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Intro: Pagans, Heathens and Recons by Wren [458,901 reads]

A Brief Introduction:The following introduction is offered here to help to dispel many of the myths surrounding Neo-paganism, Witchcraft and the Heathen and Reconstructionist religions. The ways of many Neo-Pagan traditions, religions and groups, as well as some of the Heathen and Reconstructionist religions, are described in even more detail on various other pages on this Web site and elsewhere on the net.This 'overview' is a very generalized rendition of some Neo-Pagan, Wiccan, Witch, Heathen and Reconstructionist religions and may not necessarily reflect the beliefs of all Pagan or Heathen individuals, religions or traditions. Pagans:Paganism is not a single religion, but an umbrella term for... [more]

Transitioning by Lady GoldenRaven [5,664 reads]

Hello to all you Crone Wytches out there from another Crone Wytch. I am High Priestess of Circle of the Autumn Winds and I never gave a thought to what would happen when I was unable to prepare for ritual and feast. You see, I am fifty-four years old and I have fibromyalgia. I am also a one year, eleven month cancer-free survivor. There are times I feel like I am ninety.During my stay in the hospital, Yule was fast approaching. I always had a huge feast for ritual day and I always buzzed around making sure the house was clean, altar prepared, topic for discussion during “teaching time”, etc. I couldn't do any of this from my hospital bed. Yes, I had other priestesses and coven members who were able to help. They held the ritual at a friend's house instead of our covenstead. ... [more]

The Sacred Ego in Mediterranean Magical Traditions by Kedeshim [3,588 reads]

Hubris gets bandied around a lot in revivals or reconstructions of Hellenic, Hellenistic, and Roman polytheism. It has been conveyed one of the most reprehensible crimes or impure actions one can make. In the lore, acting from hubris generally resulted in the Fates stepping in, overriding the Gods in some cases, and the guilty party getting their ass served to Kereberos.Needless to say, it has become popular to levy accusations of hubris against any person or organization that one disagrees with.But what is hubris?Hubris* is usually (quickly) translated as arrogance or pompous pride. This quick translation is usually offered when trying to explain one’s beliefs and devotions to intrigued family, friends, et al. In this light, such definition is a decent perspective,... [more]

Herbal Astrology by Ellen Evert Hopman [3,701 reads]

“When I see the new Moon, It becomes me to lift mine eye, It becomes me to bend my knee, It becomes me to bow my head.Giving thee praise, Thou Moon of guidance, That I have seen thee again…”--Traditional, Carmina Gadelica 287, orally collected in the Highlands and islands of Scotland by Alexander Carmichael in 1900.“But if he (the physician) does not know the world, nor the elements or the firmament, how should he discover the nature of man, who is everything that is in heaven and Earth, indeed, who is himself heaven and Earth, air and water?”--Paracelsus (Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, 11 November or 17 December 1493 – 24 September 1541) Our ancestors were deeply attuned to the phases of the Moon and the statio... [more]

Parting the Veils of Beltane's Quickening by Robin Fennelly [Wvox Sponsor] [2,509 reads]

The Great Wheel of the Witch’s year has turned once more and we find ourselves held within the magick of creation itself. The Sabbat of Beltane celebrates the sacred union of the God and Goddess and the potential for new life that is held in that act. The Goddess is the Maiden of Spring who is ready to take a lover. And, the God is the Youth, strong and potent in his fecundity. His gifts are those of the strengthening of the solar energies and, Hers are the response as lover and fertile womb for the quickening of new life.Beltane is a joyous celebration of life, passion and the desire for the one to become two. It is a celebration of partnership and the sharing of the fires of new life that move throughout the realms of creation in all of its forms. We circle round the Maypole, the... [more]

Beltane and Sex Magic by Red Dragon [Wvox Sponsor] [3,031 reads]

Organized religion has dealt a low blow to sexual pleasure over the centuries. Both men and women, although mostly women, have struggled at the very least to keep their sensuality and sex-lives intact. If we’re especially diligent, we’ve managed to achieve Sex Magic! So, this Spring, this Beltane, let’s honor our beautiful, juicy selves, regardless of our age, and consider for a few moments here how glorious our pleasure-seeking eroticism can be for enhancing our joy, expanding our heart energy, cultivating magic and revitalizing our connection with all that is.Sex Magic is a combination of external techniques and internal practices, most of which are aimed at heightening our ability to feel into the intricacies of our ecstatic experience, to influence it’s quality and to strengthe... [more]

Tarot Talk: the Ace of Swords by Ignacio Ceja [Wvox Sponsor] [3,059 reads]

The Aces of the tarot represent the beginnings of things. They are the seeds of power for their representative suits. Swords can be a troublesome. They are associated with knights, pirates, and officers in the military (the sword in one form or another is still part of the modern military officer’s uniform) . They are weapons of war, and symbols of peace. They were once the not-so-concealed firearms of their time. The Ace of Swords represents thoughts, ideas, and awareness, but also problems, self-righteousness, and manifest destiny. The Ace of Swords represents the cutting power of our words, be they true or false, spoken or printed. We must never forget that even in the tarot, the sword is a weapon.In the Rider-Waite inspired decks, a sword is presented with its point thrusting u... [more]

Yule-Tide Reflections by Alfred Willowhawk, DMsc, RMT, CTM, Shaman [Wvox Sponsor] [2,736 reads]

As the Sun King has returned I think on all that has happened the past solar year. It has been a year of much change for many others and me. Some apparently positive and some apparently negative. Of course as a Warrior of the New Millennium I attach no judgment to these changes. I have seen much evidence of release of the Piscean Age’s grip on the now Aquarian Age world. I can only truly speak for myself and as I sit here after Solar Return Day and my Birth Day I am truly blessed by All My Relations. This year I watched people in my community gather together with Lady Willo’ and I to shower us with blessings in a way that I have never felt before. I have watched the community begin to heal from past hurts, and to join together in mutual support that hints at the new balance and har... [more]

Thanksgiving Memories of a Native American by Lady Abigail Welcher [3,080 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 Goddess. I try to do this every day. But for myself, I see this holiday as a day of mourning the near alienation of our sisters and brothers of all Native American heritages and also as a time of loss for many personally within these amazing traditions.In school we were taught how the Pilgrims discovered America. This might surprise some but t... [more]

Designing a Pagan Last Will and Testament by HPS Moonwater Ashwood [4,326 reads]

“It’s too morbid.” “It’s not necessary.” “I don’t have to worry about that right now.” We all have reasons why we don’t write out a will. The fact of the matter is this: life is unpredictable, far too short, and without a written will you have no guarantee over what will happen after you die.Now the writing of a will can be a very daunting and overwhelming process, full of legal loopholes. The laws and regulations regarding their creation and the language used within them changes from state to state, province to province, country to country. Most regions now offer simple templates for designing your will, and some even offer free legal will kits. I strongly recommend that you research your options carefully; hiring a lawyer may not be necessary.These things are true for eve... [more]

Magic With A Flick of my Finger by Shion Flame [4,338 reads]

Magic is practical. With time, it can be interwoven into your daily practices. Magic is a frame of mind concerning things you already do; it is in the boiling teapot, movement of a paintbrush, and the wind in the trees. It is in all the things that speak to you deeply. Everyone can do magic, most do without a clue. So what do you need? In order to do magic you must choose to be aware, to make time, to focus and develop your will power.Initially, I feel there is confusion when a seeker first begins to approach the subject of magic. A student can become easily overwhelmed with the many different types of magic alone: candle, knot, color, elemental, ribbons, herbs, stone, petition, ceremonial, and so many more. Magic is inherited in all things, but when we become conscious of it, acce... [more]

My Father, My First God by Merideth Allyn [3,027 reads]

I am just now getting to know my father for who he really is… what true courage he has and what a strong sense of character he possesses!I am running out of time. The five arteries in his eighty-seven-year-old heart are blocked, and because of Alzheimer’s disease his memory is fading rapidly. This is especially evident following the death of his wife – his lifelong partner, his best friend and the only woman he ever truly loved.My father was an attorney. I once peeked into his personal journal and discovered that he had wanted to go into medicine as his father had, but my grandfather – German, stoic, old school – insisted he would make a better lawyer. And, so Dad went to Law School as his Father told him he must.My father was a gentle but emotionally detached man.... [more]

Breaking Bonds by Jessica Marie Baumgartner [4,092 reads]

Love and magick are linked in ways that our energies seem to understand far better than we do. The influx of great power behind the deepest of emotions often leads to a surge of electricity. It’s a current that travels beyond the walls that society fosters upon us. Unfortunately, these links do not always last forever. Our paths lead in many directions. Every person that comes into our lives has something to offer, but some bring more than others. The Gods seem to smile on certain situations, certain links. In my life I have been able to look back and trace exact events that led me to specific people. I have spent the past 15 years enjoying the company of my x-husband. We have always understood each other, even if we didn’t agree on everything. He is a true Taoist whereas I... [more]

Faery Guided Journey by Merideth Allyn [3,957 reads]

During May Day, Midsummer’s Solstice, Samhain or at any ‘tween time or in any ‘tween place, this journey will aid those who wish to meet a Faery, communicate with one and take from it a very special message. This journey will take about thirty-to-forty minutes. The Fae will, after your journey, know you a bit more and may take an interest in your mundane and magical lives. For certain your seasons will be more colorful and more filled with joy and laughter that just cannot be held back. Of course, you will laugh and giggle, even if not prone to, for you have been touched by Faerie. Since this is a guided imagery designed to meet the Good People, the Fair Folk, The Gentry, or The People of Peace, there should not be any distress or worry about meeting the bad sort that, yes, do abound. This... [more]

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  • Magic in Daily Life by Alexia Moon [4,379 reads]

    One of the magical aspects in the life of a Witch is how we manage to include magic in everything we do, in our homes, in our cars, at work, on trips, in everyday life. Even the simple task of cooking breakfast can be a magical experience for a Witch! Magic, contrary to popular belief, is everywhere around us and we can use it not only to improve our lifestyle but also to connect more to our magical path and the worship and relationship with the deities or entities we work with. In this article I intend to address how Magic can be included in our daily lives even in the smallest things, which may be simple but can have a big impact on your experience.Some tips that you can apply in your day to day: • When cooking, draw sigils/runes or other symbols with oil so that ... [more]

  • The Wheel of the Year in Our Daily Lives by Alexia Moon [2,925 reads]

    Most Pagan paths celebrate seasonal rites. These are different in name and traditions depending on the Pagan paths we are talking about but the final goal is the same: To connect to Nature. In this article I will take into account the Wiccan Wheel of the Year since it’s the most celebrated both by Wiccans and even several non-Wiccans.The Wheel of the Year is of essence in a Wiccan’s life and path and also in the life of the Witches and Pagans who also decide to celebrate this set of festivities. We celebrate the Wheel’s rituals and cycles, we dance, we laugh, and we light bonfires and make corn dolls. Eight times a year we meet with our friends and companions or we opt to celebrate alone in the presence of the Gods but we always take some of our time to dedicate ourselves to the ce... [more]

  • Sin Eaters and Dream Walkers by Shion Flame [3,286 reads]

    My recent dreams of a human with an odd gift have lent inspiration to begin this article. The dream begins on the outskirts of the woods. A woman lives in a small cabin and her face is kept hidden beneath a tattered cloth. She spends time with animals more than people who keep their eyes to the ground in fear of her. They came to her when they were troubled or a relative had recently passed away. As the observer in the dream, I thought I was looking at the witch archetype until she began to pull strange, living black clouds out of both the living and the dead.Dreaming of Sin-EatersLiving black clouds were a dream image I’d been accustomed to since 2005. I didn’t have a logical reference for the symbol but found it noted in my journal through the year. The dream conti... [more]

  • On Cursing: Politics and Ethos by Kedeshim [3,288 reads]

    Most of what passes for Occultism in general and Witchcraft in particular is a shallow, ineffectual caricature of the Art. We could fault the good intentions of folks in the early era of the Revival, who erred on a good image and public relations. We could fault the current culture of instant gratification without hard-ass, sweaty, bone-whitening work. Or we could fault a host of other factors (or combination thereof) . And, truthfully, it is OK: the real Mysteries, the real Disciplines, the real meat-on-the-bones Sorcery, will still exist, quietly, as they always have.Or will they? I suppose THAT question is one that is beyond the scope of this article. Some of us will always remember: real Witchcraft and real Magic has fangs filled with venom. Whether that venom kills you... [more]

  • Tarot Talk: the Knight of Pentacles by Ignacio Ceja [Wvox Sponsor] [2,337 reads]

    Knights are the embodiment of elemental fire within the Royal court. The Knight of Pentacles is the fiery aspect of earth. Knights are trained and educated fighters who go on quests, winning and conquering, although not always with a sword. Knights are characters of action. The Knight of Pentacles seems to be the opposite of his contemporaries. In the Rider-Waite inspired decks, he* sits upright on a horse that is going nowhere. He holds a pentacle, but he does not look at it; instead, he looks off into the distance. Looking, but not moving, he is still. He is patient. Where is the action? Where is the adventure? This is the mystery of the Knight of Pentacles, and one that is often misunderstood. The Knight of Pentacles is a person of measured action who takes a long view, directs his atte... [more]

  • The Gray of 'Tween by Merideth Allyn [5,046 reads]

    It is gray. Everything is gray, and it feels a moody, heavy, wooden gray, and it is ice cold like gun metal inside and out. The white paper birches look misty gray, and old, and gray snow blankets the frozen grass, making it look leaden and colder than the twenty-three degrees it actually is during this late ‘tween time of day in the early ‘tween time of year. February. But no yellow crocus emerge from the frigid ground, regardless the fact that it is the birthing time that heralds spring.Long, steel fingers reach out from the moist, wet mist as I shuffle-skate, almost falling, toward the holly bush that is my most ardent destination and my desire. The holly bush that is covered with honest to God/dess red berries…the color of blood and life. Oh, how I crave color. Red! It might ha... [more]

  • Becoming a Sacred Dancer by Lady Haight-Ashton (Lady Lilith) [Wvox Sponsor] [4,779 reads]

    What is the allure for a dancer to embrace the sacred within? Is it just simply a moment in time or an experience that influences our destiny? Do the Muses push us toward our path? I believe we are all dancers in our hearts. Our bodies feel rhythms to which most of us will move our heads, others tap their feet while some of us release our inhibitions and let our bodies move in rhythmic expression. Dance movement gives us a creative connection to our inner spirit. It is liberating to our souls and healing to our mind and body. “The dancer's body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul.” - Isadora Duncan. The beginnings of civilization and the evolution of communication into ritual to honor the seasons, animals, and elements brought us the earliest expression of sacr... [more]

  • Little Dog, Big Love by The Redneck Pagan [2,344 reads]

    This weekend was a hard one; I had to face a death. This death was so little in the cosmic scale, so seemingly unimportant and so simple and average that it shall not be thought of by more than a tiny handful of people. And yet is so immensely heart wrenching that I am haunted a little by it. The death is that of a tiny ball of fluff, a little mutt of a dog who at 16 years slipped out of this life. The little dog isn't my dog, but was the dog of a friend of my husband and mine. She called us Saturday night, having come home from being away to find her little dog, curled up in it's bed, cold and not breathing. It was not unexpected; the dog was ill and frail. Totally blind and partially deaf this little dog had begun to have some health concerns and there had been some heart wrenchi... [more]

  • What I Get from Cooking (And How it’s Part of My Path) by Nar Leoterra [3,430 reads]

    Of course I get food out of cooking, but I get so much more than a meal out of the process. For me, the act of meal preparation is an exercise in spirituality as well. Allow me to elaborate. I am what I call an Agnostic Pagan, or Pagan-ish Agnostic, depending on the day. I have written about this topic before, so I won’t go into it too much here. I will say that I connect more with the wheel of the year, the changing of the seasons, than I do with the (to me) rather abstract notion of ‘god (s) ’. I do not have a garden currently. I have a postage stamp-sized yard and a brown thumb. However, I was raised by a mother who is also an avid gardener. It is something she does because she enjoys growing food, and it is something she does so we can *have* food. She may not identify ... [more]

  • A Witch in the Bible Belt: Questions are Opportunities by Shion Flame [4,534 reads]

    I am sure that I’m not the only witch out there who has been asked the question on whether or not I believe in god. My usual approach is to first consider who is asking, determine if there is a reason for their question and then come up with a response that illustrates calculated intelligence as well as a suggestion to inspect their own meanings before inquiring such things of others. To put it simply, in the beginning, people attempting to pick me apart were profoundly annoying to me. The Bible belt isn’t terrible but it does come with its challenges. Over the years, I’ve learned what to avoid and how to tread but on many occasions people will seem to pop up out of nowhere with the kind of questioning that makes most of us squirm on the inside at least. For a little while it felt ... [more]

  • Past Midnight by Merideth Allyn [3,550 reads]

    I am Witch. It is one a.m. yet again, with two, then three to follow. The Witching Hours. However, unless casting or divining by the moon’s hours or its course, no matter how I struggle or resist, my legs take charge, grounded in earth’s gravity, and take me to bed. They know, at least, that should I refuse, which I have done as I am of defiance born, or if I linger longer, fatigue awaits me in the later morn.The post twilight now-dark hours past midnight are most magically magnetic and most mysteriously mine. Like the svelte nocturnal beasts I prowl. I own the dark: above, below and around me. The black night is as pregnant with possibilities as the faeryflies are abundant this midsummer night. A whimsical wind I hear outside the confines of my cottage, and I look out my huge bay ... [more]

  • When Reality Rattles your Idea of the Perfect Witch by The Redneck Pagan [5,020 reads]

    So as I sit here musing about the fact that I am still really lost when it comes to my faith and what path I am supposed to be on, or want to be on… I don’t know. I’m stuck with one resounding question; How the hell did I get this lost in the first place? I’d like to think I’m a smart person. I have two college degrees, work in a job that requires intelligence, have always done well in anything I have set my mind to (well ok, maybe not math, but I did pass so that counts) nd … and I set my mind to being a good witch.I read, a lot! I have read Cunningham and Buckland, Starhawk and Z. Budapest. I read Dugan and Ravenwolf. I read the Farrars and Gavin Bone. I read the first modern witch, Gerald Gardner and books by his High Priestess, Doreen Valiente. I read books by witches, druids a... [more]

  • Hungarian Belief in Fairies by M. J. Mandoki [4,800 reads]

    A lot has been written about the Celtic, Norse and Greek faiths of Europe. If one looks for literature on Paganism or mythology, plenty of books and articles can be found on these traditions. What about the rest of the European Old Faiths, though? What is known about them? This question has led me to investigate my own background. Having been born and raised in Hungary, I knew very little about the pre-Christian faith of Hungarians. For this reason, I bought a book on the Ancient Faith (better known in North-America as the Old Faith) on my recent trip to my home country. The book is called A Magyar Tündérvallás (The Hungarian Fairy Religion) (2015) , written by Lajos Bíró. The book has given me a new perspective on the Hungarian Ancient Faith and has enriched my greater und... [more]

  • What Every Pagan Should Know About Curses by SunTiger [7,039 reads]

    Let's talk about curses. I'm not referring to four-letter-word cursing, or gossiping about someone who dropped the F-bomb and contaminated the room where everyone gathered for a properly civilized meeting. I'm not even talking about old Irish curses. Nothing like: "May you marry a gold digger who farts odor faster than bullets from an oozie."What I am talking about is the good old fashioned hexing and cursing that witches have always been feared for in history and literature. I'm talking about the kinds of curses that some Pagans still fear today. That same kind of cursing that *fake* or *charlatan* psychics use to extort money from clients by scaring them with statements like: "You are very cursed. I can remove it for you for $600 dollars." Little Curses Uttered... [more]

  • Living a Magickal Life with Fibromyalgia by Lionfirestone [3,512 reads]

    I am not one to walk up to someone I’m meeting for the first time and say, “Hello I’m Wiccan.” Nor do I say, “Hello I have Fibromyalgia, ” even though both are a major part of my life. I recently came to the realization that for the last 10+ years, I have allowed my invisible illness to run my life. It was one of those things that happens slowly over time, until one day I woke up and thought, “How did this happen?” That’s when I decided to take my life back. That is not, however what I am writing about today. I am here to relay how Fibromyalgia has affected and changed my Magickal life. As with all things in my life, I fought hard to achieve the level of High Priestess. Fibromyalgia however, creates embarrassment in my inability to do many things. Tasks that previously coul... [more]

  • Working with the Elements by Lola Stardust [3,048 reads]

    Each quarter, my coven mates and I work on a different element for that time frame. When I first became a dedicant to my coven, I started working with Earth. My sun sign, Capricorn, is an Earth sign, and I am a very earthy person when it comes to the importance of stability and being grounded. This is by far my favorite element to work with. I envisioned myself as an Earth Goddess, sitting atop a mound of dirt, nursing the children of the planet, my round naked breasts and full belly out for all to see. What a vision! I carried this vision with me throughout my workings. I felt like a spiritual provider for my family. The stability I offered was that of mama, lover, friend, etc. It gave me a feeling of personal power. I was able to keep very grounded and focused during this time frame. I r... [more]

  • Daughters of The Moon: Running With The Crones by Merideth Allyn [2,900 reads]

    “Ah Avalon, Land of the cooling mists, Where spirit and magic meet.Ah Avalon, Land of the swirling mists, Where Her embrace silences fear, And frees the mystical feminine.Ah Avalon, Land of the silvery mists, Where Her magic flows with spirit, And feminine mysteries are revealed.”--by Anne Pelloth (one of the cofounders of Daughters of the Moon) Last year, for one hundred women, the Call of the Wild was answered. In a large forested park, maidens, mothers and crones gathered for several days to connect and re-connect with that part of their primal nature lost daily in the societies they birthed. Historically, women, especially crones, are ignored by a culture where most, it would seem, aspire to discover a panacea for youth over a cur... [more]

  • The Fear of Witchcraft by Crick [Wvox Sponsor] [3,614 reads]

    I have often wondered why there is so much fear and hatred of witches and witchcraft in general. For generations, there have been negative and misleading interpretations of witches and the path of witchcraft. And it continues to this very day in a society where folks have had ample time to overcome such misunderstandings and fear of such a viable and interesting path. Witchcraft has been in existence since the beginning of humankind. It came about as a natural progression in an attempt to understand and influence those forces around us, which in many ways are an extension of what we know as life but which often exceeds our ability to fully comprehend. As such, fear was often an accompanying component of witchcraft due to the unknowns one had to venture into in order to foll... [more]

  • Magic in Sentences by Jessica Marie Baumgartner [2,939 reads]

    My beliefs are what make me. I am a witch and I worship nature. That is where I draw every aspect of my being. Working with others of many different backgrounds is potentially the most important element in focusing my energies. If I can mix and mingle with a multitude of individuals and still contain my own spark of spirit, I find insurmountable inspiration. Over the past few years, I have experienced myself falling into a writing career. I know that may seem odd. A lot of people decide that they wish to pursue writing and go after it with vigor. I have always written, but never thought it more than a simple hobby.I even had a teacher in grade school who pulled my mom aside and told her that she didn’t care if I was dyslexic or whatever it was that was causing writing error... [more]

  • Still Practicing by Merideth Allyn [4,288 reads]

    I have a lot of energy. Tons of it. I have a great ability to perceive awe and wonder. I absolutely love life. Today. And, this is something I do not have to practice. I still practice accepting that life is but a blink - a nose twitch only - which saddens me a bit as my charmed life did not begin until age fifty-five, and I am but sixty-five. Therefore, I do not want this Earth Walk to end anytime soon. In fact, I would prefer to outrun the season that can never be outrun for a few blinks more. But, until I start practicing head-to-heart detachment, I am going to hang tight to Mother Earth. I want to live, in health, to the great age of one-hundred-and-six for I have big dreams with a large imagination for things that I desire.I have been pondering death of late Death has ... [more]

  • An Open Mind and Heart by Paula Hifner [2,746 reads]

    I wanted to write this down, and share an experience I had not long ago. For some reason, I’ve felt the need to reach out and share with others. Being that as it may, and using the skills at hand, I applied to the Universe for help with this endeavor. It didn’t really matter who it was or what brought it together. Having no parameters in mind, I just needed a shove in the right direction.There are people who just don’t have the patience for unsolicited knocks on the front door. Having flashbacks to when I was a child and someone would dare to knock on our door, I can remember my parents (Father actually) growling his way to the front door. “We don’t…..We aren’t…You can’t”…-BAM!!-…end of conversation. Wow! That really made me feel like going door to door to sell candy bars for the s... [more]

  • Paganism and Witchcraft in the Media by Alexia Moon [796 reads]

    Paganism and Witchcraft, as a set of beliefs and craft, respectively, are subject to being referred to and spoken in the media. Today I plan to tackle a bit at how, Paganism and Witchcraft are viewed and portrayed by the media nowadays, mostly television, literature, media and cinema. I will use the term "witch" in the feminine but this applies to both women and men. Let’s start with Literature. Since forever that fairy tales with witches and gnomes and dragons are a part of people's mind and memories, specially authors, making them write some of the most brilliants pieces of work of our days (let's take as an example Marion Zimmer Bradley and J. R. R. Tolkien) . Many works of literature, especially in the Fantasy theme, are based on Pagan standards and with pagan connotations. One... [more]

  • Samhain and the 'Witch Questions' by Lady Abigail Welcher [7,612 reads]

    It’s almost Samhain and here they come again, the WITCH Questions.Have you ever noticed, that as fall begins and our energies surge within the mystic powers of Samhain, people want to ask us questions about our beliefs? But not so much those that would bring understanding, but …“Why?” Why we are the way we are and what made us this way? Like something happened to make us Witches. Most questions I have heard and honestly don’t mind answering. That is how we all learn and I do believe that in understanding we will all grow in peace and love.But for me, it seems we get even more of those questions about the, “When, ” and, “Why, ” of our being Witches.What Got You Into This Witch Thing?I am, and have always been, a Witch. Blessed to be raised by my beautiful Gre... [more]

  • Witch? by Auryia Sage [3,093 reads]

    What would you call me?I'm just now realizing that for as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in all things deemed, "witchy". As a child, I remember while other girls my age were playing house with their dolls, I would be out collecting rocks and crystals. While they were playing games of tag; catch, and Red Rover; I would be playing under the trees in the densely wooded areas near our house; totally unafraid to be out on my own. I used to love lying in the grass, walking barefoot, and staring up at the stars or clouds in the sky. (I still do, actually.) I loved playing in the dirt, and feeling the cool dampness against my skin. (My cousin had a worm farm, and I would be the only girl there playing with the worms.) I loved all the little crawly insects and... [more]

  • The WICA Tradition (a.k.a. The New York WICA Tradition) by Lucian [2,613 reads]

    HistoryThe WICA Tradition (or New York WICA Tradition) was established by Edmund Buczynski (Lord Gwydion) in the early 70s. Gwydion was elevated to 3* by a high priestess named Sira into the Gardnerian Tradition-Kentucky Line. He went on with his working partner, Hela, to establish a Gardnerian coven. The coven thrived. However, due to internal politics of the Gardnerian Tradition at the time, Rosemary Buckland and Judy Kneitel invalidated the Kentucky Line after the divorce of Rosemary and her husband at the time, Raymond Buckland. Both Sira and Hela were accepted and “re-done” as Long Island Line Gardnerians. Gwydion, however, was not due to much politics of the time as well. Gwydion then “re-worked” the Gardnerian Book of Shadows, maintaining his oaths but also ma... [more]

  • Life is Awesome... and the Flu by The Redneck Pagan [2,208 reads]

    Life is pretty awesome.. the world is pretty awesome.. and the universe is pretty awesome… don’t believe me? Ok. Count your fingers and your toes. Now feel the bones, the ligaments in them. Think about the little nerve endings that connect your spinal cord into your brain… that’s awesome. Google “How Lungs Work” (Do it; seriously, it’s cool) . Think about the fact that this little marble that we are sitting on is in just the right place between space and our sun to be able to support life without frying or freezing it non-stop… that’s pretty awesome. Tonight go outside look up at the sky (fingers crossed that it’s a clear night and you will be able to get a glimpse at the stars) . Now think about the stars, that the light from many of those stars are older than our solar system… an... [more]

  • Georgian Traditionalists by Rowan Salamandra [2,109 reads]

    History:The Georgian Tradition was established in Bakersfield California on December 26, 1971 by Lord Scorpio (George "Pat" Patterson) , Lady Persephone (now known as Zanoni Silverknife) and Tanith. These three incorporated "The Church of Wicca of Bakersfield, " which was later reincorporated as "The Georgian Church". Following Pat’s death in 1984, the Tradition continued on through the many initiates and Covens now scattered all over the world, with known covens in California, Florida, Oklahoma, Kansa Washington, Colorado, Michigan and Australia. Many Military personnel have carried the Tradition with them to their far-flung posts in foreign countries. The largest membership is, however, in the United States and Canada. Traditionalist Georgian Covens utilize many practi... [more]

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Stones: a Metaphysical Guide to Gems & Metals

Author: Deborah Snavely

Category: Witchcraft   Level: Beginner

The Pocket Witch is a series of books for Witchcraft practitioners desiring quick reminders in specific topics. When walking through your life in natural areas, before rituals, perusing in stores, or taking your own quiet times, these books may be of use. The Pocket Witch series is the brainchild of K.C. Anton, now deceased, former President of the non-profit Bay Area Pagan Assemblies (BAPA) in the San Francisco bay area and Silicon Valley region, and decades-long proprietor of Woodhart: A Witch's Cottage (later Woodhart: Ways of Olde) . Early this millennium, K.C. worked with me (as a career ... Impressions: 50,255

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