Lesson Six Sabbats

As I mentioned in the last lesson, there are eight Sabbats in the course of a year. These are times to celebrate to rejoice with the gods and have a good time. No work (magick) is done at a Sabbat, unless there is some emergency such as a healing desperately needed. But there is much feasting and merriment. In the old days, before the persecutions, many different covens would come together to celebrate. There might be as many as several hundred Witches, from widely scattered covens, all...

Witchcraft

Witchcraft is not merely legendary it was, and is, real. It is not extinct it is alive and prospering. Since the last laws against Witchcraft were repealed (as recently as the 1950s), Witches have been able to come out into the open and show themselves for what they are. And what are they They are intelligent, community-conscious, thoughtful men and women of TODAY. Witchcraft is not a step backwards a retreat into a more superstition-filled time. Far from it. It is a step forward. Witchcraft is...

Consecration Of Tools

The tools you have made plus any jewelry you might make carry a variety of vibrations. Before using your tools, therefore, it is necessary to ritually cleanse them and to dedicate them to the work you will be using them for. This is done through a sprinkling and censing. When you charge your salt and then mix it with the water, it becomes, in essence, Holy Water. Together with the smoke of the incense, this acts as a spiritual cleansing agent. The first thing you will consecrate will be your...

The Philosophy Of Witchcraft

The Craft is a religion of love and joy. It is not full of the gloom of Christianity, with its ideas of original sin, with salvation and happiness possible only in the afterlife. The music of Witchcraft is joyful and lively, again contrasting with the dirge-like hymns of Christianity. Why is this Why are Wiccans more content more warm and happy Much of it has to do with their empathy with nature. Early people lived hand-in-hand with nature through necessity. They were a part of nature, not...

Lesson One The History And Philosophy Of Witchcraft

Wiccan Beliefs About Death

Before really getting into what Witchcraft is, perhaps we should take a look back at what it was the history of it. Witches should be aware of their roots aware of how and why the persecutions came about, for instance, and where and when the re-emergence took place. There is a great deal to be learned from the past. It's true that much of history can seem dry and boring to many of us, but that is far from so with the history of Witchcraft. It is very much alive and filled with excitement. There...

Handfasting

Handfasting is the Wiccan word for the marriage ceremony. Unlike the Christian form, where the man and woman are locked together till death do us part even if they later grow apart and eventually come to almost hate one another , the Wiccan ceremony joins man and woman for so long as love shall last. When there is no longer love between them, they are free to go their separate ways. These days most couples write their own Hand-fasting ceremony. I here give the Seax-Wica rite as an example. You...

Retribution

Along with reincarnation go thoughts of Karma. Karma is usually thought of as a reward-and-punish-ment system stretching throughout all lifetimes if you do evil in one life you will have to pay for it in the next. However, it seems that there is always talk of karmic debts and karmic punishments but seldom of karmic rewards. The Witchcraft view seems to make more sense. First of all there is a Wiccan belief in retribution within each life. In other words, rather than being rewarded and punished...

The Witches Cradle

Depriving the physical senses by external means is in no way a new idea. For centuries the Arabian Dervishes have dangled from a rope around the wrist Hindus have sat for days, weeks or even months, in a Lotus position, and members of the Craft have used a device known as the Witches' Cradle, to separate the consciousness from the physical. There are several variations of the Witches' Cradle. Two are illustrated. All perform the same basic function of isolating the person from her his physical...

Horned Helmet

Wicca Prist

Where the Priest and Priestess may each wear a band of copper or silver, with a crescent moon, sun, or similar, at the front, the Priest may wear a Horned Helmet at certain rites where he specifically represents the God, and the Priestess may wear a Goddess Crown at certain rites where she specifically represents the Goddess. These are not difficult things to make. In fact here are two or three possible ways to make the Horned Helmet you might even be able to purchase one, if you search hard...

Handparting Rite

Before the ceremony the couple will sit with the Priest and Priestess and work out a fair division of their property, plus provision for support of any children of the marriage. A scribe will make note of this and the record will be signed by all. If either husband or wife are not available for the rite by reason of relocation, ill health or whatever , then a Witch of the appropriate sex may stand in for the missing party. The rite will take place in this fashion only if there is a signed...

The Power Within

There are many people who seem, very obviously, to have some sort of psychic power for want of a better term . They are the sort who know that the telephone is going to ring before it actually does, and who is on the other end of the line before they pick up the receiver. People like Uri Geller are able to demonstrate this power in more dramatic ways, by bending keys and teaspoons without physical contact. Others have visions or seem to be able to make things happen. Often these people have a...

External Focal Points

The Pendulum If you are seeking the answer to a particular question, it is often helpful to use an external object as a focus, in order to eliminate outside influences and conscious mind distortion. The use of such an object does not affect the information in any way. It merely occupies the individual's consciousness and focuses awareness on a particular point. One such focusing device is the pendulum. This allows you to obtain a simple Yes, No or Not yet determined answer to the question. The...

Deities Names

As mentioned in Lesson One, the names for the deities would vary depending upon locality. And not only locality. With the Goddess, especially, the question of names could become quite involved. For example, a young man with problems in his love life might worship the Goddess in her aspect of a beautiful young woman. Yet a woman in childbirth might feel more at ease relating to the Goddess as a more mature middle-aged female. Then again an elderly person would tend to think of the Goddess as...