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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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Merry Meet, Where Did I Get My Magickal Name? From Alot Of... Feb 12th. at 11:36:18 am UTC

Amaris Nightwind (Atchison, Kansas US) Age: 29 - Email

Merry Meet,
Where did I get my magickal name? From alot of places.....I am a moon child, I love the moon and the comfort and ease the moon gives me, so Amaris means moon child and since the moon is at night and the night time is where my spirit comes to life, Nightwind, gives my name a more picture to me...thus my name Amaris Nigthwind...cant get anymore beautiful than that!

Brightest Blessings on your enjoyable day

*~* Amaris Nightwind*~*

Aloha, I Did Some Reflection, Some Investigation, And Some Meditation In Order... Feb 12th. at 11:23:52 am UTC

Pitch (Concord, California US) Age: 50


I did some reflection, some investigation, and some meditation in order to arrive
at what seemed to be an appropriate "magical" name. It's literary antecedents
are the Mabinogion. I took up The Pitch Black Witch.I began to sign my writings
that way.

But no sooner had I started using this name than it became shortened in use to what it is now. Folks and friends call me Pitch.

Long and elaborate names are difficult to use in speaking. They get pruned down
to their pith.

Musing Better Pitch Than Sludge, I Guess! Rose,


In The Tradition To Which I Was Dedicated, Protocol Usually Dictates That... Feb 12th. at 10:28:27 am UTC

Marea (Niagara Falls, Ontario CA) Age: 30 - Email

In the tradition to which I was dedicated, protocol usually dictates that the priest and/or priestess performing the dedication choose a magical name for the dedicant, however exceptions can be made. I guess I would have to be that exception, stubborn as I am!

Years before I ever stumbled across Craft, two things of great import happened in my life. One was an intense spiritual awakening while walking Cavendish Beach in Prince Edward Island which forever left me bonded to the sea as a source for the divine. The second was a 13 year old girl's daydream of what to name her future children. I settled on "Emily Marea" for a girl's name, meaning "Light of the Sea", since Marea is a derivation of Miriam, "Mistress of the Sea".

The name Marea stuck with me and continued to reverberate in my brain for years. When the time came for me to dedicate to life as a pagan - thinking back to that original experience at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean when I felt the presence of the Goddess for the first time, there was only one name I could take.

Bright Blessings,

My Craft Name Is Artemis Moonshadow, Personally I Think There's No Real... Feb 12th. at 9:07:30 am UTC

Artemis Moonshadow (Kfar Saba Israel, Israel) Age: 15 - Email

My Craft name is Artemis Moonshadow, personally I think there's no real need for a Craft name but this name just popped one day intomy head and wouldn'y leave.
When I started studying the Craft a year ago, I read a lot about Craft names, what the most common are, why we use them ect.
If we're going to go techniachal it took me about three months to find my name, in actuality, I searched for a month and realised the Gods would just tell me when it was ready, so I stopped and for two months I just read about the Craft.
One day in late spring I was taking a shower (one of the best I've ever taken BTW) when I finished and dried myself off, I noticed the cresent moon outside the bathroom window and a tiny star next to it, I watched it for while and thought of Artemis, a cresent moon always remind me of her bow, them there was a small wind and I saw a thin cloud move over the moon, making the moon look like a shadow. I felt like I had been slapped.
Finally the Gods sent me a message, I was also honoured that Artemis was letting me use her name, she's one scary Lady.
So that's how I got the name Artemis Moonshadow, don't search to hard it's usually in plain sight (when you realise what you're seeing)

My Magick Name Is Hardly Something "to Hide Behind!" I Luve My... Feb 12th. at 7:03:13 am UTC

Lizz (Liverpool, New York US) Age: 16 - Email

My magick name is hardly something "to hide behind!" I luve my magick name and there is a very good reason I have it. I developed it after meeting my spirit guides and a quite an interesting astreal dream. If you want to read it though, please visit my website because it's a long story!
However I do know that some people choose them to be cool, but honestly I think if people wait long enough the Lord and Lady will tell you a better name or agree that it's the best suited. I use it a lot for people online because I meet teens almost every day who honestly want information, but I don't trust sending my real name out on the web. Also it's a way for people to recognize me no matter the chat board, Pagan Perspective, or essay i've written.
I've had my magickal name for over two and a half years now, and I'm tellin ya I have changed so much from it. It's given me a whole new sense of self as well as drawn me closer to my religion. Maybe it's just me, but that's how I see it.
Bright Blessings
Night's Aqua Tiger

My Craft Name Is Raindancer... Witchcraft Is A Great Deal About Empowering... Feb 12th. at 5:45:44 am UTC

Raindancer (Christchurch, New Zealand) Age: 52 - Email

My Craft name is Raindancer... Witchcraft is a great deal about empowering, and as my given name is one that my parents chose, this was a name that I chose. I thought of the Sioux way of naming after something special you do, and although its not strictly in the Sioux way, its the same idea, and its my way. Why Raindancer? Maybe a poem I wrote would explain it best.

The Kiss

Cloudy nightfall is finally come,
a grey sky is turning black.
The noisy street is quiet now,
the busy people all put away.
I sit alone by my silent window,
my Daytime Life now put to rest.
The thick night is hushed now,
nothing... not even a whisper...
its waiting... waiting... waiting...
I know this... I feel it... waiting...
I feel it, although I can't say why.
There's something coming closer,
somewhere deep in a blackening sky.
Then I hear it.... one tiny sound....
then another... another...
a few.. more.. many..
I know this sound... yes...
it opens up my secret heart.
It lets the hidden child out,
the eternal dancer in my soul.
Quickly... excited... I hurry...
I want to see that it is so.
I strip off my grownup camoflage,
I leave it there upon my floor.
The flame leaps out beyond the flesh,
it brightly burns to light the dark.
Arms outstretched, I embrace the night,
In naked bliss, I kiss the rain.

Thats why Raindancer
Blessed Be

Personally, I See No Need For A Magical Name. I Don't Make... Feb 12th. at 5:25:44 am UTC

Skye Cat (Edinburgh, Scotland UK) Age: 27 - Email

Personally, I see no need for a magical name. I don't make a distinction between my "Witchy" self and my "normal" self in my daily life. To me they are one and the same, so I don't need a special name to separate the two.

My net name comes from an ornament that hangs from my lounge ceiling.

My Magikal Name Is Mew. I Now Realize That We All Go... Feb 12th. at 2:07:43 am UTC

Shiralee Beck (Knob Noster, Missouri US) Age: 35

My magikal name is Mew. I now realize that we all go through a great deal of stress while we look for a magikal name, but I was alone when I found that there was a name for the way I looked at the world and it was witch. I have actively rescued cats for 17 years and had 17 in the house at the time, from four litters of stray cats. They were all sick and many visits to the vet did not seem to help. I finally cast my first circle to the goddess and gave an offering of oils and a pure white candle for assistance in returning the kittens to health. As I was meditating that night, my familiar, my first rescued cat, sat by my head and in my mind I could understand her perfectly telling me that my name was Mew. I wanted to know what this meant in english and she said that she sees me as a kitten on my spiritual path, thus she calls me Mew. I have since been warned never to ask a feline familiar a serious question for they have quite a sense of humor!

My "magical" Name Is One Of My Screen Names, And Has Been... Feb 12th. at 1:00:51 am UTC

Earthwind (Columbia, South Carolina US) Age: 42

My "magical" name is one of my screen names, and has been since '92. My name came to be through private meditation. I meditated and saw my self firmly planted on top of a hill while the skies were reeking havoc around me. I loved the feeling of being grounded in the midst of natural chaotic forces unleashing great amounts of energy: wind, rain, lightening and thunder.

In 1992 I had never heard of a religion called "Wicca". My days of playing with magick (seances, etc.) were decades past. Yet in that moment of time, when I desired a screen name of personal meaning, something nature-based was the result.

I continue to use the name online. At some point in the process of my Wiccan learning journey, I may find a different and truer magickal name. But for now, I am Earthwind. I have been for years, and it feels true.

My Magical Name Is My Regular Name; I Am What I Am... Feb 11th. at 11:33:41 pm UTC

John (New Naumkeag) Age: 33

My magical name is my regular name; I am what I am, as Popeye said... :-)

My Magickal Name Is Willowsong. I Chose This Name Because I Have... Feb 11th. at 10:50:16 pm UTC

WillowSong (St. Augustine, Florida US) Age: 20 - Email

My magickal name is WillowSong.

I chose this name because i have always loved the willow tree, it is peaceful and scerene. I want to be strong and peaceful like the willow tree, i want to give calm and peace to those around me. "Song" was chosen to acompany "willow" because I feel that my life is a song. It has it's ups and downs and while seeming a certain way while the moment is experienced, when looking back it is different. It has a message, a meaning, a story. Life has its own story to tell, and hopefully my life will speak to me and to others as a song does. I also love music. It's a part of my soul, an extension of myself. I always have a song in my head and music is a huge part of my life. I feel that music expresses me better than i could ever express myself. This is why my magickal name is WillowSong.

Hi...i Am Darkstar I Chose My Name About 20 Years Ago... Feb 11th. at 10:32:27 pm UTC

Beth Buckley (Orlando, Florida US) Age: 37 - Email

Hi...I am DarkStar
I chose my name about 20 years ago. Basically I picked this one because I liked the idea of balance between light and dark, but the actual name came from a song by Crosby, Stills and Nash...if you are old enough to remember them, and the song, the words are really good!!!

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