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  • How to Smudge for Purification * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    energy or your sacred body with polyester and chemical colourants If you can get some dyed with natural plant colouring then choose a thread based on what the colour is good for For example if you are wanting health you may wrap your herbs in a grass green thread As you wrap the herbs be aware of what energies you are collecting into it Imagine that the thread is binding the magick into your bundle Feel gratitude for the gift that the plant and the Mother have given you When it is done say a blessing or prayer over it dedicating it to its purpose Smudging Seashells A note about using seashells for smudging Don t do it Especially with Abalone shells Smudge sticks are often sold with Abalone shells as this is a First Nations practice But it is inappropriate for Wiccans to use shells for smudging especially since Abalone is endangered and a protected species First of all a shell is not fire safe Perhaps more importantly though Abalone is sacred to the Goddess And since seashells are naturally affiliated with water yin it is not respectful to use a shell especially Abalone for air fire yang rituals How to Burn the Smudge There are two main ways to burn herbs One is to shave or crumble bits of the herb onto a charcoal block that you ve already lit if you can find one without an offensive odour The self starting ones seem to be the worst for that Another option is to use a smudge stick and light the stick itself Sweetgrass braids can also be lit directly I light them from my altar candle This is both symbolic and practical Symbolic in that I feel that it is the Divine Energy which my candle contains that lights the smudge stick for me And practical since it can take a while for them to catch and a candle flame is an ongoing safe source of fire Keeping a lighter ignited for more than a few seconds however can be dangerous They have been known to explode during prolonged burning How to Light Smudges Sweetgrass For a sweetgrass braid light the thin end Sweetgrass braids may not burn very well You can help them burn if you gently fan the braid up and down For a smudge stick light the top The top of the stick is the thinner non twiggy end the bottom is also encircled with thread Do not blow on it to direct the smoke Use a feather to fan the smoke over you or the object you are smudging WITCH TIP You don t need a raging inferno A bit of sparks smoldering at the end is often enough especially indoors If it s burning more than you d like damp it down a little in your pot of sand How to Use Your Smudge The goal with smudging is not to have flames but smoke It is the smoke that purifies and

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  • The Divine Light Invocation * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    susceptible to taking on others stuff this practice is invaluable When you keep yourself filled with Light you protect yourself from negative energies which protects your health joy and well being So it is particularly useful for anyone with allergies and sensitivities chronic fatigue Fibromyalgia Lupus and other systemic imbalances Likewise for all teachers healers psychic people and anyone sensitive to outside energy fields This is why it s such a great spiritual practice for Wiccans You can put just about anyone or anything in the Light Below are some standard examples The one caution is to avoid putting anyone who is abusing power into the Light I credit this practice as helping me heal from both Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Chemical Hypersensitivity Syndrome And I know that there is a direct correlation between how much I do this practice and how well strong and energetic I feel from day to day A Word About The Light Some Witches feel uncomfortable with the idea of the Divine Light Often this stems from a misunderstanding of the Light as disembodied God in Heaven kind of energy In fact the Divine Light Invocation invokes not only the masculine Divinity but the feminine Divinity the Goddess as well The Light is not only the light we see as the Divine It contains also the Sacred Dark that gives birth to the Light The term Light is used because it is the closest we can come to envisioning pure Divine Essence without taking on the facets of personality of the derivative Goddesses and Gods Please see this article on A Witch s Definition of Enlightenment for more on this How To Do The Divine Light Invocation With Bright Blessings If you enjoyed this article please Stumble it It only takes a second to share

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  • How To Do The Divine Light Invocation * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    Light The Divine Light penetrates every single cell of my being Every level of consciousness I have become a channel of pure Light I am One with the Light The Divine Light Invocation is an exercise of will as well as an act of surrender Be receptive to the Light and accept that you are now a channel of Divine Light Express your gratitude with deep feeling and having a desire to share this gift with someone whom you wish to help turn your palms forward Continuing to see yourself filling and overflowing with Light mentally open wide the doors of your spiritual heart centre and let the Light stream forth from your heart centre forming a clockwise spiral before you which reaches up to rejoin the source of Light above Into the spiral of Light place any projects and concerns that you may have Envision them as you would like to see them not as you fear they are See the Light encircle them enveloping them completely and see the spiral moving high into the sky taking the images with them See them merge into the source of Light and become One with the Light received by Light See someone that you would like to help standing before you or the image of a woman a man and a child you don t know representing all those in need of Light at this moment in the spiral of Light This can be yourself if you feel in need of Light See them healthy happy whole and strong See the Light stream forth towards the feet of this person The Light encircles them and spirals upward in a clockwise direction enveloping the body completely and filling them with radiant pure white Light See them filled with Light wrapped in Light receiving everything they need from the Light See the spiral moving high up into the sky taking this image along with it See this person merge into the source of the Light and become One with the Light blessed by the Light Now relax Bring your hands together at your heart centre in a gesture of deep gratitude for the gift of the Light and the ability to share it Namaste Closing Notes The Divine Light Invocation is easy to do and takes only a few minutes Don t worry about getting it exactly the way it s written at first Your intention and good will creates their own grace to compensate for any slip ups But do practice it as closely to the original as you can to receive the most benefit WITCH TIP WARNING If someone is abusing their power do not put them into the Light The energy of the Light is neutral and could be used negatively by such people For what to do in this circumstance or for more detail on the Divine Light Invocation please see The Divine Light Invocation by Swami Radha The Divine Light Invocation is a visualization but in the Eastern

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  • Wicca Beliefs about Jesus, Christianity, Hell, etc. * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    everything is formed Witches believe that life on Earth is Heaven and Hell depending on each person s choices When you choose things that bring you close to God you are in Heaven right here right now Things like Kindness Charity and helping others Forgiveness Inner Peace Faith and trust in the Divine And you create your own Hell right here and now when you choose things that separate you from God Selfishness Fear Greed Anger Judgement Demons Devils Demons and devils are for most Wiccans simply the inner temptation to be selfish or to listen to base fears rather than values and ideals In other words demons represent the harmful or negative impulses within us To do what we want to get what we want without caring who pays the price or what it costs that s the devil s work Like so many corporations and governments And like so many people who are just taking from the world and not giving anything back Some Witches though do believe in these external demons Not usually as personalities but as embodiments of negative emotional energy There is an assumption by the uninformed that Witches use demons or else elementals or other beings to do magick for them That is not something that s done in Wicca Even if demons did exist as the fables say Wiccans couldn t use them as servants That would be immediate violation of the Rede and the 3 Fold Law and far too dangerous to ourselves As for the Devil please see this article on misconceptions about Wicca for information on Satan and Wicca Evil And Sin Wiccans don t believe in sin per se And certainly not in original sin The very idea that we are born sinful is ludicrous Would the Divine make each new baby steeped in sin Could anything coming from the Divine be impure I think that is a concept that could only come from a patriarchy where fathers have limited interactions with infants Any mother knows from looking into a baby s clear face and bright eyes how pure and sweet their souls are Original sin is a fairly new idea in Christianity too at least far newer than Jesus and his apostles Jesus certainly never said anything about it As for sin the closest Wicca beliefs are the Rede and the Three Fold Law which state don t harm anyone and whatever you do will come back to you More like Karma than sin In the Greek originals the Biblical word for sin is hamartia It s an archery term It means missing the target missing the mark In other words sinning means making a mistake And the target you re missing is the Divine Does this mean that Witches don t believe in evil Well Wicca is a very diverse religion and all kinds of Witches believe all kinds of things And it s hard living in these times to say there is no such thing as

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  • Solitary Wicca * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    magick in groups can be almost impossible Working solitary allows them to be as open to the Divine as they wish without taking on others energies The Limitations of Wicca Solitary Practice When it s done well working magick with others can raise much more energy than one Witch can raise working solitary But this is not always feasible as noted above Another limitation is the difficulty of following a spiritual practice on your own There are ways to learn from others like open public rituals and Wicca workshops But to advance past a certain point on your spiritual Path requires being fully visible to others who can serve as mentors and guides And it is harder to maintain spiritual practice without spiritual community This is as true in Wicca as in Buddhism Yoga and Christianity Spiritual community helps us move forward on our Path in a way true solitude can t These issues are more challenging for a solitary to resolve than for a Witch who works in groups But if she is dedicated she can find other means to fill these needs Forums and email lists are one option And solitary Wiccans may like to show their allegiance with obviously Wiccan jewelry to be visible to the Wiccan community Solitaries Circles And Covens Oh My Which way is right Which is True Wicca None In case you haven t noticed yet there really are no rules in Wicca spirituality save one Follow your heart and do what you deem right for you Each way has its benefits and its limitations Which way is best depends on the Witch involved Anyone who tells you there is One Right Way is a victim of their own dogma You may empathise with their need for certainty but don t let them

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  • Claim Your Thank You Gifts from Wicca-Spirituality.com
    Wicca Spirituality com to Sitemap Home New Stuff Wiccan e Course Book of Shadows Silver Chalice Zine Blog Wicca Supplies Wicca School Totem Animals ebook Psychic Soul Reading Yule Songs Carols Wicca Store Books Etc Affirmation CDs Mandala Drawing Kit Beginners FAQs Beginning Wicca Wicca Info Beliefs Wiccan Books Christianity Wicca Being a Witch Modern Shaman Being A Witch Gods Goddesses The Moon The Wiccan Way Wiccan Magick Wicca Magick

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  • Sacred Scents - Wiccan Incense * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    good for the heart when you ingest it it ll be good in a spell for the heart as well Spices and Foods Spices and foods really wake up the senses and the imagination Many foods have symbolic connections to deities Pomegranates for example are sacred to Persephone and perfect for Samhain rituals And spices like herbs are potent spiritual forces They are wonderful when used as sacred scents or incense You can often find them listed in witchy herbal books as well Smudges Smudging comes from the First Nations practice of purifying and praying with smoke from sacred plants Smudging is my favourite alternative to incense Many who cannot tolerate incense are not adversely affected by smudge smoke especially when used in small amounts Plus invoking the spirit of such sacred plants is a lovely practice And the smell doesn t linger or permeate fabrics as much as incense does so it can be used to cleanse and purify the space and then aired out before the ritual Please see this article for more information on how to smudge Smudging Herbs Below are the most common sacred scents in common use as smudges The properties listed may be different from the First Nations understanding I don t know enough about their practices to speak for them so these qualities are from my personal experience with the plants Cedar Purifying sanctifying protecting Also brings good energy Carries prayers especially thanks to the Divine Sage Cleansing removing harmful or negative energies Protects against negative energy Lavender Blesses and purifies your actions past and future so encourages forgiveness too Sweetgrass Blessing purifying calling in good energy It brings beauty and will carry your prayers up to the Divine Sweetgrass is endangered so it s best to use some other option like cedar Or if you must use it buy it from First Nations shops to support their protection of this sacred plant Cannabis Invoking Divine sanctifying blessing balancing Inspires promotes peacefulness creates harmony and connection with the Goddess Sadly this sacred being is commonly abused as a drug and since it s illegal in North America ludicrous but true it is not recommended in sacred smudge But since some Wiccans are using it for ritual purposes other than smudging it should be clarified that drug use for altering consciousness is not actually a Wiccan practice but a shamanic path Using hallucinogens for sacred journeying is dangerous on many levels and should only be undertaken with the training and supervision of an experienced shaman and after necessary purification And of course only under legal circumstances Uses of Sacred Scents You can use sacred scents to Eliminate negative energies that might be clinging to you especially important for healers Cleanse the energy of your house or healing centre Purify sacred space Help shift consciousness in ritual Empower your spells Bring protection or blessings can be carried with you in jewelry or amulets Purify and sanctify pagan ritual objects and altar tools Send prayers to

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  • Invoking Hecate * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    and clarify my options Lend me Your key to open doors that I thought were barred Lend me Your Bitches to sniff out the best Way Lend me Your knife to free me of the choices not claimed Oh Owl Eye Goddess show me the Path Made precisely for my soul s feet Leading to the best possible outcome for me and mine And in service to the Earth Blessed Be Invoking Hecate For a Birth Hecate Wayfarer Path Finder Mistress of the Thresholds we all must cross Goddess of the Triple Crossroads where destiny meets choice Keeper of wisdom teacher of the wise Destroyer of illusion and Guardian of the Gates Hail Owl eye Goddess of Magick and the roads of Mystery I Your Priest ess ask You We are gathered here to separate two souls from one To welcome a new mortal form to the Earth and to this mother s arms Open the Gate from the spirit world and allow this one to enter Draw aside the Veils and help this new life cross Hold aloft Your lantern so this one may find the mortal path with ease And bless this knife as Your own to cut away the spirit world And release this babe into the joys of the Earth Hecate Guide across the Thresholds and through the paths of life Bless this young one now and forever with wisdom s insight And Your Divine guidance As You bless all who honour You And guide this mother this father all this child s family To greater wisdom and compassion as this holy new path unfolds Blessed Be Invoking Hecate For a Death Hecate Wayfarer Path Finder Mistress of the Thresholds we all must cross Goddess of the Triple Crossroads where destiny meets choice Keeper of wisdom teacher of the wise Destroyer of illusion and Guardian of the Gates Hail Owl eye Goddess of Magick and the roads of Mystery I Your Priest ess ask You We call You here to witness as this one prepares to pass From the mortal realm of pain and strife To the blessed realm of the soul s life We ask You to stand ready to guide her him across To ease her his fears and sufferings and doubts And reveal the waiting Light We may not any of us be ready to say goodbye But we trust in Your timing for You know when it is right And we know from experience that no one is ever really gone We rejoice to know her his trials draw for a while to a close That peace and joy and love wait for her him across the Veil We entrust her him to Your tender arms We release her him to her his eternal bliss And ask You to help her him easily across Please dear Hecate shine Your lantern bright So that we may still see each other through the Veil And bless us who remain as much as possible With

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