I just listened to Laura Tempest Zakroff’s “6 Minutes of Witchcraft – A Message to Experienced Witches” where she talked about recommending introductory books to seekers. Would you recommend your favourite beginner books to a newbie today? Popular books from the 1970s (Margot Adler, Starhawk), 1980s (Raymond Buckland), and 1990s (Scott Cunningham, Silver RavenWolf) mayContinue reading “6 Minutes of Witchcraft: Regarding Experienced Witches, Newbies, & Books”
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The Theban Alphabet, also called the Witches’ Alphabet, is a system of writing which is thought to have originated in the 16th century. It is first mentioned in medieval alchemical manuscripts by Polygraphia (1518) and Agrippa (1531), attributing the alphabet to Honorius of Thebes. Thus, the Theban Alphabet is also called the Runes of HonoriusContinue reading “Theban”
The pentacle, or pentagram, is one of the most important symbols in Wicca, similar to the use of the cross in Christianity and the Star of David in Judaism. The pentagram refers to a five-pointed star, while a pentacle is a pentagram enveloped by a circle.
To Summon, Stir, Conjure or Call?
While reading The Complete Idiots Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft, I came upon a chapter differentiating between the different ways to to call entities from other realms. Apparently there are big differences between summoning, stirring, calling, inviting, and requesting!
Spirit, the Fifth Element
The element of Spirit, or Ether or Akasha (Sanskrit), represents the universal inner space, the material that fills the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere. (Wiki) Spirit is thought to be the fifth element, with the other four classical elements being Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Together they form each point of the pentacle.Continue reading “Spirit, the Fifth Element”
The Element of Water
Water is one of the four classical elements, which also includes Earth, Fire and Air. A fifth element, Spirit or Akasha, is also sometimes included – and can represent the five points on the Pentacle. Water represents emotions, feelings, courage, absorption, subconscious/ unconscious mind, intuition, purification, cleansing, eternal movement, wisdom, the soul, vision quests, self-healing, sorrow,Continue reading “The Element of Water”
The Element of Fire
Fire is one of the four classical elements, which also includes Earth, Water and Air. A fifth element, Spirit or Akasha, is also sometimes included – and can represent the five points on the Pentacle. Fire represents change, energy, inspiration, love, sexuality, passion, life force, spirit, will, leadership, faith and trust, elusiveness, innocence, physical and personalContinue reading “The Element of Fire”
As a newbie pagan, can I expect to wave around a magic wand, wiggle my nose, say ‘hocus pocus’, and my wish will come true? The skeptic in me says no. But that doesn’t mean I don’t believe in magic. Interestingly enough, when I was researching magic/magick online and in books, even Wiccan books, most sources mentioned Aleister Crowley’sContinue reading “Magick”
The Element of Air
Air is one of the four classical elements, which also includes Earth, Water and Fire. A fifth element, Spirit or Akasha, is also sometimes included – and can represent the five points on the Pentacle. Air represents the mind and intelligence, knowledge, communication, inspiration, imagination, intuition, illumination, ideas, freedom, clarity, telepathy, psychic powers, dreams and wishes,Continue reading “The Element of Air”
The Element of Earth
Earth is one of the four classical elements, which also includes Air, Water and Fire. A fifth element, Spirit or Akasha, is also sometimes included – and can represent the five points on the Pentacle. Earth represents permanence, stability, strength, security, wisdom, practicality, materialism, wealth, abundance, prosperity, patience, truth, and responsibility. Earth symbols include the earth, soil, rocks, mountains, trees. TypesContinue reading “The Element of Earth”