Sunday, 31 May 2009

So what is Wicca?

Wicca is now an accepted religion. The Wiccan way is not to seek converts, but that the way be made open to those, who for reasons of their own, seek and find the Craft.

And as it is willed, so mote it be.

Wiccian is a verb, meaning to cast spells. A wicce is a female who practises casting spells and a wicca is a male, who does the same. From 'wicca' derives middle English witche and the modern word 'witch'.

Wikk = magic, sorcery

Wikken = middle German - to predict

magick = true magick, not tricks performed by a magician

magic = deceptive magick, where the eye is deceived by sleight of hand.

Old English witan, which means 'to know' and other words, such as 'wise' are not related to the above.

Ref: A History of Witchcraft by Jeffrey B. Russell and Brooks Alexander.

Friday, 29 May 2009

For the morning

In the morning, everything is new.
The day's blank slate lies before me,
ready for my writing.
May it be words of beauty I write.
May it be deeds of grace I do.
May it be thoughts of joy I think.
All the Holy Ones, listen:
this is what I pray.

from: A Pagan Book of Prayer by Ceisiwr Serith

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Crystal Ball

This is my crystal ball, which is used for scrying. After entering a meditative state of mind, it is possible to see events happening inside it. The trick is to keep your mind open and allow the thoughts to come to you, rather than trying too hard to see things for yourself.

In years gone by, witches used whatever came to hand. Therefore a witch who lived by the sea would be most likely to use a fisherman's float as a scrying tool because that is what she had available.

Nowadays we decorate our Christmas trees with balls of many colours, but many people forget that these were originally pagan tools, as was the custom of bringing in a small tree at Yule-time.

You too can use whatever is to hand. All you have to do is remember to bless it and charge it during a waxing moon. Keep your ball in a safe place and keep it clean.

If you can afford it, you can purchase a real crystal ball. There are many available to buy on the internet or in crystal shops. It should be regularly cleaned and kept safe and provided you do these things, it will bring you many years of fulfillment.