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  • Covens, Circles, & Solitary Wicca Practice * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    a deep intimacy forms and bonds the group And the most important benefit with experience together a group can learn to achieve greater results and deeper connection with the Divine It s always true that it s easier to raise power and to connect spiritually within groups and that s as true in Wicca as any other religion Limitations There are risks in having a closed group though One is becoming dogmatic Everyone reinforces the accepted beliefs and set patterns Lacking fresh views or disdaining them religious ruts can develop Another hazard is that they seem to set the stage for ego battles and personality cults This is the downfall of the hierarchical system of the old Wicca As people jostle for status and power the group can become an arena for self aggrandisement Which by the way is the opposite of spirituality Circles A Circle is a fairly open gathering of Witches It differs from a Coven in that the membership is more fluid and the level of commitment and attendance required of each Witch is generally less This is not a strict definition A Circle in the broadest sense is simply a gathering of people in order to practice Wiccan ritual But with the development women s spirituality and the new Wicca there came a different kind of ritual group One for people who want to circle with others but don t like the rigidity or style of Wicca practiced in Covens There is no set term for such groups But they often refer to themselves as Circles because that s what they gather to do Why Circles Instead Of Covens Some Circles are very loose meeting only occasionally Other Circles meet regularly with different people in attendance each time This kind of flexibility is important especially to women with family and other intensive commitments And for many of these Witches inclusivity is a vital part of Wicca For them the exclusivity hierarchy and elitism of traditional Covens is more than distasteful It s a violation of the philosophy of Wicca These groups are generally accepting of a wide range of personal beliefs and practices Within one group you can have some people who consider it a Coven others who think of it as a Moon group or Circle others who don t really have a name for it but value the community of spiritual practice Some may call themselves Witches some Wiccans and some Goddess worshippers And no one minds how the others choose to think about it But they will have a certain common set of beliefs which they can celebrate together How Open Is Open There may still be some limits on how and when new members can join Each Circle will have its own level of comfort with openness There may be certain times or ways new members are welcomed in or they may have a completely open door policy Whatever works for the individuals in the group These Circles are less likely to

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  • Living La Vida Wicca * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    sanctify your food and water You give thanks for the little gifts You give thanks for the huge challenges You give back to the Earth for all you receive You love and laugh easily forgive and forget readily cry and pray simultaneously The Spiritual Life When you are living a spiritual life you feed your soul with life Sweet or bitter or bland it s all nourishment for your soul You drink it in with gusto When you are living a spiritual life you are consciously co creating your life And the world you live in The Goddess is your partner and friend your lover and child your mother and Deity You keep your eyes on your values and ideals You follow them like a sailor follows the stars Your heart is your magnetic north You yourself are the compass always yielding to its sweet pull Loving Life Living La Vida Wicca is choosing life Choosing to live it to its fullest even the mistakes rather than drifting aimlessly purposelessly Intentionally sculpting your life like a masterpiece It s engaging your full potential It s pursuing your deepest dreams It s living your life on purpose finding out who you are and why you re here and then fulfilling that It s remembering always remembering that this world is a game and you ve come here to play Like a child in the playground there s no holding back Living La Vida Wicca is riding the rollercoaster of life with your eyes wide open your arms held high your hair flying out behind you and your heart thrilling with JOY This is Living La Vida Wicca Come on in Join the party With Bright Blessings Next Article on Being A Witch If you enjoyed this article please Stumble it It

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  • Wicca Altar Tools And Their Uses * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    tools it holds great power Scent or Feather Some representation of air commonly something scented like incense essential oils or smudges or else a flying bird s feather goes in the East to represent Air Sacred scents are used to cleanse an area energetically call in certain powers or help witches shift consciousness Feathers can also be used to cleanse energy fields and to fan incense or smudge smoke Stones or Crystals For the Earth element in the North stones and sometimes crystals are used These bring in Earth energy which helps with grounding except perhaps for quartz crystals Gem stones also carry certain energies which can be invoked by having them on your altar Another option is to have elements of nature such as plants or animals represent Earth WITCH TIP If you choose to use antler bones feathers or other animal parts be sure to read the precautions at Preparing Your Wiccan Ritual Tools before using them or placing them near your altar Wand The wand is like a portable handy version of a broom There is a theory that originally one instrument performed all the purposes served by the two today A wand can be made of any natural material Wood is traditional Since all woods have unique Powers you may like to choose the wood to suit your particular needs Wands can be used for divination and channeling magickal energy They can be used to cast and recall circles in place of the athame The magickal wand goes in the South for the power of will magick and transformation It also represents yang or god energy Other Altar Tools There are additional wiccan tools which may be kept near the altar or on it or elsewhere at the witch s discretion Broom A broom is not necessarily classified among altar tools but it is indispensable for energetically cleansing sacred space While handy to keep nearby brooms are usually too unwieldy to put atop an altar Cauldron Traditionally cast iron a cauldron is like a 3 legged rounded cooking pot You can get them in sizes from huge to tiny Cauldrons are handy items for burning things like incense and herbs This is one of the reasons it is one of the most common altar tools Put an incense charcoal in the bottom and sprinkle the herbs and powders onto it for very pagan incense Caution is required when burning anything of course Cast iron on legs if made properly will keep the heat from the surface it s standing on but check to make sure Also be aware of anything flammable nearby or above the cauldron particularly sleeves and hair Cauldrons can also be used to hold witches brews that is magickal spells in liquid form These range from simple salt water purifications to complex spells Working Knife A knife you use to cut things draw lines in the Earth or runes on candles and other functions Traditionally the working knife is white handled This knife

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  • The Magick of Wiccan Jewelry * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    if it is strong and clear enough The Most Common Wiccan Jewelry Symbols The most common Wiccan jewelry symbols are Pentacles Stars Crescent Moons Goddesses Triple Moons Spirals Celtic designs Egyptian designs Runes Animals and nature images For more Wicca symbols check out the Wicca Symbols page Magickal Properties Everything that goes into making the Wiccan jewelry brings its own energy into it The metals the gem stones the symbols even the colours They all have meaning and certain powers You can choose your jewelry so that these materials support your goals In this way your jewelry can become a magick spell Power Centers Where you wear your Wiccan jewelry also makes a difference Partly it s a symbolic thing different parts of the body mean different things But it goes beyond symbolism There are energy centers on the body and wearing jewelry there can activate them See the article on Wicca jewelry for the Power Centers for more Where To Find Wiccan and Pagan Jewelry So the next question is obviously where can you find Wiccan jewelry New age shops and alternative bookstores are a good place to start And there are plenty of resources on line The Spiral Online Shop has neat pagan jewelry and a lot of Goth stuff if you re interested in that Click to enter the Mystical Magical and Medieval Spiral Shop Meta Pot has neat amulets and other spiritual jewelry Click here to see the Wiccan Jewelry Metaphysical Gift Shop at Wicca Store Metapot com Shop With Care Since you never know which is a good site to buy from though ask around for where other people shop Because you will be using these as ritual objects the ideal is to buy jewelry that was made in a sacred manner Generally you don t know what kind of energy has gone on in the manufacturing process So it s imperative to purify and bless new pagan jewelry just like you do with any ritual object Testing The Jewelry When looking for sacred jewelry you ll want to sense what is right for you For example opals are beautiful and to me perfectly symbolic of the Full Moon yet since they amplify emotions they can cause trouble for people in certain phases of life While you can find charts of what gem stone and colour go with the part of the body or chakra you ll wear the jewelry on none of this can guarantee what s right for you It can give you a good starting point but you need to test it out for yourself Kinesiology and pendulum dousing can help with this if you can t yet feel the energy resonating with your own Purifying Your Wiccan Pagan Jewelry Purification and dedication of your Wiccan jewelry should be done as soon as you can Certainly before wearing or using the item For information on how to do this check out Preparing Your Ritual Tools With Bright Blessings Next Article on Spiritual

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  • Wicca Places of Worship * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    s living rooms are always popular if only for the convenience of a warm or cool dry environment The one thing we don t tend to have is a physical and consistent temple There are few actual churches in Wicca although some do exist Why Don t Witches Have Temples For one thing we don t feel the need for a place that is set aside from daily life To many Wiccans that wouldn t seem right since Wicca is firmly rooted in the Earth We worship as we live Our lives are our worship So our kitchens and living rooms and bedrooms and gardens are our temples Our bodies and our minds and the Earth Herself are our temples For another thing most Wiccans are closely attuned to Nature naturally We find it easier and pleasing to connect with the Goddesses of Earth and Moon and Ocean the Gods of Sun and Hoof and Leaf out in their own element These are natural Wicca places of worship We like to see and smell and hear and feel and even taste the Divine all around us Where Are The Wicca Places of Worship So the real answer to the question of where are the Wicca places of worship is Any Place Every Place Everywhere we gather or where even one witch opens to the Divine is a Wicca place of worship In Wicca it is the worship that matters not the location With Bright Blessings Next Article on Wicca Spirituality If you enjoyed this article please Stumble it It only takes a second to share the good stuff with other seekers Link opens in new window If You Liked Wicca Places Of Worship You May Also Enjoy These Related Articles New material is always added please subscribe to our RSS

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  • Wiccan Activism - Wicca, The Environment, and Feminism * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    things already The public face of activism is often front lines stuff protecting an old growth forest etc Not all of us are cut out for the front lines though But there s a hidden face of activism that everyone can participate in And that is Living in a way that supports others including Mother Earth That can include doing what you can to minimize your family s footprint on the planet giving a friend support and encouragement standing up for a child s right to safety nutrition and respect defending a woman s right to health care donating to charity eating more local and organic foods maybe even growing some doing ritual for the healing of the planet and countless other small or large daily actions Why Is Wicca Bound With Activism Wicca is a Nature Religion Any nature religion is based on respect for the Earth as our Mother and Goddess This naturally includes respect for all creatures as Her children our cousins How then could you practice Wicca without honouring and protecting both the Earth and other creatures to the best of your ability This is why Wiccans are environmentalists protectors of animals defenders of the poor feminists allies for equality etc Why Must Wiccans Be Feminist There is a link between the repression of the feminine and the abuse of the Earth In the subconscious cultural mindset the Earth is feminine and women are the Earth To deny the value of one is to deny the value of the other And when something has less value you can exploit and abuse it without repercussions In fact there s a link between every kind of violence and subjugation Believing that one person is inferior in any way opens the door to think that others are also inferior This is why we can t defeat racism without defeating homophobia without defeating misogyny and so on The Earth will not be respected until we honour the value of every person And no one can be free not even men until women are honoured The suppression of women restricts men too from being whole There s a Limit to What You Can Do As a Wiccan you do have the responsibility to do what you can for Mother Earth and her children But that doesn t give you permission to start beating up on yourself for not being perfect That self abusive energy only wounds the planet more There is a limit to what any one person can do That limit is usually far beyond what we think we can do But it s not necessary that you do EVERYTHING Just do what you can And gently expand to be able to do more Start Today Do something for the Earth today Do something every day A prayer is a powerful tool even if all you do is pray for the Earth pray for others offer gratitude and blessings wherever you can And learn how you can make a difference

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  • Choosing A Wiccan Name * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    your Wiccan name Send that spell prayer into the quantum realm Open and allow the universe to bring this desire to fruition Attend to the signs and gifts you are given Offer your thanks in return Pay Attention Journal every day about what you experienced and felt and noticed during the day This practice of reflection is very useful in finding your witch name Pay particular attention to the unexpected the synchronistic the startling What messages did you receive this day Now is the time to notice them What symbols were used to convey these messages The Divine will certainly send you hints of your Wiccan name but if you don t take the time to notice what you ve seen it ll go right past you In fact She has been all along and you just haven t noticed yet A person with a stuffed up head can t smell the flowers right in front of them You need to clear some inner space so the message can get through This is where meditation is incredibly useful Clearing the mind you can perceive what is in front of your nose Where To Find Your True Name True names may come from any source Commonly as inspiration for choosing a Wiccan name witches use things like Plants such as iris sage rowan Elements such as wind rain river mountain moon star forest Gems such as topaz ruby Animals such as wolf raven Goddesses and Gods such as Tara Brighid Artemis Mary Pan Gifts such as singer dancer weaver But anything can provide you with your Wiccan name If you have special gifts they may influence your true name Sometimes the name points to a gift you may not yet realise you have That was certainly my experience You may look

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  • Change Your Name * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    may want you may want to wear it everywhere Your Wiccan name is your true name and the desire to be true to yourself and fully authentic grows stronger over time Some witches never reveal their Wiccan name out of sacred context It builds Power when a Witch keeps her name secret and sacred After many years some Wiccans will adopt their ritual name as their everyday or street name The choice is yours Let yourself be guided by the Divine in such matters and you will know which path is right for you Your Wicca Name As a Spiritual Sticky Note Using your Wiccan name in ordinary life can be a continual reminder of spirituality And as Swami Sivananda liked to say people aren t bad they re just forgetful Every reminder aids us on the Path It can be helpful to have such reminders just when you need them most It may be easy to live up to your Wiccan name in Circle It s usually a lot tougher when you re stuck in traffic or dealing with bureaucrats At times like these your Wiccan name can be a memo to yourself of who you choose to be After all being a Witch isn t a Sunday morning religion It demands that you live your beliefs in your daily life However if you want to change your name so people will see you differently it s best to avoid using your sacred name for that purpose Using your magickal name to set you apart from others or impress people will only dilute the power of your Wiccan name This drains your personal power When to Change Your Name for Daily Use Consider holding off using your Wiccan name in public life until you ve used it for some time even years in ritual You want to be strong enough in Spirit to hold your Power in the face of ridicule A lot of people are going to judge you for changing your name you can be sure Changing your name in this culture is not usual and having a weird name sets you apart in a society that values predictability and conformity You and your sacred name must both be strong enough that you are empowered by using it in the world rather than weakened You must feel safe in order to be safe Having said that claiming your Wiccan name in every aspect of your life can be very empowering Renaming yourself is potent because every name is a label Since you can t escape labels altogether you at least have the authority to choose a label that uplifts you You can choose a name that helps you be more authentic There is great Power in authenticity especially in this era of Planetary Transformation And there are levels of authenticity You can have a sacred name that you keep for ritual and another true name one that is not as deep to use in everyday life Legal

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