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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 [325,888 ]
A Brief History of Hallowe'en by Christina Aubin [264,902 ]
Satanic Panic and Black Cats by Wren [71,388 ]
The Lore of the Door by Wren [46,451 ]
Samhain Night by Wren [28,205 ]
The Mighty Dead, the Beloved Dead and Us by M Macha Nightmare [24,801 ]
The Silver Bough, and Samhain in a Stone Circle by Peg Aloi [23,563 ]
My Samhain - by Mark Sosnowski by Moonspider [20,724 ]
Hearken Now, The Darkness Comes! - by Lark by Lark [20,352 ]
Why I Love Samhain by M Macha Nightmare [17,238 ]
Ancestors by Christina Aubin [16,055 ]
Samhain in the Shadow of Halloween by Lady Abigail Welcher [12,808 ]
Making the Most of Samhain's Inner Voice by Asradel [10,017 ]
Also check out: The Real Origins of Halloween and Halloween Errors and Lies by Isaac Bonewits
This Moon Cycle at Witchvox....
Intro: Pagans, Heathens and Recons
by Wren [453,841 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.... [more]
by Lady GoldenRaven [2,754 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 h... [more]
The White Goddess: A Seminal Work in the Neo-Wiccan Movement.
by Sorbus [2,327 reads]
One of the most important works in the modern Wiccan movement is this complex book. It is the first book I bought on the path that led my spiritual curiosity to Wicca. I bought my now very tired copy at my college bookstore on a whim back in 1981 or 82. The title intrigued me. Who was this Goddess and what did she have to do with poetry? Some time later I put the book down with a half-baked notion of what the hell Graves was talking about. Much o... [more]
The Sacred Ego in Mediterranean Magical Traditions
by Kedeshim [2,120 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 ... [more]
by Ellen Evert Hopman [2,230 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 shoul... [more]
Parting the Veils of Beltane's Quickening
by Robin Fennelly [Wvox Sponsor] [1,444 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, H... [more]
Beltane and Sex Magic
by Red Dragon [Wvox Sponsor] [1,183 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 ... [more]
The East and West of Wiccan Magick
by Swati Prakash [2,773 reads]
Although now living in the UK, in this lifetime I chose to be born in the ancient land of Vedic wisdom, India…the place where timeless spiritual truths still live on in the form of tradition and culture. Yet, I was born with witchcraft (and Wicca too) in my soul. It was 1989 when I conducted my first ritual at ten years of age, feeling the powers rise within me, casting a circle, calling the quarters, raising energy of the elements and conjuring ... [more]
Tarot Talk: the Ace of Swords
by Ignacio Ceja [Wvox Sponsor] [1,837 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 tho... [more]
by Alfred Willowhawk, DMsc, RMT, CTM, Shaman [Wvox Sponsor] [2,229 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 Retu... [more]
Thanksgiving Memories of a Native American
by Lady Abigail Welcher [2,262 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 God... [more]
- Sin Eaters and Dream Walkers by Shion Flame [2,063 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 look... [more]
- On Cursing: Politics and Ethos by Kedeshim [1,960 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:... [more]
- A Distant Thunder: Should You Care? by Sorbus [2,194 reads]
I sure hope I am wrong about this. However I’m a student of history, and recent history is looking like an eerie mirror of a process which happened in my parent’s and grand parent’s lifetime. You see, I grew up in the shadow of the holocaust. The family I grew up in saw terrible things done to fellow humanity and the lessons have stuck.Even though I was lucky enough never had to directly experience the raw hatred and upheaval this period ... [more]
- Tarot Talk: the Knight of Pentacles by Ignacio Ceja [Wvox Sponsor] [1,491 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 pentac... [more]
- The Gray of 'Tween by Merideth Allyn [4,430 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 ... [more]
- Becoming a Sacred Dancer by Lady Haight-Ashton (Lady Lilith) [Wvox Sponsor] [4,015 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 ... [more]
- What I Get from Cooking (And How it’s Part of My Path) by Nar Leoterra [2,601 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 ... [more]
- A Witch in the Bible Belt: Questions are Opportunities by Shion Flame [3,777 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 ... [more]
- Witch? by Lavender Sage [1,723 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 ... [more]
- The WICA Tradition (a.k.a. The New York WICA Tradition) by Lucian [1,550 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 inv... [more]
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Samhain and the 'Witch Questions' by Lady Abigail Welcher --
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A Beginners Guide to Witchcraft
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Category: Witchcraft Level: Beginner
This is a reference guide for those new to witchcraft. It contains recipes for oils and incense, spells, rituals, and more! It is very easy to keep on your altar for reference during ritual or spell work. ... Impressions: 10,226
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