dianic witchcraft

Wicca 101: Worship )0(

Who or what do you worship?
Wiccans generally worship two gods, a god and a goddess. However, the identities of these deities vary from group to group and even Wiccan to Wiccan, which causes no small amount of frustration in non-Wiccans trying to understand us. In monotheistic religions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam), the deity’s identity is of prime importance because these faiths generally hold that their god is the only god.

As polytheists, however, we recognize the existence or possible existence of many gods, although we’re certainly not expected to worship all of them. (The polytheistic religion of Hinduism, for example, recognizes millions of gods. Imagine trying to personally honor all of them!) So while each of us has specific patron gods, our beliefs are not challenged by the fact that other people, even other Wiccans, are following other deities.

Wicca can be divided into two branches: Traditional and Eclectic. Traditional Wiccans worship in small groups called covens, which are dedicated to a specific god and goddess. Teachers within the coven teach new initiates about these deities. Eclectics are most often solitary in their practices and follow whatever god and goddess call them to service. Many times these are deities previously followed by historical cultures such as Isis, Diana, and Apollo. Other times it is deities whose identities are unique or nearly unique to Wicca. Still others are devoted modern interpretation of historical figures.

How does an Eclectic know which deities to follow?
Most serious Eclectics will tell you that their gods found them, not the other way around. Some stories are dramatic, but many are not. For me personally, it came in small stages. First was the sense that someone was there for me. Over time I started to identify more distinct qualities about them, and eventually I learned names for them. This process may be totally separate from whom a Wiccan might simply like or identify with. Throughout childhood, for example, I was always fascinated with the Greek goddess Athena when we studied mythology in school. I liked what she stood for, and I still do, but she is not who called me. Spiritually speaking, there is no connection between Athena and me at all.

My child has mentioned “the God” and “the Goddess.” Who are they?
Some Wiccans believe that all of the polytheistic gods are aspects of one god and all goddesses are aspects of one goddess. These two beings are addressed as God and Goddess just as the Christian god is commonly addressed as God. For a variety of reasons, this view has become widely popular in Eclectic Wiccan literature, giving many the erroneous impression that it is the only view of deity that Wiccans have.

Who are the Horned God and the Triple Goddess?
Traditional Wiccans keep the names of their deities a secret to the wider world. However, when publicly speaking or writing about Wicca, they often describe those gods as the Horned God and the Triple Goddess. These are descriptions specific to the gods of the Traditionalists which have also been adopted as names for deities by some Eclectics. The Horned God is generally depicted with horns or antlers springing from his head. He represents both hunter and hunted and rules the winter, when food traditionally could only be gathered by hunting. He is also lord of the underworld.

The Triple Goddess is strongly associated with the moon, with the waxing, full and waning moon phases associated with her aspects of Maid, Mother and Crone. She is also tied to the earth and agriculture and rules summer, when the land is in bloom and can provide sustenance.

What are nature spirits and do you worship them?
“Nature spirits” is a very vague term. To me the term suggests localized entities such as something that resides in a specific tree, rock or river. Some Wiccans believe in them and some don’t. Those who do believe in them may interact with them and show respect toward them, but neither of these actions equate to worship. (After all, I interact with and show respect toward my parents, but no one has suggested that I am worshipping them by doing so!) The term might also be referring to elementals, non-corporeal creatures composed entirely of one of the four elements (Fire, Air, Water or Earth). Again, some Wiccans work with them, particularly in circle casting, but they not worshipped. In fact, elementals are more often commanded than asked to accomplish something.

Do you worship trees?
No. Trees are just physical shells. Worshipping a tree would make no more or less sense than worshipping a toaster. (We don’t do that either, just to be clear.)

Do you worship “nature,” and if so, how is that not worshipping trees?
Our culture thinks of nature as merely being those things that have not been created by man. When we talk of getting “back to nature” we usually mean doing away with some modern conveniences and spending time appreciating trees, rivers, and clean air.

What we can see and touch and smell, however, is just the outer shell of something greater. Nature has a spirit and/or soul as well as a body: there is a spiritual essence residing within the physical shell.

Many of us also hold a much wider view of nature. Nature is all that occurs naturally, which is everything: the planet, the stars, and universe. The motions of all these things ultimately come from the will of the gods. The connection between physical nature and the gods is intimate: the gods did not just create the universe, step back and observe but continue to reside and work within it.

So while some Wiccans speak of nature as a goddess, they are ultimately speaking of a powerful spiritual being, not trees.

I heard that your god and goddess represent a dualistic view of the world. Doesn’t that mean one of them is evil?
The most known dualistic worldview is Gnosticism, which historically held that there were two great powers in the universe: one was material and entirely evil, while the other was spiritual and entirely good. Christianity certainly possesses shades of this theology even though it ultimately rejected Gnosticism as a whole.

Wicca’s dualistic views differ sharply from this outlook in two ways. First, while the universe is composed of opposites, those opposites work together to make a whole. The Gnostic view pits good and evil, spiritual and material at odds with each other. Where one existed the other could not. In Wicca, both halves are both desirable and necessary. Spiritual and material work together. Lack either part would leave the world incomplete. Likewise, creation comes from destruction and vice versa. The species needs both male and female to survive, and each of us carries some part of both.

Whoa! That's really good information! Thank you mischeviousfae. Dianic covens no longer claim to be wiccan, but now consider themselves Dianic witches!
mischeviousfae reblogged your post: Contemporary Witchcraft

Minor correction with Wicca. Dianic Wicca no longer claims to be apart of Wicca. They recently changed their name to Dianic Witchcraft.

The Element: Water

Water represents emotions, absorption, subconscious, purification, eternal movement, wisdom, the soul, emotional aspects of love and femininity. In rituals, it is represented in the forms of pouring water over objects, brew making, healing spells, ritual bathing, and tossing objects into of water.

Gender: Feminine

Direction: West

Energy: Receptive

Symbols: Ocean, river, shell, spring, lake, well, rain, fog, cup

Placing on Pentagram: Upper right

Time: Twilight, Dusk

Cycle of Life: Maturity

Season: Autumn

Colours: Blue, turquoise, green, grey, indigo, black

Zodiac signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Sense: Taste

Stones/Jewels: Aquamarine, amethyst, blue tourmaline, pearl, coral, blue topaz, fluorite

Magick tools: Cup, cauldron, goblet, mirror

Metals: Mercury, Silver, Copper

Herbal: Ferns, lotus, mosses, bushes, water lilies, gardenia

Trees: Apple, Apricot, Birch, Cherry, Elder, Elm, Rose, Willow

Animals: Water snakes, dolphin, fish, cat, frog, turtle, swan, crab

Ritual action: Bathing, dilution, washing, sprinkling, preparing cold herbal infusions

This is the Goddess Hecate’s symbol. Hecate is used by some as a Maiden, Mother, Crone because of being a Triple Goddess.

Most people use Hecate in reference towards the moon however she is three-fold to others with Earth, Sea and Sky. She is also said to where people got the “old hag” look from for Witches, which couldn’t be further from the truth.

In Greek mythology Hecate was the only Titan who was allowed to keep her power and domain. Zeus shared with only her the power to be able to give humanity whatever they wished for, or withhold it. She was, like her cousin Artemis, a virgin Goddess. She wouldn’t give away her independence for marriage.

Because of Hecate’s association with the moon some Dianic’s use her instead of Diana. Some believe Diana is the same as Hecate; that they’re interchangeable.

Good Luck For Getting A Job Spell

What you will need:

-Frankincense (something I burn during every spell I do)
-Clove Incense (for prosperity)
-Censer
-Coal Disk
-Nutmeg (for luck)
-3 green candles (I use tea lights) (use white if you do not have green)
-1 white candle
-Paper
-Pen
-1 Bay Leaf (or one for every wish)
-Jade Stone (for luck)
-The Application for the job or a paper with the business name on it.
-Money Powder (crushed egg shells, mint leaves, fennel, and bay leaves all ground together in a powder)

• cleanse the space like you normally do.
• call the corners
• invoke your deity
• raise your energy
• light the incense sticks (frankincense and clove)
• light the charcoal disk (to get it ready)
• lay the application in front of you
• arrange the three green candles in a triangle on the application
• put the jade stone in the middle
• sprinkle the money powder in a circle (deosil or clockwise) and say this spell:
“Goddess of all, Goddess of Light
I pray to you with all of my might
Good luck be mine for once this time
So I may find a job that is great
I wish this to be my fate
For the good of all, with harm to none. Blessed be
As I will it, so mote it be.”***

• sprinkle the nutmeg on the charcoal disk (it produces a lot of smoke so open a window!)
• with the extra piece of paper, write down your wish and concentrate your energy and visualize on luck and getting the job that you want
• write the wish on the bay leaf
• burn the bay leaf (it brings prosperity)
• while still concentrating your energy, pick up the jade stone and say this is for luck
• close your circle your normal way
• bury the paper when you can (I put mine in a special tree)
• carry the jade stone with you
• I keep the application on my altar until I turn it in with the money powder on it

*** This is a spell I came up with. If it makes you feel better to come up with your own, then feel free! This is just what I made up for my situation.

Good luck to you all!

The Thirteen Goals of a Witch )0(

1. KNOW YOURSELF 

Know who you really are, and don’t lie to yourself. It is important to continually take stock of both your vices and virtues. There is a reason that this goal appears first on the list: one cannot make any progress without first knowing what you’re about and what you need to work on.

2. KNOW YOUR CRAFT (WICCA).

Knowing your Craft doesn’t just mean the knowledge you have attained from books or with your teacher – it also refers to what you have learned through your own experience, for the true Mysteries are those that cannot be written. So celebrate the seasons, serve the Old Gods, and liten carefully to the whispers of nature.   

3. LEARN.

Yes, that’s right, learn! Read, read, read. Read some more. Check bibliographies. If possible, train with a qualified teacher. The old cliche is correct: you never stop learning. Don’t just rely on your books and your teachers, though. Look to nature. Look within. Listen carefully. 

4. APPLY KNOWLEDGE WITH WISDOM.

First, knowledge and wisdom are two things. If you have ever known someone who is “book smart” but totally lacks common sense, you know what I mean. It is one thing to know a lot, and something else to apply one’s knowledge effectively. In Wicca, we place a great emphasis on personal responsibility; use your knowledge to make informed decisions, and be ready to accept the consequences of ALL of your actions. When doing spellwork, make your intentions clear, and again, be ready to accept responsibility for ANY outcome.

5. ACHIEVE BALANCE.

It is the goal of the Witch to become a strong, dynamic, and balanced individual on all levels: physically, emotionally, spiritually. Learn to balance work with play. Balance your diet and be mindful of your health. Balance your checkbook. Learn ways to incorporate your spritual and “mundane” lives (hint: they’re really not that separate!). Wicca is a Earth-Based religion: strive learn to live in harmony with the Earth. Align yourself with the rhythms of nature by celebrating the Sabbats and paying attention to the phases of the moon. Exercise outside when possible. Try gardening – growing your own herbs can be very rewarding, and you tend to learn a lot more about them in the process! Recycle, and be mindful of your rubbish output. Finally, a word about psychological balance: emotional/psychological imblances should be attended to with professional counsel. IT IS NOT A WEAKNESS TO GET HELP. Witches are people, and may potentially experience all of the same problems that non-Witches may. I, personally, have never had to deal with severe anxiety or depression, but I know many Witches who have been BRAVE enough to confront their problems – and have grown tremendously for having done so.


6. KEEP YOUR WORDS IN GOOD ORDER.

Again, it’s all about personal responsibility. A Witch is in complete control of his/her own words. She has the ability to make an intelligent statement without putting their foot in her mouth. It is of paramount importance NOT TO LIE – to yourself or to another: dishonesty is spiritually corrosive. One simply cannot move forward while caught in a web of lies. Be careful with so-called “white” lies – examine why you might want to bend the truth even just a “little bit.” When it comes to answering those who want to tell you that Wiccans are nothing but low-down, perverted, Satan-worshipping baby killers, doomed to rot in Hell for all eternity, the key phrase is: stay calm. Famed Salem Witch Laurie Cabot once appeared on a TV talk show along with a minister who had, shall we say, a very negative opinion of the Craft. He spewed forth the typical ignorant fundamentalist nonsense about Wicca, but Ms. Cabot carefully maintained her composure. She made no personal attacks on the minister, even though he was less than courteous towards her. In the end, who are you more likely to take seriously: the individual who is so absolutely incensed that they cannot even form an intelligent sentence, or the individual who remains calm, and provides well-worded answers to whatever is slung at them? 

7. KEEP YOUR THOUGHTS IN GOOD ORDER.

Thoughts are, in fact, things. They are composed of and propelled by energy. Sound familiar? That’s one of the most basic elements of spellwork. With that in mind, of COURSE you should monitor your thoughts. Negative thought patterns can unintentionally result in physical manifestation. Ever heard of the “self-fulfilling prophecy?” That’s one example. In a similar vein, several medical studies have proven that prolonged negative emotions, such as anger and sadness, can affect the physical body, resulting in sickness. Witches are people. We laugh, we cry, we get angry. But we can’t let our thoughts and emotions get out of hand. Somewhere you hear the echo: “…it’s all about personal responsibility…" 

8. CELEBRATE LIFE!

Wicca is a religion that does just that. We celebrate life. Celebrate the Earth, teeming with the vital essence of the Divine. Meditate in nature. Be THRILLED, if even for no other reason that you are ALIVE. 

9. ATTUNE WITH THE CYCLES OF THE EARTH.

As the poem on my splash page says, "We are one with the Earth.” Attune yourself with the cycles of the Earth and recognize that you are a part of nature, not “apart” from it. Meditate on the seasons. Celebrate the Sabbats. Notice the subtle changes within the Earth each day as we move around the Wheel of the Year. Participate in the great, ecstatic dance that is Life. 

10. BREATHE AND EAT CORRECTLY;

11. EXERCISE THE BODY.

Your body is, literally, a temple for the Gods. It is my opinion, and the opinion of many others, that the healthier you are, the easier it will be to commune with the Divine. So make it your goal to achieve your optimum health. Reduce your intake of sweets and other unhealthy foods. Start that exercise program. This isn’t about vanity: it’s about feeling your best. Be certain to properly attend to any chronic illness you may have so that you can enjoy life as much as possible. On a side note, it is the experience of many Witches that that sickness can interfere with magic. Therefore, it is probably advisable that you do not work magic until you feel well enough. Seriously, when you are so ill that you can’t even adequately focus your attention on daytime television, do you think you can do magic?! Just let your body get some rest, use its energy to mend itself, and have someone else do some healing magic for you! 

12. MEDITATE.

Meditation is good for the whole organism, mind, body, and soul. Bringing yourself to that point of stillness will help you discover your inner self and true power. 

13. HONOR THE GODDESS AND THE GOD.

…and remember that They are truly present in every molecule of Creation. In an interview, Witch Barbara Morrigan once said, “It is all Sacred.” She wasn’t kidding. The very act of living life to its fullest is an act of honor to the Gods. Celebrate Them in ritual and song. Recognize the sanctity of everyone and everthing. Develop relationships with the Gods. Serve them well, and perhaps most importantly: BY YOUR OWN LIFE BE an honor to them through example. 

Be sure to know all of the Goals of the Witch; They’re very important to a Witch’s lifestyle! :)

The Element: Earth

Earth represents strength, abundance, stability, prosperity, wealth and femininity. In rituals, Earth is represented in the forms of burying objects in the earth, herbalism, and making images out of wood or stone.

Gender: Feminine

Direction: North

Energy: Receptive

Symbols: Rocks, fields, soil, salt, caves, clay

Placing on Pentagram: Lower left

Time: Midnight, night

Cycle of Life: Age

Season: Winter

Colours: Black, green, yellow, brown

Zodiac signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Sense: Touch

Stones/Jewels: Rock crystal, emerald, onyx, jasper, salt, azurite, amethyst, quartz

Magickal tools: Pentacle, Pentagram, salt, images, stones, gems, cords

Metals: Iron, lead

Herbal: Ivy, grains, oats, rice, patchouli, lichens

Trees: Cypress, Honeysuckle, Jasmin, Lilac (some say Lilac is Water)

Animals: Cow, bull, dog, horse, ant, bears, wolf

Type of Magick: Gardening, magnet images, stone (jewel divination, work with crystals), knot, Binding, money spells, grounding, finding treasures, runes.

Ritual action: Burying, making effigies, planting trees or herbs

The Element: Aether/Spirit

Aether (also called Spirit) is the prime element present in all things, providing space, connection and balance for all Elements to exist. Aether is immaterial unlike the Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Aether is essential to our sense of connectedness with spirit and well-being. Aether represents the sense of joy and union.

Gender: Universal

Direction: Universal

Energy: Universal

Symbols: Cord, rope

Placing on Pentagram: Upper

Goddesses: The Lady

Gods: The Horned God

Cycle of life: Eternity

Season: The wheel of the year

Colours: White

Sense: Higher receptions

Animals: Dove

Moon Phases for June 2015

Full moon

June 2

PST 08:21 AM

MST 09:21 AM

CST 10:21 AM

EST 11:21 AM

Jun 2   

UTC 04:21 PM

Last quarter

June 9

PST 07:43 AM

MST 08:43 AM

CST 09:43 AM

EST 10:43 AM

Jun 9   

UTC 03:43 PM

New moon

June 16

PST 06:07 AM

MST 07:07 AM

CST 08:07 AM

EST 09:07 AM

Jun 16 

UTC 02:07 PM

First quarter

June 24

PST 03:04 AM

MST 04:04 AM

CST 05:04 AM

EST 06:04 AM

Jun 24  

UTC 11:04 AM