Secrecy

Secrecy has been granted such importance in both Wicca and magic that a few words concerning it here seem appropriate. In this chapter, we'll separately discuss each topic. KEEPING YOUR WICCAN ACTIVITIES SECRET In the recent past, when there were far fewer members of our religion and public understanding of Pagan faiths was non-existent in this country, Wiccans were usually quiet about their religion. The threat of broken marriages, loss of home, job, and even children was quite real. Wiccans...

Deity Concepts

Ithout deities, there would be no religions of any kind. How do you, personally, define the Deity concepts of your tradition Every Wiccan possesses her or his own conceptions of the Goddess and God. We built these up through personal experience and interactions with Them as well as through research. Such images will, naturally, form the basis of your new tradition's Deity concepts. Research will also provide assistance. (See Suggested Reading at the end of this chapter.) The nature of your...

Selfinitiation

He most controversial subject matter in this book's predecessor was undoubtedly the chapter concerning initiation. Many Wiccan book reviewers were displeased with a simple idea presented within that chapter that initiation isn't always a process that one human being performs on another. Some misinterpreted my words to the point that they believed I stated that initiation was to be avoided at all costs a curious conclusion from my writing. (Not surprisingly, such comments were made by initiated...

Table Of Contents

A Note to Traditional Introduction Chapter 1 Tools of Chapter 3 Should I Do It While I'm Chapter 4 Magical Chapter 5 Self-Initiation Chapter 6 The Wiccan Chapter 7 Everyday Wicca Chapter 8 Effective Chapter 9 Daily Prayers and Chapter 10 Prayers and Rites of Thanks and Offering 67 Chapter 11 Simple Wiccan Rites Chapter 12 Magic and Solitary Wiccan 77 Chapter 13 Creating a New Path Chapter 14 Deity Concepts Chapter 15 Tools, Altars, Dress and Ritual Jewelry 105 Chapter 22 Teaching (Widening the...

Creating A New Path

Uch of conventional Wicca is organized into traditions. Since tradi tions, by definition, are beliefs and practices that are passed from one generation or group to another, a Wiccan tradition is a specific form of Wic-can practice that is passed to other persons, usually following initiation. Wiccan traditions are one of our religion's strongest survival mechanisms. Structure is necessary for every religion's survival. Without it, it will crumble in confusion and chaos. If every Wiccan...

The Wiccan Mysteries

Some readers and reviewers have complained that Wiccan books mine included don't contain Wiccan mysteries. Such comments are quite true. Most books written about Wicca are either overviews of its practice or are instructions for the beginner. Wiccan writers can easily become caught up in describing circle castings, the proper use of tools, deity concepts and group dynamics. There's little room in such books for mysticism. However, there's another reason. Mysteries are, by their very nature,...

Everyday Wicca

I've already stated that, ideally, religion permeates all aspects of life. Even when we're not lighting candles and casting circles, it's best to live in a Wiccan manner. Life itself can be seen as a ritual to the Goddess and God. Many, however, have difficulty in finding the spiritual nature of their everyday lives. We can become mesmerized by the smoke and mirrors of society's trappings and diversions equally, our home life, employment, bills and other mundane factors can weigh us down until...

Note To Traditional Wiccans

This book, a further guide for Solitary practitioners of Wicca, isn't an attack on conventional Wicca, Wiccan traditions, covens or usual training procedures. It was written (as was its predecessor) for those without access to conventional Wicca, Wiccan traditions, covens or usual training procedures. Some will see this book as an insult to their form of Wicca, so I repeat this is a guide for Solitary practitioners who have no access to your form of Wicca. This in no way lessens it or any other...

Death ceremony

Wiccans as a group don't ritualize mourning. Death is a doorway through which souls pass to re-enter the realm of the Goddess. Bodies are simply suits that we wear and use until they wear out, or until we have no need for further lessons and opportunities in this lifetime. Bodies should be taken care of, but their deaths the soul never dies aren't, traditionally speaking, times for ritualized sorrow. How can it be in a religion that embraces reincarnation that sees bodily death as but one of...

Effective Prayer

Prayer is little-discussed in Wiccan books, probably because it is, by its very nature, a highly personal experience. Additionally, most Wiccan books seem to be more concerned with describing ritual motivations and mechanics than with delving into the truly spiritual aspects of our religion. But behind the circles, the altars and the regalia, Wicca is designed to facilitate contact with the divine. We can certainly contact Them during our rites with memorized invocations, but what of non-ritual...

Scott Cunningham

Paul, MN 55164-0383, U.S.A. Living Wicca. Copyright 1993 Scott Cunningham. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission from Llewellyn Publications except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. Cover Art Robin Wood Cover Design Chris Wells Book Design Kelly Bell FIRST EDITION Seventh Printing, 1997

Tools Altars Dress And Ritual Jewelry

Most Wiccan traditions use the same tools, with a few additions among certain groups. Since the tools are virtually mandatory in Wiccan ritual, you won't have to spend hours deciding on which to include in your new tradition. However, you can determine the exact forms of these tools, their symbolism and ritual uses. For review, these are the main Wiccan tools o Images of the Goddess and God. Many traditions place them on the altar. The nature of these images are of great variety. Some simply...

I Simple Wiccan Rites

You're excited about an upcoming trip. Then you realize that your travel plans will interfere with the celebration of a Sabbat or Esbat. Since it wouldn't be practical or advisable to take along all your ritual tools, what can you do On other occasions, the desire or need for a ritual may suddenly occur. When this occurs there's little or no time for preparation. You may hear that a friend is in the hospital that someone you love is in danger. Again, what are the options The answer lies in...