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Where Did You Get Your Magickal Name?

The tradition of taking on a magickal name is an old one in many Pagan paths. Once used to protect themselves and their covenmates or to create equality among members, magickal names are now often individually chosen to reflect or project certain traits, pantheonic allegiances or just because it sounds cool. How did YOU get your magickal name? What is the story behind it, the meaning of it and the reason that it was either given to you or you chose it?

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Magickal Names Are Definitely Important To Me. They Give You A Sense... Feb 15th. at 7:29:50 pm EST

Lady Tempest Azuldancer (aka: Michelle) (Largo, Florida US) Age: 16 - Email

Magickal names are definitely important to me. They give you a sense of inner self. Your parents get to pick your name when you're born, but this is a name that you pick for yourself... a name that you want other to know you by... a name that really accents your character. You can also have friends pick your name. It brings you close if you pick each others names because that shows what you observe from their character.
These names are also good conversation starters. It's interesting to find out how you got your name. Here's how I got mine:
Mine is Lady Tempest Azuldancer. I get the 'tempest' part because I am an air sign, and so I thought I'd have a name that expressed that. I didn't just want to be called storm... because it didn't fit me right. So, with the help of my trusty thesaurus, I found a word like storm... tempest! The 'azul' part is from Spanish (my family is Cuban). Azul means blue... and that's my favourite colour... and it's also my personality colour. The 'dancer' part is because, well, I'm a dancer! I love the theatre and being on stage... and I love dancing more than anything!

So, there's my interesting little story.

I've Never Chosen A Magical Name. The Ones I've Used Have All... Feb 15th. at 9:27:54 pm EST

Sena (OKC, Oklahoma US) Age: 55 - Email

I've never chosen a magical name. The ones I've used have all been given to me, and they all have fallen by the wayside because my own real name has always been stronger. My birth name is a good one for me. It means many things, depending on the language from which it derives: Kiowa Apache = Desert Spring, Lakota = Warm Blanket, Japanese = wood fairy, Latin = dinner, Hindi = heart. My mother actually meant it to be from the Latin. When I was a beginning student, my mentor named everyone for dragons, and I was known then as DragonButter. As I advanced, I was given the name Starsight. But for the last 25 years, I've been known as Mama Sena. I'm not a particularly nurturing type of person, the name wasn't given out of my kindliness and ability to 'mother' someone. It wasn't given to me because I have children. If you were to ask the various people who call me that, it's because I share a lot in common with the stereotypical "Jewish Mother". Except for inducing guilt. Somehow or other, I've never managed to learn how to make other people feel guilty. They (friends, acquaintances, co-workers, fellow volunteers, my banker, my own kids, and their friends) make fun of me for that, and that, I feel, is the real reason they call me 'Mama Sena'. It has nothing to do with the fact that I'm short. After all, my feet do reach the ground when I'm standing up.

Hi, All!; One Thing About A "magical Name", .... Never Allow Your Initiator... Feb 15th. at 9:43:24 pm EST

Tarostar (Toronto, Ontario CA) Age: 58 - Email

Hi, All!;

One thing about a "Magical Name", .... Never allow your Initiator in the Craft to
choose one for you.

Being young and dumb and full of ... (you know what rhymes), I got stuck with
the name Antinous; the Emperor hadrian's petulant queeny boy friend, because my initiator said I looked like statues of said Antinous. Thanks loads!

I just never used that name publically, or otherwise, as I never felt an affinity
to that historical character.

Years later, in the appendix of the third volumn of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy,
I saw a list of the Kings of Gondor.

Since the Elves and Men used two languages in the epic, the Kings would have two names. Romendicil/Tarostar meaning East Conqueror.

As Tarostar could also mean Ace of Pentacles and I was an Occult Supplies Dealer and a Tarot reader, I took it for my own and copyrighted my manuscripts under that pen name.

I have been the nemesis of Neo-Paganism ever since. BB Tarostar

Black And Silver Are My Two Best Power Colors, And I've Always... Feb 15th. at 11:16:11 pm EST

Blacksilver Moonsdotter (Sacramento, California US) Age: 39 - Email

Black and silver are my two best power colors, and I've always considered myself a daughter of the Moon Goddess; so I became Blacksilver Moonsdotter.

Merry Meet And Blessed Be! I Think That Names Are Tools...they... Feb 16th. at 12:53:40 am EST

Yvonne (W Paris, Maine US) Age: 36

Merry Meet and blessed be!

I think that names are tools...They can be mundane or spiritual; doesn't matter, they work their magic either way. For the fad and popularity conscious, it may seem truly important to find a cool sounding name, but that isn't the point to having a Craft name.

My truth is that a word has a resonance, a vibration, a rhythm. The power of the name ( or any word for that matter) is the power to alter your vibration. It is the power to manifest. Your vibration could be seen as your mood. It may also be seen as your psychological and spiritual maturity too. So you may effect your maturity or life long frame of mind through use of your name each day. I feel that you can even attract event to you because of your choice.

The intention behind owning a name also effects the vibration of its use. (Good reason to pick it for a better reason than to impress someone) It makes perfect sense that if you have a spiritual, a mundane desire or aspiration, even a need of healing, that you could use a name to help you create that. Every time it is spoken, it invokes the quality or meaning of that word to you and that is a very powerful invocation that can change your whole life.

My own experience with names is varied. A part of that experience is to have made a bad first marriage and to have had some real crappy people in my life who gave me names that I have prudently rejected. When I divorced, I decided to pick new names that were not associated with all that negativity. I chose a name that means 'healed by God'. I chose another that means 'she plays all the time'. My first name means 'archer' or 'warrior'. I've happily kept that. It has stood me in good stead through much hardship in my life. (I am especially glad now, since this seems such a good name for a priestess who feels so very drawn to Diana.)

Just before my divorce was final, I recieved a name at my Sufi initiation that means Divine Revelation. This describes my tendancy to recieve sponteaous visions and intuitive knowledge. This brought the total of my legal names to four. The result of these names being in my mundane life has been a profound healing, both physically and spiritually. My life has grown larger with the number of my names and I have unconsciously been letting go of a strong tendancy to be so serious that I couldn't play at all. Happilly too I have finally gained mastery over my psychic gifts that had been running me by the nose for a long time.

I also have a Craft, and two magical names. My Craft name is the one that I use in public. Recently I changed it to Starspider. It is a name that came to me by happenstance and when it did, I had one of those incredible 'ding' moments where the world pauses and says, 'Pay attention!'. I did and I like the way it describes my heart felt connection with the spider and the awakening on with the Star Goddess.

One of my magical names is used only in circles with other Wiccan elders. This was chosen in order to define a step in my personal evolution and this is a custom in the tradition that I am currently finishing my training in. My High Priestess uses her magical names as a way to speak to her subconscious about how much to let her magical hair down. Each name she has is only used with certain groups, according to how knowledgeable the group is. I respect her way of looking at it. This is quite often a custom for those Wiccan traditions that embrace the degree system. Though I respect this way of looking at it, I am not interested in that being a part of my use of my name. I feel that it is too much like a status symbol when used this way.

I actually was given this name by the Gods to teach me to shut up. I have a tendancy to speak of things that I have no business opening my mouth about. Keeping this name to myself is a very good lesson for me. The name also gives me a quality to work with and aspire to that will extract a new level of maturity and skill as time goes by. It is becoming a great blessing. Besides I really love it which is a truly good reason to have a name!!

The other magical name is never to be said allowed at this point. I have not yet earned the right to call myself this name aloud. It is held in my heart and is a name that I aspire to with great desire and as much humility as I can generate. Frankly, the Gods use it to keep my ego in check.

There is one other kind of name in my way of looking at things. That is the hidden name. This is the name that is never spoken aloud except with those you know would give their life for yours in this reality. It is the key to your soul. It is best kept only between you and the Gods. This name isn't open to choice as it describes the very essence of your soul. It is YOU. A very helpful way to use this one is with use of your personal power song. Chanted or sung, it can be used to raise energy for your healing and wellbeing. Helpful hint: Make sure your power song remains a secret too.

My 2 cents...

My Native American Adult Name,"crowfeather" Was Given To Me At A... Feb 16th. at 1:16:43 am EST

Luke/CrowFeather (Quincy, Massachusetts US) Age: 39 - Email

My Native American adult name, "Crowfeather" was given to me
at a Naming ceremony by a local Chief.( The name given to
me at age 5 was "little laughing fox"and trust me it no longer fits)
The name came about from a poster idea to promote a memorial for a local
site honoring those slain in a mass murder over land.
The chief and several council members asked that I draw up posters with a picture of a spear in the ground wrapped in leather with crow feathers (a sign of respect for those on the path of the dead)The name seemed to click with
anyone who knows me personaly for one obvious reason, ( I seem to always know
when someone's about to or has crossed it's a gift..surrre)

Well hey! you asked!

Luke (Crow Feather)

I Am 2nd Generation Irish-american On My Fathers Side And 5th Generation... Feb 16th. at 5:03:14 am EST

Dawn Fontaine (Schweinfurt) Age: 32 - Email

I am 2nd generation Irish-American on my fathers side and 5th generation Irish-American on my mother's. Once I decided to follow the pagan path, I also knew I wanted a connection to my Irish ancestors and have been doing research on Celtic traditions. The local library had the Enclyopedia of Celtic Myths & Legends and it was there that I learned of Aoifa (pronounced EE-fa). She was the daughter of Ard-Greimme and an Irish warrior-princess, skilled in martial arts and other war tactics, in the Land of Shadows. There were times in the past when I would give up something/someone because I didn't think I deserved it. Now, with Aoifa inside, I'm much better at sticking up for myself!

My Name Came To Me Quite Easily. It Had Practicaly Jumped Out... Feb 16th. at 1:22:15 pm EST

Blair Lightpaws (Toronto) Age: 16

My name came to me quite easily. It had practicaly jumped out and bit me. My name is Blair Lightpaws. Sound familiar? I thought Blair was getting too close to the famous Blair Witch. I rejected this name, but no matter how many times I tried, I couldn't find another name that just fit me. I wanted a name that represents how I feel and think, not one that everyone would except because it doesn't sound like anyone elses. I finally decided to be true to myself and go with the name that spiritualy, is right for me.

I Would Like To Know What Is The Explianation Of Creation, How... Feb 16th. at 5:21:00 pm EST

Angelofthenite (miami) Age: 16

I would like to know what is the explianation of creation, How is the start of everything explain in wiccan/pagan tradition?

When I Joined A Womens Circle Group, I Was Asked To Come... Feb 17th. at 10:46:38 am EST

Tracie Montgomery (Inkom, Idaho US) Age: 39 - Email

When I joined a womens circle group, I was asked to come up with a magickal name. The first thing that popped into my head was cetacia. I didn't have to even think about it, it was just there. I have a special attatchment to whales. I have a humpback whale tattoo on the side of my right leg. Whales are cetaceans, so there you go, just that simple.

How My Daughter Got Her Magickal Name- I Fell In Love With... Feb 17th. at 3:34:55 pm EST

Vanessa (APO, ARMED FORCES EUROPE US) Age: 25 - Email

How my daughter got her magickal name-
I fell in love with my daughter the second I saw her, I felt this energy-I know we've been together in a past live, she even tells me that (she's a very magickal little person!)...back when she was born I gave her the most beautiful name I could think of & my mom, who was there with me the whole time, chose her second name (I call her by both). I love my little girl (she's almost 5 now) more than anything, she lights up my live and makes me happy. She's my Sunshine. When I'm sad she comforts me and cheers me up, when she wakes up in the morning, it's like the sun coming up and the storm clouds are gone. Now she even tells people that her name is Sunshine and when I ask her what she wants to be called she says "Sunshine, because that's what I am". She also has another magickal name that her teachers gave her in school...But to me she'll always be my Sunshine.

I Think That A Magickal Name Is Very Important. First, I Think... Feb 17th. at 4:23:35 pm EST

Woodswomyn Moon (Lisbon, Ohio US) Age: 48 - Email

I think that a magickal name is very important. First, I think it reinforces our committments and philosophies that we have chosen and helps us identify more with that persona, helping to bring it into our everyday lives. I feel it empowers us to continue to become the person we hope to be through our choices. Secondly, I also think it gives our Pagan peers a look into who we are, and where we are going; it gives them a chance to connect with us on another level. I chose my own magickal name, because I above all others know who I am. I feel my magickal name is a direct link between the Goddess and myself. It is my promise to Her that She is in my life, my soul, my being, at all times. Mother Earth has given us all that we need. I have chosen to learn from the plants, use the plants, protect the plants, and love the plants. We are a part of each other. The Moon has given me much feminine strength, companionship, love and protection, that I chose to use it as part of my magickal name for I would never want to live without Her. Woodswomyn Moon.

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