A Pagan View of the Afterlife

pagan view of the afterlife

I have found when people are curious about Paganism, one of the first things they ask is “What do you believe happens when you die?” It’s a valid question and seems to be important to people. So here is an outline of a very generalized Pagan view on the afterlife.

Before I get started, I would just like to point out that there is no single or set doctrine among Wiccans when it comes to the details of the afterlife. Some other Pagan paths do have a more specific mythology about it, which I mention in more detail at the end of this page.

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New Wiccan Traditions

Many of the Wiccan traditions are very well-known and well-established, such as the Gardnerian, Reclaiming, or Dianic traditions. These trads have a history and documented background, giving them a strong sense of authenticity. And to be clear, I’m using the term “traditions” in the sense of different paths within Wicca, much like Christian denominations. I don’t mean “traditions” as in activities and rituals that they do regularly.

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Holly King and Oak King

The Holly King and the Oak King are part of Celtic mythology, and they represent two sides to the Greenman, or Horned God.

Holly king and oak king mythology

They battle twice a year, once at Yule and once at Midsummer (Litha) to see who would rule over the next half of the year. At Yule, the Oak King wins and at Litha, the Holly King is victorious. In other words, the Oak King rules over the lighter half of the year, and the Holly King over the darker half. The change from one to the other is a common theme for rituals at Yule, and also at Midsummer.

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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”