Earlier this month, I performed dedications for three of my students who have been studying with me for a while and who desired to enter into a dedication period within my system of Witchcraft practice. It got me to thinking, then, about what I might say goes into a dedication since that’s one of the … More What exactly is a “Dedication”?
Interestingly enough, this is actually one of my top three favorite sabbats. My first favorite is Samhain and second is Beltaine. I’ve said before that the solstices and equinoxes aren’t major holidays in my practice and opinion. They’re important, don’t get me wrong, but important for another reason. Those are the markers that I use … More Imbolc, Brighid, and The Awakening
One of the really interesting things about getting into Paganism is the realization and later understanding that all those gods and goddesses that you might have learned about in school — Zeus, Aphrodite, Apollo, etc. are still around and kicking. That’s right, those wonderful stories about gods and heroes and legendary tales of monsters and amazing … More Finding a patron deity
The time of the autumnal equinox is known by various names among different Pagan traditions: Mabon, Alban Elfed, or Harvest Home. The year’s cycle of seasons is divided into four quarters, marked by the solstices (June 21 and Dec. 21) and the equinoxes (March 22 and Sept. 22) The actual dates may vary as to when the precise … More Spokes of the Great Wheel: Autumn Equinox
Christianity and Wicca are both separate, distinct religious beliefs. Within each, there are several different systems of thought and practice, variations on some particulars that give rise to different Traditions [Wicca] or Denominations [Christianity] but at the core of these faiths there are specific certainties which define those practices and beliefs as Christian or Wiccan. Without … More Why Christian-Wicca doesn’t make sense
What happens when the spirit leaves the body? In most cases, people answer with, “Duh… Death.” But Witches as shamanic practitioners know better. It is important to know what each experience is, beginning with explaining the difference between having an Out-of-Body experience (OBE) and performing Astral Travel. They are not the same thing even though they involve … More Having an Out-of-Body experience vs. Astral Traveling
Magic is the movement of energy to bring about a desired effect. This energy can be drawn from natural surroundings, items such as stones, herbs, or crystals, or from within ourselves. The key to working magic successfully though, is how to move and charge this energy. How do we focus and direct something that seems … More The Purpose of Meditation in Magic
The newly interested seeker’s first question after, “How do I get started?” is typically followed by, “How do I find a teacher/others?” I know what it feels like to be alone and starting out on this entire journey by yourself. It can feel a bit intimidating or overwhelming and there is nothing so secure, it … More How to Begin
Witches traditionally were not above casting hexes if the need presented itself. We are charged with acting with wisdom and accepting the results of our choices. If you feel strongly enough that a hex is needed to right a wrong or to guarantee protection or safety, so be it. But you have to deal with … More Reversing a hex or curse
Cleansing and consecration are both necessary when working with tools and ritual objects. Cleansing is done first. Cleansing means you purify the item from previous energies that it may have picked up before coming into your care. This can most easily be done with burning sage and wafting the sage smoke over the item completely. … More Are cleansing and consecration necessary?