Wicca, witchcraft and Paganism are victims of more misconceptions than most other religions. In particular, the new Wiccan religion is very much misunderstood by the general public. If you are confused about some of the things you are hearing about Wicca, here is a little more information to dispel those myths. Continue reading “Top 6 Misconceptions about Wicca”
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”
This has come up so many times in conversation 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”
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”
Knowing the best time to do spellwork can be just as important as how you do the spell itself. Of course, it’s not set in stone that you must do your spell only at the prescribed moment. It’s just one more way to add the right sort of energy to your purpose. Continue reading “How to Time Your Spells”
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.
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.
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.
A recent discussion I’d read in an online forum on nakedness in the Garden of Eden, and the tempting by the snake has got me thinking of how the snake is viewed in various other religions and myths.
When a person thinks about divination, or fortune-telling, they usually think of Tarot cards. Though reading the Tarot is one of the more popular forms of divination, it’s certainly not the only one. For anyone thinking of trying divination, the Tarot may seem a little intimidating. There are 78 cards to learn, not to mention the various ways of spreading them out.
How about trying the pendulum?