Saturday, October 30, 2010
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Sunday, March 14, 2010
Best Night: Friday
Best Moon: Full
Things you will need:
1 sheet of lined paper(or parchment paper if available)
1 Red pen or marker
1 letter envelope
your favorite perfume
your favorite shade of red lipstick
a few Pink or Red flower petals
Write out the qualities you want in a lover on the sheet of paper using the pen.
Next spritz the paper with your perfume.
Fold the paper and place it in the envelope.
Now take the flower petals, hold them in your RIGHT hand. Envision yourself happy and in love, squeezing the petals tight in your hand. Keep envisioning this scene.
Drop the petals into the envelope. Seal the envelope closed and seal the whole spell with a kiss. Apply the red lipstick and kiss the envelope!!
Place in a safe place. NEVER open it again, if you do this will break the spell.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
7 Day jar candles come in all different makes and sizes including beeswax, soy, and plain paraffin wax. The common element in all jar candles is that the wax is self contained within a glass jar that not only keeps the wax from spilling out and making a mess when being burned but it also allows the candle to stay safely lit for several days in a row.
7 day jar candles can be used as a compliment with your other ritual tools or it can be used as a stand alone tool for a single ritual or spell. 7 day jar candles do come in various different flavors and intents such as for love, protection, energy release, astral travel, and many others.
There is no set restriction in using a 7 day jar candle and an individual can use them in several different ways. We will explain two of the more common methods for using these ritual candles in a ritual or spell.
7 Day Jar Candle Ritual Examples:
The first easier method to use a 7 day jar candle is to sit Indian style on the floor while having the candle placed in front of you about arms length away. Light the candle using your own symbolic meaning and once lit close your eyes and begin to meditate on your intention. If for example your ritual is for a new love then begin to imagine and FEEL the feelings of love and joy you would have being with another person in a happy relationship. It is important that the images you project within your mind are clear and strong and that feelings you radiate are POWERFUL.
Meditate in this fashion for 10-20 minutes and when you feel the energy coursing through you open your eyes and begin to stare into the candle flame once again imagining those images within your mind and feeling those feelings you would have. As you stare into the flame place your hands gently on either side of the 7 day jar candle so that your palms are flat against the glass container.
Begin to transfer your energies from yourself through your body, into your hands, and then into the candle itself. This transfer of energy will ensure that candle is charged and while it burns it will release that contained energy that you have transferred into the candle.
After several minutes of transferring your energy remove your hands and once again close your eyes. Begin your own way and methods of closing out your ritual and dispersing the energy that you built up during the ritual from your body.
Do NOT snuff out the candle and be sure that it remains lit. Pick up the lit jar candle and place it somewhere safe so that it will not topple or fall over such as a high dresser with a flat surface.
Keep the candle lit for seven straight days and try to ensure that it does not snuff out as the burning candle flame is releasing the energy you placed into the candle slowly over those seven days.
After seven days you can safely snuff out the flame of the candle and once that is done we would suggest that you wrap the candle in a dark cloth so it is completely covered and either store it away some where safe or you can bury it into the earth some where such as your back yard.
The other method for a 7 day jar candle is to perform the ritual as we described above but instead of keeping it lit for seven straight days you will perform this example ritual every night for seven straight days snuffing out the flame after each ritual. Therefor you would perform the above ritual and when you are finished you would snuff out the flame. The next night you would repeat this process and keep doing so until it has been seven days in a row.
Some things to watch out for while your 7 day jar candle is lit is the following:
If your candle is burning very quickly then this means that the energy you placed into the candle is extremely strong and it is quickly burning through the candle. This is not bad, this just means that the energy is being released faster and will come back to you more quickly as well (typically within two weeks).
If the candle is being burned slowly this means that the energy is being released slowly and evenly and will come back around to you gently and over time (typically within 30-60 days)
If the jar of the candle cracks while it is lit then this is a very bad sign and means that something went wrong during the ritual. If this happen you MUST remove the candle from your home and bury it immediately as the candle has been tainted with negative energy and if you leave it in your home it could bring about that negative energy onto you.
7 day jar candles can certainly aid you in many ways. And with so many different candles to choose from you certainly will not run out of any ideas on how to use them as they can be used for almost any situation in your life.
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Thursday, February 18, 2010
Alex ‘King of the Witches’ Sanders
Alex Sanders was an English showman who knew what to do and say in order to get public recognition, even if it was not quite the truth. Alex claimed to have been initiated into Witchcraft by his grandmother while he was still a boy, having accidentally walked in on her while she was working ritual. According to one account, he claimed to have received his Book of Shadows (a very close copy of Gardner’s) by the age of nine.
In retrospect, it does not take long to see that Sanders’ claim does not quite fit with the history. The book that Sanders would have received was not written until at least 15 years after he claims to have received it. It appears that what most likely happened was that Alex Sanders had been a practicing ceremonial magickian when he, sometime around 1963, connected with a person from Gardnerian practice who provided him with a Book of Shadows. A few minor
modifications to the Gardnerian Book of Shadows and it became the ‘Alexandrian’ Book of Shadows.
From there the details are vague, but by 1965, only a year after Gardner’s passing, Alex Sanders was getting media exposure based on his claim to having nearly 2,000 practicing Witches in over 100 covens. Supposedly, it was these Witches who insisted that he take on the role of ‘King of the Witches’. Of course, this claim appears to have been fabricated as a way to take over where Gardner had left off as spokesperson for Witchcraft. It was through this series of events that Alexandrian Tradition was the first tradition to break away from Gardnerian. Alex gained much publicity through flamboyant media exposure in the late 1960s. Alex seemed to have quite a lot of luck getting young, firm and quite naked young female Witches to pose for media photographers. Of course, the media had a field day with this. Sensationalist stories about Witchcraft with nude pictures are a great way to sell newspapers. If a pretty girl can sell anything, it certainly worked for Alex Sanders, and what he was selling was himself. Soon Alex was a celebrity, and his media exposure brought thousands into the Alexandrian Tradition of Wicca.
While Alex Sanders was busy in England, Ray Buckland was, rather quietly in comparison, bringing Gardnerian practice to the United States. From the mid 1960s forward, he and his wife seeded Gardnerian Craft from their home in New York. In 1969 his first book on Witchcraft A Pocket Guide to the Supernatural was released, followed shortly after by Witchcraft Ancient and Modern. Ray’s contribution to the development of Wicca far exceeds his seeding Gardnerian Craft in the United States.
Paganism Splits Away From Wicca
Unless you are completely new to NeoPagan Witchcraft, you have probably noticed that there is a fairly strong following of a religion called ‘Paganism’ that very closely resembles Gardnerian derived Witchcraft (Wicca). The fact that ‘Paganism’ exists as a singular religion is a curiosity because none of the definitions of Pagan refers to a singular religion, hence there should be no religion referred to as Paganism.
Since many aspects of this ‘Paganism’ are clearly from sources other than the old religions of Europe and closely parallels Gardnerian Craft, it is clear that Gardnerian practice was the source. How this came about is still a mystery to many. In my research, I have discovered what happened. I suspect that very few of the Pagans who practice this Gardnerian derived ‘Paganism’ religion are even aware that their religion is based on Gardnerian practice. Gardnerian practice requires formal training and initiation to ‘become’ a Witch.
In the United States during the late 1960s it was painfully clear that there was no way to meet the demand for training into Wicca using conventional methods.
Something needed to be done that would allow the masses entry level access to
the practice of Wicca. It was a violation of the ‘law’ of Gardnerian practice to simply package up instructions including a real Book of Shadows. In addition, without initiation by a High Priest or High Priestess, the person would not really be a Witch anyway (in the eyes of Gardnerian practice). This left the dilemma of how to handle the demand for entrance into Wicca. Somewhere around 1968, the solution was developed.
The plan was to send out a package of very basic instructions1 of a simplified form of Gardnerian Witchcraft without divulging the origin of the material. Since one cannot be a ‘Witch’ without initiation (at that time) then the practice of this simplified version of Witchcraft had to be called something other than Witchcraft. It was decided that the name of the religion would be ‘Paganism’ and the practitioners referred to as Pagans. It appears that, according to the plan, Wiccans were to be the priestly class and Pagans were to be the general populous. An organization that did not identify its origin as from Gardnerian Wicca was created to distribute the training material. From what I can gather, this ‘Paganism’ was quite successful. In fact, it appears to have been a little too successful, because it grew so quickly that it started replacing formal Wiccan coven practice. After all, why study and work through a degreed system to
become a Witch when it was easier to just ‘be’ a Pagan?
There was one person who complicated matters in Wicca, but whose actions eventually led to the general public having access to what they wanted all along, which was Gardnerian material. Her pen name is Lady Sheba. In 1971, Jessie Wicker Bell a.k.a. Lady Sheba sold her Book of Shadows (a close copy of Gardner’s) to a book publisher. Jessie then declared herself “America’s Witch Queen” following in the steps of Alex Sanders, but was never accepted as such. With the release of Lady Sheba’s Book of Shadows, many of the great secrets of Wicca were no longer secret. The laws and rituals, even those never to be divulged except to upper degree initiates, could now be purchased in book form by anyone for $2.95. Obviously, this did not go over well with those in Gardnerian practice.
In the early 1970s, Wicca came to the attention of the academic community and the history of Wicca came under scrutiny. The Lady Sheba Book of Shadows may have been the catalyst for the academic curiosity into Wicca/Witchcraft. The occult academics of the period would have been familiar with the work of Crowley/Regardie and spotted the obvious ‘similarities’ in the Book of Shadows. The result of the scrutiny caused quite a shock. It was revealed that major aspects of Wicca were either recently written or borrowed from Freemasonry, Ceremonial Magick and the books of Margaret Murray, Charles Leland, Israel Regardie and Aleister Crowley among others.
At the time, people practicing Wicca believed that Wicca was authentic Ancestral Witchcraft and thousands of years old. You can imagine their shock when they found out that this was not the case. At first there was a lot of academic bashing denying what was being said, then many felt betrayed and lied to by the Wiccan community. This began the downfall of the popularity of Gerald Gardner, a name that is now nearly a dirty word in the NeoPagan community, despite his
role as a founder in the movement.
Reformed Traditional Wicca is Born
It was in the mid-1970s that Reformed Traditional Wicca as we now know it today was being born. The father was none other than Raymond Buckland. The book The Tree: Complete Book of Saxon Witchcraft (Weiser, 1974) introduced revolutionary concepts into Wicca, the most significant being that it was possible to create a new tradition. The book was so revolutionary that many consider it the birth of modern Wicca. This book was the introduction of the modern tradition, Seax-Wica. Wicca was ripe for change, and the creation of Seax-Wica marked the turningpoint. Wicca began heading away from coven practice, ritual nudity, coven initiation, and emphasis on ritual magick, toward the Wicca we know today with solitary practice, self-initiation and emphasis on the spiritual aspects of the religion.
By the late 1970s, Reformed Traditional Wicca was in full swing. Several traditions followed Buckland’s lead in breaking away and established themselves as alternative forms of Wiccan practice.
Feminist Wicca is Born
It was also in this time period (late 1970s) when the feminist movement latched
onto the Goddess aspect of Wicca as a female oriented alternative to male dominated Christianity. Several feminist traditions started and with a bit of creative writing shifted their flavor of Wicca away from balance toward female deity domination.
Starhawk Breaks New Ground with Spiral Dance
Modern Wicca had another boost in available information in the late 70s from Starhawk. Her book Spiral Dance from 1979 has been required reading for hundreds of thousands of Wiccan students for over 20 years.
Janet & Stewart Farrar
If modern Wicca’s father was Raymond Buckland, then its Aunt and Uncle were none other than Janet and Stewart Farrar. Their books from the 1970s and beyond were a rich source of information in this, the middle era of Wicca. Janet and Stewart’s lineage is from Alexandrian tradition, although their writing leans heavily toward Gardnerian practice. One of their collaborators was Doreen Valiente whose lineage in Gardnerian Craft goes back to 1953. I suspect that their books in the mid 1980s were the solidifying force tying together all the haphazard information into cohesive form. To this day, their books are authoritative even among the most conservative Wiccans.
Eclectic Wicca is Born
With the late 1980s came an opportunity to make huge piles of money selling books teaching Wicca. With the new crop of authors came a new crop of confusion. If Wiccans are no longer going to practice in covens, why did they even need a tradition? Many of the late 1980s books fail to mention that there was even such a thing as traditions in Wicca, let alone describe the history accurately. The prevailing attitude became “Who needs a tradition? Let’s do whatever we want and call it Wicca!”
New Age Wicca
By the 1990s the book publishers were treating Wicca as a “New Age” religionand other practices having nothing to do with Wicca started being mixed in. Soon there were pentacle wearing Wiccans with Native American spirit guides, studying Yoga chakras, and practicing Reiki (an eastern healing technique).
Fluffy Bunny Wicca is Born
The 1990s was also the start of a dark time for Wicca. While it was a boom to the number of people claiming to be Wiccan, it was also the birth of the “Fluffy Bunny” many Wiccans of this decade’s generation were the most poorly educated and least dedicated of any group of Wiccans to date. Wicca Today Over the years, Wicca has mutated or developed from a secretive mystical coven practiced tradition to a modern alternative religion with solitary practice and self-initiation.
Although the history of Wicca has been tarnished by individuals of questionable character, the potential for it to shine does exist. That potential can be made reality if those in Wiccan practice shine as individuals, which when combined will be the shimmer of a respectable religion.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Wiccan history is intensely complex and can be a little confusing. Two things to
keep in mind when reading: The term Wicca is defined herein as a form of NeoPagan Witchcraft based on the Witchcraft revival of Gerald Gardner and his group in the 1940s. The term Witchcraft is a much broader term referring to practices ranging from ancient to modern.
The Roman Occupation
Europe had religions before the invasion of the Roman Empire. The specifics are beyond the scope of this book. One thing important to note is that pre-Roman Europe had not one, but several religions. A History of Pagan Europe by Prudence Jones & Nigel Pennick covers a broad range of the old European cultures and their religions.
Published Routledge; (March 1997)
The Roman Empire gradually invaded and occupied Europe around 100 CE. At this time, the official religion of the Empire was still based on the Roman Pantheon (Greco-Roman Gods). European religions were not exactly displaced by the Roman invasion; many of the old religions were merged with Greco-Roman practices, but some survived semi-intact. Around 250 CE Christians were starting to get into positions of power in the Roman Empire. Although there were attempts to stop it, Christianity became the official religion of the Empire around 390 CE. With the Roman Empire in power in Europe, Christianity spread through the nobility and upper class. In the peasant class and in the rural areas the old religions survived,although perhaps in a form mutated by the Greco-Roman Pantheon.
The peasant and rural practice of the old religions continued like this for hundreds of years. This appears to have been accepted by the Christians because it was not proving to be a problem. However, by the 10th century it had become enough of a problem to get recognition. In 906, the official church policy (as stated in Canon Episcopi) was that these people were confused and “perverted by Satan” and that no one should follow them. This was the birth of the fictitious concept of “diabolical witchcraft”, namely witches worshipping Satan. Keep in mind a commonly accepted theory is that it was not Satan who was being worshiped, but rather the gods of the old religions. To the Christian Church, the old Pagan gods and Satan were the same.
The Dark Ages
By the 15th century things had changed for the worse. Pope Innocent VIII issued
a formal declaration that anyone accused of consorting with demons (practicing
anything other than Christianity) was to be arrested and tried (tortured convicted and
executed). That began what many call “the Burning Times”. The torture at the hands of the
Christians was unspeakable. It is not clear how many of those executed for “consorting” were actually practicing the old religions. It is very likely that some if not most of those found to be “consorting” were either unpopular people or those accused so they could be eliminated and their wealth and property seized.
The spread of the Burning Times into the United States is evident in the Salem trials of 1692. It is very unlikely that any of those accused, convicted, and executed for the crime of diabolical witchcraft were practicing anything of the sort. It is likely that it was just a symptom of the Christian paranoia at the time. 19th Century The 19th Century brings us to the early stirrings of Wicca. In the 1800s and early 1900s, historians and scholars, and I use the terms loosely, started researching and speculating about the practices of Witchcraft and the Witch trials of the earlier centuries. Some authors expressed that during the ‘Burning Times’ a form of an ancient fertility religion had been flourishing and was being systematically stamped out by Christianity which feared being overthrown. In almost all cases the academic quality of the research was... and I am being nice here... definitely substandard.
Gerald Gardner, Grandfather of Wicca
Gerald Gardner was an Englishman, a civil servant, and amateur anthropologist.Gardner had an interest in religion, the occult, and magick. Gardner studied a great deal on these topics, anything he could get his hands on, including much of the “research” mentioned above. In 1939 (after his retirement) Gardner made friends with, and was initiated into, the New Forest coven. The exact nature of the New Forest coven is uncertain, although it appears to have been a subgroup of occultists from a Rosicrucian theatre. Many books state or imply that ‘Old Dorothy Clutterbuck’ was the High Priestess of the New Forest Coven.
The best information available to date indicates that Old Dorothy was involved in the theatre, did own the house where the coven practiced, but was not involved herself. In 1947, Gerald Gardner was introduced to Aleister Crowley and the two had a few meetings that spring. Gardner had an interest in Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) which is, to my understanding, a magickal order1. In this year, Gardner received, most likely purchased, a charter from Crowley to start an O.T.O. encampment with the intent of reviving interest in the organization. It appears that Gardner had little luck in gaining an O.T.O. following or perhaps had a change of heart regarding promoting O.T.O.
Shortly after his return from a trip to the United States, Gardner’s emphasis appears to have shifted back to his earlier interest of Witchcraft. Somewhere in this period, most likely 1947-48, Gardner created a manuscript known as Ye Bok of Ye Art Magical possibly based on the operational grimoire from New Forest Coven. In today’s’ terms Ye Bok was the very first Book of Shadows, and its creation marks the beginning of Orthodox Traditional Wicca. In 1949, Gardner released High Magic’s Aid, which was a fictitious novel most likely based on the ritual in Ye Bok of Ye Art Magical. Although the book was a bit of a flop, it did establish Gardner as a known individual in the occult circles. It was also in this period when Gardner left New Forest Coven and started his own coven based on Ye Bok of Ye Art Magical. That new coven was the first Wiccan coven.It is possible that both of these events happening so closely together was not by coincidence. One theory has it that Gardner may have been thrown out of the New Forest Coven because of his writing the book.
At the time of the creation of the first ‘Wiccan’ coven, the religion was not called Wicca.It was referred to as Witchcraft or ‘The Old Religion’. In 1951 after the repeal of the last of the witchcraft laws in England, Gardner went public as a witch and started giving interviews as the ‘resident witch’ at a Museum of Witchcraft. In 1953 Gardner bought the Museum and shortly after met Doreen Valiente. Doreen initiated into his coven and shortly after became High Priestess. Doreen opposed how much of Gardner’s Book of Shadows was ‘borrowed’ from Aleister Crowley. Doreen helped rewrite sections of it developing the 1953 Book of Shadows to be used for years to come. Wiccan ritual (circa 1953) actually bore little resemblance to Ancestral Witchcraft because so much of the practice was ‘borrowed’ from other sources. Few Wiccans even today realize just how much of Wicca is not from Witchcraft. Here is an incomplete list of aspects of Wicca, which are known or believed to have been derived from sources other than Witchcraft:the degree system to reach Priest/Priestess status the term ‘The Craft’
· the term ‘Book of Shadows’
· the pentagram symbol
· the tool ‘athame’
· ritual in a cast circle
· altar at the center of the circle
· use of incense in a circle
· entering a circle from the northeast
· calling the quarters
· the elements Earth, Air, Fire and Water at the quarters
· most of the unnamed Goddess/God theology
· several of the rituals
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
A charged amulet spell based on a system of Magick known as Ritual Magick. It
falls under the category of tasked energy magick.
· Pentacle (altar tile)
· Water bowl,
· Salt bowl,
· Goddess Candle,
· God Candle,
· Incense, and incense burner
Setup the altar in traditional fashion. Light the incense and let it fill the area around the altar. The incense serves as a cue that the space is being transitioned to magickal space.
Face East and say “Yae to the guardian of the East, join me and charge this area with the wisdom and energy of Air”.
Face South and say “Yae to the guardian of the South, join me and charge this
area with the wisdom and energy of Fire”.
Face West and say “Yae to the guardian of the West, join me and charge this area with the wisdom and energy of Water”.
Face North and say “Yae to the guardian of the North, join me and charge this area with the wisdom and energy of Earth”.
Calling the quarters
Some see this as drawing on the elements for energy in creating the circle. Others see it as a summoning of the elemental spirits for participation in ritual. Some with a background in Kaballah might be inclined to see it as summoning the Archangels.
Lighting quarter candles is common in some traditions. Some also ring a bell
and/or draw an invoking pentagram symbol with an athame. Take the athame from the altar and point it at the ground while drawing a circle on the ground starting at north and going clockwise (east, then south, then west, and then back to north). Set the athame back on the altar.
Casting the circle
The athame is used to direct energy to the perimeter and build the circle around you. Visualization of the stream of energy triggers the stream to flow. Pacing can be a little difficult. Sometimes moving too fast will leave it feeling half formed, while moving too slow can leave you feeling excessively drained.
Next light the God candle while saying... “oh great horned one of ancient mystery, join me bringing your wisdom and energy.”
Inviting the God to join. Consider the flame of the candle a torch to light his path to the circle or perhaps as a vessel for his spirit.
Next light the Goddess candle while saying... “oh great mother of all of the
universe, join me bringing your wisdom and energy.”
Inviting the Goddess to join. Also as above a torch to light the path or a vessel for
Pick up the acorn and dip it in the salt bowl saying “let this be cleansed with the
purity of earth”.
Before any amulet is charged with tasked energy, it is normally consecrated
(cleansed). The salt is symbolic of the element of earth and seen as a natural
Dip the acorn in the water bowl saying “let this be cleansed with the purity of
This is the second half of the consecration. This time it is with the symbology of
the element of water, another natural purifier.
Set the acorn back on the pentacle.
The altar plate is the focal point of most altar-oriented rituals.
Touch both the candles (not the flames) drawing the divine energy into you. See yourself as glistening with white sparkly light.
Drawing divine energy. At this point, you are essentially tapping into the spirits of the Goddess and God. The drawing process is in a way like sipping on a straw except you are sipping with your fingers. The visualization of white sparkly light represents the charge of energy.
Pick up the acorn and hold it in your right hand. Visualize that sparkly energy going into the acorn. When you can see it in your mind’s eye, repeat the following 13 times:
“balanus, bona, phylacterium”
Pushing the tasked energy into the acorn. It is important to focus on tasking the energy at least as much as pushing the energy into the acorn. Tasking can be done with symbology or with words symbolizing the task. balanus is Latin for acorn, chestnut or date bona is Latin for good phylacterium is Latin for “to watch or guard”
Basically the phrase means “acorn good guard”. It isn’t an ancient phrase, nor need it be.
The repetition of the phrase 13 times is significant as the indication of the tasking process while charging. 13 times was chosen as plenty (perhaps excessive) and with the mystical association of 13 moons in a year and perceived by some as a lucky number.
Set the acorn down in the center of the pentacle.
Back to the focal point
Take the wand and draw a circle around the acorn three times saying “Bind this
spell to the amulet, as I will it, so mote it be.” Charging is only half of the task of amulet creation. The second half is binding the energy so it stays in the amulet.
The phrase “as I will it, so mote it be” is extremely common in this type of magickal work in that the magickian is now affirming that the magick will work. Note: mote = will, so the phrase means, “as I wish it, so will it be”.
Snuff the Goddess candle (blowing it out is okay only if you do not have a snuffer) and say “Thank-you M’Lady for your wisdom and energy”.
Thanks to the Goddess. NOT a dismissal, more like a goodbye type of pleasantry.
Snuff the God candle and say “Thank-you M’Lord for your wisdom and energy”.
Thanks to the God. As above, it is a pleasantry.
Face North, bow and say “Thank-you for your wisdom and energy”.
Face West, bow and say “Thank-you for your wisdom and energy”.
Face South, bow and say “Thank-you for your wisdom and energy”.
Face East, bow and say “Thank-you for your wisdom and energy”.
Thanks to the elements. As above, it is a pleasantry.
Cap the incense or douse it in water.
Starts the space on the process of returning to normal. Some people actually “take down” the circle.
As you can see, applying ritual to magickal practice gives it a sense of formality.
Do you need such a ritual to charge an amulet? No, but it may improve your focus.
Another aspect of ritual magick is when a group is working magick together. While free-form magick may be quite easy when you are by yourself, in a group it is far too chaotic. Having someone lead the ritual keeps everyone on the same task.
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Sunday, February 14, 2010
the Goddess and the God. In Wicca, the Goddess and God represent the balance
and harmony of nature, with the two generally being viewed as equals. The
Goddess is symbolized by the moon, the God by the sun.
Even so, Wicca is not as polytheistic as the old religions of Europe, which had
large pantheons of gods and goddesses. To fill in the gaps, the other goddesses
and gods are often included as aspects of (names of, or sides of) the Goddess or
the God. In essence, this is saying that all gods are the God, and all goddesses
are the Goddess. In this way, Wiccans may choose the gods of old that they are
drawn to and it is still perceived as worshiping the same primary deities.
The above refers to Orthodox Traditional Wicca (Wicca in its 1953 form). Some
of today’s traditions have a different theology. Some downplay or completely
eliminate “the God” deity from practice while others welcome the old gods from
Celtic, Greco-Roman, and Egyptian pantheons on their own behalf, without
treating them as aspects of the unnamed goddess and god.
Some descriptions of Wiccan theology may sound sexist compared to what is acceptable today. Wicca is a religion with close ties to both nature and fertility, and the sexes are a vital function of nature. Wicca is not demeaning to either sex. In nature, both sexes are essential to survival.
Because Christianity is a patriarchal religion (male god), people sometimes have
trouble relating to the Wiccan female god, the Goddess. With a little bit of adjusted thought about the role of gods, the Goddess being female can make a lot of sense.
The role of the Goddess is to bring and nurture life, which is very similar to a
woman’s typical role of bearing children and caring for them. All things of life are the children of the Goddess; hence, she is our mother, which relates well with a feminine deity image.
The role of the God is hunter, protector, and provider, which is similar to a man’s
typical role in nature. Another significant role of the God is to fertilize the
Goddess so she can bring life. In their joining, the circle of life is completed and
that which is born lives and dies to be reborn again.
Wicca treats the forces of nature with respect and mysticism. The role of the
Elements Earth, Air, Fire, and Water in Wiccan practice varies by tradition. Some
see them as terrestrial deities, others as aspects of the Goddess and God. The
alignment of the Elements with the directions North, East, South and West plays
a significant role in formal ritual.
Many traditions also regard a 5th element, Spirit. The element Spirit is often seen
as representing the Goddess and God although this too varies by tradition.
Wicca regards nature as sacred and magickal and is very much tied to the earth,
nature and magick. The holidays of Wicca, known as Sabbats, relate to nature
and its seasons, fertility and harvests.
Wicca is unique in that there are no long lists of rules laid down as to how we are
to live our lives. There are only two dogmas in Wicca that are common to all
Wiccan traditions. These two are the Wiccan Rede, and the Law of Threefold
Return. Beyond these two, the individual traditions have their own doctrines
and accepted beliefs.
The Wiccan Rede is “Do as thee will, an harm thee none”. The Law of Threefold
Return is “That which one sends into the world returns to the sender threefold”.
These are detailed in a later chapter.
Book of Shadows
The individual traditions keep their own doctrine of accepted beliefs and
practices known as a Book of Shadows. In Orthodox Wiccan traditions the Book
of Shadows is commonly kept secret and gradually revealed during the process
of the year and a day training. Reformed traditions generally publish their Book
of Shadows for anyone to read. In eclectic practice it is common to keep a scrapbook of personal practice and refer to it as a Book of Shadows. Some traditions also have practitioners keep a spell book which is referred to as a ‘Personal Book of Shadows’. Modern authors often confuse this with the tradition’s Book of Shadows. Most traditions have very specific rules as to what may be added to, or removed from their Book of Shadows.
For a book of shadows and many other supplies to get you started in the wicca faith visit this link:
Altar Supplies & Wiccan Supplies-Moon's Light Magic
Friday, February 12, 2010
We are posting today just some of the over 650+ t-shirt designs we have in stock. These t-shirts are all 100% cotton, hand dyed, and come in a large variety of sizes.
This Dark Cupid T-Shirt depicts a raven haired and black winged angel holding a bow with cupid arrow drawn and ready to shoot. Magnificently detailed the dark blue and black coloration adds to the gothic look of the angel image.
Dark Cupid T-Shirt Specifications:
Top quality 100% cotton shirts.
Hand-dyed and printed in USA
This shirt only comes in this color
Pre Washed Pre Shrunk
Earth friendly dyes
Sizes Available: Adult-M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL
A male vampire haloed by a swarm of bats and his female servants are depicted in dark stunning detail. Flash red background and black coloration of the t-shirt itself makes these blood hungry vampires that much more eye catching.
Vlad T-Shirt Specifications:
Pre-washed, pre-shrunk, 100% cotton
Earth Friendly Dyed
Adult-M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL
On this Celtic Roots Tree of Life T-Shirt the Tree of Life stands strong and proud. The trunk of the tree is designed with intricate Celtic patterns.
Celtic Roots Tree of Life T-Shirt Specifications:
Pre-Washed, Pre-Shrunk 100% Cotton
Earth Friendly Dyes
Adult-M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL
Children-S, M, L, XL
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010
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Monday, January 25, 2010
All of us here at Moon's Light Magic simply fell in love with this book and all of its characters that were so life like and real we came to really care about them and what happened to them on their journeys.
Normally we do not announce a single product like this on our blog but we had to make an exception here with this book.
Here is some more information about the title:
Trials of the Bloodstone is an epic dark fantasy novel that spins a grand tale about a mysterious clan that are seeking to rescue an important member of their society that is being held captive by an unknown powerful entity. They will attempt to rescue their clan member by finding a powerful artifact known as the Bloodstone to aid them in their rescue attempt.
When main character Davarian is assigned the task by his clan to find the Bloodstone he finds himself traveling alongside with a mysterious member of his own society as well as an unlikely band of bounty hunters that he does not trust.
Davarian does not realize however he will find himself knee deep in dragons, alien creatures, and dark evil powers all looking stop him on his quest to secure the Bloodstone and to free his fellow clan member.
Anyone who is interested in epic fantasy, dark fantasy, or fantasy in general will really enjoy this title and we are happy to carry it.
If you would be interested in purchasing Trials of the Bloodstone you can do so here:
Trials of the Bloodstone