is probably the tool that you associate most with witches. And witches use brooms indeed, but not to fly the children fairy tales. The diet used for cleaning - both physically from the place you want to perform magic, but also at a cathartic way. So while one sweeps away dirt, removes also negative energy. The pentagram is however probably the most used symbols in wicca. It is an Earth symbol, which symbolizes the human body with outstretched arms, the complete person. The five peaks representing spirit, water, fire, earth and air (starting with the top and clockwise) and the Spirit of mastery over the elements. Pentagram circle symbolizes eternity and perfection. It is used for cleansing and "grounding". You can buy many beautiful pentagrams - glass plates, pigeon, etc. But it is one of the things that can be easily done yourself, and therefore it can be very personal. Statues or other symbols used on the altar like. It can be anything from various statues to small symbols that have meaning for it. Statues function is to create a personal relationship with God. The stick is similar in many ways Athamen. It is also used to direct energy and is also masculine. It represents the element air, and the important thing to remember is that the stick works by invitation - not command. It is used to summon and channel. The stick is simply a stick, which of course can be decorated with symbols, crystals, colored ribbons - whatever that just seems to make it just right. The sword is actually a larger version of Athamen. It has the same properties and the same ritual use. Often it will be impractical large and more expensive and harder to obtain.
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The Elements
Earth Earth is the element of form, binding, and manifestation. From an occult perspective the element of Earth is the lowest in vibratory rate of the four elements. Most modern Witchcraft/Wiccan Traditions consider Earth to be a feminine² element.Creatures known as Gnomes, a dwarf-like race, symbolize the active magickal principle of the elemental Earth. In a metaphysical sense, the color of Earth is yellow, symbolizing its vitality, activated by the sun, and it is associated with the Northern quarter. Some Wiccan Traditions associate Earth with other directional quarters and other colors. As a magickal agent the element of Earth is symbolized by the ritual tool known as a pentacle. In astrology the zodiac signs Capricorn, Virgo, and Taurus are associated with the element of Earth. Air Air is commonly associated with mental activity and is considered masculine¹ in nature. In modern Wicca/Witchcraft the magickal agent of the element of Air is symbolized by a ritual tool. Some traditions assign the wand to Air because it was once a branch moving in the wind. Other traditions assign the element of Air to the ritual blade because of the sound a blade can make when slicing the air. Creatures known as Sylphs, a fairy-like race, symbolize the active magickal principle of elemental air. In a metaphysical sense, the color of Air is blue and it is associated with the Eastern quarter. Some Wiccan Traditions associate Air with other directional quarters and other colors. In astrology, the zodiac signs Aquarius, Libra, and Gemini are associated with the element of Air. In old occult lore it was believed that spirits and ghosts had the power to wrap themselves inside the wind, giving them the ability to become invisible. From this lore, we find other associations such as the presence of a ghost indicated by areas of cold air. Howling winds were believed to carry spirits of the night. Because of the association of air, sudden gusts of wind were attributed to spirits and poltergeists.

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In modern Wicca. The Elements Page | 80 . It is a symbol of regeneration. It is traditionally linked to the color red. Water is symbolized by the ritual tool known as the chalice. The chalice contains either water or wine that is used for ritual or magickal purposes. Some traditions assign elemental Fire to the ritual blade because the blade was forged in Fire. a custom that later associated fennel with the forces of light. and Scorpio are associated with the element of Water. It is perhaps the most ancient symbol of divinity. renovation. In occultism beings known as Undines are creatures of this element. providing light and heat to aid humankind. Cancer. The ancients believed that fire could lie hidden in a piece of wood. statues of deities were encased in a bundle of branches and transported to a new location when another sacred grove was to be established. Water Water is an element associated with the west quarter.Fire Fire is sometimes known as the living element. Traditionally. Leo and Sagittarius are associated with Fire. According to ancient legend. By rubbing two pieces together the fire could often be coaxed from the wood. The eternal flame is a common theme in ancient Mystery Cults and typically represents the eternal presence of Divinity. In astrology the zodiac signs Pisces. while at the same time being a force of death and destruction. long after the creation of towns and cities. although this does differ among the various traditions. In modern Wicca.in many modern Wiccan/Witchcraft Traditions the color is blue. Hestia symbolized the divine living flame. In this manner the "fire" of the deities' spirit was conveyed from grove to grove. as did Vesta among the Romans. As a magickal agent the element of fire is symbolized by a ritual tool. In astrology the zodiac sign Aries. and dissolution. Once fire was produced the ancients often transported the flame on the end of a giant fennel stick. Fire is a living principle of duality. Among the ancient Greeks. Fire is one of the four creative elements. The connection of fire as the living spirit latent in wood drew worshippers to establish and maintain sanctuaries for their deities within the forests. Other traditions assign it to the wand because of the use of wood as a torch. the element of Water is associated with the color green .

dk/wicca/ The Elements Page | 81 . Spirit represents transcendence and transformation. In the magical tradition is the spirit that binds everything together it gives the possibility that the motion makes the magic is created. to gain spiritual knowledge and insight. It is also what is often called "chi energy" Spirit of the direction of the center. black and silver .enchantedforest. that is the kind of energy that occurs when you mix equal parts of they types element energy.Spirit Many traditions are working with a fifth element that is perceived as either "clean" energy. find your way in life. you risk getting a violent backlash or losing control over yourself and what you do when this type of energy is stronger and more violent to work with than the other four . It is associated with ecstasy. It has no negative qualities in themselves. understand things context and deeper meaning. The colors are white.but the Spirit can in principle be any color. enlightenment and balance. which is not bound by elementenergiens different shapes and / or as a synthesis of element energy. Magical Spirit used to achieve transcendence. it is however in all directions. Source: http://www. gray. but can not deal with the item.

Some choose to have a pentagram in the middle of the altar. God (his stuff belongs on the right side of the altar): Light dedicated to the god. seaweed. Air: feathers. In magic. it would be natural to decorate it with objects and colors that fit this Sabbath. athame. it will be placed with the "back" to the north. Source: http://www. goddess statue. often slightly north of center. herbs. During a sabbatical. bell. When the altar is used in connection with a circle. but the altar look very different. matches. pot. a dragon figure. celebration of a sabbatical or just for meditation. incense. These can be some of the following examples. At the altar.The Altar The altar is basically another form of tool which can be used in connection with magic. This can be tools. broom. Book of Shadows (or other notes). salt. Things like cakes. statue of the god. plants.dk/wicca/ The Altar Page | 82 . Water: Water.enchantedforest. wine. Depending on what the purpose is. shells. and it can consist of anything from a fairly flat rock to a beautifully decorated table. Fire: Light. anxiety. cup. oils and candles can be placed anywhere on the altar where there is equal space and they seem to fit. you will define the thing is that you must use for this purpose. rocks. The altar can be indoors or outdoors. and preferably also the elements. white handle knife. Soil: Soil. Goddess (her stuff belongs on the left side of the altar): Light dedicated to the goddess. you would typically place objects representing the Goddess and the God. where you are located. It is basically up to the self and what is just at hand.

In may Eve and old Hallowe'en. The dweller in green forest glades. The birth and rebirth of all nature. The forms and the forces devine. So be it Love that harms none. The passing of winter and spring. When day-time and night-time are equal. Ere time and the age began. Rejoice in magical ring. Thirteen silver moons in a year are. And the world of beyond will tell naught. The power that was passed down the age. That stand at the gate of the shrine. the Lord of the Shades. For each golden year and a day. Its compass between two world lies. When drawn is the magical circle. That now we bring forth into light. By sword or athame of power. With power to free or to bind. and the witches are seen at Lammas and Candlemas dancing. The dark and the light in siccession. She is youthful or oldas she pleases. Thirteen times make a Esbat make merry. The earth and the wide-ranging air. Four times in the year the Great Sabbat Returns. The secrets we hid in the night. By night he's wild wind's rider. Each time between a woman and man. By Magic of old. The oldest of Gods are invoked there. And Withes gather in feast.controverscial. By hidden quintessence we know them. For the two are mystical pillars. She sails the torn clouds in her barque. When sun is greatest and least. And will and keep silent and dare. The Horn'd One. By day he's the King of the Woodland. That dwell in the deeps of the mind. Mysterious water and fire. The four lesser Sabbats are summoned. When dark was our destiny's pathway. For this is the only commandment. We share with the life universal. Thirteen is a coven's array. And Do What You Will be the challenge. be it done! Source: http://www. This world has no right the to know it. Immortal and ever-renewing. The Grat Work of magic is wrought.Important Wiccans and witches texts The Witches' Creed Hear now the words of the witches. The crone who weaves spells in the dark. And Dance and make love in their praise. Till Elphame's fair land shall recieve us In peace at the end of our days. So drink the good wine to the Old Gods. The opposites each onto each. Each century unto the other. In kand of the shades for that hour. The master and mistress of magic. The bright silver lady of midnight.com Important Wiccans and witches texts Page | 83 . Shown forth as a God and a Godess: Of this our ancestors teach. And two ate the powers of nature.

all hearts will find peace and rest. To bind the spell well every time. Live you must and let to live. in perfect Love and perfect Trust. Four times the Major Sabbats mark in the light and in the dark. White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility. Nine woods in the Cauldron go. when night equals day time for Ostara to come our way. Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning adds its strength to the bright fire burning. When the wheel has turned to Yule light the log the Horned One rules. Honor the Old Ones in deed and name. chanting out the joyful tune. As the old year starts to wane the new begins.The Wiccan Rede bide within the Law you must. let the spell be said in rhyme. lock the door and trim the sail. When the wheel begins to turn soon the Beltane fires will burn. bush. In the spring. in the fire it brings the God's insight. listen much. With a fool no season spend or be counted as his friend. When the Sun has reached it's height time for Oak and Holly to fight. "An Ye Harm None. Widdershins go when the moon doth wane. harken not to others greed. Heed the flower. Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen. Oak in the forest towers with might. When the Lady's moon is new.wicca.htm Important Wiccans and witches texts Page | 84 . kiss the hand to Her times two. As the wheel turns to Lamas night power is brought to magick rite. Harvesting comes to one and all when the Autumn Equinox does fall. speak you little. Light of eye and soft of touch. the truth you'll know. For tread the Circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out. Birch in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows. Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good. When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow. When the moon rides at Her peak then your heart's desire seek. Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.com/celtic/wicca/rede. Four times the Minor Sabbats fall use the Sun to mark them all. Elder is the Lady's tree burn it not or cursed you'll be. Deosil go by the waxing moon. and tree by the Lady blessed you'll be. Merry Meet and Merry Part bright the cheeks and warm the heart. it's now Samhain. Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye. Where the rippling waters go cast a stone. love will kiss you on the mouth. Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower. When the Wind blows from the East. Heed the North winds mighty gale. and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane. expect the new and set the feast. Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you. When the wind whispers from the West. fairly take and fairly give. When the wind comes from the South. Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine. When you have and hold a need. burn them fast and burn them slow. let love and light be our guides again. Do What Ye Will" Source: http://www. When the time for Imbolc shows watch for flowers through the snows.

Soft of eye and light of touch. Widdershins go by waning moon. Bide the Wiccan Laws we must. Kiss thy hand to Her. Fairly take and fairly give. When the Lady's moon is new. When the moon rides at her peak. who is said to have learned it from his grandmother. Chanting out the baneful rune. When the wind comes from the South. Burn them fast and burn them slow. Live and let live. Important Wiccans and witches texts Page | 85 . times two. listen much. In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust. Then your heart's desire seek. Lock the door and drop the sail." which has let it be confused with The Wiccan Rede. Departed souls will have no rest. Burn it not or cursed you'll be. Expect the new and set the feast. Love will kiss thee on the mouth. Heed the North wind's mighty gale. Chanting out the Witches' Rune. Cast the Circle thrice about To keep the evil spirits out. Elder be the Lady's tree. of Lady Gwen Thompson. When the wind blows from the East. It is also called "The Rede of Wiccae.The Wiccan Credo The Wiccan Credo was released in the 70s. Nine woods in the cauldron go. Speak but little. To bind the spell every time Let the spell be spake in rhyme. Deosil go by waxing moon. When the wind blows from the West.

Source: http://www.When the Wheel begins to turn. Three times bad and three times good. Lest thy lover's false to thee. Blessed Be.html Important Wiccans and witches texts Page | 86 . Heed ye Flower. When ye have a true need. Merry Meet and Merry Part.enchantedforest. Bush and Tree. Mind the Threefold Law you should. Hearken not to others' greed. Bright the cheeks and warm the heart. the Horned One rules. Cast a stone and truth you'll know. When misfortune is enow. Let the Beltane fires burn. Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill: As Ye Harm None. With a fool no season spend. Where the rippling waters go. Do What Ye Will. Wear the blue star on thy brow. When the Wheel has turned to Yule. True in Love ever be. Lest ye be counted as his friend. Light the log.dk/wicca/credo. By the Lady.

who give true worship unto me. Artemis and Cerridwen. Am I named of old by men. Ye who ask of me a rune. wild and lone. Lover of the Horned God. Bridgid. Meet me in some secret glade. Important Wiccans and witches texts Page | 87 .Drawing Down the Moon All ye assembled at mine shrine. Hell's dark mistress. Etione. Aphrodite. Nisene. work my holy mystery. Arianrod. By the light of the Full Moon. Here I charge you in this sign All ye assembled in my sight. In a place. Mighty Queen of Witchery and night. Bow before my spirit bright. Melusine. Mother Darksome and Divine. Ye who are feign to sorcery. Mine the Scourge and mine the Kiss. Heaven's Queen. No more shall ye know slavery. Dance about mine altar stone. Dance my round in greenwood shade. I bring ye secrets yet unknown. Diana. Morgan. Or would ask of me a boon.

Ye who tread my round on Sabbat night. that bring ye ecstacy on earth. five are the points of fellowship. from me they come. but do bow.akasha. in token that ye be really free. that thy servants may be fulfilled. Source: http://web. come ye naked to the rite. I invoke Thee and call upon Thee Mighty Mother of us all. I invoke Thee by stem and bud. Bringer of Fruitfulness by seed and by root. Heart joined to heart and lip to lip. to me they go.no/bos/drmoon. Hear with her ears. for I am the cicle of rebirth. no other Law but love I know. work ye my mysteries in mirth. I invoke Thee by life and love and call upon Thee to descend into the body Of this Thy Priestess and Servant. I teach ye the mystery of rebirth. I ask no sacrifice.html Important Wiccans and witches texts Page | 88 . touch with her hands. kiss with her lips. All things living are mine own. speak with her tongue. by naught but love may I be known.

and the sacred place was the point within the center of the circle. The great altar of all things. And in this way truly are erected the holy twin pillars. For thou art the point within the Circle. Not unto thee may we attain unless thine image be love. Whereof our Father is but the younger brother. but as None. Before whom time is ashamed. Continuous One of the heavens. O Queen of Space. The point of life. and the understanding dark. soul of infinite space. And leaf and flower and fruit do we invoke thee. Therefore. which we adore. and stem and bud. Important Wiccans and witches texts Page | 89 . O Jewel of Light. Therefore should we adore it. And let them not speak of thee at all. by seed and root. Since thou art continuous. O Circle of Stars. At which in days past all worshipped. Therefore whom we adore we also invoke. In beauty and in strength were they erected To the wonder and glory of all men.The Great Rite Invocation Assist me to erect the ancient altar. Marvel beyond imagination. woman was the altar. The mind bewildered. Thus was the altar made and placed. As we have of old been taught that the point within the center is the origin of all things. without which we would not be. For in times of old. Let it be ever thus That men speak not of thee as One.

the pathway of intelligence. the five true points of fellowship.no/bos/greatrite.Altar of mysteries manifold. beyond the bounds of time and sense.html Important Wiccans and witches texts Page | 90 . Open for me the secret way. the sacred circle's secret point thus do I sign thee as of old with kisses of my lips anoint.akasha. and breast. Source: http://web. and knees. and lip. here where the Lance and Grail unite and feet. beyond the gates of night and day. behold the mystery aright.

Stories Air Meditation It is dawn. and her eyes hold the fullness of hidden knowledge. as does the fog. Toward the east end of the circle is a staff. seeming to be its protector. except that one has a winged helmet and shoes. I thank the element of air. As I look up. each of the four winds. I place the staff once again on the ground and rise. hasten from around here and fly. Then. As she steps forward. I find myself sitting within the circle still clutching the staff in my hands. whom also seems to radiate cool starlight. I look closely the attempt to solidify one form. one to each of the four corners of the earth. Blowing. Eurus brings thoughts of renewal and life. there comes another whose form seems insubstantial. I follow where my senses lead me and come to a small clearing circled by burning censers filled with sweet-smelling oils. feel the cool breeze of spring brush my face. When the mist clears. As this image fades. The second and third appear almost identical. seems to embody the possibilities of many lifetimes. I take the staff into my hands and close my eyes. and hear the sound of the rustling leaves. As she fades. and seems to constitute both the image of a woman and a cow at the same time. out of the swirling fog of colors come dozens of small. lithe figures who swirl around as if carried on the wind itself. they begin to fade. I find myself in a forest filled with Aspen trees. The first glows with the light of the moon. They dance around my head and body. One glows with the pale light of the full moon. I look up to find further figures emerging from the mist. I am presented with the forms of two women who immediately remind me of the nighttime sky. but I cannot. I follow the wind further into the soft shadows of the forest. Then. in turn. three male figures issue from the mist. taking my attention from the spirits of the air. Suddenly. swirling around as if caught in a dance to unheard music. The other. First come swirling colors of white then yellow then fading darker into lavender. First comes a woman with the beauty of the dawn. and leave the circle. As I sit and study the sameness and difference of the three. Source: The Internet Book Of Shadows Stories Page | 91 . and all it is associated with for sharing with me its wisdom. too. In due course. the wafting hints of fragrant incense. but each's attributes differ. I walk over to the place and sit on the ground before it. these figures too fade and I am left with only the mist of the elemental world of air. inhaling deeply the strong scent of the trees. but the boughs looming overhead hide it from my view. I smell. I raise my eyes and look for the sky. They seem to be three aspects of one man. laughing from the east.

She says that I'm aware that I have found myself to Ratte with my Indian spirituality. I ask if I have to go home right away which she says no you can just stay here. When I reach the end of the beach there is a forest I walk into the woods. If it was night outside so we go out and lie us. Now you need to carve the pattern of the stick. We sing and sing about all the good things of life. By asking me what I was doing here in Hindes bedroom. When I final take me along to put the stone in the hole. But the problem is that it works only once with a stone and a piece of wood. Whereupon she said "Here is a stone here is a stick. I take the magic stone and the piece of wood I have sliced and ahead of me and make a circle of candles and sit in the middle of the circle in which I say "Tree of wood and stone of stone help me comeback again let me see my light again and easily denne være permanent stone and a permanent picas of wood easy this portal be permanent. When I suddenly encounters a beautiful stone which I picked up. I begin to walk down the beach. When I find myself in the middle of a lot of trees I see a body condition in a tree. Then she gives me a hug and says I am always welcome. Home where there is Stories Page | 92 . Whereupon I put myself on the edge of beds Hindes bed and we begin to sing. under the stars and talk about everything from good to evil. but it is very interpret. And about all the difficult situations you may be exposed to and whether you should live his life as best you can although it is sometimes very hard. I can hear the animals walking around. Before me is a post with the same sign that was in the tree. " Whereupon the young girl says. And then I say "I know magic I know many things spirituale. and be blessed spirit "I turn bright which I give the girl a huge hug and say. With a reverse pattern. finally I finished. I feel the rush of the ocean I hear the ocean roar. And now I take back home. When I look at it. I see a litte pice of wood that fits in between my stone and wood which I put between. I see that I am in a room in a house. I take the stone and wood and putter in the hole which in turn is the most beautiful light. And so opened the door and in came a young girl. It is my portal I created it to have a free place in nature and it took me. We go up again and into Hindes bedroom. Now when I'm done saying the young girl that I should write a Spell to get home. Therefore I created this portal. I'm taking my rock and looks fit in the hole. Blessed Be which she also says Blessed Be. Whereupon I feel engulfed by the light when I can again see a different light. Whereupon there arises the nicest light with all the beautiful colors. But this portal does not make sense for where the stones and the small piece of wood. I can see a pattern. And find a new stone.The place where you relax I find myself on a beach. " I begin to slit. So when you've used it once and you are forced to make a new stick. Since we can not find more to sing about. And then I'm back in the woods where there again is getting bright. But suddenly I can hear someone walking. But now I no longer my stone or piece of wood which should be in between. I put the stone in my pocket and go on. when I finish my spell.

2011 Stories Page | 93 . Written by: Jim HD .only me and all those I love.

How do you do it properly? When should it be done? And perhaps most importantly: how do you know if you've done it? (Keitha mentally rolls up her sleeves and grins).spiritual. without a circle (into the mundane world) isn't always such a great idea. if not impossible. To contain any magickal energy raised and to prevent its dissipation until it has been used up is another purpose of the circle. and for the beginner it can seem like a pointless. Written by: Keitha (FireWind) Source: http://www. and have a clear idea of where you want to put it. but a doorway to another world. It's easier to interact inside a circle. A circle is not a barrier. That's the basics. and at times. It also acts to keep magickal energy inside until it is ready to be released. etc. It involves the use of many skills. Source http://www. the most significant of which is to define an area where formal ritual work can be performed. You should be able to feel the energy you are attempting to move.spellsandmagic.com.The Magic Circle Circle casting is an important. or to keep negative energy outside. it is between the worlds. You must be able to clearly visualize what you are doing.html Questions about Opening the circle What is a Circle? A circle is a boundary of energy extending halfway above the ground and halfway below. To invite a Deity. in a very real sense.au/articles/witchcraft/casting-a-circle. difficult activity. The circle is a spiritual entity. It marks the boundary between the worlds: inside the circle is a cleansed space where the two worlds can interact. it just needs to be visualised. The sacred circle does not need to be physically represented (drawn or marked on the ground). 'regular' world. A circle is a place in which the rules and conditions are different to that of the everyday world. Why do you need a Circle? A circle is cast to create a clean space in which to do ritual and magickal workings. It creates an area in which both worlds are present. and how you are doing it. you must have a lot of focus. or an Elemental. Here are a few things to keep in mind: The Magic Circle Page | 94 . What do I need to know to cast a circle? Well. routine.com/Casting_a_Circle.htm The Purposes of a Circle A sacred circle has several purposes. Outside is the mundane. more on this later.

or making lots of noise). through. Constantly walking in. and out of the circle without cutting a door. stick to the basics: there's no substitute for them. At the beginning. Can you keep your focus for as long as it takes to set up the circle? If you are constantly second-guessing yourself. Trust yourself. or otherwise ignoring its boundaries doesn't really help you much. In my personal opinion. and focus while you rotate and move them. For a larger group. When do I cast the circle? I've found that the best time is right after you have cleansed the space (by blessing. then all you need is a circle the size of your own body. The Magic Circle Page | 95 . to contain magickal energy. you can learn funky patterns and effects. How will you visualize your circle? If you are just learning. You make it real by believing in it and acting on it. How big will your circle be? If you are casting the circle for practise. another purpose. a mixture? The nature of your circle will depend on the ritual you are planning on doing. My friend and I have had some fascinating rituals this way. If you have others with you for the ritual. a larger circle. no big surprise. it might be best to stick with simple colours. it should be large enough that you don't keep wandering to the edges and sticking your head through it. You can't really expect to cast strong circles if you can't create and keep it in your mind first. to create a space between the worlds. Later on. and before you invoke any elements or Deities. you can't maintain your concentration. This further gets rid of any negativity that might be present. save up jokes. hold them in your mind. and try to make each other laugh really hard just before you create the circle.What is the purpose of your circle? To protect from outside negativity. sweeping. Practice casting a circle in your mind during meditation. You must learn how to visualize things clearly. Treat it with respect. and provides enough positive energy to cast a good circle. The circle is real because you make it real.

If you used the energy from the Earth and Sky. Yes. It's best to stay in the circle the whole time it's up. then it's a good idea to change it into healing energy for our planet and our skies before you channel it back. and chatting. you can practically feel a breeze. Everybody is different. don't let that bother you. etc. Some people can feel it as a spark of electricity. All I can suggest is that you either do your rituals after you're sure they're out or asleep. and yes. or wherever you chose to get it from. the Element/als have returned to their respective realms. and move your hand around a rectangular outline large enough for you to walk through. One thing is certain. Send the energy back into the Earth. The only thing that generally follows taking down the circle is eating. Casting A Circle . or again as a thickening of air.Casting A Circle . the circle does extend halfway below the floor. etc. :) When and how do I take the circle down? At the very end of ritual. Visualize the energy of the circle inside that rectangle being sucked into your forearm where you can store it until you get back. you'll know for sure. and then smooth out the edges of where the door was. or there's something you have to deal with. When closing the door. do this in reverse. The Magic Circle Page | 96 . Still. Take the circle down exactly the same way that you set it up. etc. you may not be sure whether or not you've succeeded. but there are times when you've forgotten something important in another room (like a lighter). cutting too many doors in a circle can also weaken it eventually. When you take it down. Some people can hear it as a low hum. I live in an apartment. or a thickening of the air. drinking. the Sky. however: circles get really hot. When you really get the hang of it.How do I know if I did it? This is the fun part. Visualize the energy of the circle swirling around until the location of the door is lost. as a band of colour. Everybody has their own unique way of sensing circles. someone downstairs could walk right through the bottom part of it. in reverse.What's this about cutting a door? Cutting a door basically means opening a hole in the circle so you can leave it. will the people downstairs walk into my circle and mess it up? I just added this question because I've wondered about it myself. Take as much time to take it down as you took to set it up. My personal favourite way of cutting a door is to hold your fingers and hand in a straight line. In a strong circle you can feel the cold air rushing in when you cut a door. Some people can see the circle. In the beginning. After the Deities are gone. or just try not to think about it.

it's one of the most valuable gifts you can give yourself. But above all. Write your own visualizations and keep track of your results in a journal. You can work on your concentration more easily by yourself. Written by: Keitha (FireWind) Source: http://www. then you can do it in a group.au/articles/witchcraft/casting-a-circle. Working alone also lets you develop your own style.spiritual.htm The Magic Circle Page | 97 .com.What's the best way to practice casting a circle? Actually: alone. If you can do it alone. learn to trust yourself and your instincts. and you don't need to worry about people staring at you. it doesn't always work in reverse. and you don't feel like you're boring people if you take a while.

And open up to God and Goddess.Jim Hds way of making the circle Opening the circle Take your atheme or your stick or your finger and go round in the circle and run atheme off the ground while saying these words. Luk alle de onde Ånder ude. Let the magic fly. Danish Lad denne cirkel Blive åbnet. Now when I open this magic circle. Nu hvor jeg åbnere denne magiske cirkel. Close all the demons out. English Let this circle be opened. Lad dens Magi flyve. The Magic Circle Page | 98 . Og åbner op for Gud og Gudinden.

Blessed Be. Written by: Jim HD . Til jeg eller en anden skal bruge den igen.2011 The Magic Circle Page | 99 .Closing the circle Do the same as above bullet just doing it from the top down and say that marketing words instead (important to remember is that you must not leave the circle until you have closed it). let this hidden circle go. and I thanks God and Goddess. Danish Lade denne cirkel lukke. for jeres hjælp. English Let this circle close. Blessed Be. for your help. lad denne skjulte cirkel gå. og jeg takker jer Gud og Gudinden. Until I or another will use it again.

it is usually navigated by the High Priest or High Priestess. How do you actually cast the circle? Methods of casting the circle vary from one tradition to another. Once the Circle is designated.How To Cast a Circle 1 In Wicca and Paganism. Before entering the circle. If you have an indoor ritual space. While other religions rely on the use of a building such as a church or temple to hold worship. holding an athame. if it’s Beltane and you’ve got four dozen Pagans preparing to do a Spiral Dance. or a censer. east. Which direction will your circle face? The circle is almost always oriented to the four cardinal points. If you’re hosting a small coven meeting for a few people. In others. a candle. you’ll need a space significantly larger. the Hight Priest (HP) or High Priestess (HPs) will begin at the north and call upon the deities of the tradition from each direction. one of the facets common to nearly all traditions is the use of a circle as a sacred space. intellect. Usually this invocation includes a mention of the aspects associated with that direction – emotion. etc. In some forms of Wicca. In some traditions. south and west and the altar in the center with all the necessary tools for the ritual. Wiccans and Pagans can cast a circle pretty much any place they choose. while in others it is merely visualized by each member of the group. you can mark the Circle on the carpet. A solitary practitioner can work easily in a three. with a candle or other marker placed at the north. On the other hand. Do whichever your tradition calls for. strength. The size of your circle will depend on how many people need to be inside it. Figure out where your Circle should be cast.to five-foot circle. a nine-foot-diameter circle is sufficient. a Circle is physically marked on the ground. This is particularly handy on those pleasant summer evenings when you decide to hold ritual out in the back yard under a tree instead of in your living room! Difficulty: Easy Time Required: Varied Start by determining how big your space needs to be. participants are purified as well. A sample ritual for casting a circle might take place like this: The Magic Circle Page | 100 . A ceremonial circle is a place in which positive energy and power are kept in. and negative energy kept out. the God and Goddess are called upon to share the ritual. and what the circle’s purpose is.

The HPs enters the circle from the east and announces. called Three Circles Coven. and lights the red or orange candle. All who enter the Circle may do so in perfect love and perfect trust. Powers of energy and will. The HPs moves to the South. we ask that you keep watch over us tonight within this circle. “Let it be known that the circle is about to be cast. The HPs moves clockwise around the circle. guided by Air. and blue to the West in association with Water. I call upon you to watch over the rites of Three Circles Coven. is led by a High Priestess. All necessary magical tools should already be in place upon the altar in the center. Place a candle in each of the four quarters – green to the North to represent Earth.” Other members of the group may wait outside the circle until the casting is complete.Mark the circle upon the floor or the ground. I call upon you to watch over the rites of Three Circles Coven. use a lighter instead). or Guardians). red or orange symbolizing Fire in the South. she calls upon the Deities of her tradition (some may refer to these as Watchtowers. Let all who enter the circle under your guidance do so in perfect love and perfect trust. carrying a lit candle (if it’s more practical. As she lights the candle in the East from the one she carries. saying: Guardians of the South. yellow in the East to represent Air. we ask that you keep watch over us tonight within this circle. Let all who enter the circle under your guidance do so in perfect love and perfect trust. she circles around to the West. Let’s assume that the group. where she lights the blue candle and says: The Magic Circle Page | 101 . guided by Fire. Next. Powers of knowledge and wisdom. At each of the four cardinal points. the HPs says: Guardians of the East.

the circle is closed. You are essentially creating a “door” in the circle. At no time during ritual should anyone exit the circle without performing a ceremonial “cutting. When you return to the circle. Each person approaches the HPs. we ask that you keep watch over us tonight within this circle. At this point. hold your athame in your hand and make a cutting motion across the line of the circle. Powers of passion and emotion. the HPs will announce that the circle is cast. she says: Guardians of the North. The Magic Circle Page | 102 . I call upon you to watch over the rites of Three Circles Coven.” To do this. enter it in the same place you exited. guided by Water. Finally. Let all who enter the circle under your guidance do so in perfect love and perfect trust. which you may now walk through. Powers of endurance and strength. the HPs goes to the last candle in the North. who will ask: How do you enter the circle? Each individual will respond: In perfect love and perfect trust or In the light and love of the Goddess or whatever response is appropriate to your tradition. When lighting it. we ask that you keep watch over us tonight within this circle. Let all who enter the circle under your guidance do so in perfect love and perfect trust. first to your right and then to your left. and “close” the doorway by reconnecting the line of the circle with the athame. and other members of the group can ritually enter the circle. Once all members are present within the circle. I call upon you to watch over the rites of Three Circles Coven.Guardians of the West. guided by Earth.

com/od/wiccanandpaganrituals/ht/Cast_Circle. and kissing the blades of the athame. Just make sure that you don’t spend so much time casting the Circle that you don’t have any time left for the rest of your ceremony! Tips: Have all your tools ready ahead of time -. and we mortals are fallible. blessing us with wisdom and knowledge. only in this case the HPs will dismiss the deities or Guardians and thank them for watching over the coven. thanking the God or Goddess. feel free to use creative license – call upon “the weavers of the wind. etc.this will save you from scrambling around during the middle of the ritual looking for things! If you forget what you mean to say when casting the circle. the breezes that blow from the East. If you make a mistake. If you’re a very poetic person who likes lots of ceremony. What You Need Athame Candles Censer Other tools of your tradition Written by: Patti Wigington Source: http://paganwiccan. Talking to your deities should come from the heart. improvise. It’s a basic framework for ritual. the circle is usually cleared in the same manner in which it was cast. don't sweat it. that’s okay. If the above method of casting a circle seems boring or dull to you. call upon those Gods or Goddesses in the ways that they expect you to do so.When the ceremony or rite has ended.about. the temple is cleared simply by having all members raise their athames in salute. and you can make yours as elaborate as you like.htm The Magic Circle Page | 103 . If your tradition associates various deities with the directions. The universe has a pretty good sense of humor. In some traditions. so mote it be.” etc.

calling in the deities/elementals/beings you wish to have present is like inviting the other children (or stuffed animals!) over. some to shift between the physical and etheric planes. elementals. I personally call in the elements before casting the circle. there's nothing wrong with trying it different a few times until it feels right. then South and Fire. However. setting out stones around the boundary of where you plan to work. Traditionally. Some people do it differently. We'll start simply: The idea behind every basic circle is like a child setting up a tea party. Cleansing with elements can be done by smudging with incense. then walk with it clockwise (deosil) to replenish the freshly-blessed air and fire energy. asperging with blessed water. and the ritual is the actual party.something might sound perfect when you read it. and how to do it? These questions probably cross your mind from time to time. then North and Earth. The act of "casting the circle" part of casting the circle (if that makes any sense) is like setting a boundary between the attendees and the uninvited.you can say this in your head while visualizing a breeze blowing or whatever makes you feel like "Air" is specifically present.How to Cast a Circle 2 Why bother. Cleansing equals the set-up. bless it. Setting up involves cleaning the area. consecrate and bless water (and add in 3 pinches of salt to make earth and water combined) so sprinkle that around clockwise to replenish the freshly-blessed water and earth energy. Back to the altar.. Clean your practice area so you can move as you see fit. physically... A circle casting can be very very elaborate... people go to the East side of the circle to call the Air first. then West and Water. Now.. then cast. My method? I start in the northeast with my besom (broom) and walk counterclockwise (widdershins) to "sweep out" negative energy first. The "why" has a few answers: Some cast a circle for protection. take my incense (fire and air combined). Then I go back to the altar. but how you feel when you actually do it is the key. then invite the deities.. etc) can be really simple: "I welcome the Air to my circle". psychically.that's where reading and research is necessary to find out different methods and decide what works best for YOU. and energetically. or very simple. The Magic Circle Page | 104 .or a combination of any of the above. Calling the elements (watchtowers. carrying a candle around. some see the circle as a container used to store energy until the right moment to release that energy towards a certain goal. everyone casts a circle in his/her own manner..

it's thanking them for coming. Again. You can leave it somewhere or bury it when you're cleaning up afterwards.. Bless your juice. and it's suggested that you leave a small libation for the energies you were working with. Merry Meet.some food and drink to replenish myself. When I get to the starting point.. staff. sword. break off a piece and put it into the bowl.a candle." When you feel they have left (though they are always present) snuff the candles. athame. pour some into a bowl. a spell. um. a sabbat or esbat ritual.. I hold a simple feast.. I thank the deities in the opposite order in which I welcomed them. etc. "My circle is now cast and whole!" Now that everything's all set up. can you please join me?')... So for example: "Thank you. a picture of each one.and don't be meek "Hi.be it for meditation. and say something to the effect of. etc.. and then eat. Bless your bread... Now's time for your purpose of casting a circle. say something simple like.... I begin in the northeast again. Don't demand that they join you ("I SUMMON you to join me!").) or just your finger." Give them a vessel in which they can stay. and visualize a beam of light flowing from the tip to the ground.Casting the circle. point to the ground with a tool or my finger.the idea is to visualize that those energies who are your guests are partaking of the food's energy (though maybe not the physical matter) before you just toss it in the garbage. A slice of bread and a glass of juice works. Lord. I invite my guests of honor: The God and Goddess.not saying "The party's over.. so GET OUT.) The Magic Circle Page | 105 . for joining me in this ritual....you can use a tool (wand.. I walk clockwise around the circle.if you can. forming a wall or shell that the divine and energies I allow can get through. a stone representing them.then move on to Goddess candle. but usually I just work with them as "God and Goddess. (Wait a moment. and then drink. then snuff God candle. I usually welcome the Goddess first. After the main working. merry part.. but nothing that I want to block out can cross. "I welcome you to my circle and thank you for providing your energies to my work/ritual/celebration. a statue.. Know they will come and greet them like you're greeting an expected guest at the door. and merry meet again." I light a candle and welcome them in. Sometimes I choose particular deities. "I cast this circle to create a boundary between the world of man and the realm of the divine" while visualizing that beam of light trailing behind. I sometimes will bend down and tap the starting point like I'm connecting the two ends. When I'm done..

. visualizing a shell of energy growing up around you. Or you can be more elaborate with dancing..." Then. and welcoming the elements and deities in your mind. then West and Water. I usually do some kind of action like ring a bell or snuff out the last candle that marks the final moment. I return to my altar and make some sort of statement that the ritual is now complete.. then East and Air. I say something that completes the action.html The Magic Circle Page | 106 . Finally.. Written by: Rhaevyn Sunrise Source: http://www.like a judge using his gavel and saying "Case closed...whatever works for you. "By my hand.and don't forget to clean up your area when you're done. this circle is now erased and this area is returned to the realm of man.. when done. You can make this even more simple by sitting in one spot.com/BOSfiles/circle. then South and Fire.go to the North and thank Earth for coming.Then I cut the circle and either "absorb" the light back into my tool or finger (while walking counter-clockwise) or I "erase" it. a script of flowery language and all statements in rhyme." Oh. I wave goodbye to the elements.collegewicca. Again.

also called sacred circle. Take your magick weapon. Do this by drawing a circle on the floor. Anyhow. 1. Air in the east. but a circle doesn't have any corners!). Purify the place where you will cast your circle.How to Cast a Circle 3 Wiccans and other pagans and neo-pagans who practise Ritual Magick cast magick circles. The circle acts as a portal to the realm of the deities. Fire south and Water west. Purify physically (clean up) as well as spiritually (take your hands. it is a circle inside which pagan rituals are performed. a broom. Invoke the elements and spirits and deities you wish to work with. Represent the elements in the four quarters of your circle (called corners by some. Whatever the name. (See tips for things that represent the elements. to thank them and to replenish your energy. sprinkling salt water in a circle. clockwise: "Cast the circle thrice about. or by laying a cord in a circle (make sure you tie it). Place all the objects you will be using in your ritual inside the circle.a couple of drops in each corner of the room and round the perimeter of the circle should be sufficient.) Be sure to have some food and drink to share with the spirits. ritual circle or just circle. and walk round the spot where your circle will be thrice. if you want. to keep the evil spirits out. filling it with the power of each of them. whether it be hands. athame or wand and direct positive energy into the area. 5. Meditation or astral projection might be the main act. Bless (or ask for consecration of) these things. that signifies that what you are doing is special. 7. Call them to the objects that represent them." State the purpose of the circle. 6. Take each of the objects that represent the elements around your circle. 3. You could try using witch hazel to cleanse the area . to push away negative energy). 4. Physically determine the bounds of your circle. 2. the circle is usually as wide as you are tall. The Magic Circle Page | 107 . as a protection from evil forces and simply a psychological tool to put you in the right state of mind (or even trance). or it serves just to shift your consciousness. or broom. Place something that represent Earth in the north. athame or wand. Meditate for a while now.

When I am ready to begin my Circle. but it is the way I do it publicly. Remember that your own heart and spirit will guide you in things.8. I set fire to my incense.. Remember: "An it harm none.. we hold hands and do three Oms to bring our energies into balance. that is a matter of personal choice to me.. Soruce: http://www. where I cast my spells. No one can tell you how to worship or who to worship. The first thing I do before Circle is to prepare myself through a salt-bathing ritual.the Circle is the area where I hold my rituals.. Please! Don't let someone's supposed expertise/knowledge lead you into doing something that you are not sure about. thank the elements before you remove their representative objects. where I worship my Gods.leaving the daily worries behind with my clothing worn that day. Then I move to where I am doing my Circle..wikihow. This is NOT the way I do a Circle privately. Close the circle when you're done: pay respect to whatever deities you invited. simply my viewpoint and in no way the final word. Ok." If you must leave the circle before you are done. 9. Do whatever it is you want to do in your circle. Then I join salt and water to charge myself. At this point I am going to walk you through casting a Circle. I center and ground myself. to cleanse myself. If I am circling with another.. If something sounds uncomfortable to you. I either robe or not. This involves cleaning myself with soap and water. to the side.. Reclose the circle once you're back in. The Magic Circle Page | 108 . What I will discuss here is how I see Circle . My way of doing it is oathbound and I may only reveal that to those who are properly prepared and known to me. envision a doorway being cut from the edge of the circle.assuming that I am not doing it in my bathroom. up. cut a doorway (quite literally. and finally undo the casting by casting in reverse. then down again. Put your altar wherever it feels the most right to you. then don't do it. I light the candles on my altar which I always place in the East.. do what ye will.com/Cast-a-Circle Opening the circle Circle is the magically prepared area where many Wiccans celebrate the turning of the Wheel. These represent the Lady and her Lord.

traveling deosil. you have invited your Deities in. asperge your Circle with water and earth. call the Lady and the Lord to join you in your circle. So. The Goddess says in Her charge "all things in reverence and mirth" so if you giggle so be it. The Magic Circle Page | 109 . Do this with reverence and respect. Father.First.. but I also use a large shell on occasion. Once you know that They are attending your rite.but do try to start with respect. Now.the Lord's being.. You first will cast the Circle with fire and air. Take a moment to feel Their presence. replace the incense. Present the burning incense at the altar and then walk your Circle deosil. When you return to the altar... Take the earth and water (salt and water) and present it over the altar. you begin to cast the Circle. NOTE: Use a hotpad if you are in danger of burning yourself! I have a small ceramic cauldron made by a Pagan potter. Smile at the Lady's warmth. Great Hunter. Mistress of the Day Please hear the call of your daughter/son (or simply your magical name) Silvery Moon Woman watch as I lay This Circle of Power . Deosil is the direction of the sun as it travels the Earth. Eternal Man watch over This Circle of Power. Incense is fire and air. These are your Deities and are indeed there for you. then join salt and water together. They are your Deities and should be invited never commanded! A simple Invocation to each follows: Lady of the Night. elements of East and South. Son and Lover Hear my call if you will Laughing Man. Again.. Return to the altar and replace the water bowl. Once the air and fire have cast the Circle. Asperge is to lightly flick water from the bowl with your fingers and cast to the edges of your Circle. with reverence! This is a religious ceremony you are doing so try to be respectful.

with your finger. I would hope that you would be ever mindful of the Wiccan Rede and do things for good and not for harm. Set me apart from the world of man Make me apart form the realm of spirit. You may see or feel energy coming from you as you walk the edge of your Circle. You may say words as you go if you wish. at this point you may call the Quarters if you wish. your wand.Now. your athame.htm The Magic Circle Page | 110 .. This is just meant to help those of you who have never done a Circle and are unsure as to the actual mechanics of casting. When you return to the altar. Written by: Arwen Nightstar Source: http://www. Do thou watch from the (direction) and keep me safe.cast your Circle with Spirit. Circle. A simple Quarter call could be: Spirit and guardian of the (direction) I do call you to my Circle. Or you may not! Don't worry about it. What you do within the boundaries of your Sacred Space is up to you. Remember that you must follow your own path! Read! Ask questions! Learn and grow! Now then. your heart and spirit at work. Just remember that what you put up you must take down. I have tried to show you throughout this writing what Circle is to me.com/grimoire/circle. Hopefully you will be able to cast a Circle for yourself. As I walk thy boundaries So do you hold my power. Now.. Hold me between the worlds as I work my magic. salute the East. Opening the Circle is another matter and I will address that on another page.anisoptera. A simple Circle invocation could go something like this: Be thou cast.. That is you. Witness my workings and lend me thy aid Thou guardian of the (direction) Do embellish on any of this as you see fit. your energy.

For Fire. you are doing more than simply circling the compass. and what works for someone else. To call the Quarter. The act of calling the Quarters is an integral part of casting a circle. we are not going to include them here. and none of them are more wrong or right to use than another. East. Use what stirs your visualization and fills you with the sense of the Quarter being called. A basic invoking pentagram starts at the bottom left hand point. or it could be memory of a hurricane force wind. The Magic Circle Page | 111 . When calling a Quarter. to the left point. Visualize what the Quarter means and draw that image to you. you are inviting the symbolic energies for each of them to attend and guard over your working and to become part of your magick. and North. this could be a fresh breeze upon your face. through visualization. The circle being the sacred space in which ritual and magick are performed. and back to the bottom left hand point.Calling the Quarters/Casting Your Circle The quarters reside in the cardinal points. to the bottom right point. to the left-hand point. A basic banishing pentagram begins at the top point and moves down to the bottom left point to the right point. In order to keep this from sounding like a “you must do this or your circle won’t work” article. the domain of the element Air. Draw your invoking pentagram with your athame in the air in the direction of the Quarter. qualify and thus call the essence of the Quarter to your working. Breathe in and feel yourself infused with the essence of the Quarter. I personally use a mix of gentle and forceful. however. whether verbally. or a blazing forest wildfire? There are varying degrees of intensity. If you wish to use them. moves to the top point. but not destructive images as they strike a balance for me. Let’s look at each part of the above paragraph in a little more detail. may not be right for you. Draw an invoking pentagram. Recite (either aloud or clearly in your mind) words that address and invite the Quarter. a crackling fireplace. West. It is a safe space in which to work and worship. down to the bottom right hand point. Facing the direction of the Quarter is easy. and back to the top. holding your athame as an extension of your arm. or in the case of those limited to silent casting. a portable temple if you like. first face in the direction of the Quarter. to the right-hand point. Rituals should first and foremost work for you. but what does the Quarter mean to you? For East. you will want to use as many senses as possible to describe. There is a specific invoking and banishing pentagram for each quarter. When you call the Quarters. South. please do so.

you who are the stabilizer and nurturer. I call upon and invite your presence to witness this rite. Guardians of the West. turn again to the East. and the torrential rains. you who are emotions and pure love. and your circle has been cast. South. you who are passion and the hearth. you who are thought and the wind upon my face. For example: Guardians of the East. Thank the Quarter and bid it farewell. Guardians of the South. Gentle Dolphin of the waves who is the morning dew. Powers of Air. Your call can be formal and start with “All Hail the Guardians of the Watchtowers of the (direction). Winged eagle of the skies who is the morning breeze and the wrath of storms. your call can be friendly and something like. Or.What words should you use? There are many books on this topic. After you have called the North. Powers of Water.” A complete call denotes the element. When you are ready to Dismiss the Quarters and Open the Circle. or spell. Begin with North. and East. I call upon and invite your presence to witness this rite. You may now proceed with your ritual. then West. Great Snake who lives within the coals of the home fires as well as wild fires. Powers of Fire. Powerful Buffalo who paws the ground and stands solid as the mountains. Guardians of the North. I call upon and invite your presence to witness this rite. Powers of Earth. The Magic Circle Page | 112 . “Powers of (element). work backwards while facing each Quarter. we seek your presence here tonight. I call upon and invite your presence to witness this rite. we invite you to be with us this eve. animal and quality of each individual Quarter.

Farewell and Blessed Be. Your circle has been opened. your Quarters dismissed. Perhaps even spend some time meditating on the different Quarters to really get in touch with what they bring to your life and ritual. please feel free to use them as written or change them to suit you. I thank you for your whispered presence here tonight. go if you must. I thank you for your energetic presence here tonight. Stay if you will. Farewell and Blessed Be. Guardians of the South. Stay if you will. of Fire. Farewell and Blessed Be.htm The Magic Circle Page | 113 . Guardians of the East. go if you must. I thank you for your solid presence here tonight. of Earth. Stay if you will. Written by: Rain Stormsong Soruce: http://herbalmusings. go if you must. Guardians of the West.com/how-to-cast-a-circle. The above Quarter calls/dismissals are my personal ones. of Water. Farewell and Blessed Be. go if you must. I thank you for your soothing presence here tonight. of Air. J Please have fun and get creative with your Quarter calls.For Example: Guardians of the North. Stay if you will.

Solidify it by visualizing the energy of the circle as sticking together.htm The Magic Circle Page | 114 . At each direction. fluid stream of colour.com. sending that energy into a smooth wall of colour that will spread itself into the shape of a circle. Don't be afraid to move around spontaneously. Reach up to the Sky and gather the energy of the Sky into your other hand. all you have to do now is keep it in mind. to even itself out as a complete sphere. and the Sky above you.spiritual. Simply feel and visualize the energy of the Earth below you. and physically reach down with your arm and gather the energy of the Earth into your hand. See the energy as a thick. And most importantly. there are no gaps because the energy of the circle constantly swirls around evenly. Written by: Keitha (FireWind) Source: http://www. Rise up as you do this. Now scoot down near the ground and face your palms outward. and relax your arms at the sides of your body. ground and center yourself.Casting The Circle 1 First. You can shape it underground by visualizing it through the floor. constantly smoothing and shaping it with your hands. no-one's marking you on grace or coolness. It also flows under the ground. the circle gets stronger and thicker. that's an important way to learn. Face one of the directions. Repeat this at the other three directions. No-one's holding a stopwatch. shaping and smoothing the wall at this corner. like hot glue or warm honey. and perhaps make minor re-adjustments if you feel it is necessary. When you feel the circle is 'set'. and don't rush. don't be afraid to screw up. Stand with both feet firmly on the ground. Take as much time as you need.au/articles/witchcraft/casting-a-circle.

At the altar. put your bowl of salt on the pentagram and lower your blade into the bowl of salt. Return to the North and raise your blade high before you. guardians of Wicca. The size of a circle varies vastly – it should be able to comfortably fit those using it. May it be a doorway to a sacred circle beyond time and space. After. Water of Life. Light your altar candles. ring your bell. a bowl of water. and say: “In the names of the Goddess and the Horned God. 5. 1. Stand in front of your altar. I cast this my working circle.” 3. place the chalice back on your pentagram. In the names of the Goddess and the Horned God. Cleanse yourself and you chosen area. saying: “I exorcise thee. South and West and repeat at each. and may it deter all wickedness. so mote it be!” 7. pour a small amount in the saucer for the Goddess and the Horned God. two black candles. a chalice and a saucer. Air. 4. Certain actions must be performed and certain words said in a loud. Pick up and hold the consecrated water and walk slowly around the circle again (still clockwise). Fire.” 6. pick up your bell.Casting and Closing a Circle How to Cast a Circle A circle can be cast for all magickal acts. Let it be a meeting place for all good. Holding blade. and Water. The Magic Circle Page | 115 . You should have a bath and clear the area completely. and sprinkle a few drops along the line of the Circle. saying: “I consecrate this sacred circle by the powers of Earth.” Afterwards. and the Horned God his honour. an athame or sword. and say: “With this sacred blade I cast the circle of my craft.” Go to the East. centre or east position. and ask you to bless this circle. a bowl of salt. a small bell.” Pick up your chalice. Call out: “Bear witness. An altar should be placed in the circle – in a north. then take a sip yourself. saying: “I cleanse and consecrate thee. May the Goddess bestow her love herein. Lower the blade of your athame into the water. Put your bowl of water on the pentagram and take a pinch of salt and sprinkle it into the water. 2. so that it may be purified and may aid me well. clear voice. walk around your circle. Set up an altar with the following items: a flat pentagram symbol. Spirits of the North.

This completes the casting of your circle. Specific activity can now be performed here, such as a Sabbat ritual, making a charm, or healing. It is absolutely crucial you do not leave the circle until your activity is complete, and without properly closing it. When your chosen focus is complete, move on to closing the circle. How to Close a Circle Go to the North, hold up your blade, and say, “Guardians and spirits of the North wind, my ritual is now complete. I bid you hail and farewell. Hail and farewell.” Repeat counterclockwise from North to West, to South, to East, and back to the North again. Extinguish your altar candles and bow your head at the altar, saying, “I declare this scared circle closed. So mote it be.” Ring a bell to complete the closing and step out.
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Casting the circle 2 The purpose of casting a circle is to create a sacred place in which to perform spells and rituals.There are a variety of different ways to cast a circle. Different Wiccans/Pagans use many tools while others use very few, or none at at. In traditional Wicca, one calls upon the watchtowers while others call to angels, dragons etc. Though there are some standard traditional rules, whom you call upon, and how many tools you wish to use in your magickal workings should be done according to what feels comfortable to YOU. Some prefer to perform rituals skyclad (nude), some wear robes, and others just wear regular, clean comfortable clothing. Below is a point form guide line of the structure used by many Witches to cast a circle and perform a ritual. Clean the area you will be working in Some form of personal cleansing prior to ritual such as bathing. However a shower or even washing your hands & face will do in a pinch. Gathering and arranging items needed for your ritual Meditation Calling the 4 elements or quarters : East, South, West & North Invoking the diety/deities of your choice State purpose of ritual Building personal energy and visualizing the intent of the spell or ritual. This can be done in many ways: By starting to slowly dance and gradually picking up the pace Drumming, chanting, or singinging the goal or intent (and as with dancing, starting softly or slowly, and gradually picking up the pace). When energy has come to a peak it is released, sending its power to the ethers Offering and ingesting a small portion of wine, juice etc., and cake, cookie or other baked good. Thanking the diety/deities for their presence and releasing them. Thanking the Spirits of the elements for their presence and releasing them : North, West, South & East Grounding the energy Opening the circle Burying left over items (incense ash, charcoal block, water, wine, salt etc. in the earth. (If you can not go out side for any reason, have a pot of earth at hand that is used for this purpose and return it to the earth when possible).

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The corresponding candle colours for the elements are : East - yellow South - red West - blue North - green Casting a Circle Taken from Scott Cunningham's Wicca: Things you'll need are: 4 stones (or candles) - brown - N, blue - E, red - S, green - W and whatever altar/craft tools you use. Set up alter facing east. Set down stones starting with North and moving deosil. Light the candles. Set incense to smoking. Touch athamé to water. Visualize the banishment of negativity and say: I consecrate and cleanse this water That it may be purified and fit to Dwell within this sacred circle of stones In the name of the mother goddess and father god I consecrate this water. Touch athamé to salt and say: I consecrate and cleanse this salt That it may be purified and fit to Dwell within this sacred circle of stones In the name of the mother goddess and father god I consecrate this salt Face north. Hold athamé out at waist level. Walk deosil around the circle perimiter charging it with your energy and words: Here is the boundry of the circle of stones Naught but love shall enter in and Naught but love shall emerge from within Charge this by your powers, old ones. As you walk, stretch the energy into a sphere around area above and below ground. When you are once again north, place athamé on alter and take up salt and sprinkle it around circle. Next censer, the southern red candle, and finally water. The circle is now sealed. Call and visualize the brown North, blue East, crimson South, and green West. O, Spirit of the [direction] Stone,
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angelfire.com/games3/ladyashmon/circle. To release the quarters. The Circle is open.html The Magic Circle Page | 119 . walk widdershins around the circle.Ancient one of the [element] I call upon you to attend this circle Charge this by your powers. starting North Farewell. old ones. Source: http://www. Spirit of the [direction] Stone I give thee my thanks for your attendance here Go in power. but unbroken. The circle is complete.

to grow. An it harm none. Powers of East. Fill it with thine ancient power. For free will of all. a gulf to ford. And to the unschooled eye that see Confusing words and sophistry. And harm of none.Spells & Witchcraft Spells must be used wisely and do not harm anyone. Infuse them with all your Healing and Passion. And bless their passage through the ages. Lead them from these sacred pages. Help these Shadows to prove their worth. So only good comes from the Work that is fashioned. and the Hearth. to learn. for these I do ask. Bridge the vast realities. It is now done. the Sky.htm Spells & Witchcraft Page | 120 .net/spells/blessing-of-the-book-of-shadows. Bless these pages with all that you know. Change and growth are granted by thee. Watch over these pages with thine eye. That righteous readers may learn and grow. As I have willed it. Powers of North. From wandering eyes and prying looks. Help me to live. Fire. Book of Shadows Blessings Hearken as the witches' word calls to All. Your wisdom and knowledge. do as ye please. Powers of South. the East below. Powers of West.everythingunderthemoon. To practice the Craft and with love be free. So mote it be! Written by: Silver Ravenwolf Source: http://www. Lend your strength and stability. Elements protect and guard this book. That this book be worthy of the Craft and its task. In this right and ready hour. the Water and Sea. the Wind.

this shall be done. And as my mind begins to clear.Self-Forgiveness Pray This spell I to help you forgive and accept yourself. As is my will. I can finally be left alone. Always in my conscience. Invoking guilt. the moral shall reside.htm Spells & Witchcraft Page | 121 . now I have learnt where I went wrong. causing me such emotional pain. or placed upon me as any curse. the moral shall divide. this memory shall disappear. invoking shame. From the memories which haunt me.net/spells/self-forgiveness-spell. What's in the past has come and gone. always at the back of my mind. when you know you've done something wrong.everythingunderthemoon. and can't stop worrying about it. So mote it be! The spell is done! Written by: Kitty Source: http://www. Through acceptance of what's now known. Conscious is this memory of mine. Let this spell not be reversed. Too long these thoughts have filled my head. Chant 3 times. whilst acting as a spiritual debt. but from the act that taught it. Through forgiveness of the act.

Bless you Bless you for your Anger. for it is a sign of Rising Energy. and what you admire will become a part of your life. Bless you for the times you see evil. Transform the energy into Versatility and it will bring you prosperity. Direct it not at your family. Direct it not at your family. Count your blessings everyday for they are your protection which stands between you and what you wish not. Feed it not and it will self destruct. Direct it not at your friends. Shed light and it will cease to be.htm Spells & Witchcraft Page | 122 . Bless you for your jealousy for it is a sign of empathy. Count your curses and they will be a wall which stands between you and what you wish Source: http://www. waste not on your enemy.everythingunderthemoon.net/spells/blessing-spell. Transform the energy to Admiration. Evil is energy mishandled and it feeds on your support.

say this [Name]. it should be re-dressed with Blessing Oil or Holy Oil once a week: after the initial dressing. then dress it with Blessing Oil or Holy Oil. Burn a portion of the candle every day for seven days. you may place a name-paper of the person. Some people use a large pillar-type candle and keep it going for longer than seven days. As you light it each day. Carve the person's full name on the candle. One easy way to do this is to place the paper or personal concerns under an overturned saucer and put the candle on top of the saucer. just add it to the list.htm Spells & Witchcraft Page | 123 . pillar. or taper) or a figural one in the gender of the person you want to bless. pinching it out between burnings. They may make a habit of burning such a candle every day-or once a week. or a photo. come home safely from a war. may you be blessed May all good things come to you\ May nothing whatsoever harm you May your heart be light May your travels be safe May your health be good May your mind be sound May your friendships sustain you May you be blessed in every way If you have a special request for this person (such as that they find a lover. Source: http://www. For more power. you can drop a tiny bit of oil into the "well" or hole in such a large candle just before lighting it each time. get a good job. or whatever).everythingunderthemoon.A Person Blessing Get a white candle-either a plain one (offertory.for as long as their friend or relative needs help. even doing so for months at a time. or some personal item of theirs (such as a bit of hair or a snippet of clothing) either under the candle or next to it.net/spells/white-candle-spell-for-blessing. on Sundays -. If the candle is large and it is to be burned in this way.

Blessing for the Body To convert the senses. This blessing gives the body more connection with the spirit. It may also help with your readiness to channel. To be done at night in the moon's view. Extravagance is not appreciated. The Spell: Light a large white candle. Burn sandalwood and basalm and pine. Prepare a bowl of water sprinkled with salt. Put the bowl before you. Dip your finger in the water and touch it to each part of your body. Touch between your eyes and say: Bless my eyes that I might have clarity of vision. Touch your mouth and say: Bless my mouth that I may speak the truth. Touch your ears and say: Bless my ears that I may hear all that is spoken and all that is not. Touch your heart and say: Bless my heart that I may be filled with love. Touch your uterus and say: Bless my womb that I may be in touch with my creative energy that stems from the universe. To your feet, say: Bless my feet that I may find and walk my own true path Visualize filling yourself with understanding and love. Extinguish the candle when done (can be used for other purposes).
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Refresh your Self Denne spell handler om at brande noget: I hver af vores liv kan der være tider, hvor tingene går på ting vi har gjort til andre, eller måske noget, som nogen har gjort mod dig, at er i dit sind og hjerte, at dybt problemer dig. Her er en lille øvelse hvis du vil at slippe af med alle disse ting, uanset hvor længe siden de skete. Når du har gjort dette vil du føle ny og frisk. Tag et stykke pergament og tegne en cirkel i midten. Nu uden for kredsen, skriver i et mønster ned alle de negative ting, der vejer tungt på dig. Tag din tid, som du gør dette, og gør det i et roligt sted, hvor du ikke bliver forstyrret. Når du er færdig, så skriver du ned alle de positive ting ned inden i cirklen som du vil have i dit liv. Det kan være fra lykke til tilgivelse eller ønsker nogen et godt helbred. Du kan skrive ned så mange af disse ting som du ønsker. Når du er færdig med at tage din tid og reflektere over alle disse ting godt og dårlige. Fold pergament seks gange og forsegle det lukket med stearin. Hold nu det foldet papir til dit hjerte og recitere. What has happened is now undone give me peace let me live in serenity all that was is no more let me begin again to refresh my life with this new score make my birds go away when this paper will burn Når du er færdig brænde du pergament, imens det brænder vil røgen stige og bære dine byrder og drømme på en måde.
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A Blessing for Self Image May you be grateful to your body For the offense it forgives you. May your body please you May your mind accept its forms And guide you among dangers and pleasures May you love yourself as you are loved. Elemental Blessing May the East fling open your windows, and fill your rooms with air; May the South send you strong sunshine, and give you the strength to dare; May the West wash rivers into your heart, and oceans into your soul; May the North share the secrets and gifts of the earth, to heal and make you whole. Nine Elements Blessing May you go forth under the strength of heaven, under the light of sun, under the radiance of moon. May you go forth with the splendor of fire, with the speed of lightning, with the swiftness of wind. May you go forth supported by the depth of sea, by the stability of earth, by the firmness of rock. May you be surrounded and encircled, with the protection of the nine elements. Luck Try to make this spell during a full moon: I take a stone of pure moon light, and wrap it up in blues and whites. Feathers make my prayers loose and light. Placed inside a small white box, In you a place,under a willows grace, and hope till then my luck, my fate.

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May the Goddess hold you in the hollow of her hands. May you grow and prosper here. May the sun shine warm upon your fields. Wise in the old ways. A Parting Blessing May the road rise up to meet you. Spells & Witchcraft Page | 127 . May your spirits soar And your bounty increase May the larks of the sky And the spirits of the deep Enclose and protect you From all evil Bless this house. May the wind be always at your back. Until we meet again.House Blessing Bless this house And all who live within her walls.

I will be the water. If I wonts to be see in the night. I am the water. If I wonts to be fielded. I am the sun .. I am the flowers on the grass.2011 Songs Page | 128 . I will be the flowers. And so will it be. I will be the moon. I will be the sun. If I wonts to be beauty. If I wonts to be loved. I am the moon.. Written by: Jim HD .Songs I am I am the sun.

In a scrap of soft blue fabric. With each sorrowful bite. Hold me close. All I'm meant to be. Sorrow Blue is my color tonight. Delight into my life. In two rows of four.Chants Daily sun Said daily at sunrise: Here comes the sun. it draws me near. upon their ends. to give me now. All energy. not once. Dream charm Take a stone clear as ice. there hangs a rose. and hold me dear. In slow mournful bites. their peaceful sight. Forever tranquil. I drink their life. With two gold ribbons. Brighten what I am. in your dreams I appear. the blue has left me. Burn into my heart. One red. Chants Page | 129 . but twice. one white. Soak this into me. true and clear. let me lay underneath thy blanket. wrap me up. Rise now with me. Hung high and low.

I gather flowers still fresh with morning due. of fresh morning cherry blossoms. For adjoining the forces of nature. Upon my head I wear the wreath. lavender. I take with me my favorite smell. Into the fresh flowered water. a basketful for my delight. I seek them out in red ́s and white ́s. add wax. Whilst keeping me in the center. Burn the candle to complete the protection spell. Hang anywhere in your house. there they float with the calm. and after this I gently slip. and take me to a brand new day. Pour ingredients into a candle glass. With my hand ́s. will fly away. Chants Page | 130 . Gently placed into the water. Weave a wreath from willow branches. let boil until thick. and travel to. Poppy. Meditation Six white candles set in a circle. Remove wreath.Spirit Protection Wreath In a pot boil yellow flowers. boil until thick. my peaceful cell. I twist a wreath. add a wick. My patience and time. Beauty Early in the morning. Rosemary. All set upon a midnight taper. With the remaining liquid. tie a strip of leather to hang. to bring out the beauty within me.

no evil harm on me. All of those who hold me wrong. and wash them far. let them hear this song. Undo curse Those who wish. hold to your ́s unto this land.Prayer of holding Let the moon reflected in a mirror or a puddle when you say the chant: Fly like the wind into my sight. Watch from afar to see me near. let me break there evil song. Chants Page | 131 . For I am spring. let the dark not find It's place. and I am rain. let them be. always in your heart you hold me dear. With this last mist of life I fade. let them live. Those who do me wrong. forever bound to you I ́m made. and clasp my hand. far away from me. let the light wash me pure. hold thy clasp.

I am the magick and the priest. I am! I am the power and the joy.Evocation of the Witch I am one with the universe. I am the stars and the moon the seas and the storms.freewebs. I am! Source: http://www. I am no-thing and I am everything. I am the void And I am the manifestation of my desire. the breath of life. the living and the dead. the present.com/thespleen/ Chants Page | 132 . I am the spirit that dances. the witch and the sorceress the angels and the elements omnipotent omnipresent I am! I am the past. and the future. the alchemical change.

com/2010_07_01_archive. Written by: Alernon Source: http://wiccancommunity. Along came Water Some Channels to carve Through which all Energies flow.Elements Poem Fire on Fire Light and Power. Around them All The Air did blow Winds of Thought and Deed intertwined. Earth joined them then To Life She gave Birth And solid Foundations built.blogspot.html Chants Page | 133 . Power raised. Power spread Thus It Was So Mote It Be. Warmth and Energy They did generate.

Flowing We are.Born of Elements Born of Air Learning. Drifting We are. Cleansing Gushing. Born of Fire Warming. Devouring Sizzling.html Chants Page | 134 . Born of Earth Grounded Strongly of the Mother We are.blogspot. Crackling We are. Written Of: Alernon Source: http://wiccancommunity. Born of Water Healing.com/2010_07_01_archive. Wisdom Blowing.

Horned Hunter of the night. Send your aid unto the spell.no/bos/chant. Cords and Censer. Powers of the witch's Blade. Wand and Pentacle and Swaord.akasha. Hearken to the witches' rune. Queen of Heaven. Scourge and Knife. Hear! Come! I call Thee forth! By all the powers of land and sea.Witches' Chant Darksome night and shining Moon. East then south. Work my will by magic rite. Source: http://web. By all the powers of land and sea." By all the might of moon and sun. west then north. Queen of Hell. Come ye as the charge is made. Be obedient unto me. it shall be done. As I do will.html Chants Page | 135 . "so mote it be. Waken all ye into life. Hearken ye unto my word. As I do say.

Source: http://web. By all the power of land and sea. Waken all ye into life. Work my will by magic rite. Chant the spell and be it done. air and fire. Work ye unto my desire. west then north. As I do will. then south. By all the might of moon and sun. Hearken to the witches' rune. Power of the Witches Blade.html Chants Page | 136 . Earth and water. Cords and Censer. Horned Hunter of the Night. Lend your aid unto the spell.no/bos/wrune. so mote it be. Here come I to call thee forth. East. Queen of Heaven.The Witches Rune Darksome night and shining moon. Scourge and Knife. Come ye as the charm is made.akasha. Wand and Pentacle and Sword Hearken ye unto my word. Queen of Hell.

The athame is used to direct personal power during ritual workings. usually outdoors. When worn or carried. love. ( Ankh if you love Isis! :) Asperger A bundle of fresh herbs or a perforated object used to sprinkle water during or preceding ritual. usually negative energies. Balefire A fire lit for magickal purposes. Balefires are traditional on Yule. A Wiccan ritual knife. It usually has a double-edged blade and a dark handle. Astral projection The art of "leaving one's body" or "lucid dreaming" whereby someone in a trance state visits other locations and realms. Athame "ah-THAW-may". Ankh An Egyptian hieroglyphic that is widely used as a symbol for life. and strengthens the psychic powers. the omnipresent spiritual power that permeates the universe. Astrology The belief and study of the effects which the movements and placements of planets and other heavenly bodies have on the lives and behavior of human beings. Beltane and Midsummer. and reincarnation. Generally. promotes fertility. for purificatory purposes. a protective object. Amulet A magickally charged object which deflects specific. It is depicted as a cross with a looped top. (Also great at Samhain!) Glossary Page | 137 .Glossary Akasha The fifth element. This is thought of as traveling into the astral plane which is generally conceived as a parallel world unseen in our own world of form. It is the energy out of which the Elements formed. the ankh brings good health.

As a tool the broom is used to sweep a sacred area. Roodmas. Beltane A Wiccan festival celebrated on April 30th or May 1st. used in magick and Wiccan ritual for practical purposes such as cutting herbs. Bi-Location: A type of astral projection during which you maintain awareness of your present surroundings. Synonymous with B. destructive. To rid the presence of. European folklore tells of witches riding their brooms through the sky which may be an uninformed explanation of astral projection. Bolline The white-handled knife. or to brush away negative influences. Bind To magickally restrain something or someone.C. and links in with the approaching summer months. she is far more powerful than during any other time of the month. as long as she acknowledges this strength within herself. Blood of the Moon A woman's menstrual cycle.C.Bane That which destroys life. to ring in the sunrise on a Sabbat. Besom "bay-shum" The witches' broomstick. ground a circle. Glossary Page | 138 . Beltane celebrates the symbolic union. evil.E. mating or marriage of the Goddess and God. dangerous. without religious bias. Should this cycle occur over a Full Moon or New Moon. which is poisonous. Bells Often used as ritual tools. or to frighten away faeries and baneful spirits. B. Beltane is also known as May Eve. They can be used to invoke directional energies. Before Common Era. Banish To magickally end something or exorcise unwanted entities. Besom: A witch's broom.

and it is also representative of the feminine principle. Chalice The chalice or cup as a ritual took represents water and the west. An incense burner. but a cauldron is preferable. or other magickal objects with one's own energies directed towards a magickal goal. the BOS is now photocopied or typed in some covens. No one "true" BOS exists. Censer A heat-proof container in which incense is smouldered. This turned into an extremely profitable venture. Glossary Page | 139 . spells and magickal lore. as all land and property was seized from the accused individual and portions given to the accuser (in reward fashion) and the remainder seized by the church officials. Cauldron Linked to witchcraft in the popular mind. this is a primal Goddess image used like a chalice or cup. Historians indicate that the majority of people tortured and murdered were woman and children. Once hand copied upon initiation.E. all are relevant to their respective users. The Burning Times Reference to a historical time from around 1000 C. through the 17th century when it is said that up to nine million people were tortured and burned by church and public officials on the assumption that they were the Christian version of Witches. Charging is synonymous with enchanting. stones. Call Invoking Divine forces. It symbolized the Element of Air.Book of Shadows A Wiccan book of rituals. Charging The act of empowering herbs. Chalices are used.

. theorize or struggle with ideas. Drawing Down The Moon Ancient Pagan ritual enacted at the esbats to draw the powers of the full moon. The circle contains raised energy and provides protection for the witch. Divination contacts the psychic mind by tricking or drowsing the conscious mind through ritual and observation or of manipulation of tools. rational half or our consciousness. materially-based. Covenstead An obsolete name for the area encompassed by an individual coven.Circle The sacred space wherein all magick is to be worked. Coven A group of witches who worship and work together. Deosil "jes-l" Clockwise. in her aspect of Great Mother Goddess. the ultimate source of all things. flames. usually initiatory and led by one or two leaders. tarot cards. pure energy that exists within the Goddess and God. Many books on magick include in-depth discussions on circle lore and practice. though they may practice it. the direction of the Sun's apparent motion in the sky. smoke. into the body of a female witch. Divine Power The unmanifested. and it is recommended that students of the craft study these carefully. Divination isn't necessary for those who can easily attain communication with the psychic mind. Divination The magickal art of discovering the unknown by interpreting random patterns or symbols through the use of tools such as clouds. Conscious Mind The analytical. The mind at work when we compute our taxes. It is created and banished with his or her own energy. The life force. Glossary Page | 140 .

Evocation Calling up spirits or other non-physical entities. Duality separates two opposites such as good and evil and places those characteristics into two separate god-forms. Earth Power That energy which exists within stones.Akasha. God The masculine aspect of deity. It is manifested divine power and can be utilized during magick to create needed change. flames. herbs. magickal properties of natural objects and preparation of ritual equipment. Goddess The feminine aspect of deity.Duality The opposite of polarity. They can be utilized to cause change through magick. The elements hum within ourselves and are also "at large" in the world. Glossary Page | 141 . Esbat The time of the full moon which is celebrated monthly. Elemental Archetypal spirit being associated with one of the four elements. These four essences are the building blocks of the universe. The four elements formed from the primal essence of power. Air. either to visible appearence or invisible attendance. Everything that exists (or that has potential to exist) contains one or more of these energies. wind and other natural objects. Grimoire A magickal workbook containing ritual information. Water. Fire. The word is from the French esbattre meaning to gambol or frolic. formulae. Elements The: Earth.

Imbolc A Wiccan festival celebrated on February 2nd. Herbalism The art of using herbs to facilitate human needs both magickally and medically. Incense is associated with the element air. skill or religion.Handfasting Pagan marriage. Initiation A process whereby an individual is introduced or admitted into a group. In essence. also known as Candlemas. then. or other aromatic item which are burned to scent the air during acts of magick and ritual. Invocation An appeal or petition to a higher power (or powers). still used by some Wiccans for this same purpose. The labrys may be placed on or leaned against the left side of the altar. Feast of Pan and many other names. Invocation is actually a method of establishing conscious ties with those aspects of the Goddess and God that dwell within us. Karma A Hindustani word which reflects the ancient belief that good and evil done will return to be visited on a person either in this life or in a succeeding one. traditionally contracted for a nine-year period. Imbolc celebrates the first stirrings of spring and recovery of the Goddess from giving birth to the Sun (the God) at Yule. Incense Herbs. such as the Goddess and God. Glossary Page | 142 . A prayer. oils. Initiations may be ritual occasions but can also occur spontaneously. Labrys A double-headed axe which symbolized the Goddess in ancient Crete. then renewed if agreed upon by both parties. we seemingly cause them to appear or make themselves known by becoming aware of them. interest.

stones. It is created through visualization and magick. in some form or another. Megalith A huge stone monument or structure. Magick is a natural. Wiccans celebrate the second harvest. Menhir A standing stone probably lifted by early peoples for religious. plants. for it extends both above and below it. when the God also mysteriously weakens as the days grow shorter.Lughnasadh "Loo-nas-sah" A Wiccan festival celebrated on August 1st. or allow them to come unbidden. Magick is the process of rousing or building up this energy. Glossary Page | 143 . though it is little understood. practice. turning inward toward the self or outward toward Deity or nature. Meditation Reflection. the autumn equinox.ourselves. Energy exists within all things. not supernatural. The term refers ti the circle that marks the sphere's penetration of the ground. A quiet time in which the practitioner may dwell upon particular thoughts or symbols. colors. Mabon is a vestige of ancient harvest festivals which. movements. giving it purpose. Magick Circle A sphere constructed of personal power in which Wiccan rituals are usually enacted. Mabon On or around September 21st. spiritual or magickal reasons. Lughnasadh marks the first harvest. also known as August Eve. Lammas. contemplation. and releasing it. when the fruits of the Earth are cut and stored for the dark winter months. Stonehenge is perhaps the best-known example of megalithic construction. were once nearly universal among peoples of the Earth. sounds. Nature is preparing for winter. Magick The movement of natural energies to create needed change.

Glossary Page | 144 . Midsummer marks the point of the year when the Sun is symbolically at the height of its powers. Ogham Alphabet "oh-gom" Runic writing of the ancient Celts. Ostara marks the beginning of true. It can be interchanged with Neo-Pagan. Pagan From the Latin paganus. usually on or near June 21st. They are sometimes linked with the Elements. Christians have their own peculiar definition of this word. astronomical spring. Mighty Ones Being. or spiritual entities created by or charged by the Goddess and God to protect the Earth and to watch over the four directions. The Mighty Ones are thought to be either spiritually evolved beings. one of the Wiccan festivals and an excellent night for magick. but not all Pagans are Wiccan.Midsummer The summer solstice. Old Ones A Wiccan term often used to encompass all aspects of the Goddess and God. A member. celebrating the return of the Sun. Some Wiccans view it as an alternative of The Mighty Ones. Credit for the inception of this phonetic writing system is given to the Druids. new-Pagan. around March 21st. follower or sympathizer of one of the newly formed Pagan religions now spreading throughout the world. and God and the fertility of the Earth (the Goddess). deities or presences often invoked during Wiccan ceremony to witness or guard the rituals. and so too the God. As such. it is a fire and fertility festival. Naturally. shamanistic and polytheistic religions. Ostara "O-star-ah" Occurring at the spring equinox. Neo-Pagan Literally. once human. The longest day of the year. All Wiccans are Pagan. Today used as a general term for followers of Wicca and other magickal. when snow and ice make way for green. country-dweller.

and it stands for spirit over matter. The free end of the string is held in the hand. exercise. It represents the Element of Earth. We release personal power during stress. Not a "Devil symbol" as modern Christianity teaches. It ultimately originates from the Goddess and God (or. We first absorb it from our biological mothers within the womb and. painted or engraved. Magick is often a movement of personal power for a specific goal. Pendulum A divinatory device consisting of a string attached to a heavy object. and the elbow steadied against a flat surface. Personal Power That energy which sustains our bodies. clay.Pantheism The belief in many deities who are really one because they are all merely aspects of the single creative life source. etc. later. Pentacle A ritual object (usually a circular piece of wood. The movement of the heavy object's swing determines the answer. sex. Passing Over A ritual observed when a loved one has died. The words "pentagram" and "pentacle" are not interchangeable. Glossary Page | 145 . use those that work best for you. Witchcraft is a pantheistic religion. such as a quartz crystal. it represents the four elements plus spirit. conception and childbirth. metal. from food. This ceremony included keening and candle lighting. A back and forth swing signals the opposite. It is always used with an upward apex.) It is a tool which contacts the psychic mind. water. It is an ancient symbol with multiple meanings. it represents a human being with arms and legs spread. and a question is asked. root or ring. rather. then feasting and revelry.) upon which a five-pointed star (Pentagram) is inscribed. Satanist cults often take the pentagram and invert it to signify matter over spirit. Pentagram The five-pointed star which has come to symbolize The Craft. the Moon and Sun and other natural objects. (There are many methods of deciphering the pendulum's movement. the power behind Them). though they understandable cause some confusion. A rotation indicates yes or positive energy.

opposite energies. personal power is visualized as streaming out form the palm or fingers of the hand for various magickal goals. Other related terms: Divination is a ritual process which utilizes the Conscious Mind to contact the psychic mind. Intuition is a term used to describe psychic information which unexpectedly reaches the conscious mind. Ambidextrous persons simply choose which hand to utilize for this purpose. psychic mind/conscious mind. night/day. Other examples of polarity: Goddess/God. Universal balance. Yin is cold. Psychic Mind The subconscious or unconscious mind. The psychic mind is at work when we sleep. Ritual consciousness is a form of psychism. peeling apples and dialing telephones is symbolically thought to be the point at which personal power is sent from the body. in which the psychic mind and conscious mind are linked and working in harmony. This is also the hand in which tool such as the athame and wand are held. dark/light. Reincarnation The belief that the souls of living things return to the earth plane in another body after death. Polytheism The belief in the existence of many unrelated deities with their won dominion and interests that have no spiritual relationship to one another. This is the hand through which energy is received into the body. yang is hot. birth/death. the reverse for left-handed persons.Polarity The concept of equal. Glossary Page | 146 . Projective Hand The hand that is normally used for manual activities such as writing. A basic tenet of Paganism. Receptive Hand The left hand in right-handed persons. It is our direct link with the Goddess and God and with the larger. dream and meditate. Moon/Sun. Psychism The act of being consciously psychic. non-physical world around up. The Eastern yin/yang is a perfect example. in which we receive psychic impulses. In ritual.

Scrying To gaze at or into an object (a quartz crystal sphere. A form of divination. This Celtic word is pronounced by Wiccan as: SOW-wen.Ritual Ceremony. Samhain marks the symbolic death of the Sun God and His passing into the "land of the young. Ritual Consciousness A specific. The word is from the Greek sabatu meaning "to rest. ritual is geared toward union with the divine. SAHM-ain. These symbols are once again widely being used in magick and divination. gives them purpose and released them toward the magickal goal. also known as November Eve. A specific form of movement. This allows the scryer to become aware of possible events prior to their actual occurrence. SAHM-hain. Hallowmas. Feast of Souls. SAV-een and other ways. In religion." Samhain "Sow-wen" A Wiccan festival celebrated on October 31st. an awareness-expansion of the seemingly non-physical world. a linking with nature and with for forces behind all conceptions of Deity. reflection. alternate state of awareness necessary to the successful practice of magick. in which the magician sense energies. manipulation of objects or inner processes designed to produce desired effects. SEW-wen. some of which are remnants of the old Teutonic alphabets. Sabbat A great festival of observance of the Pagan year (there are eight sabbats per year). a candle flame) to still the conscious mind and to contact the psychic mind. It denotes a state in which the conscious mind and psychic mind are attuned. Others are pictographs. as well as of previous or distant. The magician achieves this through the use of visualization and ritual. It is a heightening of the senses. Runes Stick-like figures. Glossary Page | 147 . simultaneous events through other than the normally accepted senses. A spell is a magickal ritual. The first seems to be the one preferred among most Wiccans. In magick it produces a specific state of consciousness which allows the magician to move energy toward needed goals. Halloween. pool of water." where He awaits rebirth of the Mother Goddess at Yule.

" They are linked with the Elements Staff Ritual tool which corresponds to the wand in Wicca. usually through periods of alternate states of consciousness. where you go when you die to wait to be reincarnated. sometimes religous.) The Summerland The Wiccan land of the dead. going skyclad is ALWAYS a personal choice. (a cane. This knowledge lends the shaman the power to change her or his world through magick. In the Old Religion of Ireland. Solitary A Witch or other Pagan who works and worships alone without the aid of a coven. personified within the standing stones tradition as the "Spirits of the Stones. Spirits of the Stones The elemental emergies naturally inherent at the four directions of the magick circle.Shaman A man or woman who has obtained knowledge of the subtler dimensions of the Earth. Various types of ritual allow the shaman to pierce the veil of the physical world and to experience the realm of energies. usually ritualistic or magickal in nature. Skyclad Ritual nudity. a common pratice within the Gardnerian tradition of Wicca. Glossary Page | 148 . Simple Feast A ritual meal shared with the Goddess and God. Shamanism The practice of shamans. Spell A magickal ritual. usually non-religious in nature and often accompanied by spoken words.

Threefold Law The karmic principle of The Craft. Visualization The process of forming mental images. This theme of triple feminine deity has been found in nearly every known culture. Triple Goddess The one Goddess in all of her three aspects: maiden. Sometimes called the bolline. Visualization is also used to direct personal power and natural energies during magick for various purposes. Made of usualy of wood. mother." Witta is one tradition of Paganism. the wand symbolizes the element of air and the direction or east. It is a function of the conscious mind. The word is synonymous with "path. It is used within Wicca to cut herbs and fruits. with a sharp blade and white handle. Tradition The branch of Paganism followed by any individual Witch or coven. White-Handled Knife A normal cutting knife. such as an amethyst crystal. and crone. Trilithon A stone arch made from two upright slabs with one lying atop these.Talisman An object. including charging and forming the magick circle. ritually charged with power to attract a specific force or energy to its bearer. Glossary Page | 149 . to slice bread during the simple feast and for other functions. It states that any energy sent will return to the sender three times over. Magical visualization consists of forming images of needed goals during ritual. Wand A ritual tool brought to The Craft through ceremonial magick. Trilithons are featured in Stonehenge as well as the circle visualization in The Standing Stones Book of Shadows.

usually used in the Northen Hemisphere for negative magickal purposes or for dispersing negative energies or conditions such as disease. It is also. One who practiced Witchcraft. monetary and sexist move on the part of organized religion. reincarnation. somewhat surprisingly. Wiccan Rede This is the basic tenet of Witchcraft. Later. using this definition. Glossary Page | 150 . This change was a political. particularly that relating to herbs. spheroid temples. used by some members of Wicca to describe themselves. some followers of Wicca use this word to denote their religion. in which rituals occur. not a change in the practices of Witches." The rede prohibits Witches from harming any other living thing. A contemporary Pagan religion with spiritual roots in Shamanism and the earliest expressions of reverence of nature. do what thou will. erroneous meaning is still accepted by many non-Witches. a European practitioner of the remnants of pre-Christian folk magick. Among its major motifs are: reverence for the Goddess and God. Witch Anciently. especially magick utilizing personal power in conjunction with the energies within stones. Witchcraft.Wicca A tradition of Witchcraft. supernatural beings who practiced destructive magick and who threatened Christianity. isn't a religion. colors and other natural objects. Witchcraft The craft of the Witch-magick. magick. created with personal power. wells. This later. healing. dangerous. astronomical and agricultural phenomena. this term's meaning was deliberately altered to denote demented. Widdershins Anti-clockwise motion. While this may have spiritual overtones. ritual observances of the Full Moon. However. or from violating the free will of any living thing. "As ye harm none. herbs. rivers and stones.

Yule A Wiccan festival celebrate on or about December 21st.freehostia.com/Dictionary. A time of joy and celebration during the miseries of winter. Source: http://magickgarden.html Page | 151 . Yule occurs on the winter solstice. marking the rebirth of the Sun God from the Earth Goddess.

break off all contact with them immediately. especially here on the internet. something of this nature would qualify for assistance from various federal agencies in getting that person to leave you alone. Wicca and Witchcraft community.Finding a Teacher. Most of us have found that this inner voice is rarely wrong and you "WILL" know when something simply does not feel right. If they persist in bothering you after you politely tell them you no longer wish contact with them. Paganism and Witchcraft are clearly Spiritual Belief systems and a way of life instead of "Cults. To avoid being drawn into a group where the intent is less than honorable. Guide. If you get that uneasy feeling about someone or a group." there are some out there who do seek power and desire to manipulate or control others for their own gain. This does offer you some protection. I suppose that in some way's we are even more prone to it than other groups because that type of person generally has a limited grasp on reality and probably believes that following the Old Way's will offer them the ability to master the outlandish and ridiculous skills and powers that Hollywood has led some to believe Witches posess. As is the case in all walks of life. While this is not always fool proof. Little Voice. and there are some great deceivers out there. there is and always has been a great deal of concern regarding Cults throughout the world. Exchange mail withholding all personal information until you are absolutely certain there are no safety risks. When your comfort level with the concepts of the Pagan path have grown to the point where you are certain that this is the lifestyle you wish to follow. there really isn't a way to block or keep these types from infiltrating the Pagan. you have a great advantage in that you can limit your contact to relatively anonymous contact through e-mail. While Wicca. Mentor or Guide As I have mentioned in a couple of other places on this site. contact your ISP and lodge a formal complaint giving this persons e-mail address and their host name. Mentor or Guide Page | 152 . There are federal laws regarding electronic stalking and harassment. back or run away as quickly as possible. The first and most important thing is to listen to your Spirit Twin. Gut Feeling or whatever you choose to call it. you will undoubtedly wish to share that fellowship and comradery with others of like mind and spirit. there are a couple of things that may assist you in avoiding contact with the nuts out there. Finding a Teacher. If someone keeps pressuring you for personal information. When you initially make contact with someone.

com/celtic/wicca/teacher. Mentor or Guide Page | 153 . That questionnaire is provided here with his permission as well as a link to his web site for your further information and studies.htm Finding a Teacher. Written by: Herne Source: http://wicca.Finally. Issac Bonewits developed a small questionnaire in 1979 (Advanced Bonewits Cult Danger Evaluation Frame) that you can use which will help your inner voice when determining if an individual or group poses above average risk.

Norse (or any other ethnic designation) Earth Religion. The Covenant of the Goddess annually elects a First Officer and there is a constitutional limit of two consecutive terms. Army's Religious Requirements and Practices of Certain Selected Groups: A Handbook for Chaplains (pgs 231-236). Shamanism. Wiccan worship groups.000.000 Wiccans in the United States.O. are essentially autonomous. There are an estimated of 50. Goddess worshippers. Druidism. Old Religion. there are two Co-First Officers.How others look at Wicca and Wiccans Military Views on Wicca . but in practice officers have almost always served for one year only.) How others look at Wicca and Wiccans Page | 154 . Box 1226 Berkeley. but far from all.S. have affiliated with: Covenant of the Goddess P. Phoenix Whitebirch and Brandy Williams.US Army Excerpt from the U. Neo-Paganism. (Hernes note: This number is now substantially higher and estimated at over 200. Note: All of these groups have some basic similarities and many surface differences of expression with Wicca. CA 94704 OTHER NAMES BY WHICH KNOWN Witchcraft.S. Wicca is currently the fastest growing spiritual path in the U. called covens. MEMBERSHIP Because of the complete autonomy of covens. this cannot be determined. Paganism. In 1991. Available from: USAF Chaplain's Service Institute Resource Division 525 Chenault Circle Maxwell AFB Montgomery. LEADERSHIP No central leadership. AL 36112-6429 WICCA ADDRESS: No central address. Many.

In 1975. or even a majority of Wiccans. which is incorporated in the State of California and recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. As polytheists. Individuals will often choose Goddesses or Gods from any of the world's pantheons whose stories are particularly inspiring and use those Deities as a focus for personal devotions. Robert Graves and Gerald B. In 1962. CoG does not represent all. The works of such early twentieth century writers as Margaret Murray. BASIC BELIEFS Wiccans worship the sacred as immanent in Nature. Raymond and Rosemary Buckland (religious names: Lady Rowen and Robat). Wiccans do not revile the Bible. They point out that "Satan" is a symbol of rebellion against and inversion of the Christian and Jewish traditions. At the same time. strongly influenced by the Living Nature worship traditions of tribal peoples in other parts of the world. and these are often held secret by the groups. These self-created covens are today regarded as just as valid as those who can trace a "lineage" of teaching back to England. Gardner publicly declared himself a Witch and began to gather a group of students and worshipers. Gardner began the renewal of interest in the Old Religion.e. using rituals created from a combination of research and individual inspiration. they may use many other names for Deity. often personified as Mother Earth and Father Sky. other groups of people became interested through reading books by Gardner and others. But CoG is the largest single public Wiccan organization. They simply regard it as one among many of the world's mythic systems. covens will use particular Deity names as a group focus. a very diverse group of covens who wanted to secure the legal protections and benefits of church status formed Covenant of the Goddess (CoG)." "the Devil. less applicable than some to their core values.HISTORICAL ORIGIN Wicca is a reconstruction of the Nature worship of tribal Europe. emigrated to the United States and began teaching Gardnerian Witchcraft here. Similarly. and it is cross-Traditional (i. two of his students. How others look at Wicca and Wiccans Page | 155 . non-denominational). It is very important to be aware that Wiccans do not in any way worship or believe in "Satan. After the repeal of the anti-Witchcraft laws in Britain in 1951. Many covens were spontaneously formed." or any similar entities. A coven or an individual need not be affiliated with CoG in order to validly practice the religion.

but still deserving just as much respect as any of the others. Some take this as a literal description of what happens to people when they die. The religion does not dictate either position. and show a special concern for ecological issues. called the "Wiccan Rede" states "an it harm none. protecting and aiding members in various endeavors. they should participate in wars that they conscientiously consider to be just. access to these books is limited to initiated members of the religion. Others will feel that. chant." The rede fulfills the same function as does the "Golden Rule" for Jews and Christians. as inspiration provides. known as a Book of Shadows. all other ethical teachings are considered to be elaborations and applications of the Rede. by which they mean the direction and use of "psychic energy. Such assistance is also extended to non-members upon request. creative visualization and hypnosis to focus and direct psychic energy for the purpose of healing. PRACTICES AND BEHAVIORAL STANDARDS The core ethical statement of Wicca. Most Wiccan groups also practice magic. Some are vegetarians. Many. Social forces generally do not yet allow Witches to publicly declare their religious faith without fear of reprisals such as loss of job. emphasizing at once the individual's responsibility to avoid harm to others and the widest range of personal autonomy in "victimless" activities. do what you will. Normally. Prejudice against How others look at Wicca and Wiccans Page | 156 . For others. Most groups have a handwritten collection of rituals and lore. Wiccans believe in reincarnation. Some members spell the word "magick. Part of the religious education of a new member will be to hand copy this book for him or herself. child custody challenges. Neither Reincarnation nor any other literal belief can be used as a test of an individual's validity as a member of the Old Religion. as Nature's Way includes self-defense. but requires each member to thoughtfully and meditatively examine her or his own conscience and to live by it." those natural but invisible forces which surround all living things. For this reason." to distinguish it from sleight of hand entertainments. Over they years. individual conscience will lead some to take a pacifist position. new material will be added. but not all. Wiccans employ such means as dance. It is a statement of situational ethics. many Wiccans will regard all living things as Sacred. it is a symbolic model that helps them deal with the cycles and changes within this life. Because of the basic Nature orientation of the religion. etc. ridicule. Wicca has been described as having a "high-choice" ethic.

Brigit. Some are headed by a High Priestess or High Priest without a partner. Thirteen is the traditional maximum number of members. Wiccans celebrate eight festivals.e. a small group of people. June 22 (Midsummer.) Some groups find meetings within a few days of those dates to be acceptable. At that size covens form a close bond." as a means of attunement to the seasonal rhythms of Nature. these talismans are often blessed by the coven back home and felt to carry the coven's protective and healing energy. Sowyn or Hallows). Meetings for religious study will often be scheduled at any time convenient to the members. most groups will meet for worship at each Full Moon. April 30 (Beltane or May Eve). July 31 (Lunasa or Lammas). There are many distinct "Traditions" of Wicca.Wiccans is the result of public confusion between Witchcraft and Satanism. just as there are many denominations within Christianity. and rituals can be scheduled whenever there is a need (i. although not an absolute limit. ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE Most Wiccans meet with a coven. or all female or male. and December 21 (Yule or Winter Solstice." with Traditions. depending on the preferences of the members. so Wiccans in the military are likely to maintain a strong affiliation with their covens back home. and some regard themselves as a gathering of equals. others require the precise date. March 21 (Ostara or Spring Equinox). Each coven is autonomous. Wiccans in the military. will often have their dog tags read "No Religious Preference. Every initiate is considered to be a priestess or priest. for a healing). and many will also meet on the New Moon. The spectrum of Wiccan practice can be described as ranging from "traditional" to "eclectic. Covens can be of mixed gender. or February Eve). Litha or Summer Solstice). Ritual jewelry is particularly important to many Wiccans. In addition. often with the assistance of a High Priest. In addition to being a symbol of religious dedication. These are January 31 (Called Oimelc. especially those who may be posted in countries perceived to be particularly intolerant. Most are headed by a High Priestess. October 31 (Samhain. September 21 (Harvest. Most covens are small. so non-denominational dog tags should not contravene a member's request for religious services. called "Sabbats." Concealment is a traditional Wiccan defense against persecution. A typical difference would be that more traditional How others look at Wicca and Wiccans Page | 157 . Mabon or Autumn Equinox). covens and individuals fitting anywhere within that range.

These are individuals who choose to practice their faith alone. a bowl of salt. or are away from their home coven. may choose to worship privately or may form ad-hoc groups to mark religious occasions. The may have been initiated in a coven or self initiated. statues or artwork representing the Goddess and God. like all other ritual tools. Individuals who are currently not affiliated with a coven. Almost all Wiccans use an individual ritual knife (an "athame") to focus and direct personal energy. WORSHIP Wiccans usually worship in groups. Therefore. since it is unlikely that enough members of any one Tradition would be at the same base. ROLE OF MINISTERS Within a traditional coven. and candles. Eclectic covens tend to share leadership more equally. there are also a number of solitairies.groups would tend to follow a set liturgy. serves both as leader in the rituals and as teacher and counselor for coven members and unaffiliated Pagans. whereas eclectic groups would emphasize immediate inspiration in worship. the lack of strict adherence to the patterns of any one Tradition is not an indicator of invalidity. Wiccan covens bless and share a cup of wine as part of the ritual. These distinctions are not particularly important to the military chaplain. Wiccan covens worship in the nude (skyclad) as a sign of attunement with Nature. the High Priestess. usually assisted by her High Priest. These tools. While many Wiccans meet in a coven. Other commonly used ritual tools include a bowl of water. Covens often also have ritual swords to direct the energy of the group. They will join with other Wiccans to celebrate the festivals or to attend the various regional events organized by the larger community. a censer with incense. but not all. How others look at Wicca and Wiccans Page | 158 . private worship as well as in congregate rituals. Some. are highly personal and should never leave the possession of the owner. working out compromise styles of worship for themselves and constantly adapting them to a changing membership. Worship circles at military facilities are likely to be ad-hoc crossTraditional groups. Nonparticipating observers are not generally welcome at Wiccan rituals. but not all. a disk with symbols engraved on it (a "pentacle"). Most. All of these items are used in individual. Most groups will bless and share bread or cookies along with the wine.

should they desire to do so. Members are encouraged to learn about all faiths. Most Wiccans believe that healing energy can be sent from great distances. Wiccans respect all religions that foster honor and compassion in their adherents. at the request of the patient. OTHER With respect to attitude toward military service.com/celtic/wicca/military. Wiccans range from career military personnel to conscientious objectors. but not strictly necessary. honor any possible requests. Recognition of the death of a member takes place within the coven. if possible. the best assistance would be to make the member as comfortable as possible. listen to whatever they have to say. Source: http://wicca. and are permitted to attend the services of other religions. They believe that no one Path to the Sacred is right for all people. Wiccans do not proselytize and generally resent those who do. and see their own religious pattern as only one among many that are equally worthy. It is desirable for a Wiccan priest or priestess to be present at the time of death. the member's home coven should be notified. MEDICAL TREATMENT No medical restrictions. Wiccans generally believe in the efficacy of spiritual or psychic healing when done in tandem with standard medical treatment. so. including access to Intensive Care Units. other Wiccan personnel should be allowed visiting privileges as though they were immediate family. Ritual tools. and expect the same respect. apart from the body of the deceased. materials. in the case of any serious medical condition.FUNERAL AND BURIAL REQUIREMENTS None. If not possible.htm How others look at Wicca and Wiccans Page | 159 . Therefore. and otherwise leave them as quiet and private as possible. or writings found among the effects of the deceased should be returned to their home coven (typically a member will designate a person to whom ritual materials should be sent).

not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west. and surely we should. and Holy Spirit." (Matthew 6:14-15) "For with what judgment you judge. Jesus Christ. speaking the truth in love. and those criteria include love." (Luke 6:36-38) Is it not clear? Anyone who fails in these things. and you shall not be condemned. proclaimed: "Assuredly I say to you. neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. just as your Father also is merciful." (Matthew 7:2) "But go and learn what this means: `I desire mercy and not sacrifice. entirely on my own responsibility. and with the same measure you use. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. would be compelled to try to save as many people from this fate as possible. I have not found such great faith. forgiveness. Isaac.'" (Matthew 9:13) "Therefore be merciful. and you shall not be judged. I am a member of St. your heavenly Father will also forgive you. having noted the faith and righteousness of a Roman centurion. Calhan. I am not speaking as agent for any church. throughout the Gospels. as we Christians are supposed to do. will calling himself a Christian How others look at Wicca and Wiccans Page | 160 . But is this belief correct? Jesus Christ. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses. In this paper. A Christian is one who has been baptized in the name of the Father. and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. Mary's Eastern Orthodox Church. believing this. free-will decision to commit himself and all his or her life to our Lord and God and Savior. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. and you will be forgiven.A Christian Speaks of Wicca and Witchcraft I am a Christian and not a Wiccan. Jesus Christ sets forth the criteria for entrance into the kingdom of heaven. and hell will contain many who are! Clearly. Forgive. Any decent person. Judge not. and who has made a personal. you will be judged. a Pagan. Both of these things are true of me. kindness. Condemn not. Colorado." (Matthew 8:10-12) If we accept these words as true. and sit down with Abraham. Son. and a refusal to judge others: "For if you forgive men their trespasses. it will be measured back to you. but I am. A Situation of Strife and Shame There are many Christians today who believe that anyone who is not a Christian is doomed to an eternity of suffering in hell. then it is clear that heaven will contain many who are not Christians.

these people of Wicca have been terribly How others look at Wicca and Wiccans Page | 161 . They do not worship Satan. `Men of Athens.' shall enter the kingdom of heaven. because there is no way we can earn the free gift of God's mercy and grace. while the power manifested there may be less than what you have experienced as a Christian. they certainly do. this will sound familiar to you. You will find that. that we are saved. you will say. You have only to attend any public Wiccan ceremony. Him I proclaim to you" (Acts 17:22-23) The Wiccans worship the Unknown God. "Not everyone who says to Me. in the sense of sharing the Christian faith. we should know it! For those of us who are unable to simply stand on God's Word. do not have faith in God. as manifested to them in the form of a Goddess and a God. will being unbaptized condemn him? Jesus said. it is faith in God. Rather." (Romans 9:16) But the Wiccans. they worship a Goddess and a God whom they understand as manifestations of a higher and unknown Deity. and it should. that power is clearly the power of God. either. Now if you are a Christian. Those who call them Satan-worshippers are entirely wrong. and test the spirits which are there. I perceive that in all things you are very religious. or even believe that Satan exists. nor of him who runs. `Lord." (Matthew 7:21) Yet it is not by good works that we earn our way into heaven. Yet by their own theology. The faith which saves us is not faith in the goodness of our works. and must prove to themselves the truth of what it proclaims the holy Apostle John has given us the method for doing this.save him? Anyone who obeys God in these things. But it is clear that it is not by faith. but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Dear brothers and sisters in Christ. Instead. Therefore. I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. our Bible tells us they worship the same God we do. but of God who has mercy. Therefore. and if they do not know this. to see "whether they are of God" (1 John 4:1). In the Bible we find the following: "Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said. The One whom you worship without knowing. nor faith that we have the right theology and/or belong to the right church. Lord. which alone can save us. for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship. and in His mercy: "So then it is not of him who wills.

which they do not. and not judge others or condemn them. inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren. Written by: James Clement Taylor Source: http://wicca. so that He will not have to judge and condemn us for our sins. for He has said. and homes. you did it to Me. "Assuredly I say to you. you may be sure. and God will hold us accountable for this. from this point onward.htm How others look at Wicca and Wiccans Page | 162 .com/celtic/wicca/christian.slandered by us. repent of our misdeeds and declare that henceforth we shall obey Christ our God. and places of business because we have assured others that they worship Satan." (Matthew 25:40) Let us. They have lost jobs. We have persecuted them.

you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to. 1 Corinthians 10:20 No. because the Lord your God has blessed you. 5 not in passionate lust like the pagans. On that time they could only scare people for the reason of them to convert. but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons. as we told you and warned you before. 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body[a] in a way that is holy and honorable. 6 there bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices. and the firstborn of your herds and flocks. 8 Therefore. the God of your ancestors. your tithes and special gifts. cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places. who do not know God. To that place you must go. and I do not want you to be participants with demons. in the presence of the Lord your God.The Bible's view of pagans and witches The Bible's view of pagans and witches are very bad Deuteronomy 12:1-7 These are the decrees and laws you must be careful to follow in the land that the Lord. the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit. 22 Are we trying to arouse the Lord’s jealousy? Are we stronger than he? 1 Thessalonians 4:3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality. on the hills and under every spreading tree. not to God. Written by: Jim HD – 2011/2012 Source: http://www. 3 Break down their altars. 4 You must not worship the Lord your God in their way. what you have vowed to give and your freewill offerings. 7 There. smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire. but to live a holy life.biblegateway. has given you to possess—as long as you live in the land. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too.[b] The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins. you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God. 2 Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains. where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods. 5 But you are to seek the place the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. 7 For God did not call us to be impure. 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. But what should they do to get us believe in Christianity.com (New International Version) How others look at Wicca and Wiccans Page | 163 .

support@gmail.com” and it could be nice if you remember to call it “some thing – Wicca”.Translated By This document are translated from Danish to English by “Google translated” and the author Jim HD. If some of the translating are wrong then you can help by Email the correct translating to “qeentu. Translated By Page | 164 .

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