Sticks & Stones…

Sticks and StonesSticks & Stones

May break my bones

But, words will never hurt me.

George Cuples (1872)

In comparison, Wicca is the new kid on the block of legally organized religions, but, it is in the same definitive category as; United Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Hindu, Moslem, Mormon, and Jew, to name a few. Most organized religions originated from the Church of England.

Webster’s Dictionary, Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft by Raven Grimassi, and, The Witch Book, by Raymond Buckland, provided clarification for these often misused and misunderstood terms:

Old Religion: Many modern Witches and Wiccans often refer to the Old Religion to indicate the survival of an aspect of pre-Christian European religion, and the genuine antiquity of Witchcraft and Wicca. While Witchcraft dates back long before the Roman Empire, Wicca wasn’t organized until 1951, which led to its legal recognition in 1971.

Old Ways: Living in harmony with the Earth sharing a common bond with the vegetable and animal kingdom; pre-Christian beliefs which include the Judaic roots of Christianity. (See Paganism)

Pagan: Simple country folk; Latin pagani, which means dwellers in the country

Paganism: As Christianity spread across Europe, urban inhabitants accepted the conversion long before the rural peasants would relinquish their nature based Old Religion. In retaliation, the Church put a negative bias on the Old Religion, and as a result, the term Paganism applied to followers of any religion other than Christianity. Today, Paganism is applied to followers of any religion other than Christianity, Judaism, or Islam.

Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy. M.L. Meneken     

Occult: Hidden, mysterious

Witch: Derived from the Old English word Witha translated to mean Wise One; an aged village herbalist who lived a solitary life, but was called upon for spells and healing potions by the local folks, i.e., Hedge Witch

Magic: Staged tricks of illusion; sleight of hand

Magick: The art and Metaphysical science of manifesting personal desires through the collection and direction of energy; there are essentially five components to the art of creating successful works of Magick: 1) Personal Will 2) Timing 3) Imagery 4) Direction 5) Balance

Grimoire: A book of ceremonies, rituals, and spells, usually dating back to the Middle Ages – Several grimoires written in modern times are noteworthy: The Grimoire of Lady Sheba, by Lady Sheba, A Grimoire of Shadows by Ed Fitch, and, A Victorian Grimoire by Patricia Telesco. (To date; all of these books are in print, and available from Llewellyn)

Satan: The fallen or dark Angel as characterized in Judaic-Christian religion, the personification of evil. Since the rise of Christianity, Witches have been accused of worshiping Satan and human sacrifice. Unfortunately, this ludicrous misconception remains alive today.

Warlock: Male Witch-hunter; employed by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, during the inquisition, to find, accuse, and condemn village land owners of practicing Witchcraft, for the purpose of acquiring their land and wealth for the Church

Wicca: Derived from the Old English word Wicce meaning Wizard. It is a religion promoting the veneration of Nature and the worship of Divinity as containing both feminine and masculine aspects. It is founded upon the spiritual roots of pre-Christian European beliefs and practices.  The Old Religion, or The Craft of the wise, is the roots of Wiccan theology dating back to Neolithic, if not Paleolithic, times. Most Wiccans live by a philosophy of tolerance for the beliefs and practices of others, seeking to live in harmony with the local community and their environment. One of the primary tenets of Wiccan belief is to not intentionally harm other people or impose one’s will upon another. This philosophy is referred to as the Rede. As a member of the Wiccan faith, members must learn and practice Witchcraft. Witches, however, are not required to become initiated members of Wicca. (see Witch)

Witch, Wiccan & Wicca: Terms used (or misused) interchangeably meaning; Wizard, Prophet, Seer, Sage, Magician and Sorcerer

Coven: A congregation of people, traditionally thirteen in number, who join together to learn, share, and practice the art of Witchcraft.

Wiccan Coven: A congregation of people, traditionally thirteen in number, who follow the same Wiccan tradition or path. i.e., ideology, theology

So Mote It Be: A phrase used to declare that Magickal intent is in place

Spells: A spell is part of the act of Magick, created by the essence of the actual working of the magick. While Magick itself is causing something to happen that you want to happen, a spell is the act (ritual or ceremonial things done) of bring about the desired result. Building power and energy with repetitious chanting, mantras, rhythm and rhymes, aided by visualization of the end result, help to project the spell into the Universe to manifest.

Solitary: A devout, eclectic practitioner of one; often referred to as a Closet Witch

Blessed Be: A phrase used in both greeting and parting. On a mundane level, it is simply a well-wishing between kindred spirits.

Traditions: “Just as there are a large number of different denominations of Christianity, so are there a number of traditions or Paths of Wicca. The oldest formal tradition is Gardnerian, founded by Gerald Gardner and based on what he learned from the coven into which he was initiated in the 1930’s. With the success of Gardnerian, other traditions arose, most basing themselves on the Gardnerian rituals. Alexandrian, founded in the 1960’s by Alex Sanders, includes a large percentage of Gardnerian Wicca with the addition of many aspects of Ceremonial Magick. Others quickly emerged, many claiming great antiquity, but, further examination proved them to be based on the Gardnerian rites. Saxon Witchcraft, or Seax-Wica, founded in 1973 by Raymond Buckland, made no claims to antiquity nor did it use any of the Gardnerian rites. It broke with tradition by being open and far more democratically organized than most other traditions.” The Witch BookThe Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Wicca, and Neopaganism, Raymond Buckland, Visible Ink Press LLC, 2002

Black Magick: Negative Magick; Magick that will harm a person in some way. Curses and hexes are example of black magick. It is the Magick that invokes malevolent forces and destructive elements. According to the Wiccan Rede, “An it harm none, do what thou wilt.” Black Witch is a blatantly inaccurate term. (See Black Magician)

Black Magician: One who performs black magick. Historically, when right-handed was considered normal and left-handed was considered abnormal, black magick was referred to as the left Hand Path.

Book of Shadows: Witchcraft was originally passed on by word of mouth from generation to generation. It was not until the persecutions of the Middle Ages, when Witches had to meet in secret preventing them from maintaining contact with one another, that their rituals and rites were recorded in books. And, since Witches had to meet in the shadows, as it were, the book acquired that name.

Incantation: Words recited for a spell. In working magick, words are power whether they are written or recited, they contain energy. Repetitive rhyme and rhythm are most important in the working of magick.

Charm: An amulet or a talisman is referred to as a charm, i.e., rabbit’s foot, four-leaf clover, Christian rosary, horse shoe, rainbow, two-headed coin, arrow head, Dove’s feather, Eagle’s feather, etc. Charms are believed to hold great power.

Chants: A rhythmic repetition of words. They can have a seemingly hypnotic effect which allows the mind to focus on the object, purpose or goal of the spell.

White Magick: Positive magick is considered White Magick, and the only form of magick that Witches and Wiccans may employ. There are many shades of magick, although magick is always thought of in black and white, thereby distinguishing good from evil. But, there are many shades of gray in-between. Helping people; without harming anyone in the process or intending to harm someone, falls in the privy of white magick.

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Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Witchcraft


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The Color of Witchcraft

The Color of WitchcraftThe Old Religion, or Witchcraft, predates Christianity. Good and evil has always been an issue surrounding the type of Witchcraft one practiced. White has always represented good, as described in The Wizard of Oz by the Good Witch of the North, Glinda. But, the extreme dark opposite of Glinda was the Wicked Witch of the East; fatally wounded sister of the stereotyped Wicked Witch of the West. Had it not been for the coveted Ruby Slippers, no one would have known what was going on in that story!

Folklore is flooded with many evil witches. Evil Witch, Grizelda, enticed innocent children to her candy cottage, as was the case of Hansel and Gretel. Evil has always captured our imagination. Witch Hazel dazzled Looney Tunes comics, and Walt Disney capitalized on some really nasty characters during his creative and entertaining reign. 

We’re taught that black is evil, taboo, and dangerous; which makes it fascinating to the human psyche. White signifies safe and angelic, but, dull, boring, and laced with puritan ideology. Hair-raising, spine-chilling macabre story-lines and themes draw our interest and causes our adrenalin to pump. Could it be that we intellectually know that there is a fine line between good and evil?

In reality, Wicca has become a steadily growing organized religion throughout the world. There is some misunderstanding about Wicca and Witchcraft; one must practice Witchcraft as part of the Wiccan initiate journey, but, one does not have to be an initiated Wiccan to be a Witch! There are three distinct levels of Wicca; each degree or ring requires 365+1 days to complete. Every organized religion has many denominations. And, Wicca has many paths or traditions, each with slightly different belief systems and practices, as designed by the founder.

With the aid of Doreen Valente, Gerald Gardner founded and organized Gardnerian Wicca in 1951, after England repealed the Witchcraft Act of 1542. Lady Sheba, a traditional Witch by heritage and a Gardnerian Witch by choice, registered The American Order of the Brotherhood of Wicca as a religious organization in the State of Michigan on August 13, 1971. Thereby opening the bureaucratic door as one of the first people in the United States to officially establish Wicca as a legally recognized religion.

Black Magick imposes the will from one to another, most often with the intention to do harm. White Magick ascribes to the greater good, and follows do what ye will, and harm none. Passive Green Magick is intoned with the powers of nature’s energy. Labels produce a stereotype; knowledge produces wisdom. How and where we choose to direct our knowledge and the intention of the action is the choice which is most important.    

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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Witchcraft


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Read Me!

Read MeIn days of old, parlor games enlisted the aid of a Fortuneteller who used mystical methods and tools to dazzle those in attendance. Most often used were the renowned Crystal Ball, Ouija (Spirit) Board, Tarot Cards, Runes, Tea Leaves, Palmistry, or he/she pulled out all stops and conducted a Séance. This person’s convincing expertise held a captive and very generous audience. But, were all of the ancient practitioners charlatans?

The Bible frequently mentions prophets, sages and seers. Precognition was a common practice, unquestionably feared, but, accepted in most cultures. There was a dark time, which called for the murder of any newborn who was delivered with a veil (mucus membrane) over its face; because it was believed to mean that the child was born with the sight. Fear of the unknown has plagued mankind, and created irrational myths, superstitions, lore, and beliefs. We fear most that which we do not understand. Then why is mankind so incredibly intrigued by the mystical, and especially those that practice the art?

Have you ever asked yourself these questions? Will I get married? Will I have children? How many children will I have? Am I moving? Will I get the job that I applied for? How will I die? When will I die? Will I be successful? Will I be wealthy? Am I going to win the Lotto? Is my lover going to discover that I am the right one, and return? Am I going to get a chronic disease? Is Cancer going to kill me? When will I own my dream house? Am I going to get called back to the job that I was laid-off from? When is the war going to end? Is someone going to assassinate the President? Unfortunately, there are no ready or rational answers to many questions, in part because a decision hasn’t been made.  

People seek verification and/or validation to that which they already know or suspect. Destiny cannot be changed. As hard as it is to imagine, there isn’t too much that’s stuck in concrete within the expansive database in the sky. Free-will allows us many choices and options. As badly as people want to blame everything and everyone for the circumstances of their life, the truth is; the only person they have to blame is themselves.

“You’re the psychic, you tell me!” Those words cause one to seriously wonder if this person goes into a physician’s office and challenges the doctor with these words, Cure me, doc!” Or into a dentist’s office and foolishly says, “Drill me!” And, with the onset of the computer age, there is the more recent exclamation, “You read my blog! That’s how you know so much about me and my life!” As incredibly ludicrous as that accusation may sound, one has to seriously wonder, in this age of stolen identities, how anyone could possibly be that irresponsible to publicly display his/her soul, especially on the internet?   

As with all professions; ethics, confidentiality, and professional credibility must be firmly attached to a competent Reader. There are those that are convinced that people are naive enough to accept a canned reading, i.e., one that is general and can apply to anyone.  These individuals will tell their clients NOT to share the information that they receive, with anyone! The client cannot ask questions (solely because a Reader will become confused and off rehearsed script). The Reader will allow only one person to sit in on a session at a time, and a reading cannot be taped! Very often, the Reader will excitably say, “I sense that there is much more information for you, and, for an additional fee, this this important information will come through!”

There is always the charlatan who will frantically exclaim, “For a fee, I will burn holy candles, sacrifice a sacred chicken, and jump through hoops of hell-fire to; i.e., bring back your loved one in 24 hours, get the job that you desire in less than a week, and/or rid the horrible curse that is afflicting your family, children, spouse, dog, etc.” Sadly, those are a few examples of what can and does routinely happen. The consumer can choose to listen to this brand of fear-mongering, but, when someone proposes or intends to impose their will on someone else… RUN FOR THE HILLS!

An ethical Reader will live by and practice; No Hidden Costs, False Hopes, or Empty Promises! A professional Reader will counsel and teach you how to help yourself!

Anyone can hang a shingle, and proclaim that they are God gifted and world renowned!” Anyone can fool themselves into unjustly charging unreasonable prices in an effort to convince themselves and potential clients that they are so incredible and extraordinary that they are worth the expense! These people don’t comprehend that the portal to hell is opened with deceit and blatant fabrication, because people fully expect to get what they pay for, and a fraudulent Reader can’t deliver!   

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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Divination, Psychic Development


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Dixie Cup Spell

Dixie Cup SpellIs someone driving you absolutely crazy? Is this person too dense to comprehend your subtle hints? When you have reached this point, it’s time to get out a Dixie cup and put it to work!

As you gather your materials, visualize the bothersome person moving out, or simply staying away; without conflict, consequences, or complications.

You will need:

1 Dixie Cup

1 square of white unlined paper

1 juice glass

1 #2 pencil

3 cotton balls

3 dead flies

If you would like more power, you may use one or more of the following herbs, flowers, or plants: Bindweed (Morning Glory), Marigold (Calendula), Fennel, Geranium, Hawthorn, Sassafras, Snakeroot.

As you put the spell together you may want to chant this rhyme at least seven times, with feeling and intent: “Go away, stay away, do it now!”

With paper and pencil in hand, draw a perfect circle, using the mouth of the juice glass for a pattern. Print the person’s full name in the center of the circle; draw an “X” across the name, touching the edges of the circle.  Sign and date the bottom of the paper, fold it 3 times, then, put it into the Dixie cup. Put the 3 dead flies on top of the paper, followed by the herbs (if you choose to add them), and the cotton swabs. The last preparation step is to fill the Dixie cup with water, fully drenching the cotton swabs.

Now, put the cup into a freezer. As long as the Dixie cup remains frozen, the bothersome person will stay away!

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Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Relationships, Spells


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Knots Of Faith

unity circle TriquetraAncient Celts created symbolic art to represent the infinite path of the human spirit, and an endless or uninterrupted life cycle. Historically, Celtic knots began appearing about 450 AD. Those of Esoteric and Spiritual paths referred to the beautiful, intricate artwork as Mystic Knots, because they transcended life’s beginnings and endings, nature, birth and rebirth.

Celtic myths and legends frequently refer to symbolic triplicities; the triple lunar phases of the moon; mother, maid, crone; body mind spirit; mother, father, child; past, present, future; creation, preservation, destruction; and, thought, feeling, emotion. The Latin meaning for three–cornered is Triquetra. Long before Christian priests, monks and missionaries began their infamous crusade, Pagan History suggests that it was Celtic priests (Druids) who presented Pagan worshipers with the symbolic Celtic Cross and the Triquetra.

Faith and symbolism are synonymous, partners in fellowship. The crusade and conversion was basically successful solely because of the inclusion and coordination of traditional and revered Pagan holidays, signs and symbols. Christian ideology maintained that the Triquetra meant the trinity; Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, frequently stylized as the three interlaced fishes; i.e., vesica pisces. The Triquetra is a perfect representation of the Christian Trinity belief; three is one. The Celtic Cross is and was indicative of the four ways of ascension (God, nature, wisdom, and self); the meeting place of the Divine energies. Both the Celtic Cross and the Triquetra frequently integrate a circle of unity, and they are both either adorned with, or built from Celtic knots.  

Wiccan and neo-Pagan beliefs contend that the Triquetra reverently symbolizes’ the triple aspect Goddess. That appropriation has led many Christians to protest. The Triquetra represents the triplicities of body, mind, soul and the three domains of; earth, sea, and sky. What many fail to realize is that the Triquetra is neither male nor female, Christian or Pagan. And, it is not bound by any ethnic group, religious or political affiliation. Metaphysically, there has always been esoteric power in the number three; as Egyptian pyramids have proven. And, contrary to what anyone says, the Triquetra is definitely not a knot work symbol of the devil.   

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Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Esoteric Symbolism


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Spirit Answers

chakra energyIn the Occult (hidden) world, the Spiritual Plane is the highest level of being; the ultimate level of creative and intellectual power from which all other planes unfold. The Spiritual Plane is considered beyond time, space, and person. That is why we have to be extremely specific writing thoughtforms, magick, metaphysics, and spirit communication; our greatest resource, Spirit, has no concept of time, space or person. We have to explain every detail to Spirit, then it can work effectively, efficiently, and on the same page with us.

We will discuss the energy centers in more depth, but when the 7th Chakra (which is on the top of your head, where a newborn’s thin fontanel is located) is opened, you have connected with your Higher Self or Spiritual Self. An open 7th Chakra will allow you to hear those in the spiritual realm clearly, most often via the right ear.

When you have a question, it can be asked before going to bed. If your question was asked correctly, or, there is an answer available, you will have your answer by morning. If you don’t have an answer in the morning, you may only ask your question three nights, then, leave it alone. There are times that we may not like the answer we receive, and insist that the answer is wrong. You aren’t imagining anything, always ask yourself, Why would spirit lie?

There are several ways that we can receive our answers; a vivid and retained dream is most common.  But, a song on the radio may jump out at you, and you’ll say, “There it is!” Or, a letter will come in the mail, which you would normally throw out, but instead, laid on a table or counter. Go back and reread it, your answer was there all of the time! And remember; If there is an answer, it will come, when you least expect it.

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Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Spirit Connection


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Witch Facts

Witches Cauldron

Double, double toil and trouble

Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Macbeth Act 4, scene 1, 10-11, etc.

There’s nothing that can formulate the ambiance of something forbidden, secretive, or the occult like the image of a toothless, disheveled old crone, wearing dark tattered clothing and a black pointed hat, bending over a steaming pot!

Iron pots or cauldrons immigrated to Great Britain, and then to the new world, with the Irish, who were master iron workers. These huge iron pots could retain heat over an open fire, which was a tremendous contribution to all cultures.

During the Elizabethan Era, affluent women wore hats which were pointed and adorned with flowing silk trains. As these treasured hats became out of fashion, or aged, they were discarded, at which time the indigent retrieved them; dirty, tattered and misshapen.

The aging process combined with years of hard manual labor, and the absence of dentistry or healthcare attributed to the stereotypical low cracked voice, toothless mouth, and stooped posture.

Also, due to the lack of dentistry, the word Witch originated from, and sounded like, the word “Witha,” which in old English meant “wise one.” Rural communities revered their village Herbalist, i.e., Witha, who was also their physician, dentist, and veterinarian.   

Life was hard, but, it got harder when the Catholic Church hierarchy discovered that rural Herbalists were often paid for their services with land, valuable land that the Church wanted. So, they contrived a way to obtain it with the aid of unscrupulous men they labeled, “Warlocks.” Their job was to befriend the Herbalists, learn their “secrets,” accuse them of devil worship, and Witchcraft! Both of which were punishable by torture and death. The inquisition was manufactured solely for power, wealth and land seizure, nothing trivial.  

Ironically, since Warlocks learned the ancient secrets so well from their rural teachers, it was naturally assumed that a male Witch is a Warlock, when nothing could be further from historical facts and truth! Sadly, irrational and sadistic Witch hunts continued. Practitioners adopted magickal names as a safe method to recognize and communicate with each other.

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Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Witchcraft


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