Wiccan Ceremony - Magic - and where it all started.

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

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

The Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft

Raven Grimassi's Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft is easily the most important book on the subject to come out this year. It will be seen as one of the most important books on Wicca and Witchcraft for years to come. From now on, if you want to know anything about the history or methods of the Craft, this is the place you will start.

Do you need to find out about a person who has had an important impact on Wicca: Gardner? Sanders? Clutterbuck? Valiente? It's in here.

Would you like to discover more about Wiccan holidays: Mabon? Lughnasadh? Litha? You'll discover it in here, too.

Also in here is information on magical tools and methods, philosophy, theology, various pantheons, Pagan traditions, herbs, and their powers and even the flows of energy around the world called the "Tatvic Tides." Three hundred photos and illustrations let you see what people look like and help to amplify the information.

Perhaps you'd like to learn about Scottish Witchcraft. In this book you'd learn that the first modern mention of it was in a book by Raymond Buckland. "Such was the response that Ray got to his mention of this tradition, that he had to publish full details...The information was provided by Wiccan teacher Aidan Breac..." If you want to know more about Breac and the PectiWita tradition, you'll find it in this book.

Many people think that Wicca has no real laws. However, there are 140 Traditional Laws of Witchcraft. You'll find them all listed here. You'll also discover the difference between a pentacle and a pentagram, what the Odic Force is, the eclecticism of the Ladywood Tradition, the ancient sources of working magic "skyclad," plus lists of Pagan publications, mail order suppliers, and so much more.

This is an important book you will want to get right away!

A Review

Raven Grimassi has collected together in this one volume some of the basic elements of Wicca and Witchcraft as well as some biographies of the movers and shakers within our community.

Mr. Grimassi covers many areas of beliefs, such as the various Gods/Goddesses and their stories. He also covers such items as tools, books referencing Wicca and Witchcraft, trees, animals, organizations and so much more. He has entries related to history, myths, legends, shamanic material and so much more that the book becomes a text book as well as a reference book. The information is general, but covers much of what a researcher might want to know about each subject and how it relates to Wicca and Witchcraft.

What I found interesting were his bios of people who have either founded or were an influence to our Spiritual paths. From Aleister Crowley to Oberon (Tim) Zell to Doreen Valiente to Carl Weschcke, he provides information as to who these people were in a brief but insightful manner. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the backgrounds of some of the people who have written our books or founded our organizations or have had some influence on what we know today as Wicca and Witchcraft.

This is a good book for those who are constantly referencing this kind of material, as Mr. Grimassi has put much of what we have to usually look in many volumes for into one convenient location. This is a wonderful collection of information that will be pulled off the shelf again and again.

Look inside this book

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Book Review (Complete Idiots Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft)

The Complete Idiots Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft

I have always found the idiots guide series of books to be one of my favorites. Idiot I am not, these books put things into laymans terms. They break things down so that you can properly digest what you are reading. This book is no exception. It is an excellent book that lives up to the idiots guide's high standards.

The complete idiots guide to wicca and witchcraft is an introduction to the beliefs and practices of wiccas nature based traditions. Brand new spells from blessings and invocations to protection and binding spells. Easy to understand rituals to pull up, work within and take down magick circles. Witches practice magick, and they also practice wicca - an earth based religion that honors a deity that is divided into male and female spirituality known as the god and goddess and that gives reverence to the earth. Throughout history, witches have faced persecution becouse of misconceptions about them and their practices. But wicca and witchcraft have survived and are going strong. In fact, wicca is one of the fastest growing religions in the united states today.

Some of the chapters include:

Chapter 1 - All About Wicca and Witchcraft
Chapter 4 - Wiccan Deities: Homage to the Lord and Lady
Chapter 9 - Preparing to do Ritual
Chapter 11 - Cast a Magick Circle
Chapter 13 - Esbats: Moon Magick

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Friday, March 18, 2005

Searching Inside Wicca Books

Looking for books to buy on the internet can be daunting if not downright scary. It seems like you never know what you are getting. When I go to the bookstore I like to thumb through the book a little. You know so I can see if it offers what I am looking for. Or if it will be a good read or not.

Previewing a book online is a great way to shop on the web. It helps you find what you are looking for without the fear of finding the wrong thing.

Amazon.com is not big for no reason. I was just there the other day and noticed that when you look at one of their books they give you an option to search inside the book. What a great idea. Now, I feel a little more comfortable buying online.

Besides that they have thousands of books on wicca magic and rituals. Pretty much anything you can imagine. New or Used. hint: The used books are a steal.

Search Amazons wicca books

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Bye Bye worries

One of a witchs' favorite things to carry in their pocket is a worry stone.

Worry stones are smooth, polished gemstones in the shape of an oval with a thumb-sized indentation. Their origins are in Ancient Greece. They are held between the index finger and thumb. Popular belief says that when you rub one of these precious stones your worries will be lessened.

Take a look at these five.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

The Witchs Pentacle Cauldron

Cauldrons are one of the most important parts of a witchs altar. They are often used for scrying or to represent water or fire. There are also myths that the cauldron represents reincarnation and the cycles of birth. Figures such as the Goddess Cerridwen and Bran the Blessed are often associated with the cauldron, also.A small fire can be lit in one for the burning of incense or spells during a ritual (sabbat). Cauldrons also work great as a candle holder for your spell candles!

Back in the day of old you would often find a cauldron sitting in many homes. My grandma used a huge one to make apple butter in every year. Traditionally they come with three legs which is a representation of bounty and lessons.

Depending on the spell that is being worked it is common to place the cauldron at either the Male South or the Female west.

A three legged Pentacle Cauldron

Friday, March 11, 2005

Whats a wiccan without a wand?

For Wiccans a wand is the tool for air. They are often made of wood or some type of crystal. Modern day wands have crystals or symbols integrated into the, as well.

For ritual purpose, it is common for the wand to be used as a replacement for an athame (ritual dagger). It is also possible to use a wand with an athame during a ritual.

A wand will quickly become very important to you and when you find out how effective you can be at channeling your energy through it you will be addicted. If you are thinking about incorporating a wand into your wiccan magic you should take a look at Kevins Lair. They have one of the largest selections on the internet of everything wicca.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Basic Candle magick and Color Correspondence

The burning of a candle has a soothing and calming effect. Lets not forget the magickal effect of candle burning, though. It seems like magick has been left far behind in the hustle and bustle of modern society. The wicca religion often calls for a spell to be cast with a ritual candle. Even when a candle is not called for in a spell it can still greatly enhance the effect of it. When you create your magickal circle consider putting a candle at the north, east, west and south positions. This can greatly enhance your magickal experience.

For wiccans the color of candle means a lot. Each color has it's own unique correspondence and the color of a candle will actually determine the success of a particular spell.

Continued...

Monday, March 07, 2005

Pentacle Chalice for a Sabbat

These chalices are great for a Wiccan ritual or Sabbat. A pair of lotus shaped chalices come in a cloth lined velveteen storage case. Chalice bowl is silver plated with an engraved pentagram on both sides and a brass stem. Each 8" high. Kevin's Lair Chalice are custom and unique. Our chalice are made of the finest ingredients and make the perfect gift for the chalice lover in your life.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Candles of the World

These 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, oils and related colors to help achieve your dreams. Each candle includes a beautiful uplifting blessing and message.

Candles included in this set:

1) Egyptian Temple Kyphi Candle
Amber Candle with Egyptian Resins and Oils

Kyphi is the holy incense blend used in the Sacred Temples in Ancient Egypt. It is a blend of many herbs, oils, resins used to open the deepest self the Divine Wisdom of the Universe.

Cinnamon, Clove, Lotus, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cedar.

We researched long to find the perfect blend.

Candle Size 6.5" H X 2.5" W * Burns Approximately 73 Hours

2) Tantric Ritual Fire & Ice Candle
Deep Ice Blue Candle with Jasmine Sandalwood and other exotic resins

Buddha's Gift of the tantric tradition teaches us to make every moment sacred through ritual.

The Tantric candles are hand-made with the oils and colors sacred to Tantric Ritual that awaken every sense.

Amber, Jasmine, Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood.

Candle Size 6.5" H X 2.5" W * Burns Approximately 73 Hours

3) Witch's Brew Candle
Black Candle with rare Resins, Herbs and Dragons Blood

The Witches Brew Candle is Back! You ask and you shall receive! Made with exotic magical oils such as Dragon's Blood, Mugwort, Frankincense Resin and Myrrh, the candle keeps its tradition of a hand-poured core dipped in a midnight black resin wax.

Wrapped in black tulle and one of a kind.

Candle Size 6.5" H X 2.5" W * Burns Approximately 73 Hours

4) Peace Candle
Pure White Candle with Lavender and Heather Oils and Herbs

We have had many requests for the Peace Candle - here in pure white with herbs of Lavender and Heather on the top.

A tall elegant candle with the hope of Peace in the World.

Candle Size 9.0" H X 2.5" W * Burns Approximately 73 Hours

The whole line of Wiccan Spell Candles

Thursday, March 03, 2005

How to Scry with a Crystal Ball

The crystal Ball

A guide to the theory and practice of Crystallomancy

Why Does It Work?

A popular theory as to why the crystal ball works is that every person has latent abilities which are suppressed by the routines and rules of everyday life. The degree to which these powers are ‘hidden’ varies from person to person - those who are more in tune with it are regarded as mystics or seers. However all people have the ability to some degree - it is just easier for some.

Obtaining and Caring for your Crystal Ball

Your ball should be large enough to read clearly but not so big that your eyes find it difficult to see it fully. Generally speaking, the ideal size is about 100 to 110mm (about 4 inches).

Always store your crystal ball in a wrapped cloth and keep it out of direct sunlight (the sun/heat-cold extremes will drain it's power). Clean it with a cloth moistened with a water and vinegar mix and then polish with chamois or velvet. Remember, do not let anyone else touch or handle it - or your rapport with it will be broken.

Prepare to Scry!

It is pointless trying to scry a crystal Ball in a room full of people or in a noisy, distracting location. Make sure you are alone in a room that is not noisy and does not have a lot of light in it (Draw the shades). If you are reading other people then keep the room occupancy at a max of two. Anyone that is not being read should stay still and silent. Drape a dark (preferably black) cloth behind and beneath the Crystal Ball. If you want you can stack a small pile of books and drape a cloth over them.
A burning candle at the rear or to one side of the Ball is preferable for many wiccans. This is not recommended for beginners. When you are advanced it is believed that a candle will help 'activate' the crystal ball.

How to read a Crystal Ball

If you are a beginner do not expect immediate results. As with anything that is great scrying takes time, patience and experience. The rapport that you need to have with the crystal ball may come quickly for you, but it can take months before it is developed for most people. Do not be discouraged if your first sessions don’t produce results, some of the finest scryers also found it very difficult to start. Stay relaxed and concentrate. Tune the world out! This is meditation. Let it fill your vision and your mind. Don’t worry about time. After so long you will see change in the Ball. This varies between scryers - - some see the Ball filling with milky clouds which change into different colours and then darkness followed by the appearance of images within the Ball - some see wispy white clouds which move through the crystal forming shapes of people and objects. - some see written messages - some see clear ‘cinema quality films’ portraying events past, present and future. You may find any of these or some other type of depiction. At first you may see shapes and silhouettes rather than sharp pictures.

Interpreting

The images you see in your ball may be either actual or symbolic. This can be confusing but with practice you will be able to interpret which is which. Most of the time you will see both image types at different times and in the same session, sometimes. Actual events may appear like a movie or a sequence of images which depict some event or occurrence. You will ‘know’ whether this is in the past, present or future although some scryers adopt a rule using the position of the image in the Ball - if the image is at the center the ball it represents the present, the back represents the past and the front represents the future. The very back of the ball would then represent the distant past, and the very front the distant future with progressions in-between.

Reading symbols in The Crystal Ball

A lot of the symbolic images are obvious - trust your feelings when interpreting. This list is only a guide and may be helpful but use your instincts as they will always be your best guide:

Anchor - Safety
Beetle - Long life
Bird - Message. An eagle brings good fortune, a brightly coloured bird, happiness and a vulture or similar, problems.
Clouds - When rising positive, when descending, negative
Crown - Status, power
Cup - Love, relationships
Dragon - Good Luck, strength
Eye - Fate for better or worse
Frog or Pig - Prosperity, fertility
Fruit - separately, children or on a tree, children to come
Horse - Change, movement
Lighthouse - Warning to take care
Lion - Strength, recovery
Moon - Peaceful life, family
People - A large crowd or party, vitality a small group, friends
Scales - Justice
Snake - Knowledge
Star - Success, Fame
Swan - Good news
Tower - Masculinity, Ego
Unicorn - Purity, innocence
Water - Communication, contacts
Waves - physical love
Wheel - Changes, new

Kevins Lair has the largest collection of crystal balls on the net.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Psychic Talking Boards

Talking Boards are a class of board games that were introduced to America in the late 1890s. Over the last century, these "games" have brought endless hours of entertainment to those who have ventured to play. Spirit boards, witchboards, magic boards, & mystery boards are all guises of the talking board. Though countless theories have emerged to explain how & why talking boards work, they remain cloaked in a shroud of mystery to this day. From the bloodline of the mysterious talking board, Cryptique brings this classic game into the 21st century. Four years in the making, Cryptique is the first talking board designed exclusively for the new millennium. Its unique design was conceived in 1997. The distinctive layout & artwork mirror the talking boards mysterious past. Fashioned after a century of talking board history, Cryptique combines the spirit of its ancestors with modern creativity to create a look & feel with genuine vision. Shunning a disturbing trend of other talking board manufacturers, Cryptique doesnt skimp on the boards size; measurements are 17" x 11". This generous surface area allows for uninterrupted sessions due to insufficient playing room. There are no fold lines on Cryptique, so the seer will glide smoothly across the entire board. The board itself is constructed of paper applied to covered 100 point chip board, while the seer consists of a label applied to a specially molded piece of plastic. Contains game board & moveable seer. Instructions on use are on the back of the box. Intended for entertainment purposes only.