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  • Death In Wicca * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    to accept that this could be real rather than wishful thinking And my experience as a witch allows me to distinguish the difference between my dreams of my mother and actual communication with her So What Is A Witch s Relationship With Death One of acceptance Even of honouring Even though Wicca celebrates life on Earth most witches are aware that mortal existence is limited and limiting Death is a freedom from the burdens and blindness that come with a physical body And it is an inevitable part of life Without death birth would be a disaster Without death new life must remain unmanifest In the turning of the Wheel it is the periods of rest that empower growth This doesn t mean that a witch neglects to do what she can to preserve and improve life within reason But it is pointless even harmful from a Wiccan perspective to keep someone alive at any cost or without an enjoyable quality of life or against a person s wishes So the things that our culture fears most about dying has no meaning in Wicca Do Witches Go To Heaven Well Heaven was a Christian word for a mostly Christian concept Its refers to a literal physical place up in the sky where Yahweh lives with Jesus and angels and all good Christians So no Thank goodness The Christians probably wouldn t want us and we certainly don t want their idea of heaven Most of us are not impressed with Yahweh An Expansive Heaven But the word Heaven is shifting in meaning as human consciousness shifts from religious dogma to spirituality Sometimes now Heaven refers to being in the presence of the Divine without the illusions of separateness that flesh creates As a state of expanded consciousness and Oneness with the Divine then certainly all witches go to Heaven If not after this incarnation after some future one Life After A Witch s Death Words confuse an issue for which we have no vocabulary As a culture we lack even the understanding and concepts to talk about life in a meaningful way let alone death But here s what I ve read and believe to be true The afterlife is very different than the Christian ideas of heaven and hell at least for many people For some people it seems that there is a sort of life on another plane where people are free of pain and their thoughts immediately create the world they live in They all seem very happy there But for most there is a transition to another state of existence They pass through a barrier that s described like a cloud or a filmy veil or a field of light They are cleansed of the pain and suffering from their time on Earth and then they rejoin their soul friends to discuss their lives and how far they came on their journey Sometimes we feel a sense of peace when someone passes like they ve opened

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  • Ask and It Is Given, by Abraham-Hicks -- Book Review * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    find that when reading Ask And It Is Given neural pathways and energy fields are actually transforming So it s useful to read it in small bites a paragraph or page here a chapter there Pay attention to when your mind feels thick with new understanding Stop there and give yourself time to really assimilate the new perspective My Experiences with Ask And It Is Given In fact this book is so effective at re ordering one s mental and emotional states that you can read Ask And It Is Given as a daily spiritual practice A bit every night before sleeping and a bit every morning when you awaken even if only one sentence sets an energy field that is uplifting and empowering Doing this myself I ve noticed significant changes in my mood and my life experiences I still crash from time to time but the lows are less intense and pass much more quickly In fact if you do the exercises in the second half of the book you can transform negative emotions and energy states almost immediately This section of Ask And It Is Given offers you 22 amazing tools that can turn your life around Pardon me for gushing but I have had this experience for myself several times through the lessons in this book And it can happen immediately It feels so wonderful and so empowering to be able to take control of your life experiences A must read for every Wiccan if not every human My recommendation Read this book Even carry it around with you if reading it is too much Read a little every morning first thing when you wake up and especially last thing before you sleep Read it every time you start to feel negative emotions start to build Do the exercises they will change your life Excerpts from Ask And It Is Given You are eternal Consciousness currently in this wonderful physical body for the thrill and exhilaration of specific focus and creation The physical being that you define as you stands on the Leading Edge of thought while Consciousness which is really your Source pours through you And in those moments of inexpressible elation those are the times when you are wide open and truly allowing your Source to express through you P 13 Do not underestimate the value of your preferences for the evolution of your planet depends upon those of you on the Leading Edge of thought continuing to fine tune your desires P 17 When you are consciously aware of your own thoughts and you are deliberately offering them then you are the deliberate creator of your own reality and that is what you intended when you made the decision to come forth into this body P 18 That is the optimal creative vantage point To stand on the brink of what is coming feeling eager optimistic anticipation with no feelings of impatience doubt or unworthiness hindering the receiving of it that is the

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  • The Essence of Magick * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    the Divine Source Planting The Seed And Letting It Grow Remember we saw how mortal humans can t make magick on their own The essence of magick in the third stage is this While you set magick in motion setting the intention and charging up the energy only the Divine makes it work That s why you have to let it go This is where much magick dies If you hold onto the spell or try to make it happen you are thwarting the natural process whereby it can happen If you held a seed tight in your fist it couldn t grow no matter how much it tried It s the same with magick Give it room let the Divine work Her magick and it must manifest Aligning With The Divine In All 3 Stages When you look at it every one of these stages is actually aligning yourself with the Divine When you enter the magickal realm you make contact with the Divine When you access the infinite Creative Power of the Universe you step into the aura of the Divine When you let go you are allowing Divine Will to guide you This alignment with the Divine is the very essence of magick working in Wicca Spirituality It is in fact the essence of Wicca Spirituality Can An Ordinary Human Do Magick It s just like breathing You breathe automatically day in and day out right You re not usually conscious of it and it happens anyway And if you become aware of your breathing and consciously guide your breath you discover that it is a force much more powerful than you had ever considered You Were Made To Work Magick Magick is natural to human beings We truly are created in the image of the Divine And that extends to having power to create what we envision When we re not paying attention to this natural power it runs amok We envision and so create mainly suffering A quick look at the state of the world shows you what human minds are envisioning The best dreams and the worst nightmares all laid out before us in Technicolor At any time though you can choose to become aware of how you are using your Goddess given power of creation Then you can begin to manifest what you really want instead of what you re afraid you ll get Accessing Your Magickal Essence Magick is the realm of the Divine And as your deepest Essence is Divine your true Essence is magick So in order to make magick all that is actually necessary is for you to Come home to your truest Self the Divine Within you To the degree you can do this you will be able to manifest what you want in the material world AND the less you will want to manifest anything that could harm another You Are Magick When you are One with the Infinite Creative Source of All you are magick You

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  • Beginning Witch Craft * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    tradition and hierarchy or spontaneous responses to your heart s promptings Or a balance between the two How important to you is being able to work magick What do you want to be able to do with your magick What are your esoteric skills or desires Divination psychic abilities sensing others emotions sensing the Earth energy feeling One with all existence astral traveling Do you prefer to do your spiritual work alone or with others Or both Do you feel a particular affinity for plants animals devas Gaia the stars Are you looking for a religion to practice from time to time or something that permeates every aspect of your life Are there certain deities or cultures you resonate with What is the Divine to you How important to you is living lightly on the Earth What are your long term spiritual goals What are your values and ideals What kind of person do you want to be Who are you Underneath all your roles and masks who are you really There are no right or wrong answers to these questions This exploration is simply a starting point for you to find out what kind of Wicca or Witchcraft will work for you Your answers will guide you to the right practice Follow Your Heart There are more kinds of paganism Wicca and Witchcraft than I am thoroughly familiar with so I can t guide you through all of them You will need to do some research and probably try out a few But here s what I can tell you Be true to your calling Whatever brings you to Witch Craft or Wicca in the first place is likely to be important to stick with If it s worshipping nature or the Goddess or healing the planet or communicating

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  • The Central Wicca Beliefs * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    of the One That Is Central Beliefs of Wicca The whole philosophy of Wicca flows from that one central Wicca belief The Goddess is alive Magick is all around us How these central beliefs of Wicca are played out are described by the Wiccan laws the Wheel of the Year the celebration of the Moon Wiccan Gods and Goddesses and the symbols used in Wicca Along with what could be termed the Wiccan scriptures A Wiccan Bible There is no bible in Wicca There is no codification of Wicca beliefs No one doctrine enforced on all No one voice can claim to speak ultimate Truth Everyone who writes or teaches about Wicca of course has her own system of understanding Wicca beliefs But there is no one right way no written words that are expected unreasonably to be free from translation errors and human misunderstanding This is one of Wicca s greatest strengths It is this that keeps Wicca a vibrant living responsive spiritual practice As soon as a spirituality is turned into the dogma of fixed belief it dies Its corpse is then dressed up and carried around quite pointlessly as religion Wicca Scriptures So Wicca scriptures does NOT mean Scripture in a biblical sense Rather we have Wiccan beliefs that have been written down the original meaning of scripture which are expressions of Truth and containers for the Power of spiritual experience Being a central system of beliefs throughout Wicca these texts act as a bond with other witches We may never meet other witches but we know we do not worship alone Others honour these central beliefs of Wicca with us These central Wicca beliefs are expressed in The Wiccan Rede expanded version The Three Fold Law The Invocation of the Goddess which includes The Charge of the Star Goddess The Charge of the God The Central Beliefs Of Wicca In Action In the same way we could say that the central beliefs of Wicca form the central Wiccan doctrine The Wheel of the Year The Wheel of the Year is an organisation of the central beliefs of Wicca It is the basis for much of Wiccan spiritual practice It describes the Circle of Life the facets of the Divine the turning points of the cycle for which celebration is appropriate The Central Wicca Doctrine The Wheel of the Year describes the four directions North East South West plus Centre and their connection with the four elements Earth Air Fire Water plus Spirit It illustrates the cyclic pattern of life on every level While it is structurally a solar calendar it represents the Circle of days months lifetimes and eons That seems pretty ambitious but it s actually easy The same cycles of growth and decline birth and death and rebirth are found everywhere in Nature The Wheel also delineates the High Holy Days creating a calendar of Wiccan festivals and celebrations Wicca Calendar Of Holy Days Witches celebrate the cycles of both the Moon and the

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  • Why Wicca? * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    Flow Change Chaos Primal Void As such She is both that which gives life and that to which we return at death And Her body is the Earth So it is a foundation of Wicca to honour the Earth as Mother and Goddess Earth Based Religions Require The Earth Paganism and other Nature religions naturally support the continuing health of the Earth Many other traditions aim for leaving the body and the Earth in one form or another I think of these as escapist religions One clue that a religion is escapist is by a unbridgeable gap between their beliefs and their actions Not that there isn t hypocrisy in all religions but it s particularly glaring in those That won t wash in a religion like Wicca As a Nature religion it is intimately tied to life on this planet Wiccans don t mortgage today for promises of future heavenly bliss As a mystical tradition Wicca illuminates the Divine in all things We understand the basic principle that The body and the Earth are sacred in their own right And as a magickal practice we can never escape the fundamental responsibility inherent in the very fabric of this spiritual practice As the Wiccan Law states Harm none Cutting Out The Religious Middle Man All pagans are personally responsible to the Divine for their choices and actions No one has the authority or the right to intervene between you and your gods and goddesses so no one can be blamed for your actions I was just following orders is not a meaningful statement in Wicca That s also one of the greatest benefits of this religion Pagans think for themselves As a pagan it is your duty to sort out what feels most right according to the guidance of your heart Read more about the Philosophy Of Wicca This is a priceless gift the ability to communicate directly with the Divine This greatly reduces confusion and disinformation such as plague those who adhere to the Bible Thus pagans are often on the front lines of personal empowerment The Karmic Fast Track Still it s becoming increasingly impossible for anyone to put off the repercussions of their actions We re living in an age of karmic fast track The Three Fold Law kicked into high gear Our only choices now are denial and futile attempts to fight the inevitable or empowering ourselves and working with the Universe to co create the reality we want Living La Vida Wicca Unless Wicca is lived unless it is integrated into your everyday life it s not a spiritual path It s not even much of a religion It s just a game that you play to divert yourself from your real work Coming Home to your Divine Source And when you live the principles of Wicca you are one additional force for healing in the world and one less force of destruction You are one more example of a better way to live Who

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  • The New Wicca * Wicca Spirituality
    the Divine It s like a workaholic who has neglected his family suddenly remembering how important they are to him and coming home This is the transformation religion into spirituality where it originated If you would like to read about the similarities and differences of religion and spirituality please see this article The churches see their declining numbers They see people falling away from dogma This seems to threaten a decline in spirituality But the truth is this is the inevitable evolution of our souls in action Catching Up To The New Reality Which brings us back to the New Wicca The New Wicca Wicca spirituality is evolving from the old Wicca Wicca the religion Wicca started out in the mid 20th century as a religion albeit one closer to spirituality than the organised religions of the time All initiated members were priest esses but there were those who ranked higher the High Priest ess Like Orwell s Animal Farm everyone is equal but some are more equal than others In the old Wicca religion there were rules and liturgies scripts that must be followed props that had to be used in prescribed ways And certainly not all of the Wiccan religion came from a highly calibrating level but from the personal idiosyncrasies of its founder But despite all this Wicca was meant to foster a personal experience of the Divine Wiccan Mysticism It is this mystical foundation that set the setting for the New Wicca as a spiritual path Mysticism is the pursuit of the direct experience of the Divine Mystics aren t interested in liturgies or priests or anything but developing a personal relationship with God And it is this into which Wicca along with all humanity is naturally evolving A Peek Inside The New Wicca The New Wicca is grounded in equality compassion interconnectedness respect and positive power Another word for it could be Grassroots Wicca This is a Wicca religion that has grown from the practice and values of individual Witches and covens rather than being ordained or imposed by higher authorities outside these groups What does New Wicca look like in comparison with the old Wicca This chart outlines the differences Of course this is an extreme view Most Witches fall somewhere in between Old Wicca Religion New Wicca Spirituality Form Substance Dogma Personal experience Scripts rote recitation Heart felt soul led creative expression Liturgy Structure open weave spontaneity Hierarchical High Priest ess Positive Power sharing power equally power with and power within Rotating event organizers and circles of equals Outside authority imposing rules Inner authority personal authenticity Personal life separate from religious practice Ecological social responsibility inherent in practice Formal initiation by a group Self dedication Secretive Open Generally exclusive Generally inclusive Closed covens Partially to completely open circles Dabbling in quantum reality Grounded in quantum reality Intellectually based Body based Both Old New Wicca Nature based Revering Earth Symbolic Magickal Employing sacred drama Fully embodying divinity Mystical Many tools in common directions etc

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  • Wiccan Rede - The Wiccan Law * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    everywhere Play nice Don t hurt others The Central Tenet of Wicca The Wiccan Rede is the one thing that ties virtually all Wiccans together I hesitate to be all inclusive with such a diverse group I m sure there are some who do not honour this code But for most it is our unifying principle Short But Hardly Simple There is a long version of the Rede and a short version The long version lays out pretty much everything you need to know as a witch On the surface the short version looks like a very simple little rule It s this that s often referred to as the Wiccan Law But this simple sentence contains a whole philosophy of living Coded within it are instructions for a successful happy empowered life not just for witches but for humans Okay now that we have the proper context let s examine what the Wiccan Rede really means The Wiccan Rede An ye harm none do as ye will What does that mean in modern English An is an archaic word meaning if So the principle is Do what you like so long as it s not going to hurt anyone The Hidden Meanings There are two important facets to this rule as you might guess at first glance But both are more complex than they first appear And both are fundamental to Wiccan religion and spirituality Let s break it down to understand how these 8 little words encompass much of the philosophy of Wiccan belief starting with Harm None Ahimsa Non violence in its fullest form means to refrain from causing any harm or pain to any creature by thought word or deed This makes it clear that any negative thought or action toward another is harm calling names wishing ill throwing their belongings etc Also when inaction causes harm to others you have the responsible to act to prevent harm Self Care Respect and love yourself otherwise you can t respect and love others Harm none must start with yourself Do things that are good for you Avoid things that are bad for you Of course this is a science in itself Respect All Beings As Divine When you remember that all beings are manifestations of the Divine the same as you are you realise that all are equally valued by the Goddess And you can t avoid the truth that you and they are not separate beings at all So harming anyone is harming the Divine and yourself Conscious Choice Think of the consequences of your actions words thoughts and you will not only make better choices but step out of pre programmed reactions and mechanical behaviours Sanctify Your Actions Virtually every action harms some being if only microbes By leading a spiritual life offering everything you do to the service of the Divine you will not be harming yourself or the Divine Live Life Deeply All of these lead you to look deep into life rather

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