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  • Being A Witch: Wicca & Witch Craft Today
    s path Plus there are more than two options Nothing s black and white anymore You can practice alone and then celebrate holidays with others You can start your own Circle with friends one that meets your specific needs Learn more about Solitaries Circles and Covens here Most solitaries find a balance between the two that suits them Solitary Practice Until you find a group one that you re compatible with you will necessarily be practicing Solitary just you and your Goddess So you can never practice really alone This is actually a good way to develop your skills and gather power for when you find a group Group Practice Being around a Witch group either regularly or occasionally can be a great spiritual boost You Learn new skills Get lots of opportunity to practice Develop leadership ability Practice sharing power and Have the companionship of others on the path which is so crucial to any spiritual advancement Finding a Coven Being in a Witch coven is desirable for many Wiccans The trick is how do you find one The way to find a coven is to find the Witches in your area See this article on finding a Coven for more information How Do You Become A Witch Becoming a Witch varies from tradition to tradition And since every Witch is pretty much a tradition of her own that s a lot of options In other words there is no paperwork or initiation or any other method that can turn you into a Witch How you choose to dedicate yourself to the practice of Wicca is entirely your affair According to the old school Gardnerian descended Wicca you must undergo a program of study under a High Priest ess for a year and a day create your own Book of Shadows and have a formal initiation into a coven Obviously this doesn t work so well for people who practice as solitaries or in circles And it s certainly not a necessity for Wicca spirituality On the other extreme is the convention of declaring aloud 3 times either in front of a mirror or to the Full Moon I am a Witch And it s done Which is best Whichever is right for you The Middle Way A middle ground is always a good place to stand Balance is usually closer to Truth than extremes The middle way of becoming a Witch is to take the responsibility for yourself You choose what initiation you want You decide how to get the training you need This is the New Wicca taking Wicca to its core values self determination and personal relationship with the Divine Self Dedication I recommend having some form of initiation But how you do it is entirely up to you Any initiation is really between you and your Gods and Goddesses so it s not necessary to have one according to any special formula or given to you by someone else Wicca Initiation is all about dedication It s a pledge between you and the Divine The how and when and where of it don t really matter The important thing is that you feel the initiation is appropriate and meaningful As for the rules and levels of initiation into Witchcraft don t worry about them unless you enjoy such things No one else can make you a Witch No one can insist that you are or you aren t It s your personal decision Self Study Still some training is obviously necessary or how would you know what to do There are various courses you can take online and off And plenty of good books out there What Kind Of Training Is Necessary Theoretically being a Witch requires training for a year and a day under the tutelage of another Witch Nowadays that kind of training is not the norm And unless you re interested in old school Wicca it s not necessary If you can find a personal mentor for your journey to being a Witch that s ideal But if not there are public mentors in abundance Books and workshops offer lots of valuable direction There are even online courses if you can t get to any live workshops but it s tricky to learn about moving energy without experiencing it so make every effort to meet with other witches for training You can learn what you need to know from combining various sources and by following your own inner guidance What Is A Real Witch Being a real Witch is an issue that has plagued the Craft since the Burning Times but it s not just about the validity of Witchhood This question pops up in lots of forms like a real artist a real dancer a real writer a real singer But it s most fun when it s about the criteria for being a Witch Everyone seems to have opinions about what qualifies you for being a Witch But we are past the point in evolution when anyone can tell you what you are There s no such thing as an unreal Witch There are only sincere and insincere Witches When you are sincerely following the Wiccan principles you are being a sincere Witch Living La Vida Wicca Of course being a Witch is really about living as a Witch But that s way too big a topic and too important to touch on briefly so it s got it s own section Please check out Living La Vida Wicca for more info on this topic Do You Know Your Magickal Name Many Witches eventually find a ritual name for themselves In some cases it may be offered to you by another one who knows and loves your true soul But in most cases a Witch will claim her Craft name Note the word claim She doesn t usually make it up so much as discover it To learn how to discover your Wiccan name click here It s not a

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  • Gods and Goddesses * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    do worship Dedicating your life and your actions and all your awareness to the Divine is the first rule not only of Wicca but of life This is the only real path to happiness Anything that generates happiness can be seen to be in some way attending to the Divine Even the great sage Christ has emphasised as clearly as possible that this is our primary duty And you are to have love for the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength This is the first commandment Mark 12 30 In a material world especially one as challenging as our current world spirituality tends to fall into second place at best Yet then everything else suffers When you do make the Divine primary in your life all else falls into place Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God and his justice and all these things shall be added unto you Matthew 6 33 The Divine Incarnate So when you worship the Wiccan Gods and Goddesses or the Hindu ones the Chinese ones the Deities of any culture we are tending the One Divine Source Even more so when you worship the Goddess and Goddesses who share this life with you A transformative spiritual practice is to perceive the Divine that lives in every being AS every being Your Mother the Goddess Your brother the God Your baby the Divine Your friend the Source Your enemy the One Your cat All That Is Your Self the Eternal Light Until you have an understanding of this concept it is pointless to talk about Wiccan Gods and Goddesses Because if you idolize one face of Divinity above others thinking That to be more true than others you

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  • The Power of the Moon
    sun and gives much less light it strongly affects the Earth In terms of gravitational force this small satellite exerts two and a half times the gravitational pull of the sun The Moon s powerful pull influences on every living thing on our planet It creates tides on every scale Not just the oceanic tides with which we are all familiar There are in fact five tides of the Moon And these lunar influences are a vital factor in the Earth s ability to support life Wisely is she hailed as Grandmother Moon because without the Moon life probably never could have evolved here To Wiccans and many other religions the Moon represents the Female aspect of Divinity embodying the qualities we associate with Yin fluidity ever changing yet eternal bringing life shining brightly yet softly holding many mysteries Thus the Moon is seen as Goddess the Feminine Face of God From this awesome creative power comes the Moon s influence on Wiccan philosophy and especially Wiccan magick What is the Correlation between the Moon and Magick The Moon phases create energies that affect us perhaps as much as its gravitational pull does So understanding the phases of the Moon becomes crucial in working magick In fact the Moon s power to affect all living beings is astounding even though it is barely acknowledged even by many Pagans Take a look at these surprising examples of the Full Moon s effects on people and other creatures So the Moon in Wicca religion holds a very special place of honour The articles in this section will explore the Moon s influence on the Earth and on Witchcraft See the links below or click on the arrow button to go to the next article in this series With Bright Blessings Next Article

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  • The Wiccan Way (The Wicca Spirituality Rede) * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    deem right The Silver Rule I shall sustain My heart shall lead my soul shall reign With loving care I heed and tend My body Temple Guide and friend I ll study well a year and day Apply the wisdom of the fey Attend all that the Earth proclaims Ere a Wiccan I be named Though all for naught unless I see The Pentacle inside of me My subtle sense I cultivate For energies that emanate I trust the Voice inside that knows What eyes may miss but Goddess shows Four Powers of the Witch fulfill Know Will Dare and then Be Still The font of my authority Is earnest authenticity With and through my thoughts and speech Into action I must reach For Wicca is a living art In every day in every part Nature is my Temple free The Earth and Winds the Sun and Sea The Moon I bless as Goddess throne Being Maiden Mother Crone I meet the Days and greet the Nights With joy and thanks for all delights I dance the seasons spiral round Til wondrous awe and love abound That Earth is Heaven tis a fact Hell is made by human act The God as son lover king His life to serve yes everything I honour in my heart the arc Of Divine Light and Sacred Dark Tis by the Sun that life be won And by the Moon that change be done So I fear not the door of death Where life continues beyond breath Nothing lacking nothing lost All lives within that I love most God and Goddess all are One Beyond the Moon beyond the Sun For that Divinity to know These qualities I ll seek to grow Loving Kindness Harmony Creation Generosity Self awareness Presence Bliss Beauty Oneness Goddess is Hence self righteousness is fraud None can stand twixt one and God To Her emotions point the way Am I on track or gone astray For as I live with least of strife I free myself and bless all Life The Gods need us as we need them To learn to grow to live again My deepest dreams Divine decree Reveal what Goddess wants of me I think I say so life will go For good or ill for high or low And my ideals are treasured maps To guard me from fear s subtle traps What I send out will be returned That life s true lessons may be learned Love and hate bind equally Their targets tightly unto me Anger makes a poison cup And none but fools would drink it up For enemies prove in the end To be my soul s most valiant friends When I wish to be more blessed I rejoice in folks success For anything I wish to find Is summoned when I give in kind By my actions be I known Regardless what I d like be shown Be kind to all give all I can Thus tend the Balance life

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  • Wicca Magick - Real Magic
    philosophy that it s hard to imagine Wicca separate from Magick Do I Have To Work Magick To Be A Wiccan Of course not no more than you have to be a priest to be Christian Although at some point you ll likely recognize that you are working magick all the time consciously or not Everyone is Wicca is a powerful spiritual path with or without spell casting In fact on the more advanced levels as your power to manifest your visions increases you may spontaneously need to do fewer spells or none Still the concept of taking responsibility for your life and manifesting your dreams underlies all Wiccan philosophy When you have the power to manifest what you need and want in life you are no longer a victim In any sense You know that you are the creatrix of your life good and bad you have called it all And you can change the channel whenever you choose You are literally em powered And that is a core goal and result of the practice of Wicca magick spells Wicca Magick Shaping Bending Wicca Magick is like spiritual aerobics All that bending really gets you in good spiritual shape What Wicca magick shapes is reality What it bends is your mind That s more than just a joke Remember the movie The Matrix The little boy telling Neo Do not try and bend the spoon That s impossible Instead only try to realise the truth There is no spoon Then you ll see that it is not the spoon that bends it is only yourself In working magick we must first change our perception of reality and then reality will happily conform to our perception Spirituality Magick In broader terms every spiritual practice is magickal Spiritual practice is really shaping your mind and emotions to align with your soul Since your soul is what is most True about you and what is True is the Divine this means that spiritual practice is a path of bringing you closer to the Divine through polishing away what is false in you beliefs history desires etc This is an act of transformation And magick is a transformational process The mechanics of making magick though differs greatly from witch craft to Wicca Spirituality Spirituality vs Sorcery Traditional witch craft sorcery and such use arcane rituals and spells often calling elemental beings to do the work I do not recommend this practice quite the contrary The dangers are great Elementals are living beings They do not exist to serve human desires but to fulfill their own Purposes To coerce them into servitude is not only unethical it is unwise Think about it They are more powerful in many ways than humans that s why sorcerers use them to work magick And they are not happy about being manipulated Would you want to make an enemy who has all too real magickal power Even scarier other dangers of sorcery are subtle The effects are difficult

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  • Wiccan Holidays, Sabbats, & Rituals * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    I don t usually give Ritual Plans here There are enough sources that do that I think plus I believe that your original ritual will be more potent and satisfying than a paint by numbers type So read the information and let it inspire you Your soul knows what it wants to do A Note On Dates The Wiccan day is considered to start at sundown on the previous day In other words Beltane is celebrated on May 1st For Witches that day starts on the evening of April 30 May Eve However in common practice Witches often go by the Julian calendar for the sake of convenience and celebrate on May 1st Each Circle or each Witch will have their own method Historical Dates The Wiccan Wheel of the Year given above represents the most common dates that Witches celebrate the Sabbats It doesn t mean that these are the historical dates Using a Julian based calendar gives us dates that don t align with the Lunar as well as Solar phases For example it seems that Samhain was celebrated at the full or perhaps the dark moon nearest November 1 or the 11th or 12th moon It s also possible that historically the pagan rituals would have followed an agricultural calendar more than a Solar one For instance Midsummer might have been celebrated near the beginning of August rather than at Summer Solstice I haven t found definitive answers to these issues Nonetheless what you are likely concerned with is when Wiccan Sabbats are celebrated today For that the Wiccan Wheel of the Year chart above will tell you With Bright Blessings Next Article on Wicca Information If you liked this article please subscribe for free to my RSS feed or give it a thumbs up in Stumbleupon

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  • How to Use Wiccan Music for Magick Spells
    with a physical representation of that intent For instance when you make a Witch s spell pouch out of a cloth and some herbs and oils and objects each of those items represents a part of your intent And in the magick you are binding those two things your intention and the physical world This brings your intention into form in the physical world That s how magick spells work In magickal music the intention is wrapped up into a song and bound into it When I create magickal songs I do it with the guidance of the Divine In a meditative state I ask the Goddess to send me magick music to support a particular magickal intent I receive the music from my Muse and then record these Wicca chants to share with you How Wiccan Music Aids Your Spiritual Development Wicca Power Wiccan music not only vibrates out into the world outside you offering your intent in ever widening spirals of vibration It also vibrates within you you are the instrument creating the vibration And the vibration also re creates you It literally tunes you Music and especially Witch songs alter the vibration of your cells until you are at tuned with your intention whatever it may be Healing Losing weight Finding love Accessing prosperity Getting a promotion Buying a house etc Wiccan music helps undermine the old unwanted patterns of thought and behaviour gently and softly And simultaneously it resets you with the new patterns you want This is why all religions have used music as part of worship Well except those which are particularly repressive of individual freedom and that s exactly why Can I sing Wiccan Music only during ritual You can sing Wiccan Music anytime It will always do you good like continual spell casting Sing when you re doing the dishes driving walking in the shower feeling blue feeling caught in a pattern you want to change and of course during ritual The more you listen to it and especially the more you sing it the more power it has to effect change in your life What if I m a terrible singer Well first of all as the African proverb says If you can walk you can dance If you can talk you can sing Our culture has told us that singing is reserved for the privileged few and to close your mouth if you re not a perfect singer by the time you re five years old Did they also say to kids Suzy you can t read please just pretend to read when the rest of us are reading No they teach or at least try to teach kids to read Why don t they do that with singing It s a skill like any other and I believe everyone can learn it When I was a kid I was a terrible singer with one lucky break no one told me I couldn t sing So I kept doing it

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  • Wiccan Ritual Is Magick Ritual * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    individual Sabbats see Wiccan Holidays Esbats Wiccan Esbats are the most common Wiccan rituals though unless we re counting our individual communications with the Divine through prayer and meditation An Esbat is a celebration of the Full Moon and most Witches honour it in some fashion Contrary to rumour in most cases this does not involve dancing naked around a tree but there are known to have been exceptions Esbats can also be held at other phases of the Moon Rites of Passage There are also rituals for the human seasons of life such as birth death marriage divorce coming of age croning and so on Any major turning point in life can and should be marked by ritual Rituals especially community rituals help us navigate the changes of life with more grace and pleasure Using Ritual Tools People make a lot of fuss about using the right ritual tools Well there s no doubt that ritual tools can help a lot especially as they build energy through repeated magickal use In the final analysis though the human body mind heart and spirit are the only ritual tools that are absolutely necessary You will probably want some tools A very minimum would be a candle usually although Witches on the fly pun intended can make do even without that The good news is you can make or find most of your ritual tools You can read a lot more about Wiccan ritual tools in the section on Altar Tools Enacting Magick Rituals All ritual is magick ritual It takes the wishes and beliefs and energy of people and turns that into transformative power Of course not all rituals are equally powerful When you understand why magick ritual works and what the elements are that give it power you can create

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