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  • Silver Chalice Wicca 'Zine #37: Silver Chalice Wicca 'Zine #37: Loving The Goddess — Personal &
    for nearly a year I entered a state of overpoweringly extreme umm sensual readiness And I had nowhere to put that energy Since I was there because I was intensely committed to breaking through my boundaries to the Divine I used this obsession in a positive way and gave all that potent spiritual kundalini energy to Her Also when Rumi or was it Hafiz was learning to be a Sufi his spiritual master set him a task write a poem every single day I didn t understand how that could be a spiritual practice until I tried it myself I found that keeping myself constantly open for poetic inspiration meant I was constantly open to Divine influence as well as being more present with and mindful of what was going on within and around me It was a wonderful and powerful experience These poems arose from a combination of the two practices I ve always thought I might someday publish the entire series in a chapbook as a journey to the Goddess but they re so personal I don t know if I can bring myself to do it They re glimpses into what is perhaps my truest Wiccan ritual my purest devotion to unite with the Goddess I hope it inspires NOTE The poems are presented as graphics in order to maintain their formatting If you haven t turned on the graphics for this email you ll need to do so to read them Thanks Ask The Priestess Does Wicca Call Demons To You Dear Priestess I have been studying Wicca in solitary seeing as how I don t have a guide and a few doubts have shown up I ve grown up in a Christian family and while I have come to terms with separating myself from it I recently came across a link online There the person mentioned that when they were studying Wicca bad things started to happen to them this person wasn t studying because they were interested in Wicca to join it but to show Wicca to be evil And they mentioned another woman who was Christian who d turned to Wicca then turned back to Christian because apparently demons showed themselves in her room and when she tried to banish them with Wiccan prayers the demons only laughed at them but when the person called upon Jesus the demons disappeared This I admit has frightened me I know somewhere I read that shadows from the astral plane I think try to latch on to souls and I m thinking that maybe this is what the person experienced I m terrified to think that Wicca could cause any harm I ve grown so much respect for Wicca and even celebrated the last Beltane and I m just so confused I m not sure if you can help me or if I m even in the right place to look for help but I m scared I d appreciate it if you would help me or at least point me in the right direction Thanks for your time SR Dear SR I ve seen the online article you mentioned and it s a scary story for sure And although I more than half believe that the entire thing was concocted by Christians to keep people afraid of Wicca I can t refute one person s experience because only she can know for sure What I CAN tell you is that from my decades of experience as a practicing Wiccan it doesn t worry me I ve known about a hundred Wiccans most of whom have been practicing for many decades who have NEVER had anything even remotely like that happen to them I have 80 ooo followers on social media to date and a million visitors a year on my website and NOT ONE person has ever had anything remotely like this happen to them Believe me they d have told me in no uncertain terms I should also point out that there are ways of explaining things that are not necessarily accurate even though they can seem to make sense For instance for thousands of years people believed that the Sun circles around the Earth From our vantage point it certainly seems to That explanation made so much sense that for uncounted generations nobody even questioned it And it can still be useful and easy to think of it in that way But as we now know that s not what actually happens I think we can discount what someone says when they ve explicitly set out to prove that Wicca is evil Even if it were true that bad things started happening it wouldn t be surprising Someone superstitious and gullible fearfully dabbling in something they think is evil would be coming with negative energy so that s what would show up especially when they ve actually gone looking for it The other woman who is presented as an open minded ex Christian wanting to learn Wicca exactly the kind of person we might notice that they most want to keep from straying let s consider her story as real just to see what s really going on The surface of the tale is that Wicca is dangerous and evil and linked with demons and that Christianity is far more powerful a protection But here s a deeper spiritually and magickally wise reading of that woman s story What Really Happened The foundation for this woman s experience is that she had been indoctrinated by Christianity so when she started with Wicca she was afraid at the same time as she was curious She started opening herself up energetically and probably spiritually for the first time When she did that scary things started happening IF a big if what those websites say really happened at all I suspect it s more like poltergeist activity than demons You get poltergeist activity when a strong negative force within a person usually female breaks the cultural bonds that keep psychic energies suppressed Sometimes at puberty the energy is just too potent to be restrained unconsciously The solution then by the way is to gain conscious control For this woman the energies were finally freed as she began to remove the blocks to her own psychic phenomena and magick I m willing to bet she was indoctrinated from an early age in fundamentalist traditions or severely abused as a child or else having some kind of serious mental illness I can t think of what else would cause such an outpouring of intense negative energies Does this mean that everyone starting in Wicca should be worried Not at all As I said I haven t heard from a single person that they ve had bad things start to happen I have heard though from hundreds of new Wiccans how many good things start to happen Does it mean that you should be careful especially in the beginning what you re dabbling with Sure That s why I recommend that you don t start trying magick until you ve got the basics solid and enough knowledge and experience to guide you safely Even so most Wiccans I suspect start with magick and go from there and seem to do so without any demons bothering them Explaining the Demons Entangled with this discussion is the question of what demons actually are and what Jesus actually is That s much more to the point than worrying about what Wicca is Demons are negative energy projections that are created by humans not usually intentionally but intensely negative energy emotions emanate out from us and under certain conditions take on a semi life of their own Within certain limits they can SEEM intelligent and alive and self protective Lots of things can seem alive without actually having life Have you ever seen the videos of oobleck dancing on a vibrating surface This video at 2 minutes in you can see it crawling up and out Scary It very much seems like a creature has come to life There are chemical reactions that seem alive too Because of the way the energy is expressed it seems conscious But it s not Same with demons They might seem alive and self directed but they re actually more like clouds or pools of negative energy set loose Still why would something like that arise for her in the first place Meeting Your Shadow What happens on a spiritual path rather than a religious one is that you start to clear away negativity that has been lurking possibly unseen within you That s the whole purpose of spirituality In some people s experience when you do this you have to face what has been called The Guardian of the Threshold a psychological energetic entity that you may meet when you begin to access higher spiritual awareness and that often seems threatening Jungians call this the Shadow the fears and negativity that lurk within your subconscious mind Wiccans call it the Guardian because you can t access higher deeper spiritual levels while your Shadow lives within you unchallenged unhealed and unintegrated Not everyone has this experience For almost everyone who does though meeting the Shadow happens in imaginal spaces such as trance journeys and visualisations For that one woman perhaps it manifested in tangible ways Which can happen but it s incredibly rare When it happens that way it s generally because a person has great negativity within at the same time that she is very psychically powerful and untrained that is her power is not under her control Why Jesus Could Help When Wiccan Prayers Did Not So when scary things started happening the woman naturally tried to get rid of them It s a normal human approach to something that seems scary or dangerous However as you are probably aware What you resist persists In fact what you resist grows even stronger through your attention to it and the emotional intensity you re having about it So the more she tried to repress these things which were tied to something deep within herself the stronger they became Part of the problem is that when the woman tried to force the negativity away she was virtually predestined to fail Consider her position Untrained No experience in working magick Unsure of the reality of Wicca and magick Little or no experience in generating power or working energy Zero confidence Working from fear rather than strength If you have any knowledge of the way magick works you ll know these deficiencies virtually guarantee failure No wonder she got no result When she called on a power that she associated since childhood with love and spiritual might the negativity vanished She doubted Wicca and she doubted herself but she never doubted Jesus So her fear of the entities gave them power and a sort of life And her certainty that Jesus at his best a manifestation of Divine Love could overcome them erased their power and pseudo life If she d been a Wiccan long enough to build up experience and belief in its validity and power to make personal connections with other Deities it would ve been a very different story If One Person Is Allergic To Pears Does That Mean Pears Are Poisonous On another level the entire issue is being taken out of context One person s negative experience whatever the reason it happened is only one person s That s not a sound basis for writing off an entire belief system that benefits countless people It would be like deciding to try out Christianity going to a church one day and getting raped by the priest As horrific as that would be does it mean that Christianity is dangerous and evil and no one should ever follow Christ I have actually known a couple people who ve had really scary demon type stuff going on but neither of them were Pagan One was my grandmother who was an extremely devout Catholic Christians have far more history of problems with demons that Witches do I d be more worried about being Christian Strange that no one ever says you ll be opening yourself up to demons if you turn to Christianity What sites like those are saying is that you should throw out the baby with the bathwater because one woman s baby turned out bad yours will too Wicca As A Solution At any rate the one thing I m certain of is that Wicca is not evil nor opens the door for evil There s a TON of evidence of that Far more than one or two people s experiences Besides as Witches we learn to work with other entities energies and how to protect ourselves from anyone corporeal or non corporeal who might not have our best interests in mind That makes us Wiccans far less likely to have problems even if we were to encounter negative entities We could easily argue that being Wiccan protects you from demons If we believed in demons Do you have a question you d like answered Email the Priestess and your question could be answered in a future issue Note questions may be edited for brevity or clarity No real names will be disclosed For reasons of legality all questions become the property of Wicca Spirituality com Fave Quotes The wish not to believe can influence as strongly as the wish to believe Ian Stevenson I have some discomfort both with believers and with nonbelievers when their opinions are not based on facts I am extremely uncomfortable with dogmatic atheists who claim there can be no God to my knowledge there is no strong evidence for that position I m also uncomfortable with dogmatic believers to my knowledge they don t have any strong evidence either If we don t know the answer why are we under so much pressure to make up our minds to declare our allegiance to one hypotheses or the other Carl Sagan A wrong attitude toward nature implies somewhere a wrong attitude toward God T S Eliot Every fact of science was once damned Every invention was considered impossible Every discovery was a nervous shock to some orthodoxy Every artistic innovation was denounced as fraud and folly The entire web of culture and progress everything on Earth that is man made and not given to us by nature is the concrete manifestation of someone s refusal to bow to Authority We would be no more than the first apelike hominids if it were not for the rebellious the recalcitrant and the intransigent Robert Anton Wilson I disregard the proportions the measures the tempo of the ordinary world I refuse to live in the ordinary world I want ecstasy I will not adjust myself to the world I am adjusted to myself Anaïs Nin The exclusivism of there being only one way in which we can be saved the idea that there is a single religious group that is in sole possession of the truth that is the world as we know it that must pass away What is the kingdom It lies in our realization of the ubiquity of the divine presence in our neighbors in our enemies in all of us Joseph Campbell Thou Art That Transforming Religious Metaphor Energy Field Barometer Anxiety A M Have you been feeling a whole lot of anxiety lately A special clue is if you re waking up with feelings of anxiety in the mornings before any stimulus even hits you This is an energy field that s been going around for weeks though not everyone has felt it the whole time There are actually by now 3 things going on here They arrived in this order 1 was the earliest anxiety 2 came in during that and lingered after 3 is mostly coming along after But there s a lot of overlap You may be experiencing one or all of them Either way if you follow the recommendations for each you can benefit yourself and the Earth Tuning In To Earth s Stress The Earth has had some difficulty adjusting to the changing climate this Spring the plants and insects in particular it seems have been struggling As they are born or awakened their food sources are not in sync and the weather is not what they ve evolved to expect Their stress and anxiety and deaths are creating an energy field that many sensitive people are picking up on As we move further into the warm seasons this anxiety seems to be lessening Keep saying prayers and blessings for all the creatures of the Earth it DOES help The Buddhist prayer is perfect for these times May all beings be happy May all beings be peaceful May all beings be in harmony May all beings be liberated It s also helpful to all the creatures if you can remain in a feeling of peace and safety and wellness as much as possible I get this feeling when resting outdoors in the tranquility and beauty of nature When we feel this we share it with the entire planet So whatever it is that brings you back to a sense that all is well and good do that regularly and feel it as strongly as you can so you can share it with the Earth Calling Up Buried Issues You Need To Heal Another level of anxiety is simply the hidden anxiety that s lain dormant within us the spoor of our Shadow needing to be revealed healed and integrated As a planet we re at the threshold of the New Paradigm a world based in harmony respect compassion and joy It s a wide threshold We ve been crossing it since 2012 and we re moving closer and closer to the other side of the gateway As we do our vibrational energy is changing and anything that s in disharmony with that is

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  • Silver Chalice Wicca 'Zine #36: Beltaine, Seeking the Resonance, How to Retire a Tarot Deck, & more
    this game I ve got about 5 jobs not counting all the Wicca Spirituality stuff so I m always running full tilt and still feeling like I m falling terminally behind It s an awful feeling to live with My friend Colombe told me this method she s doing and one day when I was feeling kinda lost not sure what I should do next I thought I d give it a try And I m so grateful I did Here s how it goes To Continue please copy paste this address into your browser http www wicca spirituality com seeking resonance html Sorry for some absolutely inexplicable reason I can t get a link to work here Sabbats Esbats Other Wiccan Rituals Beltaine The Fiery Fountain of Life Excerpt from Wicca Course In Progress Please Note This material is protected by legal copyright Beltaine or May Day the final of the 3 Spring fertility festivals is one of the greatest Wiccan Sabbats It counts as a Spring Sabbat since it s all about fertility yet it can also be seen as the first Sabbat of Summer as well being associated with the Element of Fire It s generally celebrated on May 1st or the evening of April 30th as May Eve Although in some places it s celebrated as late as May 5th And in the Southern Hemisphere where Spring comes late in the calendar year Beltaine is celebrated on October 31 November 1 Pronounced BELL tayn Beltaine is poised at the cusp between Spring and Summer It s a solar cross quarter Sabbat marking the midway point in the Sun s journey between the Spring Equinox and Midsummer We are entering the Element of Fire Beltane is a festival of fire and fertility a celebration of sexuality passion and life Its essence is vibrant joyful celebration dancing to the rhythm of life energy abounding on the Earth the pulsebeat of creation and procreation pounding through our veins At this time of year the Earth is adorning Herself lavishly in luscious flowers and greenery The Sun s power is strong and still growing getting closer and hotter warming our world and setting our blood aflame The God has come of age and courts the Goddess as a lover From plants to animals and humans the juices of life are at their peak A passion for life growth rebirth pervades the Earth Symbolically Beltaine signals the urge to create and the hunger to begin If you re a gardener you know exactly what I mean the garden is luring us irresistibly to overdo the exercise and plant regardless of the lingering risk of frost In Nature the seedlings are vigorous pushing their way to the Light or already unfurling the early ones even blossoming The first flowers open themselves irresistible to their pollinators beckoning in the dance of reproduction Songbirds are singing their hearts out to call their beloved to their side and the mating dance begins The herd animals welcome their newborn offspring Life is unfurling like spring flowers all around The future looks promising bright abundant The entire Earth seems to be singing a song of joy and love Love tugs strongly at the human heart too seeking its expression in passionate joy The sexual union of two individuals is a magick spell for well being Beltaine is very much a sexual power and the Great Rite the sacred ecstatic union of Goddess and God is enacted by humans and much of nature bringing the power of the Divine into manifestation on Earth In our daily human cycle the time of planning and researching is over the ideas and plans we ve had are now eager to be set into motion and we start taking real action on our goals for the year Beltaine is a time to celebrate life and growth in all its forms within and without A time to tap into the wild free energy of life to support new goals and to honor the growing fullness of our lives Ask The Priestess How to Retire an Old Tarot Deck Dear Priestess Is there a proper way to retire or dispose of an un usable deck of tarot cards I found today that I have a deck that unfortunately through the years has lost a few cards In my years of reading I ve seen many thing about charging cards etc but I have never seen anything about disposal Throwing them in the trash seems incredibly disrespectful Any suggestions B C USA Dear B C You re so right Not to mention the Cards or Runes or whatever become so infused with our energy after years of working with them tied to us by energy ribbons that you really wouldn t want to just toss them out So this is a really good question Here s another option What I ve done with an old Tarot deck of mine is to use it in a different way Since you don t have to worry about their condition or safety anymore you have much more leeway in what you can do with them For instance You can take one right out of the deck then charge it with magickal energy and put it on your altar or on your desk to keep bringing your awareness to something you re working on If the Tarot cards are small you can even put one in your wallet or pocket to carry with you through the day like an affirmation or a spell in the form of a Tarot card You could also seal your favourites in plastic film to protect them and punch a hole to string a necklace through wearing a Tarot card under your shirt holding that energy close to your heart to welcome it You can pull one of these cards out at random you know as random as any Tarot card reading Or when you do a reading with your new Tarot deck and

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  • Silver Chalice Wicca 'Zine #35: Spring Sabbats, Earth News, MAP Coning Technique, Free Downloads
    away of the old the inner reflection that reveals what wishes to be born the renewal of the soil the gestation of the energy gathering to give form The Energy of Springtime Creation The Spring Sabbats have this in common The initiation of new life Inspiration Creation Renewal Increasing optimism and enthusiasm Bursts of creative energy It s the energy of something new wanting to be born And we are each of us the gateway the Creatrix Creator the artist the mother of this new creation Imbolc Brighid and Eostara have much in common as they both channel the energies of Spring So what s the difference between them Though they both represent beginnings the Spring Sabbats each express a different part of this cycle of rebirth Continue article You ll need this password SC35SS Ask The Priestess Taming The Ego Dear Priestess I have a question about Ego I have a horribly negative ego It tells me I will never be good enough tells me that I don t have the abilities that I know I have that it is all in my head and a coincidence or maybe I am schizophrenic My question is can you change how the ego thinks how it talks to you or do you learn to sort of mute and ignore it and eventually it will just shut up I am having an amazing spiritual journey yet I still find that EGO and my inability to not listen to it completely is hindering my ability to hear what the angels have to say Also do you believe that we all have the psychic abilities to do anything that we want to do or that they are special gifts There is an angel class and a mediumship class in my area and I would like to take them both I in fact feel a pull to take them both but I am not sure that I have the capabilities of being a medium and you have to give a message at the end of the class R in USA Dear R I love your questions So much fun to ponder Where to start It s not that your ego is particularly negative they re ALL like that It s their trademark It s great that you already realise that these ego statements are not true That s half the battle won right there The ego s strongest power is that it speaks within your own mind and pretends to be your own voice pretends to be what you think is true After all who do we believe more than ourselves If you realise that that voice is not you you ve already gained a measure of freedom A big secret to ego taming is NOT to demonise it though FIGHTING is what the ego is best at If you fight it it gets all sneaky It ll go underground and make you think that you re being all spiritual and evolving and enlightened while laughing behind your back at the crazy stunts it s still getting you to do The MAP Coning Technique introduced above is very helpful with reducing the ego s control over you too The real trick and hardest thing in developing spiritually as well as psychically is to learn which is your ego talking and which is your Higher Deeper Self or the Divine guides angels etc Luckily there s a simple test to help you discern the difference You can tell if it s the ego talking by asking yourself Does thinking this way make me feel better or worse Happier or not More optimistic and more empowered or not More energised and enthused or more tired and despairing Do I feel softer more loving and compassionate or harder more self oriented and more remote Does this path lead me toward the Divine or away from higher consciousness And most important of all does following its guidance lead you to experiences that do Your Devoted Servant One of the best ways I ve found to tame the ego is to treat the ego like a faithful dog It has limited intelligence but a lot of instinct It wants to serve you but is confused about what that means for a human of this era And mostly it wants to be in control because it thinks that s how it s keeping you ALIVE Talk to it reassure it calm it like a child or beloved pet But don t let it talk you into getting behind the wheel Simply learning to notice when your ego is doing the talking pretending to be the real you is 95 of the work Deprogramming Reprogramming Ignoring the ego sorta works if you can notice that it s the ego before dismissing it Better than simply ignoring is to reprogramme it And yes you can reprogramme your ego It just takes time Granted it takes more time than most people want to invest but it s really worth the effort After all the vast majority of the time the ego is doing its own thing Then people wonder why a few affirmations a day aren t making a difference LOL Try shifting your thoughts and self talk every single time you notice the ego saying negative things and reprogramming DOES happen Ego Blocks Psychic Power Regarding psychic abilities they are innate in humans though in different degrees just as some people are better at math or art or carpentry than others As you say it s generally the ego blocking that ability I ve found that learning to quiet the ego and especially to RECOGNISE the sneaky tricky little devil really liberated my psychic ability big time As did intensive spiritual development Personally I doubt that a weekend course could have helped me become psychic poof abracadabra like that But I can see that if people have the basic readiness and just need guidance in how it works that would be really useful

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  • Silver Chalice Wicca 'Zine #34: We're Back!
    you know that the Silver Chalice is up and running again It s been a long time for which I apologise profusely Being without a functional computer for over a year really threw off my publishing schedule D Now I m ready to get back into the Zine and I ve got some new ideas cooking up in the ol boiling cauldron Specifically I think it s time to expand the parameters of the Zine I used to think I had to keep it focused strictly on Wiccan subjects but now I realise that there s a lot of room to expand what it means to be Wiccan I mean I thought it was just me doing all this sorta non Wiccan spiritual stuff For a while I even wondered if I should call myself Wiccan when I don t necessarily celebrate the Sabbats but I do other stuff like Mantra I finally realised that being a Wiccan isn t what it used to be You d think I knew that Hahaha And I did but sometimes we have to get it at different levels I finally got this one So you ll see some new stuff here tips and

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  • Silver Chalice Wicca 'Zine #33: Welcome to The New Gift Economy
    a long time It s called Sanctifying Money The New Gift Economy It s about the shift in values around money and purchasing that s emerging as a Gift Economy where the transactions are based on gratitude and generosity rather than selfish greed This is a vitally important part of the shift the Earth is going through The New Paradigm of caring and kindness must permeate every aspect of society especially the parts that have most divorced from such Goddess values It s all about relationships Relationships between people between those who offer us their gifts and those who receive those gifts and wish to reciprocate in some way So we all become receivers AND givers of gifts We all get to enjoy the wonderful feeling of being generous and grateful And approaching our interactions in this way we purify money and heal our world s relationship with finance Exciting isn t it D You can read my article on the subject here And you can watch the new video here If you like it please give it a thumbs up on Youtube and Share it with others You can also forward this email to your friends Let s spread

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  • Silver Chalice Wicca 'Zine #32-A: Wicca School Update -- An Apology
    day job my spouse and I both being injured and my older sister being told she had only a few months to live It s been a lot to deal with and diverted a lot of my time and energy Even so if other things had worked out I wouldn t have had to disappoint you The deal breaker was that last year I got an assistant who was gung ho and said she was committed to getting this work out to help people and heal the Earth With that assistance it all became possible and I was excited to tell you what we were planning to share with you Unfortunately despite her good intentions she couldn t follow through and I ve finally had to accept that she won t be following through and these projects will take a LOT longer to complete on my own And so I ve let you down and I wish I hadn t I feel terrible about it I m still going to try to launch the Wicca School this year but the fact is that I m not sure I can do it on my own And I need to be totally

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  • Silver Chalice Wicca 'Zine #32, Oct 2012 * SAMHAIN, and Wicca School Launches
    s known in popular Christian culture Hallowe en is the turning point of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year The Great Sabbat Since modern Witches use the Julian calendar on a daily basis many of us celebrate according to the calendar date as of sunset on October 31 May 1 in the Southern Hemisphere According to Mike Nichols in The 8 Sabbats of Witchcraft though the actual cross quarter day is deemed to be when the sun has reached 15 degrees Scorpio an astrological power point symbolized by the Eagle Samhain is pronounced SOW in SOW ain SOW een or SOW and rhyming sow with how It comes from the Old Irish word Samuin which meant Summer s End Confusing to us but it makes sense when you realise they saw the year as divided up into not four but two seasons Summer and Winter The start of Winter marked the end of Summer And the word or a derivative still means November in Irish Scots Gaelic So what happens at Samhain The outward movement of the year s cycle has come to a close and the inward journey into the power of the dark is well underway In Wicca Samhain is the end of one cycle of seasons and the beginning of the next hence it is the Wiccan New Year The end and the new beginning are considered to occur simultaneously so Samhain is both Roman mythology has the beginning of the year coincide with the new growth of the sun As Wiccans we perceive that all birth actually begins in the darkness the hidden growth happens long before any sign of it rises into the light We could even say that the new crop begins with the clearing away of the old stubble the cleansing of the old is the beginning of the new That s Samhain the dark of the year which eats the remains of Summer s life All things belong to the Dark Goddess at this time returning to the Earth to be transformed into new life Any fruit still on the branches on this date belong to Her and are left for the wildlife to consume Samhain is a day outside of time as the New Year is in many traditions At Samhain the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead is at its thinnest Communication with our beloved dead and with the Divine is easiest to accomplish at this time of year So there are three main themes to Samhain celebrations Honouring visiting the beloved dead Divination for the future Descent to the underworld self transformation We will explore each of these in this lesson but first there s one thing more you should know There is another aspect to Samhain specifically for Wiccans and Witches As the greatest of the Wiccan Sabbats Samhain is a time to consider the spiritual path we have chosen Reflect on it really means to be a Wiccan Consider how

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  • Silver Chalice Wicca 'Zine #31 * Allies, Guides, & Familiars and Am I Good Enough to Be a Wiccan
    light work and two heads are better than one even when those hands and heads are non corporeal This is not necessarily a big dramatic thing It can be as simple as Having an herb that you use frequently and checking in with it to see if it would be useful for a particular spell or ailment Noticing that dragonflies have been attracted to you lately and realizing that they re trying to tell you something Standing at a crossroads and asking for guidance in which way to go Putting a few drops of cinnamon in an oil to increase passion Or it can be a bit more conscious where you have actual communication and relationships with non human beings Animal Spirit Guides are a classic example or knowing your spiritual Guides or guardian angels and communicating with them Familiars are the ultimate Wiccan example and often the thing Wiccans are most intrigued and excited by So in this lesson you will discover the differences and similarities between Allies Guides and Familiars and learn how to find them and work with them Starting with definitions What Are They There s a lot of overlap between Allies Guides and Familiars Spiritually speaking an Ally is any being animal plant spirit energy or deity who helps you and will stand up for your well being Allies will take action they will try to improve your life They are more involved in world life and worldly cares than Guides A Guide is a being see list above who makes clear to you what s going on and what you need to do Guides are less engaged in matters of material desire physical comfort or security in other words the ego pursuits they give advice usually aimed at your spiritual development they are engaged in the welfare of your soul Guides may communicate through divination A Familiar is a highly conscious animal who helps protects and guides you in magickal work and generally shares spiritual adventures with you SIDEBAR Elements and Elementals Elementals are beings that are strongly associated with or formed of one of the four Elements Earth Air Fire or Water Some people confuse them with the Elements but that s like mistaking one snowman for all of Snow The Elements are more energy than creature they don t have individualised existence in the way humans and animals do The Elements may be called upon for help at any time like deities and angels and other Source like energies Elementals are more creature than energy in some cases they are a personification of the energy of an Element Working with Elementals is like working with something halfway between a plant Ally and a Familiar they have more independent lives than plant or stone Allies and not as much connection with or caring about you as a Familiar would Be warned Working with Elementals is not recommended for beginners What Do You Think So Far I d love to hear from you Please

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