Witchcraft or Wicca is
a pagan religion--a religion of nature.
Learn to derive
strength from the earth, sun, moon and stars.
Learn to be still,
calm and quiet and hear the voice of God and Goddess when they call you.
Since witchcraft is
the religion of nature, it would do you much good to directly go into the lap
of nature to experience its feel, to read books from brooks and sermons in
stones. Watch the flight of birds through the glorious sunrises and sunsets
across the mountains and seas. Look with wonder at the earth and sky, which are
the bodies of the God and Goddess.
Now take a notebook
and write down why you want to become a witch.
How do you visualize
the God and Goddess?
Be honest. Later on
this notebook shall become your Book of Shadows.
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It's a good idea to cleanse the
psychic energy of your living space when you first move to a new place and a
few times throughout the year. If you or someone you know is having difficulty
in some area of their life, or had a traumatic or unsettling incident occur in
their home, a cleansing can also be beneficial.
rid of clutter. Clutter is one of the major offenders when it comes to blocked
or sluggish energy in your home. Recycle that collection of old newspapers and
magazines (and consider cancelling subscriptions), clean out your closets and
drawers (get rid of anything you haven't worn or used for more than a year),
and weed through your collection of books, music, and other media.
the place thoroughly. Dust and dirt have an effect on the psyche. Break out the
vacuum cleaner, the broom, the dustpan, and the mop!
you have just moved to a new home that has a bad aura or a very negative feel,
wash any wood surfaces and floors with mild witch hazel diluted with water: 10
to 1 mix.
in a circular motion through your home. Now that you've gotten rid of your
clutter, it should be easier to clean the floors -- always a good starting
point for a thorough housecleaning. You may choose to move in either a
clockwise (deosil) or counter-clockwise (widdershins) direction through your
home. If you move clockwise, concentrate on bringing in lightness, peace,
clarity, serenity, prosperity, or whatever positive energy you wish for into
your home: the emphasis for this direction is on invoking, or inviting in. If
you move counter clockwise, concentrate on banishing dirt, old memories,
dustiness, mustiness, and blocked energy: the emphasis is on banishing, or
sure to sweep the doorways and steps of your front and back entrances.
one of the following into the soapy water you use to mop your floors. If you
have carpets, consider making a small mixture and sprinkling or spraying it on
the floors after vacuuming. Just a few drops of the essential oils will
suffice: Salt (purifying and grounding); Sage essential oil (purifying); Lemon
essential oil (gives energy and a clean smell); Patchouli (brings prosperity --
go extra light on this); Pine (brings prosperity and love)
forget to wipe down surfaces, clean mirrors, and de-clutter your bureau and
desk. If necessary, get a box and place all your old mail and bills in it. You
can go through your papers later, but looking at them night and day can be a
constant source of stress.
you've gotten rid of all the dust and clutter and your floors and surfaces are
shining and clean, you should already be feeling better. Use one or more of the
following methods to clean out any lingering stagnant energy:* Burn white sage
and waft the smoke around your house in a counter clockwise motion, banishing
old, stuck energy from your home. Always burn herbs with a fire safe container!
Ring a bell or a rattle through your home, again in counter clockwise motion.
Yell, clap your hands, stamp your feet, and laugh.
you feel that your home has been thoroughly cleansed, say in a strong, clear
voice, "My home is cleared of all negative energy. Let it be a place of
peace, serenity, love, and prosperity."
your home against negative energies by doing one or more of the following:
a wand, sketch a pentacle in the invoking direction at each of your home's
entrances (windows, doors, etc). Don't forget the door to the basement or
salt water around the outside walls of your home.
a penny (right side up) in each of the outside corners of your home.
a protective symbol--such as a mirror, a household god, or a broom - at or near
your front and back doors. It's best to use the symbol most closely aligned
with your own ethnic heritage.
I place a symbol of
happiness/spiritual at each entrance into the house
"Let no sadness come through
this door, Let no trouble come to this dwelling, Let no fear come through this
door, Let no conflict be in this place, Let this home be filled with the blessing
of joy, and peace."
Light the sage.
After a good cleaning, choose a
time when the energy is low, usually an early evening. Usually 2 or more people
should be present. Only positive energy is allowed during cleansing. Children
and pets should be removed.
If others are joining you in the
ceremony they must participate with you in kind. Do not permit negativity or scepticism
to cloud this ritual.
Envision the space within you and
around you filled with light, a protective, healing and positive light. Think
of the light as a shield against dark forces and negative energy. Send up a
prayer asking for what you wish to accomplish with the ceremony (e.g.
cleansing, harmony, protection, purification of self and/or space, healing,
blessing a new home).
As the smoke begins to lift, gently
circle your hands through the smoke toward you and around you. Then, slowly
carry the smudge to every part of the room, ensuring the smoke reaches every
corner. Be sure to allow the smoke to trace around the edges of the walls and
particularly around the frames of doors and windows; criss-cross the threshold.
While you do this, keep your mind
centered on positive thoughts and energy. Focus on what you seek with this
ritual. You may recite a special prayer or mantra to assist.
When you have completed the ritual
remove the smudge from the room and carefully extinguish what is left.
If you have a smudge stick with
remaining length, save it for future use. Or, if you have a fireplace, you may
allow any remaining loose sage or the end of a smudge stick to completely burn
16, 2014 –This March full moon is the third of 2014. It’s the Northern
Hemisphere’s final full moon of winter and the Southern Hemisphere’s final full
moon of summer.
Northern Hemisphere, we often call this full moon the Sap Moon, Crow Moon, Worm
Moon or Lenten Moon. For the Southern Hemisphere, this March full moon is the
Harvest Moon – the closest full moon to the autumn equinox.
upcoming equinox will take place on March 20, 2014. It’s the spring equinox for
the Northern Hemisphere and the autumn equinox south of the equator.
matter where you live worldwide, Earth’s shadow won’t diminish the light of the
March 2014 full moon!
is the Harvest moon?
harvest moon is named for the full moon nearest to Mabon, bright enough to
allow farmers to work late into the night bringing in the final harvest of the
year. This moon is celebrated across many cultures using different names: Other
names for this moon are the Wine Moon, the Elk Call Moon and the Singing Moon.
Wiccans Celebrate the Harvest moon?
Wiccans, it is an especially powerful time for our spell work. The full moon
itself represents the Goddess at her most fertile, luminous self. It is the
perfect time for creating change. After the contemplative holiday of Mabon, you
have reached deep into yourself and sorted through your own strengths and
weaknesses. You know where you want to see change and now is the time to
prepare for that. Creating moon magic is always strongest at midnight. You
would want to time your spell to start at this time. No matter how long you
plan your ritual for, the starting point is the most important one. You can
simply honour your deity(s) with a small ritual or create something more
elaborate but for the most effect, start at midnight.
the Harvest moon?
simple to elaborate, celebrating the harvest moon is part of clearing the
clutter in both your mind and personal life. Since thoughts are turning to the comforts
of home as the cold weather arrives, think of ways to bring your ritual into
the area where your comforts come from in your home.
Demeter, Goddess of the bountiful harvest with gifts from your garden like a
pumpkin, include something green since harvesting means herbs as well as food.
In keeping with the idea of balance, you can also honour a God at Harvest moon.
Mabon and Harvest moon is an important part of celebrating the wheel of the
year. It is a natural transition towards the winter season and new year.
the time to make a small altar and focus your energy on creating the changes
that make your life more balanced.
ancient Roman religion, the Matronalia (or Matronales Feriae) was a festival
celebrating Juno Lucina, the goddess of childbirth ("Juno who brings
children into the light"), and of motherhood (mater is "mother"
in Latin) and women in general. In the original Roman calendar traditionally
thought to have been established by Romulus, it was the first day of March (Martius), the month of Mars, it was
also the Feriae Martis.
of the festival was associated with the dedication of a temple to Juno Lucina
on the Esquiline Hill circa 268 BCE, and possibly also a commemoration of the
peace between the Romans and the Sabines.
day, women would participate in rituals at the temple, although the details
have not been preserved other than the observation that they wore their hair
loose, and were not allowed to wear belts or to knot their clothing in any
women received gifts from their husbands and daughters.
The broom stick was an important fixture in ancient homes. Most
homes were made of wood, straw and dirt floors. The only way to keep a home
clean was to sweep out the old.
One of the earliest forms of the broom is known as the Besom
Broom. They were made of twigs tied to a handle. The bristles can be made of
various materials such as straw, herbs, or twigs. The shaft is round to
represent the branch of a tree. This associates the broom with the Tree of Life
which was an important symbol in ancient pagan Europe.
These brooms were often found just inside a dwelling hanging
with bristles up to ward off evil spirits, negative energies and to protect the
home and all who dwell within it. It could also be found hanging over a door
with the bristles facing in the direction of opening of the door.
The brooms relation to sweeping away negative energies and use
for protection makes it a wonderful tool for magical practices and rituals.
THE WITCHES BROOM
The traditional Witch's Broom is made of an ash handle and
bristles from birch twigs. The twigs are tied onto the handle with thin pieces
of willow wood. There have been a few written accounts of early Witch's
decorating their brooms with flowers of the season tied on with some type of
decorative string or later using coloured ribbon. A practice that is continued
today by modern Witches.
Early Celtic pagans associated the broom with Faeries, possibly
because of its relation to the wood and a common belief in forest sprites. Some
stories tell of a Witch entering a forest and asking the Faeries to lead her
way to the perfect tree where she can collect a staff for a broom. The idea is
to enlist the help of the magical folk and ensure the enchantment of the broom
once it has been fashioned.
The Witch's broom is one of the few tools that are seen as a
balance of Divine forces. It is both part of masculine energies (the phallic
handle) and female energies (the bristles). Because of this, the broom was and
still is commonly used in Hand fasting rituals (marriage ceremonies). It is
also used as a gate or door before a ritual space. A witch draws a magical
circle, enters the circle and then places the broom over the doorway to keep
out unwanted energies or people as an example.
While being used for clearing an area for ritual work was the
earliest use for a broom, it became an important tool for Witch's during The
Burning Times of Europe. During this era Witches would use a broom to hide one
of their most important tools, the wand. It is also a tradition that brooms
have been used by some as receptacles to harbour a particular spirit
temporarily. This could be done to remove an unwanted spirit from one area and
then release it far away in another place. Or it could be used to utilize the
energy of a spirit for a specific spell when the broom is used as a wand.
A few ancient brooms have been discovered to have hidden
compartments in the handle. These small hidden places held combinations of
herbs, oils, feathers and a variety of other things thought to be part of a
ritualistic spell. The hidden concoctions added to the energy of the intent
that the broom was to be used for.