Wiccan Ceremony - Magic - and where it all started.

Discussions into the history as well as the ceremonies involved in the practice of wiccan magic!

Sunday, February 27, 2005

A Wiccan Bedspread that can be doubled as an altar cloth!

I found you a new way to stay warm at night and stay in your element at the same time. These wiccan blankets are so cool. The one I like most is the Bedspread Pentacle . You can use it as an altar cloth, bedspread or wallhanging. Measures 90 x 108 (double bed size) and made of 100% cotton with a large central pentacle surrounded by Celtic knot designs on a black background.

A pentagram or pentacle, a five-pointed star sometimes surrounded by a circle, is often used to symbolize Earth and its properties -- stability, material wealth, the body, and practical affairs.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

A flute for magick

A great way to enhance your wiccan ritual is with a wiccan flute. A wiccan flute is designed for use when making magick (spell casting). So, next time you cast magic be sure that you have one of these so the melodies you create will can help you call forth good forces.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

To scry or not to scry

Using a scrying mirror for divination is an art that takes time and patience to develop. The preparations that are required are no different than all other types of divination. Allow your mind to become receptive; make sure you do this at a time when you won't be interrupted and can attain a high level of concentration. So you are going to want to do this when you are as relaxed and comfortable as possible.

Developing a routine for scrying is probably the most important. You have to train your psychic muscles just as you would train your body for a marathon. The mind responds to a pattern incredibly well. At first, you will probably have trouble attaining the required level of concentration, but it will get easier all the time.

Scrying is much the same as meditation as in the fact that you should not be trying to look for anything. All you have to do is relax and allow your eyes to become less focused when you are gazing upon the mirror. When you begin your scrying remember you're not looking for anything. As you sit you may see things moving about in the mirror, such as shadows. Don't think. Just let it happen and relax. If you are able to see your reflection, it may change. The mirror may become cloudy or become dark.

If you are having trouble attaining the necessary levels of focus, try one of these:

Light a spell candle to scry with.

During the 6 days after the new moon invoke Ariadne. Ask her help in allowing you to see clearly.

When you have seen or "heard" what you feel you were supposed to then you should drape your cloth over your mirror and thank Ariadne for her assistance in your scrying.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Celebrate wicca the right way!

A wiccan ceremony is a very special time. The atmosphere that you create will determine the success of all the magic spells you cast. Don't get caught casting a spell without proper preparation. Good atmosphere creates good results.

Candles and aroma burners are the way to go for sure. The reason why is simple. They are often made specifically for wicca and pagan rituals (Plus they look really cool).

I have a whole collection of aroma burners and spell candles. The spell candles are made especially for wiccans and pagans and the aroma burners often have a pentacle design incorporated into them. Some of my candle sets promote prosperity, luck and so on. If you are just looking for a fragrance oil to burn for a specific ritual (sabbat) this is the first place you should to go.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Astral Projection - The guide to self realization

Experience the ultimate adventure. Leave your body easily and safely. This kit is your guide to the most exciting journey of your life. Effective and easy to master, astral projection is a powerful tool for self-realization. Explore the astral plane through step-by-step exercises and discover what life is like beyond the physical body. Find out firsthand about soul-sculpture, astral sex, and safely observe the mysteries of the afterlife. Travel through time and space, meet beings from other planes of existence and learn what secrets await you in the higher dimensions -- the possibilities are as endless as your imagination. Everything you need to begin this amazing journey into self-discovery is in this kit. Contains a 90-minute Deep Mind Astral Projection audio tape that guides you through the simple process of astral projection, the 252-page book "Practical Guide to Astral Projection" that takes you through easy exercises to facilitate an out-of-body experience, a unique Astral Projection Card which provides a meditative focus to help you open the inner gateway to other dimensions, and a special instruction booklet for using all of these valuable tools together quickly and easily.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Deeper into the Wiccan ritual

Wiccans try to meet out of doors where possible. North American climate and concern for personal safety usually forces them indoors. They gather in a circle, which is often nine feet in diameter. Candles on the circumference are usually oriented to the four cardinal directions. Some Wiccans align the candles to the walls of the room. An altar is at the center of the circle or at the northern candle. Rites begin with a casting of the circle, in which the circle is outlined and purified, and the candles lit. A space is thus created within the circle; this is sometimes visualized as a sphere, or as a cylinder or cone. The purpose of this space is to confine healing energy until it is released.

The central portion of each meeting may celebrate the full moon, a new moon, a Sabbat or a special Wiccan ceremony. It might include healing, divination (scrying, Tarot cards, Runes, etc.), teaching, consecration of tools, discussion, or other life-affirming, nature based activities. After the major work is completed, food such as cakes and wine is eaten, and the circle is banished. Because of the increasing concern over addictions to alcohol and other drugs, many covens have replaced wine with juice, water etc.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Spell Candles for Witches

If you've never held a ritual with these then you should take a look. I found a Six Candle Alar Pack which includes all 4 Elements Plus God and Goddess Candles!

They are high quality, gorgeous and have the most amazing aromas! They are made BY WICCANS and PAGANS FOR WICCANS and PAGANS - therefore they are blessed and charged with the appropriate energies. Each set also comes with full instructions and an affirmation or spell.

Old World Wisdom Blended with Today's Needs to Create Your Own Magic! These Candles are created with herbs, essential oils and related colors to help achieve your dreams. Each candle includes a beautiful uplifting blessing and message.

1) Energy-Will (Fire) Candle
Sandalwood Ginger Blend

From the center of your will, anything can be accomplished, for this is the first step on the road to manifesting your desires. After the "idea" inspired by work done with the Air candle, Energy & Will is the next step to creating your own reality. Fire is the continuing spark that burns through the blockages in the spirit.

CANDLE USE:
*Strengthens the aura and works through blockages in the creation process.
*Helps to stimulate the naval/second chakra which rule the creative/desire centers.

ASTROLOGICAL INFO:
-Optimal time to use this candle is when the Waxing Moon is in a Fire Zodiac as Aries, Leo or Saggitarius.
-Used during a Waning Moon to release blockages to your personal energy and strengthen your will.

OTHER INFO: The Element of Fire is associated with the nervous system, the sacred direction of South, the Tarot suit of Wands, Midday and Summer. To enhance your intentions, place things that bring the Element of Fire to mind next to the candle.

2) Inspiration (Air) Candle
Lavender Blend Essentials

The gentle cool breezes of Summer have inspired poets, artists, & thinkers all through the ages. Air is said to be the origin of inspiration, intuition, psychic abilities, sound & vibration. The Element of Air is a necessity in the inspirational process.

CANDLE USE:
*Through the Element of Air, connect to the universal consciousness - storehouse of all knowledge.
*Find the inspiration, wisdom & patience needed to reach your objectives. Light this candle and find your muse.
*To inspire your mental process, use other symbols of Air like, a feather, smoke, Sword tarot cards, etc. while burning your candle.

ASTROLOGICAL INFO:
-Made when the Moon is passing through an Air Sign.
-Use during a Waxing Moon when it is in the constellations of Gemini, Libra or Aquarius.

OTHER INFO: The element of Air is the sacred direction of East, Dawn and Spring. The bright blue is associated with thought and the Throat Chakra. We choose this color to assist in mental clarity and ease of communicating ones ideas through whatever form desired.

3) Emotional Balance (Water) Candle
Orange Blossom Essential Blend

Emotional Balance is found when we begin to trust our instincts & strengthen our connection with the Divine. It is this source of life that fulfills us & allows us to find Balance between all aspects of life. Water represents the sub- conscious-a place of dreams, instinct & emotions.

CANDLE USE:
*Provide energy present in the courage to explore emotions that may limit growth.
*Aid in emotional level of self-discovery, gain inner control and allow instinct to be trusted.

ASTROLOGICAL INFO:
-Pent up emotions are best released during a Waning Moon in the Zodiacs of Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces.
-Used during a Waxing Moon, help to get in touch with your true emotions around a situation.

OTHER INFO: The Element of Water is associated with the cauldron of life, representing the heart & circulatory system, the direction of West, Sunset and Autumn. The dark turquoise demonstrates that still waters run deep and cold.

4) Stability-Self (Earth) Candle
Cypress Patchouli Blend

Form a solid foundation to build your dreams upon with the Earth energies of this candle. Earth's energy gives stability, a foundation for your journey into the depths of your spirit. There you will discover the true worth of your self.

CANDLE USE:
*Self-esteem and self-worth issues
*Stability and security within the deepest self.

ASTROLOGICAL USE:
-Burning this candle during the Waxing Moon when it is in Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn will help you tap into your inner strength. As your confidence bubbles to the surface the turbulence subsides.
-Lighting this candle during the Waning Moon will help to dispel the blockages to positive self esteem.

OTHER INFO: The Element of Earth is associated with your bones and muscles, the sacred direction of North, the tarot suit of Coins, Midnight and Winter. Brown has long been associated with the rich soil of the Earth. The soil sustains life and anchors the roots of even the most giant of trees. Let the deep brown of the Earth Candle remind you to grow your own roots deeply into the Mother Earth, allowing her to stabilize and nurture you.

5) Female Energy Candle (The Moon)
Kissed with Lotus Blossoms

Become empowered with the Feminine Energies of creation and intuition. Find your voice and express the goddess within. There is power and strength within the female side of the self that many do not recognize. She is unique in her ability to simultaneously create and destroy, feeling passion on both ends of the scale. See the beauty and courage of all that is female.

CANDLE USE:
*Use to reassert the power of the Feminine Energies during the creative or intuitive process.
*Use to enhance your connection with the Feminine Energy that both men and women possess.

ASTROLOGICAL INFO:
-Made when the Moon is in an Astrological Sign with Female attributes such as Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn or Pisces.
-Virgo is particularly strong time to burn this candle for the Earth Goddess energy available.

OTHER INFO: The Female Forces candle is made to be a light silvery blue to represent the Moon. Feminine Energy is subtle in her power - she is subtlety to perfection. It is her gift to control herself without controlling others. She is intuition and inner strength - the eye of the storm.

6) Male Energy Candle (The Sun)
Vanilla Patchouli Musk Blend

The Sun brings us celebration and rejoicing everytime our life is energized with its brilliance. Become strengthened and motivated to find your true, brilliant self and celebrate life. Rejoice in the Male Forces in your life, the ultimate loving father and the way we play to learn. Challenge your limitations and master your inner knowledge.

CANDLE USE:
*Always helpful in mastering our full potential and moving beyond our self-imposed limitations.
*Use to reconnect with the Male Side of ourself which is just another key to self-mastery.

ASTROLOGICAL INFO:
-We make this candle when the Moon is in an Astrological Sign with Male attributes, such as Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, or Aquarius.
-Light this candle during one of these signs and connect with the Warrior/Merciful King within. Yes, women you have these qualities available to you also.

OTHER INFO: Yellow is color of the Sun and the color of the Solar Plexus Chakra. We chose yellow to remind us of the Sun god and his glory. The Solar Plexus is also the Fire Chakra. Both the Male Energy and Fire motivate us into active participation in our lives.

Monday, February 14, 2005

September 21 - Autumnal Equinox - Mabon or Harvest Home

This day sees light and dark in balance again, before the descent to the dark times. A harvest festival is held, thanking the Goddess for giving us enough sustenance to feed us through the winter. Harvest festivals of many types still occur today in farming country, and Thanksgiving is an echo of these. One of the very important things to consider during the mabon festival is having a high quality pure annointing oil handy. You don't want to use anything that is of lesser quality.

Friday, February 11, 2005

July 31 - August Eve - Lughnasadh or Lammas

This festival has two aspects. First, it is one of the Celtic fire festivals, honoring the Celtic culture-bringer and Solar God Lugh (Lleu to the Welsh, Lugus to the Gauls). In Ireland, races and games were held in his name and that of his mother, Tailtiu (these may have been funeral games). The second aspect is Lammas, the Saxon Feast of Bread, at which the first of the grain harvest is consumed in ritual loaves. These aspects are not too dissimilar, as the shamanic death and transformation of Lleu can be compared to that of the Barley God, known from the folksong "John Barleycorn". This time is also sacred to the Greek Goddess of the Moon and the Hunt, Artemis.

Once a prominent Celtic festival known as Lughnasadh, Lammas is a joyful celebration of the first harvest. In an age when crops can be imported all year round, we tend to forget just how important this time was to our ancestors -- the failure of the harvest meant starvation and death. Early August was a time to celebrate the fruits of the first harvest and work positive magic for prosperity and protection. Explore the origins, customs, and lore of Lughnasadh and learn about similar festivals around the world. Whether your just starting on the path or are an experienced Witch looking for a new perspective on this ancient festival, you will find a cornucopia of history, folklore, recipes, spells, and rituals in this book. Paperback, 276 pages.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

June 21 -- Summer Solstice -- Litha or Midsummer

On this day, the noon of the year and the longest day, light and life are abundant. We focus outward, experiencing the joys of plenty, tasting the first fruits of the season. In some traditions the sacred marriage of the Goddess and God is celebrated (in others, this is attributed to the springtime holidays). Rhea, the Mountain Mother of Crete, has breathed out all creation. It is also the festival of the Chinese Goddess of Light, Li.

Midsummer is one of the most ancient, widespread and joyful Pagan festivals. The Sun rises to the height of its power on the Summer Solstice, and Midsummer Eve is filled with fairy mischief and magic. The author reveals the origins and customs of this enchanting holiday with chapters on myths and lore, Midsummer magic and divination, traditional summertime treats, seasonal rituals and Midsummer herb craft.

Midsummer of the Summer Solstice will take you really deep into the traditions of this amazing holiday.

Monday, February 07, 2005

April 30 - May Eve - Beltaine

As the weather heats up and the plant world burgeons, an exuberant mood prevails. Folk dance around the Maypole, emblem of fertility (the name "May" comes from a Norse word meaning "to shoot out new growth"). May 1st was the midpoint of a five-day Roman festival to Flora, Goddess of Flowers. The name "Beltaine" means "Bel's Fires"; in Celtic lands, cattle were driven between bonfires to bless them, and people leaped the fires for luck. The association in Germany of May Eve with Witches' gatherings is a memory of pre-Christian tradition. "Wild" water (dew, flowing streams or ocean water) is collected as a basis for healing drinks and potions for the year to come.

I have located a rather comprehensive collection of books that were written especially for the wiccan holidays. You can find them here.

Friday, February 04, 2005

March 21 -- Vernal Equinox -- Ostara

Day and night are equal as Spring begins to enliven the environment with new growth and more newborn animals. Many people feel "reborn" after the long nights and coldness of winter. The Germanic Goddess Ostara or Eostre (Goddess of the Dawn), after whom Easter is named, is the tutelary deity of this holiday. It is she, as herald of the sun, who announces the triumphal return of life to the earth. Witches in the Greek tradition celebrate the return from Hades of Demeter's daughter Persephone; Witches in the Celtic tradition see in the blossoms the passing of Olwen, in whose footprints flowers bloom. The enigmatic egg, laid by the regenerating snake or the heavenly bird, is a powerful symbol of the emergence of life out of apparent death or absence of life.

I searched the web forever to find a CD which is related directly to the Vernal Equinox. I finally found one that was produced in 1977 called "Vernal Equinox".

First released in 1977, this recording influenced Brian Eno, whose subsequent association with Hassell formed a collaboration with 'Possible Musics'. Within these sparse but exotic textures, you can hear the vocal source of Hassell's unusual trumpet sound as he bends notes into breath-like murmurs. On the raga-like title track, Hassell weaves a long, sinewy trail across the slow percussion of David Rosenboom and Nana Vasconcelos, with a slowly-shifting synthesizer background acting like a minimalist take on a tamboura drone.

If you would like to hear samples of this music look here.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

January 31 -- February Eve -- Imbolc (Oimelc) or Brigid

As the days' lengthening becomes perceptible, many candles are lit to hasten the warming of the earth and emphasize the reviving of life. "Imbolc" is from Old Irish, and may mean "in the belly", and Oimelc, "ewe's milk", as this is the lambing time. It is the holiday of the Celtic Fire Goddess Brigid, whose threefold nature rules smithcraft, poetry/inspiration, and healing. Brigid's fire is a symbolic transformation offering healing, visions, and tempering. Februum is a Latin word meaning purification -- naming the month of cleansing. The thaw releases waters (Brigid is also a goddess of holy wells) -- all that was hindered is let flow at this season.

For a great annointing oil to use especially on February Eve go here.