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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Worlds of Yggdrasil

norse mythology and yggdrasil the world tree
Even if you can’t pronounce it, you have likely heard of the great World Tree called Yggdrasil. It’s part of Norse mythology, and is literally the central part as this ash tree is believed to grow up through of all the various worlds, connecting them.

I’ve always envisioned this tree with its roots in the underworld (Niflheim) and its highest branches in the realm of the Gods (Asgard). Well, that’s not really how it’s laid out after all. There are 3 roots to Yggdrasil, and under each of the roots is one of the mythological worlds: Asgard, Niflheim (or Hel), and Jotenheim. The trunk of the tree runs through the realm of man, Midgard.

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Resin Incense

Not all incense comes in the form of processed sticks or cones. If you want a more natural way to scent your sacred space, you might want to try using resins. Resins are hardened and waxy pieces of tree sap or gum, with the varieties coming from different plants.

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