Midsummer Summer Solstice

The summer solstice is celebrated around June 21 and is the longest day and shortest night of the year. The festival of the summer solstice is concerned with both fire and water, as from this point onward, the sun will decline in its power. The symbol of fire represents keeping the sun alive. The water element is used for the ritual blessing of individuals, sacred wells, and springs. One of the customs of our ancestors was the leaping over or passing through fires. It was believed that the...

How to Cast a Magick Spell

Proper timing, correct symbolism, and focused attention or creative visualization are the things it takes to make your magick work. The following suggestions will help those just starting out cast truly effective spells. The first thing you will want to do is to plan your spell to coincide with the proper phases of the moon. The new moon is used to begin projects, attract money, or regenerate friendships and health. The full moon is used for work on personal success, career, or love and...

Samhairi All Hallows

Samhain, which means end of the summer ' is celebrated on October 31. It is the end of the agricultural season and the beginning of the Celtic year. Samhain is the festival of the dead it was Christianized when the day that follows it was designated All Souls' Day or All Saints' Day. This is a time of chaos and the reversal of normal order endings and beginnings are occurring simultaneously. For our ancestors, Samhain was when the majority of the herd was butchered, providing food for the...

The Wiccan Religion

A daughter of hope and ear, explaining to ignorance the nature of the unknowable o thousands of practitioners, Witchcraft is more than just a religion it is a way of life, involving a complex mixture of magic, ritual custom, and reverence for deity. In its principal modern form, Wicca traces its origins back to the early 1940s and a British occultist named Gerald Gardner. It was Gardner's frustration with both Christianity and Ceremonial Magic (which uses psychic skills through...

Creating Sacred Space

Once the physical boundaries of a temple have been set, the area will be prepared spiritually. The act of preparing an area for ritual work is called creating sacred space, and it is an essential part of all Wiccan ceremonies. The act of creating sacred space takes the form of casting or constructing a magick circle an invisible psychic barrier. This is done in order to create the proper environment for spiritual and magickal rites. When the magick circle has been created, it will protect the...

The Full Moon

The moon has always been associated with the Goddess, Witchcraft, and the occult side of nature. In many cultures, the Moon Goddess and the Creatress were one and the same. Ancient Egypt identified Isis and Hathor with the crescent moon. The Phoenicians called their goddess Astarte the Queen of Heaven with Crescent Horns. The Greek goddess Artemis, lover of the woods and the wild chase, was symbolized by the moon. The Romans named their moon goddesses Diana, Luna, Herodias, and Lucina, who...

Organizations

Our Lady of Enchantment Seminary of Wicca P.O. Box 1366 39 Amherst St. Nashua, NH 03061 (603) 880-7237 www.wiccaseminary.org An international, nonprofit religious and educational organization. Founded in 1978 by the author, Our Lady of Enchantment has a worldwide membership of more than 25,000 students and is the largest legally recognized seminary of Wicca in the United States. The school offers home study courses and personal training in Wicca, magick, and metaphysics. Our Lady of Enchantment...

Wicca and Magick

.Magick is the art of making changes in reality by acts of Will and Imagination. Magick could be said to be the Arty encompassing all other arts it is a way of creating the world Bill Whitcomb The Magician's Companion itchcraft is the celebration of life, and magick is the ability to control it. Magick is the one thing that can really help improve life, is something everyone can do, and is only as good or evil as the person using it. Magick is a science that brings those who practice it into...

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Deity The God and Goddess

Divinity is in its omniscience and omnipotence like a wheel, like a circle, a whole, that can neither be understood nor divided nor begun nor endedf . Illustrations of Hildegard of Bingen M icca is a very individualized religion, in which each person chooses his or her own deities to worship. Generally, the supreme being is considered to be a genderless energy source like The Force in the Star Wars trilogy. This force is referred to as the All and is comprised of many different aspects of the...

Recommended Reading

m here is no such thing as a bad book. A book my be poorly written or not to your taste, but that does not make it bad. All books contribute in some way to the perspective and knowledge of a given subject, even if the only information we glean from them is what not to do. When one begins to pursue any magickal or religious philosophy it is always best to consider as many viewpoints as possible before making judgements. The following books offer a variety of opinions and perspectives on Wicca,...

May Eve Rituals

Beltane is celebrated on April 30 May Eve , and is primarily a fire and fertility festival. The name, which means Bel fire, is derived from the Celtic god Bel, also known as Beli or Balor, whose name simply means Lord. Beltane is also the time of the May queen, when a young woman was chosen from the village to represent the Earth Goddess and reflect the transformation of maiden to mother. This was also the time of the kindling of the need fire, when all fires in the village were extinguished...

Seasons of Celebration

Seasonal rites are virtually as old as the hills they used to be practiced on by most of humanity and even today they are kept up in very attenuated forms by a small minority of cultists William G. Gray,, Seasonal Occult Rituals H k, n Wicca, the natural year is measured by eight major festivals, called Sabbats or Great Days. These special times are the equinoxes, solstices, and the four cross-quarter days that occur between them. Although most people are dimly aware of seasonal change, Wiccans...

The Principles of Magick

As a science, magick has certain principles that are at the heart of its mechanics. The first principle is the Principle of Similarity. The second is the Principle of Contact or Contagion. Both of these principles come under the designation of Sympathetic Magick. The Principle of Similarity is also referred to as Homeopathic or Imitative Magick. It states that like produces like, or that an effect may resemble its cause. Simply put, whatever you do to the symbolic representation of a person,...

Magickal Products

Unfortunately, Wal-Mart, Macy's, and Sears do not carry pentacle-embroidered capes, consecrated tools, or gift sets containing love-drawing perfume. Consider yourself blessed if you have a well-stocked New Age or Occult store in your town. However, if you are one of the thousands of Wiccans who live in small towns or rural areas, mail order is your best bet. For the most part, the metaphysical supply houses listed here are owned and or operated by Wiccans and those involved in the magickal...

Glossary

Every philosophy and religion has its own language. In the following list you will find some of the most frequently used words and terms you will encounter during your studies of Wicca. Take a few moments to look them over. Once you understand the language, the veil of mystery begins to lift and the reasoning behind Wicca begins to make sense. Altar A small table usually placed in the center of a circle. The altar is where all obeisance is directed during ritual. The altar reflects the...