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.
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.
The term reconstructionism (or simply recon) can be applied to several different Pagan religions, though it is most often seen with Celtic, Norse or Greek paths.
Wicca is not a recon religion, because of it’s relatively modern origins and the fact that it was created from a combination of other practices. As I just mentioned, the most common recon paths are Celtic Reconstructionism, Hellenismos (Greek), Asatru (Nordic) and Kemetic Faith (Egyptian). Now, keep in mind that just because you worship Norse or Egyptian Gods doesn’t mean you can say you are following their faith. A reconstructionist approach involves much more about the original culture, not just the Deities. Continue reading “What is Reconstructionism”
The Akashic records are a repository of information that exists in the astral realm. It is a complete and thorough record of everything that has ever occured, including the thoughts and feelings of every individual, all through time. Curious?