I’m interested in Paganism, but I have a bad past with being a not-so-good person. Can I still continue to learn and practice Paganism?

“I’m only starting out, and I was exploring Paganism in general, and a Wiccan friend of mine told me that it’s the wrong thing for me to do because I am  a deceitful, unforgiving person who hurt’s other’s too much. I have forgiven myself, and other’s have forgiven me for the things I have done in my past. Is he being harsh? Should I, if I really am interested continue to keep learning and reading?”

Blessings,

Simple answer: Yes. Any religion only plays a PART of your life. It’s a small percentage of what makes who you are. Yes, you may fully committed, dedicated, and a strong practitioner, but it’s still something that’s a part of you and not makes you.

Your personality and life decisions doesn’t affect your religion or your beliefs. If you believe in Karma, then something might come back to kick you in the butt, otherwise, as long as forgiveness and peace of mind is there, then by all means continue to learn and grow. Just keep in mind, Paganism in its nature is a peaceful, all-loving practice. It follows the laws of nature and the Universe, and if you’re not nice to it, it won’t be nice to you.

You won’t be seeing Pagans being running around being deceitful and hurting others, that’s not what Paganism is about. But if that WHO you are, then perhaps your friend might be a little right. I’m not saying you CAN’T become Pagan, no one and nothing is stopping you, but like I said above, you will need to be at peace with others, yourself, and with the Universe and have a clean, good-intentioned conscience to be able to do many Pagan practices.

The choice is yours.

Blessed be,
Sage

 

What type of divination is the most accurate? Which kind should I study and focus on the most?

“I want to start learning and practicing divination. What type of divination will give me the more accurate answers? Is there a type that is more powerful and better than the others? I want something that will give me more than Yes and No answers.”

Blessings,

There is no “most powerful” type of divination. The most powerful is whatever type of divination YOU feel most comfortable with, understand, and can “see” the answers you seek effectively. There are literally a plethora of different ways to do divination. You can even make up a technique if it gets you answers. Many Wiccans and Witches choose Tarot Cards as their main means of divination. It’s also the most popular.

Tarot cards, runes, water/mirror/flame gazing, pendulums, crystal balls, ouija boards, and tea leaf reading are just some of the handfull of ways for divination. Not one way is better than the other. It’s all up to what works for you. So in your quest to finding the “most powerful,” you’re going to have to try out a few different ways and see what you’re most “good at.”

It’s not all about the meanings and definitions in the books. For instance, the definitions for tarot cards, runes, and tea leafs in books are not always universal, but usually what the author believes those meanings are. You can use those definitions from the books as reference, but the true meanings come from YOU. You’re the one who decides what the tarot cards mean. You’ll need to spend time focusing and reflecting on what each card/rune/image means to you, what the images mean, and in what situation or part of life they belong to.

If you’ve never done divination before, or don’t have much experience with it – start slow and easy. Start with pendulums. Pendulums will give you those easy Yes or No answers. And from there you can work your way up the divination later.

If you can’t get your hands on a pendulum, tarot cards, runes, or any other tools – do what our ancestor witches did; glass of water and an egg (the white yolk only). Drop the white yolk in the glass of water and stare at it. Images should start appearing to you, sometimes moving images. This won’t give you a specific answer to something unless you ask a spirit for assistance, otherwise, this is a “this could be in your future,” kind of deal.

Flame and water gazing are other ways if you lack the other divination tools. Also with the assistance of a spirit, these are easy ways for divination. Flame gazing depends on what flame you’re using. With candles, you won’t so much get full images, but probably like the pendulum, get yes or no answers. On the other hand, if you’re using a fireplace where the flames are much larger and wider, you’ll have a better chance of seeing images and signs in the flames. For water gazing, it’s best done with a black or dark dish. Two ways for water gazing: the first, by simply gazing into the water. The second, by using en egg’s white yolk, dropping very small chunk-like crystals in the bowl, adding crushed herbs, or sprinkling sand (this is better in larger bowls). With all these ingredients, some kind of image or sign should form and appear.

Using an ouija board is probably the hardest and least effective way of divination. Because not always will a spirit listen to your call and give you a visit, and rarely do the spirits that do come around have the power to completely move or influence you to move the board’s pointer. Tea leafs is one of the oldest and probably best and most entertaining way of divination. With tea leafs, you’ll almost always get an image. Sometimes you’ll see a person you know, a thing, place, etc. You can look up what the different images mean, but be sure to cross-reference multiple sources to compare the similarities of meanings. But also use your own intuition and feelings about the things you see and feel to decode the message/image.

 

Blessed Be,
Sage

The connections between Wiccan and Hinduism.

“I was just wondering if there’s any connection between Wicca and Hinduism?

Blessed Be

Lee”

Dear Lee,

Hinduism is regarded as one of the oldest world religions, and the world’s third largest religion. Hinduism is ancient, its beliefs, philosophies, gods and goddesses, practices and rituals are in the hundreds. Hinduism has many traditions, just as Wicca does, among the largest are the  Shaivism, Vaishnavism and Śrauta traditions that are practiced in the largest of populated areas in India.

Among other practices and philosophies, Hinduism includes a wide spectrum of laws and prescriptions of “daily morality” based on the notion of Karma, Dharma, and societal norms. Hinduism is a conglomeration of distinct intellectual or philosophical points of view, rather than a rigid common set of beliefs and rules.

To its adherents, Hinduism is the traditional way of life, and because of the wide range of traditions and ideas incorporated within or covered by it, arriving at a comprehensive definition of the term is problematic. While sometimes referred to as a religion, Hinduism is more often defined as a religious tradition. It is therefore described as both the oldest of the world’s religions, and the most diverse.

Hinduism is sometimes characterized by the belief in reincarnation (Samsara), determined by the law of Karma, and the idea that salvation is freedom from this cycle of repeated birth and death. Most Hindu traditions honor the ancient sacred-texts called the Vedas (knowledge). Composed in Vedic Sanskrit, the texts constitute the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism.

Most Hindus believe that the spirit or soul — the true “self” of every person, called the ātman — is eternal. Hinduism is a diverse system of thought with beliefs spanning monotheism, polytheism, panentheism, pantheism, monism, and atheism among others; and its concept of God is complex and depends upon each individual and the tradition and philosophy followed.

The connections  between Wicca and Hinduism can be few or many, depending on how you want to look at it. Both religions can believe in multiple Gods, both practice daily devotions and rituals, and both somewhat believe in the same philosophies of life, death, and reincarnation. The vast majority of Hindus engage in religious rituals on a daily basis. Most Hindus observe religious rituals at home. but observation of rituals greatly vary among regions, villages, and individuals. Devout Hindus perform daily chores such as worshiping at dawn after bathing (usually at a family shrine, and typically includes lighting a lamp and offering foodstuffs before the images of deities), recitation from religious scripts, singing devotional hymns, meditation, chanting mantras, reciting scriptures, etc.

As for Wicca, I’m going to assume you have knowledge of it. And since this is a Pagan/Wicca blog, there’s information all around! Hope my very basic summary of Hinduism is clear.

Blessed Be,
Sage

I’ve decided that Wicca is the path I want to take. I have told some of my friends, but I’m afraid that people will confront me about taking the wrong path. Should I brush off what people say and just take the negativity?

“I am a girl of 15 and i had decided that Wicca is the religion that i am going to take. i’m willing to search a lot of facts and backgrounds about it, and i’m willing to save up for the tools that i will need. but although some of my closest friends know my plans, i’m afraid that a lot of people around me will say that i had taken the wrong path. i knew that i must trust myself regarding my own beliefs but i think that the reaction of the others will make me doubt myself. should i disregard it?”

Blessings,

My first word of advice to you is, don’t feel like you have to tell people! Matter of fact, you shouldn’t be telling people! You should never tell, only answer when they ask! In many Wiccan 101 books, you’ll probably see the phrase, “To know, to dare, to will, to keep silent.” This apart of the “Witches’ Pyramid.” It doesn’t so much mean that you have to stay quiet about who you are, but more to keep quiet of the magick and what you are doing.

You are a very young girl, with more information than you can imagine to learn. Don’t make yourself feel like you have to rush to learn, to come out to people, and be publish of who you are and what you believe in. Religion, especially Wicca, is a very personal religion. It will do you worse if you TELL people what you’re religion is, than just answering questions if THEY ask what you’re religion is.

For now, you should study, read, and learn everything you can get your hands on. As for tools, they are almost unnecessary. You can create your own tools and crafts – creating your own stuff will actually enhance its power for you! Because you are so young, many people won’t take you seriously or respect the decisions you’ve made, like choosing Wicca for a religion. You don’t have to hide yourself completely from who you are, but certainly don’t make it obvious. For now until you’re older, you can tell people you’re “exploring Wicca,” instead of saying “I practice Wicca.” That will most likely be less intimidating, especially to family members.

Don’t ever doubt yourself. I can already tell you’re a strong soul by the fact that you’ve already told people. But as long as you’re practicing Wicca for the right reasons and not because “it’s cool,” or “I like magic,” or “I like the attention,” then the Universe will eventually work in your favor.

Blessed Be,
Sage

Wicca appeals strongly to me and it’s comfortable, but I don’t believe in the Gods and Goddesses as actual Gods. Is it right to practice Wicca while essentially being atheist?

“Hi! I’ve returned to the path several times over in my life, and it appeals strongly to me and it’s comfortable, but I can’t get myself to believe in the Gods and Goddesses as actual Gods and Goddesses- more like spirits like any others. Does it make sense for me to practice while being essentially atheist? I want to make a serious commitment this time since I’m older, but my view on Gods/Goddesses makes me feel out of place. Thank you in advance! – August”

Dear August,

The Ancient Pagans, and many other ancient “heathen” religions, never actually worshiped a physical God or Goddess. Paganism in its essence, is an earth-based, nature religion. Worshiping nature, life, death, the solstices, and magick. Gods and Goddesses, at the time – some were physical persons whom people believed to be powerful, mysterious people with supernatural powers that could control nature, the weather, crops and harvest, etc. And some were merely fictional. Gods and Goddesses are simply called upon and invoked to help, guide, protect, etc.

Believing in Gods and Goddesses, by any means a necessity in Paganism. Even today, all Gods and Goddesses, even the Wiccan Lord (Sun) and Lady (Moon) are spiritual creatures – they just happen to have physical representations; the sun and moon. So to agree with your opinion of them being spirits, they are. When you invoke them, there’s not going to be a physical God or Goddess knocking on your door asking you what you want, but their spirit and essence.

As mentioned, Gods and Goddesses are historical figures, both based off of real persons and fictional characters. They are apart of religion because of the spiritual aspect and faith. What makes the Christian God real? Faith. What makes magick in Witchcraft and Wicca real? Faith. So it’s really not essential that you have to make yourself believe in them. If you do, that’s cool. If you don’t, that’s cooler. Paganism and Wicca are eclectic – it is what you make of it. If you need to call upon or invoke a “God” or “Goddess” during ritual, then don’t refer them to that. Instead, just replace the word “God” or “Goddess” for “Spirit.”

You don’t have to follow Wicca by-the-book. And Paganism, according to research, were worshipers of life, death, and nature, with no records (from other cultures and religions) of worshiping an ancient deity (God or Goddess). You don’t even have to call yourself Wiccan if you don’t feel comfortable with it because of the disbelief in Gods and Goddesses. Simply go with Witch, Spiritualist, Magician, Heathen, or whatever you feel comfortable with. Or nothing at all.

Don’t be afraid to create and symbolize your own personal religion.

Blessed Be,
Sage

Can I be a Christian Wiccan? I want to make my family happy and still believe in God. Can I be Wiccan while still maintaining the core Christian values?

“I come from a heavy catholic family but have always felt some sort of attachment to the wiccan religion. My grandmother told me that she supported me as long as I was happy and still believed in God but my mom well… thats another story. How can I comfortably enter the wiccan faith while still maintaining the core christian values?”

Blessings,

There are many people out there that call themselves “Wiccan Christians.” Those who worship Jesus and the Saints as deities, but also still do magick and everything else associated with Wicca. Unfortunately, there can’t be such a thing. Wicca and Christianity can’t be more different. It’s like trying to say that you’re pregnant dog is going to have kittens because the dog and cat “got together.”

Truth is, you have a decision to make. Christianity has made it clear that Witchcraft is a no-no. The beliefs, practices, and values of life are completely different. There’s almost nothing that is similar for them to even TRY to make them work together. The concept of the Christian God alone is enough to see the difference. Wicca clearly believes and worships the Gracious Lady and Mighty Lord; the God and Goddess. And Christianity clearly states that it’s a sin to believe in and worship more than one God.

Many will probably disagree and state that it is possible to be a “Wiccan Christian.” But you just can’t mix two very, very completely religions together. You don’t meet people calling themselves “Christian Muslims,” or “Jewish Buddhists.” People might try to implement two religions to satisfy their family, friends, and culture. But doing so, they can be Christian to their Christian family, and Wiccan to their Wiccan friends. Doing so keeps them “safe” from shunning, bashing, and neglect.

However, when it comes to symbolism, many witches and Occultist use the Cross and Star of David symbols in rituals and magick. Many “big” rituals, usually in spirit contacting rituals and the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram/Hexagram (LBRP/H), Jewish and Kabbalah symbolism, rites, incantations, and the use of God’s many names, and angels, are implemented into the ritual. So it is possible to use something like to try and “mix” religions, but occultist don’t worship these “other religion’s” deities, just use them in their practice and ritual. So you may summon Jesus or the Virgin Mary, or any other Saint, into your practice, but you don’t have to be Christian to do so.

It’s not that you don’t have to believe in Jesus, Saints, or the Angles. These beings at one point or another, have existed. So you don’t exactly have to deny and forget about them completely. You may call upon them in ritual or for guidance. It’s always difficult, especially if you’re young, to just leave your religion that you’ve grown up with. Because it’s really not that easy. You would have to disagree and almost hate your old religion to just be able to quit it. So… If you think it’s a choice that needs to be made NOW, don’t. It’s not. Wicca is about self-development and self-learning, so it could take you years before you really figure things out and find your way. For now, you can be Christian. Believe in God, the Devil, go to Church, etc etc. But also, you can do some not-so-Wiccan things, like meditation, attune with nature, read more.

Move at your own pace. Do what you feel is comfortable. Don’t worry about satisfying the people around you – I know it’s hard not to, but if they truly love you like they’re supposed to, they’ll understand. Trust me, it might take a while, but eventually, they’ll get over it and support and accept you. I came out to my mother when I was 19 or 20, and it took a while for her to come around and just be OKAY with it. After a while, you can start putting some “magickal” stuff out and leaving them there. To a point where your entire altar is visible. Eventually, they’ll start asking questions and be curious about what you’re doing and what exactly you believe in. They just want to be assured that you’re not worshiping the devil and putting curses and hexes on people!

Take it slow. Think long and hard. And just take your time. Everything happens for a reason. The Universe let’s things work out for the good or the bad because it’s the Universe’s way to leading you out the maze and into bliss!

A simple guide to beginning Wicca and the Craft. Easy steps to beginning your new journey and self-development!

Wicca is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. Whether people are actually practicing Wicca/Paganism for the right reasons or not, it’s still one of the world’s major religions. To me, Wicca, Witchcraft, and Paganism are all different things. Wicca is the religion that follows so set guidelines and the Wiccan rede “an ye harm none, do what ye will.” Wicca also celebrates all eight, major and minor Sabbats. Not all Wiccan celebrate Ebats, though. Even though it’s “technically” apart of Wiccan religion. And believing in the God and Goddess as THE deities. Witchcraft is all about the magick; the spells, rituals, potions, divination, etc. Those who practice Witchcraft often worship multiple deities and spirits. And don’t usually celebrate sabbats or esbats. Paganism is ancient. It’s more of a way of life than it is a religion. The divine belief and worship of nature and everything in the universe. The belief that everything on this earth and off of it is interconnected and all a part of the togetherness and oneness of life. Pagans celebrate the solstices (four major sabbats) and the esbats. They are the followers of the Old Religions, the Old Ways, and the Ancient Gods.

It’s true there’s no hard evidence of ancient Pagan life or of it’s religion and beliefs, but references from other religions, cultures, and stories can help us put together the pieces of the everyday lives and practices of ancient Pagans. I call myself Pagan. Not Wiccan. Not Witch. Pagan. My research is about ancient history and religion, so little by little I can figure out exactly what the Old Ways consisted of. These are my opinions and definitions and by no means “true” answers and meanings. So think of each at your own.

So… Back to the guide. First, ask yourself: “Why am I interested in Wicca/Witchcraft/Pagansim?” It’s a question many fail to ask themselves. Sure, it’s mostly appealing to teenagers and young adults because of media, movies and television. We can thank TV shows life Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed to introduce us to Wicca and Witchcraft. But people often get caught up with that they think Wicca is, and what they hope it’ll be. Well, it’s NOT going to make you levitate a pencil or yourself. It’s NOT going to let you say a spell and it automatically working. And it’s NOT going to let you move things with your mind or by waving your hand. Teenagers, especially, mainly get an interest in Witchcraft for attention. To scare and threaten by accusing that they’ll “cast a spell on you” or use “voodoo to control your mind.” The true essence of what Wicca is isn’t even in their mind. So ask yourself that question. Think long and hard. If answers like, “because it sounds cool,” “I want to do magic,” “I want to scare people,” “because I don’t like my old religion,” or “my friend is Wiccan,” then you seriously need to go get educated.

If any of these keywords like “spirituality,” “divine essence,” “peace and freedom,” “nature,” pop in your head when asking that question, then you MIGHT be on the right track. The next question to ask yourself is: “Why do I want to be Wiccan?” You might have some similar answers from the first question and answer, but your answers to the first question should be by using keywords, the answer to this questions should be answered in full sentences.

In traditional Wicca, studying for “A year and a day” is common. And if Wicca is THE path you want to follow, then I think it’s ideal. Give yourself a full year before REALLY “committing” to it. For a lot of the young folk, it often turns out to be a phase. Sometimes a short phase when they realize their spells aren’t really working, or a long phase where it last for years when it starts out strong and just fades away – either into complete loss, or just little to no practice.

  • Read. A LOT. Read as much as you can and everything you can get your hands on. Though the Craft is mostly about personal practice and experience, I believe reading and learning everything you can first will help you better understand things, ideas, practices, etc. No two Wiccan authors have the same ideas and beliefs, so it’s important to see that though Wicca has some basic ground rules, there’s no “this is how it’s only done” rule set in stone. Wicca has many different paths and traditions, and eclecticism is one of them, so you’ll be able to divise your own beliefs and practices for your personal “religion.”
  • Dedication. For Wiccans, a dedication/commitment ritual is usually the beginning of your Wiccan path. It can be a sweet, short, simple ritual dedicating yourself to follow the Wiccan way and to the Goddess and God, nothing ridiculous or complicated. A dedication ritual can be implemented to dedicating yourself for “a year and a day,” or it can be done after the year and a day.
  • Start with trying to master meditation. Before any ritual/spell/magic work is done, meditation comes first. Without knowing how to properly meditate and visualize, then all you’re doing is saying a bunch of rhyming words and lighting things on fire. So practice meditation everyday, if possible. Even if it’s only for 10-15 minutes whenever you can. It’s pretty important. Refer back to my meditation post – it’ll be quite helpful for you.
  • Depending on what path, tradition, etc. you want to follow, it’s important to connect yourself and attune with nature. If available, go to the woods, the park, or pretty much wherever there are trees, plants, flowers, etc. and maybe some animals. Pick a spot or a tree. Try to connect with it. Feel its pure energy and its spirit. Sync with it and find that connection.
  • While you’re in nature, gather some things to place on your altar. Stick, branches, stones, flowers, plants/herbs – whatever you can find. If you’re going to follow a nature path (Paganism, the ancient ways, or any other ancient celtic/druid path), remember to “ask permission” for anything that you have to break or pluck from nature. If it resists, then your request has been denied and move on.
  • Start small with magick work and work your way up. For example, work with herbs. Create magick sachets, teas, brews, potions, etc. Empower your tools if you have any. Or your crystals and stones. Everything needs a cleansing and empowering!
  • When you feel comfortable, you can conduct a small, simple ritual. It doesn’t have to have a purpose besides just invoking the guardians, elements, deities, or whomever you choose to attend to your circle. Your circle itself should be simple, as well. Traditionally, made by salt, but you can use rope, sticks/branches, candles – whatever you have available. Heck, you don’t even need a physical circle! Conjure it up and visualize a circle protecting you from evil, harm, and negativity.
  • When you feel ready – no book, source, or person can tell you when you’re ready, ONLY YOU – you can begin on spells. As mentioned in the post on how to write and create your own spells, your spells don’t have to be elaborate, complex, or even rhyming. It’s just a worded guide for you to help you concentrate on your intent of the spell. You can start on simple spells like protection and banishing, and move your way up to perhaps attracting love, money, or luck.
  • Then comes the celebration of Sabbats and Esbats. These are the rituals, at least for Sabbats, that many practitioners tend to make elaborate. I know I do. I probably spend more time putting everything together than the duration of the ritual itself! But, because it is a celebration, that’s usually why I like to make it a little bit more fancier than just a normal ritual. Elaboration is by no means a requirement, I’m just saying. Point is, Sabbats and Esbats are usually a “step higher” than your normal ritual, because it usually involves longer incantations, offerings, and objects.
  • Divination might be your next step up. Though I don’t recommend divination if you’re JUST starting the path. It’s something you’d do after everything mentioned above. Start with the easiest forms of divination; pendulums, water, black mirror, fire, or crystal gazing. Then try Tarot cards and runes. And finally an ouija/spirit board and spirit contact. However, I highly recommend you don’t attempt to use an ouija board or spirit contacting until you’ve had some experience. And I don’t mean a year and a day.

NOTE: Almost every Wicca 101 book will say that astrology, moon and star correspondents, timing, and all that good stuff is important when it comes to doing spells and rituals. And in a way, it is – obviously for Esbats. But, among some other things, it’s not necessary. However, feel free to reference it if you haven’t already.

NOTE II: It’s understandable that some might still be in the “broom closet” and live with family or others, and having tools or ritual supplies is near to impossible. However, guess what? If your rituals consist of having elemental representation objects (the four elements), the simplest of objects are: sea shells, sea salt, water, the color blue for the element of water. Incense, plant leafs, feathers, the color white for the element of air. Candles, lava rocks, the color red for the element of fire. Crystals, stones, dirt, the color green for the element of earth.

The real guide to beginning Wicca is really the steps you feel and do at your own pace. Our lives doesn’t revolve around Wicca, it’s only a part of it. So if you miss a Sabbat or Esbat, or missed a certain eclipse or time when the stars are aligned, or something that has to do with timing or significance, don’t stress or worry about it. It’s not all about Wicca. It’s all about You. It’s about how and when you feel comfortable, how and when you feel the time is right, and how and when you know you feel ready. Don’t think just because you’re a “witch” that you’re some big-shot, because you’re not. You’re not special to anyone. You’re only special to yourself, the God and Goddess, and the Universe.

Just remember to keep things simple. Nothing has to be fancy, elaborate, or complicated. You don’t need fancy tools, a decorative altar, a candle of every color, or an expensive ginormous leather Book of Shadows. All you need is “me, myself, and I” to work true magick. All the “stuff” comes with time. You’ll be surprised the things you’ll accumulate over the years. After over a decade of practicing the Craft, I have two shelves stuffed with things I used to have on my altar, and then I have everything that’s actually on my altar! If you’ve ever taken a college English course, you might have heard the term “KISS: keep it simple, stupid.”

How does the feri/faerie Wicca and the feminist Wicca differentiate from the traditional Wicca?

“How does the feri/faerie wicca and the feminist wicca differentiate from the traditional wicca?”

Blessings,

Faerie/Faery/Fairy Wicca is just one of the many traditions within Wicca. It has a big emphasis on the Fay; fairies, gnomes, elves, spirits), their lore, spirit, and their relation to the natural world. This tradition mostly follows the Celtic tradition and people, and Irish mythology.

Faery Wicca is about your personal development with nature, natural divination (crystal ball, water, and nature signs), astrology, and herbology. Followers of this tradition, usually practice in nature and in the woods. Having their own personal tree is sometimes a requirement, according to some books and sources. Practitioners worship according to the lunar cycle and celebrate the solstices. To some, freedom of sexual expression is encouraged, or just risk-taking in general.

Exercises such as the Iron Pentacle, the Pearl Pentacle, the Lead Pentacle, and the Blue Fire visualization are practiced to develop and strengthen the Faerie energy current. The mystery of the tradition probably stems from the fact that Faerie Wicca in its true form cannot be studied by distance tuition, by means of books or on the Web.

Like Egyptian Heka, Faerie Wicca is an oral tradition, very much hands-on and taught in person by initiates of the Craft. This being the case and because each initiate has their own take on the Tradition based on their individual experiences and interests, many authentic branches or lineages of the Faerie Tradition resulted.

Feminist Wiccan, or Dianic Wicca as it’s usually known, is a tradition for its focus on the worship of the Goddess, and on feminism. Dianic worship is usually a female-only path. The tradition combines elements from traditional Wicca, folk magic, feminist values, healing practices, and Italian folk-magic recorded in Chalres Leland’s Aradia.

While traditional Wicca worship and incorporate both the God and Goddess, Dianics only worship the Goddess as Whole Unto Herself. While many Wiccan paths follow a belief system that limits hexing, cursing or negative magic, some Dianic Wiccans make an exception to the rule. Budapest, a noted feminist Wiccan writer, has argued that hexing or binding those who do harm to women is acceptable.

Blessed Be
Sage

How can I write my own spells? What color candles should I use? Do I needs objects and tools for my spells to work?

“Hi, I have a question about spells. I want to learn how to create them, but it entails many factors. I don’t know what sort of objects I need, I can put the words down, somehow, but I don’t know what I have to use in the process. What sort of candles, or what else. Which’s a nice source to find reliable spells? or any help will be appreciated. I’m just starting, I don’t want to do things wrong. Thanks.”

Blessings,

Spells are one of the simpler aspects of the Craft. Spells can be as simple as lighting a birthday candle, or as elaborate as creating your own candle, involving herbs, crystals, and other tools to conduct your spell.

You really don’t “need” anything to cast a spell. Just yourself. The whole point of involving candles and other tools is to enhance the power and energy. But like I said, you can literally use a birthday candle. Depending on what kind of spell you are trying to do, is what you can determine the other factors and objects to use. For example, with love spells, obviously the color candle you could use is red or pink. You can also use roses, or any other flower, heart-shaped objects or even paper cut outs, or literally anything else you would use to represent love to use as the “extra” stuff in spells. With a money spell, you can use a gold or green candle. Use coins to implement in your spell. For protection spells, white and black candles. Crystals or some small, personal object can be used to empower and protect you.

What you use during/for a spell can never be “wrong.” Because YOU know what it’s for, and YOU know its intention, so will the Gods and the Universe, and it’ll work in your favor, regardless if the object represents what your spell is for or not. It’s the same thing with wording or language. Some people believe that saying a spell is a different language, Latin being the popular one, will make the spell more powerful. False. The magick isn’t coming from the words, it’s coming from YOU and within you. So language or elaborate, rhyming words isn’t even that necessary either.

As far as deciding what objects, tools, etc. to use for a spell, just use your imagination. Objects are usually just used to “activate” a spell, and you can do this by burning your spell on a piece of paper, tying a knot on some string or yarn, or even burying the object. The best way, for me at least, to do an objectless spell is by creating an “energy ball.” Rubbing your hands together and then pulling them apart, visualize an electric, glowing ball being formed. As you recite your spell, visualize the ball getting bigger and you pull your hands farther apart. Once you’re done reciting, SEE what your intent for the spell within this energy ball. See it happening, see what you want come true. And when you feel ready, lift and “throw” the ball up into the Universe to work its magick.

Here is a light of colors and their magickal correspondents:

  • Red: Courage and health, sexual love and lust
  • Pink: Friendship, sweet love
  • Orange: Attraction and encouragement
  • Gold: Financial gain, business endeavors, solar connections
  • Yellow: Persuasion and protection
  • Green: Financial gain, abundance, fertility
  • Light Blue: Health, patience and understanding
  • Dark Blue: Depression and vulnerability
  • Purple: Ambition and power
  • Brown: Earth-related or animal-related workings
  • Black: Negativity and banishment
  • White: Purity and truth*
  • Silver: Reflection, intuition, lunar connections

The best source for spells are your own. You can get inspiration from other spells, but the only truly powerful ones are your own.

Blessed Be
Sage

Where do I start learning Paganism? What’s the Pagan Bible and necessities of the Craft?

“Well really, I’m interested in Paganism. Have you got any websites that I can visit to read more about it? What are the things that are considered necessary for a Pagan, too? (Like the bible to Christians?)”

Hello,

Websites are just a small part of where you can get your information. Personally, I hate ebooks, and reading online. I prefer good, old fashioned books! So I suggest visiting your local library or bookstore and get your hands on some books. Please refer to my post about Wicca 101 books. Otherwise, use Google. It takes a simple search to find the millions of websites on the web that has information on Paganism, Wicca, Witchcraft, and literally ANY subject matter you’re interested in.

But, in my early years of learning the Craft, one of my favorite websites to refer to was About: Paganism & Wicca. It’s still a website I visit today to see what’s new and what new information they have.

As far as a “Pagan bible.” No. Just… No. Paganism is a personal, spiritual religion. Unlike every other man-made, bible writing religion, Paganism’s beliefs and ways aren’t set in stone, or on paper in this case. Nothing is really “necessary” to practice. Yes, there are tools and some supplies that are sometimes needed for spells and rituals, but really the “magic” and energy is within you, and that’s really all you need. You should refer to this post and read it. It covers new ways of getting into the Craft and the use of tools and what you really need to practice.

Practicing can be as simple as lighting one candle and conduct your spells/rituals. Or as elaborate as having a full-blown circle, fully decorated with candles, incense, symbols, tools, herbs, etc. Sure, some of these things can help enhance your magick, but nonetheless, the power is within you and all you need to do is find it and conjure it up to do what you want to do.

Blessed Be
Sage