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Top 13 Samhain Articles at Witchvox|
Join us is celebrating the top 13 articles from your 'Samhain' section here at Witchvox. - Also check out: Samhain Events in your town.
You Call It Hallowe'en... We Call It Samhain by Peg Aloi [304,735 ]
A Brief History of Hallowe'en by Christina Aubin [256,151 ]
Satanic Panic and Black Cats by Wren [65,312 ]
The Lore of the Door by Wren [41,591 ]
Samhain Night by Wren [25,386 ]
The Silver Bough, and Samhain in a Stone Circle by Peg Aloi [20,350 ]
The Mighty Dead, the Beloved Dead and Us by M Macha Nightmare [20,276 ]
My Samhain - by Mark Sosnowski by Moonspider [18,111 ]
Hearken Now, The Darkness Comes! - by Lark by Lark [16,491 ]
The Halloween Witch: Should We Be Offended? by Crow Tarot Lady [15,444 ]
Why I Love Samhain by M Macha Nightmare [14,268 ]
Ancestors by Christina Aubin [11,980 ]
Samhain in the Shadow of Halloween by Lady Abigail [9,527 ]
Also check out: The Real Origins of Halloween and Halloween Errors and Lies by Isaac Bonewits
This Week at Witchvox....
Thoughts on Conjuring Spirits
by Crick [Wvox Sponsor] [446 reads]
When one incorporates Ceremonial magic into their practice they are in essence, engaging in the art of connecting with spirits. I personally believe that there is a misconception of such a practice in today's society. There is the belief that such a pursuit is endorsed primarily by those who engage in Black Magic. As an old school witch, I frequently engage denizens from the spirit world. I do this as a useful mode of understanding and en... [more]
A Microcosmic View of Ma'at
by Rev.Roman Delgado [222 reads]
Note: Here I write about Ma’at and I use the both the Egyptian terms for Gods (Netjeru) and the English words Gods and goddesses interchangeably. I do the same with the words of Order and Chaos and its Egyptian counterparts Ma’at and Isfet. In my own exploration into Kemeticisim and the many flavors of Egyptian Paganism I have come across a term that fascinates me, mostly because of its subtle complexity. That is the Egyptian Concept of M... [more]
by Rowen Earthchild [173 reads]
Laura or "Laurie" as she liked to called and I were friends for a long time. She passed from this life on October 2, 2014. She lived in Fifty-Six Arkansas. I am shocked and saddened by her passing She was a practicing Pagan when I knew her. I don't know if she still was at the time of her passing. I can still remember the day we met. She was working at the Exxon gas station here in town and I stopped by with a friend of mine who had asked... [more]
Top Essays of 2014
Where did Aleister Crowley’s Influence on Wicca Go?
by Adley Tenenbaum [4,649 reads]
Gerald Gardner was the founder of what today is referred to as Wicca. Specifically I speak of ‘Gardnerian Wicca’, an oath-bound and initiation required tradition that traces its lineage to Gerald Gardner and the New Forrest Coven. What is known commonly today as Wicca in the public is hardly what Gardner established in 1947. Gardner's tradition focused primarily on ritual and performing it, whereas today, what is known as Wicca generally is associat... [more]
Sacred Space Conference
by Caroline Kenner [Wvox Sponsor] [4,318 reads]
Here I was, in the opening ritual of Sacred Space 2014, listening to my friends and fellow board members invoke our Matron and Patron, Athena of Greece and Thoth of Egypt. We work all year to create Sacred Space, and now conference time was finally here. Gwen... [more]
Thanksgiving Memories of a Native American Witch
by Lady Abigail [Wvox Sponsor] [4,313 reads]
Thanksgiving has always been a strange and difficult time for me. Sometimes it was hard to understand or accept how some would celebrate this holiday. Perhaps it is because I am not only a card carrying Witch but I am also a proud card carrying Native American who in childhood spent many of her holidays on the reservation with family members. I understand giving thanks for all the amazing gifts of life and the blessings given us by the Godde... [more]
Six Rules for Safer Pagan Sex: A Guide
by Caer Jones [3,939 reads]
Many of us grew up hearing every variation possible of “sex is bad for you and will turn you funny colors”. There was guilt and shame associated with having sex, with our bodies, with our pleasure. Most of this sex negativity was community-enforced and dumped on teens who were already flailing around trying to figure all this crap out anyway. There was no defense against it, so most of us absorbed it to greater or lesser extents. It’s not like we ha... [more]
Pagan Religious Communities in your Area: Connecting With and Creating Them
by Treasach [Wvox Sponsor] [3,581 reads]
My continuing series on pagan abbeys has been well received and I have had many inquires about pagan communities in North America, lay and cloistered. For those of you as hungry to be a part of such a dedicated group as I am, but have not yet found the right one, here are a few ways you might be able to connect with something suitable. If there are no structures in place in your area that fit your criteria, and you have the inspiration to create one... [more]
Sacred Space 2014 Conference
by Sabrinamari [3,581 reads]
How many times have you gone to a workshop hoping that it would be gripping, insightful and engaging, only to find that it was better than you could possibly have imagined?I did this seven times at this year’s Sacred Space gathering.Little did... [more]
GOD AND ME (A Pagan's Personal Reply to the New Atheists)
by Mike Nichols [3,563 reads]
"Have you made your peace with God?""I wasn't aware that we had quarreled."--Henry David Thoreau, on his deathbedIn this essay, I plan to analyze the following TWO questions: "Do you believe in God?" and "Do you worship Nature?" Although in my culture, the first is usually asked with reference to Christianity and the second is usually asked with reference to Paganism, I have come to realize the two questions are eerily parallel. And ... [more]
Thoughts On a Miley-Cyrus/ Robin-Thicke Society
by The Redneck Pagan [3,523 reads]
I was sitting with a group of co-workers at lunch and we were discussing what we did over the weekend. One of the ladies asked if anyone had seen the Music Video Awards (MVAs) and the performance of Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke. Now I am by no means a music expert, but through my youth group I had heard of Miley Cyrus during her days as 'Hannah Montana’, I have no idea who Robin Thicke is. I tend not to keep up with Hollywood and other such celebrit... [more]
From Christian to Pagan (Part I)
by Gina Lopina [3,234 reads]
I was born and raised Catholic. I was often confused by the Catholic faith and found little in it that helped me become more spiritual. I have to say that I am not anti-Christian, as I believe in tolerance for all religions. But, prior to coming out of the broom closet, I lived a double life.The Double LifeWhen my children were in Catholic School, prior to me pulling them out to homeschool them, I was active in the Catholic Ch... [more]
The Nightmare After Halloween
by Jessica Marie Baumgartner [Wvox Sponsor] [3,204 reads]
So many of us grew up loving Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Parents in the Pagan community should know that it is so much more than a fun movie. When I was young, I never imagined that this strange and beautiful film would come in handy as a teaching tool for my children, but any teacher will tell you that true-life lessons can come from anywhere. My young daughters are just getting acquainted with the world and questioning ev... [more]
Healing the Witch Within
by Lady Abigail [Wvox Sponsor] [3,190 reads]
As a small child raised in the mountains of the Ozarks, winter seemed more like a mystical land filled with glistening fairies and magickal spells found in every breath than a season in the year. The only time I really recognize winter as 'winter' would be if I might happen to get sick. This didn’t happen very often because my Great Grandmother was a wise and gifted healer. She was an Ozark Wise Woman and Witch. She was a beautiful proud Nat... [more]
On Being Wiccan: Some Unsolicited Advice
by Kame [3,163 reads]
I knew I wanted to write essays about my experience of being Wiccan. I wrote a few pithy pieces, full of well-turned phrases and stunningly cogent allusions. But that's all just verbal masturbation. I threw them in the trash. In the end, I kept asking myself… what is the purpose of these essays? What wisdom (written with a roll of my eyes) do I have to impart? Sigh.I lost twenty-five pounds last year. Yea, pat me on the back. I have another ... [more]
For Love of the God
by Diane Awenydd-Evans [3,138 reads]
I am a witch. That is to say, I am Wiccan. I worship and love the Goddess in all her forms. The Light, the Dark, the Young, the Old, the Mother, the Earth, the Sun, the Moon, the Stars, the Rivers and Lakes and Oceans, the Indefinable, all forms of the Goddess are holy and sacred to me. I am grateful that I have found her in this lifetime, in this incarnation. My Community embraces her fully and fiercely. And that is as it should be. But what of the... [more]
Which Witch? Philosophical and Psychological Roots of Wicca
by Radko Vacek [3,132 reads]
Here is the background story for the jackpot question! English folklore is a treasury of tales. Two of these are so old that they probably helped Jeoffrey Chaucer as a little boy (c. 1350) to develop his imagination to write The Canterbury Tales. Both folktales involve Witches. The one involves a Witch getting melted by water, which was incorporated into The Wizard of Oz. The second actually involves a Witch getting EATEN, by a little ... [more]
The LGBT Community Within the Pagan Community
by Luthien [3,126 reads]
Coming out of the broom closet – no easy task as most of you will know, and doubly hard when there are two closets from which to emerge into a harsh, intolerant and often unforgiving world. Thank goodness we don’t live in medieval Europe whereby I’d have been burnt at the stake, hosed down and then burnt again on both counts. I want to discuss some of the issues that I have come across in my day-to-day life as both a Pagan and a member of the LGBT c... [more]
Thoughts on the Threefold Law/Law of Return
by Vervain [3,062 reads]
I realized I was a Wiccan sometime late in middle school, and overall I've been very happy with my decision to walk down that path. However, over the nine or ten years I've been stewing in the religion, I've come to realize that there are parts of what I started with that don't make sense to me anymore. It's natural for this to happen -- and it's certainly not something that worries me -- I don't call myself Wiccan because I need to fit my beliefs i... [more]
Never Once Was There a An Athame Near My Chalice: My Very Sheltered Occultist Upbringing
by Deborah Castellano [3,052 reads]
Everyone loves to trade early Occultist/Pagan stories. The corrupt teachers! The Chthonic beings you summoned just because you could before you could even hold an thame! Ostracization for petty crimes committed in your youth! In fighting! Coven drama! Sexism! Racism! Getting your car keyed! Illicit sex with elders and barely legals!Oh it’s just so scandalous and juicy! I love hearing all of it!And then there’s me.I’m a Genera... [more]
Are You a Natural Witch?
by Michelle Cole [2,966 reads]
As a child, I clearly remember the excitement each year when the advertisements began heralding the yearly opportunity to watch Dorothy take a wild ride in a little white house. The wicked witch frightened me to no end but I always loved seeing that big pink bubble floating down, knowing the good witch was there to help. My top two favorite TV shows as a kid were Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie. Oh, how I wished I could ‘twinkle’ my n... [more]
Banishing, Invocation and the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram
by Brian Breathnach [2,718 reads]
The following primarily addresses the rituals of ritual magick and Thelema, but the basic principles still stand 'true' to other practices in Witchcraft and more 'popular' traditions.When I first joined a magickal Order (The Irish Order Of Thelema) I heard about the importance of banishing. In every book I have read on ritual magick I have seen ‘banish’ written everywhere. Banishing is one of the most common ritual actions in the magickal st... [more]
The Hex Murder of 1928
by Sorbus [2,672 reads]
Americans seem to love a scandal. The more sensational the details, the more attention the thing gets. In November of 1928, there was a murder that brought the nation’s attention on a seemingly witchcraft related event. Focusing the public on magikal practices in the German speaking rural communities of southern Pennsylvania, it was sensationalized and drew ridicule to the locals as backward, superstitious practitioners of “witchcraft”.Still... [more]
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Spell Tracker: A Spell Casting Journal
Author: Phoebe Fields
Category: All who do spellwork Level: All
Spell Tracker is an easy to use journal for tracking your spell work. It was created for the author's own use to track her spell work and its results. There is room for Notes, for Moon Phase, Date & Time, Intent, Casting Method, Immediate Results and Long Term Results. The journal is broken up into four sections of nine spells. The end of each section has a Spell Effectiveness entry for the journalist to rate each spell's effectiveness. Space for all this yet still small enough for most purses, backpacks and inside jacket pockets. ... Impressions: 4,817
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