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  • The Silver Chalice E-Zine, Issue #003, Dec 2007 * Spiritual Light & Sacred Dark; Yule; God & Goddess
    Same snow exactly but the experience is worlds apart And all I need do to change worlds is shift my focus from one window to the other Deep right This is not really a new thought it s a spiritual truism I ve noticed it before on those funny spring days look one way it s dark cloud and ice slate waters Turn my head a little and it s all sunshine and glorious blue sky shimmering ocean and shining seagulls But it s coming home to me in a new way Today I realised what makes the difference It s not solely a matter of turning the gaze It is entirely dependent on what the gaze aligns with What Is My Alignment Do I align with or against the light For instance if I set myself against the source of the light looking upward from below I see small shadows bent on attacking me When I set myself even a little more in line with the source of light the beauty is so stunning it awes me This metaphor for spiritual living is one I m very familiar with although sadly that doesn t make it much easier to accomplish A Happy Life These are the simple directions for happiness and a spiritual life If I want my life to be full of beauty I need to keep my attention focused the right direction I can look at every situation from a higher perspective and see the beauty and the gift of it Then I become able to sense behind it the boundless Love that offers such marvels to me daily This is the spiritual path acknowledging the beauty that lives even within painful experiences Or I can succumb to the temptation to look at circumstances from the bottom up and see only the pain and suffering heading my way This is the path of misery Not to mention disempowerment and despair One might even say evil The Power Of Choice My choice in every moment And the choice is shall I live a spiritual life or a life of suffering This is the wonder of free will I instantly make life joyful or miserable as I choose to align in each moment with the Light or with the Illusion I think I m ready for a new point of view the spiritual point of view My it s beautiful here Wicca Tips Pre Yule Celebrating the Light By Honouring the Sacred Dark Ah the deep of winter Yule nears but the long dark days still reign After the cleansing the letting go that Samhain offers we now bask in the spaciousness we ve created In these wonderfully dark months we enjoy the peace and stillness of the slowing year Well that s the theory Read More Ask The Priestess How Important Is the God in Wicca Dear Priestess I was just wondering if as a Wiccan do you place more emphasis on the Goddess or do you see

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  • Writing Your Grimoire (Grimoires Pt 2) * A Year & A Day to Becoming a Wiccan
    you were sure of you ve worked with it you re probably not going to want to change it you re sure of its accuracy You can have both books if it appeals to you but for the purpose of this course I ll assume you just have one Book of Shadows Grimoire and I ll use the two terms interchangeably to mean the same thing Unless stated otherwise So whenever the course says to write in your Book of Shadows you ll probably want to write it in your Grimoire because by the time you finish each lesson it won t be theoretical or unclear to you You can decide when any piece of information should go in which book Your Encyclopedia of Wicca If you could get your hands on an encyclopedia that explained everything you want to know about Wicca and magick you d jump at the chance wouldn t you It s worth a lot to have such a resource And you can make it for yourself But surely it s more mysterious than that Surely it would be better to get a Book of Shadows from someone who really knows what they re doing instead of making it up as a beginner It s so tempting to think that we don t know enough we re not good enough It s normal to wish to have some high potency secret super Grimoire that an expert wrote Here s the thing In Wicca we are all the experts on our own experiences Every Wiccan is their own priest priestess In Wicca you are your own spiritual authority This is one of the chief doctrines of Wicca I know that goes against probably everything you ve ever been taught And I know there are people out there writing Grimoires for sale You don t need them In this course you will learn what you need to know You will not be writing as an expert on Wicca not this year but if you don t start now you won t be writing as an expert any year And there will be truth and authority in what you write from your own experience Over time your increased skill will make your Book of Shadows a worthy text for your Wiccan practice Have a little faith in yourself Have a little patience a little compassion for you as a newbie This is how you develop your Power Trust me it ll be well worth it in the long run Writing Is Magick Remember how the written word is a form of magick You might think that this means you should write print your Book of Shadows by hand And you d be right See you re really very good at this Some people will say differently Some will tell you that you can type your notes keep a digital Grimoire on a computer or even print out other people s notes and put them in your Book of Shadows

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  • Book of Mirrors (Grimoires: Part 3) * A Year & A Day to Becoming a Wiccan
    not foreseeing what actually will happen but what you will experience in the next day or so This is confusing so let me give you an example One man dreamt that he was reading in a newspaper that said there was a volcanic eruption and 2 000 people died 2 The next morning he read in his paper that there was a volcanic eruption but 2 000 people didn t die in it 200 did He didn t realise until later that he had misread the number when he read the paper he thought it said 2 000 So his dream didn t predict what actually happened it remembered what he thought happened He dreamt about his day which is ordinary enough except when he dreamt about it it hadn t happened yet 2 This comes from a most fascinating book An Experiment With Time Studies in Consciousness by J W Dunne I can t remember the exact details but this gives the idea It s a truly intriguing book with all kinds of dream experiments in it and instructions on how to learn to do them yourself sing it I learnt to recognise at least sometimes when I m dreaming forward myself I highly recommend it it s one of my favourite books of all time if you ll pardon the pun This is common to everyone according to Dunne s studies and happens perhaps daily Why then don t we know about it Because the brain is wired to simply not notice such glitches in our sense of time as an arrow moving only in one direction Even when it s incredibly blatant What Does This Have to Do with a Book of Mirrors One of the ways we can learn to detect this kind of thing is

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  • Your Book of Shadows (Grimoires: Part 4) * A Year & A Day to Becoming a Wiccan
    to participate in that Then be still and open your mind see if a feeling comes to you If you feel positive things like an expansion in your chest or tingling or warmth or happiness that s a yes If you feel negative things like constriction or coldness or resistance that s a no You may even feel or hear a clear yes or no You may not get a clear answer after all you re just starting out But it s good to ask and go with your intuition Making Your Own Some people like to hand make their own Book of Shadows If you want to make your own from scratch you might want to keep in mind these benefits and drawbacks Pluses You have much more control over the appearance of the book cover styles colour of pages It can be completely personalized You can use more natural ingredients instead of chemicals e g making your own glue You can add part of you e g blood hair tears It will be infused with your energy You can create it with Love Way more control over appearance and number of pages Minuses Only a few sizes are possible because of the size of paper you can buy Can t be sure how well it will hold up over time since it s one of a kind It s difficult to make a book with lined pages It can be difficult to trim the page edges so that they are even People may be more inclined to examine it say if it s on a shelf in your living room because it looks more interesting than normal books Here are some resources that can help There are many ways to make your own book though so don t feel limited by these How to Make a Simple Hardcover Book Bookbinding 101 Your First Book Free Online Bookbinding Books This site offers a free PDF for lined pages that you can customise somewhat A Few Handmaking Books Tips You might also try washi a beautiful strong Japanese paper that you should be able to find in most good craft stores You can use very thin coloured ribbon or a nice yarn to make the binding as well using a big eyed needle Start sewing from the outside leaving enough ribbon hanging to at least touch the bottom of the book more if you want the ends to dangle prettily Then take the ribbon out to the back through the middle hole and right back in through it again looping the ribbon over the long one hanging at the back to hold it in place Then out the bottom hole Tie the two ends together snug to the bottom of the book This also gives the opportunity to decorate the bottom of the ribbons with any beads or whatever you like Waxed dental floss also makes a good binding thread An alternative to hand stitching is to use a sewing

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  • Purification & Blessing Your Grimoire (Book of Shadows Part 5) * A Year & A Day
    Take some salt preferably chunky sea salt and sprinkle it on your Book of Shadows the front and the back Let the excess fall to the cloth With your heart full of this intention say something like By the power of the Earth and the living waters of the Goddess be this book cleansed By the blood of the Mother Creatrix be this book sanctified Blessed Be 4 You can say more if you like If it helps you to feel the magick you can make up something to say in rhyme 5 When you feel that the salt has completed this task dust it off onto the cloth Hold the book up so that the light of the candle shines on it Careful not to get it too close and singe it Shining the light on both front and back say something like By the breath and fire of the living light of the God be this book purified By the light of Pure Consciousness I dedicate this book to the path of Wicca and the wisdom of Divinity Blessed Be When you feel this is complete offer thanks for the blessings of the Divine that have helped you with your task Your purification and blessing of your Grimoire is complete Extinguish the candle Gather the cloth up to hold the salt and carry it to the sink Let the salt go down the sink to rejoin the waters of the Ocean 3 Any candle will do even a tealight Try to get a white or light coloured one if possible though It s preferable to use a healthy candle unscented and made of beeswax or soy Make sure to keep it away from flammables on a dish or something to collect wax spills and never leave a candle

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  • Using Your Book of Shadows (Grimoires Part 6) * A Year & A Day Becoming a Wiccan
    newbies always wonder what tools they have to have They ve heard of athames and wands and such and wonder if they can be Wiccan without them We ll talk about them later in the course In my opinion there are absolutely no tools necessary for Wicca You can be a Wiccan with only your mind if that s all you have But if there were one tool that I d say is most valuable especially for beginners I d say it s your Grimoire Every other tool can be substituted by other things like your bare hand But the Book of Shadows is where you gather everything you know about being Wiccan What could be more important than that A Wiccan Initiate Needs To Know 1 What is the purpose of a Book of Shadows 2 What is the difference between a Grimoire and a Book of Shadows 3 When most Wiccans say Grimoire they mean 4 What is the best way to keep notes for your Grimoire by hand or by computer Why 5 Is it better to buy a published Grimoire or to make your own Why 6 What s the most important preparation to do with your new Book of Shadows 7 What goes in a Book of Shadows 8 Where should your Grimoire be stored 9 Why should your Grimoire be kept secret 10 Do all Wiccans need to have a Book of Mirrors 11 What is a Book of Mirrors 12 Is a Book of Mirrors necessary for Wicca 13 What are the benefits of keeping a Book of Mirrors Wiccan Adventure of the Week Getting Your Book of Shadows ü Find something to use for a Grimoire and do whatever you need to make it ready decorating numbering the pages for easy reference etc ü If you re wanting a special pen choose one now if possible ü Do a purifying blessing on them ü If you haven t already put in the notes from the previous 2 weeks do so now ü Make notes from this week on what is important or what you as a Wiccan will need to remember ü You may also wish to make note of questions you still have so you can make sure to get them answered sometime Your Spiritual Journal ü If you don t have a journal already or you d like to have a specific Book of Mirrors find something for this purpose ü As with your Grimoire prepare and decorate if desired your Book of Mirrors purify and bless it ü Make notes of how your first few weeks of Wicca study have been for you Although it s early in the process you might notice some change in what you feel as you do these exercise what you think about Wicca or the Earth your level of devotion and intention and focus increased feelings of well being and happiness or other effects of pursuing a spiritual path Record these thoughts and

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  • The New Paradigm: Peak Into Our Wiccan-Friendly Future * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    kindness most That s why I have such hope for the future because the power to switch to kindness lives in each person We re not dependent on governments or corporations to fix things They will be the LAST ones to value kindness because they are institutions not beings They do not have a beating heart or a divine soul except what people bring to them But when we the billions of people who make up the world value kindness above all the world will be transformed And this is already happening in huge numbers Personal Empowerment and Responsibility We are becoming aware at last of our power to create our world For millennia we ve been told that the world is what happens to us Finally we know better This means we can finally become co creators of reality It also means that we are taking authority back into our own hands For so long we ve abdicated our responsibilities Someone else was always in charge Someone else was always at fault We wanted all our rights but didn t want to acknowledge the rights of others The days of buck passing are over There s nowhere left for it to go Now we are learning to acknowledge that the outside world is but a mirror of what is inside us Each of us All of us And what we are what we do is our own choice No one can make us be or do anything we don t agree to Outside authority has lost its power over us We are now meant to go directly to the highest authority the Divine Source Or if you prefer our Heart centered awareness Honouring the Divinity of the Feminine Without getting into gender politics I think we can all agree that it s been very much a man s world for the past several thousand years and that this has not been without its costs Very high costs When you take the values of the Feminine out of the equation you lose balance Without compassion nurturing acceptance cherishing selflessness etc you end up with things like Ecological destruction Endless pointless wars Random violence Poverty homelessness lack of basic care Unbridgeable divisions between us and them in every form Racism sexism homophobia agism and all the other isms of a divided society The devaluation and abuse of the body including one s own body Exploitation and abuse of women and children animals nature and pretty much everything that can be exploited and abused I might get into trouble listing those qualities of the Divine Feminine without explanation but trust that I have good reasons for them The point here is that the 2012 Transition is very much about reintegrating these Feminine values back into the world And not a moment too soon if you ask me The Hippie Generation Does all this seem very Flower Power y to you That s not a coincidence The Hippie Generation had the first inkling

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  • Dragonsong Dictionary of Spirit * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    mean We Need a Dictionary For Our Times As the Earth evolves into the New Paradigm the rebirth of the Goddess our vocabulary is evolving too We are using words in novel ways to reflect our deepening understanding of the spiritual nature of life And new words are being coined for concepts we ve never needed before That s why I ve collected for you in one volume new words and concepts being used today with penetrating insight into their deepest spiritual meanings to be your guide to the new spiritual communications The Dragonsong Dictionary of Spirit contains revolutionary definitions and explorations of common and not so common spiritual and Wiccan terms explanations that are aligned with the New Paradigm the Divine Feminine and the spiritually reborn Earth When you want a quick guide to what a spiritual term means and what to do with it this is where you can come This Page Is Still Being Developed Please Check Back Again Thanks Home New Stuff Wiccan e Course Book of Shadows Silver Chalice Zine Blog Wicca Supplies Wicca School Totem Animals ebook Psychic Soul Reading Yule Songs Carols Wicca Store Books Etc Affirmation CDs Mandala Drawing Kit Beginners FAQs

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