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With the rise of eclectic, do-it-yourself Wicca, traditional varieties quickly took a backseat. In many books, the old lines are discussed in the past tense. And with the emphasis on secrecy, it's no surprise that many traditional Wiccans never reveal themselves in any public way. A lot of people think we just aren't around anymore! But, in fact, our numbers are rising.
Traditional Wiccans usually aren't very vocal but don't make the mistake of assuming we aren't there.
What You'll NeedA flower (such as a rose) with many petals that you can strip from the plant and strew about, or a variety of fresh greeneryA 5-6 inch red taper candleAnother fresh flower, intactTraditionally, witches recite various chants on Beltane Eve. At midnight, mark out a nine-foot diameter circle on the floor using flower petals or greenery. Light a red candle. Hold the candle in your right hand and hold a flower, a well-budded branch of greenery, or other fresh plant in the left hand. Hold both candle and vegetation to the sky. Stand in the east of your circle of flowers and begin wal..
Most of us would agree that there is more to being a Witch than celebrating the Sabbats or casting a spell under the full moon. That being said, many modern Pagans struggle to find ways to integrate their spiritual beliefs with their busy and often stressful mundane lives. Work, family, significant others, and all the responsibilities that come with everyday survival can make it difficult to carve out time and space to focus on the spiritual.But our spiritual core is what nurtures and supports our daily life, and it is vital to our physical, mental, and psychic well-being. So what's a busy Wit..
When I got involved in Wicca, I found that most of my teachers emphasized the Goddess. Many people have been raised with traditions that emphasized the male aspect of divinity. These same people often come to nature-based religions with a desire to reconnect their spirit to the divine feminine, the Mother principle. I know I did. I came from a strict Catholic background, so I found the idea of the Goddess both intriguing and comforting. I always liked the Virgin Mary, and found the multifaceted images of the Goddess quite a wonderful challenge. It was hard to look at the feminine as not only v..
What is Mabon?One of the minor Wiccan and Pagan holidays (or sabbats), Mabon is also known as the Autumn Equinox. It is the second of the 3 harvest festivals (with Lughnasadh and Samhain) when the earth is cooling from the heat of summer and the crops are being harvested and stored for the coming winter.Like the Summer Solstice, day and night are of equal length but after Mabon, the night becomes longer for the dark half of the year.Think of Mabon as the Thanksgiving for pagans. It is a celebration of the Earth's bounty and the first step to prepare for winter which in many parts of the world,..
Going to college is an exciting and stressful time. Your dorm room should be your
spiritual sanctuary. But it can be hard to be Wiccan in the middle of
the chaos of college, especially if you want to keep it low key. Here are some ideas to make your dorm room your personal sacred space.
The Spring Equinox is when day and night are equal, a time of balance. It is also known as Ostara and
is considered one of the 4 Sabbats of the Wiccan Year. Here is a look at the rituals and the lore celebrating the beginning of Spring.
There is a lot of confusion about the simple pentacle - what it is, what it means, and how it is used in Wicca. We explore the differences and uses of pentagrams and pentacles in this article starting with what is a pentacle.
An altar is really just a working space set with objects that reflect
you, the purpose of the altar, or the ritual or season you are
celebrating at it. Here are some things to think about when setting up your first altar.
When you are considering something to empower (or enchant if you want to
use a more magical sounding term), consider what you want it to do..and
look at the design to see what it says to you. Then learn how to charge or empower it for that purpose.