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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!

The worst thing that happened to liberalism

Was the idea that ideologies held up by minority groups are somehow beyond criticism. Ideas that would usually be condemned as regressive by liberals are suddenly praised as progressive if put forward by an oppressed minority group. Minority group ideology can never be wrong. Since any criticism would according to neo liberals amount to bigotry and ‘spreading hate’. Regardless of how valid that criticism is and how damaging their ideas are. They simply cannot be wrong. No ideology is ‘above’ analysis or critical thought. Yet liberalism now revolves around silencing anyone who dares to do so. Since everyone is so afraid of being accused of ~phobia. They will go along with any nonsense. While ignoring the fact that people are willing to use all of the above to further their own agenda regardless of the cost to others.

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
Facts About Celtic Polytheism
  • Commonly referred to as Druidism or Druidry, both terms are incorrect.
  • A Druid is a political title within the Celtic Polytheistic religions equivalent to that of a priest/priestess.
  • A practitioner of Celtic Polytheism is not called a Druid. Not unless that practitioner is a priest or counselor to other Celtic Polytheists.
  • Despite common belief, Wicca, and Neo-Druidism are technically not Celtic religions; but rather Celtic inspired or influenced religions.
  • Celtic Polytheism is not witchcraft. A practitioner of Celtic Polytheism is never called a witch or a wizard.
  • Celtic Polytheism is actually a family of religions rather than a singular religion itself.
  • The religion branches are Gaelic Polytheism, Brythonic Polytheism, Gallaecian Polytheism & Celtiberian Polytheism, Gaulish Polytheism, and Pictish Polytheism.
  • Each of these religions have regional differences. For example, the gods and stories of Ireland, the Scottish Highlands, and the Isle of Man are mostly the same or similar with minor differences.
  • All of the Celtic Polytheistic religions are technically extinct, however many stories from Ireland, and Wales have survived in particular.
  • Modern Celtic religions are referred to as Celtic Reconstructionist Polytheism, or simply Celtic Reconstructionism.
  • There is not a common pantheon of gods, as there were many different gods in each religion. While some gods appear in multiple religions with different names, majority of Celtic gods are unique to their branches.

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.

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). 

todo list: buy water, be rockin, wipe innards off of windshield, electrocute, facial dye, get the lizard-man, kill, maim, don’t eat dirt, metal leg, birth the neo-religion, take a nap, lather, rinse, repeat.

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.

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

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!

List of Norse Dwarves - The Dwarves in Norse Mythology

NOTE: There are various theories about the origins of the names of some of the less known dwarves of the Norse Mythology. Some names on this list may belong to the dwarf referred to or may be just another name for another dwarf.

Due to the many Dwarves in Norse Mythology, this list may not be complete!
Some of the less known Dwarves have only a few references to their names and not much is known about them.

I hope you can find this list to be helpful in some way!


A Dwarf (Old Norse: dvergr) is a certain kind of invisible, small and misshapen creature made from the maggots in the dead body of the giant Ymir. The dwarves are pitch-black in appearance and live under the ground in Nidavellir, one of the Nine Worlds held within the branches of the world-tree Yggdrasil. Nidavellir is the home of the Dwarves, a place which was probably thought of as a labyrinthine complex of mines and forges.
The dwarves are most often noted for being extremely skilled smiths and craftsmen. They love treasures and all the metals. They’re also extremely knowledgeable, wise, and magically powerful.
When a dwarf is exposed to the rays of Sunlight, he turns into stone.

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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

anonymous asked:

Hey so I wanted to start witch practice but I have no clue where to start? I don't own anything I don't think or even know where to begin and I was wondering if you had any tips?

Hello little witchling! I’m flattered that you decided to come to me and I will do my very best to help you figure everything out. If you ever have any more questions feel free to come back :)

Some lovely people have already made Witchcraft 101 posts so I will link them below:

orriculum’s witchcraft masterpost ✨   ( Personally I adore this witch! She is an amazing witch and is always super helpful to beginners!)

9 Tips for a New Witch by tarigrove (A very practical list of tips that is honestly great for any level of witch)

More Tips by tarigrove

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Now on to my own tips:

1) Research is your best friend.

It is super easy to take everything from this site and just run with it, but please PLEASE always double check any sort of facts you see on here. All of us here no matter how long we’ve been actively practicing are still learning and growing. Don’t let someone’s mistake cost you. Plus doing your own research will give you your own sense of accomplishment once you find that you are starting to understand things! If you put effort into anything then when you are able to achieve your goal it feels even sweeter

2) It isn’t a Race

People grow & learn at different speeds. Just because someone is able to understand one form of magic right away verses having to practice over and over just to get the basics down doesn’t make either person the better witch. Pace yourself. Trust me, I know this from experience, don’t ever push yourself until you feel so empty that you can’t move.

3) Your Tools

I know it can be overwhelming to see posts of gorgeous BoS (book of shadows) and the best of the best tools that others can have. I get so jealous over those who have clean hand written notes in their BoS since I have chicken scratch handwriting myself; however, your tools only aide you. They don’t turn you into a top notch witch right away. Don’t feel pressured to have to go out and buy the most expensive all leather journal, the biggest crystals, the most herbs… All that will do is make you a newbie and broke. Your first journal can be a notebook like you would use at school. My very first BoS was a diary that I converted into one. Its okay to start small and work your way up.

4) Trust Your Gut

Now I know this may seem like the most obvious of things, but it is still needed to be said. If you see something that just doesn’t seem quite right then trust yourself. Don’t ever do something that makes you feel uncomfortable.

5) Religion VS Not

Witchcraft isn’t a religion. It is a tool. It is how some worship and how others just live. You don’t have to be a Wiccan (a neo-pagan religion) to be a witch. You can be Christian, Muslim, Jewish, etc. You can be whatever you feel like being. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

6) Titles

You will often see posts around here with names like “green witchcraft” or “cosmic witchcraft”. Those are forms of witchcraft. You don’t ever have to give yourself a title or put a title on your Craft. (Honestly doing so when you first start is the best way to put your Craft into a box.) These titles are mainly used so that like-minded witches can find one another easier. You can just be a witch. You don’t have to force yourself into a category box.