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  • Wicca Altar Basics
    everyone has one That collection of photographs on the bedside table The mementoes that gather on the mantle place These are altars to your loves and your life When you want to make an altar dedicated to your spiritual life you simply focus a little more You put only items that uplift your spirit and remind you of your ideals That s all any spiritual altar is Wiccan or otherwise A symbol to help you remember Who you really Are Where you really come from and Where you are choosing to go Your Altar Nourishes Your Soul Once you make your first conscious altar and discover how beautiful and nourishing it can be you may find yourself wanting to make altars everywhere Go for it How could you possibly go wrong bringing the blessings of the Divine wherever you are Your office your car your bedroom all are perfect places for an altar Because every altar becomes a home for what you enshrine there When you create an altar to the Divine She lives there So behave accordingly Your Inner Temple You ll probably want to keep at least one altar private Put it in a personal part of your house or somewhere you can discretely close a door and keep it from sight This can be your innermost Temple s altar the Heart of your witchy heart This is where you can put your most personal and meaningful items The Power Of Keeping Silent This privacy isn t about hiding It s the Fourth Power of the Witch holding silence When something is very sacred it s not easy to talk about it The words don t exist for one thing Even more the respect for Soul and Spirit isn t common in our culture So to expose your innermost Temple to idle curiosity disdain or ill intent is to open your Heart to violation and disperse the Power gathered by your altar Your Private Relationship With The Goddess You will want to give your Wicca altar the respect it deserves Especially once you ve experienced the Power that your altar can move in your life Only those to whom you could safely entrust your most tender feelings should see this if anyone Even then think about it carefully There is no reason why you should share this altar at all Your spiritual life is between you and the Divine Your Wicca altar is the outward manifestation of this relationship It can be kept completely confidential Sometimes the most sacred things need to be kept silent about Your relationship with the Divine is the deepest of relationships Just as you are unlikely to let people watch while you and your beloved are making love or so I assume keep your most personal altar truly sacred All your other altars can be as open as you and they like It s Simple A Wicca altar doesn t have to be complicated or costly You don t really need anything other

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  • Harvesting Wiccan Ritual Tools In Nature * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    to a spell Even living things like plants and trees are usually willing when asked to sacrifice themselves for a good cause Humans could learn a lot from the generosity of nature One thing is certain If you take something that is not willing it won t be a beneficial Wiccan ritual tool for you How Can You Tell If It s Willing Sensing the agreement and readiness comes with practice And it may be different for each witch You may feel a difference between a yes and a no with your hand on it It may feel like a sense of peace for yes or a sense of discord for no Warmth generally signals yes and coolness no And ask the Divine to help you understand With a little practice you will come to feel something and know how to interpret it After Agreement If you re taking a plant give it some time after it agrees to come Plants don t seem to have individual souls the way humans do or so it seems to me I ve found that if you give them a minute or two they will withdraw their life force into their roots In this way they can send their soul into another growth Then it seems that you re not actually killing the being but pruning it like a very long toenail What Can You Offer If the item says yes then you are free to take it But remember to offer something back to the spirit of the place in return This is a way of saying Thank you to the spirit of the being and to the Divine Source A piece of hair a little water a bit of food whatever seems to you like an offering And the greater the gift nature offers you as a Wiccan ritual tool the greater your thank you should be The important part isn t what the Earth gets but the recognition that you ve received a gift and a grateful desire to offer something in return To take something without gratitude and respect is to harm the Earth even in a minute way You also harm yourself to take without giving Plus there is the energy involved Bottom Line on Wiccan Ritual Tools from Nature If you want something that will add to your rituals or spells you want it to be filled with good energy and willing to help you Otherwise you re sabotaging your efforts Choose your ritual supplies with awareness Gather them with conscious gratitude If you do this your Wiccan ritual tools will serve you well And you will serve them well too This goes for when you buy Wiccan ritual tools too With Bright Blessings Next Article on Wicca Altars If you enjoyed this article please Stumble it It only takes a second to share the good stuff with other seekers Ritual Tools Articles Wicca Altar Tools and Their Uses Getting Started with Wiccan Tools How to Choose

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  • Wicca Practices & Spiritual Tools * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    naturally And with good reason Dream work helps you develop skills needed for communicating with the Divine and working between the worlds Another important Wiccan magickal practice is Creative Visualization This is the technique by which you can re shape reality to match your intention Without visualization you can t hardly practice Wicca at all And lest you fear that this is a skill impossible for you to do be sure to check out the article So You Think You Can t Visualize There s plenty in the pages that follow that can teach anyone how to visualize And while we re at it what about meditation Do Wiccans meditate Why and how Meditation is certainly a critical Wiccan skill See this article on Wicca Meditation to learn more Practices Specific To Wicca Drawing Down The Moon is common to much of Wicca practice Yet every Witch seems to have her own way of doing it This is to be expected really Drawing Down The Moon is invoking the actual Essence of the Goddess within yourself What could be more personal Originally the phrase Drawing Down The Moon was used in Gardnerian Wicca to mean a rite in which the High Priestess would invoke the Goddess within herself For the duration of the Wiccan ritual she would be the Goddess In Wicca Spirituality invoking the Goddess Within is the prerogative and duty of every Witch And it can be practiced at any time In order to do ritual or within ritual or whenever you greet the Moon Since the ultimate goal is complete embodiment of the Goddess Within each human being Drawing Down The Moon can t be done too often The practice of meeting the Goddess Within is not solely found in Wicca although there are very few other traditions that practice it But Wicca is the only one that invokes the Goddess Within draws down the Moon at least that I know of As a counterpart some Wiccans also practice Drawing Down The Sun invoking the God Within In fact I think most people practice this one though without conscious realisation Any time you soak up the joyful warmth of the Sun you are taking His blessings within yourself Divination while not exclusive to Witches is certainly a very common Wiccan spiritual practice And a critical one Ongoing divination keeps an open channel of communication with the Divine Without that Wicca becomes simply a religion devoid of spiritual vitality Most Witches these days mainly use Tarot Runes Astrology Pendulums and or Palmistry divination techniques Some Witches scry that is peer into the potential future There are many possible scrying tools the most famous of which is the crystal ball You can also scry into a cup of wine or bowl of water or clouds or virtually anything you choose But scrying is not for everyone It s a practice that is suited to those with strong psychic skills while Tarot etc are easily used by those without psychic

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  • Divination Definition & Methods * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    couple common misconceptions Then we ll find out what it is really all about WITCH TIP In these articles we ll be looking at the practice of divining for yourself and for friends rather than hiring a psychic to do readings for you Everyone has the ability to use oracles And the spiritual benefits are reached only when you do it yourself Read the rest of the articles in this section to find out how and why Misconceptions about Divining There are some ideas that are confusing We can thank the Christian churches and Hollywood for perpetuating the silliness I d like to get them out in the open right away so we know what we are and aren t talking about for the rest of these articles The Difference Between Divination and Fortune Telling Divination is much more than fortune telling The definition of fortune telling is finding out about the future before it happens Yes you can learn about the future through various oracular methods These tools offer ongoing guidance about which paths to take and which to avoid But that s not the real value of this practice Telling fortunes is merely a side effect and not a very important one when you consider the real potential of it direct communication with Divine guidance Where Do The Demons Come In If you re looking for some way to play with demons sorry This is the wrong page and the wrong site for you Might I suggest a website that does free head examinations Prophesying with these tools has nothing to do with demons devils or anything else enticingly evil Using oracles has gotten a bad wrap in the last several centuries but that s nothing more than a nasty Public Relations campaign The Powers That Be have

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  • Finding Your Wiccan Name * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    Convey Such Power Naming something is identifying it And once you identify it you know some things about it That s mint Immediately you know the flavour that it s good for bad breath and upset tummies that it grows like a weed and perhaps much more To know about yourself is a source of immense Power Know Thyself is more a Commandment than a command When you know yourself you know God And to name yourself you must know yourself Or be open to the Divine telling you That s Part 1 of the power in names The Power of Names Magick Part 2 is the magickal component Remember that speech is an incredibly powerful magickal tool Taking an intentional name is like working a spell or setting a positive affirmation Every time you say it or hear it you re reminded of Who you choose to be And every time someone else says it the energy moves within both of you And then the Universe shifts to help you be that person This effect is increased when it is a Wiccan name that you take because you re using it between the worlds where magick is natural The Power of Names Magick Amazon com Widgets The third reason that magickal names are powerful is because you are very conscious when you invoke them The more consciousness you bring to choosing your Wiccan name the more alignment with your Divine Essence you are creating And the more you are aligned with the Divine the more magickal power you are accessing So a magickal name that is aligned with your Divine Essence your true name of hold great magickal power Wicca Names When we are Wiccan baby names and pet names take on even more significance because Wiccans know that

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  • Essential Wicca Spirituality
    evolving The Spiritual Rebirth that is underway aligns us more closely with Divine Truth For Wicca to keep up it must also align itself closer to Truth And What Is Truth We re speaking here of capital T Truth that is ultimate Reality And what is Ultimate Reality At the risk of sounding like I have all the answers I think I can safely repeat what sages through the ages have discovered There is ONE Divine Source whose essence is Love and all things are part of this One No one has a monopoly on Truth or on God s love No mortal can even experience let alone understand the fullness of either We are not human beings having spiritual experiences but spiritual beings having human experiences There is no need for anyone to represent or be a conduit to the Divine for us We must all do this for ourselves We all have the potential to reach full spiritual enlightenment if we choose to pursue it No one else can save us We are collectively the saviours of the world Or if you like together we are the Messiah who is returning The Critical Function of Wicca Spirituality This is why spiritual practices are necessary in the current planetary transformation We are evolving toward consciousness of reality and thus of the Divinity that dwells within us as us It is only this transformation that can save the Earth and humanity More on this at Why Wicca So our duty at this time is our consciousness participation in our own evolution How By Preparing the Chalice of the Divine This is what the New Wicca does so well by practicing Wicca not as a religion of rote but a dynamic spiritual practice The Spiritual Practice of Wicca Wicca Spirituality is

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  • Spiritual Practices & Power Tools * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    time What you re plugging into is nothing less than the infinite Power of the Divine Source This Power is just waiting to elevate your consciousness and bring you Home to the Divine So use it whenever you can Plus if you re interested in working magick these practices will all greatly increase your magickal capability WITCH TIP You can find practices especially beneficial to Wiccan spirituality here The Basic Spiritual Practices Spiritual exercises exist to help you create and polish yourself as a container for the Divine forces that every Witch calls upon They develop the 4 qualities of the Sacred Chalice So there are 4 areas of development 1 Body 2 Mind 3 Heart 4 Speech Please note that none of these are completely separate from the others Just as your body mind heart soul is one integrated awareness manifested in different forms these spiritual power tools develop all aspects at once You can t do any of them without a body or without a mind All engage the heart All are involved with speech verbal or internal However they can be categorized in terms of the form that is primarily involved in their development Spiritual Power Tools For The Body The physical spiritual exercises create a strong grounded physical container for the increased Energy levels that come with spiritual development or working magick Examples are Grounding Magick see Wicca Magick Breath control Pranayama Prayer Dance Physical Hatha Yoga Selfless Service Karma Yoga Mandalas Awakening the Goddess Within Physical development is necessary to spiritual progression like upgrading hardware to handle the increased voltage of Divine Energy moving through the body Spiritual Power Tools For The Mind The mind s Spiritual Power Tools create self knowledge spiritual insight intuition and greater ability to manifest your desires Examples are Meditation Visualization Divination Dream Work Study and reading Journaling and self reflection With my pen I excavate the Goddess within me Dialogue with the Divine Mind watch Mindfulness These practices heal the flaws in awareness that consensus reality creates in us making it possible to attain more clarity of perception Spiritual Power Tools For The Heart Spiritual exercises for the Heart aim to purify emotions into refined divine feelings Along with selfless service these practices also create a life of fulfillment satisfaction and great joy Examples are Cultivating Compassion Practicing Gratitude Cultivating Patience and Faith Surrender and acceptance Unconditional Love Cultivating Joy This creates an inner resilience and ability to accept Divine Will Spoken Spiritual Power Tools Spiritual application of Speech meld the other 3 aspects into conscious invocation and channeling of the Divine into the world Examples are Chanting Devotional Songs see also Mantra below Lhikita Japa Prayer Affirmation Intention Noble Silence This is the outward active result of purified body mind and heart Ultimate Spiritual Power Tools These spiritual power tools engage all the aspects of the Self body mind heart and speech Thus they are among the most powerful spiritual practices you could do Mantra Divine Light Invocation

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  • Coloring A Mandala * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    calls to you I recommend starting with a circle so you can get the feel of it I ve created a free printable mandala template page to get you started Sacred Circles have been created in many cultures and various forms They also form in nature Ice crystals seashells galaxies Even the Earth may be seen as one enormously complex and beautifully 3 dimensional They are tools and symbols of healing and well being They can help you understand yourself know your Path and re create yourself to align with your highest potential They are traditionally thought to be a symbolic depiction of the Universe as a link between the physical world and the Divine realm You can think of them as holograms a tiny piece of the universe which shows within its colorful borders a microcosm of all existence So in creating one you are portraying your spiritual Source the essence of your Self Just as every piece of a hologram contains a picture of the whole this is a depiction of your inner self reflects the whole Divinity of which you are a part Creating Your Mandalas The process of creating a personal mandala is an art meditation But don t let the term art scare you off The first thing to know about any spiritual exercise is this No artistic talent is necessary We ve all been trained by our society that only artists can create and the rest of us poor menials should sit on the sidelines and applaud them This is absolute hog manure Everyone has a birthright of creativity You are a spark of the Divine the most creative power ever You inherited some of that creativity So set aside the inner critic who criticizes your creative expressions Don t listen to his voice It s important to allow yourself the opportunity to play As Robert Pike says Learning is directly proportional to the amount of fun you have How To Start First you need the right tools Then like any meditation or creative task this takes some time Set aside an hour for a small one three hours so you don t feel rushed on a large one These times are just estimates After drawing a few of them you ll have an idea how long it takes you You may be a lot faster than I am Make yourself a quiet undisturbed space You may want to listen to music or mantra or silence Be aware that if you re playing music your meditation will reflect your response to it perhaps more than it reflects your inner space So for a pure art meditation mantra or silence is best Prepare your canvas If you re using a template or stencil to map out the sections you may tape it underneath your working paper as a guide NOTE A free printable mandala template page can be downloaded here If you ve looked at pictures you may have some ideas for shapes and designs

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