Storing Your Magickal Supplies

If you’re anything like me, over time you have accumulated a mixed collection of herbs, oils and incenses. What do you do with it all? Stuff everything into a shoebox, still in their original packages? Or display it on an altar?

spells supplies and witchcraft altars
Where do you store your personal altar supplies?

Whatever your storage method, you might want to think about what is best for the items, rather than what is best for you. Herbs can go stale, oils can go rancid and incense turn bland and dusty, if left in the wrong conditions for any length of time. Continue reading “Storing Your Magickal Supplies”

Who Was Gerald Gardner?

bio of gerald gardner and Wicca
So who was Gerald Gardner?

As the founder of modern-day Wicca, the life of Gerald Gardner is a very interesting and magickal one.

Gardner was born in 1884, in Blundellands, England. He was the son of a local justice of the peace, and had three brothers.

His family was no stranger to witchcraft. One of his ancestors was burned as a witch in 1610, and even Gardner’s own grandfather married a women who was rumoured to be a witch.

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On Solitary Wicca

Let me first say that there is no solid answer to this question, and much of this article is my own opinion.

Wicca was created by Gerald Gardner in the early 1950s. In its original form, coven membership was required simply because that was the only way to learn about it. Today, many traditionalists continue to feel this way. That the religion is designed to be practiced in a group. Coven membership is simply part of how the religion is defined. Continue reading “On Solitary Wicca”

Knot Magick

Knot magick (also called cord magick) is a form of spellwork that is less well-known than some others, but is no less powerful.

knot magick in spellwork

The only material you need to perform a knot spell is a cord of some kind. Anything will do, but make sure it is long enough to hold all your knots and the material of the cord should be natural. Craft shops are great sources for lengths of cord made from silk, cotton, hemp, leather, wool or even ribbon. Choose a colour to match the intention of the spell. Continue reading “Knot Magick”

Practicing Magick Skyclad

witchcraft and doing skyclad rituals

Going skyclad is a traditional expression for performing rituals naked, in the nude, in your birthday suit, in the buff, unclothed, disrobed… you get the picture. It’s not as common a practice today as it once was, but many traditional (Gardnerian) covens still operate this way. Continue reading “Practicing Magick Skyclad”

Your Pagan Label

This has come up so many times in conversationĀ that I thought I would do a more official write up. The problem is that some people have great difficulty understanding what it means to be Wiccan, and get quite upset when someone tells them they are not.

The root of the issue comes from the mistaken idea that Wicca is about following your heart and creating your own unique spiritual path as you see fit. That would be a fine way to view Paganism in general, but not Wicca. Continue reading “Your Pagan Label”

The Cauldron

Though the cauldron is often associated with witches and witchcraft, it’s not really a common tool. Cauldrons can be hard to find, large to store and not all the necessary for most rituals.

A typical or traditional cauldron is cast-iron with three legs, but you don’t need to be bound by this form or material. Depending on how you plan on using it, your cauldron should be both fire-resistant and water-tight. Continue reading “The Cauldron”

The Beltane Maypole

Among the various symbols of Beltane frivolity, the Maypole is probably the most well known, even to non-Pagans.

On the surface, the tall Maypole is simply a phallic symbol to reflect the fertility of the season. But it originates with the ancient Irish story of the Bile Pole. The Bile Pole was a sacred tree of life that grew up through the Earth to join the Heavens above and the Otherworld beneath. A similar story to the Norse tree, Yggdrasil.

history of the beltane maypole

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