Contents

Witchcraft Secret Spells Manual

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Introduction

9

i. The Wiccan Religion

13

2. Principles of Wiccan Belief

21

3. Wiccan Roots: The Celtic Druids

3i

4. Deity: The God and Goddess

4i

5. Wiccan Myth and Scripture

57

6. The Four Elements

67

7. Sacred Wiccan Symbols

77

8. The Wiccan Temple

83

9. Fundamental Rites

9i

10. Seasons of Celebration

115

11. Wicca and Magick

153

12. Spelicrafting and Natural Magick

165

13. Resources for Exploring Wicca

183

G lossary

195

Recommended Reading

205

Bibliography

211

Index

115

About the Author

221

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Introduction itchcraft, also called Wicca, or simply the Craft, ^^^^ is considered to be the Old Religion, because it is based on the religious practices of our Pagan ancestors. As a religion, Wicca celebrates life, is earth and fertility oriented, and worships the divine as personified in the form of a Goddess and a God. Moreover, the Craft encourages the use of psychic power and magick to bring physical desire into fruition.

The main reason Witchcraft has survived through the millennia is because its philosophy has always been fluid —

able to adapt, change, and contribute to the social structure of its time. Additionally, Wicca has always encouraged its adherents to do things according to the natural order and to see the connectedness of all life. This embracing of nature and her ways tends to develop strength of will and character within the devotee.

One outstanding feature of the Wiccan religion is the status it accords its adherents. Women and men are both respected members of the priesthood; groups (covens) meet and worship within a circle where all are considered equal; and individuals are encouraged to develop their own spiritual ideals and style of worship.

Wicca is an all-embracing spiritual philosophy and way of life to its followers. In its simplest form, the practice of Witchcraft is a process of learning to understand nature and tread her paths with confidence and pride. In its most complex form, Wicca facilitates the creation process and permits the individual to manifest desire, in accordance with his or her own will. Simply put, Wicca helps people reclaim their personal power and spiritual individuality.

The Wiccan religion is unique in that it lacks the hierarchical doctrine imposed by most organized religions. There is no Pope or spiritual elder to dictate morals or impose punishment. There are no specific doctrines one must follow, other than the good sense offered by the Wiccan Rede: "An it harm none, do what ye will."

Wicca is considered to be an oral tradition, which means it is passed from one individual to another by the spoken word. In general, it is taught in small groups known as covens. Spiritual knowledge is gained through extensive reading, as well as through personal experience. It is through personal experience that individuals learn how to live in harmony with their surroundings as they grow and progress spiritually.

This book is geared toward the seeker and solitary practitioner who wants to learn how to practice Wicca but is unsure of where to begin. The book does not follow or support any specific Wiccan tradition or path, rather it concentrates on those beliefs most Wiccans hold in common. Therefore, this book is a good place to start for those curious about Wicca or in training for its priesthood.

I suggest that you take your time and learn to appreciate the subtle nuances upon which the Craft is based. By doing this, you will gain the necessary knowledge and understanding you need to truly take advantage of all the Craft has to offer. Wicca is more than just a once a week trip to church — it is a way of life.

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