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  • Misconceptions About Witch Craft * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    who are well meaning may condemn Witch Craft simply because they lack real Wicca information They rely on doctrine and confuse it with Truth In much of Christianity there is less information on Wicca than psychological projection of their own shadow selves onto Witches Wiccans Perspective on Christianity But from a Wiccan perspective such opposition to another religion is a meaningless concept Wicca as a spiritual path is not opposed to any other path a person may choose Religions may be intolerant But any true spirituality is inclusive by nature You do not need to give up any religion s citizenship to practice Wicca There are Christian Wiccans and Jewish Wiccans and Buddhist Wiccans just to name a few Learn more about Christianity and Wicca starting here But at their essence there is no inherent conflict between Wicca and Christianity Any that exists is due to flaws in our human perception our innate bias towards anything different So in fact it is entirely possible to be both Christian and Wiccan at the same time One branch of Wicca is devoted to this union of spiritual beliefs A list of Christian Wicca websites can be found by clicking here Opens page in new window Misconception 3 Witch Craft Is Satanism Satan is not a Wiccan deity The Devil is a Christian construct reflecting the fears and paranoia the Old Testament instigates against other religions Wiccans don t acknowledge Satan as a real entity at all By definition therefore Witches cannot be devil worshippers Insistence that this is not the case merely shows a lack of reliable Wicca information The reason the misconceptions about Wicca and devil worship persists besides all the malarkey spread by the Inquisition is because Satan was modeled on pagan deities particularly Pan That was done very intentionally And since Pan does have an honoured place in the Wiccan pantheon Christians sometimes believe that means we worship Satan It s a sad case of being sucked in by one s own misinformation There is just no ground to it at all It s believable only to those who make assumptions about Wicca without information Of course to fanatics of many religions anyone of another faith is worshipping Satan There s nothing we can say to people like that though They are too far gone in their own self righteousness to reach on a spiritual level Actual Satanists There are Satanists out there of course Ironically this is due entirely to Christian promotion Satanism essentially takes the principles of spirituality and puts them through a thoroughly material filter It is a religion of materialism It is in fact a deification of the ego the personality that we think of as I You could say that Satanism is a religion of misconceptions To some extent all paganism acknowledges the Divine within us But Satanists take this to an extreme stating that the only divinity is ourselves our physical selves and denying higher spiritual reality and values I find it fascinating

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  • What Is the Place of Men in Wicca? * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    Consequently it is vital to Wicca Spirituality that power is shared rather than hoarded We must all be empowered for spirit to thrive and for the Earth to survive Wicca Spirituality practices something that Reclaiming calls power with in contrast to a cultural norm of power over So women being powerful priestesses does not mean that men are kept powerless Quite the contrary With the empowerment of both genders we each become fulfilled and powerful in ways that were impossible as long as one aspect was repressed and denied A Religion Based on Feminine Values Wicca especially Wicca Spirituality is based on so called feminist values such as Equality Shared Power Harmony Co operation Respect Receptivity Emotional awareness Women the Earth the Moon the physical body cycles and other feminine aspects are all revered in Wicca This can seem intimidating to men who are raised with values that prize intellect aggressiveness and independence above all Men may wonder if there s a place for men in a religion that honours feminine values Real life though doesn t divide up these qualities We must all practice these qualities if humanity is to survive While Wicca might appear a little different to men than the usual cultural values Wicca is an excellent place for men to learn and practice these life affirming skills Dianic Wicca So if men are welcome in Wicca why are there some women only covens I wish there were an easy answer for this and one that didn t set men s hackles up But the fact is that this culture is formed on abuse of women both subtle and overt Consequently it s not surprising that many women don t feel comfortable in intimate vulnerable sacred spaces with men Add to that the trouble many men have with their own power It s common for men to take up the space squeezing others out to the edges with no idea whatsoever that they re doing it Or conversely some men abdicate their power out of a desire to not dominate the group but end up acting out with passive aggressiveness or other balancing mechanisms After all being powerless is not an improvement over dominating As men learn to deal with power sharing intimacy and deep honesty with themselves not just in Circle but in the world most of the women only covens will probably fade away See Wiccan Etiquette for more on how to participate in Circle with equality The Power Game In essence men may feel unwelcome in Wicca because of the empowerment that Wicca gives to women The basic problem I think is that we ve been brainwashed into believing that power is a win lose proposition One person takes power at the expense of another one person must be weak for another to be strong In nature this is an absurd idea The whole community is stronger when each member is strong whether you re speaking of humans or wolves or cuttlefish What happens

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  • How To Find A Coven * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    What kind of Wicca or Witchcraft are you interested in What ethics and ideals are important to you See Wiccan Philosophy for ideas Why do you want to practice Wicca what will you do with the skills Do you want to find a Coven or Circle or simply to be connected with others who practice Wicca Know what you want before you try to find it And then be open to the Universe giving you what you need instead 2 Put Out The Call The second step is to let the Universe know that you re looking for other Witches or to find a coven Put out a Call in a spell or ritual See Magick Spells Free Tips And Tools for info on how to do this in a way that gets you what you actually want rather than an unpleasant surprise Then be patient Let the Universe work on it 3 Take Workshops Maybe the best way to connect with other Witches is to take workshops and classes I highly recommend Reclaiming s workshops They seem to happen all over the world 4 Be Found By Other Witches Identify yourself If you feel safe to do so wear Wiccan Jewelry It identifies you as a Witch and opens the door for others to approach you I ve met other Witches as sales clerks and on the street a casual comment about liking my pentacle ring is a perfect ice breaker A more subtle sign can serve if you feel that you are at risk as a visible Witch Goddess symbols or God symbols for instance are clues to others who are familiar with them And they fly under the radar with everyone else 5 Go Seeking Next start looking around Many Witches are still very quiet about their practice of the Craft but We are everywhere Your best bets may be to explore the local alternative bookstores and health food stores There are pagan oriented classes in many towns Look for something on Tarot palmistry astrology energy healing etc Sometimes you can even find classes on Wicca itself Dance classes especially bellydance meditation classes and such are likely to have some Witches in them so you might want to join some Also Medieval re enactment societies like the Society for Creative Anachronism link opens new window seem to be rife with pagans And don t discount the online community There are a number of pagan and Wiccan forums available for example Wicca Spirituality Community on Facebook Wiccan Web Wicca Forums Reclaiming also sponsors some international email discussion lists Being in a Witch forum not only helps fill the need for spiritual community but may also help you find other Witches in your area Once you ve found other Witches they may be able to help you find a coven in your area if they don t have one themselves or room for additional members Another option is to start up a coven with other Witches Starting Your Own

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  • Where to Learn Wicca for Beginners * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    all but I m saying that sometimes it s a hidden gift to be learning as a Solitary Mentoring Mentoring is a great way to learn because you have one on one teaching Unfortunately it s not easy to find a mentor That s the biggest drawback Probably less than 1 of Witches have learned the Craft from a mentor You should also think about this What s in it for your mentor Some people are happy to share what they know and bring others to the Divine Other people have hidden agendas or are attached to being the person in power A good mentor will be upfront with you about what they get out of the arrangement and be willing to share power as you grow in your abilities Either way a mentoring relationship must be an exchange You must give something back It s only respectful Your mentor is giving so much of themselves for you If you value the gift then you must give something in return An exchange of energy in one form or another is an important spiritual balance Traditionally an apprentice would do the menial labour in exchange for learning the secrets of the trade What can you give back What does your mentor want It may be that they want you to pay it forward and help someone in turn But the two of you need to decide this before you start This kind of relationship is best worked out beforehand I know the urge is to trust each other and the Divine and believe that everything will work out since you have the best of intentions But we are human and misunderstandings are inevitable Be clear and write it down What are the responsibilities or gifts of each party Trust me you ll probably be glad you did Wiccan Books There are some excellent Wiccan books I can recommend for an introduction to Wicca I ve written Wiccan book reviews on some of them and you can order them online through the links to get started right away In particular I very highly recommend Starhawk s books for beginners to learn Wicca Starhawk and Reclaiming embody the best ideals of Wicca Spirituality and they have lots of experience training Wiccan skills to beginners Starhawk offers more than the ABCs of ritual and magick Her books take you on a journey that develop the skills you need to really practice Wicca Scott Cunningham is another popular resource to learn Wicca I appreciate his eye for detail and he also encourages you to take his methods as a starting point and adapt them to your own use Learn Wicca with the Divine In the final analysis we all teach ourselves Others can show and explain and guide but what you learn is what you experience for yourself and understand If you want to learn Wicca on your own or you don t have options like covens or mentors you can start by reading and

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  • Mantra Meditation * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    Sound 4 Speech 5 Song 6 Devotional Song 7 Mantra The Source Of The Power Of Sound Sound is vibration and vibration is the fabric of material existence Everything in the universe is literally created and sustained by vibration Thus vibration Sound is a potent force When you bring consciousness to sound you get Speech Anything you bring consciousness to increases in Power You can use this power well or poorly speaking in beauty or speaking in harshness You can bring intense consciousness or minimal consciousness to it intentional speech or subconscious ranting Either way the power of Sound has been magnified by the addition of consciousness When you raise Sound and Speech to Song you magnify the power even more The universe is created not only in sound but in harmony Song is the creative tool of the Divine Devotional Song is using the power of Song to worship the Divine bringing intention and awareness to the sound This again increases its power Finally to reach the ultimate power of sound you sing the Song of the Divine Herself This is the definition of Mantra The Sound Of God Mantra is the Sound of God in a form that the human throat can manage Simply put Mantra is God This is why only specific songs are Mantras When a sage is attuned clearly to the Divine she can sometimes hear the Sound of that aspect of the Divine That sound is manifest in name and melody When you sing this name in this particular way you are bringing the vibration of that Deity into manifestation in the world through your voice and awareness The Power Of Mantra Meditation To the singer the Power of Mantra meditation is to align you with the vibrations of the Divine To the world the Power of Mantra meditation is to invoke the Divine into presence on Earth This uplifts all beings to a higher energy state And this refinement of vibration is permanent although it will diminish as denser vibrations are overlaid on it Which means all beings benefit from Mantra meditation But ongoing selfishness will dilute this benefit almost erasing it if more people desire selfishness than spiritual evolution Mantras can be used to energize cleanse purify heal strengthen calm your emotions quiet your mind improve your singing be part of the healing of the Earth reunite with the Divine Mantra Meditation In The Age Of Kali The Earth is currently going through an Iron Age the Age of Kali This is a spiritually bleak age Thankfully we are nearing the end of it And Mantra meditation is one of the keys to transforming the Age of Kali into a golden age of spiritual enlightenment As Swami Sivananda Radha wrote in her book Mantra Words of Power In the Kali Yuga the holy name Mantra is the boat to cross the ocean of maya Mantra is the easiest means by which the aspirant may reach Self Realization in the present era Mantra

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  • How to Dialogue with the Divine * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    to be able to pierce through the symbolism to discover the meaning of this communication Here s how it works Write It Down Dialoguing with the Divine is best done through writing You may be tempted to take the easy way and just visualize the communication Indeed if you are following a guided visualization you will go through the entire process within the screen of your mind But for other purposes you ll get better results if you write it down Apply some discipline and you ll find out what you really need to know This is especially welcome if you have any difficulty visualizing You don t need to with this method So bring your journal or Book of Shadows along WITCH TIP If you think you might want to burn the dialogue after either as an offering or spell or for privacy reasons then write on a loose sheet of paper You can always paste it into your book later if you choose Begin In Proper State of Consciousness To start your dialogue it s best to enter a meditative state of consciousness This enables you to more clearly perceive the Divine s intention Do whatever you need to shift your consciousness Even a couple of minutes chanting OM will put you into the right mindset A Meeting Bring to mind the being or object or event that you wish to communicate with Imagine them or it right in front of you on the screen of your mind It doesn t matter how clearly you can picture this There s more than one way to visualize You may simply have a sense of it standing before you and that s just fine Request an Audience It is vitally important to remember that whatever it is you are dialoguing with whether an animal or an inanimate object or your Deepest Self you are being granted a favour You must approach with an attitude of respect and gratitude So always begin by greeting them politely and asking if they are willing to talk with you If you ever get no as an answer I d dialogue with that incident It would be very informative Use Both Hands As you dialogue write your questions and comments with your dominant hand That s usually the right hand Write the answers you receive with your non dominant hand If you find it too awkward you can skip this The reason I suggest it is because using your non dominant hand bypasses your conscious mind somewhat allowing the messages to come through with less filtering Begin the Dialogue Now just go through a conversation as you would with any respected friend or mentor I often invite the Goddess to tea for example Sometimes I have questions or I want to understand something that s happened But sometimes it s just a friendly get together and an opportunity to learn what I need to know This is called learning through joy rather than learning through

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  • Protection from Being Cursed and Evil Spells * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    By accepting the protection of the most powerful ally anyone can have the Divine You can break any curse this way After all how could any human harm you when the Divine wishes to keep you well I would recommend that you do the Divine Light Invocation at least 5 times a day plus every time you think about the curse or worry that it might be affecting you The Divine Light Invocation will dilute the power of the spell every time you perform it Invoking the Divine to protect you and anyone else you put in the light like your family from harm At some point the spell will dissipate entirely because nothing manmade can stand up to the full on infinite power of the Divine The first thing to do therefore is to turn away from all your thoughts of the curse or having bad luck Turn away as well from your thoughts of things that have gone wrong because no matter how sad and painful that loss was it is over and dwelling on it now only makes you vulnerable to ill luck and unhappiness Singing Mantras is a perfect way to keep your focus on the Divine and invoke the protection of the Divine at the same time It s important to keep your focus on what you can do to invoke good things into your life rather than thinking about any evil magick spell Turning on the Light automatically dispels any shadows But dwelling on the shadows only deepens them Other Steps You must absolutely turn away from any thoughts of revenge for these put you outside the realm of the Divine and make you susceptible to harm Turn your thoughts again and again to the Divine Offer all your pain to God Everything you offer is a gift to the Most High Hand over to the Divine all of your suffering your grief your fears all the years you feel you have lost your despair everything God will take it from you and turn it into blessings Offer as well your hope for a better future and your trust in the Divine and your gratitude for all the blessings you still receive These are the sweetest gifts for the Divine to receive and you will be blessed for them You may also find other spiritual practices helpful especially prayer and meditation I also suggest smudging yourself praying for peace and compassion for yourself and the other person This may seem wrong but few things can undo a negative energy coming toward you like sincerely praying for the person who considers themself your enemy If you are Wiccan you can do a ritual and create an amulet for your protection as well Pentacles are standard protection charms See the Related Articles below for information on other things you can use in protection spells Getting Back At the Hexer You may think that you can rebound the curse on the person who sent it without incurring

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  • When You Need Magickal Protection * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    re putting your attention on everything that s going wrong the Universe will keep giving you things that go wrong for you to pay attention to Whatever energy you re creating emotional energy that is the Universe sees this energy that you re sending out And it assumes that you must like this energy since you have so much of it It assumes you want even more of the same After all why would you send out a request for anything you DON T want And the Universe is always very happy to oblige us with whatever we ask for So practice feeling gratitude and joy for what is working in your life The Universe will then know to send you more of that Shift Your Thoughts And Emotions Keeping your thoughts and emotions on the positive side is essential protection first aid It can be tricky to change your thought habits but if you want to keep yourself safe and have a pleasant life this is something you must learn to do An excellent resource in fact the best I ve ever seen on how to shift your emotions from the negative to the positive is the Abraham Hicks book Ask And It Is Given This book in particular is irreplaceable for its 22 excellent exercises that can change your emotional energy and thought patterns immediately Keep Up Your Karma One way to think about karma is as a bank balance You can have assets built up in the bank these allow you to do things you enjoy You can also build up a lot of debt this is not so much fun and sooner or later the bills come due You send these waves of energy out into the world with all your actions your speech even your thoughts and sooner or later the ripples return to you When you build up positive karma karmic assets so to speak by doing good things being forgiving and generous etc waves are set into motion that will come back to you bringing lovely gifts on the tides of time When you build up negative karma karmic debt by thinking and acting out of fear greed selfishness anger etc waves are set into motion that will also come back to you bringing results you won t enjoy The funny thing about karma is that these days it s speeding up We re reaping the results almost as fast as we rack up the karma Do good for others act out of your highest ideals and you set in motion a chain of events that will bring only good things back to you When things are going poorly you may be working through karma you ve incurred either in this life or a previous one You need not be a victim of your karma however You can transform both the karmic debt and your current circumstances Do the Divine Light Invocation As many as you need It transforms negative karma Every time

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