Wicca, also termed Pagan Witchcraft, is a contemporary Pagan new religious movement. It was developed in England during the first half of the 20th century and was introduced to the public in 1954 by Gerald Gardner, a retired British civil servant.
Not too long ago I attended a blessing for a Lammas feast and it was to say one of the most enjoyable times I have had for a long time.
Now is the Time if the First Harvest, when the bounties of Nature give of themselves so that we may survive O God of the ripening fields.
Lord of the Grain, grant me the understanding of sacrifice as you prepare to deliver yourself under the sickle of the Goddess and journey to the lands of eternal summer o Goddess of the Dark Moon.
Teach me the secrets of rebirth as the Sun loses its strength and the nights grow cold.
(Crumble grains of wheat and let them fall on your altar or table. Take a bite of the ritualfruit and continue).
I partake of the first harvest, mixing its energies with mine that I may continue my quest for the starry wisdom of perfection O Lady of the Moon and Lord of the Sun, before whom the stars halt their courses, I offer my thanks for the continuing fertility of the Earth. May the nodding grain loose its seeds to be buried in the Mother’s breast ensuring rebirth in the warmth of next spring.
(Consume the rest of the ritual fruit)
It is appropriate to plant the seeds from the fruit consumed in ritual. If they sprout and grow the plant with love and as a symbol of your connection with the Goddess and God.
The Corn King gives his life for the land;
we toast his sacrifice with Ale in our hand
and eat the bread from the harvest made
As sheaves of corn to the earth are laid.
Transformation surrounds us
the harvest turned to food and drink
now is the time to learn and think
of what we can do to grow even stronger
As the summer recedes and the nights grow longer.
We share our rewards and bless the earth
that brings our fruitful abundance to birth
may our well-earned bounty reward our toil
as we harvest the seed and the grain from the soil.
Thank you for visiting our website, may your God or Goddess be with you.
Spectacular physical manifestations can happen when working with nature spirits in the wild. I have personally seen actual foxfire mark the boundaries of a magic circle at a location that was identified as a receptive power spot and attuned to a planned ritual the day before.
I have seen more than one site attuned for ritual be dry and comfortable, with a round hole in the clouds overhead, on days that were cold and rainy at other nearby locations. Birds have joined in rituals, flying around the circle when energy was being raised; and insects, birds and animals have joined in chants. In addition, the wind often responds to invocations. Generally, these spectacular manifestations happen unexpectedly.
With or without such manifestations, nature spirits often will channel tremendous amounts of power into the magic being performed.
It is suggested that you do not consciously try for specific manifestations. Let Nature channel her power into the magic in her own way.
If approached with respect, nature may give you many pleasant surprises.
Spectacular physical manifestations are not a necessary sign of success.
If you need a spectacular manifestation and nature spirits know this, you will get it.
The best success in magic is on the inner planes and more subtle than such manifestations.
This success involves beneficial changes in consciousness that last and helpful chains of synchronicity. In addition, working with Nature Spirits can also bring a deep sense of partnership with Nature, and bring new levels of attunement.
To get the best results, perform nature spirit attunement several hours to several days before the main ritual. The purposes of such attunement are to find suitable power spots and to get the help of friendly nature spirits. This timing gives Nature time to gather her children and to prepare to actively
participate in the main ritual.
What Not To Do
If nature spirits are approached with disrespect by attempting to command them rather than listening to them and inviting them to work with you, nature spirits may flee, rebel, or attack.
I once attended a ritual by some pseudo-Crowleyites who attempted to perform the “Ritual of the Barbarous Names” at a power spot in a forest and then to extend the circle several hundred yards in all directions.
While the forest in general has loud insect and frog noises, the area at which the ritual took place got quiet immediately when the main ritualist declared that all spirits were subject unto him.
The vibes from nature could best be characterized as “Oh yea, Mother…!” One participant was quickly possessed by an angry spirit and kept repeating “You killed my children; your children will never live in peace.” When the priestess stepped out of the boundaries of the original circle, she was attacked by bees; and bees covered the Book of the Law.
Magicians should know better than to attempt to command spirits whose true names they do not know!
Calling Nature Spirits
To make the most out of working magical ritual in the wild, one should find power spots where nature spirits are receptive to the ritual planned and approach the spirits with respect, as equals. In my experience, the most effective power spots for working with the living intelligences of nature are located in wild areas with diverse, active ecologies.
When entering a wild area to find a site for a ritual, find a place that feels good. Then do the following, either individually or, if in a group, as a guided meditation:
Relax, while standing upright, and focus on your breathing. Breathe deep breaths from the diaphragm. Breathe together if in a group.
Feel the wind, and let it relax you and awaken your spirit within, as your deep breathing takes you into non-ordinary reality.
Picture, in your mind’s eye, a light inside you. As you breathe, feel the light expand, purify and energize you as it expands to fill your aura.
Feel yourself glowing, balanced, purified, and full of power.
Connect with your inner self (your higher self), and feel your intuitive self- operating.
Feel yourself as
The wind, full of life and intelligence, communicating with all round.
The Sunlight, warm, alive, channelling the power to communicate with nature and energizing all around.
Water, emotional, intuitive, refreshing, and connected with nature.
The Earth and note how your physical body is able to wander while remaining part of Mother Earth.
Focus on your spiritual self, and:
Note the light within and feel it as love,
Expand the light and love beyond the immediate aura of your body to the surrounding area – where you will go to find a power spot and contact nature spirits.
Telepathically (by thinking while channelling the love and light energy) send out signals to nature spirits to emerge and be aware of your presence:
Say why you have come, and invite them to join in sharing, mutual celebration, and the work you intend.
Visualize the light and love energy you are channelling extending out and merging with the light from distant places.
Feel the power of the Earth flowing up through your body and feet.
Feel the power from the sky, and channel this power also to further energize the carrier signal of light and love for communicating with nature.
Visualize the light expanding and merging.
Continue to send out telepathic signals.
Now go deeper:
Close your eyes, sit on the Earth, and feel your connection while you channel more light and love.
Continue modulating the light and love with your thoughts – inviting receptive spirits to join with you and to make themselves known.
If in a group, someone should start playing a drum at a rate of about one beat per second; and you should listen to the drum and let the drum take you deeper.
Affirm that you are a nature magician, a medicine person, who knows and communicates with nature.
Let this part of yourself emerge to full consciousness.
Let the drum and the connection to your inner self awaken that part of yourself that naturally communicates with other life forms. Let it awaken your telepathic senses.
Continue sending telepathic signals to nature.
When you feel ready and an inner urge to begin, open your eyes a crack and look around, while continuing to channel love and light and telepathically calling for a response.
You may see light coming from certain areas that are receptive. You may get other signals, such as a feeling of power or love returning in a certain direction. Perhaps the type of response to this work will be unexpected; follow your intuition in interpreting it.
You may test your connection by communicating (mentally) instructions for signals for yes/no responses (such as light getting brighter for less and darker for no) and then mentally ask questions and observe the responses.
When you have found an area that seems to be responsive and receptive, begin walking to the area, beaming love energy. Extend your aura to the area and sense the energy.
Entering A Power Spot
Before entering a power spot, ask permission to enter. If the response is good, enter; if not, locate another more receptive area.
When entering the power spot, look around. Perhaps the responsive energy will be concentrated around some singularity (a bush, a tree, a specific branch, a moss covered rock, or other entity that stands out).
Perhaps the energy will be more general. Use your intuition and feedback from the spirits to guide your actions.
If it feels right, send out a signal that you would like to touch the singularity (or the ground) for better communication.
If the response is good, approach beaming love energy and then touch or hug the singularity (or the ground).
Treat the spirits as you would other Pagans you meet for the first time — be sensitive, open, and listen.
Deepening Communication with Nature Spirits
Now that you have made contact with spirits that seem receptive, deepen the communication:
Breathe deep breaths from the diaphragm, and with each breath, feel more refreshed.
Now imagine that your spine is the trunk of a tree; and, from its base, roots extend deep into the Earth.
Deep into the rich moist Earth.
With every breath, feel the roots extending deeper,
Feel the energy deep within the Earth and within the waters of the Earth.
Feel your roots absorbing nourishment from the Earth and from its waters.
Feel the moist, warm energy rising.
Feel it bursting up from the Earth and rising up your spine, like sap rises in a tree.
Feel the energy rise to your crown chakra (at the top of your head).
Now imagine that you have branches, branches that sweep up and then bend down towards the Earth, like the limbs of a willow.
Feel the branches extending and interweaving with your surroundings.
Feel the warm, moist energy of the Earth flowing through your branches.
As it flows, feel yourself being purified, centered and connected to the Earth.
Feel the power from the Earth flowing through your branches and then down back to the Earth, like a fountain.
Note how your branches absorb energy from the air. Also, feel them receiving light (fire) from the sky.
Feel the energy from above penetrating deep through your body into the Earth.
Feel the warmth of the Earth rising also.
Feel the energy circulating.
Notice how your branches intertwine with the branches of energy surrounding you:
Feel the energy dancing among your branches and the branches around you.
Feel the energy dancing between your roots and the surrounding energy patterns.
Notice how you and the life around you are rooted in the same Earth, breathing the same air, receiving the same fire, drinking the same water, sharing the same underlying essence.
You are one with the magical grove.
Telepathically mention the time in the past when nature spirits and people communicated regularly and the need to establish such communication now.
Test your connection by asking questions and observing the responses.
Working with Nature Spirits
Explain to the spirits the purpose of your coming to them and the nature of the ritual you plan. If the spirits you contacted are receptive: Explain to them the details of the ritual and invite them to provide ideas. Listen, you may receive suggestions on how to improve the ritual. Such suggestions may come in the form of hunches, visions, answers to yes/no questions using pre-arranged signals, or in other ways. Explain what type of space is needed and ask what the best place to perform the ritual is.
You may see light or get other psychic signals leading you to other sites, or you may be at one of them.
You may also ask what the best places for other aspects of the planned work are (picnicking, individual vision quests, etc.).
If preparation of the site is needed (removing briars, preparing a fire circle, etc.) ask permission of the spirits before proceeding with such action.
Before you leave the power spot, tell the spirits you have contacted when you plan to return to do the ritual (visualizing the associated lunar and solar aspects can help with this communication).
Invite them to join in the ritual when you return and to bring their friends.
Ask if it would be best to return silently, with drums, with chanting, or with some other form of approach.
You can also ask the spirits to provide guidance for working in balance and to provide a teacher to provide further guidance.
Before you leave the power spot
Thank the spirits
Channel love energy
Trigger your memory of the experience, and if it feels right, leave an offering of tobacco, or beer and honey poured on the ground (or other suitable material).
Leave in peace and love.
Proceed to other sites that were indicated by the spirits, doing similar meditations at each site.
If you need something, like a staff, a Maypole, or a wand, you can also ask where you can find it and follow the guidance you receive (not slavishly, but as you would guidance from another Pagan).
Before leaving the general area in which you found power spots and contacted nature spirits:
Channel love energy towards the receptive sites you found
Thank the spirits of the land,
Pull back your roots and branches,
Ground any excess energy into the Earth (placing your hands on the Earth, breathe in any excess energy, and channel the energy down your arms, while visualizing and feeling the energy going into the Earth), and Leave in peace and love.
Naturally, you should leave the area at least as clean, and preferably cleaner, than you found it.
If you work with techniques of Wicca or Ceremonial Magic, you may find that by casting a circle, calling the Elements, the Goddess, the Gods, and the local nature spirits while you are at receptive sites, you may be able to greatly increase communication.
Through the use of drums and other power raising techniques, it is even possible to energize receptive nature spirits. The results can be very interesting.
If with a coven, such circles can be done as part of a group attunement to a power spot you have located.
If you do not get good feelings in response to your explanation of the ritual and are unable to come up with a ritual that gives good responses, do not try to force a good response. You would only be fooling yourself.
Thank the spirits for their attention
Ask them why they are not receptive (if it feels right and they are communicative). Trigger your memory.
Pull back your “roots and branches,” return any excess energy you feel into the Earth.
If it feels appropriate, leave an offering of tobacco or other appropriate material, out of respect for the spirits. Move to a more receptive site.
If it is hard to find a site that is really receptive, you should:
Consider any impressions you got of why the nature spirits weren’t receptive in the area you were in, and re-think your plans for a ritual, as necessary and appropriate.
It may also be appropriate to look for another general area in which to find a suitable power site that is receptive to the work planned.
What to Do When Returning
It can be very powerful to purify and center yourself and to attune to the spirits of the land using the techniques previously described for calling nature spirits immediately upon returning to the site.
Often, individuals may have found small specific power spots to which they have a special attunement, where the spirits are interested in participating; but where the site is too small, has too much vegetation, or is otherwise unsuitable for the main ritual. Individual attunement to the spirits in such areas and inviting them to participate in the main ritual can be worthwhile.
Then approach the main ritual site using the previously arranged technique.
You should have the details worked out with the spirits of the land.
An exceptionally powerful technique involves doing a procession through or past receptive power spots, inviting nature spirits to join as you pass each power spot, and then moving to the central power spot for the main ritual.
If participants are at individual power spots, they can join the procession as it passes nearby.
1- Make a list of things which have the combined qualities of dryness and coolness. However, don’t to this just out of your head. Rather, make a list of Earth things that you see each day. Practice this for one week. Be sure to record the results each day in your magickal diary.
2- Find a place filled with nature, such as a field or park. Wear as little clothing as you can (if possible, nudity is best), and sit or lie on the ground so that as much of your skin as possible is touching the ground. This is especially easy for women, as they can simply wear a flowing skirt with no underwear and sit on the ground with the skirt spread out. Spend some time contemplating, feeling the coolness and dryness of the Earth. You should do this at least three times within a week.
3- Spend a period of up to three minutes (no more), once a day, imagining that you are the element Earth. Feel the heaviness, the slowness, the coolness and dryness of Earth. Feel the way you can absorb the pains and problems of the world (however, do not actually do so).
Become Earth. Do this exercise for at least a week before moving to the next exercise.
4- Once you have learned to “be Earth”, the next step is to control the element Earth. Bring the feeling from the previous exercise into your consciousness. Next, hold your hands 9-12 inches apart, palms facing each other. Imagine a bottle or box between your hands. Now, as you exhale, visualize all of the Earth element which is in you going out with your breath and into the container between your hands. Three to five breaths should be enough to fill it. Then, with three breaths, inhale it back into you and go back to normal consciousness.
The next time you feel lightheaded, overweight, just heavy and lethargic, do this exercise. If you feel lighter and better, you have succeeded with the test AND with mastering the element Earth.
Witches have always known the special meaning of nature’s acts. They are warnings, blessings and magickal guides to the living world around us. Rain is a special gift from the sky and its power should be used wisely.
Try never to shelter yourself from its fall, but rather accept the rain as we should accept life with all its trials and blessings.
Rain while the sun shines is a healing rain. Catch and store it in blue glass. Use the water for all manner of healing magick. Place in the bath for an all over body cleaning.
The blessing of Fairies is upon anyone who catches rain in a silver spoon after the rain has bounced off a flat stone. Place some of this water on any frequently lost object (keys is a good choice).
Place midnight rain of a New Moon on the third eye to bring visions and to see future events.
The first rain gathered in May is symbolic of May dew and holds much power. It is used when very special favours are needed. Do not gather this rain in metal container or its power will be lost. Glass would be better.
When rain runs off a gravestone gather carefully and use with caution.
Rain gathered during a thunderstorm holds much energy and can be used to enhance spells and potions. But be aware that the energy does not last long and the spell should be completed before three days and nights have passed or the rainwater will be of little use.
House plants enjoy the outdoor rain; this cleanses their leaves and helps to purify the indoor air when they are brought back home. This is especially good to do when you are in need of a clear mind and strong thoughts
Jewellery, charms and other objects can be purified by standing in the rain facing west and tossing the object into the air 3 times, catching it in your hands each time.
The sound of the rain carries the voices of the water spirits. Listen to the rain and enjoy the gifts of the undines. They will speak to you of Love, and Friends.
The wise also realize that rain is just one aspect of Nature. We should look to the Wind, Trees, Lightning, Fire, Stones, and other forms of Nature’s expression for clues to the magick of the world.
It is the combination of all the energies of the four elements and it is very hard to work with because there is nothing to focus on.
In fact the only real way to connect to this 5th element is to look inside yourself and connect with that part of you that is unique and different from other people.
The part of you that is noble, confident, honourable and strong.
This is the part of you that is Spirit.
Unfortunately for most people, connecting to this part of themselves is made a lot more difficult than it has to be because of fear and insecurity.
What if they don’t have enough of these good qualities to ever connect to something that no one can see, touch, smell or hear?
The answer lies in your own personal mythology.
Take for instance any story you have ever heard that moved you and inspired you.
It can be a fairy tale you heard when you were a child or a story you heard yesterday.
You don’t have to believe the story was true to use the energy it raises inside of you.
You need only focus on the way it makes you feel and then translate it to other situations in your everyday life.
In fact these stories represent psychological archetypes that we all share which is why story-telling is common in our culture.
We all have a craving for Spirit.
Our mythology is the code of the unconscious mind, and it paves the way to connecting to Spirit.
So when you want to invoke the element of Spirit, summon the feelings of triumph or joy that stem from your personal mythologies.
The energy exists on its own for you to use and direct even after you have forgotten about the story.
Once you have summoned the energy, directing it is another matter.
Spirit energy is often represented by the colour white or ultra-violet (invisible) light.
You should imagine whatever colour helps you define the Spirit energy you feel.
This can be white, clear, ultra-violet, etc. It’s really up to you because this is your personal energy source.
Like all the other elements, Spirit energy is a part of nature, however, this is the point where YOU become another aspect of nature just as Fire,
Water, Air and Earth are parts of nature.
Spirit represents the superconscious mental processes (as opposed to the conscious mental processes of Air and the unconscious mental processes of Water).
For this reason magick in all forms will be successful when performed under the supervision and assistance of Spirit, ruled by the spirit of the centre of the Four Winds.
Dreams of the Goddess
One night I had a wondrous dream, one set of footprints there was seen, the footprints of the Goddess they were, but mine were not along the shore.
But then some stranger prints appeared, and I asked her, “What have we here? These prints are large and round and neat, but much too big to be from feet.”
“My child,” she said in sombre tones, “For miles I carried you alone. I challenged you to walk in faith, but you refused and made me wait.”
“You would not learn, you would not grow, the walk of faith, you would not know, so I got tired, I got fed up, and there I dropped you on your butt.
“Because in life, there comes a time when one must fight, and one must climb, when one must rise and take a stand, or leave their butt prints in the sand.”
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Wicca Direction North Correspondences for most in the craft
The Wheel of the North- Wisdom, Practicality, Symbols, Ritual, Ceremony, Materialism and Prosperity, Sacred Knowledge, Teaching and Learning, Patience, Truth, Deep-level Ceremonies, Applied Theoretical Magick, Measuring and Planning Work, Responsibility, Codes, Authority, Deep Level Path or Earth Walk Work.
Energy- Steady, rhythmic, grounded. The heartbeat of Mother Earth.
The Journey- The Journey of Wisdom.
Traditional Colours- Green, Violet, Brown, Black, White, The deep blue of the earth seen from space, Purple, Gold
Sacred Spirits- Athena: Goddess of Wisdom, Demeter: Goddess of Grain and Abundance, Rhea: Mother of all deities, Herne: Horned God of the Green Wood, Pan: God of Joy on Earth, Ariel (Urierl): Archangel of the North, Keeper of the Sacred Wisdom, Ghob: Servant of Ariel, Earth Gnome, guide of the earth journeys, Gnomes: Elemental Spirits of Earth, ruled by Ghob, Agla: Elemental King of Earth.
Sacred Animals- Buffalo: For Wisdom and Practicality, Wolf: For Teaching Earth Wisdom, Owl: For Sacred Knowledge. Wisdom, Clarity, Purpose, Dragon: For Symbols, Ritual,
Magick, Stag Deer: For Ritual or Ceremony, Authority, Magick, Heron: For Organized wisdom from intuition. Applied Measured Wisdom, Mythical Beasts: Of All types, For Learning the symbols of Wisdom, Moose: Practical Wisdom, Mountain Cats: Earth Walk, Teachers
Shadow Plants- Violet, Night Treasures, Owl Feathers, Night Birds
Oak Trees: For All magick, ritual, ceremony, Redwood Trees: For Sacred wisdom, Truth, Banyan: Luck, Prosperity, Evergreens: Ritual
In the North We Work with- When we ride the wheel of the north, we must learn to weigh and measure our growth and progress on the path of the Shaman. It is in the north that we apply knowledge as well as receive deeper wisdoms. We combine sacred wisdom with practical wisdom to enhance our journey.
Activating symbols and spirituality. Patience: Grounding and personal pacing, Prosperity: Using Energies for material growth, Practical Wisdom: Using magick for daily application.
Crystal Formations or Clusters: For gathering wisdom and energy, Dark Crystals: For Sacred Knowledge and Ceremony, Onyx: For Practicality, Jasper: For Earth Wisdom, Adventuring: For Prosperity, Green Jade: For Growth and Prosperity, Black Jade: For Patience, Deep Violet Flourite: For Ritual and Symbols, Royal Azurite: For Symbols, Marble: For Steadfast practicality, Amethyst: For Ritual, Wisdom and Ceremony, Geometrically shaped stones, Ores, Earth Rocks, salt and soil
Human World Helping Activities- Nature Ceremonies, Pagan Festivals, Shamanic Philosophies, Nature Retreats, Woodland Walks, Mountain Journeys, Cave Exploration, Medicine Helpers, Wiccan Guides.
Helping Thoughts- with Patience do I seek sacred knowledge and wisdom? With Practicality do I prosper? With Ceremony do I learn earth wisdom? With Ritual do I support my soul’s growth? With Symbols of Earth do I teach?