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Wicca is a pagan religion containing traditions of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
(Pagan religion family includes Druidism, Asatru, wiccan, Greek, and Roman). Its origins can be traced even further back to Paleolithic peoples who worshipped a Hunter God and a Fertility Goddess. Cave paintings found in France (and dated at 30,000 years old) depict a man with the head of a stag, and a woman with a swollen, pregnant belly. They stand in a circle with eleven mortals. These archetypes of the divine are worshipped by Wiccans to this very day.
In 1951, the laws against Witchcraft were repealed in England. A man named Gerald Gardner was the first to come into the public eye with a description of what modern witches were practicing. His information came from the traditions of a coven called the New Forest Witches, and from Ceremonial Magic and the Cabballah. He began what is now called the Gardnerian Tradition of Wicca. From Gardnerian came Alexandrian Tradition, and a host of other offshoots that today number in the hundreds.
For two thousand years the image of the Witch has been associated with evil, heathenism, and blasphemy. These ideas have their origin in Christian myths created to convert members of the Old Religion to that of the new, Christianity. By making the Witch into a diabolical character of ill intent and action, the Christian missionaries were able to attach fear to a word that had once meant HEALER, WISE ONE, and SEER. These fears are present to this day. When we think of the archetypal image of the Witch, we remember the evil enchantress of childhood tales. We think of an old, wrinkled hag with a nasty wart on her nose. We think of hexes, and devils, and foul incantations chanted around a bubbling cauldron. While the modern witches have been known to stir up herbal remedies in a cauldron, we are a far cry indeed from the horrifying Wicked Witch of the West!
WICCAN SEASONS AND PAGAN HOLIDAYS
FOOD IN WICCA
|Introduction on Wicca||Wiccan Seasons And Holidays||Kitchen Witchery||Meditation, Visualisation, Grounding and Centering|
|The Basics Of Wicca||Samhain||Wiccan Recipes||Casting and Banishing a Circle|
|Types Of Wicca||Yule||Recipes for Imbolg||Elements/Cardinal Directions|
|The God||Imbolc||Recipes for Ostara||Invocations|
|The Goddess||Ostara||Recipes for Beltane||The Wiccan Altar and its Tools|
|Beliefs, History and Types of Wicca||Beltane||Recipes for Litha||The Altar|
|Glossary||Litha||Recipes for Lughnassadh||Altar Ideas for the Sabbats|
|Moon Lore||Lughnassadh||Recipes for Mabon||Fae Lore|
|Deities||Mabon||Recipes for Samhain||Fae Dictionary|
|Craft Names||Esbats||Recipes for Yule||The Angels And Wicca|
|Life and Wicca||Wiccan Books||Recipes for Esbats||Angel Dicionary|
|Wicca and Life||Miscellaneous Crafts|
Paganism has been around and alive since the beginning of time. Documentation of magic and witchcraft exists even in the oldest texts. Numerous cave drawings all over the world depict symbols of the gods and goddesses worshipped throughout history. Paganism is the oldest form of religion.
Wicca is a Nature oriented religion, that puts emphasis on honoring both The God and The Goddess, and living in harmony with all things in the Universe. It can be practiced in a group, called a Coven, or it can be practiced as a Solitary Witch. We do not worship satan!
The devil is an anti-Pagan propaganda device invented by the Christian church. He (or, more appropriately, "it") had never existed in written literature prior to the New Testament. The Craft is a pre- Christian religion which has been around much longer than the church or its concept of satan, who was never worshipped as a deity of the Old Religion. The devil is strictly a part of the Christian belief system, not the Nature-loving earth religion of Wicca. However, we do acknowledge the light and the dark sides of things, including religions.
There are also some very special Wiccan Holidays that are celebrated throughout the year. These holidays represent the honoring of The God and The Goddess, and the cycle of Nature.
Witches have an inseparable partnership to Mother Earth and celebrate Her turns of the wheel as Sabbats and Esbats. The Wheel of the Year marks the Sun's journey across the sky, the solstices, equinoxes and the Earth's changing seasons. Each spoke of the wheel marks an important moment of progression and change in the Earth. Witches will celebrate the holiday starting the day before until the day after the sabbath date.
The Wiccan religious calendar contains 13 Full Moon celebrations and 8 Sabbats or days of power. The Sabbats are solar rituals, marking the points of the Sun’s yearly cycle, and are but half of the Wiccan ritual year. The Esbats are the Wiccan Full Moon celebrations. There are 12-13 Full Moons yearly, or one every 28 1/4 days. The Moon is a symbol of the Goddess as well as a source of energy. Thus, after the religious aspects of the Esbats, Wiccans often practice magic, tapping into the larger amounts of energy which are thought to exist at these times. Most rites are held at night. The eight Sabbats represent seasonal birth, death, and rebirth.
Witchcraft is recognized in the United States and in at least some parts of Canada as a legitimate religion. In I985, Dettmer v. Landon, the District Court of Virginia pursuant to rule 52 (a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, ruled that Witchcraft falls within a recognizable religious category and therefore is protected by the Constitution. I'm sure it is also recognized in other countries as well. Also, check out The U.S. Armed Forces Chaplain's Handbook section on Wicca.
KABBALAH CHARMS AND MAGIC
SPIRITS ANIMAL MAGIC ASTROLOGY AND HERBS
|Book of Shadows||Animal Magic||The Months And Wicca||Incense Magic|
|Rituals||Animals and Familiars||January||Essential Oil Magic|
|Spells and Charms||Astral Projection||February||Brew Magic|
|Magic||Spirit Guides||March||Ointment Magic|
|Kabbalah||Astrology||April||Salve Cream Magic|
|Seven Bodies||Celtic Tree and Animal Astrology||May||Powder Magic|
|Chakras And Auras||Covens||June||Sachet Magic|
|Divination||Sun Gardening||July||Bath Magic|
|Tarot||Moon Gardening||August||Tincture Magic|
|Runes and the Ogham||The Moon And Magic||September||Infusion Magic|
|Palmistry||Homeopathic Herbal Remedies||November||Metal Magic|
|Arts and Crafts||Old Herb Names||December||Feather and Shell Magic|
|Herbs By Use||Aromatherapy Magic|
MAGICAL HERBAL ENCYCLOPEDIA
|Herbal Encyclopedia - M|
|Herbal Correspondences||Magical Herbal Encyclopedia||Herbal Encyclopedia - N|
|Essential Oil Correspondences||Herbal Encyclopedia - A||Herbal Encyclopedia - O|
|Herb, Oil and Crystal Correspondences||Herbal Encyclopedia - B||Herbal Encyclopedia - P|
|Tree Correspondences||Herbal Encyclopedia - C||Herbal Encyclopedia - Q|
|Fruit, Nut and Vegetable Correspondences||Herbal Encyclopedia - D||Herbal Encyclopedia - R|
|Crystal Correspondences||Herbal Encyclopedia - E||Herbal Encyclopedia - S|
|Color Correspondences||Herbal Encyclopedia - F||Herbal Encyclopedia - T|
|Daily Correspondences||Herbal Encyclopedia - G||Herbal Encyclopedia - U|
|Timing Correspondences||Herbal Encyclopedia - H||Herbal Encyclopedia - V|
|Planetary Correspondences||Herbal Encyclopedia - I||Herbal Encyclopedia - W|
|Zodiac Correspondences||Herbal Encyclopedia - J||Herbal Encyclopedia - Y|
|Sabbath Correspondences||Herbal Encyclopedia - K||Herbal Encyclopedia - Z|
|Spell Casting Correspondences||Herbal Encyclopedia - L||Herbal Crafts|
Introduction on Wicca | The Basics Of Wicca | Types Of Wicca | The God | The Goddess | Wiccan Seasons And Holidays | Samhain | Yule | Imbolg | Ostara | Beltane | Litha | Lughnassadh | Mabon | Esbats | Beliefs, History and Types of Wicca | Glossary | Moon Lore | Kitchen Witchery | Recipes | Recipes for Imbolg | Recipes for Ostara | Recipes for Beltane | Recipes for Litha | Recipes for Lughnassadh | Recipes for Mabon | Recipes for Samhain | Recipes for Yule | Recipes for Esbats | Deities | Craft Names | Meditation, Visualisation, Grounding and Centering | Casting and Banishing a Circle | Elements/Cardinal Directions | Invocations | The Wiccan Altar and its Tools | The Altar | Altar Ideas for the Sabbats | Fae Lore | Fae Dictionary | The Angels And Wicca| Angel Dicionary |
Alphabet And Symbol Dictionary | Book of Shadows | Rituals | Spells and Charms | Magic | Kabbalah | Seven Bodies | Chakras And Auras | Divination | Tarot | Runes and the Ogham | Numerology | Palmistry | Animal Magic | Animals and Familiars | Astral Projection | Spirit Guides | Astrology | Celtic Tree and Animal Astrology | Life and Wicca | Wicca and Life | Covens | The Months And Wicca| January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December | Sun Gardening | Moon Gardening | The Moon And Magic | Arts and Crafts |
Homeopathic Herbal Remedies | Old Herb Names | Herbs By Use | Herbal Correspondances | Essential Oil Correspondences | Herb, Oil and Crystal Correspondances | Tree Correspondences | Fruit, Nut and Vegetable Correspondances | Crystal Correspondences | Color Correspondences | Daily Correspondences | Timing Correspondences | Planetary Correspondences | Zodiac Correspondences | sabbath Correspondences | Spell Casting Correspondences | Miscellaneous Crafts |Incense Magic | Essential Oil Magic | Brew Magic | Ointment Magic | Salve Cream Magic | Powder Magic | Sachet Magic | Bath Magic | Tincture Magic | Infusion Magic | Candle Magic | Metal Magic | Feather and Shell Magic | Aromatherapy Magic | Substitutions |
Magical Herbal Encyclopedia | Herbal Encyclopedia - A | Herbal Encyclopedia - B | Herbal Encyclopedia - C | Herbal Encyclopedia - D | Herbal Encyclopedia - E | Herbal Encyclopedia - F | Herbal Encyclopedia - G | Herbal Encyclopedia - H | Herbal Encyclopedia - I | Herbal Encyclopedia - J | Herbal Encyclopedia - K | Herbal Encyclopedia - L | Herbal Encyclopedia - M | Herbal Encyclopedia - N | Herbal Encyclopedia - O | Herbal Encyclopedia - P | Herbal Encyclopedia - Q | Herbal Encyclopedia - R | Herbal Encyclopedia - S | Herbal Encyclopedia - T | Herbal Encyclopedia - U | Herbal Encyclopedia - V | Herbal Encyclopedia - W | Herbal Encyclopedia - Y | Herbal Encyclopedia - Z | Herbal Crafts
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