There has been a lot of talk about the witchcraft and paganism practiced by the Celtics.
Actually that is partially true and mostly untrue at the same time.
Lets start with one of the main symbols - the Pentagon. It is used in the Wicca religion and
certain other ancient Celtic ceremonies. It represents the four classical elements. These are earth, fire, air and
water. The fifth "point" represents the fifth element of "Spirit or Self".
What’s the difference between Paganism, Wicca and Witchcraft?
By Patti Wigington, About.com
Wicca is a tradition of Witchcraft that was brought to the public by Gerald
in the 1950s. There is a great deal of debate among the Pagan community about
whether or not Wicca is truly the same form of Witchcraft that the ancients practiced.
Regardless, many people use the terms Wicca and Witchcraft interchangeably. Paganism is an umbrella term
used to apply to a number of different earth-based faiths. Wicca falls under that heading, although
not all Pagans are Wiccan.
The term “pagan” (derived from the Latin paganus, which translates roughly to “hick from the sticks”)
was originally used to describe people who lived in the remotest rural areas. As time progressed and
Christianity spread, those same country folk were often the last hold outs clinging to their "old" religions.
Thus, “pagan” came to mean people who didn’t worship the god of Abraham.
So, in a nutshell, here's what's going on. All Wiccans are witches, but not all witches are Wiccans. All
Wiccans are Pagans, but not all Pagans are Wiccans. Finally, some witches are
Pagans, but some are not.
I hope that clears up any confusion you may have had!
The FACTS About Wicca And Paganism
There's a lot of misinformation and real information on Wicca and Paganism, in books, on the Internet, and even
through local groups. Just how much of that information is really accurate? How does the average person know how to
separate fact from rumor?
The fact is, there are several basics you need to understand about Wicca and Paganism
before you make the decision to join a new spiritual path. In the next few paragraphs I will
try to eliminate some of those misconceptions and talk about hard facts. That should make your spiritual journey
all the more valuable if you understand these issues from the very beginning.
Even Wicca Has
It seems a lot of people think that just because there's no "Grand High Wiccan or Pagan Council" that there must
be lots of magical hooligans going on. On the contrary, there are some fairly standard guidelines followed by a
large number of different Pagan traditions. While these guidelines will vary from one group to the next, I strongly
suggest you familiarize yourself with some of their concepts. You should definitely learn more about the rules of magic before you continue your studies.
Not All Witches are Pagans nor Wiccans
There are dozens of Pagan traditions, and as many different versions of Wicca. Not all are the same, and just
because someone is a witch, or Pagan, doesn't necessarily mean they practice Wicca. Learn about the
differences in paths found among the umbrella term "Paganism."
Wicca is a Religion - Not A Fashion Statement
Contrary to what many popular movies might have you believe, you don't have to be a teenage goth princess to be
Wiccan. In fact, you don't "have to be" anything at all. Wiccans come from all walks of life -- they are
parents and teens, lawyers, nurses, firefighters, waitresses, teachers and writers. Pagans come from all
different walks of life, all socio-economic groups, and all sorts of racial backgrounds.
There’s no Wiccan Membership Book are pagan dress code that says you have to
throw away your polo shirt or khaki's in favor of capes and an all-black wardrobe. On the other hand, if you
prefer the gothic look - go for it... just remember that goth and Wiccan are not synonymous.
However, thinking that it's time to drop your jeans/khakis and polo or dress shirts and then exchange them for
flowing black robes and lots of black eye liner is NOT something you have to do! Just
like in any other religion, Wiccans and Pagans are people first.
Some people like jeans and t-shirts, others like pink tutus, and some like to dress like they’re always at
the Renaissance Fair. It’s entirely up to you what you wear. What's more important is to be who you are and be
happy about it.
A word of advice: just because you’ve got a newly discovered spiritual path doesn’t mean everyone you come
in contact with wants to hear about it. You don’t have to wear a pentacle the size of a dinner plate just
because you’ve decided Wicca is the right path for you.
Religious Freedom Applies to Wiccans & Pagans
Believe it or not, as a Wiccan or Pagan you have the same rights as people of any other religion. Despite the
fact that some members of other faiths might disapprove of the existence of Wicca and Paganism, the fact is that if
you live in the United States, you're entitled to protection just like anyone else. It's against the law for anyone
to discriminate against you because you practice an earth-based faith.
Your rights as a Pagan or Wiccan parent, as an employee, and even as a member of the United States
Can you lose your kids, your job, or your home just because you practice an earth-based faith? Believe it or
not, you have the same rights as everyone else in this country. Learn what you can do to reduce the chance that
you'll be a victim of religious discrimination.
According to a study done in 2004, there were over 4,000 people in the United States Military, at that time, who
declared themselves as Pagan. Over half of those folks declared themselves as Wiccans. If you or someone you love
is an active duty member of the military, you need to be aware of your rights as a Pagan or Wiccan soldier.
To Come Out of the Broom Closet... or Not
Countless numbers of Pagans and Wiccans have made the choice to "come out of the broom closet"... in other
words, they've stopped hiding their spiritual path from others. For many people, this is a huge decision. You
may feel that it's not in your best interest to make your religious beliefs known, and that's okay too.
If you feel you could be in danger if you reveal that you are Wiccan, or that it might put a strain on family
relations, going public might be something you should postpone. Get all the pros and cons on coming out of the broom closet.
Wiccans and Pagans Are Not
Ask any Pagan or Wiccan about the cornerstone of their faith and they'll probably tell you:
- It's a reverence for their ancestors,
- A belief in the sacredness of nature,
- A willingness to embrace the Divine within ourselves,
- Or an acceptance of polarity between the male and female.
It is more likely than not a combination of the above principles. It has nothing to do with the
Devil, Satan, or any of the other names attributed to the Christian devil. Pagans and Wiccans are definitely
not devil worshippers, Satanists, or Diabolists - even though modern literature, movies and
TV shows try to "sell" us that they are!
Join a Coven, or Practice Solitary?
Most Wiccans/Pagans have chosen to join a coven, or study group, as it allows them the chance to learn from
other like minded people. It is an opportunity to share their ideas and new perspectives on any numbers of
things. On the other hand, for some folks it's seems more practical, or desirable, to remain as a solitary
practitioner of Wicca and Paganism.
Parents and Teens
Nothing sets a teenager at odds quicker with their parents than to come home wearing a giant pentacle,
toting a candle, and yelling - "I'm a witch now, so leave me alone!" Fortunately, it does not have to be that
Parents, you may have some concerns about Wicca and Paganism...
but that's understandable. Teens, you probably are not sure how to broach the subject
with mom and dad about your newfound interests.
Rest easy with a little bit of good communication, both parents and
teenagers should be able to find a happy medium and communicate their
fears, interests and desires with a little background knowledge and understanding of the crafts.
experienced Witch reveals secret methods for casting simple 3-minute spells that
actually work, without any hard-to-find
ingredients or tools...
Dying Witch Reveals
Simple Spell Casting
In Ancient Druid's
(noun): a textbook of magick. Such
books typically include instructions on how to perform magickal spells, how to create magickal
objects (like talismans, amulets, and charms), and how to summon supernatural entities such as
angels and spirits.
"Sometimes the simplest solutions are the
anyone can use
this knowledge to cast simple love, money, protection, and luck spells that can
in just a few days...
even if you've
never cast a successful spell." - Rose
You Don't Need a Lot of Fancy
Unfortunately many people thought they needed to stock up on hundreds of
dollars worth of incense, herbs, wands and candles before they could begin to practice Wicca or
Paganism. Nothing could be further form the truth. Obviously a few basic magical tools would be nice to
have, the key element of most traditions are the beliefs, not the tangible physical
items. If you would like
to gather a basic "starter kit" package, there are several which are common to nearly every tradition.
You Can Write Your Own Spells and Rituals
Despite a commonly held (and generally Internet-based) belief, anyone can actually write their own spells.
The only trick is recognizing the key elements to successful spell crafting. The intent (or goal), the
components, and then putting it into practice are all key.
Don't let anyone tell you that beginners cannot write a spell! Just like any other skill set
it simply takes some practice. However, with a little practice you can become a perfectly effective spell