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Since the beginning of time, man has been engaging with nature's devices to survive. Herbs, plants, trees and flowers offered food, shelter, medicine, magick and also aesthetic appeal. It is, pragmatically speaking, no different today. Modern medicine emulated nature's devices to create the synthetic medicines in use today and modern science harnesses nature to offer the creature comforts modern man demands.

Herbalism, in particular, transcended dynasties, empires, religious institutions, political dogma and entire civilizations. It even survived all those natural disasters of cataclysmic proportions over the ages that threatened the continued existence of life on this small planet we call earth.

That, in itself, is magick.

The question on most people's minds is how the power of herbs works. The answer is perhaps a little complicated, but here goes anyway:

Everything in nature has a life-force, or spirit, or essence. The essence of each herb is a part of the cosmos. The role of the essence is to affect a change that will result in maintaining or restoring the balance within its own microcosm. By doing this, it helps in maintaining the equilibrium of the cosmos as a whole.

The essence can also be put to use to restore imbalances in other living organisms. Here we can think of trees processing noxious gasses such as nitrogen and carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. We can also think of the bruise on a person's leg which is rapidly healed by applying Arnica. At another level still we can think of how lavender clears negativity in a room when burnt as incense.

Such is the power of the herb and for this reason literally hundreds upon thousands of herbs that have been across the ages and across all continents. The same holds true where magickal practices were concerned.

Today, more than 100 types of herbs are commonly known and used in Wiccan practices. Each of these herbs has masculine or feminine characteristics, is associated with one of the four elements and may often be a favorite of a particular god or goddess. The herbs can be used in various ways, including in charms or sachets, incense, bath products, oils, teas, smoking, or sprinkled to assign a line or area of protection.

Wiccans are encouraged to grow as many of the herbs themselves as possible for their own use, as it adds the power of the individual to the attributes of the herb. Each herb has the characteristics of the ruling planet, the element with which it is associated and a masculine or feminine bias.
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In Wiccan practice quite a large variety of bits 'n pieces are needed. When setting out on the Wiccan path, the list may seem quite daunting - and expensive. But the good news is that if your budget cannot stretch that far, much of what is needed can either be self-made or grown. Compiling a list of the bare necessities is probably a very good start. To make it easier, I divided the list into two parts. The first part is non-consumables and the second part is consumables:

The Basic List

Non-consumables

* Altar
* Candleholders
* Athame
* Wand
* Cup
* Incense holder
* Bowl
* Pentagram
* Altar Cloth
* Clear quartz crystal

Consumables

* White candles
* Lavender Incense
* Dried Lavender
* Sea Salt

As you progress along your path, you may feel the need to add to this list. The list can become very long and costly if you don't keep an eye on yourself. It is probably a good idea to take a sanity check before adding to the list, by asking yourself "What do I need it for?" and if the answer is yes, "How often will I use it?". To help you, I compiled a list of intermediate supplies. As is the case with the basic list, you can make a lot of it yourself if need be:

The Intermediate List

Non-consumables

* Statues
* Staff
* Mortar and Pestle
* More crystals
* Plate
* Ritual jeweler
* Ritual Robe
* Cape with Hood
* Cutting board and knife
* Small cauldron
* Small gas- or paraffin burner
* Fire-proof non-metallic container

Consumables

* Essential Oils
* More Incense
* More Herbs
* Yellow, Green, Red, Black, Gold, Blue, Pink and Purple Candles
* Lengths of string and ribbons - White, Pink, Yellow, Green, Red, Black, Gold, Blue and Purple
* Brown paper
* Foil
* Wax
* Cloth - Yellow, Green, Red, Black, White, Pink, Blue and Purple

Sources of Wiccan Supplies

You will effectively have three sources to choose from when seeking Wiccan supplies. These are You, Occult supply stores and the Internet.

You

There is a lot to be said in support of creating and making your own "non-consumables". Over and above the price, there is the very relevant issue of personal power. The elements of personal power basically revolve around Charging and Imprint:

Charging - When you decide to make your own wand, for example, you plant the seed of intent. Next, you may research the different types of wood that can be used. When you decide which wood you want to use, you will do so with a specific purpose in mind. Let's say you decided on Oak. At the store, you will select a length of Oak wood. You are likely to choose the piece of Oak wood that resonates best with you - quite unknowingly of course. When you get back home, you will start making the wand. While you are carving away, you will probably daydream on what it will look like in your hand during ritual In the process, you are charging the wand with its intended purpose.

Imprint - By handling the raw wood and by transforming it into a magickal tool, you leave your personal imprint on the wood and the wood its personal imprint on you

That is why a self-made tool could well turn out to be far more effective and much more powerful than one purchased at a store or on the internet.
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If there is one book that needs to be read by every Wiccan practitioner, it is this. WICCA: A guide for the solitary practitioner. By Scott Cunningham This book is awesome! There are many people out there who would like to practice Wicca and are unable to find a coven in their neighborhood. This book teaches them all about how to practice Wicca in the privacy of their home. The author introduces Wicca as it is today, a nature loving religion that is also a peaceful, harmonious lifestyle which promotes Oneness with the Divine and everything else around us visible or invisible.

This is a very easy book to read, written in simple, assertive style. Scott Cunningham has also included his Book of Shadows in this book which details rituals for Sabbats and Esbats, recipes as well as other important initiations and rituals that is relevant to any Wicca practitioner.

Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland
This is a very comprehensive book on Wicca. This book begins with a history and philosophy of Witchcraft and moves on to earlier practices, tools and clothing. There is also detailed information on Coven initiation, self dedication, and other rituals. My favorites were the chapters on Channeling and Divination. The author goes on to describe Auric healing, Gem therapy, Meditation as well as the advantages of positive thinking in Magickal ways of life. Rituals are given a lot of importance in this book. The reader can learn how to create spells, form a coven or establish a church or temple for Wicca. The book ends with a descriptive chapter on the different Wiccan denominations. Overall, this book is, in my opinion, a best reference book to keep forever.

To stir a Magick Cauldron A Witch's guide to Casting and Conjuring by Silver RavenWolf
This book is for beginners who would like to understand Wicca from the ground up and be able to start working spells as soon as possible. The author starts with information on creating your sacred space and conjuring the mechanics o fQuarters. She helps us cast circles, and continues to lead us into major spell working.

Most impatient teens who get introduced to the Wiccan religion are in a hurry to start working spells. However, it is very important to understand how we clear a space and invite the Powers and Energies necessary to guide our intentions. This book also includes information on the Craft Community including the Witches Anti-Discrimination Lobby and the International Wiccan/Pagan press Alliance.There is also a Wicca 101 test to see if you have understood the essentials of practicing Wicca in your life.
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If you know anything about word etymology, you would know that the word "Celtic" is derived from the Greek word "Keltoi" and it refers to the people who lived beyond the Alps. In modern geography, Keltoi included France, Germany and northern Italy; but did not originally include Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England as the Greeks were unaware of its existence altogether.

The terms "Celtic Wicca" and "Celtic Witchcraft" are often used interchangeably, but are in truth not one and the same. Wicca is a modern neo-pagan movement, founded by Gerald Gardner. Celtic Wicca refers to a specific Wiccan path which incorporates several of the elements of the Celtic Tradition into their practices, beliefs and rituals. Celtic Witchcraft, on the other hand, is the traditional Craft as practiced by Celtic Witches for centuries, perhaps even millennia. There are sadly very few of the original and truly traditional Celtic Witches around today.

The traditions, practices and beliefs of Celtic Wicca are relatively diverse and to some extent dependent on the lineage of the coven. Each coven within a single lineage may also have their own special deities, rituals, traditions, practices and beliefs. The very nature of Wicca promotes eclecticism - irrespective of the path that is followed.

Strong spirituality, a reverence for the Earth and respect for everything the earth contains, form the basis of Celtic Wicca. An integral part of this religion is the love for and worship of Celtic Goddesses and Gods.

The pantheon is three tiered. On the first tier you will find the children and subjects of Danu / Anu (the Mother Goddess) and Dagda (the Father God). On the second tier are the children of the first tier Gods and Goddesses. They sometimes bumped into humans and nature spirits. Nature spirits form the third tier of the pantheon.

The Celts celebrate the Triple Goddess. She is Danu/Anu in Her maiden aspect, Badb in Her mother aspect and Ceridwen in Her crone aspect.

Although there have been some historic "battles of the sexes" in the traditional Celtic Witchcraft, Celtic Wicca opted for parity and peace. Unlike Dianic Wicca, in which there is either female dominance or exclusivity, Celtic Wicca has a gender-equal belief. Of interest in the Celtic pantheon is that the female goddesses are the warriors (Badb, Brigantia, Macha, Nemain etc.) and also that the Goddesses have multiple portfolios (Brigid = Healing, Fertility, Poetry and the Forge), whereas the Gods generally only have a single task to accomplish.
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Some of the most beautiful and honest vows I have heard are from those involved in a Pagan ritual, the Wicca Handfasting or Handbinding.

This is a ceremony that binds two individuals together but instead of traditional wedding vows, the two are bound by their belief in one another and their promises to the Natural world around them.

I simply love this type of ceremony. There is something so peaceful and beautiful there. Not only is it the colours and smiles, as with every weddings, but also the grounded suitability and altruism of the people involved.

Pagan Handfasting involves a number of different aspects. It can be done in several ways but the most popular is for the two individuals holding hands and the celebrant wraps a cord or ribbon around their hands, tying a knot in it. The couple exchange promises (and kiss - I think it is a great time to put a kiss in there) and then the celebrant unwraps the cord without untying the knot, thus symbolising their union.

Guests may be asked to stand in a circle to call the quarters, lighting of a unity candle and ultimately, the "binding of hands". There can be any number of readings and sometimes the Jumping of the Broom! Overall the ceremony is full of rituals that are centuries old.

Some like to promise their love for "as long as it lasts" and after such time are free to part ways. A more traditional view is for the promise of a betrothal of "a year and a day", at which point it can be decided to renew or not. Equally "a lifetime"and"for all of eternity" can be appropriate pledges.

The time of day, the setting of the sun and moon and time in the year are all important aspects. The most important is choosing the right celebrant to write an individual script for the happy couple involved. (Hint, Hint!)

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Wicca Explained


Wicca is commonly described as a Neopagan faith, though Isaac Bonewits, the influential Neo-druid, has claimed that early
Wicca (at a time when it was still called "Witchcraft") was in fact a Meso-Pagan path. Wicca as a religion was introduced by Gerald Gardner in the 1950s.
Wicca is a deep appreciation and
awe in watching the sunrise or sunset, the forest in the light of a glowing moon, a meadow enchanted by the first light of day.

Wicca is the fall of colorful autumn leaves, and the softness of winter snow.
Wicca is a belief system and way of life based upon the reconstruction of pre-Christian traditions originating in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
Wiccan believe that the spirit of the One, Goddess and God exist in all things.

Wiccans do NOT believe in hurting people, taking drugs, killing animals, telling lies, doing sexually perversive acts,
drinking animal's blood, stealing, summoning demons (they don't believe in demons) or performing Black magic.
Wiccan beliefs vary between different traditions, however there are commonalities between the various groups,
which usually revolve around views on theology, the afterlife, magic and morality.

Wiccan beliefs vary between different traditions, however there are commonalities between the various groups,
which usually revolve around views on theology, the afterlife, magic and morality.

Wicca as a religion was introduced by Gerald Gardner in the 1950s. Wicca is not an ancient religion, but Gardner did incorporate
some old esoteric knoweldge into his original tradition, including Eastern mysticism, Kabballah, and British legend.
Wicca is the native tradition for the nations of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, and is rooted in the period
before 500 BC which marks the start of the iron age. Wicca is a Neo-Pagan religion based on the pre-Christian traditions ofEngland,
Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Wicca is based on a deep respect for nature and the certain knowledge that we do not have the right to exploit it for our own gain.
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In Wicca, the Goddess is considered as the Universal Mother. She is the source of fertility, endless wisdom and loving care. The three aspects of the Goddess, as the Maiden, Mother and Crone are symbolized by the three phases of the Moon.

We celebrate the Full Moon as well as the changing of the seasons. The Wiccan religious calendar contains 13 Full Moon celebrations and eight Sabbats of power. The monthly cycles of the Moon have a great impact on religious ceremonies as they are usually conducted in the light of the Moon.

Many practitioners prepare a ritual bath before the ceremony. Jasmine, mint, chamomile, lily, rose or vanilla oils are used.

The Full Moon Rite is performed at night, with an altar created in full view of the moon. In accordance with the color and shine of the moon, crescents, silver items, white flowers and other symbols of the moon may be added to the altar for this occasion. Sometimes a quartz crystal sphere is also included. This may be replaced by a cauldron full of water with a piece of silver coin dropped into it. Also verify that the reflection of the moon can be seen in the water.

Light the candles and incense. Cast the sacred circle. Invoke the Goddess and
God and gaze at the Moon. Allow your body to absorb the energy from the loving and powerful cosmic entity. Say these words aloud:

Wondrous Lady of the Moon
You who greets the dusk with silvered kisses;
Mistress of the night and of al magics,
Who rides the clouds in blackened skies?
And spills light upon the cold Earth;
O Lunar Goddess,
Crescented-One,
Shadow maker and shadow breaker;
Revealer of mysteries past and present;
Puller of seas and ruler of women;
All-wise Lunar Mother,
I greet Your celestial jewel
At the waxing of its powers
With a rite in Your honor.
I pray by the Moon,
I pray by the Moon,
I pray by the Moon.

Repeat the last line "I pray by the Moon" for as long as you will. Imagine the Moon Goddess in all her splendor, The full Moon is believed to be the time for magick of all types when the energy of the surroundings has the highest potential and all positive spells cast will be realized.

Full Moon days are also believed to enhance meditation, mirror magick and psychic rituals. Gazing at the water in the cauldron or using the quartz crystal for scrying can be very effective under the full Moon ambience. Say:

Tides that sway and tides that flow;
As above, so below
The moon once small, now fully seen
In this bowl, my future bring.
See what movement, shapes, or images appear in the light that dances on the water. Clockwise movement predicts blessings to come in the next month.
Counterclockwise swirling signifies the need for care.

Food that is used in these celebrations includes Lemonade, milk or white wine.
Crescent cakes are also passed among the people gathering to attend this celebration.
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The word "Anoint" means to rub or massage a liquid into a person or on items such as candles, tools, supplies, etc. Anointing oils are used in Wicca for several purposes. Sometimes, it is used in rituals to enhance communication and connection to deities during Sabbats or Esbats.

At times it is used to attune with the energies from the Moon or the Sun or other planets. Oils are also used to honor God or Goddess during rituals. In the tradition of candlemagick, oils are used to empower the candle (which may personify a human being, animal or thing) to push forth our intentions more clearly into the Universe.

Anointing oils are usually made of natural herbs, roots and flowers. There are many methods of extraction, but the easiest way to create an herbal oil is to add dried herbs to jojoba oil, olive oil or sweet almond oil. We can allow it to soak in the oil for a few days or place it where the moon or sun too can empower its contents.
Herbs can enchant us with their beauty and perfume. Herbs have been used for magickal purposes since the dawn of time. The herbal aromas transport us to a different level of consciousness, a different time or a far away place in an instant. Use of perfumed oils, candles or incense usually enables us to concentrate on our spell working more intently.

Here are some examples of anointing oil used in Wicca:
Mix 3 parts Patchouli oil with 2 part Musk and 1 part carnation to create corporeal Sabbat oil that is believed to promote communion with the deities present at the ceremony.

If you mix 2 parts frankincense with 1 part Myrrh, 1 part Allspice and 1 drop Clove, you can make a fantastic concoction that may also be used in Sabbats.

To attune with the lunar energies and celebrate the full Moon, use a mixture of 3 parts rose, 1 part jasmine and 1 part sandalwood oil. Anoint the body before the Esbat while absorbing the powerful lunar energy.

Another version of the oil used in full Moon ritual is 3 parts Sandalwood mixed with 2 parts lemon and 1 part rose. This can be used in the ceremonial bath for the evening or placed near the altar and used to anoint candles or the body.

During ceremonies where the Goddess is present, we can honor Her with a version of Goddess oil made with 3 parts rose, 2 parts tuberose, 1 part lemon, 1 part palmarosa and 1 part ambergris.

To honor the Horned God, we can use 2 parts Frankincense, 2 parts cinnamon, 1 part bay, 1 part rosemary and 1 part musk. This oil may be used to anoint a candle representing the Horned God or to invoke the God in rituals.

If a candle or doll represents a person who needs to be healed, we can rub radiant health oil on the diseased part. This oil is made by grinding angelica root, calendula, eucalyptus, lavender, juniper and rosemary and adding two parts jojoba oil plus one part castor oil.
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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.
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