neo-religion

I am a pagan nanny, for a Christian family.

So, I am a nanny for a very Christian family, that family of which fired me when they found out about my spiritual path. However they since apologized, and I have received my job back. These kids that I nanny go to a Christian private school. This means dress codes. At this school colored hair is not allowed, you cannot have piercings or tattoos, your pants must always be at least to your knees. No tank tops, no sweat pants, only business casual clothing. And on Thursday’s they must dress super nice for Chapel. The oldest of the two that I care for has informed me that her class mates have created a nickname for me, “Punk” and on top of that, they have all said I look like the devil. I have 5 small tattoos, nose piercing, and bright green hair, and I do not conform to their standards of “modesty”. Every time I get out of my car to take the kids to an extracurricular activity such as sports or clubs, I receive the most judgemental stares from the grown ups, the faculty and the parents. This is the reason I am not longer Christian, but on top of that, my favorite thing to do when picking up the kids, is blast my pagan music in the pick up line!

Daily candle Ritual:  Happiness Promotion

Needed:

  • 1 Yellow Candle

Everyday light your candle and say this simple chant:

     “Today I will be happy,

      Today I will be free.

      I won’t let negativity

      Get the best of me!”

Do this daily to help promote happiness in your daily life.

For more spells and chants go here.

Index of Religions

After a couple of hours, the list of every religion/tradition on this blog has been edited and reorganized alphabetically and geographically (excluding Abrahamic & Dharmic religions). If you have any corrections or would like to see a tradition that is not listed here, please feel free to ask! (And if it’s a correction, please be polite.)

The official blog page can be found here!

Abrahamic Religions:

  • Judaism
    -Orthodox (Hasidic)
    -Conservative
    -Reformed
    -Reconstructionist
    -Kabbalah (Mysticism)
    -{Abayudaya, Afghani, Amazigh, Ashkenazi, Bukharian, Cochin, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Igbo, Iranian, Iraqi, Japanese, Kaifeng, Moroccan, Sephardi, Tunisian, Yemeni}

  • Christianity
    -Eastern Orthodox (Ethiopian, Eritrean, Russian, Romanian, Greek, Coptic, Oriental)
    -Catholicism (Ambrosian, Armenian, Chaldean, Chinese, Coptic, Ge'ez, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Maronite, Melkite, Syro-Malabar; Nueva Jerusalen “cult”)
    -Protestantism
    -Nestorianism
    -Jehovah’s Witnesses
    -Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
    -Quakers (Religious Society of Friends)

  • Islam
    -Sunni {Hanabali, Hanafi, Maliki, Shafai'i}
    -Shi'a {Alawites, Alevism, Ismaili, Twelver, Zaidi Muslims}
    -Ibadi Muslims
    -Ahmadi Muslims
    -{Sufism; Chinese, Mexican}

  • Druze
  • Babism
  • Baha'i
  • Samaritanism

Dharmic/Indian Religions:

  • Hinduism
    -Shaivism
    -Vaishnavism
    -Shaktism
    -ISCKON (Hare Krishna)

  • Buddhism
    -Mahayana
    -Theravada
    -Vajrayana (Tibetan Buddhism)
    -Zen (Chinese, Japanese)

  • Jainism
    -Digambara
    -Svetambara

  • Sikhism

African/African diaspora traditions (Spirit Religions):

  • Ancient Egyptian
  • Atenism (Ancient Egyptian monotheism)
  • Candomble (Brazilian- diaspora)
  • Hoodoo
  • Kemeticism (Egyptian revivalist)
  • Rastafarianism (Jamaican)
  • Santeria (Cuban- diaspora)
  • Umbanda (Brazilian- diaspora)
  • Voodoo(Vodoun) (Haitian, Benin)
  • Yoruba (Nigerian)
  • {Ibibi, Luba, Zulu}

Asian Religions:

  • Bon Po (Indigenous Tibetan religion)
  • Caodaism (Vietnamese)
  • Chinese Popular (Folk) Religion
  • Confucianism (Chinese)
  • Phillipines: Indigenous  
  • Sanshin (Korean)
  • Sarnaism (Indian)
  • Shinto (Japanese)
  • Taoism (Wu Wei)
  • Tengriism
  • Vedic Religion (ancient Indian)
  • Vietnamese Folk Religion
  • Wuism (Chinese)
  • Yiguandao (Chinese)

Australian (People):

  • Aborigine Australians

European Religions, Mythology, & People:

  • Arthurian mythology
  • Asatru (Nordic)
  • Baltic mythology
  • Celtic mythology (Irish, Scottish, Welsh)
  • Church of the Last Testament (Russian cult)
  • Druidism (Neo-druidry)
  • Finnish mythology
  • Hellenism (Ancient & revivalist Greek & Roman religions)
  • Icelandic mythology
  • Mari (Russian indigenous)
  • Minoan (ancient Crete)
  • Mithraism (ancient Roman cult)
  • Norse mythology (Nordic)
  • Rodnovery (Slavic: Russian, Ukrainian, Polish)
  • Roman mythology
  • Romani

North American (People & Cultures):

  • Aleut
  • Apache
  • Cherokee
  • Comanche
  • Hopi
  • Inuit
  • Iroquois
  • Kiowa
  • Lakota
  • Mohawk
  • Native American Church
  • Navajo
  • Ojibwe
  • Peyote
  • Pueblo
  • Seminole
  • Sioux
  • Ute

South/Latin American Religions:

  • Aztec mythology
  • Incan mythology
  • Mayan mythology
  • Santo Daime

Middle Eastern Religions & People:

  • Ashurism (ancient Sumerian)
  • Babylonian mythology
  • Canaanite mythology
  • Kalash
  • Mandaeism
  • Manichaeism (ancient Gnostic Persian religion)
  • Ugaritic (ancient Syria)
  • Yazdanism (Kurdish: Yarsanism)
  • Yezidi/Yazidi (religion/culture)
  • Zoroastrianism (Persian & Parsi [India])

Polynesian Religions & People:

  • Hawaii'an
  • New Zealand
  • Phillipines
  • Polynesian mythology

Others:

  • Atheism
  • Gnosticism
  • Humanism
  • Luciferianism
  • Paganism (Neo paganism)
  • Satanism
  • Shamanism
  • Unitarian Universalist
  • Wicca
Definitions

It’s come to my attention that a lot of people have trouble distinguishing between things in the community, and my friend recently shared this with me and I had to share with all of you. (His name is Devyn Barat and he is a wonderful human.)


OK, this isn’t going to C&P as nicely as my original document because I have things formatted in ways that FB doesn’t do like indents, bold, underline, etc, but all the info is here.


Wicca – a contemporary pagan religion which views deity as both male and female and inherent in nature, practices magick, and seeks to attune with the cycles of nature; Founded by Gerald Gardner in the 1950’s and based on alleged paleo-pagan practices combined with hermetic practices.

witchcraft (lowercase w)– the art and science of magick; the craft of the wise (no religion, or rather could be of ANY religion)

magick – 1. “The Art of causing change to occur in conformity with Will.” - Aleister Crowley
2. “The art of changing consciousness at will.”- Dion Fortune

Witchcraft (uppercase W) – refers to witchcraft as a religion; the practice of magick inextricably entwined with the worship of a deity or deities.

paganism (lowercase p) –any pre-Judeo-Christian religion or one that worships more than one deity.

pagan – 1. “country-dweller” 2. one who worships more than one deity. 3.one who worships nature.

pagan religions include: Wicca, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Shinto, Confucianism, Kemetism, Asatru, etc

neo-pagan = new – all modern pagan religions

paleo-pagan = early - primitive, ancient religions i.e Yoruba

meso-pagan = middle – a blending of neo- and paleo-pagan religions, or pagan and monotheistic religions. i.e. ChristoPaganism, Santeria, Wicca, Thelema, Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy, Spiritualism, and other Hermetic Orders

Paganism (uppercase P) – paganism as a religion in which one worships more than one deity though nature.

animism – the belief that all things contain a spirit, but there is no unifying god.

monotheism – the belief in one almighty god.

polytheism – the belief in many different gods.

pantheism – (“All God” – God is Everything) 1 : a belief that equates god with all the forces and laws of the universe; god is inherent in everything, animate and inanimate, including people; god is imminent. . 2 : the worship of all gods of different creeds, cults, or peoples indifferently; also: toleration of worship of all gods (as at certain periods of the Roman empire) 3. The belief in one god with many avatars.

avatar - 1. The descent of a deity to the earth in an incarnate form or some manifest shape; the incarnation of a god. 2. An embodiment or personification, as of a principle, attitude, or view of life.

panentheism – (“All in God” – Everything is within God) The belief that god is inherent in everything, animate and inanimate, including people, as well as unifying Deity. God is imminent and transcendent.

Okay but what if someone bought a Death Note notebook and wrote down famous people’s names like right after they died and why and stuff and then people found it like centuries later they found it and parts of the anime and then they thought that it was like a religion or something and then people started a like Neo-Death Note religion to try to get back in touch with the “ancient beliefs”

Making and using Witches black salt:

Items needed:

Salt/Sea salt

Charcoal

Mortar and Pestle (or some other place to grind and mix your charcoal and salt)

There is often a misconception that Witches Black Salt is used in black magic or is evil, but contrary to this belief it is primarily a very powerful Protective substance to be used in ones magickal workings.

In order to make your Witches Salt, take your charcoal (I took mine from the remains of a ritual bonfire, so it was infused with very happy positive energy already) and crush it in your mortar.  After you have enough crushed you can add your salt to it and mix it together.

Now you have a very powerful magickal item to use in your workings, to banish evil, and to protect from evil or negativity!

For various uses on Witches Black Salt look here!

Recommended Reading: Haitian Vodou

First: Vodou—or any religion—cannot be learned from a book. A living religion like vodou can only be learned in person from a reputable, lineaged teacher-priest—not online, not in the pages of any book. Reading books on vodou is like smelling coffee from three blocks away—you might get a whiff and maybe you’ll recognize the scent, but you have no idea what it will taste like nor how rich it will be on your tongue until you have the cup in your hands. Vodou is the same same way—you can read all you want, but until you are in the literal room with your teacher-priest and the Lwa, the taste will escape you. That taste, by the way, will blow your mind—it will be like nothing that is contained on any pages, nothing like you’ve imagined, and nothing like anyone has ever been able to explain to you.

Second: HOWEVER, reading about religion and the culture a religion comes from should be considered a fundamental skill worth developing. While a book will never let you experience vodou, nor will it teach you the intricacies of the religious practice, give you an license for ritual work, or give you any insight into any Lwa who may move with you, it can give you a bit of context to work with.

Third: There is a lot of bullshit written about vodou and a lot of books composed of utter crap, whether it be things that are made up whole cloth, things that have been twisted in such a way that the author stands to benefit, conflates vodou with things that it very much is not, or is some sort of undecipherable nonsense that is better off as toilet paper. Listed here are books that I have for the most part read, with a few that I have been told to read so many damn times but that I have yet to get a copy of. I’m happy to field questions about books and other writings as best as I am able, if you have a question about a particular book or article.

Here we go..

Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn by Karen McCarthy Brown By far one of my favorite books about vodou and the first of it’s kind—an ethnographic study of the religion done by an anthropologist who eventually initiated. It’s a wonderful book, truly, and I love it a lot. Reading it feels like being in my Manmi’s house—it is incredibly familiar and it takes several readings to get it all. It contains a lot of insider information that may be hard to grasp or understand the importance of if you haven’t been involved in vodou, but it is glorious. There are some quibbles in the vodou community about some of the conclusions Brown draws, but they don’t affect the reading of the text. Mama Lola is still alive and well in Brooklyn. Pick up the 2011 re-issue for the really nice introduction by Claudine Michel.

Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti by Maya Deren. Another of my favorites. Deren originally went to Haiti to record and detail Haitian dance—she was a film maker and dancer who was solely interested in Haitian folk dancing, and then the Lwa showed up for her. This was the first book really published on vodou at all that wasn’t all in French and marketed outside of the United States or completely sensationalistic. It is fantastically detailed and full of observations of both vodou and Haitian culture as seen by an outsider. Joseph Campbell was very excited about this book and was involved in it coming to print, which is a bit shitty—he really, REALLY wanted vodou and Deren’s narrative to fit his narratives about mythology and global hero cycles. This meant some of Deren’s materials were edited or altered somewhat. She mostly stuck to her guns, but some stuff was edited and there doesn’t seem to be a copy of her original manuscript anywhere. There is a big archive of her correspondence with Campbell and other things at Boston University, which is fascinating to view.

Anything by Claudine Michel or Patrick Bellegarde-Smith. Really, anything. They are fantastic scholars and have written some really great books together—namely, Haitian Vodou: Spirit, Myth, and Reality and Vodou in Haitian Life and Culture: Invisible Powers. Bellegarde-Smith also wrote an excellent book called Fragments of Bone: Neo-African Religions in a New World, which is not specifically about vodou, but it worthwhile nonetheless.

Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou edited by Donald Cosentino. This is a beautiful, glorious book that I cannot wait to own. It details a lot about Haitian art and culture, which is a primary vehicle for both communication about vodou and learning about Haitian culture. It’s usually quite expensive, but a lot of libraries have it available at least through interlibrary loan.

Rara! Vodou, Power, and Performance in Haiti and it’s Diaspora by Elizabeth McAlister. This is a more specific book about Haitian culture, but it’s an excellent read.

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There’s also other book-type things that are important in vodou, particularly for outsiders.

If you want any sort of understanding of vodou beyond what you can read in any of these books, you must, must, MUST learn Kreyol. Kreyol is vital to vodou—any respectable sosyete conducts all their services in Kreyol, for reasons beyond Haitians speaking Kreyol. A lot of understanding of vodou happens in double-speak—a sentence in Kreyol may mean one thing to someone who is an outsider or doesn’t have a lot of experience with vodou, but to a practitioner means something wholly different and communicate quite a bit about practice, lineage, and one’s personal Lwa.

To that end, the Pimsleur system is a great beginner resource and, from there, the Pawol Lakay set works really well. Being able to at least casually converse in Kreyol means you will understand quite a bit of what is going on around you should you go to a service, speak with the Lwa yourself [They by and large only speak Kreyol, French, or langaj/spirit language when They come down, and sometimes They do not want to wait for you to grab someone to translate for you]. Plus, if you’re not Haitian, it’s a good first impression.

History is part of vodou, and vodou is part of history. The two are inseparable and each feeds each other. Every vodou service embodies this—the various prayers involve a subtle re-telling of how each Haitian came to be alive today through use of a variety of languages—Old French, modern French, Kreyol, and langaj—and tools, like whips and swords. To understand why things are how they are, it is important to have at least a grasp on where Haiti has been and where Haiti is now. Here are a few decent books on history and politics:

Haiti: The Tumultuous History - From Pearl of the Caribbean to Broken Nation by Phillipe Girard. I don’t like the title of this one, but it’s got a lot of good stuff in it.

Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution by Laurent Dubois. Though it’s not often explicitly explored here, the story of the Haitian revolution is the story of how vodou came to be what it is today.

Rainy Season: Haiti—Then and Now by Amy Wilentz. This one explores where Haiti has been in recent years, with a focus on post-earthquake Haiti and Haitians.

The Uses of Haiti by Paul Farmer. This book will make you cry.

I’ll add more as more fall into my hands and make this a permanent page here.

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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Wiccan or Witch?

When people ask me if I’m a Wiccan, I say no. I am just a Witch. Well, what’s the difference? From my years of research and discovery (I didn’t just wake up one day and decide to become one, it took years of contemplation and theology and religious research, as well as historical connections) I found that the difference between a Witch who practices Witchcraft and a Wiccan who practices Wiccan is this: one is a way of life, and the other is a religion. The main difference between Wicca and Witchcraft comes with the differences in intent. The purpose of Wicca is to honor the deities, Witchcraft, on the other hand, does not have to involve deities. Instead, it is concerned with the use of spells and herbs and energies to achieve a desired end–healing, love, protection, etc. Wicca is a neo-pagan religion, founded in the 1950s, meaning it is a modern interpretation of the old ways, with adjustments from other types of paganism, like Druids, Norse, Buddhism, etc. While, being a Witch, derives from Earth worship and the ancient ways of alchemy and herbal/bodily practice. Call me a traditionalist but I prefer to know the ways of the Ancient Witches, and to perform the craft as it has been for hundreds of years, when the world was new and full of spirits. While I recognise certain deities to aid in my craft, I do not rely on them. I am the vessel and nature is merely my centred focus.

Originally posted by dead-moon-mermaid

Various uses for Witches Black Salt:

Keep in a small bag under your bed to ward away evil dreams and unwanted watchers

Cast a line across a window or doorway to keep away negative energies

Add to bath water if you are feeling angry depressed or upset, this will help alleviate the evil feelings

Keep on your person to keep away bullies, gossip, rudeness, bothersome co-workers, etc.

Can be used in Spirit callings and ancestral workings

Often used in ritual during the holiday of Samhain

Can be sprinkled over items that have bad or negative memories/energies

the signs as witchy things

Aries: candle magick

Taurus: grounding

Gemini: chaos jar curse

Cancer: amulet to ward off unwanted energies for a friend

Leo: glamour spell

Virgo: motivation sigil

Libra: crystal/herb pouch to attract love

Scorpio: tarot 

Sagittarius: fire ritual to invoke jupiter

Capricorn: success spell

Aquarius: that one aggressively alternative practitioner of an intersectional neo-pagan religion 

Pisces: moon water ritual 

Types of Witches

Witchcraft is not a spefic system. Therefore, witches can practice different forms of witchcraft, which some of them identify themselves in different terms. 


Augury witch

Similar to shaman, the augury witch helps people with interpreting the signs and symbols from the gods. They are the pagan prophets.

Ceremonial witch
A combination of ceremonial magic and witchcraft.

Christian witch/Christowitch
A witch that practices witchcraft but follows a Christian path.

Eclectic witch
A combination of aspects from different paths

Faery witch
a witch that works with faeries

Green witch
a witch that has earth/ nature as the center of her practices

Hedge witch
this can refer to some people of traditional witchcraft (but they don’t usually use this term); this can also refer to use of the hedge term to identify woman that used to get their herbs from the wild.

Hereditary witch
a witch that has received the tradition from family

Kitchen/ Cottage witch
It’s a home centered witch. This type of witch likes cooking, is great in the use of herbs, and makes every part of her house magical.

Solitary witch
a witch that practices her craft alone

Traditional witch
it’s a witch that practice traditional witchcraft. Refers to the British tradition. Some use the term to describe the practice of the craft of any culture.

Volva

A Nordic type of witch. despite this word was not used by the Vikings, a volva had similar practices to those known as witches

Warlock
A male term for witch (mostly in traditional witchcraft). Some use this term to describe those who misuse magic.

Wizard
A male form of witch.

Wiccan
A witch that practices her craft based on the neo pagan wicca religion (influenced by Gerald Gardner). 

If you are a Christian, you are White, because you adopted your colonizer’s mentality, and you are disowned by the PoC community

You cannot be a PoC and be a Christian simultaneously. Christianity is the religion of White people and of the colonizers. I know, trans-white people who were born PoC but converted to Christianity give a lot of excuses, but they all can be easily busted.

“My family has been Indian Christian since time immemorial. My caste has been Christian since the time of the apostles, and Christianity in India dates from around 50 a.D. There’s nothing to do with colonizers at all”.

BS. Colonizing is not just about coming to a land with swords and conquering it. It can be subtle. White people are evil, and they are always trying to colonize everyone else, by using any means that seem the most adequate.

“I converted to Christianity after some missionaries preached the Word of God to me. It was not colonizers and I was not forced to do it”.

All Christian missionaries are colonizers in disguise. All white people are colonizers, so there is no other way around at all. And yes, you WERE forced to do it. Just because you think you’ve made a free choice, it doesn’t mean that you had any choice at all. Those evil white people brainwashed you into believing you had a choice.

“I actually left my home country because I was facing persecution for being a Christian and wanted to freely practice my religion, but I still practice my original culture”.

Christianity is not a PoC religion. Religion is part of culture. You are NOT a PoC.

“Cristianity is not a White religion at all. Jesus was not White, he was a Palestinian Jew and a Middle-Easterner. The apostles were Middle-Easterners too”.

But it soon became the universal religion of Europe and all Whites. It was white-washed. So, now, it is a White religion.

But there is still hope for you. You may convert to any PoC religion and be re-admitted into the PoC community.

And if you are a cis-White person, you can also convert to any PoC religion, and become a trans-PoC yourself.

PoC religions you can choose from:

-Islam (highly reccomended, because Muslims face the most persecution, so you will be very high on the oppression hierarchy).

-Buddhism

-Hinduism (most Hindus say that there is no conversion to Hinduism, but there are Hindu sects that will happily convert you, like the Hare Krishna)

-Sikkhism

-Shamanism

-Wicca

-New Age

-Native-American religions

-Pre-Colombian religions

-Kemetic neo-paganism

(Many PoC religions are closed religions that do not admit conversion, like Judaism and Shinto, and you should not appropriate them and respect it. Also, Nordic and Germanic neo-paganism are still White religions. Do not pick them. Theosophy is also a White religion that culturally appropriates PoC religious stuff and distort it, so stay away from it).

So, it was proven out of any doubt that you cannot be a Christian and a PoC at the same time, but that you can reclaim your PoCness and also become a PoC by ditching it.

PSA TO FANFICTION WRITERS: WICCA/WICCAN IS NOT INTERCHANGEABLE WITH WITCH CRAFT/WITCH
  • wicca is a modern religion dating back less than 100 years. 1946 is the earliest date you can use for the founding of wicca. it is an initiation-only religion, meaning people study and are given entry/membership via a rite of initiation that welcomes them into a coven
  • neo-wicca is a religion that is open that was started when information leaked out of wicca and put to use by non-initiates. just as valid a religion as wicca, but not actually wicca. when someone says wicca there’s a 80% chance they mean neo-wicca.
  • witch craft is a secular (non-religious) practice that dates back a couple thousand years at least. there are religions today which use forms of witch craft or magic as we think of it. some of them aren’t pagan, some of them are actually christian, some of them prefer not to call their witch craft as such.
  • a witch is anyone who practices witch craft. they might use it with their religious practice, they might be secular. 

this is important for the following reasons:

  • only wiccans and neo-wiccans say ‘blessed be’, as it is part of the five fold prayer from their religion.
  • only wiccans and neo-wiccans believe in the three-fold law for magic (what you send out will come back three times over) that puts a damper on cursing someone. not that there are other sects or religions that don’t also frown on cursing, but the three-fold law only applies to wiccans and neo-wiccans
  • wiccans and neo-wiccans talk about the love and the light in magic, they won’t work with death magic or “darker” magic.
  • wicca and neo-wicca as religions are incredibly cissexist. they believe in the duality (binary) of humans and magic. the god and the goddess, male and female. i’m not saying they’re inherently transphobic, but their entire practice revolves pretty heavily on binary thinking.
  • gardnerian wicca in specific is prone to naked frolicking in the moonlight. not that the rest of us pagans don’t, it’s just they’re a little more known for this being used as a ritual.
  • the goddess hecate of wicca and neo-wicca is not the same as the greek goddess hecate (or hekate). the original hekate is not a triple goddess or a maiden/mother/crone deity. she was only ever a maiden. she was not all love and light and joy. she set people on fire. with torches. frequently.
  • pagan is an umbrella term for any religion that doesn’t fall under these: abrahamic (christianity, judaism, islam), hindu, buddhist, shintoh, native religions of any sort, i’m probably missing a few but when in doubt don’t just slap the term pagan on it do some research google is right there for you

i’m sure there’s a lot i missed, but i’ve seen some au art and fic recently that seemed to be saying wicca when it meant witch, so i figured i’d make this

bdpst-massacre  asked:

Hi! Okay, so regarding the "Monsta X dating someone religious" what would they say if you were a Wiccan witch? (If you're not familiar with Wicca, we basically have a God and a Goddess, you can do anything unless you're doing intentional harm, we don't have a Satan but just bad forces that surround us and we practice magic rituals, but it's not necessary for you to still be Wicca). Fuck me up I'm curious!!!!!! Thank you and have a nice day 💖

Originally posted by mx-scans

So I looked up what Wicca is and my sister helped give me insight on what it is and for those who need more clarification, according to Witchcraft.com,

[Wicca is Neo-Pagan religion that is centered around the love of nature and its elements primarily earth, air, fire, water, sun, moon and so on. It does not worship nature, but loves it, reveres it and is, therefore, nature oriented… Wicca finds inspiration in brooks and sermons in stones. He worship a God in its female form, or mother Goddess, for she is considered to be much closer to Mother Nature. Mother Goddess, for a Wicca, is an all-pervasive and powerful force. A Wicca believes himself to be an indivisible part of the nature]. 


Therefore, the members of Monsta X would most likely feel the same way regardless, and so they would want to (obviously) learn more about what exactly Wicca is and the history of it. Kihyun, Jooheon, and I.M especially. I don’t exactly know how religious they are but they do believe in a higher being (God being the primary example) and so they’d be interested in the person who is a witch which often have misconceptions. Nonetheless, they might conflict with these beliefs (again, I don’t know how religious they are) because one quote depicts putting the Christian Bible out in the wind and rain, the paper and the text will disintegrate. It is not the book that is their Bible, it is the wind and the rain. But Wicca isn’t meant to be diabolic or sinister, but rather a democratic religion that displays independence and the freedom to be one’s self as long as there’s no harm to others (as the @bdpst-massacre said). As for Minhyuk, Shownu, Hyungwon, and Wonho, they might not react as much and instead just take it for what it is. It’s something new for them to learn and knowing that their significant other practices these beliefs, they might pick up a few of these beliefs and become a part of Wicca without even knowing. 


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Winter Solstice Druids of Gaul Order of Canada

 The Winter Solstice is the most sacred time of the Druidic year. It is the only celebration that focuses completely inward. It takes the Druid on a journey through reflections on life and death, light and darkness.

  Unlike many modern Neo Pagan religions, the Druid marks the Winter Solstice as the end of a cycle year and a beginning of a new one.

   As the Sun sets on the Winter Solstice we light the fires in mourning of the Suns death as we slip into the darkest night of the year.

At this time we reflect on our loved ones whom have passed away during that year by lighting candles or little fires in their honour, (this symbolizes the Energy of human life or the human spark.)

Many take this time to meditate or to connect with their loved ones in the Otherworld.

Meditations may consist of:

*Reflect on our actions in this World during the now fading year

*On loved ones

*Our service to Nature and community

*Healing

*Our place within Nature

*Our place within cosmic perspective

(This goes on throughout the night.)

Sunrise

   Facing the direction of the rising Sun, the Druid prepares to witness the rebirth of another year,another cycle, with new challenges, new goals, new perspectives.

At this time the Druid reaffirms his/her dedication to the guardianship of Nature, thus continues to be a Druid.

A personal affirmation is said, it could be however long or short you wish, those are Your words, Your dedication to stand guard for All within Nature.

   Your words must come from the heart and must be all inclusive, you cannot promise to serve some select things or creatures within Nature without protecting it all as One, we are all connected.

   After the Druid affirmation and the Greetings to the Sun are completed,

we feast with Family and Friends to celebrate this new beginning, and the birth

of a new solar cycle.

May Peace and Light be upon you in this New Year my Friends.

Bear (Grand Chieftain)

Druids of Gaul Order of Canada