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Green Witchcraft is one of the least documented Wiccan traditions, perhaps because its practitioners often also practice other main stream Wiccan Traditions or perhaps because most Wiccan practices are essentially Green by nature. Green Witchcraft is sometimes erroneously confused with Hedgecraft - perhaps because of the similarities that exist between these two traditions in their approach to the Craft.

Like Hedgecraft, Green Witchcraft incorporates the use of herbs in Magick and healing. Both also have a very practical and flexible attitude to practicing the Craft. They differ in that the Green Witch will rarely, if ever, be found worshipping within the confines of four walls, preferring the freedom and the closeness to Deity afforded by nature instead. It is not unusual for urban Green Witches to head out to a park or to the outskirts of a city - not only to worship - but also to re-establish touch with the divinity of nature.

Natural Master Herbalists

Cultivating herbs, vegetables, fruits and growing all sorts of flowers, trees and shrubs are quite usual for Green witches who are fortunate enough to have the required space at their disposal. Those who don't have that luxury, still manage to hold their own by filling pots with lavender, sage, rosemary and basil on their balconies and in their windowsills. They generally also know where to obtain those they cannot grow in the wild. An inherent part of being a Green Witch is an affinity with plants and includes the ability to speak to them and being spoken to by them in return.

It is also the belief of many Green Witches that if you grow and care for your own herbs, the herbs will reward you:

* By lending more power to the spells in which they are used;
* By offering enhanced fragrance if added as an ingredient to incense;
* By being more efficacious in healing;
* By adding extra flavor to any meal.

The affinity with plants means that Green Witches intuitively know how to use herbs in ways different to those you would typically find in herbal textbooks and grimoires. They understand the lore and the uses: Emotional, mental, psychological, physical, ritual and magickal. The also know how to dry herbs, how to create potions, lotions, oils and brews and how different herbs can be used together harmoniously for making incense, for healing and for cooking.

When harvesting leaves, twigs and flowers from plants, Green Witches believe that permission has to be sought from the spirit of the plant first, that the plant has to be in perfect health, that no more than fifteen percent should be harvested at a time and that a gift needs to be offered in return to thank the spirit of the plant.
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The rat symbol has a distinguished eminence inside the Chinese zodiac cycle, mainly due to the fact it comes first inside the entire twelve year zodiac cycle. The common impression about the rat within the West is totally contrary to that within the Chinese tradition.

Towards the west the rat is no far more than a pest but for the Chinese their lengthy history and tradition in the zodiac symbols has placed the rat on an elevated position. Besides it was the deep insight and observation skills in the Chinese philosophers of ancient occasions that enabled them to determine the innate qualities with which the rat has been endowed with.

As it really is the Chinese are recognized for their great observation abilities. In the case of the rat they were able to see that by nature the rat's natural disposition bears some likeliness with particular human characteristics. The observers drew a total character sketch of this zodiac symbol that illustrates all those qualities that the rat displays in his natural atmosphere.

The rat is deemed to be a rather intelligent creature. It has been observed that the rat is a rather perseverant and hardworking animal that functions its way creatively to meet its finish objectives. Objectivity is one of the virtues attributed towards the rat. If the rat is component of one thing it likes to become in total control of it.

The main top quality in the rat's character is perfectionism, due to which people whose birthdates fall in the year in the rat are also believed to have this top quality. The personality of these individuals is represented by the rat along with the degree of prevalence in the corresponding qualities adjustments from person to individual.

An critical fact that ascribes so a lot of significance to the rat symbol is its initial position in the zodiac cycle. It is indeed fascinating to find out how the rat acquired the very first place amongst the Chinese zodiac symbols. A number of legends relate the story in the rat reaching this position.

Thinking about that the zodiac calendar consists of a lot larger and stronger creatures than the rat an individual who's unaware of the history and origins of the Chinese zodiac could not be able to comprehend how come the rat will be the 1st in the animals to represent the zodiac cycle.

The race that determined the order in the twelve animals in the zodiac calendar is where the rat displayed his true intelligence. It knew that it stood no chance against the other animals had it relied on its own brawn. Rather it used its brain and actually rode the whole duration of the race on the ox's back that was all set to claim the top spot.

On reaching close to the finish line however the rat created a jump for it and deprived the ox of the first position thereby attaining the position of getting the first zodiac symbol in the twelve year calendar.
Chinese Astrology Animals are steeped in tradition. If you'd like to find out more you can have a look into our file on Traditional Chinese Astrology Rabbits.


Witchcraft is an ancient practice that dates back to the bible and can best be described as the practice of magical arts. During the Middle Ages, in order to learn beginner witchcraft there was an initiation process consisting of two requirements. The first was that the witch joins out of their own will and the second was that they embrace evil thoughts and spells. In today's world, this is not the case! There are currently some 80,000 people practicing white magic just in the U.S.!

So if you are interested in beginner witchcraft but don't know where to get started, you are in the right place! There are hundreds of different resources and it can be confusing not knowing which one to turn to and which ones should be avoided. Here are some quick tips to introduce you to beginner witchcraft and make things a little less confusing:

1. Decide which topics you are most interested in so that you can focus on them. Also, try to start with just 2 or 3 because you will get overwhelmed if you try to learn more than that at one time. When I first began my studies, I chose to learn about healing techniques and divination.

2. Once you know what you want to study, divide each subject into smaller topics. Let's say you choose to learn about herbs... you have the option of learning the scientific side, the magical side or the healing side.

3. Finally, you need to find teachers that you can trust. Please be careful here because there are a lot of people who are not qualified to be instructors but they think they are. I highly recommend going online and reading reviews about different teachers before you sign up for a course.

There you have it, the three most important things to do as you start on your adventures with beginner witchcraft. Good luck and blessed be!

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