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The Wiccan religion believes that all things in nature including ourselves are sacred and have magickal properties. The rituals and ceremonies in this religion focus on using objects from the earth such as stones, sticks, crystals and herbs. Some of these items are used in the altar and "charged" with positive energy believed to protect the person holding it or wearing it.

Most jewelry used by followers of this religion are objects that promote healing and spiritual completeness. It can also be a symbol of of transformation and appreciation of the Wiccan beliefs and traditions. The pentagram in a circle is the most recognizable symbol in the Wicca culture and it symbolizes the integration of the physical and spirit worlds.

Due to the aggressive nature of the organized religions, the Wicca or other pagan religions sometimes had to resort to secrecy in their daily lives, wearing symbols that are sacred to them mysteriously disguised as flowers or other intricate designs on pendants, bracelets, etc. Sometimes the jewelry may be in the shape of weapons such as the Athame, Sword or Thor's hammer to signify protection for the wearer.

The planets, the Sun and the Moon are also very important for Wiccans. As a result, moon shaped pendants, earrings, rings and amulets are very commonly used. Sometimes the combination of the new moon and full moon is worn to represent the Horned God, who represents the masculine polarity of the Universe. Also, the three phases of the moon, waxing, waning or full are used in several designs to revere the Lunar Triple Goddess.

Egyptian Hieroglyphs are also used in designs such as a circle with extensions for the cow goddess Hathor, who represents feminine centered Pagans. Other symbols that are used in Wiccan Jewelry are the Wheel of the Year with eight spokes and the Witch's sign, which is used to mark ritual tools.

The emblem of Seax-Wicca which symbolizes the sun, moon and the eight holy days and Hecate's wheel, an ancient Greek symbol also is used by certain practitioners of the religion. The seven pointed Elven Star is also used by followers of Celtic style Faery Wicca.

Asatru symbols as well as symbols from African and Native American cultures as well as ancient Hindu and Greek symbols are also used in Wiccan jewelry. Other themes for jewelry are female deities, male deities, Stonehenge, witches and wizards, Tree of life, Gothic Cross, Dragon and Fairy designs, Viking Axes and Shields, Viking Ships, Runic Horses, Bat wings, Tetragrammaton, Triquetra, Chakra wheels, Ravens, and Cat symbols.

Tarot card designs such as the Moon, the Sun, The Star and the World as well as the signs of the Zodiac (Aquarius, Taurus, Gemini, etc.), are very popular when used in traditional Wiccan jewelry.
Rose Ariadne has been practicing ancient forms of Witchcraft for over 25 years. Get more info about Wiccan jewelry here: http://www.askroseariadne.com/editorials/wiccan-jewelry.html

Most of us have heard of lucky charms such as the rabbit's foot and the four leaved clover.

The use of these objects as good luck charms began in the early ages of human civilization, when people started to treasure simple, everyday objects and assumed that they would help them against the "evil eye". They believed that these treasures often worn as talismans, amulets or symbols carved on rocks would help them in times of visible and invisible dangers. It is believed that lucky charms were worn by most of the ancient cultures including Africans, Chinese, Indians, Native Americans and Europeans.

Some of the magickal charms used in the old days include religious objects such as statues or symbols of a deity or gemstones that were believed to safeguard the person wearing it. The swastika (fylfot cross), which is as ancient as Hinduism, is one such symbol that was used extensively over the years up to the present times. It was actually perceived to be in use in almost all civilizations including the Native Americans who were believed to have moved to the Americas from Indian subcontinent during the last ice-age (20,000+ years ago!)

Lucky charms are used most when a person is afraid of facing uncertainty or dangers in their path. In ancient Africa, carrying a swift animal's foot or other parts was believed to empower a person with the speed of the animal. That is how the use of "rabbits foot" as a lucky charm originated. Also, African Voodoo ceremonies included a "Mojo" bag or good luck bag that would carry objects such a feathers, teeth, spices and herbs for luck as well as for use in spells and ceremonies.

The Chinese people used rice as a symbol of luck. In the past, they captured crickets and kept them in boxes to attract fortune. Also coins or money were spread on the floor for auspicious occasions. Yantras, Rudraksha beads, horse shoe, etc are also considered lucky charms.

Talismans were created by chanting prayers to conjure protective spirits who energized them with magical powers. These ceremonies were usually performed on auspicious days under favorable astrological signs.

In Ireland, followers or St Patrick adopted the Shamrock or the four leaf clover as a symbol of the luck of the Irish. During the time of the Medieval Crusades, when Christians turned violent towards non-Christians under the pope's orders, people who followed other religions turned to magickal charms to save their lives. The Nordic countries used magickal alphabet knows as "runes" for protection, carving these symbols on stones to prevent danger and destruction. The period of the Crusades was a terrible time for followers of pagan religions.

During the middle ages, a Romanian prince, Vlad the Impaler horribly tortured and killed thousands of people. Legends of undead or vampires spread fear into the hearts of people and as plague advanced and killed even more, people turned to the religious symbols such as the Crucifix as well as natural remedies such as garlic for protection from the supernatural threats.

In recent times, people have used medals, statues of St. Jude, St Christopher, lucky clothes, lucky pennies, etc as charms.
Rose Ariadne has been practicing ancient forms of Witchcraft for over 25 years. Get more info about lucky charms here: http://www.askroseariadne.com/editorials/lucky-charms.html

Wicca is a personal, positive religion that is based on respect of nature and celebration of all things that exists in the physical and ethereal world. Practitioners of Wicca follow the precepts of Shamanism, believed to be the first "religion" on Earth.

Most practitioners of Wicca commune with the Goddess and God during rituals that allow them to understand and guide these energies which created our Universe. These rituals are usually enhanced by the use to tools, chants, music, dancing, etc. that increases the practitioner's mental acuity and intuition to high levels not easily evident in daily life.

These altered states of consciousness allowed human beings to communicate with the powerful energies of the Universe and persuade them to move in the direction of their intentions. Stated simply, many practitioners of Wicca are able to change the direction of their future. This ability of these practitioners is called Magick and the actions that are required to perform Magick are called Spells.

Wiccans use Magick to effect change in their lives as well as in the lives of others who request their help. By communing with the deities and listening to the messages from nature, they understand what needs to be done and go about doing it.

The most important rule of the Wicca (or the Craft as it is called) is that people can choose to do anything so long as it doesn't harm anyone. Wiccans believe in reincarnation and the law of Karma which decries that whatever we do to others will return to us three fold. According to this dogma, there will be no bad witches, for as soon as they do dreadful things to others, they will be destroyed.

Wiccans are called practitioners and not followers because they do not "follow" anyone. This way of life believes that each one of us is capable of communing and communicating with the Powerful energies that created life.

Magick is used in many ways. Some witches can use their minds to control the energies. Others use tools such as the Athame, the Besom, the Wand, Chalice, etc. Wicca is a very personal religion and communing with the Deities may be performed anywhere since the energies exist everywhere.

Most celebrations are held outdoors if possible because the Wicca practitioners believe that nature can cleanse and purify our surroundings easily. Also, communing with the deities mean communing with nature, so the best place for this meeting would be where most of the energies exist.

Newcomers to this way of life will first need to learn the art of meditation so that they can strengthen their concentration and focus regardless of whatever distractions exist in the environment. By practicing Magickal rituals religiously and increasing their self-confidence, these rituals help to firm up the foundation of their practice.

Results of our spells depend on many reasons

There are several types of Magick. The ritual that uses different colors and shapes of candles is called Candle Magick. Other forms of Magick use herbs and spices, plants and twigs, Gem stones and rocks, and various other natural items for rituals.
Rose Ariadne has been practicing ancient forms of Witchcraft for over 25 years. Get more info about Wiccan Magick here: http://www.askroseariadne.com/editorials/WitchcraftWiccanMagickWhatisMagick.html

It was in Africa, the cradle of civilization that Voodoo was born. Voodoo or Vodun means Great Spirit. The practitioners of Voodoo believe that one deity rules over the entire Universe but there are multiple smaller deities called Loas who are in charge of various aspects of our life. Magick is performed to appease the Loas and gain their blessings.

Magickal ways of life probably originated from Voodoo. As Africans moved away from their land, Voodoo incorporated other practices into it and became Santeria, Hoodoo, etc.

Dance, Music and chanting are part of the ceremonial rituals of Voodoo. One of the main rituals of Voodoo is performing magick over dolls. These dolls are created ceremoniously by the Voodoo priestesses and priest. They are usually made of natural substances from the earth such as twigs, leaves, nuts and vines. While creating these poppets, the practitioner chants and meditates while giving the poppet its identity. The spirit of the ill person was invited to inhabit the poppet by anointing it with oil.

This type of magick where poppets are created to represent humans or animals was believed to have originated from necessity. Africa is a vast land where the different tribes lived as isolated nomads. When anyone got sick, they couldn't get the sick person to a healer because of the harsh and dangerous terrain. So the message would be sent to the healer and s/he would create the poppet to perform the healing magick on. Neat, huh?

Of course there were people who misused this practice to perform black magic and other psychic spells on innocent people. When missionaries returned from these pristine lands, they were only too happy to criticize the practice of Voodoo and call it savage and barbaric. For this reason, most Voodoo practitioners prefer to call their religion Vodun.

However Voodoo survived the colonial invasions and is still practiced in many countries. Candles, Anointing oils, Mojo bags, Poppets, etc are used in Voodoo spells. This religion places a lot of importance on ancestors, making a special altar for all ancestors in their homes, consecrating this area daily and sometimes also ceremoniously offering food to the ancestors.

Also, Voodoo and its variations place a lot of emphasis on the importance of the physical human body. In most spells, items from the body such as nails, hair, spit, secretions, blood, etc are used. To make some spells more potent, graveyard dirt is used. The idea behind it is that the place where a loved one is buried also contains the essence of that person's spirit who will help carry out the spell.
Rose Ariadne has been practicing ancient forms of Witchcraft for over 25 years. Get more info about voodoo love magick here: http://www.askroseariadne.com/editorials/voodoo-love-magick.html

Voodoo emerged from the cocoon of civilization, Africa. The practice of Voodoo, which is also called Vodou or Voudun, means God, Creator or Great Spirit. If the image of Voodoo is frightening to some, it is because like all other natural spiritual practices, Voodoo also has been terribly distorted by Christian missionaries so that people would easily convert to their religion.

This way of life that originated in Africa is today practiced by millions of people all over the world. As people traveled from the African continent to different parts of the world, they took this spiritual knowledge with them and continued to use it in the new lands. Many of the Africans were forcibly kidnapped and sold as slaves by the Europeans and had to use their innate skills to maintain contact with their ancestors and relatives.

Followers of Voodoo hold all things in nature as sacred. The main purpose of Voodoo is to heal, physically and spiritually. Most of the Voodoo leaders were actually master healers who created spells to benefit the community and created an aura of mysticism to impress the people. They were experts in the healing properties of the flora and fauna in the pristine land, long before the rest of the world developed herbal medicines.

The practice of Voodoo encourages a belief in a Supreme Spirit who could manifest as lower deities called Loa, Orisha or Spirits to preside over day to day activities of a community such as harvest, hunting, wealth, health and death. The Loa is present is all natural elements such as the ocean, lakes, lightning and thunder, wind and rain as well as the sun and moon, animals, trees and stones.

Among the African descendants in the New world, many substituted the names of Catholic saints as their Loa or local spirit and this new religion became known as Santeria. In spite of the zeal of the Christian missionaries to convert the so-called "lost souls", this nature loving religion has been thriving all over the world.

Ancestor worship which is rooted in the idea of reincarnation is familiar to the followers of Voodoo. A soul is believed to inhabit several bodies at various times and celebrations are held in reverence to the ancestors whose spirits may return to the world temporarily. When food is prepared, a portion of it is always placed aside for the ancestors.

An altar is also prepared for the ancestors by decorating a stone or a small table and placing items that are dear to the ancestor on it. A pot in which nine different types of soil, some dirt from the place or birth, incense, flowers, white candles, tobacco, drink and nine glasses of water are also placed in the altar.

Voodoo dolls are used as objects that may be energized when guided by the spirit guides or the Loa. The followers of Voodoo also believe in the laws of Karma and abide by them.

As there are people with good intentions, there are also people with evil intentions in every practice and religion. Voodoo dolls are not usually used to control others but in more positive ways, as a means to focus our energies and channel them into positive, constructive visualization and magick. In Africa, when people affected by infectious diseases called for a healer, the treatment or magick would have to be performed without touching the patient. In such cases, Voodoo dolls were made and spells were chanted over these dolls to make the sickness disappear!
Rose Ariadne has been practicing ancient forms of Witchcraft for over 25 years. Get more info about voodoo magick here: http://www.askroseariadne.com/editorials/voodoo-magick.html

A Brief overview of Wicca:

When witchcraft is practiced as a religion, it is called by the Old English term for witch, Wicca. This term is used to counter all the negative stereotypes that society has given witchcraft. Wicca is primarily a religion that worships nature, and sees all creation as sacred. In fact, all Wiccan holy days follow the cycles of nature and the changes in the seasons. Wicca also worships both a male and female deity, a female Goddess and a male God, who had together created the world and everything in it.

Witchcraft is neither black nor white. Witchcraft is a religion that respects Mother Nature and She is neither completely positive or completely negative, this is the same for witches.

Spells are used by Wiccans, and are a series of rituals and prayers that are conducted in witchcraft to ask for divine help in a certain aspect of life. All spells must adhere to the witchcraft code of conduct, meaning that any spells used to harm another person is forbidden. In witchcraft, spells may also be changed or adapted to suit a Wiccan's personality or specific wishes in casting the spell.

What exactly is witchcraft, spells, and magick?

Twenty years ago, I asked myself those same questions, and I'm still learning the answers. My journey started at 15 years of age, with a very understanding mother and a visit to New Age Shop. I remember entering the shop with a sense of awe, and instantly being put at ease by a wonderfully sweet aroma that hung over the bookcases. Yet, out of all the potions, oils, and books that filled the place, the one thing that stood out to me the most was the man behind the counter. He looked more like George Clooney than something out of Halloween Fairytales, and that was my first lesson. Witches look just like everyone else. Of course you may run into the occasional witch who looks more fiction than fact but other than those, most are just your average Joe, the majority tend to choose to blend in as much as possible. Why? Not everyone is armed with 21st century thinking, and in some cases, witches are put into the same category as Satanists, heathens, and just generally bad people.

I eventually took more interest in magick, oh and not my spelling of magick. Witches refer to spells and divine help as magick, not to be confused with magic, which we consider to be what you would see at a show, a magician sawing a woman in half, card tricks, etc.. Magick, however, is sacred to all Wiccans. Ah yes, back to my story, I eventually took more interest in magic and at the age of 35 purchased an old building in New Jersey and turned into one of the state's only Wiccan Temples. I currently live at home with my two wonderful children and my familiar (husband as most people call it) enjoying life and being at one with nature. I currently make a living supporting my family by offering services at my temple and through my website http://www.witchcraftspellsnow.com.
My name is Tasha and I have been a witch for 20 years. I hope this article helps anyone who is curious about Wicca. Currently, I own Ill-Alli Temple in Northeastern USA and own a witchcraft spells site, WitchcraftSpellsNow.com.

The origins of Magick are unknown as is the origins of religion. There is much speculation about when humankind became aware of "supreme creation forces" and many a lengthy debate - bordering on academic wars - has been waged on this very topic. The same applies to Magick. Did Magick precede "belief" or did "belief" precede Magick. A bit of a chicken and egg question, and one we will not be able to answer unless some life changing discovery is made by archaeologists in the future.

What is notable is that there must have been shamans around some 50,000 years ago. The rock paintings found from that era have a religious overtone and the caves where these were discovered may well have been places of worship. The earliest artifacts around these sites were carbon dated to 27,000 years ago - during the Paleolithic period. Was Magick practiced then? Perhaps it was, but then perhaps not.

What we do know is that later civilizations did. The walls of pyramids and scrolls discovered from several later, ancient civilizations contained spells and rituals. So, we can trace Magick to about 6,000 to 8,000 years ago. At that point, the practice of Magick was intertwined with religion and extensively used to ensure - for example - that the annual floods of the Nile would be great so as to avoid famine and pestilence.

Now you may wonder what this has to do with Wicca as a young, 60 year old religious path. Perhaps a little, but perhaps everything. The Wiccan religion is polytheistic, worshiping multiple male and female deities. This form of worship can in fact be tied back to the Paleolithic period.

Assuming that the polytheistic worship of subsequent cultures like the Sumerians, the Egyptians and even later the Greeks and the Romans all evolved from there, and considering that modern Wiccans worship some of those very same deities venerated by the Egyptians, Sumerians, Romans and Greeks (amongst others), then it logically follows that there is a bond. The bond may have been severed at some point in time, but retied it becomes a bond yet again.

This retied bond necessarily means that the practice of Magick is - or at least should be - an integrated religious practice for Modern Wiccans.

Interestingly it only holds true for some. There are many Wiccans who do not practice Magick and whilst one can probably take the view that it is a matter of free choice, perhaps it renders those Wiccans not true Wiccans after all, but general pagans instead. A controversial statement, maybe but perhaps one worth some thought.
Rose Ariadne has been practicing ancient forms of Witchcraft for over 25 years. Get more info about how magick relates to wicca here:

Sit for a Spell Episode 10: Candle Magick (Witch / Pagan / Magic / Witchcraft)
Instructional videos with Lady Sable Aradia of the Star Sapphire Wiccan tradition showing how to do some simple spellwork. This series will be produced approximately biweekly. Episode 10: "Candle Magick" - With the help of the Star Lotus Women's Group, Sable demonstrates how to make your own magickal candles from scratch. Copyright (c) 2012. All rights reserved. For more information, see Sable's website: http://www.sablearadia.com. Support us at Patreon!: https://www.patreon.com/SableAradia Theme song "Circle Song" by Wendy Rule from CD "The Wolf Sky"; unrestricted license granted to Pagan podcasters and vloggers, particularly members of the Proud Pagan Podcasters (which I am a member of). Details at this page: http://paganpodcasting.org/resources/music-we-can-air/. Otherwise I an the creator of this video and I own exclusive rights to all content.

How To Cast A Magick Circle For A Witchcraft Or Pagan Ritual
Join Lady Leeanna as she explains how to erect the temple, cast a magick circle and goes as far as doing one for you to see and for example to you. This video is on one of Lady Leeanna's best videos yet and is a must see for one who is embarking on a new path or even for The Pagan who has been around and wants anothers perspective.