informal practice

My worst fear on a test? The feeling of getting an exam paper in front of me, and not being able to remember anything, while back at home when reading the book I thought I knew everything. Sounds familiar? In that case, it may help to try these techniques. They help you practice retrieving information, rather than being familiar with the concepts you are studying. These have helped me loads, and I’m actually pretty convinced that these techniques are better than many others I used to apply, like rereading and regular summarizing. Hopefully they work for others as well :)

1. Summarise… in questions.

How do you do it? Instead of writing down facts, you convert facts to questions. Underneath the these, you answer them in your own words. This is technically the baby of summaries and flashcards. Don’t do this with every small fact, but rather convert several to one question, and omit the less important things always. You’re not going to remember every detail and most teachers don’t require you to (of course if they do, study them lol) .

Why would you do it? It is proven that asking yourself questions about the material enhances understanding and remembrance. Additionally, you can instantly quiz yourself on the material. Only reading your summary is not going to help you much with remembering, but actively retrieving information is! Also, when you’re reading and summarising the textbook throughout the semester, you’re already getting your study material for the test ready => less stress and work for when you gotta study.

2. Teach your peer / pet / pillow

How do you do it? Explain key concepts (many books provide these at the beginning or end of the chapter) to anyone who wants to listen. Don’t have anyone who wants to? Your cat probably won’t mind (but who knows what cats want tbh) and your reflection is always listening to you as well. 

Why would you do it? Explaining things to other people requires you to really understand what you are talking about, and you will more quickly find holes in your knowledge once you’re not able to explain it. Additionally, you’re probably gonna have to explain stuff on tests so it’s good practice.

3. Re-do your homework

How do you do it? Pretty obvious. Well, don’t write every answer down in detail again! For maths it may be useful to only tackle the most important exercises again, while for history you may want to spend an hour to just go over them all and test in your head if you can form a sensible answer.

Why would you do it? Going over the homework is always a good idea because 1) the theory is practically applied in those questions, so you have to think about what you have learned, enhancing integration, and 2) teachers are lazy and will often reuse or slightly modify textbook questions.

I’m in a pretty bad mood today, so I’m trying to distract myself by turning this journal I got for xmas into a portable grimoire. My normal one is a large, faux leather binder meant for scrapbooking and it isn’t very travel friendly. This one will probably be less thorough, but it’ll be easy to carry around and good for basic reference when it’s finished. Sorry this photo is kind of shit, my actual camera needs charged so I had to use my phone.

Okay, shit’s fucked. You have a test in less than 24 hours and you’re freaking out. But fear not! This study plan is made for you to retain the biggest amout of information you can and practice what you know. Let’s start: 

  1. Get water and something to eat.
  2. Get your books, your class notes, everything,  + something to highlight. 
  3. Mark what’s important (things your teacher talked about over and over, the main points of the chapter etc)
  4. Write down formulas, chemical reactions, basically anything you need to memorize step by step and put it up your wall. Read it several times during the day. 
  5. Read everything again and record yourself.
  6. Listen while writing down key words. 
  7. Now, you’re going to calm down. Take a deep breath. Start off by asking yourself “what?” answer with the main point. “Why? explain. “Why?explain. Keep going like that until you get to the point where you don’t know. Look at your books and get your answer. Keep asking “why? (same thing with math and physics: “why did I get this result?”) 
  8. Get your materials and answer at least 10 questions. This way, you’ll be learning both the subject and how the questions are usually made. Don’t get nervous if you don’t get anything right at first, just keep doing it. 
  9. Repeat number 5 (don’t need to write down anything) 
  10. +10 questions and explain them to yourself after
  11. Listen to your recordings.(+ one more time before you go to sleep) 
  12. Calm down, you did it. If you want to (or still have time), read everything over again. 

REMINDERS:

  • The key is to do one thing at a time.
  • You won’t be able to remember everything if you read something fast over and over. Take it easy and you’ll get more information. 
  •  It’s easy to get stressed in this situation, but you need to keep in mind that you CAN do it. 
  • Do a favor for yourself and don’t procrastinate. This is something important and you’ll feel much better knowing that you did something. 
  • GOOD LUCK!! 

By the way, I was catching up with Bones last night, and who comes waltzing in? Fucking Balthazar, posing as a French Interpol detective. And there I was all happy and proud, going, Whoa, nice French accent he’s got there, and then Damn, he can actually say a few words as well and also Really, that’s top-notch work on his language skills, quite impressive, when my spidey sense flared up and I check and -

- I’ll just see myself out, okay? Okay.

Active Study Tasks

Hi everyone! One of the hardest things to do is active studying before exams! While many of us study hard, we may not be considering that we are not studying actively! Passive studying is things such as only reading previously highlighted material and continuously reciting the same information over and over. To actively study, first break your study time down into two different categories: Preparation and Review! 

The key to Preparation is ICOW! Identify, Condense, Organize, and Write. These strategies will help you do it:

  • Develop study sheets
  • Develop concept maps and charts
  • Create flash cards for vocab, questions, formulas and problems
  • Make self-tests
  • Remark (rehighlight or review previously highlighted material and finding what is the most important information)
  • Find practice problems
  • Outline
  • Rewrite any notes
  • Summarize text or lecture notes into main ideas
  • List the steps needed for a problem or concept
  • Plan essay answers
  • Answer questions at the end of the chapter.
  • Prepare material for a study group
  • Create a 5-Day study plan

Next you want to actually Review the information you gathered through your prep. The key to review is RE-USE: Rehearse, Extend, Understand, Self-Test, and Evaluate. Here are some strategies:

  • Recite outloud information from your study sheets
  • Replicate concept maps with little to no help
  • Recite any flashcards you made. Separate out any difficult cards so that you can continue to review them. 
  • Practice writing formulas
  • Complete practice problems, circle steps you did wrong and try again in a different pen color (to help you identify the differences)
  • Take the self-tests you made before. 
  • Attempt reverse testing. Make questions out of the answers from before and work them backwards.
  • Take notes on remarked tests and notes
  • Explain material to group members
  • Write essay answers from memory
  • Go through lecture slides or textbook and recite all the information you know based off of the heading. 
  • Evaluate how much you know and how much you have to review again. Take longer in reviewing missed material and simply review information you learned quickly for the end of your study session. 


Note: Many of these tasks are from the book Taking Charge of Your Learning by Dianna Blerkom 

Spirit Worker Reminders

It’s okay if your practice isn’t filled with drama and attacks. Never having been psychically assaulted or tortured on the astral plane doesn’t make you any less of a spirit worker. You’re not doing things “wrong” if the most you’ve ever had to do to banish an unwanted spirit is say “can u not”.

It’s okay if you take an informal approach to your practice. The spirits I work are routinely addressed with such lofty, respectful titles as: dude, bro, homeslice, nerd, jerkass, hey you, rat-fink, you get the idea. Obviously, sometimes you’re gonna want to break out the formalities, but it’s fine if you don’t use them in the day to day stuff.

It’s okay if your practice is mellow and modern. One of the most treasured “bonding” experiences I have had to date with a spirit involved the two of us hanging out on my bed and listening to the new Fall Out Boy album. Who would’ve guessed a dead coyote would love the song “Uma Thurman” so much? Not me.

It’s okay to stop and question yourself sometimes. There’s nothing wrong with feeling like you can’t entirely believe everything that’s happening to you, with feeling like you’re imagining things. You’re allowed to be skeptical of yourself and your practice at times. It only makes you a “bad” spirit worker if you let it stop you forever

The first page for my digital Grimoire! A little bit of essential information on the practice of divination. I’ll be making more soon, message me if you’d like to see certain topics covered!   👁 👁 🔮 

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A (tiny) review: “Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. The Ultimate Visual History”

This book came in the mail a few weeks ago, but I didn’t get a chance to talk about it until now. This is definitely not just a photobook where you can flip through it quickly. It’s full of behind the scenes information. It’s practically a textbook (but there are plenty of pretty pictures to oogle too). The book is printed on thick, high quality semi-gloss papers. What’s very cute about this book is that there are little slips of paper that is lightly glued onto certain pages. You can pull those slips of paper out of the book if you choose to, but I was careful when flipping the pages to make sure it doesn’t get pulled out. These little slips of paper are recreated notes, either artist’s renderings/notes, or notes to the cast/producers/etc. There are plenty of new pictures I have not seen before, and this book even came with a poster! I didn’t get a chance to read the entire thing yet, but I can say that there is plenty of information I hadn’t heard of before (though there are also plenty of rehashed information I’ve read elsewhere as well). If you’re only in it for Bowie, then this book might not be for you, because it’s focused on the movie, and not just the character of Jareth, but Jareth does have his own little section dedicated to him (and so does Sarah). I say that this is a fantastic book, and I totally recommend it!

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The Necklace-MacGuffin Idiot Ball: the proclaimer C (11/20)

The GAA’s [Gay Activists Alliance] response was often ingenious: In the summer of 1971, the owner of a credit agency on New York’s 42nd Street was questioned about his agency’s practice of informing employers of the suspected homosexual tendencies of prospective employees, as well as credit applicants. When questioned about how he determined sexual orientation, he was quoted as saying, “If a man looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and associates with ducks, I’d say he is a duck.” In a short time, a dozen GAA members dressed in duck costumes were waddling around the sidewalk at the entrance to the credit agency, quacking and carrying picket signs.
—  The Rise of the Gay and Lesbian Movement by Barry D. Adam, 1987, p. 80-81.
Something I’d Like to See In CtM Series 7

I will probably make a longer “wish list” later, but for now, here’s the thing I’d most like to see:

During the birth story in 6x08, there was a lot of emphasis on how Shelagh was an extremely experienced midwife who had never actually experienced childbirth firsthand. Well, now she has, and she’s the only midwife on the show who has at this point. What I’d like to see next series, after she returns to work (as I’m guessing she will) is a scene in which she delivers a baby, showing somehow how her own experience giving birth has informed her practice as a midwife. I’m not sure exactly how that would play out, but it’s something I would love to see.

volkitotibirgi  asked:

Do you think we will get more flashbacks with Jackrima in them ? So much more about V & the garden needs to be revealed. Maybe Furuta delves into it in the future, & based on how informally he spoke to Arima (although, he's informal with practically everyone) maybe there's a chance the two interacted more than we think ? I'd really like to see what Furuta thought of Arima as a person, relative, & coworker. (He probably thought of him just as ill as he does everyone else but still)

I’m actually expecting Jackrima flashbacks from Marude. He was his supervisor as a teenager, and seemed pretty freaked out by Arima going off on his own

he also knew something was off about him for a long time, and I wonder if part of him feels guilty now, knowing that Arima was forced into this lifestyle. 

Yoshitoki told Marude to go look at Arima’s medical records when their fight was over on Rue, so I’m assuming we’re going to get a peek into how the Garden Kids are formed/raised through that.

Also, Kiyoko and Eto might provide some more memories, since they’ve both known him for so long. Furuta might have some, too, but I can’t really read how he felt about Arima in the first place. Must’ve hurt just a little that Arima was their father’s golden boy but probably “didn’t even remember [Furuta’s] face”…

It is tempting to consider Crooked Path Sorcery a ‘philosophy of witchcraft;’ however, due to its serpentine nature, ethos is far closer to the mark. This relates to the fact that Traditional Witchcraft, at its root, is not a religion, it is first and foremost a body of practices, informed by an indwelling genius. Born of the natural coition of powers which Wise-Craft fosters, the Crooked Path may be seen as a perpetual dance between the stations of Holiness and Heresy, Tradition and Deviation of the Path. Each momentary stance must be held in equipoise, the practitioner fully aware of the summit of its potentials, as well as their weaknesses, ultimately knowing that meditative integration will render all duality false and illusory. In witch-lore, this identification of severance and bifurcation with the Crooked Road is embodied in numerous forms, one of which is the Arthana [from which athame is derived], or double-edged blade. Of it, Chumbley writes: ‘To contemplate the double-edge of the Arthana’s blade is to mindfully approach the realisation of the Crooked Path’s essential nature. For it reveals the Path of Sudden Change, the transmutative power which may liberate or destroy; and which, like the knife, may cut through the bonds of fateful imprisonment or sever the very flow of life.’
—  Daniel Schulke, Foreword to Opuscula Magica vol. 2: Essays on Witchcraft and Crooked Path Sorcery by Andrew D. Chumbley
Essential Practice #1 - Gratitude

“Gratitude Action: Today I will notice all the nice things that happen, and I will say thank you.

Affirmation: I am lucky, and I am blessed. My life is full of wonder.” (page 11)


For the next week (or so), we will be discussing the Essential Practice of Gratitude.

Information about this practice can be found on pages 5-13. Read it at your leisure, and then come to us with any thoughts or questions you might have. Feel free to use this post, submit to us (on or off anon), or create your own post to discuss your thoughts and feelings (whether good or bad) on the topic. 


Some things to think about in our discussions…

*How did it feel to create that quiet space and reflect? (Did you have any setbacks?)

*How did you feel before the exercise? How did you feel after?

*Did you have any difficulties with the Practice of Gratitude?

We’d love to see your list! (Feel free to submit to us, and we will post anonymously for you, if you wish.)


We are a community of women, and sharing our thoughts, trials, journeys and successes will only bring us closer together; ultimately helping us to heal and make us stronger. That is the purpose of this book club community.

Youtube Witches #2

Priestess Creole Queen - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkzROjoAqNTJg6_6ohZgtbg

Very Down to earth and not too vague the details. Gives you just enough info without overloading your brain. Practices Hoodoo

Mystic At The Crossroads- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgn7-vqjfYNG6tpyc0GKRkg/videos

Bright personality, sweet, kind, and informative. Practices Hoodoo

MajicHan- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxMDOYHcY4MP4fy1w2d7OJw

Again, down to earth and has a plethora of info to give. Practices Hoodoo

Toad and Broom- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN6IivfXyx2Ey2aj0tobjqg

Combines both humor and great pieces of information into one. They seem to be very eclectic in their practice without being to overbearing. 

The Native WItch - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7SoIn5PDSz3sKHAoZqPALw/featured

Very sweet and kind personality. Informative without being too vague or overloading on the mind. Overall, just a sweetheart to watch.

Spiritual Vibes 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpk4Qnz1QMOjx2QEJpQdYZg

Gifted artist. Spends most of her time creating beautiful Crystal creations and videos with a lovely energy to them.


Again not a complete list, but i watch these beautiful people the most!

anonymous asked:

I'm curious about the place that cain (qayin) plays in sabbatic craft, and how his position as first murderer relates to the theology and ethical stance of the tradition. I only ask because I like a lot of the thought behind traditional witchcraft, but have trouble with a patron ancestor defined by a fundamentally evil act.

Within the Blood Acre:
The Path beneath the Wanderer’s Heels

Addressing the fairly complex spiritual concept raised by the question demands I provide some framework for discussion. Allow me to first touch upon a few of the preliminary points. We should be clear in our understanding that ‘traditional witchcraft’ as a term describes a collection of traditions, threads (no matter how loosely bound) or currents of ritual magic, spellcraft, and/or devotional mysticism whose commonality rests in an ethos of praxis. Within the coterie of initiatory lineages that are described by that term exist a number of different modes of belief that inform these separate practices. With this in mind, we see there are a number of forms of Traditional Craft that do not necessarily hold the same reverence for Cain/Qayin as a patron ancestor or primogenitor of the Mighty Dead. Those who do typically fall under the heading of what has been coined ‘modern traditional witchcraft’, yet even here we see varying degrees of emphasis placed on the lineage of Cain. 

Sabbatic Craft is one such form that observes and acknowledges the ancestry of Cain/Qayin, and whose inherent devotional gnosis is structured around Qayinite lore. If we want to be technical, as Chumbley was (1), Sabbatic Craft more specifically refers to the lineage of practices existing solely within the initiatory body of the Cultus Sabbati, but in many respects has become synonymous with most magical work within the wider Sabbatic Current with which the Cultus shares reciprocal influence.  
(and no, this does not include Michael W. Ford)

For the purpose of this missive I will address Cain and Cainite Gnosis as they apply to the Sabbatic Craft tradition and its mysteries, as best I understand them, from a point of perspective grounded in the greater Sabbatic Current.

Qayinite lore covers the entire breadth of mysteries surrounding the figure of Cain/Qayin, of which his role as First Murderer is an integral part. However, to consider this the sole defining feature of Cain, while observing it exclusively from within the paradigm of Sin and exclusion from Salvation, is a particularly Judeo-Christian or Abrahamic stance. As a whole, it is the transformational journey of Cain as ‘First Sorcerer’ that is embraced within the Sabbatic tradition: the birthright resulting from the union of the Serpent/Samael/Lucifer (the Illuminer) and Eve/Lilith, the killing of Abel, and his subsequent path in exile. The last is of utmost importance, for it is here from which the exilic wisdom of Cain’s journey may be extracted. This is exemplified by Andrew Chumbley’s description of the devotional mysticism inherent within Sabbatic Craft (2), referring to it as the Faith beneath the Wanderer’s Heels. 

It is not merely his birthright as the begetter of witchblood that presents Cain as an illuminative figure, but his extrication from societal bonds, the transgression beyond the boundaries or constraints of imposed belief – even death, to arrive on the other side as the embodiment of the perfected sorcerer. The murder of Abel is the gnostic representation of that spark of transformation which ignites the flames of the torch that lights the path through exile. To better understand this one must look at the relationship of Cain and Abel from both an allegorical and gnostic perspective. 

Cain was known as ‘the tiller of soil,’ a farmer and ploughman, and indeed it was his offering of the fruits of the earth to Yahweh which led to his dispute with Abel. As we know from the tale, Yahweh showed favor for Abel the herdsman’s offering of animal sacrifice. This embittered Cain, thus leading to the slaying of his brother. On a purely mundane and material level, the biblical myth of Cain and Abel could serve as an allegory for early Middle Eastern civilization’s transition from that of nomadic herdsmen to a more agrarian based culture (3). Seen in this light, the third brother, Seth, would come to represent the joining of agriculture and animal domestication to form the future means of economic capital and resources.

But within the Cain mythos, the struggle between Cain and Abel also serves as a spiritual metaphor for the process of self-overcoming that is intrinsic to the Gnosis of the Crooked Path. The clay-born Abel (son of Adam) is slain by the half-angelic Cain, whose true father is Samael/Lucifer (whom some call Lumiel). As Michael Howard notes in his book The Children of Cain, “This struggle between the bright and dark ‘twins’ is reconciled by the third brother Seth, the ‘Man of Light’ or ‘Perfected Man’ (no gender bias is suggested by these terms and they should be regarded as unisexual in nature). In some forms of modern traditional witchcraft the bright and dark twins Cain and Abel are represented by the Oak and Holly Kings and the Green Man and Lord of the Wild Hunt who rule summer and winter.”

From an historical perspective, Cainite Gnosis may possibly be traced to the ancient doctrines of the Cainites, an antinomian Gnostic sect described by the 2nd century CE Church Father Irenaeus in his heresiological treatise Against the Heresies. Among its teachings, the Cainite sect is notable for its “soteriology of ‘Passing through All Things’ in order to receive […] illumination. This antinomian and transgressive view of Ordeal as a specifically spiritual arena finds philosophical resonance in the Sabbatic Tradition (4).” A similar notion of self-overcoming by way of ‘passing through the Fire,’ so to speak, is apparent in some Qabalistic teachings and Left-Hand Tantric practices, as well as playing a key role in the non-dualistic form of gnosis present within Sabbatic praxis.

Daniel A. Schulke, current Magister of Cultus Sabbati, further expounds upon this philosophy and its spiritual processes as they apply to the Sabbatic Craft in his essay Cainite Gnosis and the Sabbatic Tradition:

“As it relates to Cain, the Crooked Path of the Witch is reliant on a magical formula of Transmigration of the Flesh. The movement from the profane man (Abel) through the refining Fire of Transmutation (Cain) to a purified state of gnosis (Seth) is one means by which to re-present this process. In this schema, it is worth noting that Abel and Seth occupy hypostatic places in the journey of the initiate, with Cain being the active or dynamic force of progression between the two. This mystical pilgrimage of transembodiment, played out on a moment-to-moment path of the Sabbatic Initiate, is the very essence of the Crooked Path. Moving from a state of transgress against God or society, to that against self, to that against transgress itself, the mystical state of perpetual ‘selfovercoming’ catapults the initiate beyond the sphere of the mundane into confrontation with that which lies Beyond. It must be noted that in the schema so described, Cain is the sorcerer who holds the profane in his left hand and the sacred in his right, the Master of the Chariot who “serves with both hands alike”. 

The Crooked Path in both ritual praxis and as a way and means of mental re-conditioning promotes self-liberation from imposed ideals and outer constructs of belief, however, in no way does it encourage “fundamentally ‘evil’ acts.” It is the way of Bane and Blessing, placing moral choices firmly within the domain of personal responsibility as tended by each individual practitioner. This is quite in keeping with the overall ethos of Traditional Craft.

“Thus is the sorcerer, wherever he may wander, become one with the Path of Cain, and the wisdom of the step is declared anew. First, by the stance of Exile as one apart and alone. Second, for the path declared, but also transgressed, its points of oscillation betwixt cure and curse: here the way is bifurcated and become Crooked. Third, for the threefold patterning of Exile, Pilgrimage, and Sojourn that is the bridge linking point-to-point-to-point in crystallisation of knowledge of the Way.”  
– 
Andrew D. Chumbley 

                                 References and Resources

1. Opuscula Magica Vol.1, Andrew D. Chumbley, Three Hands Press.
2. Cultus Sabbati: Provenance, Dream, and Magistry, Andrew D. Chumbley.     
3. The Children of Cain, Michael Howard, Three Hands Press.
4. Cainite Gnosis and the Sabbatic Tradition, Daniel A. Schulke.

additional reading
Qutub, Andrew D. Chumbley, Xoanon Publishing.
Way and Waymark: Considerations of Exilic Wisdom in the Old Craft, Daniel Schulke,  Xoanon.

I got my Biology exam over with

I didn’t study over break yet I studied with others and it wasn’t so bad yet some questions were confusing

Now all I have to worry about is my informative speech. I practiced it in front of others and it was 2 minutes, 20 seconds, which fit the time limit.

Yet I have to do a lot of practice by relying less on my note cards and not hesitate when talking during my speech tomorrow :/

INFORMATION FOR BEGINNERS SERIES, WHAT IS WICCA

What Is Wicca?

History Misconceptions Satan Evil Spells Divinity
Nature Other Faiths Afterlife Sin Ethics
Leadership Churches Magick What is Wicca?

History


Wicca is a neo-pagan religion based on the pre-Christian
traditions of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Its
origins can be traced even further back to Paleolithic
peoples who worshipped a Hunter God and a Fertility
Goddess. Cave paintings found in France (and dated at
30,000 years old) depict a man with the head of a stag,
and a woman with a swollen, pregnant belly. They stand in
a circle with eleven mortals. These archetypes of the
divine are worshipped by Wiccans to this very day. By
these standards, the religion that is now called Wicca, is
perhaps the oldest religion in the world.

In 1951, the laws against Witchcraft were repealed in
England. A man named Gerald Gardner was the first to
come into the public eye with a description of what
modern witches were practicing. His information came
from the traditions of a coven called the New Forest
Witches, and from Ceremonial Magick and the Cabballah.
He began what is now called the Gardnerian Tradition of
Wicca. From Gardnerian came Alexandrian Tradition,
and a host of other offshoots that today number in the
hundreds.

Misconceptions


For two thousand years the image of the Witch has been
associated with evil, heathenism, and blasphemy. These
ideas have their origin in Christian myths created to
convert members of the Old Religion to that of the new.
By making the Witch into a diabolical character of ill
intent and action, the Christian missionaries were able to
attach fear to a word that had once meant Healer, Wise
One, and Seer.

These fears are present to this day. When we think of the archetypal image of the Witch, we remember the evil enchantress of childhood tales. We think of an old, wrinkled hag with a nasty wart on her nose. We think of hexes, and devils, and foul incantations chanted around a bubbling cauldron. While we modern witches have been known to stir up herbal remedies in a cauldron, we are a far cry indeed from the horrifying Wicked Witch of the West!


Witches Do Not Worship Satan

To believe in Satan, one must subscribe to the Christian mythos. We do not. Wicca does not have any belief in, nor do we worship a concept of evil incarnate. All life is perceived as a
constant flow of positive and negative energies, which
intertwine to create the balance of life. [From my own
experience, I must say that the only evil I have ever
observed in the world has come from Man. There are no
ax-murderers, or child-abusers to be found in the animal
kingdom, or in nature as a whole.

Witches Do Not Cast Evil Spells

Modern Witches have a very strict belief in the Law of Return. Whatever we send out into our world shall return to us, so even the most ill-tempered Witch would not consider doing magick
to harm another being. The spells that we do involve
things like Healing, Love, Wisdom, Creativity, and Joy.
The “potions” that we stir might be a headache remedy,
or a cold tonic, or an herbal flea bath for the family dog.

Beliefs

Immanent Divinity

Wiccans believe that the spirit of God/dess exists in every living thing: in the trees, the rain, the flowers, the sea, and in each other. This means that we must treat our peers, and all the beings of the Earth as aspects of the Divine. We attempt to honour and respect life, in all its many and diverse expressions.

Nature

Wiccans learn from and worship nature by
celebrating the cycles of the sun, and the cycles of the
moon. We look into ourselves for the cycles within that
correspond to those of the natural world, and try to
move in harmony with the movement of life. Our teachers
come in the form of trees, rivers, lakes, meadows, and
mountains, as well as other humans who have walked the
path before us. This belief infers a reverence and
respect for the environment, and all of life upon the
Earth We revere the spirits of the elements that create
our world. Air, Fire, Water, and Earth combine to
manifest all creation. From these four elements we gain
wisdom, and understanding of how the universe unfolds.
The rhythms of nature are the rhythms of our lives.
Wiccans attempt to dance in step with the pulse of the
Earth.

Other Faiths

Modern Witches believe in freedom first!
We do not choose to look at our path as the “one true
right way,” but as one path among many to the center.
We do not convert new members to the Craft, nor do we
advertise or prosteletize. We believe that anyone who is
meant for this path will find it through their own search.
Wiccans practice tolerance and acceptance toward all
other religions, as long as those faiths do not preach or
commit harm to others.

Afterlife

Most Witches believe in reincarnation of some
sort, whether it be the Eastern version known as the
Transmigration of Souls (the spirit incarnating one body
after another in an effort to learn all the life lessons
that it can), or Ancestral Incarnation (where the spirit
and life lessons of the grandfather transmute to the
granddaughter, and so on down the genetic line). The
latter is a more traditionally Celtic approach, but both
are accepted.


Sin In Wicca

We do not have a specific concept of sin.
There is no heaven or hell that souls will go to based on
their worldly actions. Wrong-doing is governed and
determined by the individual conscience. With the belief
in the Law of Return, one’s actions will determine one’s
future. The individual is therefore responsible for his or
her own fate, based on what he or she chooses to do
internally and externally in the world.


Ethics

Wicca has but one law of action and ethics. It is
called the Wiccan Rede or the Wiccan Law, and can be
found under the Reading Room category of the same
name. “And ye harm none” covers almost everything that
the Ten Commandments do: don’t lie, don’t steal, don’t
cheat, etc. It encourages us to strive not to harm any
living thing - including ourselves - except perhaps to
survive. Whether this means that you must become a
vegetarian or a passivist is up to the individual. The
Wiccan Law serves as a guideline to action, not a
mandate. The only law that the Ten Commandments
express that is not covered by the Wiccan Law is that of
marriage and adultery. In Wicca, love itself is
sanctified, with or without government authorization. As
long as two individuals share a sincere bond of love that
does not harm either party, it does not matter if they
are legally joined, if they are heterosexual, homosexual,
bisexual, or interracial.

Leadership vs. Hierarchy

There is no Arch Bishop of Wicca. There is no one person or organization that determines the practices and beliefs of Wicca as a whole. Instead, Wicca is formed of small nebulas groups
and solitaries who are charged with the leadership of
themselves. Wicca is a religion of clergy, not followers.
Each person who seriously pursues the Craft, whether it
be through study in a particular tradition, or through
self-teaching and private learning, has the choice to
become a priest or priestess of Wicca. Most modern
traditions of Wicca offer a three year program of
learning that will bring the student to the level of High
Priest or Priestess.

Churches and Temples

Wiccans do not usually have churches created specifically for the worship of the gods. Our temple is found in nature, among the creations of the divine. We meet in a circle that represents the Circle of Life, and the equality that we share. There is no
head, no top, no beginning and no end. When necessary,
our circles take place indoors in houses, apartments, or
wherever we can find a sacred, protected space. But
ideally, a circle will take place in a grove beneath the
stars, with the silver moon shining down from above.


Magick

Witches believe in the power of magick to
create change. A prominent Wiccan author named
Starhawk defines magick as “the art of changing
consciousness at will.” By being in tune with the rhythms
of life, we can create change for ourselves and for our
world. We use herbs, oils, colours, stones, crystals, and
other symbolic materials to represent the change we wish
to create. Wiccans believe that the individual is
responsible for his or her own reality. If there is
something that is not healthy, or conducive to happiness
and growth, we have the power to change it. As aspects
of the divine, we are each Creator and Creatress, filled
with the power to manifest all that we dream of or
desire.

What is Wicca?

Wicca is a forest in the light of the silvery moon…a glade enchanted by the light of the Faery. It is the dewdrop on the petals of a flower in bloom, the warmth of the summer sun on the skin, the fall of colourful autumn leaves, and the softness of winter snow upon the Earth. It is light, and shadow and all that
lies in between. It is the song of the wind, and the tune of the tides. It is the symphony of life! To be a Witch is to be a healer, a teacher, a seeker, a giver, and a protector of all things living and alive. If this path be yours, may you tread it with honour and with light!

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