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icates that there are always two contending forces and always one uniting them."put simply, in order for man to accomplish the great work, he must combine all dualities, as well as surmount them, which reveals part of the mystery of the middle pillar. we can now conclude that in the performance of this ritual, the energies invoked are drawn from the kether sphere. this is in opposition to that of wiccan tradition where it is drawn from the groin, or yesod, which is considered lunar energy. the ritual of the middle pillar, simple as it may seem, is not easy. like all the rituals, it takes time to feel the full effects and benefits. all in all it takes hard work and practice. 96 the hermetic order of the morning star .n e o p h y t e 0 =0 this ritual for bringing someone comfort can be perfo


A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT AND MAGICK SPELLS

elohim be upon you. be there ever peace between us and you and be ye ready to come when ye are called (knocks) hiero: returns to place. all face east. hiero: in the name of tetragrammaton tzabaoth, i declare this temple closed in the grade of philosophus. hiero (knocks 3, 3, 1) hiereus (knocks 3, 3, 1) heg (knocks 3. 3,3, format: v1.5 (prc- for mobipocket reader- pictures included) genera: wicca/ wiccan/ witchcraft extra's: pictures included (for all versions) copyright: 2001 first scanned: 2002 posted to: alt.binaries.e-book note: 1. the html, text and pdb versions are bundled together in one zip file. 2. the pdf and prc files are sent as single zips (and naturally don't have the file structure below) structure (folder and sub folders) main folder- html files- nav- navigation files- pdb

nies, rather than using an existing system, such as that recorded in gardner's own book of shadows, revised by his high priestess doreen valiente. these individual ceremonies are recorded in books created to reflect the evolving rituals of each coven and its own emphases. this method is much more conducive to solitary practitioners who can incorporate magick into their domestic and working lives. wiccan rituals and ethics wiccans believe in polarity rather than a single godhead, both in magick and in life. evil is therefore not a separate demonic force to be eradicated, and the darker aspects of life emanate as a result of alienation from the natural order of things. however, even those things that are bad can act as catalysts for change; death and endings are as much part of the cycle of

ef, wiccans do not 'hex (cast curses) or seek revenge, although some dutch and pennsylvanian witches consider that it is justifiable to 'bind' those who harm children or animals or actively promote evil or corruption. wiccans prefer to rely on the principles of natural justice that under karmic principles will redress the balance, either in this lifetime or the next. the chief moral codes are the wiccan rede and the threefold law. the wiccan rede states simply 'an it harm none, do what you will. this deceptively straightforward statement refers to the self as well as others. i have already mentioned the threefold law whereby magical intent- and, many believe, actions and thoughts- return to the sender with three times the intensity. because people are responsible for their own actions, eve

joy and light are experienced. reincarnation, on the other hand, is a form of bodily transformation. some may choose to be reborn in another body, perhaps as an animal or bird, sometimes to teach or to complete unfinished work. for example, merlin, the magician, was believed to have been incarnated in several lifetimes and to have entered willing bodies, including the sixth-century bard taliesin. wiccan rituals are held at esbats and sabbats. an esbat is a monthly coven meeting, traditionally held 13 times a year during each full moon. the eight sabbats are described in the chapter seasons and festivals (see page 245, and celebrate the eight major divisions of the celtic year on the solstices, the equinoxes and the old fire festivals. these festivals mark the coming of early spring, the st

h herbs have more immediate energies than dried, though the latter are better in sachets and poppets. always bear in mind that the magick is in you, not in your tools, and a wand cut from a fallen hazel or willow branch in the right hands can be more magical that the most elaborate crystal-tipped one purchased from a new age store. spell casting spell casting is part of some, but by no means all, wiccan activities. most spells are carried out with the purpose of changing someone's life for the better or sending healing energies to others. for example, love magick could, if you wish to bring love into your life, be focused on increasing the love in the world, thereby attracting love in its many forms, and not just romance. more specifically, you may wish to attract one special person, to de

less under the supervision of an expert leader who has benefited from a very long training. if these warnings sound a little dire, it is because witchcraft involves very personal and spiritual experiences; it is also, by nature, a very hidden practice, and this means that it may be hard to tell the genuine from the charlatans. beware also of strangers or acquaintances who regale you with supposed wiccan practices or offer to do spells for you, usually for money. true wiccans are among the most tolerant of people and would never seek to impose their beliefs on others and are usually incredibly reticent with people they do not know. in the meantime, it is wise to follow an indirect route to find your coven, perhaps through 'green' organisations and reputable new age stores, or by attending w

innocent minds. in my experience, nothing could be further from the truth. children of wiccans are almost invariably kind to animals and aware of environmental issues. some groups have family celebrations and no responsible parent would introduce their children to any experiences before they were ready, least of all wiccans to whom life is sacred and children the blessing of the goddess. lisa, a wiccan from berkshire, describes how her daughter has grown up 'becoming a mother has touched me more deeply than i could ever have imagined. i am sure that every mother, pagan or otherwise, has felt and appreciated the magical connection between mother and child: eyes and hearts locked together during a breast feed; waking to silence in the middle of the night, only to hear the baby wake and cry

ergies, such as a supreme god or goddess, or, more abstractly, some sort of divine light, spirit and goodness. magick for healing, it must be said, is not so far removed from the prayers of conventional religions, whose positive influence is well documented. the same effect can be created whatever the focus or faith, and i know from personal experience that positive results can be achieved when a wiccan coven sends healing light to a sick member or a friend. for hundreds of years, angels have been invoked in magick, just as in religion, both for protection and to act as vehicles for healing or positive energies. practitioners of white magick may focus on particular aspects of a god or goddess figure, or benign power, personified through different deities from many age and cultures. when i

le-handed because there will always be a vast tide of despoiling vibes flowing in the opposite direction. but as has been shown by events such as world days for peace and the experiments on the power of prayer, if enough individuals send out positive intentions, followed by peaceful action, then people power really does make a difference. there is, as ever, just one proviso: you must remember the wiccan rede, an it harm none, do what you will, and apply it rigorously. i am often asked to carry out protective spells for people who feel that they are the subject of unfair scrutiny, jealousy, anger or resentment. this may be manifest as deliberate malice, a muttered curse or a declaration of some vengeful intent. but more usually the origins are more obscure, perhaps coming from someone gossi

. the wheel of the year co-exists with the wider seasonal divisions of the year and incorporates the four solar festivals; these fall on the solstices and the equinoxes, the astronomical marker points of the ebbs and flows of cosmic energies. between each of these solar festivals, which are known to witches as the lesser sabbats, is one of the four great fire festivals that are major rites in the wiccan and neo-pagan calendar, as they were to the celts. it is interesting to note that the wheel of the year is mirrored almost exactly in the medicine wheel, or circle of power, that is central to all the magick of the native american indians. the spokes of the medicine wheel link the celestial, human and natural cycles. the medicine wheel was made of stones and could be created wherever a trib

ht from henceforth falls, turn year, till spring and new life calls* leave your solstice wheel of candles to burn down* the following day, when daylight comes again, plant golden flowers and spend the day in the open air if at all possible, enjoying every moment of light until you witness the sun setting in the west. lughnassadh, the festival of the corn harvest this festival accords with many of wiccan principles, especially the threefold law. time: sunset 31 july-sunset 2 august (31 january-2 february in the southern hemisphere) focus: willing sacrifice for the greater good, natural justice and karma, trusting the cosmos to provide by giving without seeking immediate return; also spiritual transformation, renewal of the life force by absorbing the powers of the spirit of the corn through

n the pagan tradition from the last sheaf of corn to be cut down, was regarded as sacred by very early agricultural societies onwards. before christian times, it was believed to contain the spirit of the corn; the barley fermented by the autumn equinox was the blood of the corn god, or the spirit of the crops, who in popular folk song was called john barleycorn. this is probably the origin of the wiccan cakes and ale ceremony. this last sheaf was cut by a number of people casting their sickles simultaneously, so no one would know who killed the corn god, though he offered himself willingly so that there would be abundant future harvests. as well as being used to make the harvest loaf, some of the corn was woven into corn dollies, symbol of the earth mother, decorated with the scarlet ribbo

d by it. power hand: the hand you write with, used to transmit assertive and creative energies. see also receptive hand. quarters: the four segments of a magical circle. each is associated with specific archangels, colours, crystals, herbs, incenses, ritual tools, etc. receptive hand: the hand you do not write with. used for receiving energies. see also power hand. rede: a rule or moral code. the wiccan rede states: an [if] it harm none, do what you will, and so ensures all magick has a positive intent. sabbat: one of eight special days of the year on which wiccan celebrations are held- the solstices, the equinoxes and the celtic fire festivals. samhain: the celtic fire festival of the new year, celebrated at the end of summer. scrying: seeing magical images in a reflective medium, such as

nings of the threefold law. wheel of the year: see eightfold wheel of the year. wicca: a contemporary, neo-pagan religion that regards the divine life source as a part of nature, not a force beyond creation. this divine source of life is manifest as the god and goddess within everything living, male and female, animal, bird, tree and flower. sometimes regarded as the oldest religion on the world. wiccan rede: see rede. widdershins: anti-clockwise, moonwise, or against the sun. the direction used in closing a circle, banishing or removing pain and in banishing magick generally. see also deosil. yin and yang: the complementary components of everything in life, according to ancient chinese philosophy. yang is the original sun concept of light, power, masculinity, assertiveness, logic and acti


ALEXANDRIAN BOOK OF SHADOWS OCCULT

ght. lucky day: saturday. flowers: nightshade, rose. trees: pine, cypress. yew. animals: dog, elephant. bird: owl. metal: lead. colours: black, grey, violet. luck is believed by witches to work both ways, e.g.butied treasure presents danger to the finder if protective wishes or curses were buried with pisite features: message board email atho the laws the old law the redes various aphorisms the 8 wiccan tenets circle casting circle opening circle closing consecration consecration of sword or athame consecrating other working tools initiations charge to new initiates first degree initiation ritual second degree initiation ritual legend of the descent of the goddess third degree initiation ritual/great rite verse version of priest's declamation in great rite esbats esbat sequence witches' ru

a better source for alex sanders' own version. covens in either lineage have probably cross referenced and 'corrected' what they took to be errors (for example, in law 60, i use the word 'arraigned. sheba gives 'engained, which makes no sense (that we know of. however 'engined (meaning tortured) makes more sense in context than 'arraigned. did alex sanders mis-correct the 'engained' error? l the wiccan redes bide the wiccan redes ye must, in perfect love and perfect trust; live ye must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give; form the circle thrice about, to keep unwelcome spirits out; bind fast the spell every time, let the words be spoke in rhyme. soft of eye and light of touch, speak ye little, listen much; deosil go by waxing moon, sing and dance the witches' rune; widdershins go

should, three times bad and three times good; whene'er misfortune is enow, wear the star upon your brow; true in troth ever ye be lest thy love prove false to thee 'tis by the sun that life be won, and by the moon that change be done; if ye would clear the path to will, make certain the mind be still; what good be tools without inner light? what good be magic without wisdom-sight? eight words the wiccan rede fulfill- an it harm none, do what ye will. notes very well known (public domain. wcc has it. published in rhuddlwm gawr's the way. published in an pamphlet called ottawa pagan resources; the pamphlet was organized/written by our very own artos. doubtless many other published sources. l no reason to believe it's part of a "standard" alexandrian or gardnerian bos, but it has been copied

ekhet. the tenets reincarnation learning balance harmony love trust humility tolerance notes l these have become common knowledge in neopaganism, at least in ottawa. they don't seem to be part of the gardneroid stream originally, but some gardneroid traditions have adopted them. l traceable sources include sybil leek's the complete art of witchcraft (the only published source known to me) and the wiccan church of canada (or so i have been told) l casting the circle needs: altar, 2 altar candles, water bowl, salt dish, pentacle, censer, athame, bell; presence lamp; 4 quarter candles; sword (optional, candle snuffer (optional) let all be fit to enter into the presence of the gods. start in the dark. ritual leader waits until it feels like time to begin, then rises: lighting of the candle: r:


BLACK SERPENT1

ch. it contains general advice about what you can do if you encounter religious discrimination in the workplace. if you need legal advice, talk to your attorney. in the last five years there have been at least three well-publicized instances where occult practitioners have been fired from their jobs due to their employers becoming aware of their religious beliefs. in june 2004, alicia folberth, a wiccan high priestess, was fired, allegedly because of her need for time off (on halloween) to practice her faith. http//www.connpost.com/news/ci_3168056 in a similar incident back in march 2001, shirley tingley, a witch, claimed she was fired from her job due to her religious beliefs, though her employer insisted it was because she threatened to cast a spell on a co-worker. http//www.witchvox.com


BUCKLAND RAYMOND COMPLETE BOOK OF WITCHCRAFT

or wicca, either as a would-be practitioner or as one purely academically interested, then i welcome you. i hope you get as much out of this material as did my previous students- bright blessings raymond buckland san diego, california introduction lesson one 1 the history and philosophy of witchcraft history and development. persecutions. re-emergence. the philosophy of witchcraft. principles of wiccan belief. the power within. spells and charms. lesson two 13 beliefs deities; the god and goddess of witchcraft; reincarnation; retribution; between lives. your temple. your altar and its furniture. magick an introduction. lesson three 27 tools, clothing and names working tools; knife; marking in metal; sword; other tools; dress; jewelry; horned helmet. inscriptions. your witch name. lesson f

of different denominations, then, there is now more likelihood of everyone finding a path they can travel in comfort. religion has come a long way from its humble beginnings in the caves of pre-history. witchcraft, as one small facet of religion, has also come a long way. it has grown to become a world wide religion, legally recognized. today, across america, it is not at all unusual to find open wiccan festivals and seminars taking place in such unlikely places as family campgrounds and motels such as the holiday inn. witches appear on television and radio talk shows; they are written up in local and national newspapers and magazines. witchcraft courses are given in colleges. even in the armed forces is wicca recognized as a valid religion department of the army pamphlet no. 165-13 "relig

u can. don't ignore anyone, or look the other way when you know they need help. if you can give assistance, give it gladly. at the same time do not seek to take charge of another's life. we all have to live our own lives. but if you are able to give help, to advise, to point the way, then do so. it will then be up to the other to decide how to proceed from there. the main tenet of witchcraft, the wiccan rede, is "an' it harm none, do what thou wilt" do what you will. but don't do anything that will harm another. it's as simple as that. in april, 1974, the council of american witches adopted a set of principles of wiccan belief. i, personally, subscribe to those principles and list them here. read them carefully. 1. we practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life force

not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership. 7. we see religion, magick and wisdom in living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it a world view and philosophy of life which we identify as witchcraft the wiccan way. 8. calling oneself "witch" does not make a witch but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. a witch seeks to control the forces within her/himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and well without harm to others and in harmony with nature. 9. we believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution

ng 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 after death, for what you have done in life (the traditional christian view, witches believe that you get your rewards and punishments during this lifetime, according to how you live it. do good and you will get back good. but do evil and evil will return. more than that, though, it is a three-fo

ifetime and are to undergo the set experiences does not mean that you can just sit back and say "everything is preordained. i'm just along for the ride" the god and the goddess will make sure that you do get all the particular experiences but your job is to progress; to strive your hardest towards perfection. you create your own reality. whatever you want, you can achieve. but always remember the wiccan rede "an' it harm none, do what thou wilt" whenever possible, help those less fortunate than yourself. by "help" i do not mean "interfere. help can be given by simply offering advice; by showing compassion; even, sometimes, by actually refusing direct assistance. for, in this latter case, it is sometimes of the greatest help and to the other's benefit to make them give a little more effort:

internally. bathe the body (with a spoonful of sea salt added to the water. this can be bought at most supermarkets or, failing that, at health food stores. also prepare the inner body by the removal of toxins. this is done by fasting for twenty-four hours before working magick. no alcohol, no nicotine and no sexual activity (more specific details later. whenever doing magick, always consider the wiccan rede. will your action harm anyone? if the answer is "yes. don't do it. more later. basically, constructive magick (for growth) is done during the waxing cycle and magick for destruction is done during the waning cycle. constructive magick would include such things as love, success, protection, health, fertility. destructive magick would include such things as binding spells, separation, el

the law and love is the bond. all this i honor above aught else" kiss your right hand and hold it high "my lord and lady, here do i stand before you, naked and unadorned, to dedicate myself to thine honor. ever will i protect you and that which is yours. let none speak ill of you, for ever will i defend you. you are my life and i am yours, from this day forth. i accept and will ever abide by the wiccan rede 'an' it harm none, do what thou wilt. so be it" take up the goblet and slowly pour the remainder of the wine on to the ground, saying "as this wine drains from the goblet (horn, so let the blood drain from my body should i ever do aught to harm the gods, or those in kinship with their love. so mote it be" dip your forefinger in the oil and again make the sign of the cross in a circle o

s for the god. yet are you and i equal" priestess "i am she who speaks for the goddess. yet are you and i equal" priest and priestess lower their athames and present the blades to the initiate, who kisses the blades. initiate "i salute the lord and the lady, as i salute those who represent them. i pledge my love and support to them and to my brothers and sisters of the craft" priest "know you the wiccan rede" initiate "i do. an' it harm none, do what thou wilt" priestess "and do you abide by that rede" initiate "i do" priest "well said. let your bonds be loosed that ye may be reborn" squire unties cord. maiden leads initiate around to stand between priest and priestess. maiden then returns to her place beside squire. priestess "that you may start life afresh it is only meet and right that

nown as.(craft name, within this circle and without it, to all your brothers and sisters of the craft. so mote it be" all "so mote it be" priestess "now you are truly one of us. as one of us will you share our knowledge of the gods and of the arts of healing, of divination, of magick and of all the mystic arts. these shall you learn as you progress" priest "but we caution you ever to remember the wiccan rede. an' it harm none, do what thou wilt" priestess "an' it harm none, do what thou wilt. come now.(name, and meet your kindred" initiate salutes* priest and priestess then moves around to salute and greet all the others in the circle. if the initiation has been taking place without the other coven members being present, they now return to the circle to join the celebrants. if it is the co

and let us also ask of them that which we feel we need; remem bering always that the gods help only those who help themselves" then should follow three or four minutes of silence while each, in their own way, gives thanks or requests the help of the gods* bell is rung three times. priest/ess "an' it harm none, do what thou wilt" all "an' it harm none, do what thou wilt" priest/ess "thus runs the wiccan rede. remember it well. whatever you desire; whatever you would ask of the gods; whatever you would do; be assured that it will harm no one not even yourself. and remember that as you give, so it shall return threefold. give of yourself your love; your life and you will be thrice rewarded. but send forth harm and that too will return thrice over" here there should be music and song. if you

eration of personal or coven problems, etc. these things all come after the worship. honoring the gods is first and foremost in wicca. some traditions call this ceremony "cakes and wine, others "cakes and ale* the latter is perhaps more indicative of the "common" origins of the religion (peasants and serfs would seldom, if ever, get to drink wine. ale was their lot and they were happy with it. at wiccan coven meetings today, however, even if retaining the "ale" in the title of the ceremony, witches drink what they prefer: ale, beer, wine, fruitjuice. such a ceremony is found universally, in various forms, as a thanking of the gods for the necessities of life; thanking them for the food and drink we need in order to live. a plate of cakes (or cookies) rests on the altar, beside the goblet w

ng. 2. list below some recurring themes or symbols in your dreams. try to interpret some of your more powerful dreams. describe them here. be sure to keep a special dream journal next to your bed. 3. list the four minor sabbats and tell what each commemorates. relate how you celebrated each minor, or lesser, sabbat. lesson eight marriage, birth, death and channeling 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 t

co, etc, named after the constellation draco the dragon, of the northern hemisphere. it is not the actual dried blood of a dragon, though many people believe it is! here are some other herbs, together with their local names, so that the next time you come across an old recipe calling for, say, the tongue of a horse and the eye of a cat, youll know what was really meant. lesson ten: herbalism/ 149 wiccan name adder's mouth adder's meat adder's tongue ass's ear bear's ear bear's foot beehive beggar's tick bird's eye bird's tongue black boy resin bloody fingers bull's eyes bull's foot calf's snout catgut cat's eye cat's foot cat's foot/paw cat's milk chicken toe common name stitch wort dogstooth violet comfrey auricula stinking hellbore snail plant cockhold false hellebore european ash foxglo

bia corollata snake's tongue adder's tongue fern ophioglossum vulgatum squirrel ear white plantain goodyear repens stag horn club moss lycopodium clavatum stinking goose foot chenopodium foetidum swine snout dandelion taraxacumdensleonis toad toadflax linaria vulgaris unicorn's horn false unicorn helgonias dioica wolf's claw lycopodium lycopodium clavatum wolf's foot bugle weed lycopus virginicus wiccan name common name latin name below are listed some sources for herbs and herbal preparations. the list is as up-to-date as i can make it but it is always possible that some of the companies listed may have gone out of business. aphrodisia products inc. 45 washington street, brooklyn, ny 11201 the herb society of america 300 massachusetts avenue, boston, ma 02115 indiana botanical gardens ham

irl/boy-friend and get a new one, do you work to end the one or to start the other? or do you do both? the answer can be summed up with "think positive. in other words, as much as possible, work for the constructive aspect. if you concentrate on getting a new girl/boy-friend then that will probably take care of the old one automatically. when in doubt, work at the waxing moon. always remember the wiccan rede: lesson eleven: magick/ 161 162/ buckland's complete book of witchcraft "an'it harm none, do what thou wilt. donot do any magick that will harm anyone in any way whatsoever, or interfere with their free will. if in doubt; don't do it. it is often a good idea, especially when working on something very important (of course you shouldn't be wasting your time and effort on anything unimpor

any ways of working magick, far more than i can contain in this one lesson. i have not discussed the magick of healing, but will look at that in lesson 13. don't be afraid to experiment, but do play it safe. none of the magick i have recommended is of the type that involves conjuring up some unknown and unpredictable entity. avoid that type of magick. that is where you can end up in deep trouble. wiccan magick is just as powerful (perhaps more so) as any other type, when properly done. let me recap the basic form of ritual for the working of magick: cast the circle carefully. if it is a regular esbat meeting, reinforce the circle before starting the magick. never break the circle whilst working magick. your power will leak out and who knows what might be attracted in. discuss what is to be

d yourself there. in this way others can learn of your desire to form a coven and can contact you. let it be known that you are willing to consider applications. i say "willing to consider" in no way to infer that you should be aloof, but simply because you need to find those with whom you are most compatible. you do not have to accept everyone who applies. a sample ad might be worded as follows "wiccan coven forming. priest (ess) presently considering applications from those wishing to join the craft. please send photograph and full details to" 206/ buckland's complete book of witchcraft your coven get your coven members, and potential members, to read as much as possible about the craft. all witches should have a general understanding of the history of the craft; what has gone before; wh

at least initially. just remember that any rules are for the good of the coven. they should, therefore, be flexible. there are so-called "laws" listed in the gardnerian (and other) book of shadows. any sensible person reading these can see that (a) they date from, and are only pertinent to, a previous time, and (b) many of them are actually contradictory to the tenets of the craft, including the wiccan rede. gerald gardner himself had said that they were only included in the book for interest's sake. but some wiccans seem to take them as inviolable! remember, there is only one true wiccan law "an' it harm none, do what thou wilt" establishing a church i am here discussing "church" in the sense of "a body of people; believers with an inner core of leaders, rather than just a building. our

t did a lot of good work, especially in teaching the craft to a great many people who otherwise might never have had a chance to participate. breaking the news a question i am often asked is "how do i tell my girl/boyfriend that i am a witch" i hear stories of apparently wonderful relationships suddenly evaporating when the "unsuspecting" partner learns that her/his hitherto ideal mate-to-be is a wiccan (or even just interested in the craft. we know, of course, that there is nothing wrong with being a witch, or being interested in any aspect of the occult. the trick, then (if any trick is needed, seems to be in the manner in which the news is broken "guess what, frank. i'm a witch" is not the way. poor frank will choke on his popcorn then run for the hills. no, the best way is through educ

throughout this workbook, for example. if there is a real "magick" between the two of you, then s/he will be interested enough in your interests to read what you suggest. and if that magick isn't there, then it doesn't really matter what s/he thinks, does it? from there you can then elaborate on just how interested you are and finally again at the opportune moment confide that you are, indeed, a wiccan. incidentally, it seems the trend, these days (and i think it's a good trend, to use the word "wiccan" rather than the older "witch. it certainly does help overcome the inbred misconceptions, to an extent. if, after discussion and reading the worthwhile literature, s/he clings to the misconceptions, pointedly ask why s/he believes that way. it is not usually difficult to break down any argu


CASSANDRA EASON A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO WITCHCRAFT AND MAGIC

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nies, rather than using an existing system, such as that recorded in gardner's own book of shadows, revised by his high priestess doreen valiente. these individual ceremonies are recorded in books created to reflect the evolving rituals of each coven and its own emphases. this method is much more conducive to solitary practitioners who can incorporate magick into their domestic and working lives. wiccan rituals and ethics wiccans believe in polarity rather than a single godhead, both in magick and in life. evil is therefore not a separate demonic force to be eradicated, and the darker aspects of life emanate as a result of alienation from the natural order of things. however, even those things that are bad can act as catalysts for change; death and endings are as much part of the cycle of

ef, wiccans do not 'hex (cast curses) or seek revenge, although some dutch and pennsylvanian witches consider that it is justifiable to 'bind' those who harm children or animals or actively promote evil or corruption. wiccans prefer to rely on the principles of natural justice that under karmic principles will redress the balance, either in this lifetime or the next. the chief moral codes are the wiccan rede and the threefold law. the wiccan rede states simply 'an it harm none, do what you will. this deceptively seite 10 wicca01.txt straightforward statement refers to the self as well as others. i have already mentioned the threefold law whereby magical intent- and, many believe, actions and thoughts- return to the sender with three times the intensity. because people are responsible for t

joy and light are experienced. reincarnation, on the other hand, is a form of bodily transformation. some may choose to be reborn in another body, perhaps as an animal or bird, sometimes to teach or to complete unfinished work. for example, merlin, the magician, was believed to have been incarnated in several lifetimes and to have entered willing bodies, including the sixth-century bard taliesin. wiccan rituals are held at esbats and sabbats. an esbat is a monthly coven meeting, traditionally held 13 times a year during each full moon. the eight sabbats are described in the chapter seasons and festivals (see page 245, and celebrate the eight major divisions of the celtic year on the solstices, the equinoxes and the old fire festivals. these festivals mark the coming of early spring, the st

h herbs have more immediate energies than dried, though the latter are better in sachets and poppets. always bear in mind that the magick is in you, not in your tools, and a wand cut from a fallen hazel or willow branch in the right hands can be more magical that the most elaborate crystal-tipped one purchased from a new age store. spell casting spell casting is part of some, but by no means all, wiccan activities. most spells are carried out with the purpose of changing someone's life for the better or sending healing energies to others. for example, love magick could, if you wish to bring love into your life, be focused on increasing the love in the world, thereby attracting love in its many forms, and not just romance. more specifically, you may wish to attract one special person, to de

less under the supervision of an expert leader who has benefited from a very long training. if these warnings sound a little dire, it is because witchcraft involves very personal and spiritual experiences; it is also, by nature, a very hidden practice, and this means that it may be hard to tell the genuine from the charlatans. beware also of strangers or acquaintances who regale you with supposed wiccan practices or offer to do spells for you, usually for money. true wiccans are among the most tolerant of people and would never seek to impose their beliefs on others seite 14 wicca01.txt and are usually incredibly reticent with people they do not know. in the meantime, it is wise to follow an indirect route to find your coven, perhaps through 'green' organisations and reputable new age stor

innocent minds. in my experience, nothing could be further from the truth. children of wiccans are almost invariably kind to animals and aware of environmental issues. some groups have family celebrations and no responsible parent would introduce their children to any experiences before they were ready, least of all wiccans to whom life is sacred and children the blessing of the goddess. lisa, a wiccan from berkshire, describes how her daughter has grown up 'becoming a mother has touched me more deeply than i could ever have imagined. i am sure that every mother, pagan or otherwise, has felt and appreciated the magical connection between mother and child: eyes and hearts locked together during a breast feed; waking to silence in the middle of the night, only to hear the baby wake and cry

ergies, such as a supreme god or goddess, or, more abstractly, some sort of divine light, spirit and goodness. magick for healing, it must be said, is not so far removed from the prayers of conventional religions, whose positive influence is well documented. the same effect can be created whatever the focus or faith, and i know from personal experience that positive results can be achieved when a wiccan coven sends healing light to a sick member or a friend. for hundreds of years, angels have been invoked in magick, just as in religion, both for protection and to act as vehicles for healing or positive energies. practitioners of white magick may focus on particular aspects of a god or goddess figure, or benign power, personified through different deities from many age and cultures. when i

le-handed because there will always be a vast tide of despoiling vibes flowing in the opposite direction. but as has been shown by events such as world days for peace and the experiments on the power of prayer, if enough individuals send out positive intentions, followed by peaceful action, then people power really does make a difference. there is, as ever, just one proviso: you must remember the wiccan rede, an it harm none, do what you will, and apply it rigorously. i am often asked to carry out protective spells for people who feel that they are the subject of unfair scrutiny, jealousy, anger or resentment. this may be manifest as deliberate malice, a muttered curse or a declaration of some vengeful intent. but more usually the origins are more obscure, perhaps coming from someone gossi

. the wheel of the year co-exists with the wider seasonal divisions of the year and incorporates the four solar festivals; these fall on the solstices and the equinoxes, the astronomical marker points of the ebbs and flows of cosmic energies. between each of these solar festivals, which are known to witches as the lesser sabbats, is one of the four great fire festivals that are major rites in the wiccan and neo-pagan calendar, as they were to the celts. it is interesting to note that the wheel of the year is mirrored almost exactly in the medicine wheel, or circle of power, that is central to all the magick of the native american indians. the spokes of the medicine wheel link the celestial, human and natural cycles. the medicine wheel was made of stones and could be created wherever a trib

ht from henceforth falls, turn year, till spring and new life calls* leave your solstice wheel of candles to burn down* the following day, when daylight comes again, plant golden flowers and spend the day in the open air if at all possible, enjoying every moment of light until you witness the sun setting in the west. lughnassadh, the festival of the corn harvest this festival accords with many of wiccan principles, especially the threefold law. time: sunset 31 july-sunset 2 august (31 january-2 february in the southern hemisphere) focus: willing sacrifice for the greater good, natural justice and karma, trusting the cosmos to provide by giving without seeking immediate return; also spiritual transformation, renewal of the life force by absorbing the powers of the spirit of the corn through

n the pagan tradition from the last sheaf of corn to be cut down, was regarded as sacred by very early agricultural societies onwards. before christian times, it was believed to contain the spirit of the corn; the barley fermented by the autumn equinox was the blood of the corn god, or the spirit of the crops, who in popular folk song was called john barleycorn. this is probably the origin of the wiccan cakes and ale ceremony. this last sheaf was cut by a number of people casting their sickles simultaneously, so no one would know who killed the corn god, though he offered himself willingly so that there would be abundant future harvests. as well as being used to make the harvest loaf, some of the corn was woven into corn dollies, symbol of the earth mother, decorated with the scarlet ribbo

d by it. power hand: the hand you write with, used to transmit assertive and creative energies. see also receptive hand. quarters: the four segments of a magical circle. each is associated with specific archangels, colours, crystals, herbs, incenses, ritual tools, etc. receptive hand: the hand you do not write with. used for receiving energies. see also power hand. rede: a rule or moral code. the wiccan rede states: an [if] it harm none, do what you will, and so ensures all magick has a positive intent. sabbat: one of eight special days of the year on which wiccan celebrations are held- the solstices, the equinoxes and the celtic fire festivals. samhain: the celtic fire festival of the new year, celebrated at the end of summer. scrying: seeing magical images in a reflective medium, such as

nings of the threefold law. wheel of the year: see eightfold wheel of the year. wicca: a contemporary, neo-pagan religion that regards the divine life source as a part of nature, not a force beyond creation. this divine source of life is manifest as the god and goddess within everything living, male and female, animal, bird, tree and flower. sometimes regarded as the oldest religion on the world. wiccan rede: see rede. widdershins: anti-clockwise, moonwise, or against the sun. the direction used in closing a circle, banishing or removing pain and in banishing magick generally. see also deosil. yin and yang: the complementary components of everything in life, according to ancient chinese philosophy. yang is the original sun concept of light, power, masculinity, assertiveness, logic and acti


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itish chancellor of the exchequer, sir francisdashwood, who was linked to many esoteric groups, including the druid universalbond. dashwood had a huge cave dug at his west wycombe (wicca) estate for theirsatanic rituals and sexual magic ceremonies.3 i will discuss the reasons behind theobsession with sex ritual in a later chapter. let me stress again here that i am notcondemning all druids or the wiccan traditions, not at all. i am pointing out the183malevolent use of this knowledge, which can, and is, used very positively and lovinglyalso by people who call themselves druids and wiccan. the reason i mention that peoplewere druids etc, is to confirm that they understood and worked with the esotericknowledge while condemning it in public and hiding behind christianity. anotherhellfire club


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modern sorcery and magick is very much driven by the gnosis of set, while hidden, one who has the eyes to recognize it obtains the luciferian and sethian potential. the witch cult in the 60 s was a growing scene of exploring hermetic occultists who have not yet thrown the drape of dullness which wicca later became. charles pace wrote to anton lavey in 1974 about gardner and wicca, mentioning that wiccan is a saxon word which means enlightened ones and not wise ones, referring to those who were enlightened from paganism to christianity. pace suggested that he gave the word wicca along with his associates to gardner, apparently as a joke. gerald gardner did not get the joke. obviously, charles pace was meaning that light heartened as he was a high priest in a coven under the wiccan and gardn

e devil first manifest and later initiate. in east anglian hereditary witchcraft, it is suggested that when cain went to nod he was greeted by the devil who made him the first witch. even with older areas of historical and hereditary craft cain as the manifestation as the first sorcerer, created by the devil, holds the true foundations of the craft which indeed separates it from it s watered down wiccan varieties. british hereditary witch nathaniel harris has written an article on cain based on his family teachings, lore and his own sorcerous study and work37. his theories are sound and hold much inspiration for those who utilize truth within the circle, which is inspired or creative truth, thus aiding ones own initiation. according to saint augustine, saint clement, eusebius, lactantius


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l solution for eternal youth. alchemy (inner: a method of controlling the psychic (q.v) energies of the body as they are raised during sexual excitation for the purposes of working magick (q.v) and achieving enlightenment. alchemy (outer: making use of the magically charged sexual fluids for magickal purposes. alexandrian (wicca: a system of wicca (q.v) devised by alex sanders (q.v) combining the wiccan system of gerald gardner (q.v) with ceremonial magick. altered states (of conciousness: a state in which a person is to some extent withdrawn from normal awareness of the material world. some altered states are so slight as to be accepted without notice, others are easily recognized as one degree or another of trance (q.v. amen: a hebrew notarikon (q.v) or acronym for the hebrew phrase "el

d from. some sources claim the word wicca is derived from a word meaning "to bend, or shape" as in the ability of members of this faith to be able to bend, or shape their consciousness and thus reality to their wills. another source claims the word wicca came from a word meaning "wise" thus, those who follow the path of wicca are called, the "wise ones" a follower of modern day wicca is called a "wiccan" the modern wiccan movement, as a formal religion and philosophy, began with the writings of gerald b. gardner (q.v) and doreen valiente, in the mid 1950's. anthropologist margaret murry (q.v) wrote two books that prefaced this modern movement in the 1920's. wicce: the feminine of wicca (q.v. widdershins [windershins: counterclockwise. movement against the movement of the sun. occasionally


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ns. the term adept was also employed by medieval magicians and alchemists to denote a master of their sciences. adhab-algal the islamic purgatory, where the wicked are tormented by the dark angels munkir and nekir. adjuration a formula of exorcism by which an evil spirit is commanded, in the name of god, to do or say what the exorcist requires of him. adler, margot (1946) margot adler, author and wiccan priestess, is the granddaughter of renowned psychotherapist alfred adler. she was raised in a nonreligious setting and attended the university of california at berkeley (b.s, 1968) during its era of political radicalism. following her graduation she began a career in broadcast journalism at radio station wbai-fm. in 1978 she accepted her latest position, with national public radio. living i

n new york in the early 1970s, she encountered witchcraft through a study group founded by the new york coven of welsh traditional witches. in 1973 she became associated with gardnerian witchcraft. in 1976 she became the priestess of iargalon, a gardnerian coven. during her years as an active priestess, she researched and wrote drawing down the moon, a sympathetic history and survey of the modern wiccan and pagan community. over the years since, the book, now in its second edition, has introduced many people to witchcraft. since 1982 adler has practiced as a solitary, but remains one of the most visible leaders of the pagan community in north america. in 1988 her handfasting to john gliedman was the first pagan marriage covered in the new york times society pages. sources: adler, margot. d

im in 1657. artemisian order the artemisian order is a feminist neo-pagan group founded in the 1990s by oriethyia, a feminist poet. it is a clan of sisterhood and society of women who protect one another while serving nature. formally identified with dianic wicca (centered upon the roman goddess diana, oriethyia found herself drawn more to the greek equivalent, artemis, and decided to start a new wiccan group with artemis at the center. like all feminist wicca, artemisian faith affirms the female image of deity, which stands in sharp contrast to the primarily male image with which oriethyia had been raised. unlike most wiccan traditions, she saw no need to balance male-female energies by naming a male consort god to stand with the goddess. she believes that the balancing of energies derive

the group, which at its height had less than 20 members, continued until 1982. in the late 1970s bradley joined with a number of other women in the bay area to form what became known as the dark circle. though primarily a women s group and not a witchcraft coven, it did include wiccans among its members. bradley withdrew after several years, but her participation fueled speculation that she was a wiccan, a fact that she vehemently denied. speculation peaked following the publication of her most successful book, the mists of avalon (1983, a retelling of the king arthur legend from a feminist perspective. it has appeared on many pagan reading lists and reviewers suggested that much of it must have come by way of channeling. in response, bradley asserted her christian beliefs (though of a som

that the cosmos is not dead matter but a living presence that the soul of man is immortal, that the universe is so built and ordered that without any peradventure all things work together for the good of each and all, that the foundation principle of the world is what we call love and that the happiness of every one is in the long run absolutely certain. buckland, raymond (brian (1934) author and wiccan high priest who, with his wife, rosemary buckland, introduced gardnerian witchcraft into the united states. buckland was born august 31, 1934, in london, england, where he attended high school. he served in the royal air force, 1957.59, and earned a ph.d. in anthropology at king s college, cambridge. when he was 12 years old, buckland s uncle loaned him a book on spiritualism. a vivacious r

news, founded in the early 1980s as a newsletter serving the then relatively small neo-pagan community, has grown into one of the most stable and largest circulating periodicals devoted to the concerns of contemporary wiccans and pagans. now a substantial 32-page tabloid, circle network news originates from circle sanctuary, a wicca center in rural wisconsin, and home to circle, one of the older wiccan fellowships. circle was founded in the 1970s by selena fox, the driving force behind the founding of circle sanctuary as a nature sanctuary retreat and conference center for the use of pagan worshippers of every tradition. each issue of circle network news is built around a single theme for which articles, comments, and letters are solicited from the readers. the accumulated articles, which

ty league arose in the 1980s in response to continuing problems faced by pagans, especially the loss of jobs following their boss s discovery of their religion, and courts refusal to give pagan parents custody of their children following a divorce. the pagan world news column keeps readers aware of notable happenings within the community, especially actions manifesting the culture s acceptance of wiccan practice. the pagan academic corner carries news of a growing community of pagans who have acquired advanced degrees in religious studies, sociology of religion, and related fields, and are focusing their research on topics of primary interest to pagans (the pagan community has been unique among new religious communities that have arisen in the west since world war ii for its nurture of an

rcle is the most common space created for the working of magic and witchcraft. it stands in sharp contrast to the rectangular space that the average christian church defines. the circle is easily drawn on the ground and just as easily erased. the circle has been a popular form for worship since ancient times as demonstrated by numerous stone monuments found around the world. in modern magical and wiccan practice, the circle is seen as both a protective barrier and a container of energy. it is the visible manifestation of a sphere that completely surrounds the worker of magic. where the invisible sphere intersects the ground or floor, a circle is defined. while occasionally a more permanent circle is drawn and remains for regular workings, the circle is usually created only at the beginning

spirits is thin and communication is possible. while some sacred space is defined by the environment, a particularly beautiful or striking spot, it can be created anywhere. in the pantheistic pagan world, all space is ultimately seen as sacred. sacred space is often entered only after participants have cleansed themselves and donned special dress, commonly a ritual robe, or as in the case of some wiccan groups, in the nude. sources: adler, margot. drawing down the moon. boston: beacon press, 1979. crowley, vivianne. principles of paganism. london: thorsons, 1996. encyclopedia of occultism& parapsychology. 5th ed. circles 295 circles, spiritualist a group of persons who meet at intervals to hold seances for spirit communication. it is essential that at least one among them be a medium, and

mbers of the toronto society for psychical research in canada obtained interesting phenomena by concentrating on philip, an artificial personality deliberately created by the group (see also psychic force) sources: post, eric. communication with the beyond: a practical handbook of spiritualism. new york: atlantic publishing, 1946. circle sanctuary circle sanctuary, one of the largest contemporary wiccan/ neo-pagan fellowships, began in 1974 as an informal gathering of people interested in magic and mysticism. during meditation, founder selena fox received the name, concept, and logo of circle, and, with her partner jim alan, called the first group of people together at their home in madison, wisconsin. in the summer of 1975 they established circle farm on land near sun prairie, wisconsin

her at their home in madison, wisconsin. in the summer of 1975 they established circle farm on land near sun prairie, wisconsin. there the first circle coven was formed, and other related groups emerged. fox and alan quickly became well known in the growing neo-pagan community for their ecumenical spirit, vibrant music, and extensive networking activity. in 1977 they published their first tape of wiccan music and an accompanying songbook and organized the circle network, an international fellowship of wiccans. the expanding organization was incorporated as the church of circle wicca in 1978; the following year it issued the first edition of the circle resource guide (which now exists in several volumes. circle became the largest active fellowship of neo-pagans in north america. in 1979 cir

f neo-pagans far beyond the membership of circle. meetings are held at the sanctuary year round. after a lengthy court battle, circle sanctuary won zoning status as a church. fox has led in the development of an ecumenical and eclectic paganism that draws on elements of indigenous land-based religions, especially the traditions and practices of native americans. the ever-evolving system is termed wiccan shamanism or nature spirituality, a blend of wiccan spirituality, nature mysticism, shamanistic practices from around the world, ecofeminism, and the insights of modern psychology, especially its humanistic and transpersonal branches. fox emphasizes the divinity inherent in nature and acknowledgement of the goddess and mother earth. through the 1980s, circle became one of the more visible w

around the world, ecofeminism, and the insights of modern psychology, especially its humanistic and transpersonal branches. fox emphasizes the divinity inherent in nature and acknowledgement of the goddess and mother earth. through the 1980s, circle became one of the more visible wiccan groups, and in 1980 it launched its publishing concern with circle network news, one of the more substantive of wiccan periodicals. that same year the pagan spirit alliance, a neo-pagan fellowship and friendship network, was organized and in 1981 the circle sanctuary hosted the first annual international pagan spirit gathering. in the late 1980s, circle also emerged as a champion of religious freedom and in 1991 established a more permanent organization, the lady liberty league, to focus on this continuing

ous freedom and in 1991 established a more permanent organization, the lady liberty league, to focus on this continuing concern. currently, circle is headed by fox and her husband, dr. dennis carpenter, both professionally trained psychotherapists. fox heads circle s school for priestesses, its school for women in goddess-oriented spirituality, and its school for ministers, which trains pagan and wiccan leadership. fox was appointed to the assembly of religious and spiritual leaders in 1999. circle publishes several periodicals, including the sanctuary circles newsletter, the circle guide to pagan groups, and circle magazine. it may be contacted at p.o. box 219, mt. horeb, wi 53572. website: http//www.circlesanctuary.org (see also wicca) sources: circle sanctuary. http//www.circlesanctuary

: donant, alan e. colonel arthur l. conger. theosophical history 7, no.1 (january 1998: 35.56. congregational witchcraft association (cwa) the congregational witchcraft association (cwa) is a fellowship of wiccans that operates in canada. it was chartered in 1992 as a canadian nonprofit association, but had actually been founded four years previously as an association of autonomous self-governing wiccan covens, the original members residing in nova scotia, ontario, and british columbia. through the 1990s, additional covens (the small groups that form the basic organizational unit in wicca) were added from other canadian provinces. member groups of the association adhere to a common statement of wiccan belief and ethical standards, but are in control locally of worship and coven administrat

teaching of witchcraft or for initiation into the craft. priests and priestesses are seen to operate as other religious pastoral leaders and are expected to keep the confidences of those whom they counsel. the cwa is a democratic organization. its national council is elected by vote of the member covens. it has a vision of creating a non-degree-granting college for the training of people for the wiccan priesthood. in the mid-1990s, there were 12 covens in either full or associate membership. the association may be reached at p.o. box 2205, clearbrook, bc, canada v2t 3x8. it publishes a periodical, duck tales, and several of the covens also publish newsletters. website: http/ www.cwa.ca. sources: congregational witchcraft association. http//www.cwa.ca. february 28, 2000. congress of astrol

nd decided to practice as a solitary. he also developed his interest in nature and became knowledgeable in herbalism and the various substances used by magicians in their practice. along with his novels he began writing textbooks and reference books for wiccans. these began appearing at a time when the variety of books available to those interested in wicca was still relatively limited. his first wiccan book, magical herbalism (1982, met with a popular response and he began to write regularly for llewellyn publications, the primary publisher of wiccan materials in the united states. his research culminated in cunningham s encyclopedia of magical herbs (1985, cunningham s encyclopedia of crystal, gem and metal magic (1987, and the complete book of incense, oils, and brews (1989. cunningham

m s most important and successful book was wicca: a guide for the solitary practitioner (1988. wicca grew up as a coven-centered practice, but through the 1980s there had been increasing awareness of the presence and legitimacy of solitaries, witches who followed neo-pagan belief but practiced alone. however, little material had been produced for solitaries. the response to cunningham s book made wiccan leaders aware that the solitaries formed a much larger segment of the community than many suspected. that same year cunningham also finished the truth about witchcraft today, a full-length version of a booklet published the previous year. this introductory text proved equally popular as his work for solitaries, and many wiccans credit it with making them initially aware of the existence of

much larger segment of the community than many suspected. that same year cunningham also finished the truth about witchcraft today, a full-length version of a booklet published the previous year. this introductory text proved equally popular as his work for solitaries, and many wiccans credit it with making them initially aware of the existence of the craft. cunningham became a popular speaker at wiccan events and appeared to be on his way to long-term leadership in the wiccan community, but had already manifested the illness that would lead to his untimely death on march 23, 1993. he continued to write until his passing, and several of his manuscripts were published posthumously. sources: cunningham, scott. cunningham s encyclopedia of magical herbs. st. paul, minn: llewellyn publications

ever more deeply involved in the occult and wicca. she moved back to los angeles in 1990 and then to upstate new york, to a small town near the canadian border, in 1994. in new york dunwich opened an occult shop, the country witch, that became a focus for local pagans. two years later she encyclopedia of occultism& parapsychology. 5th ed. dunwich, gerina 461 founded coven mandragora, an eclectic wiccan group; wheel of wisdom school, which offered correspondence courses; and north country wicca, a networking organization for wiccans. in 1998 she accepted an ordination from the universal life church. that same year, she disbanded coven mandragora and moved back to los angeles. there she created a new form of wicca drawing heavily on egyptian themes, which she called bast.wicca, named after

be equal. these four days became known as the summer and winter solstices and the spring and fall equinoxes, and they, along with four additional days, half way between the solstices and equinoxes, provided an overall framework for community activity. in the modern world, no longer tied to an agricultural cycle, the points on the solar calendar have become the holidays that assist in defining the wiccan faith. while there are records of ancient european tribes marking the important points on the solar calendar, there are few records of their paying attention to the lunar cycles, at least as a point for gathering and the working of magic. the idea of meeting monthly at the new moon or bi-weekly at the new and full moons (the esbat, appears to be a practice introduced by gerald b. gardner, w


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h linda were used up, her father presented one of her dresses to the guernsey museum, in the hope that it might be effective in healing through people simply looking at it, since the material itself was only the intermediary of some unknown force. sources: martel, roy. the mysterious power of linda martel. guernsey, channel islands: toucan press, 1973. martello, leo louis (1931.2000) contemporary wiccan priest. martello was born on september 26, 1931, in dudley, massachusetts. he attended assumption college and hunter college and went on to become a spiritualist minister. in the early 1960s he founded the temple of spiritual guidance and the spiritual independents movement. through the 1960s he concentrated on his skills as a psychic reader and wrote a series of short booklets: your pen pe

series of short booklets: your pen personality (1961, its in the cards (1964, and how to prevent psychic blackmail (1966. by the end of the 1960s, however, he had begun to identify with the slowly emerging neopagan witchcraft movement. in 1970 he founded the witches liberation movement and the witches anti-defamation league as instruments to demand religious rights and reparation payments for the wiccan community. that same year he organized a halloween witch-in in new york city s central park. martello was quickly recognized as a leader in the wiccan community and soon turned out a string of books that were widely read in the community, which had at the time produced only a few texts of its own. his 1973 book witchcraft: the old religions was standard reading for young wiccans through the

own. his 1973 book witchcraft: the old religions was standard reading for young wiccans through the rest of the decade and was frequently cited as an authoritative presentation of the beliefs and practices of modern witches. he also began to publish a periodical that flourished through the early 1970s, the wica newsletter, and the witchcraft digest. martello identifies himself as a traditionalist wiccan with sicilian roots. his coven operates under the name witches international craft associates. he also founded and heads hero press, a small publishing operation. martello died in june 2000. sources: martello, leo louis. curses in verses. new york: hero press, 1971. weird ways of witchcraft. new york: hc publishers, 1969. melton, j. gordon. religious leaders of america. 2nd edition. detroit

age communities, networks, associations, and information centers. unfortunately, like so many of the new age directories that appeared in the 1980s, new editions were never issued and the volume quickly became outdated. sources: adams, rovert. new times network: groups centers for personal growth. london: routledge& kegan paul, 1982. new ways of consciousness foundation see intuition network new wiccan church the new wiccan church, originally the new celtic church, was founded in the early 1970s to practice witchcraft in the british tradition. membership is restricted to adult witches who have been initiated in the gardnerian tradition or one of the several variations of the gardnerian practice, the most well known being the alexanderian. gerald b. gardner, generally considered the father

deities that have been recognized throughout human history in the various world mythologies. members are free to acknowledge these lesser deities in their rites as they see fit, save only that such practice does not lead to harm to people or animals. in addition to the dedication, the church circulates the statement issued in 1974 by the now-defunct council of american witches whose principles of wiccan belief has become a popular statement defining the community. the actual rites used in the church are secret, but the published gardnerian rituals provide a close approximation of typ- new thought encyclopedia of occultism& parapsychology. 5th ed. 1116 ical practice. there is a degree of variation from coven (small worshipping group) to coven. traditionally, gardnerians worship in the nude

has become a popular statement defining the community. the actual rites used in the church are secret, but the published gardnerian rituals provide a close approximation of typ- new thought encyclopedia of occultism& parapsychology. 5th ed. 1116 ical practice. there is a degree of variation from coven (small worshipping group) to coven. traditionally, gardnerians worship in the nude, but many new wiccan coven dress for rituals. there are annual dues for members and each coven may ask for an additional fee to cover the small costs involved in running the coven. however, no fees may be charged for initiating anyone into the craft or for the performance of an act of magic. church members are very active in the larger wiccan community, especially with the covens of the covenant of the goddess

en dress for rituals. there are annual dues for members and each coven may ask for an additional fee to cover the small costs involved in running the coven. however, no fees may be charged for initiating anyone into the craft or for the performance of an act of magic. church members are very active in the larger wiccan community, especially with the covens of the covenant of the goddess. most new wiccan covens are found in the western united states. headquarters are at box 162046, sacramento, ca 95816. information about the group can be found in its periodical, red garters, and on its website, http//www.angelfire.com/ ca/redgarters. sources: adler, margot. drawing down the moon. boston: beacon press, 1997. newton, j. r (1810.1883) american healing medium. he began his healing career in 185

is connected with superstitions concerning the devil. northern ufo news british publication concerned with ufos and related topics, such as crop circles. it is edited by jenny randles. address: halsteads close, dove holes, buxton, high peak, derbyshire sk17 8bs, england. norton, rosalind (1917.1979) rosalind norton, an australian occultist and avant-garde artist whose life anticipated the modern wiccan movement, was born in dunedin, new zealand. as a child she had a vision of a shining dragon beside her bed, one of several events that convinced her of the existence of a spirit world. when she was seven, her family moved to sydney, australia. as she grew into her teen years, she felt increasingly alienated from mainstream life and by her 14th birthday decided to make her own way and expres

aking obscene pictures. after the lengthy court proceeding, norton became reclusive and stayed out of the public eye for the remaining 20 years of her life. she died in king s cross on december 5, 1979. in the years since, her work has been reevaluated and her artistic accomplishments praised by a new generation of art critics. her magical career has found appreciation by the expanding australian wiccan movement who now see her as a herald of their community. sources: drury, nevill, and gregory tillett. other temples/other gods: the occult in australia. sydney: methuen, 1982. norton, rosalind. the art of rosalind norton. sydney: wally glover, 1952. norton, thomas (d. ca. 1477) the exact date of this alchemist s birth is wrapped in mystery, and little is recorded about his life in general

very decentralized movement. members affirm their love for and kinship with nature; an ethic of individual responsibility; and an acceptance of the many-faceted nature of divinity. the alliance is organized through a set of state councils, each of which seeks to have at least three members and repre- encyclopedia of occultism& parapsychology. 5th ed. pagan alliance 1167 sent three different pagan/wiccan traditions. the alliance attempts to network different groups and individuals and to serve as a contact between the pagan community and outsiders, especially the news media. on a national level, the alliance involves itself as an advocacy group on issues of interest to pagans including freedom of religion. in this regard, it monitors news coverage and responds to attacks, especially those i

he feminine role in the religion one step further and began to speak of wicca as wimmen s religion. feminist leaders began to organize all-female covens with a range of opinion from all-lesbian separatist groups to those groups that merely supplied women with a place for religious self-expression without male interference. feminist consciousness emerged within the strongest of the wisconsin-based wiccan groups, circle, but generally manifested as all-female events during gatherings in which males otherwise participated. a more separatist format of feminist wicca emerged in 1983 with the first issue of of a like mind, a periodical that became the focus of a network of goddessworshipping women. of a like mind covered such areas as women s spirituality, goddess religions around the world, nat

loween. in the 1950s, gerald b. gardner introduced his modern reconstruction of witchcraft which drew on ancient pagan practices mixed with elements of asian beliefs and practices. it was a nature oriented religion in which the worship of the goddess was central. integral to the new witchcraft were the ancient eight festivals that became times of gathering for the emerging pagan community. in the wiccan faith, the years begin on the evening of october 31, samhein. this day culminated the harvest season, and heralds the coming of winter, a period of waiting until the planting can begin a new food production cycle. it is also a night in which the veil between the living and the dead is thin and communication with spirits is facilitated. it is a time to remember the dead and complete relation

ogy. 5th ed. 1342 coven were the subject of numerous magazine and newspaper articles, most frequently appearing in the nude and occasionally while engaged in symbolic sexual acts. in 1971 sanders and maxine separated, and he largely retired. interestingly, that same year, a book, what witches do, by stewart farrar, a close associate of sanders, appeared and gave sanders his most lasting fame as a wiccan leader. farrar and his wife janet moved to ireland where they became wiccan leaders in their own right and together wrote a number of authoritative books on wicca. sanders died april 30, 1988, from lung cancer. his movement spread around the english-speaking world during the 1970s, but following the revelations of his unacknowledged use of gardner s rituals and his plagiarizing of material

technology, spells supposedly became part of the superstitious pre-scientific past. however, the survival of magic into the post-scientific world has been accompanied with a reappraisal of magic in light of its social function. as magic has been revived in the west, one can note the spread and use of spells, especially among the wiccans, practitioners of neo-pagan witchcraft. much of the popular wiccan movement is focused on the improvement of the lives of the adherents and the lives of their friends and family. low magic is common and accompanies a program that emphasizes psychic training, self-discipline, and the development of new social skills. in modern wicca, the emphasis is placed upon positive spells, but there is a place for curses and negative spells. admonitions surround the us

to extraterrestrials. the stargate project can be contacted through the stargate internet site at http//home.earthlink.net/ pleiades. encyclopedia of occultism& parapsychology. 5th ed. stargate 1485 sources: roberts, mark. an introduction to dianic witchcraft. dallas, tex: the mother grove, n.d. stargate. http//home.earthlink.net/ pleiades. april 19, 2000. starhawk starhawk is the public name of wiccan priestess miriam simos. she is an international spokesperson for neo-paganism, feminist concerns, and social activism. through the 1970s she studied magic and witchcraft with a succession of prominent teachers, including sara cunningham of the temple of tiperath, victor h. anderson (founder of the faery tradition, and zsuzsanna e. budapest. in the mid-1970s she founded the compost coven and

movement, the tarot has enjoyed an unprecedented period of popularity. new agers have seen the tarot as an important additional tool for personal transformation and have interpreted the symbolism as a new map of the subconscious. the new age approach has spurred the production of a variety of decks that explore different symbolic worlds, offer variant interpretations from the psychological to the wiccan, and present a broad scope of artistic styles. traditional tarot cards have gone hightech, with digital decks for sale on the internet for those who are curious and willing to spend a few dollars. some of these digital decks have replaced the customary card suits and symbols (i.e. cups, wands, pentacles, swords, priestesses, magicians) with characters representing modern themes. for example

valiente tracked her birth and death records and found a copy of her will. all of this material was included in her most important book, the rebirth of witchcraft (1989. besides being a significant contribution to modern religious history, the book established her place in the creation of modern wicca. during the last decade of her life, valiente was widely acknowledged as a matriarch within the wiccan community internationally though she lived quietly and made few public appearances. she died on september 1, 1999. sources: valiente, doreen. an abc of witchcraft past and present. new york: st. martin s press, 1973. natural magic. new york: st. martin s press, 1975. the rebirth of witchcraft. custer, wash: phoenix publishing, 1989. where witchcraft lives. london: aquarian press, 1962. witc

of his writings. 1643 through the twentieth century, waite was known for his work with pamela coleman-smith in the production of a deck of tarot cards (the waite deck) and his commentary on the tarot, the key to the tarot (1910. both the deck and the book remain popular in spite of the numerous new divinatory tarot decks that have been produced in the late twentieth century as expressions of the wiccan and new age movements. waite died may 19, 1942. sources: gilbert, robert a. a. e. waite: a bibliography. wellingborough, northamptonshire, england: aquarian press, 1983. a. e. waite: magician of many parts. wellingborough, northamptonshire, england: crucible, thorsons, 1987. waite, arthur e. azoth; or, the star in the east. london: theosophical publishing society, 1893. the book of black ma

h the medium george valiantine, who produced messages in ancient chinese languages. a report of the phenomena was published in the journal of the american society for psychical research (april 1928. sources: pleasants, helene, ed. biographical dictionary of parapsychology. new york: helix press, 1964. wica see witchcraft international craft association wica newsletter early newsletter serving the wiccan and neo-pagan community as it emerged as a national network in the 1970s. its editor, leo martello, a former spiritualist medium, wrote a number of books detailing the practice of contemporary witches. martello heads witchcraft international craft associates in new york city. wicca the first world religion to originate in england, wicca represents a new religious expression inspired by pre

a national network in the 1970s. its editor, leo martello, a former spiritualist medium, wrote a number of books detailing the practice of contemporary witches. martello heads witchcraft international craft associates in new york city. wicca the first world religion to originate in england, wicca represents a new religious expression inspired by pre-christian ethnic and tribal religions. the word wiccan as a plural for witch was used in old english; its singular forms were feminine wicce with the masculine form as wicca. pronounced with hard c s instead of the former witch-a, the term wicca was adopted by gerald gardner and other english witches in the 1940s to distinguish their life-affirming and fertility-based pagan religion from satanism or individual sorcery. although wiccan writers a

a particular tradition .a school of teaching or an initiatory lineage.but the boundaries between traditions are loosely drawn, and new traditions are constantly being created. estimates of the number of wiccans in north america in 2000 ranged from 300,000 to the low millions. sociological studies of wicca show its followers as tending to be younger and better-educated than the population overall. wiccan church of canada the wiccan church of canada is one of the pioneering organizations of the modern witchcraft movement in canada. it was founded by two wiccan priests, tamara james and richard f. james, who had their initial contacts with neo-paganism while in california in 1977. they moved to toronto two years later, where they founded the wiccan church of canada and opened an occult store


FRATER U D PRACTICAL SIGIL MAGIC

efit only a footnote. despite his various publications after the turn of the century, he remained practically unnoticed until the late sixties. he was born in 1886, the son of a london police officer, and we know very little about his childhood. he claimed to have experienced while a child an initiation of sorts by an elderly witch, one mrs. paterson who, as far as we know, must have been quite a wiccan-like character. spare found his intellectual and creative vocation as an artist and illustrator, and he attended the royal college of art where he soon was celebrated as a forthcoming young artist. but he rebelled against a bourgeois middle-class career in the arts. disgusted by commercialism, he retreated from the artistic scene soon afterwards, though he still continued editing various ma


FULL MOON RITUALS

friend have her best birthday yet of this turn upon the wheel" he simply states. with a grand genuflect, deer moves towards boudi and- still grinning mischievously- applies a mighty bear hug before presenting her with, circa 1950, a pair of black editor's garters and matching visor "wear these in good health, and for a modicum of fun. and keep up the grand work you and imajicka undertook with the wiccan pagan times, no matter in what venue it occurs. from my heart to yours, a thousand thank you's for three wonderful years of information" another hug, with a whispered one for imajicka as well, and deer returns to his place in the circle. he waits until. boudica laughs at red deer as she puts the garters in a pouch. she thinks to herself "what an odd way to get your garter" she approaches th


HEKAS

i sought to define the quintessential principles of the arte magical as they are specifically transmitted within the tradition of the sabbatic mysteries, and thus it is to this work that the interested reader may have recourse to refer in the course of this article(*in old forms of the craft where this term has been used or adopted, the pronounciation is as follows 'wicca' is pronounced 'witcha 'wiccan' is likewise 'witchan: this is a notable distinction to the pronounciation of these terms in revivalist forms of craft) of form and function within the various situations nominalised as 'workings' by the numerous practitioners of magick in all it's varied forms, there are obviously going to be numerous definitions of what actually constitutes 'work. i am myself curious to know of such defin


HINE P OVEN READY CHAOS

ng and screaming onto the scene, the dominant approach to doing magic (and still is, to a great extent) was the systems approach. so what is a magical system? magical systems combine practical exercises for bringing about change with beliefs, attitudes, a conceptual model of the universe (if not several, a moral ethic, and a few other things besides. examples of systems are qabalah, the different wiccan traditions, the golden dawn system of magic with all its grades, costumes, mottos etc, and the increasing number of westernised shamanic paths that are proliferating nowadays. as far as most magical systems go, before you can start to wave your wand around or bounce up and down on your head til you reach enlightenment, you have to spend a good deal of time reading up on the beliefs associat


HUEBNER LOUISE WITCHCRAFT FOR ALL WICCA 04

spells and chants 4- the card spell- the biggest spell of all 5- how to concoct a new you- at home in your spare time 6- your lucky numbers and how to use them 7- letters to a witch 8- the ways of a witch 9- witchcraft and you scan/ edit notes versions available and duly posted: format: v1.0 (text) format: v1.0 (pdb- open format) format: v1.0 (html) format: v1.0 (pdf- no security) genera: wicca/ wiccan extra's: pictures included (for all versions) copyright: 1970/ 1971 first scanned: 2002 posted to: alt.binaries.e-book note: 1. the html, text and pdb versions are bundled together in one zip file. 2. the pdf files are sent as a single zip (and naturally does not have the file structure below) structure (folder and sub folders) main folder- html files- nav- navigation files- pdb- pic- graph


K AMBER THE BASICS OF MAGICK

mat will ever be of true value to another. thus, destruction. this man is no different he too is not2 of a "big spirit" enough. dle puka 2 italics and insertion of the word envy by jngthe basics of magick get any book for free on: www.abika.com 1 the basics of magick by k. amber get any book for free on: www.abika.com the basics of magick get any book for free on: www.abika.com 2 i. ethics a. the wiccan rede b. the law or return (sometimes called the "threefold law) c. perfect love and perfect trust (among partners in magick) ii. the witches' pyramid a. faith in your abilities and powers. b. imagination to vividly create in your mind that which you desire to manifest. c. will to achieve your goal despite all obstacles. d. secrecy to keep your magickal intention concentrated and pure. iii


LEWIS JAMES SATANISM TODAY AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELIGION FOLKLORE AND POPULAR CULTURE

sive and evil, whereas satan is good. one of the few groups to explicitly make use of gnosticism was our lady of endor coven, the ophite cultus satanas, founded in 1948 by herbert arthur sloane. sloane drew from a number of different sources to construct his religion, including the speculative scholarship of margaret murray one of the same sources utilized by gerald gardner, founder of the modern wiccan movement. sloane was also heavily influenced by hans jonas s classic study of gnosticism, the gnostic religion, which provided him with his basic understanding of gnosticism. sloane was briefly associated with anton lavey s church of satan, although it did not appear to significantly change his teachings. our lady of endor coven did not survive sloane s passing in the 1980s. see also church

ship evil. wiccans will even make the assertion that satanists worship the christian devil, which is no more true than the assertion that witches worship the christian devil. in an essay that has been posted on a number of different satanic websites, satanism and the history of wicca, diane vera shows that wicca has drawn heavily from the literary satanism created by the witch-hunts. for example, wiccan terms like witch, coven, and sabbat do not witches kevin and sandie carlyon of the covenant of earth magic prepare for hallowe en, 1997 (kevin carlyon/fortean picture library) 186 neopagan witchcraft derive from pre-christian paganism. the assertion that these terms were so derived may have been plausible in the midtwentieth century when gardner founded the wiccan movement, but it is now cl

may not be fully aware of these various connections, modern satanists have long felt that the basis of wicca s appeal lies in the paradoxical (some would say hypocritical) combination of wicca s satanic connotations and the denial of same. thus, satanists tend to regard wicca as a ripoff of satanism (vera 1996. some satanists even go so far as to assert that, while adopting a diabolical part of a wiccan initiation: presenting the athame (ritual dagger (raymond buckland/fortean pcture library) nergal 187 veneer, wicca s core values are christian, making wicca little more than a form of christianity. vera does not, however, go so far as to assert either that wicca is watered-down satanism or that it is christianity in pagan clothing. wicca is clearly a religion in its own right. her overarch

gs about the devil and witchcraft, but only satanists explicitly acknowledge these particular source documents. wiccans should also, vera writes, stop repeating inaccurate, prejudiced stereotypes about satanists and satanism. for further reading: leland, charles g. arcadia: gospel of the witches. 1899. facsimile reprint custer,wa: phoenix, 1996. lewis, james r.witchcraft today: an encyclopedia of wiccan and neopagan traditions. santa barbara, ca: abc-clio, 1999. vera, diana. satanism and the history of wicca [1992] revised edition, 1996. http//www.members.tripod.com/conjurefolk/w iccasat.html nephilim the biblical term nephilim, which in hebrew means the fallen ones or those who fell, refers to the offspring of the sons of god (traditionally interpreted as being angels) and human females m

ndentalism through free-thinking individualism (as opposed to the herd mentality) f. responsible indulgence in whatever pleasures, lusts, and desires one wishes g. the ability to control existence perception h. chaos magick theory the ninth covenant s basic ethical principle is, do what you want, and in doing so, harm none that don t deserve it. this is a rather pointed recasting of the so-called wiccan rede, the core ethical principle of modern wicca, which is, and if it harm none, do as you will. see also lavey, anton szandor for further reading: the ninth covenant s official website: http//theninthcovenant.com 194 the ninth gate the ninth gate in the ninth gate, director roman polanski returns to diabolism, a theme that brought him fame as the director of rosemary s baby. the core of th

se scare was getting off the ground, rumors began to circulate that the procter and gamble trademark a circle containing a side view of a man-in-the-moon face looking out over a field of thirteen stars was a satanic symbol. although the precise origin of the rumor is unclear, it seems that some overly vigilant christian probably looked closely at the logo s five-pointed stars (pentagrams are also wiccan symbols, pondered the occult significance of thirteen (the number p&g chose because it corresponded with the number of the original colonies, inferred that the man in the moon must also be something sinister, and concluded that the trademark was a covert symbol of evil. the corporate leadership of procter and gamble must, therefore, somehow be minions of satan. whatever the source, there we


LINDOW JOHN NORSE MYTHOLOGY A GUIDE TO THE GODS HEROES RITUALS AND BELIEFS

ths later the price had risen to $9.95. i didn ft buy it, but skimming the summary gave me the impression that i may in fact have already read it. look about on the internet. you will find descriptions of the mythology; encyclopedic listings long and short; student term papers; collections of texts; collections of pictures; close and imaginative retellings of the myths; fiction; poetry and music; wiccan sites; neopagan sites of various kinds, some including on-line shrines; games; rants and ravings; course curricula; children fs literature; comic books; clubs to join; sites devoted in whatever way to individual gods and goddesses; a gscavenger hunt h (actually a list of questions apparently used in a unit on the mythology in some school; a gguest book h to which you can post any comment yo


LUCIFERIAN SORCERY

within the witches sabbat is perhaps one of the most significant developments of this magickal art. before gerald gardner reinvented witchcraft as 17 wicca in the 60 s on, there were in fact many groups practicing egyptian magick and ceremonial workings, later on it was to be woven into the craft as it first was considered. charles pace, who was for a time a high priest of one of gerald gardner s wiccan covens in south london. it was pace whose magickal name is hamara t who developed a very challenging system of luciferian witchcraft from which he lectured at many covens throughout england. his lectures were on his luciferian cult of masks and egyptian magick in a time when wicca was being formulated. had mr. pace been able to get his material available more, wicca might not have become as


LUCIFERIAN SORCERY AND SET TYPHON

sely connected with the psyche, therefore initiating a further speed of ones becoming through manifesting the qualities and traits of the god forms therein. atavisms are also used in such a way; while often one may use atavistic resurgence as a form of summon many of the god forms listed above. some of the luciferian witchcraft or high sorcery gnosis is developed from charles pace, known in early wiccan circles as hamar'at. pace, who was born in 1920 was an early associate of gerald gardner, knowing him from some of the egyptian hermetic occult circles they associated in. pace was known in the 1960's as a priest of set and anubis, and later became a high priest of gerald gardner's coven in south london. charles created two known manuscripts of his lectures and teachings, which were based o


MASTERING WITCHCRAFT

contents: book cover (front (back) scan/ edit notes foreword introduction 1- first steps 2- preliminary preparations 3- divination 4- spells for lovers 5- counter magic and protection 6- vengeance and attack 7- the coven and how to form one appendix 1- the planetary hours appendix 2- glossary of witch words and terms bibliography (removed) scan/ edit notes format: v1.5 (pdf- no security) genera: wiccan/ witchcraft extra's: pictures included copyright: 1970/ 1972 first scanned: august/ 12/ 2002 foreword in the circle of firelight which we are pleased to call an enlightened scientific civilization, we usually feel secure in the knowledge that most of our worst childhood terrors and nightmares were merely fantasy. but if and when the firelight happens to dim, at those times when the unknown


MICHAEL FORD WITCHMOON

ampires, werewolves and sorcerers haunted the nights, doing their work and weaving webs in your dreams. we are still there, alive in your mythologies, alive in your mind. what is witchcraft in essence? is witchcraft the worship of nature, an earth religion? not completely. the tradition, which i have studied through and learnt, is the darker side of witchcraft, far more dangerous than traditional wiccan rites however the results are much greater. do not fear the darkness of the self; let it guide you through the shadows to the light of prometheus! this work is meant as an inspirational guide, through which the individual can gain access to the subconscious and the vast resources of the mind and its elementals. witchcraft is presented in a different form than what most perceive, to this to


NAGEL CARL AMAZING SECRETS OF OCCULT POWER

f cash in an old shoebox, but things will become generally better for you as needs are met and financial limitations fade away. here, too, is the secret of how to cast spells that really work. a spell simply defined, is a set of words spoken that are believed to exert a magical effect on a situation that the person casting the spell seeks to change. the casting of spells is based upon the ancient wiccan belief that to speak a desire is to cause the desire to be fulfilled. secrets of sex magic have you ever seen a beautiful woman in the company of a real nerd, and wondered how he got so lucky? maybe it was sex magic. in the eternal story of men chasing women, and vice versa, it should always be remembered that witchcraft and sex magic have seduced more members of the opposite sex than any a

agic of herbs the children of the night the fear of witchcraft witchcraft made easy be your own secret coven 2: you can awaken your magic power the ritual that will awaken your fiery serpent physical sensations of occult power seeing your invisible power how to invoke the secret forces of nature a thank you email using witchcraft to smooth your path through life creating your personal grimoire 3: wiccan money spells how to cast spells that really work thank you letter #1 practical witchcraft the magic word that will bring money to you the green candle spell thank you letter #2 the magic power of chants the golden square spell spell brings needed money the devil s treasurer thank you letter #3 what will happen after casting your spells and working your rituals? 4: sex magic today the mark o

ive country. he makes his abode in provence, spending his days in experiments with the black pullet. such is the legend of the black pullet, a handbook of magic written in egypt in 1740, and how one may acquire riches through the application of magical rites and ceremonies. the magic of herbs herbs have always been a staple item in the witch s world of chants, spells and rituals. they have a long wiccan tradition, being used for all kinds of weird and wonderful purposes. the historical record shows that they were part of the wiccan tradition amongst the ancient egyptians, celts, druids, romans and greeks. herbs can be obtained in one of two ways. from the countryside where they grow in abundance, or ready-packed for sale in occult supply stores. witches have also been known to employ the h

crescent. this is the symbol of water. thank the spirits of water for all their help to others in days gone by. thank them for being with you on this day and at this hour. remove the image from your mind and face north again. say: these hands, this mind and this body shall be a channel through which power can flow. open your eyes and go about your daily affairs. practice this rite daily. get the wiccan habit. set up those harmonic vibrations that are so essential to the craft. anytime you feel like putting a triumphant emphasis on to a magical working, or you wish to make absolutely certain that a particular spell or ritual is totally successful, align yourself with the elemental forces. it will add that final whammy of force and direction to your efforts. a thank you email paul c, an ard

y breathe in this mystic light. imagine it circulating within you. now call forth the spirits of the symbol and ask them for help in achieving your desire. spend a few minutes thinking about whatever it is that you seek in the way of happiness and peace of mind. say a simple thank you to the spirits and go about your daily affairs. repeat daily until the ritual draws your desire to you. chapter 3 wiccan money spells in chapter two you learned that the magic power of witchcraft can be woken through the study and practice of the fiery serpent ritual. if you never learned another thing about the occult world, the knowledge that you already possess marks you as a genuine witch. but there is more, much more. obtaining money through the use of magic spells and rituals is just one more amazing se

ust one more amazing secret that is revealed to you in the pages of this remarkable book. how to cast spells that really work spells are the fun part of what we call witchcraft; simple gestures, uttered words, seemingly illogical actions, frowned upon by the scientific mind nevertheless make strange and wonderful things happen for the person who casts them. the casting of spells is based upon the wiccan belief that to speak a desire is to cause the< desire to be fulfilled. when it comes to spellcasting, there's always a chance of first time success if the desire is strong, though it usually does take time and practice to achieve results. the thing that makes most spells work is the emotion you invest in them. get involved with the spell, in this way you will turn it from a simple unemotion

will appeal to many readers, spells to bring money. the effects of these spells may not be as dramatic as finding a bundle of cash in an old shoebox or winning the lottery. but everything will become generally better for you as needs are met and financial limitations melt away. and if you are in the least bit worried that the practical application of witchcraft in some way breaks one of the basic wiccan laws, don t be. let me assure you that witches won t admit that they are using witchcraft to do what everyone would want to use it for- to gain money, power and sex. the magic word that will bring money to you there is an ancient magic word used in the orient, which is said to have remarkable powers. you may recognize this word, for it has been around for thousands of years. yet it still re

fluence chance and coincidence to make things easier for you in perfectly natural-seeming ways. important things to remember< spells are the fun part of what we call witchcraft; simple gestures, uttered words, seemingly illogical actions, frowned upon by the scientific mind nevertheless make strange and wonderful things happen for the person who casts them. the casting of spells is based upon the wiccan belief that to speak a desire is to cause the desire to be fulfilled. whenever a specific area of your life is in need of help, work the whole of the ritual, and cast whatever spell is appropriate to your desire. it is the spell that draws out your power and sends it on its way. when it comes to spellcasting, there's always a chance of first time success if the desire is strong, though it u

work naked. a ritual to summon the magic power within you. different sensations often accompany the awakening of your magic power. whenever a specific area of your life is in need of help, cast whatever spell is appropriate to your desire. it is the spell that draws out your power and sends it on its way. spells are the fun part of what we call witchcraft. the casting of spells is based upon the wiccan belief that to speak a desire is to cause the desire to be fulfilled. the thing that makes most spells work is the emotion you invest in them. an ancient magic word used in the orient, which is said to have remarkable powers. a powerful money spell that has proven extremely successful for others, as it will for you. green is the traditional color used by witches in money matters. green is t


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o communicate between these groups using the symbols particular to one group (or those symbols which are viewed differently by different groups) can result in confusion or worse. because setians come from such diverse backgrounds, we have various communication problems related to these diverse backgrounds. members from the o.t.o. may know all of the qabalic correspondences, while members from the wiccan background couldn't care less about the qabalic attributions, and have correspondences which are totally different. numerologists apply different meanings to their numbers than do the qabalists. and all of these symbolic systems work. but very, very few of them work for all setians. qabalists within the temple of set who write articles and/or letters steeped in qabalic symbolism find that v

y some of the larger and more typical different religious groups could be included in the handbook. in many cases the chaplain is as likely to encounter members of another similar group as the one chosen to typify a set of groups. there are, for example, a number of different zen buddhist groups, the zen center of rochester and its affiliated centers being but one example. there are any number of wiccan covens not affiliated with the gardnerians, the largest of the coven networks. fortunately there are seven authoritative resources which provide regularly updated material on a wide variety of religious groups which can be used to extend the value of and supplement the material in this handbook. they include. hill, samuel (ed, handbook of denominations in the u.s. nashville, tn: abingdon pr

witchcraft had grown slowly until the repeal of the last of england's anti-witchcraft laws in the 1950s. growth accelerated in the 1960s and 1970s. there are no less than thirty different wicca groups and hundreds of independent covens functioning in the united states. the gardnerians are one of several modern wicca groups. they trace their history to gerald b. gardner, who initiated the current wiccan revival. however, most wiccans now follow an eclectic practice which values creativity and is constantly changing and altering ritual while remaining within the basic nature goddess orientation. during the 1980s many neo-pagans and wiccans joined the armed forces. recently they have formed a network to assist in their relating to the military. the network may be contacted through its newsle

ation? i suspect that indeed it is, and that once the restraints others attempt to impose are recognized as intrinsically empty threats, there may conceivably be the likelihood of slightly smoother sailing. no orientation makes for a de facto assurance of success, but certain constituents of the complete self can be made into positive tools. it becomes amusing on occasion to observe the antics of wiccan and associated groups when faced with the question of homosexuality and their own types of magic. the unsure silence that comes about tends to suggest a deeper problem than one of theology; in other words, methinks they do protest too much! on the other side of the scale are wiccan/pagan/etc. homosexual activists who take fiery issue with all-heterosexual advocates. neither of these is the

ng the guidelines set down by abramelin, aleister crowley used as his specific invocation ritual an adapted form of a hellenistic graeco-egyptian rite of exorcism. this beautiful but exceedingly complex ritual is preserved for us in the body of crowley's work as "liber samekh: theurgia goetia summa (congressus cum daemone) sub figura dccc" for today's working i have adapted a much simpler rite, a wiccan true will ritual originally published by selena fox in the circle network news several years ago. i have revised it into an overall setian framework and incorporated elements drawn from ancient chinese sorcery as well as the typhonian tradition in thelemic magic. the signs or gestures in the summoning of the elements are adapted from the golden dawn rubrics, and may be found in 9k, pp. 412

world who are different or follow the way of wisdom lie destroyed. it is indeed strange that people who preach love and caring mercilessly attack anyone different from their own vile beliefs. as for the face that these creatures gave to me, i return it now to their own dead deity. for the instrument of torture the christians have made their holy symbol and the backwards abomination known as the "wiccan pentagram" these empty shells of decadent glory and white light hate, be blasted from whatever hell vomited them forth. i have seen the white pontiff in all of his rich, earthy glory, selling lies to the poor of the earth. i have seen their bards with their "righteous ways" try to touch the world with songs of goodness. i have seen this planet's hungry starve to horrid death, while red-eyed

to change that; it will suffice. but most people think of this in simplistic terms: of the spells and other devices employed as aids to concentrate and focus the will toward some desired end (white magic in setian terminology. certainly this kind of magic exists; but by setian standards it is comparatively crude. and yet most occultists never go beyond this stage. one can play with spells, invoke wiccan gods and goddesses, and swing from the branches of the cabalistic tree of life to the end of one's days, and it is of no significance. no matter how elaborate the metaphysical frills of conventional systems may be, at core their principles and techniques have not advanced beyond those of aboriginal shamanism. the reason is that their practitioners have become satisfied with being "magical t

entific means are also satisfactory, and that they are important to our magical sense of being. all magicians must perform magic. it is well and good to willfully decide upon your goals and to willfully execute your decisions. but you will not feel magical unless you enter the magical sphere, where you tread alone among the unknown. philosophy: all great magicks have centered around a philosophy. wiccan magic centers around their religion, the dualism of male and female, of heaven and earth. christian magic centers around jesus christ, his origins, his message, and his death. modern magical systems also center around philosophies. the magic of the o.t.o. centers around the philosophy of thelema. the magic of the church of satan centers around their philosophy of indulgence. the magic of th


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have insisted that his transcendental philosophy was essential white magick, his holy guardian angel nevertheless turned out to be the devil himself. others who have been known to practice this goetic witchcraft have included w.b. yeats and macgregor mathers, cecil williams, charles pace. the influence of the classical grimoire may even be seen in the ritual tools and circles as described in the wiccan book of shadows. chiefly it is the practice of evocation, of summoning and binding spirits by means of their names, signatures, by words of power, by magical glyphs and talisman. the powers and knowledge these devils grant is that of herbs and stones, the giving of imps and familiars, the location of riches, the healing of illness, of slaying at a distance, reconciling broken friendships, a


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on earth! the most recognized symbol of the satanic arts, the pentagram represents evil man and the dark earth. the illustration above is representative of its magickal nature. it s the symbol of the five senses which feed the emotions; the earthly elements; evil and darkness; the essence of satan. the perversion of the pentagram is attributed to the false doctrines of spirituality (both xian and wiccan) which has reversed the position of the sacred symbol (one point ascending, two points descending) to represent literal deities above and beyond themselves. hence, this latter usage is deviant and not of the earth. the parallelogram, by definition, is a plane figure characterized by four sides connected, with opposite sides parallel. this figure represents the principles which govern imitat


SCHLAGER NEIL WORLD RELIGIONS REFERENCE LIBRARY

ers to hinduism for the first time. 1933 45 some six million european jews are killed during the holocaust. 1948 the jewish nation of israel is established in palestine. 1972 the neo-pagan norse religion of asatru is officially recognized as a religion by the government of iceland. 1974 a number of wiccans gather in minneapolis, minnesota, where they draft a statement containing the principles of wiccan belief. world religions: almanac xiii timeline of events 1978 2005 reign of poland s john paul ii as pope of the roman catholic church, the first non-italian pope since the sixteenth century. 1989 the dalai lama wins the nobel peace prize for his work on behalf of his homeland, tibet, which has been under chinese control since 1950. 2005 benedict xvi is elected the 265th pope of the roman c

ling of unity with all things. epicureanism: the philosophy of epicurus and others that states that the highest good is pleasure and the avoidance of pain. equinox: either of two points during the year when the sun crosses the equator and the hours of day and night are equal. the spring, or vernal, equinox occurs generally on march 21 and the autumn equinox occurs on or about september 23. esbat: wiccan celebration of the full moon. ethics: the study of moral values and rules or a guide to such values and rules. etiquette: proper behavior; good manners. evangelical: describing a protestant group that emphasizes the absolute authority of the bible and forgiveness of sin through belief in jesus. excommunicate: to exclude or officially ban a person from a church or other religious community

referred to as circles, groves, kindreds, garths, hearths, and other terms. druidism: a neo-pagan religion based in the celtic region of the british isles. equinox: either of two points during the year when the sun crosses the equator and the hours of day and night are equal. the spring, or vernal, equinox occurs generally on march 21 and the autumn equinox occurs on or about september 23. esbat: wiccan celebration of the full moon. goddess worship: term that refers generally to any neo-pagan practice that elevates the status of goddesses over that of gods. imbolc: neo-pagan holiday generally held on february 2 to mark the lengthening of the days and the emergence of the world from winter. lughnasadh: neo-pagan harvest festival on august 1. mabon: neo-pagan celebration of the autumn equino

im, arguing that gardner formulated the religion on the basis of nineteenth-century occult practices combined with 384 world religions: almanac neo-paganism elements of hinduism, buddhism, and his own imagination. some wiccans credited gardner with keeping the ancient religion alive. others accused him of revealing secret wisdom that should have been kept secret among initiates into the religion. wiccan beliefs and practices in 1974 a number of wiccans gathered in minneapolis, minnesota, where they drafted a statement containing the magic in wicca it s common knowledge even among the masses that witches practice magic. they may have misguided ideas concerning the type of magic performed, but the witch is firmly linked in popular thought with the magical arts. wicca is. a religion that embr

magic is a process in which wiccans work in harmony with the universal power source which we envision as the goddess and god, as well as with personal and earth energies, to improve our lives and lend energy to the earth. cunningham, scott. wicca: a guide for the solitary practitioner. st. paul, mn: llewellyn publications, 1999: pages 19 20. world religions: almanac 385 neo-paganism principles of wiccan belief. the following list summarizes some of the most important principles. wiccans practice rites attuned to the natural rhythm of life forces. its rituals follow both the astronomical year, marked by the movement of the sun, and the waxing and waning of the moon. because they believe that the divine manifests itself in all creation, wiccans advocate responsibility toward the environment

er unit called a grove. wiccans have the freedom to develop a number of ritual practices. they start by accumulating ritual tools, which serve the same purpose as ritual objects in other religions. they focus and guide the worshipper s 386 world religions: almanac neo-paganism thoughts and energies. these tools are used in rituals conducted on altars positioned within a sacred circle. some common wiccan tools include: the broom, typically used at the beginning of rituals to both physically and spiritually cleanse the place where rituals will be conducted. at wiccan weddings, called handfastings, the newly married couple often leaps over the broom. the broom has become a stereotype of witchcraft, but it is a stereotype based on an element of fact. the magic wand, which can be made of any ma

spiritually cleanse the place where rituals will be conducted. at wiccan weddings, called handfastings, the newly married couple often leaps over the broom. the broom has become a stereotype of witchcraft, but it is a stereotype based on an element of fact. the magic wand, which can be made of any material, gives the worshipper a sense of energy and power. the pentacle is a popular symbol of the wiccan religion. the five-pointed star s geometric shape represents wisdom and and balance. the circle surrounding it symbolizes unity. rebecca mcentee/ corbis sygma. world religions: almanac 387 neo-paganism the censer, or incense burner, and the incense burned in it represent the element of air. watching the smoke curl into the air can sometimes create a trancelike state. the cauldron is seen as

uture) and promotes contemplation. as a sphere, it is symbolic of the goddess. the bell is a feminine symbol used to invoke, or call, the goddess during rituals. the book of shadows is the closest thing that wicca has to a sacred scripture, though it is more in the nature of a workbook or manual. each book of shadows is compiled by the individual practitioner, but such books are often passed from wiccan to wiccan. they contain not rules but suggestions about wiccan practice, including invocations and rituals. the pentacle is one of the most visible symbols of wicca. it consists of a five-pointed star surrounded by a circle. contrary to popular belief, it is not a satanic symbol. rather, the star s geometric shape symbolizes wisdom and balance, while the circle symbolizes unity and eternity

to wiccan. they contain not rules but suggestions about wiccan practice, including invocations and rituals. the pentacle is one of the most visible symbols of wicca. it consists of a five-pointed star surrounded by a circle. contrary to popular belief, it is not a satanic symbol. rather, the star s geometric shape symbolizes wisdom and balance, while the circle symbolizes unity and eternity. the wiccan calendar is quite similar to that of other neo-pagan religions, especially druidism. it follows the cycles of the moon, the sun, and the natural world. wiccans celebrate thirteen esbats, or full moons, each year. wiccans also mark a number of days called sabbats throughout the cycle of the year. four sabbats mark the beginning of seasons, and four more occur about midway between the seasona

ristian and pagan traditions. the word itself refers to the evening of the day preceding all hallows day, or all saints day as it is commonly called, a christian feast first celebrated by the catholic church in the seventh century (the word hallow means holy) in addition to these christian roots, halloween also has deep roots in celtic pagan practices. modern halloween corresponds with the pagan/ wiccan holiday of samhain (often spelled samhuinn and pronounced sow-in. samhain marks the beginning of the cold season, just as beltane six months earlier marks the beginning of the warm season. samhain is particularly important to pagans for at least two reasons. one is that it was believed that at samhain the boundary dividing this world from the next was the thinnest. they saw this season as a

an where an acquaintance had opened the museum of magic and witchcraft. gardner soon bought the museum and operated it himself. in 1953 he met doreen valiente (1922 1999, whom he initiated into his coven of witches. together they edited and expanded what gardner called his book of shadows, a book of rules and rituals for the operation of a coven. historians believe valiente a woman reads from the wiccan book of shadows during a se ance. gerald gardner led a revival of wicca in modern times. the cover story/corbis. 140 world religions: biographies gerald brousseau gardner may have toned down some of crowley s information regarding sexual practices and also helped to insert an emphasis on goddess worship. in 1954 gardner published witchcraft today, perhaps his most influential work. in it he

england: octagon press, 1960. gardner, gerald b. witchcraft today. new york, ny: citadel press, 2004. g(erald) b(rosseau) gardner. in encyclopedia of occultism and parapsychology. 5th ed. detroit, mi: gale group, 2001. heselton, philip. gerald gardner and the cauldron of inspiration: an investigation in the sources of gardnerian witchcraft. milverton, england: capall bann, 2003. heselton, philip. wiccan roots: gerald gardner and the modern witchcraft revival. milverton, england: capall bann, 2000. world religions: biographies 143 gerald brousseau gardner valiente, doreen. the rebirth of witchcraft. london, england: robert hale ltd, 1989. periodicals lawrence. m. j. modern witchcraft has roots in 50s britain. boston herald (october 22, 1998: 3. web sites gerald gardner. http//www.geraldgard

are generally reconstructed from ancient western pre-christian religions that have all but disappeared. in the case of wicca, several theories have been offered about its origins, but a well-regarded theory is that wicca evolved from ancient celtic worship of the goddess of fertility and the god of the hunt. as celtic society spread across northern europe and the british isles, the celts carried wiccan practices with them. the religion largely died out as a result of persecution (treating people unfairly, and often with violence, because of extreme differences) by the romans, the saxons, and the norman french. later, the christian church tried to forcefully eliminate wicca during the burning times, when accused witches were handed over to local authorities who saw to their deaths by hangi

nd the spring and autumnal equinoxes (the first day of spring and autumn. the emergence of wicca as a modern religious movement can be traced to the 1950s in england and the efforts of a british civil servant named gerald gardner, who wrote extensively on witchcraft. later, in 1974, a number of wiccans gathered in minneapolis, minnesota, where they drafted a statement containing the principles of wiccan belief. the following list summarizes some of the most important principles, along with ways they are reflected in cunningham s book. world religions: primary sources 99 wicca: a guide for the solitary practitioner wiccans practice rites attuned to, or in step with, the natural rhythm of life forces, cunningham notes, referring to rituals that follow the course of the sun through its astron

ularly in a religion. primeval: original, ancient. 102 world religions: primary sources wicca: a guide for the solitary practitioner because the wicca see deity inherent in nature, many of us are involved in ecology saving the earth from utter destruction by our own hands. the goddess and god still exist, as they have always existed, and to honor them we honor and preserve our precious planet. in wiccan thought, the deities didn t exist before our spiritual ancestor s acknowledgement of them. however, the energies behind them did; they created us. early worshippers recognized these forces as the goddess and god, personifying them in an attempt to understand them. the old ones didn t die when the ancient pagan religions fell to upstart christianity in europe. most of the rites vanished, but

diamond, the sickle, arrow, magical wand, trident, knife and others. creatures sacred to him include the bull, dog, snake, fish, stag, dragon, wolf, boar, eagle, falcon, shark, lizard and many others. what happened next. in wicca: a guide for the solitary practitioner, cunningham goes on to explain both the theory and the practice of wicca. he explains the roles of numerous sacred objects used in wiccan worship, including the broom, the wand, the cauldron, the magic knife, the crystal sphere, and others. he draws on eons: long periods of time, ones that are too long to measure. consort: husband, companion. intoxicating: capable of making drunk. verdant: lush or flourishing with vegetation. perpetuates: continues. lustily: with energy and enthusiasm. imbues: fills. sickle: a tool with a sem

n. intoxicating: capable of making drunk. verdant: lush or flourishing with vegetation. perpetuates: continues. lustily: with energy and enthusiasm. imbues: fills. sickle: a tool with a semicircular blade on a handle, used for cutting tall grass. trident: a spear with three prongs. world religions: primary sources 105 wicca: a guide for the solitary practitioner the book of shadows, a handbook of wiccan rituals that discusses music, dance, construction of altars, and many other symbolic practices and items. the book of shadows has no particular author or publisher. it has been handed down, usually in handwritten form (though versions are available widely on the internet, by generations of wiccans. did you know. wiccans estimate their numbers to be about 750,000 in the united states, which

owledge that in the twenty-first century non-wiccans have become more tolerant because of growing public awareness that wiccans are not worshipers of satan or of evil. wiccans believe that the ideal number of persons in a coven is thirteen. when the number grows larger than thirteen, the coven splits, or hives, into two or more covens. the covens remain associated as a larger unit called a grove. wiccan wedding ceremonies are referred to most commonly as handfastings. some wiccans adhere to an ancient celtic practice of a trial marriage for a year and a day. consider the following. some people, including government officials and the court system, have not regarded wicca as a religion but more as a philosophy or a way of life. respond to this point of view. most mainstream religions that re

eople, including government officials and the court system, have not regarded wicca as a religion but more as a philosophy or a way of life. respond to this point of view. most mainstream religions that recognize a deity, such as judaism, christianity, and islam, think of the deity as masculine. explain how and why wicca recognizes a female as well as a male deity. define the word witchcraft as a wiccan might use it. explain how thewiccan use of the term differs from the popular use of the term. for more information books buckland, raymond. wicca for one: the path of solitary witchcraft. secaucus, nj: citadel press, 2004. 106 world religions: primary sources wicca: a guide for the solitary practitioner cunningham, scott. wicca: a guide for the solitary practitioner. saint paul, mn: llewell


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o communicate between these groups using the symbols particular to one group (or those symbols which are viewed differently by different groups) can result in confusion or worse. because setians come from such diverse backgrounds, we have various communication problems related to these diverse backgrounds. members from the o.t.o. may know all of the qabalic correspondences, while members from the wiccan background couldn't care less about the qabalic attributions, and have correspondences which are totally different. numerologists apply different meanings to their numbers than do the qabalists. and all of these symbolic systems work. but very, very few of them work for all setians. qabalists within the temple of set who write articles and/or letters steeped in qabalic symbolism find that v


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, those events required for the achievement of a goal. read this book if you want to know the truth about casting a circle, and crafting a spell. read this book if you want to learn how to achieve your goals. read, and discover the joy of magick! what should you learn/know first? this is just my opinion, but i believe that the single most important thing you can learn in regards to magick, is the wiccan rede and the three fold law! bide the wiccan rede you must, in perfect love, in perfect trust. eight words the wiccan law fulfill: an it harm none, do as you will. lest in your own defense it be, ever mind the rule of three. follow this with mind and heart, merry meet, and merry part. the witches in the movie were not wiccan, but there are many wiccan elements in the rituals that they use

de and the three fold law! bide the wiccan rede you must, in perfect love, in perfect trust. eight words the wiccan law fulfill: an it harm none, do as you will. lest in your own defense it be, ever mind the rule of three. follow this with mind and heart, merry meet, and merry part. the witches in the movie were not wiccan, but there are many wiccan elements in the rituals that they use. i am not wiccan, but i draw f r o m w i c c a n sources for my rituals. you do not have to be wiccan to practice magick, but you do need to understand that wiccan or not, you are still governed by the three fold law of return. whatever you send out comes back times three! as ye sow, so shall ye reap. call it what you like, use whatever words you wish, but understand all things move in a circle and you alwa

ays get back what you put out. it might not be tomorrow, or next year, but somewhere down the road it will come back to you three fold. both the good and the bad. are you ready? this too is the joy of magick! page 3 true magick isn t black or white. the only evil, is in the heart of the user. grimoire of eclectic magick) picking your path( in the movie the craft, the schoolgirls portrayed are not wiccan. if you desire to become a wiccan, contact a gardnerian coven (or some other tradition. apply for admission, learn and follow to the letter the beliefs and teachings of that tradition. if you desire to become a ceremonial magician, contact the oto (or some other order. apply for admission, learn and follow to the letter the teachings of that order. do not go where the path may lead, go inst

rs( archetype gods and goddesses( all cultures have within their belief systems the concept of the four corners of the world. the idea of guardians dwelling in watch towers, is not something from the far distant past. it is, more a creation of the medieval magician, coming to us from a time when the lords of the land dwelt and ruled from their castles. even more perplexing, is that many pagan and wiccan systems name, and call upon the hebrew archangels as the watchers who dwell within these towers at the edge of the world. the singer, song writer, kate bush, on her album the red shoes, has within the lyrics of the song lily, incorporated the traditional words to summon the archangels from their watch towers gabriel before me raphael behind me michael on my right urial on my left side lily

ling spell, the love spell, the revenge spell, and the glamor spell. these are the types of magick normally employed, in an attempt, to influence events in one s environment. an evocations would be an example of thaumaturgy, as it is an attempt to summon forth an energy, outside of one s self. there is nothing wrong with the application of magick for material goals, but you should always keep the wiccan rede and the three fold law in mind, when you do. thaumaturgy the art of magick theory overview( your ability to practice magick is as much an intuitive understanding of the theory, as it is the ability to read words from a book. magick is governed by the three fold law of return. the magician, or witch should also temper their actions with the wiccan rede (or some other ethical philosophy

rd tie seven knots. as you tie each knot, allow your hearts desire to flow into the cord. once you have tied seven knots in each of the cords, carry the spell object with you until a new love enters your life. then, place the spell cords someplace safe, or returned them to nature. grimoire of eclectic magick the art of magick spells continued the art of magick rituals ritual is the soul of pagan& wiccan worship, and heart of the art of magick. it is a series of actions intended to altar awareness, elevate energy, and facilitate events for the achievement of goals, or celebrate personal transitions. it is also a way to honoring the divine in the form of the seasons, and the lord& lady. most rituals include these procedures: 1) preparing the space and equipment 2) preparing of self (cleansin


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y voodoo from louisiana french, voudou or vodu, meaning fetish. a religion mainly practiced in the caribbean countries, especially haiti, that is comprised of a combination of roman catholic rituals and animistic beliefs involving fetishes, magic, charms, spells, curses, and communication with ancestral spirits. white magick the use of magic for supposed good purposes such as to counteract evil. wiccan someone who is a witch, a believer or follower of the religion of wicca. wizard a variant of the fifteenth century word wisard, meaning wise. someone professing to have magical powers as a magician, sorcerer, or a male witch. in general, someone who is extremely knowledgeable and clever. zoology the scientific branch of biology that studies animals in all their characteristics and aspects


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n reported on the city s vampire scene that has been going strong since the mid-1990s and the many nightclubs that cater to the daylight-challenged in their article, vampires: painting the town red. the journalists describe the activities in dens where as many as 300 undead heads dance, drink, and make merry late into the night. the dress code in such establishments is gothic, darkfetish, faerie, wiccan, or celtic and the overwhelmingly predominant color of the clothing is black. on the rare occasion when a patron of these vampire havens smiles, mittelbach and crewdson noted, one can make out the glint of white fangs. other researchers have discovered that these human living vampires believe that they require blood in order to function at their highest level of proficiency. they realize th

meaning rotten, plus facere, to make. sauropod any of various large semi-aquatic plant-eating dinosaurs that had a long neck and tail and a small head. from the suborder sauropoda, a latin word meaning lizard foot. therianthropic used to describe a mythological creature that is half human and half animal. coined from the greek therion, meaning small wild animal, and anthropo, meaning human being. wiccan someone who is a witch, a believer or follower of the religion of wicca. zoology the scientific branch of biology that studies animals in all their characteristics and aspects. from the greek zoologia, literally the study of life and from zolion, or life form. t h e g a l e e n c y c l o p e d i a o f t h e u n u s u a l a n d u n e x p l a i n e d mysterious creatures 113 chapter 12 myster

y voodoo from louisiana french, voudou or vodu, meaning fetish. a religion mainly practiced in the caribbean countries, especially haiti, that is comprised of a combination of roman catholic rituals and animistic beliefs involving fetishes, magic, charms, spells, curses, and communication with ancestral spirits. white magick the use of magic for supposed good purposes such as to counteract evil. wiccan someone who is a witch, a believer or follower of the religion of wicca. wizard a variant of the fifteenth century word wisard, meaning wise. someone professing to have magical powers as a magician, sorcerer, or a male witch. in general, someone who is extremely knowledgeable and clever. zoology the scientific branch of biology that studies animals in all their characteristics and aspects


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remains true today, even those men and women who practice wicca or witchcraft have difficulty reaching a consensus regarding what it is exactly that they believe and whether or not wicca can truly be traced back to ancient times or whether it developed as a new natural religion in the early nineteenth century and gained momentum in the mid-twentieth century. as one practitioner of wicca said, no wiccan can decide for another what wicca really is. one definite assertion that may be made about wicca is that practitioners of the religion are not satanists. they do not worship the devil or glory in the exaltation of evil. worship of and agreements with the devil presuppose his existence, and the wiccans do not believe in the satan of christianity. oberon zell (formerly tim zell, primate of th

y one or more great prophets and formulated in various creeds and dogmas. those who follow wicca, the craft of the wise, maintain that their faith qualifies as a true pagan religion with its beliefs and practices rooted in the processes of nature. generally speaking, wiccans believe that the sources of good and evil lie within each individual, thus universally agreeing with the eight words of the wiccan rede: gif it harm none, do what you will. h the craft is therefore concerned with the properties of the human mind, including that little-known, little-used area of the psyche termed gthe occult. h wiccans do not believe that there is anything supernatural about the manifestations and phenomena associated with this extrasensory area of the mind. they believe that psychic powers lie dormant

a& witchcraft. st. paul, minn: llewellyn publications, 2000. lewis, james r. magical religion and modern witchcraft. albany: state university of new york press, 1996. t h e g a l e e n c y c l o p e d i a o f t h e u n u s u a l a n d u n e x p l a i n e d 74 magic and sorcery accordingto the united states census, the number of wiccans rose to 134,000 in 2001. people of wicca those who follow the wiccan path are a diverse group of individualists who pride themselves on being members of a religious philosophy that is flexible and adaptive to the needs of contemporary society. athough there is the sometimes fiery debate as to the true historical roots of the faith, most wiccans believe that none of them can dictate to any other just exactly what it is that they must believe. in other words

p of individualists who pride themselves on being members of a religious philosophy that is flexible and adaptive to the needs of contemporary society. athough there is the sometimes fiery debate as to the true historical roots of the faith, most wiccans believe that none of them can dictate to any other just exactly what it is that they must believe. in other words, rather than one great book of wiccan beliefs, an ancient book of shadows dogmatically outlining creeds and ecclesiasticisms, there are many books by many men and women who carefully explain the belief structures, rites, and rituals of their particular expression of the craft. while there were no doubt hereditary witches who quietly practiced the old ways, there was little said publicly about witchcraft in great britain and eur

1963, buckland traveled to perth, scotland, to be initiated into wicca by gardner fs high priestess lady olwen and to meet gardner. in 1966, buckland established a museum of witchcraft in long island, new york. a prolific author of more than 30 books on wicca and related subjects, buckland founded seax-wica, a new branch of the craft, in 1973. gavin (1930) and yvonne frost (1931) formed the first wiccan church in 1968 and in 1972 gained federal recognition of witchcraft as a religion. in 1985, they convinced a federal appeals court that wicca was a religion equal to any other. today fs practitioners of wicca are scientists, engineers, radio personalities, law enforcement officers, television stars, politicians, and the complete spectrum of active and productive men and women. there are ass

ear he married actress sally eaton. bonewits and eaton became heavily involved in the california revival of the ordo templi orientis, or go.t.o, h best known for its most important historical figure, aleister crowley. in 1986 bonewits and eaton separated. bonewits worked for a few months as a computer consultant in kansas city, then moved to new york with his intended fourth wife, deborah lipp, a wiccan high priestess, whom he married in 1988. the couple conducted a gardnerian wiccan gpagan way h group in new york and new jersey, and in 1990 their son arthur shaffrey lipp-bonewits was born at their home in dumont, new jersey. in that same year, bonewits began showing symptoms of eosinophilia myalgia syndrome. bonewits became unable to work or to perform archdruidic duties, resulting in his

ublishing, 1975. buckland fs complete book of witchcraft. st. paul, minn: llewellyn publications, 1986, 1997. a pocket guide to the supernatural. new york: ace books, 1969. witchcraft ancient and modern (1970. grimassi, raven. encyclopedia of wicca& witchcraft. st. paul, minn: llewellyn publications, 2000. gavin frost (1930) and yvonne frost (1931) in 1968, gavin and yvonne frost formed the first wiccan church, the church of wicca, and continued lobbying for their cause until, in 1972, they gained federal recognition of witchcraft as a religion. in 1985, their persuasive arguments convinced a federal appeals court that wicca was a religion equal to any other recognized as such in the united states. the frosts f school of wicca, also established in 1968, became the first craft correspondenc

their cause until, in 1972, they gained federal recognition of witchcraft as a religion. in 1985, their persuasive arguments convinced a federal appeals court that wicca was a religion equal to any other recognized as such in the united states. the frosts f school of wicca, also established in 1968, became the first craft correspondence school and continues to publish survival, the longest-lived wiccan newsletter in circulation. the school of wicca has brought more than 200,000 people to the craft and has handled as many as one million requests for information in a single year. authors of the controversial witches f bible (1975, the frosts have coauthored 22 books and have appeared on hundreds of national television and radio shows to promote wicca. since 1972, gavin and yvonne have lived

d rural missouri acreage and an abandoned schoolhouse; 20 years in new bern, north carolina (site of the first amendment guaranteeing religious freedom in this nation; all these chapters served to fill in gaps in our respective learning. what we did not already know about humility from the discomforts of rehabbing buildings and from raising pigs, we have learned well and thoroughly from the pagan/wiccan community and the negativity of its reception. after the theological work, my greatest accomplishment is the establishment of the church of wicca as a federally recognized church, not only with regard to its tax-exempt status, but also in federal appeals court. the church fs official letter of determination arrived from the irs in 1972, making ours the first wiccan church (despite the resen

the official trial records of the witchcraft trials indicate that less than 15,000 definite executions occurred in all of europe and america combined. the period of the heaviest persecutions of witches occurred during the 100 years between 1550 and 1650, gibbons reported, and the total number of men and women accused of witchcraft who were actually hanged or burned probably did not exceed 40,000. wiccan author and scholar margot adler has noted that the source of the oft-quoted nine million witches put to death was first used by a german historian in the late eighteenth century who took the number of people killed in a witch hunt in his own german state and multiplied by the number of years various penal statutes existed, then reconfigured the number to correspond to the population of euro

voodoo from louisiana french, voudou or vodu, meaning gfetish. h a religion mainly practiced in the caribbean countries, especially haiti, that is comprised of a combination of roman catholic rituals and animistic beliefs involving fetishes, magic, charms, spells, curses, and communication with ancestral spirits. white magick the use of magic for supposed good purposes such as to counteract evil. wiccan someone who is a witch, a believer or follower of the religion of wicca. wizard a variant of the fifteenth century word wisard, meaning gwise. h someone professing to have magical powers as a magician, sorcerer, or a male witch. in general, someone who is extremely knowledgeable and clever. zoology the scientific branch of biology that studies animals in all their characteristics and aspect


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ing each quarter in turn and meditating on the properties of the element associated with that quarter. thus for east, one visualises the air, and attempts to awaken within oneself the positive qualities of air, being lightness, swiftness, clarity and so forth. most systems, including kabbalah, also use personifications for the powers of the quarters, such as michael for the south, or djinn in the wiccan system. however, in the sapphire temple sequence, it is best to begin with the abstract principle of the element, and then build up suitable personifications at a later stage. this avoids some of the dangers involved with working with personified energy when first beginning ritual work, the worst of which is attributing personal qualities to these archetypal forms. 5. geburah; the ritual of


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and astral conditions which will make it easier for us to realize our true place in the divine universe. the pentagram is a symbol of the logos or the word of creation, which connects the essential divine self in humanity to the one divine self called god. the formula of the lbrp the lesser banishing ritual of the pentagram is the ceremonial magician's way of casting a circle of protection. some wiccan groups will cast a circle around their sacred space by tracing it on the ground with a sword, or by sprinkling salt water around the area. but the ceremonial magician does this by tracing pentagrams around the circle with a specialized dagger or wand. the ritual begins with a brief moment of meditation to cleanse the mind and begin the process of creating a ritual atmosphere or sacred space


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d church propaganda in which even intelligent christians no longer believe (ibid, p 32. one could protest "very well, some case might be made for the horned god being mistaken for the christian devil (or should that be the other way around, but what record, prior to the advent 50 years ago of modern wicca via gerald gardner, do we have of the survival of a mother goddess image from ancient times" wiccan apologists frequently refer to the (apparently isolated) tenth century church document which states that "some wicked women, perverted by the devil, seduced by the illusions and phantasms of demons, believe and profess themselves in the a true history of witchcraft get any book for free on: www.abika.com 5 hours of the night to ride upon certain beasts with diana, the goddess of pagans, or

ia of witchcraft& demonology (crown, 1959, p.9)"having to hurdle an early church law, the canon episcopi, which said in effect that belief in witchcraft was superstitious and heretical, the inquisitors cavilled by arguing that the witchcraft of the canon episcopi and the witchcraft of the inquisition were different" the evidence extracted under the most gruesome and repeated tortures resemble the wiccan religion of today in only the most cursory fashion. though wicca may have been framed with the "confessions" extracted by victims of the inquisitors in mind, those "confessions- which are more than suspect, to begin with, bespeak a cult of devil worshipers dedicated to evil. one need only read a few of the accounts of the time to realize that, had there been at the time a religion of the go

tainly no doubt that bits and pieces of ancient paganism survived into modern times in folklore and, for that matter, in the very practices and beliefs of christianity. further, there appears to be some evidence that `old george' pickingill and others were practicing some form of folk magick as early as the latter part of the last century, though even this has recently been brought into question. wiccan writers have made much of this in the past, but just what `old george' was into is subject to much debate. doreen valiente, an astute wiccan writer and one-time intimate of the late dr. gardner (and, in fact, the author of some rituals now thought by others to be of "ancient origin, says of pickingill that so "fierce was `old george's dislike of christianity that he would even collaborate w

turned inward for two decades. the famous ancient and mystic order of the rose cross (amorc, the highly successful mail-order spiritual fellowship, was an oto offspring in crowley's time. it has been claimed that kenneth grant and aleister crowley were discussing relatively radical changes in the ordo templi orientis at approximately the same time that gardner and crowley were interactive. though wiccan writers give some lip service (and, no doubt, some sincere credence) to the notion that the validity of wiccan ideas depends not upon its lineage, but rather upon its workability, the suggestion that wicca is- or, at least, started out to be, essentially a late attempt at popularizing the secrets of ritual and sexual magick crowley promulgated through the oto and his writings, seems to evok

ideas depends not upon its lineage, but rather upon its workability, the suggestion that wicca is- or, at least, started out to be, essentially a late attempt at popularizing the secrets of ritual and sexual magick crowley promulgated through the oto and his writings, seems to evoke nervousness, if not hostility. a true history of witchcraft get any book for free on: www.abika.com 9 we hear from wiccan writer and leader raymond buckland that one "of the suggestions made is that aleister crowley wrote the rituals..but no convincing evidence has been presented to back this assertion and, to my mind, it seems extremely unlikely (gardner, ibid, introduction) the wiccan rituals i have seen do have much of crowley in them. yet, as we shall observe presently, the explanation that `crowley wrote

about the last thing he ever wrote. was this enfeebled and practically dying man really capable of such a tour de force" the answer, as dr. israel regardie's introduction to the posthumous collection of crowley's late letters, magick without tears, implies, would seem to be yes. crowley continued to produce extraordinary material almost to the end of his life, and much of what i have seen of the "wiccan crowley" is, in any case, of earlier origin. gerald gardner is himself not altogether silent on the subject. in witchcraft today (p 47, gardner asks himself, with what degree of irony one can only guess at, who, in modern times, could have invented the wiccan rituals "the only man i can think of who could have invented the rites" he offers "was the late aleister crowley..possibly he borrowe

gion, with far less of the strong sexuality characteristic of gardnerianism, though, also, sometimes with less pretense as well. in any event, satanism has popped up now and again through much of the history of the christian church. the medieval witches were not likely to have been satanists, as the church would have it, but, as we have seen, neither were they likely to have been "witches" in the wiccan sense, either. the hellfire clubs of the eighteenth century were satanic, and groups like the process church of the final judgement do, indeed, have satanic elements in their (one should remember) essentially christian theology. aleister crowley, ever theatrical, was prone to use satanic symbolism in much the same way, tongue jutting in cheek, as he was given to saying that he" sacrificed m

techniques were somewhat vulgarized versions of those of aleister crowley's ordo templi orientis (man myth and magic, p 3204) to which we might add that, as with the oto, the rites of the church of satan are manifestly potent, but hardly criminal or murderous. lavey, like gardner and unlike crowley, appears to have "the common touch- perhaps rather more so than gardner. i determined to trace the wiccan rumor to its source. as we shall see, in the very year i "fell" into being a gnostic bishop, i also fell into the original charters, rituals and paraphernalia of wicca. the charter and the book being a radical revisionist history of the origins of the modern witch cult and the book of shadows "it was one of the secret doctrines of paganism that the sun was the source, not only of light, but

ey's handwriting was formerly exhibited in gerald's museum of witchcraft on the isle of man. i can only say i never saw this on either of the two occasions when i stayed with gerald and donna gardner on the island. the large, handwritten book depicted in witchcraft today is not in crowley's handwriting, but gerald's" doreen valiente in witchcraft for tomorrow, 1978 "aidan kelly..labels the entire wiccan revival `gardnerian witchcraft' the reasoning and speculation in aidan's book are intricate. briefly, his main argument depends on his discovery of one of gardner's working notebooks, ye book of ye art magical, which is in possession of ripley international, ltd" margot adler in drawing down the moon, 1979 part one a true history of witchcraft get any book for free on: www.abika.com 14 wait

, gardner is referred to as "prince of jerusalem" that is, he is acknowledged to be a fourth degree perfect initiate in the order. this, needless to say would usually imply years of dedicated training. though gardner had claimed fourth degree o.t.o. status as early as publication of high magic's aid,(and claimed even higher status in one edition) this runs somewhat contrary to both generally held wiccan and contemporary o.t.o. orthodox understandings that the o.t.o. was then fallow in england. at the time the document was written, most maintained, gardner could have known crowley for only a brief period, and was not himself deeply involved in the o.t.o. the document is undated but probably was drawn up around 1945. as i said, it is understood that no viable chapter of the o.t.o. was suppos

including ms. valiente believe, aleister crowley was desperate in his last years to hand on what he saw as his legacy to someone. he recklessly handed out his literary estate, perhaps gave contradictory instruction to various of his remaining few devotees (e.g. kenneth grant, grady mcmurtry, karl germer, and may have given gardner an "accelerated advancement" in his order. ms. valiente, a devoted wiccan who is also a dedicated seeker after the historical truth, mentions also the claim made by the late gerald yorke to her that gardner had paid crowley a substantial sum for the document. in a letter to me dated 28th august, 1986, ms. valiente tells of a meeting with yorke..in london many years ago and mentioned gerald's o.t.o. charter to him, whereon he told me `well, you know, gerald gardne

om crowley's writings, though the last (termed "text c" and cowritten with doreen valiente after 1953) is still heavily influenced by crowley and the oto. ms. valiente has recently uncovered a copy of an old occult magazine contemporary with high magic's aid and from the same publisher, which discusses an ancient indian document called "the book of shadows" but apparently totally unrelated to the wiccan book of the same name. valiente acknowledges that the earliest text by gardner known to her was untitled, though she refers to it as a "book of shadows" it seems suspicious timing; did gardner take the title from his publisher's magazine? ms. valiente observed to me that the..eastern book of shadows does not seem to have anything to do with witch-craft at all..is this where old gerald first

seem to have anything to do with witch-craft at all..is this where old gerald first found the expression "the book of shadows" and adopted it as a more poetical name for a magical manuscript than, say `the grimoire' or `the black book..i don't profess to know the answer; but i doubt if this is mere coincidence" the claim is frequently made by those who wish to `salvage' a pregardnarian source of wiccan materials that there is a `core' of `authentic' materials. but, as the farrars' recently asserted, the portions of the book of shadows..which changed least between texts a, b and c were naturally the three initiation rituals; because these, above all, would be the traditional elements which would have been carefully preserved, probably for centuries (emphasis added) but what does one mean b

aps wicca's ultimate rite, is, essentially, a nonsymbolic gnostic mass, that beautiful, evocative, erotic and esoteric ritual written and published by a true history of witchcraft get any book for free on: www.abika.com 19 crowley in the equinox, after attending a russian orthodox mass in the early part of this century. the gnostic mass has had far-reaching influence, and it would appear that the wiccan third degree is one of the most blatant examples of that influence. take, for example, this excerpt from what is perhaps the most intimate, most secret and most sublime moment in the entire repertoire of wicca rituals, the nonsymbolic (that is, overtly sexual) great rite of the third degree initiation, as related by janet and stewart farrar in the witches' way (p.34: the priest continues `o

adore, for that which adoreth is also thou. thou art that, and that am i. i am the flame that burns in every heart of man, and in the core of every star. i am life, and the giver of life; yet therefore is the knowledge of me the knowledge of death. i am alone; there is no god where i am. so, then, where, apart from the thelemic tradition of crowley and the oto, is the "traditional material" some wiccan writers seem to seek with near desperation? i am not trying to be sarcastic in the least, but even commonplace self- references used among wiccans today, such as "the craft" or the refrain "so mote it be"are lifted straight out of freemasonry (see, for example, duncan's ritual of freemasonry. and, as doreen valiente notes in her letter to me mentioned before..of course old gerald was also a

d is false, then while reformists and revisionist apologists (particularly the peculiar hybrid spawned in the late sixties under the name "feminist wicca) may seek other valid grounds for their practices, we at least owe it to those who have operated under a misapprehension to explain the truth, and let the chips fall where they may. i believe there is a core of valid experience falling under the wiccan-neopagan heading, but that that core is the same essential core that lies at the truths exposed by the dreaded boogy-man aleister crowley and the` wicked' pansexualism of crowley's law of thelema. that such roots would be not just uncomfortable, but intolerable to the orthodox traditionalists among the wiccans, but even more so among the hybrid feminist "wiccans" may indeed be an understate

raft is particularly interesting because it looks forward to a revival of witchcraft as the old religion..i find this very thought provoking. did parsons write this around the time that crowley was getting together with gardner and perhaps communicated with the california group to tell them about it? we must remember that ms. valiente was a close associate of gardner and is a dedicated and active wiccan. she, of course, has her own interpretation of these matters. the oto recently reprinted the parsons "witchcraft" essays in freedom is a two edged sword, a postumous collection of his writings. it does indeed seem that gardner and parsons were both on the same wavelength at about the same time. the other matter of note is the question of the length of gardner's association with the oto and


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point around the magus and anyone who may be assisting in the ritual working. the magus need not stand at the center, but his or her awareness must reside at the center point while the magic circle is drawn. the most effective magic circles are of human dimension. if they are drawn around a single individual, the radius should be the reach of the arm or the arm coupled with the staff or wand. in wiccan covens a rod is driven into the earth and a sash from a robe is fixed to it, then the circle is inscribed at the extremity of the sash. this is large enough to accommodate the thirteen of the coven. it need hardly be said that if the ritual involves five hundred, the circle must be large enough to hold them. in rituals involving large numbers of people, it is often convenient to form the ci

ntings in france depict men dancing in cone, s common- shaped hats. merlin, the counselor druid at the court of king arthur i ly pictured in illustrations as a magician in a tall sky-blue cone hat with stars and planets painted on it. in the popular press, witches are always shown wearing black cone hats-the black color intended to suggest both evil and the unknown. although practicing members of wiccan covens laugh at these pictures, they are not so far off the mark as real witches might think. such images are the result of the collective will of society acting unconsciously. no single artist decided to draw witches in pointed hats and then forced all other illustrators to follow that decision. witches are shown this way because this is the way they are perceived below the level of ration

e (ideally) out-of-doors with only the magic circle to act as the walls of the psychically erected temple. modern pagans, because they welcome uncritically the forces of magic and because they are fiercely devoted to their beliefs, usually succeed in filling their tem- ples of the imagination with light, which they personify as the great goddess, the soul of the world. however, it can happen that wiccan covens become mere social clubs or, what is worse, sexual theaters of the absurd. when this occurs, their magic circles are as empty and as useless as the cathedrals in rome, and the sabbats degenerate into mere mockeries of the divine creative principle, however it may be conceived. there is a third kind of temple that is never entered except by the faithful. it cannot be profaned because


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ryone comfortably. in the golden dawn, all movement around the circle was done in a sunwise or clockwise direction when forming the circle, or working within it. sunwise means in imitation of the movement of the sun across the sky. we move around the magic circle in the same way the shadow of a sundial moves around the dial, following the sun. not all groups project the magic circle sunwise. some wiccan covens and ceremonial lodges project the circle by moving counterclockwise or widdershins, and if they absorb the circle, do so by moving clockwise. there is a strong rationale for this practice. since occult energy is projected from the right side of the body, and absorbed through the left, a more natural posture results when the great circle is projected through the right hand while walki


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er informal marriage that lasted for only 'a year and a day' or until next lammas. at that time, the couple could decide to continue the arrangement if it pleased them, or to stand back to back and walk away from one another, thus bringing the tailltean marriage to a eight sabbats of witchcraft get any book for free on: www.abika.com 26 formal close. such trial marriages (obviously related to the wiccan 'handfasting) were quite common even into the 1500's, although it was something one 'didn't bother the parish priest about. indeed, such ceremonies were usually solemnized by a poet, bard, or shanachie (or, it may be guessed, by a priest or priestess of the old religion. lammastide was also the traditional time of year for craft festivals. the medieval guilds would create elaborate displays


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deleted nor added any new selections to the first volume, but you may feel free to add new selections or take out selections (especially the ones from the ancient druids, if you wish. as stated before, the green book, was near to the heart of druidism until the early 80 s when carleton druidism lapsed. when it revived in the mid-80s, carleton students had taken a greater interest in neo-paganism, wiccan and native american beliefs; areas rarely explored before that time. as a result, the green book has not received much attention since due to its monotheistic and asian foci. however for me, the green book is a powerful reminder of the breadth of sources that reformed druidism can and should draw upon during the searches for religious truth. i have been especially encouraged to follow david


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eldest daughter. witchcraft in modern times by the late twentieth century in the usa, witchcraft had been recognised as a valid religion by the american supreme court and accepted by the american army, but other countries, including the uk, are not so tolerant. what is more, in many lands, especially among smaller communities, misunderstanding and prejudice still persist. in the uk, for example, wiccans who practise openly and have children are sometimes regarded with suspicion by some health professionals. my dear friend lilian, a white witch and healer, recalls how one woman passing her home would always cross herself and walk on the other side of the street. i myself once volunteered to read the runes at the local school fete to raise much-needed funds. i was told in no uncertain terms

do what you will. this deceptively straightforward statement refers to the self as well as others. i have already mentioned the threefold law whereby magical intent- and, many believe, actions and thoughts- return to the sender with three times the intensity. because people are responsible for their own actions, everyone -witch and non-witch alike- can choose to do good or evil. many witches and wiccans believe that they are reincarnated in some form and also that the results of past deeds can follow a person from one life to the next. you can compare this to the concept of karma found in hinduism and buddhism, which says that the thoughts and deeds we accumulate in our lifetime may either progress us towards spiritual perfection- if good- or indicate, if bad, that we need to learn lesson

ajor divisions of the celtic year on the solstices, the equinoxes and the old fire festivals. these festivals mark the coming of early spring, the start of the celtic summer, the first corn harvest and the start of the celtic winter. there are also many lovely ceremonies to mark the transitions in the life cycle, such as handfastings, or weddings, and rites of passage to welcome recently deceased wiccans to the familiar circle whenever they wish to draw near. solitary witchcraft there are many reasons for performing witchcraft alone: your personal circumstances or the location of your home may mean that you cannot travel to a group, or you may live in an area where there are few others who share your interests. many witches like myself choose to practise alone, drawing in my family and clo

t cultures. there are, of course, variations within wicca; some traditions emphasise the importance of the goddess, while others regard the horned god as her equal, with each assuming different aspects according to the season and ritual. for example, the goddess may appear as the earth or moon deity, and her male counterpart as the corn god or the sun. reaching gods and goddesses in trance modern wiccans call into themselves the energies of the goddess to amplify their own innate divine spark and at times may work in a deep trance, uttering words of prophecy or profound teaching. this is said to increase the power entering the body, like turning up the current from a power source. but until you have practised magick for many years, i would advocate working only in light trance and then onl

cards, photographs, related miniature versions of the desired acquisition- a key for a new home, a toy car for transport, a postcard for a holiday destination. at the end of your spell you may like to finish the ritual by saying something like the wish is mine, or the power is won, or the spell is done, or even 'so let it be, god and goddess willing. many practitioners add 'if it is right for me. wiccans often say at the end of the ritual 'so mote it be. a three-day candle spell for reconciliation* on the first night, light two pink candles (pink is the colour of venus in her gentle aspect, one for yourself and the other for the person from whom you are estranged* set the candles apart at opposite ends of the table and into the one you designate for the absent person, speak the words you w

ion who accompanied arthur on his funeral barge. in some grail legends, the knights templar were the traditional guardians of various holy relics, including the grail cup, that were brought back from the crusades. grail treasures: the main elemental ritual items in magick, associated with the treasures of the celts, and having parallels in christianity. handfastings: a popular marriage rite among wiccans, named after the focal point of the rite in which a couple's right hands are loosely joined by a cord to symbol the uniting of the two people, body, mind and soul. hedge witches: lone witches; the name comes from the practice of village wise women surrounding their homes with a hedge of hawthorn, a magical tree that afforded privacy from the curious. the horned god: the male principle in w


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these claims were investigated in depth by the sfpd, the fbi, and the us army cid. no charges were ever made in any jurisdiction, and the evidence has shown dr. aquino and lilith aquino to be innocent of any such activity. full details can be read in the alt.pagan post, dated sun jun 02, 22:14, from: scratch@gladstone.uoregon.edu, subj: re: curio courts the caw. 7.6.5 other occultists- why should wiccans, druids, and other types of pagans defend those who call themselves "satanists" against the christian majority? i've never understood why wiccans, druids, and others might think we want their defending. there are ethical and social reasons to do it, and that's why setians generally defend other pagans against discrimination and other forms of attack, but satanists don't need others to defe


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tried for idolatry and put to death. likewise for committing acts of magic, homo/bisexuality, adultery, sodomy, prostitution, or even pre-marital sex (and of course, one can only imagine what kinds of breaches in privacy a dominionist society would entertain to "protect the moral fiber" of its subjects) even today, i have known a preacher here in texas who has publicly advocated the execution of wiccans for teaching "false religion" the dominionist strategy is rather simple. they believe in taking advantage of the first amendment, which assures them the right to their religious practices. by using the first amendment, they intend to train a few generations of children in private christian schools. upon growing into adulthood, these children will be expected to work for the elimination of

point is that if more of our people take an active role in demonstrating our humanity to people of mainline and mainstream religions, we will be working to protect our future from people of such questionable sanity as that of dominionists. it is important to remember that dominionists, should they ever come to power, will not rest at persecuting satanists or demonolators. they will also go after wiccans. they will also go after atheists and secular humanists. they will also go after other christians who do not conform to their ideas of what's right (i.e, most christians. we are all potential victims, and this in itself has the potential to unite us against such a threat. in closing, i would like to quote martin niemoller, who said the following about the failure of resistance against nazi


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liage; known as a "foliate mask, and also sometimes referred to as "jack of the green" or "robin o' the woods. incidentally, these carvings of the old god should not be confused with gargoyles. the latter are the hideous faces and figures carved on the four corners of church towers to frighten away demons. in those early days, when christianity was slowly growing in strength, the old religion the wiccans and other pagans was one of its rivals. it is only natural to want to get rid of a rival and the church pulled no punches to do just that. it has frequently been said that the gods of an old religion become the devils of a new. this was certainly the case here. the god of the old religion was a horned god. so, apparently, was the christian's devil. obviously then, reasoned the church, the

story and philosophy of witchcraft 15 pagani and simply means "people who live in the country. the word "heathen" means "one who dwells on the heath. so the terms were appropriate for non-christians at that time, but they bore no connotations of evil and their use today in a derogatory sense is quite incorrect. as the centuries passed, the smear campaign against non-christians continued. what the wiccans did was reversed and used against them. they did magick to promote fertility and increase the crops; the church claimed that they made women and cattle barren and blighted the crops! no one apparently stopped to think that if the witches really did what they were accused of, they would suffer equally themselves. after all, they too had to eat to live. an old ritual act for fertility was fo

in past history and will have a definite place in the future. 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 separate from it. an animal was a brother or a sister, as was a tree. wo/man tended the fields and in return received food for the table. sure, s/he killed animals for food. but then many animals kill other an

rity, however, do. you can seek out actual statues, though good ones are not easy to come by (copies of boticelli's "birth of venus" irreverantly known as "venus on a half-shell! are ideal for the goddess. many witches search for years to find a statuette that exactly fits the mental image they have of the deity. antique stores and flea markets/ swap meets seem to be the best places to look. some wiccans use symbols, such as a sea-shell for the goddess and an antler for the god. i have seen candles used, also various chess pieces, rocks, plants, etc. one lesson two: beliefs/ 23 24/ buckland's complete book of witchcraft possibility is pictures. i have seen beautiful deity representations made by decoupaging appropriate colored pictures to attractive pieces of wood. if you have the talent

te segment (below) is inserted at this point. otherwise go directly into the cakes and ale ceremony] full moon rite priestess stands with her legs apart and her arms raised up and out, stretching to the sky. priest kneels before her. all the coveners also kneel. all raise their arms high. covener "when the moon rides on high, as she crosses the sky, and the stars on her gown trail behind, then we wiccans below are with love all aglow, just to see her so brightly enshrined" covener "on the night of full moon, as we sing to the tune of the lady who watches above, we raise high our song as she glides by so strong, and we bask in the light of her love" all lower their arms. priest rises and kisses priestess, then kneels again. priest "lovely lady, you have been known by so many names to so man

ol the mind, overcome sickness, separate themselves from problems and fears, develop psychic abilities and expand philosophy and knowledge of universal law. today, in the western world, there is an evergrowing awareness of these benefits of meditation. tm transcendental meditation, yoga, silva mind control all these and many more are now common, turning up in everyday conversations not only among wiccans and other occultists, but among ordinary, everyday folk. the trouble is that, in listening to these conversations, it quickly becomes obvious that many are mere dabblers in this realm. many are confused "which technique is best "why am i getting nothing out of it "am i doing it right" so, what is meditation? quite simply it is a listening. listening to the higher self or, if you prefer, th

ight" priest "as i give light and life to you, so is it meet that you should give to others. let us all share all that we have with those who have nothing" returning to the altar, priest assumes the god position. led by priestess, coveners move around to bow before priest and to lay an offering* at his feet. priest "now may you know the true j oy of giving. so be it" all "so be it" priest/ess "we wiccans give thanks to the mighty ones for the richness and goodness of life. as there must be rain with the sun, to make all things good, so must we suffer pain with our joy, to know all things. our love is ever with the gods, for though we know not their thoughts, yet do we know their hearts that all is for our good. mighty ones, bless us now. keep us faithful in thy service. we thank you for th

(name, do hereby most freely dissolve my partnership with (spouse's name. i do so in all honesty and sincerity, before the gods, with my brothers and sisters of the craft as witnesses. no longer are we as one, but now are two individuals, free to go our separate ways. we release all ties, one to the other, yet ever will we retain respect for one another, as we have love and respect for our fellow wiccans. so be it" priest "hand part" husband and wife release each other's hands, remove their marriage rings and give them to the priestess. she sprinkles and censes them, saying: priestess "in the names of the gods do i cleanse these rings" she returns them to the couple, to do with them as they wish. priestess "now are you handparted. let all know you as such. go your separate ways in peace an

bsolutely necessary in the following manner: leaving the circle wih athame in hand, standing in the east, make a motion as though cutting across the lines of the circle, first on your right and then on your left (figure 11.1 a and b. you may then walk out of the circle, between the lines. if you like you can imagine that you have cut a gateway, or doorway, in the east, through which to pass. some wiccans start the cut at the ground on one side and come up to their full height, over in a curve, and then down all the way to the ground again on the other side, as though cutting out a large, complete doorway. this is not really necessary since the very act of cutting across the lines of the consecrated circle, with the athame, is sufficient to open it. re-entry when you return to the circle, w

ite. but who would know it? it has nothing, in the "words said, to indicate a celebration of that time of the year. by contrast, look at the following imbolc sabbat rite, from another tradition: priestess "now has our lord reached the zenith of his journey. it is meet that we rejoice for him. from now till beltane is the path ahead less dark, for he can see the lady at its end" priest "i urge ye, wiccans all, to give now your hearts to our lord woden. let us make this a feast of torches to carry him forward in light, to the arms of freya. and so it goes on, all of the ritual centering on the importance of that special time of the year; the fact that imbolc is the halfway point through the "dark half" of the year; halfway between samhain and beltane. no one could take that particular ritual

put in gas chambers in the '40s. if anyone were to make a municipal display of "gassing the jew" there would be screams, boycotts, legal actions, etc, by every jewish organization in the country. the jewish defense league would probably show up and stop such a demonstration with physical force if necessary. can witches do less? i am not advocating violence. i am saying that we should start young wiccans lesson fourteen: getting set up/ 211 looking out for ourselves and fighting ignorance of the craft wherever we find it. let the world know that the various forms of paganism, including witchcraft, are legitimate forms of religion; that witches and other pagans are practitioners of a religion older than christianity and that we desire and expect the same respect shown to other religious gro

an excellent tool-maker, another a great calligraphist; one a winemaker and/or seamstress and another a psychic and psychometrist. lesson fifteen: solitary witches/ 219 as stated, the solitary has only her/his own knowledge available. this, then, is another disadvantage but, again, one that must be accepted. there is certainly no reason why, as a solitary, you should not be in touch with others (wiccans and non-wiccans) who are astrologers, tarot readers, herbalists, etc. and to call upon them for help and advice when needed. it is just that you don't have them readily to hand there in the circle with you, available at all times. 7. a solitary can change with her/his moods. a gardnerian coven rigidly follows the gardnerian rites. a welsh-keltic coven rigidly follows the welsh-keltic rites

ffers many paths to the ultimate 'oneness' with the absolute" the purposes of the church of the crescent moon include perpetuating "the uncorrupted religion of ancient ireland" and providing "information and instruction about the goddesses and gods in general, irish culture and many occult subjects" although the church, which was originally organized in 1976, states that "we do not call ourselves wiccans" i have included them in this present work. many of their rituals are open to guests and prospective members. further information may be obtained from the director, church of the crescent moon, p.o. box 652, camarillo, ca 93011-0652. circle wicca circle was begun in 1974 by selena fox and jim alan. its headquarters are at circle sanctuary, a 200 acre nature preserve and organic herb farm i

ation may be obtained from the director, church of the crescent moon, p.o. box 652, camarillo, ca 93011-0652. circle wicca circle was begun in 1974 by selena fox and jim alan. its headquarters are at circle sanctuary, a 200 acre nature preserve and organic herb farm in the rolling hills of southwestern wisconsin. circle coordinates circle network "an international exchange and contact service for wiccans, neo-pagans, pantheists, goddess folk, shamans, druids, eco-feminists, native american medicine people, seers, ceremonial magicians, mystics and others on related paths" they publish an annual source, which i recommend to the seeker, the circle guide to pagan resources. i also recommend their quarterly newspaper, circle network news. circle sponsors a variety of seminars, concerts and work

e able to discover which herbs, by their very nature, can be used for luck, love, success, money, divination, astral projection, safety, psychic self-defense and much more. besides being interesting and educational it is also fun, and fully illustrated with unusual woodcuts from old herbals. this book has rapidly become the classic in its field. it enhances books such as 777 and is a must for all wiccans. 0-87542-122-9, 352 pgs, 6x9, illus, softcover $12.95 the complete book of incense, oils and brews by scott cunningham for centuries the composition of incenses, the blending of oils, and the mixing of herbs have been used by people to create positive changes in their lives. with this book, the curtains of secrecy have been drawn back, providing you with practical, easy-to-understand infor


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tchcraft in modern times seite 8 wicca01.txt by the late twentieth century in the usa, witchcraft had been recognised as a valid religion by the american supreme court and accepted by the american army, but other countries, including the uk, are not so tolerant. what is more, in many lands, especially among smaller communities, misunderstanding and prejudice still persist. in the uk, for example, wiccans who practise openly and have children are sometimes regarded with suspicion by some health professionals. my dear friend lilian, a white witch and healer, recalls how one woman passing her home would always cross herself and walk on the other side of the street. i myself once volunteered to read the runes at the local school fete to raise much-needed funds. i was told in no uncertain terms

is deceptively seite 10 wicca01.txt straightforward statement refers to the self as well as others. i have already mentioned the threefold law whereby magical intent- and, many believe, actions and thoughts- return to the sender with three times the intensity. because people are responsible for their own actions, everyone -witch and non-witch alike- can choose to do good or evil. many witches and wiccans believe that they are reincarnated in some form and also that the results of past deeds can follow a person from one life to the next. you can compare this to the concept of karma found in hinduism and buddhism, which says that the thoughts and deeds we accumulate in our lifetime may either progress us towards spiritual perfection- if good- or indicate, if bad, that we need to learn lesson

ajor divisions of the celtic year on the solstices, the equinoxes and the old fire festivals. these festivals mark the coming of early spring, the start of the celtic summer, the first corn harvest and the start of the celtic winter. there are also many lovely ceremonies to mark the transitions in the life cycle, such as handfastings, or weddings, and rites of passage to welcome recently deceased wiccans to the familiar circle whenever they wish to draw near. solitary witchcraft there are many reasons for performing witchcraft alone: your personal circumstances or the location of your home may mean that you cannot travel to a group, or you may live in an area where there are few others who share your interests. many witches like myself choose to practise alone, drawing in my family and clo

t cultures. there are, of course, variations within wicca; some traditions emphasise the importance of the goddess, while others regard the horned god as her equal, with each assuming different aspects according to the season and ritual. for example, the goddess may appear as the earth or moon deity, and her male counterpart as the corn god or the sun. reaching gods and goddesses in trance modern wiccans call into themselves the energies of the goddess to amplify their own innate divine spark and at times may work in a deep trance, uttering words of prophecy or profound teaching. this is said to increase the power entering the seite 31 wicca01.txt body, like turning up the current from a power source. but until you have practised magick for many years, i would advocate working only in ligh

cards, photographs, related miniature versions of the desired acquisition- a key for a new home, a toy car for transport, a postcard for a holiday destination. at the end of your spell you may like to finish the ritual by saying something like the wish is mine, or the power is won, or the spell is done, or even 'so let it be, god and goddess willing. many practitioners add 'if it is right for me. wiccans often say at the end of the ritual 'so mote it be. a three-day candle spell for reconciliation* on the first night, light two pink candles (pink is the colour of venus in her gentle aspect, one for yourself and the other for the person from whom you are estranged* set the candles apart at opposite ends of the table and into the one you designate for the absent person, speak the words you w

ion who accompanied arthur on his funeral barge. in some grail legends, the knights templar were the traditional guardians of various holy relics, including the grail cup, that were brought back from the crusades. grail treasures: the main elemental ritual items in magick, associated with the treasures of the celts, and having parallels in christianity. handfastings: a popular marriage rite among wiccans, named after the focal point of the rite in which a couple's right hands are loosely joined by a cord to symbol the uniting of the two people, body, mind and soul. hedge witches: lone witches; the name comes from the practice of village wise women surrounding their homes with a hedge of hawthorn, a magical tree that afforded privacy from the curious. the horned god: the male principle in w


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reich. outer alchemy: making use of the magically charged sexual fluids for magickal purposes- p- pagan: from paganus "those of the earth" originally it described people of the land and their simplicity. later, it focused on their choice of pre-christian deities and was used as a type of insult. today, may witches consider themselves to be pagans or neo-pagans. for the most part, non-magick using wiccans (q.v. paganism: although most people today use this as a derogatory term, occultists simply equate it with mostly non magic using wiccans (q.v, although some pagans do use magick and do not call themselves wiccans (q.v. pallas: one of four thousand known asteroids, but treated as a very minor planet. in astrology (q.v, the planet named after the roman goddess who served as the ruler of the

stral star (q.v) call their path or tradition. the sixty-nine comes from the numerological reduction via gematria (q.v) of the words "manger or stable" in hebrew indicating that the order of the astral star is founded upon the christ event that led the wise men to a stable where the lord jesus christ was born in bethlehem. sky-clad: literally, implying naked, to "wear only the sky" a term used by wiccans (q.v) to indicate ritual nudity. gardnerian (q.v) witches are supposed to work their rituals in this state. most however, do in fact wear robes. sol (the sun: the only star in the terran solar system. in astrology (q.v, the planet named after the roman god hellios adapted from the greek god apollo. attributed as being the ruler of the zodiac (q.v) sign leo (q.v. on the tree of life (q.v) w


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year. it combines a harvest festival with the ancient associations of halloween with demons and the souls of the dead. today almost totally secularized, it has become a society-wide costume party. the practice of trick or treat has lost all conscious associations with the older practice, when fruit or candies were gained from neighbors, a relic of the custom of food offerings for the dead. modern wiccans and neo-pagans have revived the eve of november 1 as the pagan new year, which they term samhein (pronounced sav-en. it is the beginning of winter, and during the evening hours, the spirits of the departed seek the warmth of the samhein fire. the day is a time of communing with the dead, but also a time of feasting and drinking in defiance of the approaching days of increasing darkness and

d in ritual magic. with the magical revival of the nineteenth century and the belief in occult powers being directed to various goals by magical practitioners, amulets once again came into widespread use. they were a necessary side effect of the development of talismanic magic, an important part of magical practice featured in the writings of francis barrett and eliphas levi. today, magicians and wiccans learn the preparation of amulets as part of their basic magical training. sources: budge, e. a. w. amulets and talismans. new hyde park, n.y: university books, 1961. lippman, deborah, and paul colin. how to make amulets, charms, and talismans. new york: m. evans, 1974. pavitt, william t, and kate pavitt. the book of talismans, amulets, and zodiacal gems. detroit: gale research, 1972. amy a

chology of transformation. wheaton, ill: theosophical publishing house, 1979. from humanistic to transpersonal astrology. lakemont, ga: csa press, 1972. as you like it library an organization that maintained a free lending library of books on psychic subjects. last known address: 915 e. pine st, rm. 401, seattle, wa 98122. athame the athame, a knife, is one of the primary tools employed by modern wiccans (or witches) in their rituals. it has a black handle and double-edged blade. the blade is never used for cutting and no attempt is made to keep it sharp, though often great care is taken to make it artistic. the athame is normally used to cast the circle at the beginning of rituals, thus establishing the magical space within which rituals are performed. it is also used for summoning and ba

occasionally a more permanent circle is drawn and remains for regular workings, the circle is usually created only at the beginning of a magical ritual and dissolved at its close. modern magical rituals begin with the imaginal setting of a sphere of energy around the individual or group performing the ritual. commonly, there are specific words that are spoken to create the sphere or circle. most wiccans believe in the existence of an array of spirit beings, from deities to elemental spirits. most rituals are designed to invoke one or more of these deities and the intrusion of unwanted entities would disturb the focus of the ritual. in such settings, the circle is seen as a barrier that protects the ritual and keeps entities attracted by the power raised by the ritual from disturbing its f

it issued the first edition of the circle resource guide (which now exists in several volumes. circle became the largest active fellowship of neo-pagans in north america. in 1979 circle moved to a farm near middleton, wisconsin, and in 1983 a farm was purchased near barneveld, wisconsin. there the circle sanctuary was created as an all-weather nature preserve, ritual site, and gathering place for wiccans and neopagans. circle sanctuary has the support of neo-pagans far beyond the membership of circle. meetings are held at the sanctuary year round. after a lengthy court battle, circle sanctuary won zoning status as a church. fox has led in the development of an ecumenical and eclectic paganism that draws on elements of indigenous land-based religions, especially the traditions and practices

anization of witches in north america. ten otherwise autonomous covens and several solitary practitioners in california founded cog. they wanted to foster cooperation among witches of various traditions and to ensure that practitioners of witchcraft are afforded the same rights and protections as clergy of other faith traditions. membership is open to covens and individual witches. in addition to wiccans, the covenant s membership includes dianic (goddess only) witches, stregheria (italian witches, family traditions, and diverse other eclectic witches. cog views the autonomy, secrecy, and diversity of covens and individuals as one of its strengths. prospective members must meet the following criteria: 1. generally focus its liturgy, theology, and practices around the worship of the goddess

directive entitled accommodation of religious practices within the u.s. military (u.s. military chaplains manual. in addition, representatives of the covenant have cosigned with other pagans on statements of common concern, such as the july 4, 1999 pagan educational network press release about first amendment freedoms issued in the wake of georgia s republican congressman bob barr s challenge to wiccans serving in the military. in 1993 cog participated in the second-ever parliament of world religions (pwr) in chicago. an important document, originally drafted by swiss roman catholic theologian hans kung and modified by delegates to the parliament, entitled toward a recognition of a global ethic, was signed on behalf of cog, circle sanctuary, and the earthspirit community by cog member deb

specific magical mystery tradition that evolved over centuries. the use of the old english word wicca distinguishes british traditional witchcraft from the many other forms of religious witchcraft that exist. while the old english form was wiccecraeft, the modern usage has become wicca craft or the craft of the wicca. the concepts of wicca known today derive from ceremonial magic and freemasonry. wiccans are a proper subset of religious practitioner witches and are very active today. claims of the paranormal remain popular in the british isles, with many of the twentieth centuries most world-renown and controversial cases emerging from england. in 1998 the committee for the scientific investigation of claims of paranormal compiled what they believe to be the top 10 enduring paranormal hoax

e so-called moon lodges, masonic groups that met monthly according to the lunar calendar. modern wicca is built around small intimate groups of ten to twenty people (covens) who gather in a culture that is either secular or follows another faith. while several covens may father for the solar festivals (sabbats) to celebrate together, the real work of the coven is done in its esbats. common to all wiccans is the full moon esbats. it is at these meetings that one develops their psychic powers, learns to do magic, and focuses the spiritual life. most covens also meet at the new moon. new moon rituals tend to be for personal growth, healing, and the initiation of new ventures. these tend to be the most intimate meetings of the coven and rarely are outsiders admitted. full moon rituals are for

older fellowships built around the lineage of priestesses in the gardnerian or alexandrian tradition. fox became aware of two needs within the larger pagan community and moved to supply them. first, she founded the pagan spirit alliance, an inclusive national fellowship that included not only wiccans (those pagans who called themselves witches) but other pagans who did not identify themselves as wiccans. such pagans went by a variety of names, from druid to asatru to simply goddess worshippers. then in 1983, she purchased a farm in rural wisconsin that included a large wooded area, and dedicated it as a national pagan retreat area named circle sanctuary (the new name adopted by the church. the farm became the residence of a small community and the site of regular rituals, especially the m

e an agent for the church. however, in that same year he dropped his affiliation with the church of satan and he and lady ygraine founded the first occult church, for which she served as president and he as vice president. as part of his work for the church he edited a taste from the cauldron, the church s periodical. the church functioned as an umbrella for a wide variety of occultists including wiccans, voudouists, pagans, and ritual magicians, all of whom functioned in the context of a dominant satanic philosophy. he headed the church s order of the infernal grotto that explored satanism in light of both ancient and contemporary pagan thought. through the mid-1990s, gidney s thought matured, and eventually the first occult church was closed and a taste from the cauldron discontinued. in


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tradition or one of the several variations of the gardnerian practice, the most well known being the alexanderian. gerald b. gardner, generally considered the father of modern wicca, established a new form of witchcraft in england in the 1950s. he instituted three degrees of accomplishment, the third being admittance into the priesthood. in the statement of belief, called the dedication, the new wiccans identify themselves with a form of traditional monotheism by affirming belief in dyghtyn, the name they give to the ultimate godhead. they follow modern wicca, however, by noting that the godhead, who is all knowing and all pervasive, differentiates itself into male and female as the lady of the moon and the lord of death and resurrection. the lord and lady further differentiate themselves

e opportunity offered by the relatively open context of contemporary society to attempt the recovery of classically occult terms such as witchcraft and astrology. the new age movement, a contemporary phase of the life of the occult community, has allowed a significant revamping of the occult. divinatory practices such as astrology and the tarot have been redefined as counseling methodologies, and wiccans have joined together to denounce anti-witchcraft activities as religious bigotry. in ancient times, it was believed that apparent deviations from natural law involved mysterious and miraculous supernatural or occult (i.e, hidden) laws, deriving from gods, invisible entities, or the souls of the dead. the rituals of magic were designed to evoke entities and spirits, to ward off misfortune

, richard t. the passion of the western mind. new york: harmony books/random house, 1991. the western mind at the threshold. the astrotherapy newsletter 3, no.4 (november 1990. tarot (or tarots) french term for a special pack of playing cards popularly used for the purpose of divination. these cards enjoyed a boost in popularity as a self-discovery tool of the new age and a development tool among wiccans and ritual magicians. the derivation of the word tarot is still debated. some suggest that these cards were named because of the tarotes on the back, that is, the plain or dotted lines crossing diagonally. some confirmation of this theory is indicated by the german form of the word, a tarock-karte being a card checkered on the back. tarot cards form part of an ordinary pack in countries of

in london (1910) has been the most popular deck. some alternative decks were based on the rider-waite deck, but new designs were increasingly based on different psychologies and worldviews. several decks adopted egyptian motifs (including one by oscar ichazo, the founder of arica, and others operated from such widely divergent realms as tantrism, the 1960s counterculture, and surrealism. whereas wiccans adopted tarot decks as simply part of their magic worldview, new agers began to see the tarot as an important tool for personal transformation. both movements created an environment in which creation of new tarot decks was seen as an important personal exploratory activity, and readers were encouraged to find a deck that suited their individual personality and concept of truth. tarot netwo

nine wicce with the masculine form as wicca. pronounced with hard c s instead of the former witch-a, the term wicca was adopted by gerald gardner and other english witches in the 1940s to distinguish their life-affirming and fertility-based pagan religion from satanism or individual sorcery. although wiccan writers are prolific, wicca has no sacred texts as such to guide belief and practice. most wiccans view the divine as dual (male/female) or plural, accept the idea of reincarnation, and see the natural world as a manifestation of divine force rather than as something created by a transcendent god. attunement of the self to natural cycles through seasonal rituals is wicca s central public religious practice. wicca as a religion has no central authority nor organization, although various

ls and groups. the primary organization remains the coven, ideally numbering thirteen persons but in actuality often comprised of fewer. because of wicca s rapid growth, however, some adherents now seek more formal organizational plans and credentialing of leaders (priests and priestesses, a trend resisted by those witches who hold individual and small-group practice and experience to be primary. wiccans often identify with a particular tradition .a school of teaching or an initiatory lineage.but the boundaries between traditions are loosely drawn, and new traditions are constantly being created. estimates of the number of wiccans in north america in 2000 ranged from 300,000 to the low millions. sociological studies of wicca show its followers as tending to be younger and better-educated t


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thropology, a witch is a negative sorcerer found in the folklore of societies across the globe (2) the english word witch, from which the anthropological term was taken, refers specifically to a female wizard, traditionally viewed as practicing black magic and as being in league with satan (3) finally, a significant number of participants in the neopagan movement refer to themselves as witches or wiccans. although contemporary satanists and neopagan witches both draw from a number of the same intellectual currents and are similar on many points, there is animosity between the two movements. thus while some contemporary satanist groups that utilize elements from pre-christian religions are also technically neopagan, they would most likely reject this label. modern neopaganism aims to recrea

dner particularly ceremonial magic and crowley resulting in certain parallels between wicca and satanism (e.g, both are involved in roughly comparable magical practices. there are also other, sociological parallels. both are, for example, decentralized, anarchistic movements. both have adopted the trappings of traditional figures regarded as scandalous by mainstream society witches in the case of wiccans and devil-worshipers in the case of satanists (in christian mythology, of course, witches are devil-worshipers) it is, in fact, this scandalous quality that often attracts people to these movements.and finally,while both satanists and wiccans seem to enjoy shocking people by embracing images traditionally considered evil, both also go to great lengths to distance themselves from the more h

in fact, this scandalous quality that often attracts people to these movements.and finally,while both satanists and wiccans seem to enjoy shocking people by embracing images traditionally considered evil, both also go to great lengths to distance themselves from the more heinous practices traditionally associated with witches and satanists (e.g, murder and the like. much of the antagonism between wiccans and satanists arises from this last trait. specifically, when defending their religion to outsiders, wiccans often make remarks along the lines of, we re not satanists; we don t sacrifice babies or we re not satanists; we don t worship evil. the problem with such statements is that they imply that satanists do sacrifice babies and worship evil. wiccans will even make the assertion that sat

kevin and sandie carlyon of the covenant of earth magic prepare for hallowe en, 1997 (kevin carlyon/fortean picture library) 186 neopagan witchcraft derive from pre-christian paganism. the assertion that these terms were so derived may have been plausible in the midtwentieth century when gardner founded the wiccan movement, but it is now clear that there is no historical connection between modern wiccans and the witches executed by the inquisition both because the inquisition s victims were not pagans and because gardner s claims to have inherited an ancient lineage were false. rather, these terms were derived from the diabolical fantasies of medieval witchhunters who believed they were rooting out and destroying the prince of darkness s minions in other words, witch, coven, and sabbat der

because gardner s claims to have inherited an ancient lineage were false. rather, these terms were derived from the diabolical fantasies of medieval witchhunters who believed they were rooting out and destroying the prince of darkness s minions in other words, witch, coven, and sabbat derive from the literary satanism created by officials of the church. vera further argues that the god of modern wiccans is derived more or less directly from the devil of this same literary satanism. among other things, she points out that the very first paragraph of one of gardner s principal source documents, charles leland s arcadia: gospel of the witches (1899, draws on traditional diabolical imagery: diana greatly loved her brother lucifer, the god of the sun and of the moon, the god of light, who was


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ka djed meaning a triple form and self-invigoration, presenting a similar result as what the bornless ritual does. the circle is reproduced with new attributions based on my own work in luciferian witchcraft. charles pace was a mortician from scotland, he was even a consultant for when jimmy page redecorated boleskine house, painting many murals around the home. pace was also in trouble with the wiccans and the british press in the 1970's for various reasons. anton szandor lavey was said to have been a correspondent with pace as well around 1974. upon receiving reproductions of the images of pace, my own work seemed to have opened in a new way, new aspects were to be found in this forgotten character. upon receiving these images and text, a meeting was called and we discussed the work at


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sses of the world they come from. this does not mean that we should tolerate weaknesses, it means that we should from the start begin leading them away form weakness.those who will be our nobles will be glad (at least in the long run) thatwe did so. the most common weaknesses in the world are: a sense that magic/religion are entertainment. they never had to work hard as christians or agnostics or wiccans, and hard work seems to be a sign of "fanaticism" hard work is the norm if you are trying to do something that goes against the grain of the world. a sense that all things are equal "all religions are one" or other relativistic drivel. this can be changed from a passive attitude into one of challenge- since we living in a post-modernist time, rejoice that you can study anything, but know t


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he observance of the agricultural seasons, and magick. worship of the male-female aspects of nature usually is expressed as allegiance to the horned god and the great mother goddess. ritual follows the movement of the sun and moon. neo-pagans see themselves as reviving the pre-christian religion of europe and the mediterranean basin, and manifest as norse, druid, or egyptian in format. by far the wiccans compose the largest segment of the neo-pagan community. wicca or witchcraft is derived from the ancient paganism practiced in western europe, especially the british isles. magick, an essential element in modern wicca, seeks mastery of all the cosmic forces believed to control the world. witches believe in the ancient principal of "as above, so below" and in their worship seek to create a m

m i to make of them as far as their collective significance in humanity's spiritual evolution is concerned? from my perspective as an adept, i see the aeons not so much as periods of time in religious history, but rather as initiatory pathways existing simultaneously. as setians we operate within the aeon of set. thelemites operate within the aeon of horus. buddhists, christians, white magicians, wiccans, and the like operate within the aeons of osiris and isis. all of the aeons exist and will continue to exist for certain sectors of the human race. while those aeons existing prior to that of set are no longer the path to true initiation, they serve their purposes insofar as giving some sort of direction to those who are not of the elect. while the aeon of set exists for anyone to aspire t


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he community of all christians. it is also the place where christians go to worship. consciousness: the condition of being aware of one s thoughts, feelings, and existence. conservative: a movement in modern judaism that tries to strike a balance between orthodox and reform judaism. conversion: a change in which a person adopts a new set of religious beliefs. coven: a group of neo-pagans, such as wiccans. alternately referred to as circles, groves, kindreds, garths, hearths, and other terms. covenant: in religion, a covenant refers to an agreement between god or a messenger of god and his followers. creed: a statement of belief or basic principles. crucifixion: the suffering and death by nailing or binding a person to a cross. cuneiform: sumerian writing, so-called because of its wedge-sha

n: empathy, the ability to feel for and sympathize with others; the highest confucian ideal. resurrection: the rising of jesus christ from the dead three days after his crucifixion, or death on a cross. xxvi world religions: almanac words to know rig veda: the central scripture of hinduism, a collection of inspired hymns and songs. rosh hoshanah: the jewish new year. sabbat: holidays practiced by wiccans throughout the year, including the summer and winter solstices, the vernal and autumnal equinoxes, and four additional holidays between these four. sacrament: a sacred rite, or ceremony. sadhana: ascetic person. saint: a deceased person who has been recognized for living a virtuous and holy life. salat: daily prayer. salvation: the deliverance of human beings from sin through jesus christ

ve cults who take words to know asatru: a neo-pagan religion based on worship of the norse (scandanavian) gods. beltane (beltaine: neo-pagan holiday on may 1 to celebrate spring flowerings and births. celtic: a term referring to an ethnic group that spread throughout europe, particularly the british isles, and is the source of many modern neo-pagan movements. coven: a group of neo-pagans, such as wiccans. alternately referred to as circles, groves, kindreds, garths, hearths, and other terms. druidism: a neo-pagan religion based in the celtic region of the british isles. equinox: either of two points during the year when the sun crosses the equator and the hours of day and night are equal. the spring, or vernal, equinox occurs generally on march 21 and the autumn equinox occurs on or about

physical energies to affect the natural world or to achieve a goal. mythology: the collected stories of a culture or religion, especially those dealing with the origins, heroes, gods, and beliefs of a group of people. neo-paganism: a term referring to modern religions based on ancient pagan religions. ostara: neo-pagan holiday held at the time of the spring equinox. sabbat: holidays practiced by wiccans throughout the year, including the summer and winter solstices, the vernal and autumnal equinoxes, and four additional holidays between these four. samhain (samhuinn: neo-pagan holiday celebrated on october 31. solstice: the points in the year when the day is longest (the summer solstice, generally on june 21) and the shortest (the winter solstice, generally on december 21. wicca: the name

avoid the structure and hierarchy (chain of command) of more formal mainstream religions, making it nearly impossible to count their members. a further complication is that many people who take part in neo-pagan activities also profess belief in other religions such as christianity. one group of neo-pagans called wicca, estimated that in 2000 there were some 768,000 neo-pagans, including 750,000 wiccans, in the united states, which would make it the nation s fifth-largest religion, as well as one of the nation s fastestgrowing religions. another estimate places the number of neo-pagans in the united states and canada at anywhere between one-half million and several million. characteristics of neo-paganism neo-pagan religions are known by different names, depending on the specific religiou

k emphasizes the neo-pagan belief that humans can focus their energies to influence natural forces) magick refers to a practice that many neo-pagans follow. witchcraft, or the ability to communicate with past ancestors or use charms and spells to influence natural events, is a generic word often attached to a subcategory of neo-paganism. wicca, on the other hand, refers to a specific group. while wiccans practice witchcraft and magick, not all wiccans are witches, and not all witches are wiccans. despite this complex mix of terms and labels, neo-pagan groups tend to share a number of important characteristics: neo-pagan religions are reconstructed from ancient, pre-christian religions. wicca, for example, was reconstructed from the beliefs of the ancient celts (pronounced kelts, an ethnic

uring, procreation, and feminine power. the crone, represented by the waning moon, symbolizes wisdom and experience. it is the crone who guides humans toward death and the afterlife. wicca wicca is one of the most prominent neo-pagan religions, and one that elevates the goddess to a stature equal to that of the god. it is a form of modern witchcraft. not all people who call themselves witches are wiccans. the word witchcraft causes confusion because in the judeo- christian tradition, witchcraft is usually associated with satan. over the past two thousand years the christian church has persecuted many people for witchcraft and for practicing black arts. modern practitioners of witchcraft, though, strongly deny that they worship evil or engage in strange practices. they maintain that witchcr

tchcraft causes confusion because in the judeo- christian tradition, witchcraft is usually associated with satan. over the past two thousand years the christian church has persecuted many people for witchcraft and for practicing black arts. modern practitioners of witchcraft, though, strongly deny that they worship evil or engage in strange practices. they maintain that witchcraft as practiced by wiccans and other groups sees the divine in the natural world, including the cycle of the seasons and the phases of the moon. most such groups have a strict code of behavior based on not doing harm to others. wiccans also obey the law of threefold return, meaning that anything one does, such as a good deed (or a bad deed) will return to them threefold (multiplied by three. the emergence of wicca a

three. the emergence of wicca as a modern religious movement can be traced to the 1950s in england and the efforts of a british civil servant and amateur anthropologist named gerald gardner (1884 1964. gardner wrote extensively on witchcraft in two widely read books, witchcraft today and the meaning of witchcraft. practitioners of wicca as gardner described it are often referred to as gardnerian wiccans. considerable controversy has surrounded gardner and his writings. he claimed that the religion had been revealed to him by a woman named dorothy clutterbuck, a well-known local witch in england. later students of wicca have disputed this claim, arguing that gardner formulated the religion on the basis of nineteenth-century occult practices combined with 384 world religions: almanac neo-pa

d, but the witch is firmly linked in popular thought with the magical arts. wicca is. a religion that embraces magic as one of its basic concepts. this isn t unusual. in fact, it s often difficult to discern [determine] where religion ends and magic begins in any faith. still, magic plays a special role in wicca. it allows us to improve our lives and return energy to our ravaged [damaged] planet. wiccans also develop special relationships with the goddess and god through magic. through working with the powers which the god and the goddess embody [represent, we grow close to them. calling upon their names and visualizing their presence during spells and rites creates a bond between deity and human. thus, in wicca, magic is a religious practice. magic is the projection of natural energies to

our planet and in its natural products. stones, trees, wind, flames, water, crystals and scents all possess unique, specific powers which can be used during magical ritual. both person power and earth power are manifestations [expressions] of divine power. this is the energy that exists within the goddess and god the life force, the source of universal power which created everything in existence. wiccans invoke [call upon] the goddess and god to bless their magic with power. during ritual they may direct personal power to the deities, asking that a specific need be met. this is truly religious magic. and so, magic is a process in which wiccans work in harmony with the universal power source which we envision as the goddess and god, as well as with personal and earth energies, to improve ou

s attuned to the natural rhythm of life forces. its rituals follow both the astronomical year, marked by the movement of the sun, and the waxing and waning of the moon. because they believe that the divine manifests itself in all creation, wiccans advocate responsibility toward the environment. many are involved with environmental protection activities and oppose destruction of the natural world. wiccans believe that a great depth of power exists in the world that is not noticeable to the average person. although wiccans take part in formal rituals, they regard the natural world, such as the blossom of a flower or a fertile field, as having the power to instill feelings of awe and mystery. a key belief of wiccans has to do with the nature of the divine. wicca is a duotheistic religion (a r

only the life-giving sun but also the sword, horns, the spear, the knife, the magic wand, the arrow, the sickle, and precious metals. note that these symbols have marked sexual connotations, suggesting the merger of male and female into one to create and affirm life. one branch of wicca, however, called dianic wicca after the roman goddess diana, places nearly all of its emphasis on the goddess. wiccans do not recognize a hierarchy of authority, or chain of command. every practitioner can be his or her own priest or priestess, performing rituals without the assistance of a class of specialists. when they do participate with groups, wiccans believe that the ideal size of a coven is thirteen members. when a coven grows larger than thirteen, it splits, or hives, into two or more covens. the

the next sabbat is beltane (or beltaine) on april 30. by now spring is well under way. beltane marks the return of vitality and passion into the world, a process that continues through the summer solstice, around june 21. during this period the world has been filled with the creative power of the god and goddess, concluding on august 1 with lughnasadh, the harvest festival. on about september 21, wiccans celebrate the mabon, the autumn equinox, and the completion of the harvest season. again, the hours of day and night are equal, but at this point in the cycle darkness is overtaking the light. finally, at samhain, on october 31, wiccans bid the sun goodbye and engage in a period of reflection about the past year. with the new yule, the cycle begins again. duality in religion male and femal

on it was possible to foretell the future. this emphasis on being able to see into the future was important to people living in the extreme cold of the north, where life promised to be uncertain during the cold months of a long winter. of particular concern was whether food supplies for both humans and domesticated animals would last until the following spring or summer. modern neo-pagans such as wiccans have attempted to recreate the observances surrounding samhain as accurately as possible. ceremonies typically begin with a ritual bath. wiccans then consecrate( cast) a sacred circle in which rituals are conducted. the altar within the circle is decorated with gourds, pumpkins, pine cones, and autumn flowers. rituals are performed to foretell the future and to make contact with ancestral

a coven is considered to be thirteen. wicca is a religion of initiation. that is, membership is not purely voluntary, but involves an initiation rite. a coven must find students serious about learning the rites in order for them to be accepted. some witches, however, prefer to practice wicca 142 world religions: biographies gerald brousseau gardner on their own and are called solitaries. not all wiccans practice witchcraft. some merely believe in the nature elements of the religion. wiccans worship the goddess and may also worship the god, according to gardner s teachings, and celebrate sabbats and esbats. these sabbats include the solstices (the two longest days of the year, the equinoxes (the two times a year when day and night are equal in length, litha in the summer, yule in the winte

ty-first century. gardner developed rituals to accompany each of these holy days and for each degree of initiation into wicca. one major ritual of the gardnerian tradition is called drawing down the moon. the high priestess of the coven enters a trance and becomes the goddess, who is symbolized by the moon. the high priest of the coven calls on, or draws down, the goddess into the high priestess. wiccans generally celebrate inside a magic circle, holding hands and saying prayers to the goddess and god. in the gardnerian tradition, such ceremonies are conducted in the nude. a pentagram, or five-pointed star, is the general symbol of wicca, and there are several interpretations of what these five points mean. followers of the gardnerian tradition, however, deny that they have any meaning at

e birth to amaterasu, the sun goddess, and tsuki- yumi, the moon god. among the aborigines of australia, the father of all spirits awakened the sun mother and gave her instructions for waking the spirits and giving them life and form. she repeatedly tried to follow his instructions, but when she returned to the father, he told her to do more, until he was finally pleased with her work. similarly, wiccans worship a god and a goddess, masculine and feminine principles of creation and renewal. common to most creation myths is the notion of a supreme being. the creation accounts of judaism, christianity, and islam see a single supreme god as responsible for all creation. similarly, zoroastrianism attributes creation to its supreme deity, ahura mazda; the ancient babylonians to marduk; and hind

were executed after the infamous witch trials in the town of salem, massachusetts. the church and the community believed that these people had been practicing black arts as witches. the accused, however, were innocent victims of unfortunate events. modern practitioners of witchcraft strongly deny that they worship evil or engage in strange practices. they maintain that witchcraft, as practiced by wiccans and other groups, is an earth-centered religion that sees the divine in the natural world, including, for example, the cycle of the seasons and the phases of the moon. most such groups have a strict code of behavior based on not doing harm to others. while various neo-pagan groups, including wiccans, follow different traditions and practices, they do have characteristics in common. many ar

es, cunningham notes, referring to rituals that follow the course of the sun through its astronomical year. as well as the monthly waxing and waning of the moon. a waxing moon means the moon is appearing larger, and is one where the side of the moon facing east is dark. a waning moon is one where the side of the moon facing west is dark. this gives the appearance that the moon is getting smaller. wiccans encourage and support responsibility toward the environment. cunningham points out that many of us are involved in ecology saving the earth from utter destruction by our own hands. wiccans acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that apparent to the average person, as stated at the 1974 meeting. they find power and divine awe in seemingly ordinary aspects of nature, such as flowers a

apparent to the average person, as stated at the 1974 meeting. they find power and divine awe in seemingly ordinary aspects of nature, such as flowers and trees. the creative power of the universe is both masculine and feminine and contained within each person: wicca, writes cunningham, reveres [respects and honors] these twin deities [called the god and goddess] because of its links with nature. wiccans seek the interaction of the outer and inner (psychological) worlds and, as cunningham writes, can contact and communicate with [the god and goddess] because a part of us is in them and they are within us. wiccans do not have an organized structure of authority to oversee their religious beliefs. throughout his book, cunningham makes clear that every practitioner can be his or her own pries


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elief of all such as are indisposed" miramba (from the book, the round towers of atlantis, by henry o'brien, published 2002; originally in 1834; adventures unlimited press, kempton, il 60946) 232 codex magica cover of a popular witchcraft publication in the u.s.a, circle network news (copyright 1994. cernunnos, horned antler god of the forest, is at top with his arms folded("x. the sun, sacred to wiccans is at center "cross my heart and hope to die" 233 in this photo of the staff of yale university's yale literary magazine (1941, the five young men in front are all giving a similar hand over hand("x) signal. the photo is significant because one of the students pictured (second from right, back row) is james jesus angleton, perverted mason who was long-term deputy director of the cia and wa


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996, the craft was released in theaters and a new standard for movies about witchcraft was established. this was in part due to the technical advice of pat devin, an elder and the first officer of the southern california local council of c.o.g (covenant of the goddess) established in california in 1975, an incorporated, religious, non-profit organization[ in 1996, there were approximately 250,000 wiccans in the united states] while much of the technically correct information in the movie was a fresh relief for many of us, hollywood also had filled the movie with the normal amount of special effects. you know, the kind that have nothing whatsoever to do with real magick. in the past few years, large numbers of people after seeing the craft turned towards wicca with the impression that the m


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n southern france is an example of society s reaction to those who mixed arcane practice with heterodox theology. in spite of persecution, the concept of witchcraft persisted and even flourished in early modern times. at least the fear of it did, as the salem witch trials richly illustrate. in the early decades of the twentieth century, schools of pagan and magical teachings were reborn as wicca. wiccans, calling themselves practitioners of the craft of the wise, would resurrect many of the old ways and infuse them with modern thoughts and practices. whatever its origin, the occult seems to be an object of permanent fascination to the human race. are we alone? is the earth the only inhabited planet? imagine the excitement if contact is made with intelligent extraterrestrial life forms and


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n southern france is an example of society s reaction to those who mixed arcane practice with heterodox theology. in spite of persecution, the concept of witchcraft persisted and even flourished in early modern times. at least the fear of it did, as the salem witch trials richly illustrate. in the early decades of the twentieth century, schools of pagan and magical teachings were reborn as wicca. wiccans, calling themselves practitioners of the craft of the wise, would resurrect many of the old ways and infuse them with modern thoughts and practices. whatever its origin, the occult seems to be an object of permanent fascination to the human race. are we alone? is the earth the only inhabited planet? imagine the excitement if contact is made with intelligent extraterrestrial life forms and


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southern france is an example of society fs reaction to those who mixed arcane practice with heterodox theology. in spite of persecution, the concept of witchcraft persisted and even flourished in early modern times. at least the fear of it did, as the salem witch trials richly illustrate. in the early decades of the twentieth century, schools of pagan and magical teachings were reborn as wicca. wiccans, calling themselves gpractitioners of the craft of the wise, h would resurrect many of the old ways and infuse them with modern thoughts and practices. whatever its origin, the occult seems to be an object of permanent fascination to the human race. are we alone? is the earth the only inhabited planet? imagine the excitement if contact is made with intelligent extraterrestrial life forms a

ery, magic and alchemy. translated by j. courtenay locke. new york: causeway books, 1973. seligmann, kurt. the history of magic. new york: meridian books, 1960. skinner, doug. gthe immortal count. h fortean times, june 2001, 40.44. spence, lewis. an encyclopedia of occultism. new hyde park, n.y: university books, 1960. wicca according to the u.s. census, the number of individuals professing to be wiccans rose from the 8,000 reported in 1990 to 134,000 self-proclaimed witches in 2001. a study released in november 2001 by the graduate center of the city university of new york found that the number of adults t h e g a l e e n c y c l o p e d i a o f t h e u n u s u a l a n d u n e x p l a i n e d 72 magic and sorcery manyoccult groups claim count saint- germain as their spirit guide. who subs

d now, sybil leek defined witchcraft as a religion of a primitive and transcendent nature, gwith overtones embodying the female in her most elevated octave h together with the gadoration of creative forces. h in her view, such a religion provided g cthe total aspect of godliness, in a god which has no name or a thousand different ones, one which has no sex but is both sexes and neutral as well. h wiccans believe in good and evil as expressions of the same indestructible energy, which, like matter, is neither created nor destroyed but can be changed in form. because wiccans do not have a god or devil in the conventional sense of absolute good and absolute evil, they consider these qualities to be positive and negative expression of the same life-energy, neither of which are permanent forms

dicating judaism to the extent that, generations later, the common opinion of what the jewish faith was all about was derived solely from the anti- semitic propaganda of the third reich.just as the opinion of what wicca is all about has been largely derived from the tortured testimonies of those who were put on trial for witchcraft by the inquisition. zell fs analogy makes the point that today fs wiccans may no longer be tortured or burned alive at the stake, but they still suffer from persecution of character at the hands of unknowing, indifferent, or biased journalists, clergypersons, and educators. m delving deeper adler, margot. drawing down the moon: witches, druids, goddess-worshippers and other pagans in america today. boston: beacon press, 1986. buckland, raymond. buckland fs compl

devil that the witches had allegedly worshipped and brought upon them the wrath of the church during the time of the burning, the inquisition. although murray fs work underscored the research of leland, she seemed to have been unaware of his groundbreaking studies. however, it was her book, the witch cult in western europe (1962, that established a doctrine that would be maintained for many years.wiccans were members of an ancient pre-christian religion that once thrived and flourished openly and had then survived underground for many centuries. gerald brosseau gardner (1884.1964) is considered the father of all contemporary expressions of wicca, and he became a wellknown practitioner of the craft due to the many books that he published on the subject after the laws against practicing witc

er would later claim to have had an interest in the occult of great duration, he did not really begin to explore spiritualism and the arcane until he had returned to england after his retirement shortly before world war ii. there, in the autumn of 1939, he discovered witchcraft and, dorothy clutterbuck, a hereditary witch, high priestess of a new forest coven, initiated him into a secret group of wiccans. throughout his writings, gardner would always refer to the magical religion as wica, rather than wicca, as the word is spelled in common usage today. in his book the meaning of witchcraft (1959, gardner wrote that when he found wicca, he knew that he had discovered something interesting, but he was nearly through the initiation when it struck him that the old religion did truly exist and

who took the number of people killed in a witch hunt in his own german state and multiplied by the number of years various penal statutes existed, then reconfigured the number to correspond to the population of europe. git serves no end to perpetuate the miscalculation, h adler commented. git fs time to put away the exaggerated numbers forever. h m delving deeper adler, margot. ga time for truth: wiccans struggle with information that revises their history. h beliefnet [online] http//www.beliefnet.com/story/ 40/story_4007.html. gibbons, jenny. ga new look at the great european witch hunt h (excerpted from gthe great european witch hunt, h published in the autumn 1999 issue of pangaia. beliefnet [online] http/ www. beliefnet.com/story/17/story_1744_1.html. lea, henry charles. the inquisitio

and in 1793, but it was an illegal act, for witch trials were abolished in that country in 1782. the inquisition or the church itself had little part in any witchcraft trials after the latter part of the seventeenth century, but the holy office continued to serve as the instrument by which the papal government regulated church order and doctrine. m delving deeper adler, margot. ga time for truth: wiccans struggle with information that revises their history. h beliefnet [online] http//www.beliefnet.com/story/ 40/story_4007.html. 25 february 2002. gibbons, jenny. ga new look at the great european witch hunt h (excerpted from gthe great european witch hunt, h published in the autumn 1999 issue of pangaia. beliefnet[online] http/ www. beliefnet.com/story/17/story_1744_1.html. 25 february 2002


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s as well as pretensions that they may be missing places where tongues are a true history of witchcraft get any book for free on: www.abika.com 8 firmly jutting against cheeks. both men were believers in fleshly fulfillment, not only as an end in itself but, as in the tantric yoga of the east, as a means of spiritual attainment. a certain prudishness has crept into the practices of postgardnarian wiccans, especially in america since the 1960s, along with a certain feminist revisionism. this has succeeded to a considerable extent in converting a libertine sex cult into a rather staid neopuritanism. the original gardnarian current is still well enough known and widely enough in vogue (in britain and ireland especially) that one can venture to assert that what gardnerian wicca is all about is

ns which, on the other hand, may be infinitely ancient are of no value at all unless they work. the devil, you say before we move on, though, in light of the furor over real and imagined "satanism" that has overtaken parts of the popular press in recent years, i would feel a bit remiss in this account if i did not take momentary note of that other strain of left-handed occult mythology, satanism. wiccans are correct when they say that modern wicca is not satanic, that satanism is "reverse christianity" whereas wicca is a separate, nonchristian religion. still, it should be noted, so much of our society has been grounded in the repressiveness and authoritarian moralism of christianity that a liberal dose of "counterchristianity" is to a true history of witchcraft get any book for free on: w

write the book of shadows, perhaps whole cloth. the rumor's chief exponent was the respected historian of the occult, francis king. rumor #3 had it that gardner had written the book himself, which others had since copied and/or stolen. to the contrary, said rumor #4, gardner's museum had contained an old, even ancient copy of the book of shadows, proving its antiquity. in more recent years modern wiccans have tended to put some distance between themselves and gardner, just as gardner, for complex reasons, tended to distance himself in the early years of wicca (circa 1944-1954) from the blatant sexual magick of aleister crowley "the wickedest man in the world" by some accounts, and from crowley's organization, the ordo templi orientis. why gardner chose to do this is speculative, but i've g

f ecology, mistakes responsible stewardship of nature for nature worship. ancient pagans did not `worship' nature; to a large extent they were afraid of it, as has been pointed out to me by folk practioners. their "nature rites" were to propitiate the caprice of the gods, not necessarily to honor them. the first neopagan revivalists, gardner, crowley and dr. murray, well understood this. neopagan wiccans usually do not. in introducing a "goddess element" into their theology, crowley and gardner both understood the yin/yang, male/female fundamental polarity of the universe. radical feminist neopagans have taken this balance and altered it, however unintentionally, into a political feminist agenda, centered around a near-monotheistic worship of the female principle, in a bizarre caricature o

out of it, to say nothing of the historical import. but, as i researched the matter, i became more wary, and confused; gardner's texts "a "b" and "c" all seemed to be accounted for. possibly, i began to suspect, this was either a duplicate of the "dethelemized" post1954 version with segments written by gardner and valiente and copied and recopied (as well as distorted) from hand to hand since by wiccans the world over. maybe, i mused, valiente had one copy and gardner another, the latter sold to ripley with the collection. or, perhaps it was the curious notebook discovered by aidan kelly in the ripley files called ye book of ye art magical, the meaning of which was unclear. while i was chatting with ms.deska, norm returned from his mission, we introduced in best businesslike fashion, and

vinced gardner to go along with the changes. it is also possible, but yet unproven, that, upon expelling kenneth grant from the oto in england, germer, in the early 1950s, summoned gardner to america to interview him as a candidate for leading the british oto. gardner, it is confirmed, came to america, but by then wicca, and dr. gardner had begun to take their own, watered-down course. today most wiccans have no idea of their origins. let me close this section by quoting two interesting tidbits for your consideration. first consider doreen valiente's observation to me concerning "the parsons connection. i quote from her letter abovementioned, one of several she was kind enough to send me in 1986 in connection with my research into this matter..i did know about the existence of the o.t.o. c

twentieth century. gnosticism and wicca, the subjects of jack parsons' essays, republished by the oto and falcon press in 1990, are the two most successful expressions to date of crowley's dream of a popular solar-phallic religion. maybe i'm wrong, but i think aleister and gerald may have cooked wicca up. if wicca is the oto's prodigal daughter in fact, authorized directly by crowley, how should wiccans now relate to this? how should crowley's successors and heirs in the oto deal with it? then too, what are we to make of and infer about all this business of a popular thelemic-gnostic religion? were crowley, parsons, gardner and others trying to do something of note with regard to actualizing a new aeon here which bears scrutiny? or is this mere speculation, and of little significance for

earch for the original of gardner's book of shadows ended in success that the holy synod of t michael bertiaux's gnostic church unanimously elected me a missionary bishop, on august 29, 1986. sometimes, i muse, the inner order revoked wicca's charter in 1986,placing it in my hands. since i hold it in trust for the oto, perhaps wicca has, in symbolic form, returned home at last. it remains for the wiccans to, literally (since the charter hangs in my temple space, to read the handwriting on the wall" witchcraft always has a hard time, until it becomes established and changes its name- charles fd s'm'hw' of the magic of the ancients, the greatest studie of wisdom. in all things, ask counsel of the lord; and do not thou think, speak, or do any thing, wherein god is not thy counsellor. proverbs


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icacy. the cross of christianity, the star of david of judaism, and the lunar crescent of islam are all forceful amulets of defense on the astral level, but only for those who have a firm faith in their power. christians can also form the sign of the cross upon the air with their right hand, to act as a barrier. it should be visualized as floating upon the air, burning brightly with white flames. wiccans and pagans may prefer to employ the pentagram. the golden dawn pentagram known as the banishing pentagram of earth makes an effective barrier, and can repel hostile spirits who try to approach too closely "the banishing pentagram of earth will also serve thee for a protection if thou trace it in the air between thee and any opposing astral it is formed by drawing a pentagram upon the air w

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