Different Witchcraft Paths

Different Witchcraft Paths

There Are many different witchcraft paths

Alexandrian Wicca

Founded in England during the 1960s, Alex Sanders referred to himself as the “King” of his Witches. The rituals are said to be modified Gardenarian.

British Wicca.

A mix of Celtic and Gardenarian beliefs. Most famous organization at this time is the International Red Garters. British Traditionals move mostly from within the Farrar studies (the famous Witch husband and wife from England.) They too are fairly structured in their beliefs, and train through the degree process. Their covens are also co-ed.

Celtic Wicca.

The use of a Celtic/Druidic pantheon mixed with a little ritual Gardnerian, and heavily stressing the elements, nature and the Ancient Ones. They had a vast knowledge of and respect for the healing and magickal qualities of plants and stones, flowers, trees, elemental spirits, the little people, gnomes and fairies.

Caledonii.

Formally known as the Hecatine Tradition, this denomination of the Craft is Scottish in origin, and still preserves the unique festivals of the Scots.

Ceremonial Witchcraft.

Followers of this Tradition uses a great deal of ceremonial magick in their practices. Detailed rituals with a flavour of Egyptian magick are sometimes a favourite, or they may use the Qabbalistic magick.

Dianic.

First pinpointed by Margaret Murray in 1921 in “The Witch-Cult in Western Europe,” this term appears to include a mixture of various traditions. However, their prime focus in recent years is on the Goddess, and has been pegged as the “feminist” movement of the Craft.

Eclectic Wicca.

Look in any personals column in a Craft-oriented newsletter or journal and you will see this catch-all phrase. Basically, it indicates that the individual does not follow any particular Tradition, denomination, sect, or magickal practice. They learn and study from many magickal systems and apply to themselves what appears to work best. I happen to be an Eclectic Wiccan.

Gardnerian Wicca.

Organized by Gerald Gardner in England in the 1950s. Just why is this fellow so darned important? Gerald was one of the few people so determined that the Old Religion should not die that he took the risk of publicizing it through the media. Under all the hype, I truly believe he understood that the young needed the Craft as much as the Craft needed a new generation to survive.

Hereditary Witch.

One who can trace the Craft through their family tree and who has been taught the Old Religion by a relative who was living at the same time. Channelling doesn’t count. How far one has to go back on the family tree to meet the conditions of the first part of this definition is debatable. Family Trades (another name for Hereditary Witches) occasionally adopt individuals into their dynasty. This decision is never a light one, and usually stems from the lack of offspring to carry on the line, or the high regard they hold for the person in question. The ceremony is intricate and important. After all, it is not every day you can pick your relatives! It is much like the marriage of an individual into a family.

Kitchen Witch.

You will hear this term every once in a while. Basically, this type is one who practices by hearth and home, dealing with the practical side of religion, magick, the earth and the elements. There are some who groan loudly at this type of terminology, viewing it as degrading or simply inappropriate. Just remember that the Old Religion started somewhere, and most likely the kitchen (or cook fire) was the hub of many charms, spells, healings, and celebrations. After all, where does everyone congregate during the holidays? Grandma’s kitchen has always produced magickal memories for humanity; visions of Mother making that something special for a sick child still holds true today for many of us.

Pictish Witchcraft.

Scottish Witchcraft that attunes itself to all aspects of nature; animal, vegetable and mineral. It is a solitary from of the Craft and mainly magickal in nature with little religion.

Pow-Wow.

Indigenous to South Central Pennsylvania. This is a system, not a religion, based on 400 year old Elite German magick. Pow-Wow has deteriorated to a great degree into simple faith healing. Although Pow-Wow finds its roots in German Witchcraft, few practicing Pow-Wows today in Pennsylvania follow the Craft or even know the nature of its true birth.

Seax-Wicca.

Founded by Raymond Buckland in 1973. Although of Saxon basis, it was authored by Raymond himself without breaking his original Gardnerian oath. Raymond Buckland’s contribution to the Craft is a significant one. Not only did he develop a Tradition that is more than acceptable to many individuals, he also has written a large volume of textbooks on different magickal aspects and practices of the Craft, thereby enhancing many lives in a positive direction.

Solitary Witch.

One who practices alone, regardless of Tradition, denomination, or sect. Solitaries come in various forms. Some were at one time initiated into a coven and eventually chose to extricate themselves from that environment and continue practicing a particular Tradition or sect by themselves.

A solitary can also be an individual who has no desire to practice with or learn from a coven structure, but still may adhere to a specific Tradition or sect through the teachings of another.

And finally, a solitary Witch can be a person who has decided to tough it out on their own, learning from books, networking, and fellow Witches of different Traditions. These people have the ability to pick themselves up and brush themselves off, and live to try again. More and more individuals are selecting the solitary path rather than that of group interaction.

Strega Witch.

Follows a tradition seated in Italy that began around 1353 with a woman called Aradia. Of all the traditional Witches, this group appears to be the smallest in number in the U.S.; however, their teachings are beautiful and should not be missed.

Teutonic Witch.

From ancient time the Teutons have been recognized as a group of people who speak the Germanic group of languages. Culturally, this included the English, Dutch, Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish peoples. This is also known as the Nordic Tradition.

Crimsonwolf.

Where instinct is wiser…


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Druid Dom’s Page 15

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Come out of the Broom Closet

Did you ever wonder how Wiccans can be accused of some of the things for which we are blamed in this modern age? How is it that we are called Satanists, and accused of everything from “hexing” someone to killing children?

Maybe we are ourselves to blame

Now I’m not saying that we didn’t have some really good historical reasons for being secretive about what we do. After all, no one wanted to end up on the bad side of the Inquisition. Even today we have to fear loss of a job, loss of custody of our children, and possible physical abuse to ourselves or our property.
It’s real easy to keep quiet about what we do so that we are “safe”.

It’s also fun being a “secret” religion.

You can walk around laughing inside because you know something that others don’t. This can become a real power trip.
Some of our traditions are so secretive that you don’t go to circle at all until after you are an Initiate. You study for the traditional year and a day without ever seeing an actual circle ritual. You may even have to be a 2nd or 3rd degree Initiate before you are permitted to actually see a circle cast. Makes you wonder what goes on that has to be so secret doesn’t it.

Well, no matter what our reasons for being secretive, we are now reaping the results of our actions. By being in the closet about our beliefs and practices we have allowed others to define them for us. What does your neighbour know about Wicca? Does he know that we are a nature based religion that honours a Goddess and a God and believes that we must “harm none”? No, all he knows is what the Reverend Billy Bob tells him on the Sunday morning TV. He “knows” that we worship Satan, engage in orgies, sacrifice pets and children, and use “black magic”. Well you can’t blame him for being misinformed…. After all, whoever spoke up and taught him differently.
Our being secret more than just prevents us from teaching people the truth about Wicca. It suggests that we must have something we’re trying to hide.
That’s why the Masons also get hassled by the religious right. Since no one will talk about what it is they do, it must be something really “bad”.

Now I’m not saying that you should jump up and start shouting down anyone you hear telling falsehoods about Wicca. You have to indulge in a little common sense here.
Some people don’t want to hear the truth and may cause you harm if you try to alter their reality. Nor am I saying that you should tell just anyone exactly what went on in circle. What I am saying is that we need to stop hiding out in our broom closet and begin working on showing people what it is we are all about.

Participating in community service efforts is one useful way to get folks to know that Witches are not all ugly, green people with warts on the end of their nose.
Try contributing in the mundane community. Perhaps working with a group like Habitat for Humanity. It’s real hard for someone to buy off on the evil Witch scenario when you spent last weekend next to one building the first house you ever owned. As you start to become people instead of a stereotype, folks will get curious and ask about your beliefs. Now is your chance to share the truth…..

Working with the local interfaith council is also useful.

Because of the makeup of most communities, these councils generally contain more than just right-wing Christians. Even though they may not be initially comfortable with a Wiccan coming to their meetings (and some may never make you welcome), given time others will come to understand that we are a valid spiritual path.

Like the strands of a spider’s web, each person we manage to teach the truth about Wicca touches others in the community and the knowledge grows. Eventually our voices of truth may be heard over the rants and raves of the ignorant.


Real Magic Spells and Wicca

Druid Dom’s Page 15Wicca and witchcraft are dotted across every corner of the web. As you browse for Wicca, you will always stumble upon spells and magic.
This is because real magic spells and spell casting are a big part of Wiccans’ ritual practices.

You might have heard of Wiccan spells for healing, protection, love, fertility, money or success. These examples of positive and good magic are often called the white magic. The opposite of these kinds of spells is black magic. Black magic has been popular since ancient times because it is associated with ultimate power, evil and Satanism.

It is important to know the roots of Wicca to be able to separate the good and bad facts about Wicca.

Wicca is a pagan religion which believes in both gods and goddesses. This belief that is comparable to the Taoist belief in “yin” and “yang”, and also Christian beliefs of Jesus and the Devil. The Wiccan god is associated with nature, wilderness, hunting, and sexuality. The goddess is pre-eminent.

Real magic spells are part of common Wiccan practices (often called witchcraft or sorcery). Magic is defined as the science and art of causing change through the power of nature and the universe. For Wiccans, magic is a law of nature.

There is no fixed set of ethical codes or guidelines followed by Wiccans; however, virtually all Wiccan practitioners follow the Wiccan Rede. The Wiccan Rede states that “an it harm none, do what ye will.” (the first word “an” basically means “if” in old Middle English language). This moral compass helps Wiccas to consider their actions and keep them in line with Wiccan beliefs.

Wiccans also follow the Law of Threefold Return. This is similar to the idea of karma found in Hinduism. Basically the law says that every good or bad deed one person does to another, will return to that person with triple force sometime in the future.

There are five natural elements in Wiccan traditions, rather than the normal 4 most of us are familiar with. The five elements are Air, Fire, Water, Earth, and the extra one is “Aether” or “spirit”. Five different points of a pentagram represent each element, and as such the pentagram is a fundamental shape in Wiccan tradition.

Lastly, Wicca does not follow any particular book like Christianity and the Bible, or Islam and the Koran. One book does exist (The Book of Shadows) but it is just a collection of spells which has been updated and extended over history.


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Power and the Law of it

Power and the law

Power and the Law of it let us always remember and embed it in our soul that we as well as other living elements on this earth hold power

We will never stray far wrong bearing this in mind, we must however never use this magical power to harm another living organism be it animal, mineral or vegetable, we must never influence another for our own personal gain or for the harm of another, we must be it contradictory preserve life at all costs and defend ourselves when and if ever the need arises.

We should not be classed as super human, Magician’s, God/s, a Mighty power to be reckoned with, or any think other than human.

If ever we drift away from the positive aspect of life and our teachings we are in breach of the Law of power and it is forbidden thus we fall in to the category of being negative.

The powers we coup are given freely as a gift, they should be protected with constant positive thoughts negativity is a sin, meditation and blessings is the way of our people, this gift is meant to be shared with others when and where we can to help and to guide and cause no harm, to calm and enlighten as is our way of Wicca.

Power comes to us in many different shapes and forms the secret is how to
decipher it.

Sift out the negative from the positive casting aside negative energy leaving only the positive, sadly power is used in our society for many wrong doings we cannot change the past but we can make a difference to the future with positive actions and it’s correct use results in equal balance.

Power is everywhere in the air we breathe, the sights we see, the water we drink, every second of the day holds power, every atom has power the power of life or death, learn to harness the power of power learn to feel the positive forces that are among us and recognize them as good, find your place of power, your stone of power your colour of power, use the force of power in your everyday life and be happy ………………. As is our way.

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Luna Holy Days also Law Power

Luna Holy Days

Did you know that all lunar Holy-days are called Esbats

Any Wiccan ritual held at any time other than a Sabbat may be called an Esbat? I didn’t, and I think most Witches call rituals performed on or around a lunar holy-day an esbat, while other rituals are simply, rituals.

Due to the rotation of the earth, the Wiccan calendar contains 13 Full Moons, which means a full moon happens every 28 1/4 days.

Full Moon energy is used for banishing unwanted influences, protection and divination.
A Full Moon is also a good time for planning, releasing and working backwards in time.
Full Moon Magic can be done for seven days, three days before, the day of, and three days after the full moon.

The New Moon is used for personal growth, healing, the blessing of a new project etc.

Between the New Moon and Full Moon is the phase called Waxing Moon. Magick for this phase includes attraction magick, increasing, growth, and gain.
Make statements on how your life should be.

Between the Full Moon and New Moon is the phase called the Waning Moon.
Magic for this phase includes banishing magick, such as losing negative emotions, bad habits etc.

Three days before the New Moon is known as the Dark Moon, as it is not visible in the sky.
Traditionally, no magick is performed at this time. It is a time for rest.

Due to the rotation of the earth there are thirteen Full Moons, each carrying a traditional name.

January – Wolf Moon.
February – Storm Moon.
March – Chaste Moon.
April – Seed Moon.
May – Hare Moon.
June – Dyad (pair) Moon.
July – Mead Moon.
August – Wyrt (green plant) Moon.
September – Barley Moon.
October – Blood Moon.
November – Snow Moon.
December – Oak Moon.

Law of the Power.

The power shall not be used to bring harm, to injure or control others. But if need rises the power shall be used to protect your life or the lives of others.

The Power is used only as need dictates.
The Power can be used for your own gain,
as long as by doing so you harm none.

It is unwise to accept payment for use of the Power for it quickly controls its taker. Be not as those of other religions.

Use not the Power for prideful gain, for such cheapens
the mysteries of Wicca and Magic.

Ever remember that the Power is the sacred gift of the
Goddess and God, and should never be misused or abused.
And this is the law of the Power.

spell caster

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Mystic Plants

Mystic Plants

The mystic character and history of certain plants meet us in every age and country

The gradual evolution of these curious plants of bustelief m, no doubt, partly be ascribed to their mythical origin.

In many cases to their sacred associations; while, in some instances, it is not surprising that, “any plant which produced a marked effect upon the human constitution should become an object of superstition.” A further reason why sundry plants acquired a mystic notoriety was their peculiar manner of growth, which, through not being understood by early botanists, caused them to be invested with mystery. Hence a variety of combinations have produced those mystic properties of trees and flowers which have inspired them with such superstitious veneration in our own and other countries.

According to Mr. Conway, the apple, of all fruits, seems to have had the widest and most mystical history.

Thus, “Aphrodite bears it in her hand as well as Eve; the serpent guards it, the dragon watches it. It is the healing fruit of the Arabian tribes. Azrael, the Angel of Death, accomplishes his mission by holding it to the nostrils, and in the prose Edda it is written, ‘Iduna keeps in a box apples which the gods, when they feel old age approaching, have only to taste to become young again.'” Indeed, the legendary mythical lore connected with the apple is most extensive, a circumstance which fully explains its mystic character.

As Mr. Folkard points out, in the popular tales of all countries the apple is represented as the principal magical fruit, in support of which he gives several interesting illustrations. Thus, “In the German folk-tale of ‘The Man of Iron,’ a princess throws a golden apple as a prize, which the hero catches three times, and carries off and wins.” And in a French tale.

“A singing apple is one of the marvels which Princess Belle-Etoile and her brothers and her cousin bring from the end of the world.” 

The apple figures in many an Italian tale, and holds a prominent place in the Hungarian story of the Iron Ladislas. But many of these so-called mystic trees and plants have been mentioned in the preceding pages in their association with lightning, witchcraft, demonology, and other branches of folk-lore, although numerous other curious instances are worthy of notice.

The nettle and milfoil, when carried about the person, were believed to drive away fear, and were, on this account, frequently worn in time of danger. The laurel preserved from misfortune, and in olden times we are told how the superstitious man, to be free from every chance of ill-luck, was wont to carry a bay leaf in his mouth from morning till night.

One of the remarkable virtues of the fruit of the balm was its prolonging the lives of those who partook of it to four or five hundred years, and Albertus Magnus, summing up the mystic qualities of the heliotrope, gives this piece of advice:—”Gather it in August, wrap it in a bay leaf with a wolf’s tooth, and it will, if placed under the pillow, show a man who has been robbed where are his goods, and who has taken them. Also, if placed in a church, it will keep fixed in their places all the women present who have broken their marriage vow.” It was formerly supposed that the cucumber had the power of killing by its great coldness, and the larch was considered impenetrable by fire; Evelyn describing it as “a goodly tree, which is of so strange a composition that ’twill hardly burn.”
In addition to guarding the homestead from ill, the hellebore was regarded as a wonderful antidote against madness, and as such is spoken of by Burton, who introduces it among the emblems of his frontispiece, in his “Anatomie of Melancholy:”

“Borage and hellebore fill two scenes,
Sovereign plants to purge the veins
Of melancholy, and cheer the heart
Of those black fumes which make it smart;
To clear the brain of misty fogs,
Which dull our senses and Soul clogs;
The best medicine that e’er God made
For this malady, if well assay’d.”

But, as it has been observed, our forefathers, in strewing their floors with this plant, were introducing a real evil into their houses, instead of an imaginary one, the perfume having been considered highly pernicious to health.

In the many curious tales related of the mystic henbane may be quoted one noticed by Gerarde, who says: “The root boiled with vinegar, and the same holden hot in the mouth, easeth the pain of the teeth. The seed is used by mountebank tooth-drawers, which run about the country, to cause worms to come forth of the teeth, by burning it in a chafing-dish of coles, the party holding his mouth over the fume thereof; but some crafty companions, to gain money, convey small lute-strings into the water, persuading the patient that those small creepers came out of his mouth or other parts which he intended to cure.” Shakespeare, it may be remembered, alludes to this superstition in “Much Ado About Nothing” (Act iii. sc. 2), where Leonato reproaches Don Pedro for sighing for the toothache, which he adds “is but a tumour or a worm.”

The notion is still current in Germany, where the following incantation is employed:

“Pear tree, I complain to thee
Three worms sting me.”
The henbane, too, according to a German belief, is said to attract rain, and in olden times was thought to produce sterility. Some critics have suggested that it is the plant referred to in “Macbeth” by Banquo (Act i. sc. 3):—
“Have we eaten of the insane root
That takes the reason prisoner?”

Although others think it is the hemlock. Anyhow, the henbane has long been in repute as a plant possessed of mysterious attributes, and Douce quotes the subjoined passage:—”Henbane, called insana, mad, for the use thereof is perillous, for if it be eate or dronke, it breedeth madness, or slowe lykeness of sleep.”

In days gone by, when the mandrake was an object of superstitious veneration by reason of its supernatural character, the Germans made little idols of its root, which were consulted as oracles. Indeed, so much credence was attached to these images, that they were manufactured in very large quantities for exportation to various other countries, and realised good prices.

Oftentimes substituted for the mandrake was the briony, which designing people sold at a good profit. Gerarde informs us, “How the idle drones, that have little or nothing to do but eat and drink, have bestowed some of their time in carving the roots of briony, forming them to the shape of men and women, which falsifying practice hath confirmed the error amongst the simple and unlearned people, who have taken them upon their report to be the true mandrakes.” Oftentimes, too, the root of the briony was trained to grow into certain eccentric shapes, which were used as charms.

Speaking of the mandrake, we may note that in France it was regarded as a species of elf, and nicknamed main de gloire; in connection with which Saint-Palaye describes a curious superstition:— “When I asked a peasant one day why he was gathering mistletoe, he told me that at the foot of the oaks on which the mistletoe grew he had a mandrake; that this mandrake had lived in the earth from whence the mistletoe sprang; that he was a kind of mole; that he who found him was obliged to give him food—bread, meat, and some other nourishment; and that he who had once given him food was obliged to give it every day, and in the same quantity, without which the mandrake would assuredly cause the forgetful one to die. Two of his countrymen, whom he named to me, had, he said, lost their lives; but, as a recompense, this main de gloire returned on the morrow double what he had received the previous day. If one paid cash for the main de gloire’s food one day, he would find double the amount the following, and so with anything else. A certain countryman, whom he mentioned as still living, and who had become very rich, was believed to have owed his wealth to the fact that he had found one of these mains de gloire.”

Many other equally curious stories are told of the mandrake, a plant which, for its mystic qualities, has perhaps been unsurpassed; and it is no wonder that it was a dread object of superstitious fear, for Moore, speaking of its appearance, says:

“Such rank and deadly lustre dwells,
As in those hellish fires that light
The mandrake’s charnel leaves at night.”

But these mandrake fables are mostly of foreign extraction and of very ancient date. Dr. Daubeny, in his “Roman Husbandry,” has given a curious drawing from the Vienna MS. of Dioscorides in the fifth century, representing the Goddess of Discovery presenting to Dioscorides the root of the mandrake (of thoroughly human shape), which she has just pulled up, while the unfortunate dog which had been employed for that purpose is depicted in the agonies of death.

Basil, writes Lord Bacon in his “Natural History,” if exposed too much to the sun, changes into wild thyme; and a Bavarian piece of folk-lore tells us that the person who, during an eclipse of the sun, throws an offering of palm with crumbs on the fire, will never be harmed by the sun. In Hesse, it is affirmed that with knots tied in willow one may slay a distant enemy; and according to a belief current in Iceland, the Caltha palustris, if taken with certain ceremonies and carried about, will prevent the bearer from having an angry word spoken to him. The virtues of the dittany were famous as far back as Plutarch’s time, and Gerarde speaks of its marvellous efficacy in drawing forth splinters of wood, &c., and in the healing of wounds, especially those “made with envenomed weapons, arrows shot out of guns, and such like.”

There is the old tradition to the effect that if boughs of oak be put into the earth, they will bring forth wild vines; and among the supernatural qualities of the holly recorded by Pliny, we are told that its flowers cause water to freeze, that it repels lightning, and that if a staff of its wood be thrown at any animal, even if it fall short of touching it, the animal will be so subdued by its influence as to return and lie down by it. Speaking, too, of the virtues of the peony, he thus writes:—”It hath been long received, and confirmed by divers trials, that the root of the male peony dried, tied to the neck, doth help the falling sickness, and likewise the incubus, which we call the mare. The cause of both these diseases, and especially of the epilepsy from the stomach, is the grossness of the vapours, which rise and enter into the cells of the brain, and therefore the working is by extreme and subtle alternation which that simple hath.” Worn as an amulet, the peony was a popular preservative against enchantment.


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