The Wiccan Rede

Bide the Wiccan Laws we must
In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust
Live and let live
Fairly take and fairly give
Cast the Circle thrice about
To keep evil spirits out
To bind the spell every time
Let the spell be spake with rhyme
Soft of eyes and light of touch
Speak little, listen much
Deosil go by waxing moon
Chanting out the Witch’s Rune
Widdershines go by waning moon
Chanting out the baneful rune
When the Lady’s moon is new
Kiss the hand to her, times two
When the moon rides at her peak
Then your heart’s desire seek
Heed the North wind’s mighty gale
Lock the door and drop the sail
When the wind comes from the South
Love will kiss thee on the mouth
When the wind blows from the West
Departed souls will have no rest
When the wind blows from the East
Expect the new and set the feast
Nine woods on the cauldron go
Burn them fast, burn them slow
Elder by the Lady’s Tree
Burn it not or cursed you’ll be
When the wheel begins to turn
Let the Beltane fires burn
When the wheel has turned to Yule
Light the log and the Horned One rules
Heed ye Flower, Bush and Tree
By the Lady, Blessed Be
Where the rippling waters go
Cast a stone and truth you’ll know
When ye have true need
Harken not to others’ greed
With a fool no season spend
Least ye be counted as his friend
Merry meet and merry part
Bright the cheeks and warm the heart
Mind the Threefold Law you should
Three times bad and Three times good
When misfortune is enow
Wear the blue star on thy brow
True in love ever be
Lest thy lover’s false to thee
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill
An ye harm none, do what ye will.


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Before Time Was

Before time was, there was The One; The One was all, and all was The One. And the vast expanse known as the universe was The One, all wise, all pervading, all powerful, eternally changing. And space moved. The One molded energy into twin forms, equal but opposite, fashioning the Goddess and God from The One and of The One. The Goddess and God stretched and gave thanks to The One, but darkness surrounded them. They were alone, solitary save for The One. So they formed energy into gases and gases into suns and planets and moons; they sprinkled the universe with whirling globes and so all was given shape by the hands of the Goddess and God. Light arose and the sky was illuminated by a billion suns. The Goddess and God, satisfied by their works, rejoiced and loved, and were one. From their union sprang the seeds of all life, and the human race so that we might achieve incarnation upon the Earth. The Goddess chose the Moon as her symbol, and the God the Sun as his to remind the inhabitants of Earth of their creators. All are born, live, die and are reborn beneath the Moon and Sun; All things come to pass thereunder, and all occurs with the blessings of The One, the Goddess and God, as has been the way of existence since before time was.

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Keeping Balance

I saw this quote as a picture on Facebook one day:

When you say to someone that you’re Pagan, they have a little smirk like that means you’re a bit eccentric or a bit of an oddball. I just want every one to know the truth. That Paganism is where our human history started. It is through Pagan civilizations we get language, writing, tools, architecture, the calendar. The days of the week are all named after Pagan Gods. The months are named after Pagan Gods and the Planets in the solar system and many constellations are all named after Pagan Gods. Some the the most famous monuments in the world are Pagan, such as the Statue of Liberty, which is a statue of the Roman Goddess Libertas. The Washington Monument is an Obelisk, which was an ancient Egyptian statue to worship the Sun Gods. There is even one shipped from Egypt in the center of the Vatican. Religion was invented by Pagans, Pagan religions were the first religion and pre-date all others by tens of thousands of years. All modern day religions such as Islam, Judaism and Christianity all have deep roots in the Pagan religion of old. I want to change peoples’ view so when you say you’re Pagan, you get respect and not a cooky look. I think people should know about their past and their heritage and what the new ONE God religions are trying to repress. The divine feminine, The Goddess which all Pagan religions worshiped. The Goddess has been covered up too long. It is time to let her breathe again. The world is out of balance. There is too much war, hate, hunger and greed. We need to restore balance, and embrace the God AND Goddess.

Now, I would like to further point out something: Have you ever noticed that most, if not all, of Christianity’s holidays coincide with a Pagan holiday? Why? Because when Christianity was made legal, Christian leaders wanted to convert as many people as they could so they started integrating the Pagan holidays and celebrations into their own religion. You can look at any ONE God religion and see Paganism in their roots, not just Christianity.


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What Pagans are NOT

Okay, it’s time to banish a few common misunderstandings and misconceptions about the pagan path. Yeah, I’ve probably got this same information on other pages, but there are certain things I like to repeat to stress, to make sure that the message is clear.

What Devil?

First and foremost, pagans are not devil worshipers. They never were. They never will be. Why would members of one belief system worship the bad guy of another belief system? Anthropologists have seen how the Gods (and Goddesses) of the old religion comes to be regarded as the evil ones or devils in the new faith when a culture changes religions.

Modern pagans try to take on a balanced view of history. They reject the propaganda that seeks to link the old Gods with the Christian devil, and in doing so, pagans are free to accept, learn about, and revere the old Gods on their own terms.

“Wicca is nothing to do with Satanic Witchcraft. Wiccans do not believe in Satan. Satan is a part of the Christian religion, and Satanism is a Christian heresy. Wiccans do not perform animal or human sacrifices or perver the Catholic mass. Wiccans do not hate Christians or try to harm them or their faith. Wiccans do, however, wish Christians would stop knocking on their doors or leave leaflets on their front steps in an effort to convert them.” –Thea Sabin, Wicca for Beginners

No Blood Sacrifices, Please…

Modern pagans renounce the practice of human and animal sacrifices. They reject the notion that their Gods require blood sacrifices. That is not to say pagans do not make sacrifices. There are appropriate ways, which are defined as “offerings to the Gods.” These are usually in the form of prayer, song, flowers, oil, a token of food, or even pouring wine on sacred ground or leaving a small meal for wild animals, instead of shedding blood. Even giving up a bad habit can be a sacrifice if done in a spiritually intentional manor.

Pagans and Sex

It is very commonly thought -wrongly I might add- that pagan worship always involves a hot, sweaty orgy. If all you are interested in is group sex, you would have better luck at a swingers club! While pagan beliefs about sex are a bit more liberal than most people’s, their sexual behavior is pretty much the same. Pagans are just like everyone else in their opposition to adultery, rape and child molestation.

When it comes to such things as homosexuality, bisexuality, and sex between unmarried couples, pagans are probably more liberal than most, but that is because for pagans sex is natural and therefore good.

Some pagans, especially those who practice Wicca, sometimes perform rituals in the nude, also known as “skyclad”. This is not true of all Wiccans, and certainly not all pagans, but it does seem to get a lot of press. But even those Wiccans who do practice skyclad rituals tend to be as middle-of-the-road in their sexuality as most pagans. In other words: They think sex is great, but an orgy? No thanks!!

An Excuse For Sexual Abuse

“Wicca is not about using sex to manipulate others or about sexually abusing children. Wiccans find these things as abhorrent as anyone else does. Child abuse is not acceptable, and it is not condoned in the Wiccan path. It’s true that Wiccans tend to be pretty open about sex, but because they’re frank about sexuality, and even celebrate it, most covens will not accept a student under the age of twenty-one. It’s not appropriate to include a child or teenager in rituals that may contain sexual symbolism. That said, if someone tries to tell you that sex is expected as payment for Wiccan training, run screaming into the night. That person is a sexual predator, not a Wiccan.” — Thea Saban, Wicca for Beginners

Proselytizing

“Wiccans do not try to convert others to Wicca. Wiccans do not troll the high schools for vulnerable teens to brainwash into secret sects or cults. Wiccans do not go door-to-door trying to convince others that their religion is the right religion. Wiccans know that people in cultures from all over the world, throughout human history — including Christians, Muslims, Jews, Ba’Hai, Buddhists, Pagans, and many others — have been killed for religious beliefs or forced to adopt someone else’s faith, and many Wiccans see proselytizing as a continuation of this bullying and coercion. Wiccans know that there is more than one path to God, and that everyone must find his or her own spirituality (or not, if they so choose). Wiccans believe that if people are meant to walk the path, they will find it without someone proselytizing to them. Wiccans also know that those who find the path on their own value it more than they would if they had been ‘convinced’ to become Wiccan.” — Thea Saban, Wicca for Beginners

Dualistic

Wicca incorporates a lot of dual and polarity symbolism. However, although some religions see dualities as antagonistic, like Go and Satan, for example, Wiccans see them as opposite partners, or two parts of a whole. That whole “black and white”, “absolute wrong and absolute right” mindset has no place in Wicca. Wiccans see many shades of gray. Do not mistake this as being Wiccans do not have ethics, because they most certainly do! — Thea Saban, Wicca for Beginners

Exclusive

There is absolutely nothing in Wicca that says you can’t practice more than one religion or worship more than one god or set of gods. Personally, I draw from several of the ancient sets of gods and goddesses, incorporating Celtic, Egyptian, Norse, Roman and Greek into my life. I am what is called an Eclectic. There is nothing wrong with this. Again, Wicca is about choices and worshiping Nature in all her forms.

A Way to Get Power Over Others

Wicca is a way to build our own personal power. Isn’t that way more important anyways? Seriously. If you’ve seen the movies where the girl casts a spell to gain power over or control of someone else, please remember: that is only a movie. Wicca, Paganism, and Magick so do not work that way. Wicca is about learning to control yourself and your own life.

Only About Magick

“If you are exploring Wicca only so you can learn more about magick, please, don’t waste your time. Wicca is a religion, and you do not need it to do magick. Magick exists outside of religion. Wicca provides one of many paths to magickal practice, but magick is not its central theme. Some Wiccans don’t do magick at all.” — Thea Saban, Wicca for Beginners

Ok, most of that I agree with. Wicca is NOT solely about magick. That is true. Wicca is a religion. That I do not agree with. Throughout my site you will see it called such a lot, because almost all of the research I have seen on Wicca refers to Wicca as a religion. I do not believe this. I believe that Wicca is a way of life, not just a religion. Wicca is about peace. Wicca is about Nature and Mother Earth. Wicca is about learning to live a better life, calm, peaceful, without war and conflict. Yes, magick is a part of Wicca, but it is not all there is to it. I do agree that some Wiccans do not use magick at all. For the longest time, I did not do magick. Magick, put in the simplest terms, is using your will to control the situations you find yourself in and the energies that surround you. I’ll get into that more later.


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A short, quick history lesson…

No official history of witchcraft truly exists. This is because the “history” presented by the academic community is not the depiction of any real society of people known as witches. Instead it is the study of non-witches and their views about what they referred to as witchcraft and witches. Academic history is this field is the story of how superstition influenced popular beliefs about imaginary witches and witchcraft, and how theologians further invented ideas about the subject. This is a make-believe witchcraft of fantasy themes, and not an ethnographical study of a real culture of people who were witches. If we are to call this history, then we need to note that it is a mythical history at best.

It is possible, of course, that some people were involved in diabolical practices involving satanic worship, but could they have numbered in the tens of thousands across all of Europe? This seems unlikely. If we are to regard the number of people charged with witchcraft over the centuries as an accurate reflection of the sect’s numbers, however, then we must say yes. But what we are saying “Yes” to is the portrayal of witches by people who believed witches could fly, change into animal form, and frolic in person with demons. How credible can these “authorities” be in such a light? We would have to question their ability to reason and therefore their aptitude for understanding the facts and fantasies regarding the matter before them.

In contrast to the “learned view” of the authorities, looking at the folkloric witch of the “uneducated people” brings us one step closer to uncovering the witch (free of themes that support an agenda). The problem here is that what we are looking at is superstition and how fear instead of reality shapes the belief of a people. The academic presentation is the view of witches by people who feared and hated them. It is not the account of people who actually know authentic witches in their community and conversed with them about their beliefs and practices. Oddly, it is the beliefs of outsiders that scholars drew upon to present the history of witches and witchcraft.

Anything compared against the academic picture of witchcraft that does not comply is called pseudo-history, but how can we have a fake history of witchcraft when we do not possess a factual one? Many Neo-Pagan writers have been charged with creating pseudo-history when writing about views related to the roots of modern witchcraft and Wicca. Some writers believe in the existence of a pre-Christian religion of witches who venerated a goddess such as Diana, and one that survived in some fashion well into the Christian era. Critics respond that if such a thing existed there would be evidence in the witch trials.

References to venerating Diana and other goddesses do show up in trial records and those of the Inquisition. Therefore we have no absence of the concept. This, by itself, is not proof of goddess worship among the accused, but neither is it something to completely dismiss is we are to be fair and balanced. The figure of a goddess does appear in witch trials throughout Europe.

Here’s a bit more that I have learned and can wrap my head around…

Twenty-five thousand years ago Paleolithic people depended upon hunting to survive. Only by success in the hunt could there be food to eat, skins for warmth and shelter, bones to fashion into tools and weapons. In those days people believed in a multitude of gods. Nature was overwhelming. Out of awe and respect for the gusting wind, the violent lightening, the rushing stream, people ascribed to each a spirit, made each a deity… a god. This is what we call animism. A god controlled that wind. A god controlled the sky. A god controlled the waters. But most of all, a god controlled the all-important hunt… a God of Hunting.

Most of the animals hunted were horned so the people pictured the God of Hunting also as a being horned. It was at this time that magick became mixed in with these first faltering steps of religion. The earliest form of magick was probably of the sympathetic variety. Similar things, it was thought, have similar effects: like attracts like. If a life-size clay model of a bison was made, then attacked and “killed”… then a hunt of the real bison should also end in a kill. Religio-magickal ritual was born when one of the cavemen threw on a skin and antlered mask and player the part of the Hunting God directing the attack. There are, still in existence, cave paintings of such rituals, together with the spear-stabbed clay models of bison and bears.

Along with this God of Hunting there was a Goddess, though which came first (whether they evolved together) we do not know, and it is immaterial. If there were to be animals to hunt, there had to be fertility of those animals. If the tribe was to continue (and there was a high mortality rate in those days) then there had to be fertility of the people. Again sympathetic magick played a part. Clay models were made of the animals mating, and in an accompanying ritual the members of the tribe would copulate.

With the development of agriculture there was a further elevating of the Goddess. She now watched over the fertility of the crops as well as of tribe and of animal. The year, then, fell naturally into two halves. In the summer food could be grown, and so the Goddess predominated; in the winter, the people had to revert to hunting, and so the God predominated. The other deities (of wind, thunder, lightening, etc.) gradually fell into the background, now of secondary importance.

Long before religion became Religion, full of dogma, regulations, ceremonial figureheads, theme parks, and teleministries, there was simply nature. The first spiritual impulses were born of people who lived close to the land and who relied on it for survival. They knew the ways of the seasons: the annual promise of the warming days, the long period of growth that followed, the importance of harvest, and the seasons of frost and death. Women knew the ways of the moon, of healing and childbirth. Men knew the movement of the herd animals and the secret ways of the hunter and the hunted. There were no holy books or official spiritual doctrines. The divine did not exist in some inaccessible realm. It lived among and through the people. It sang in bird songs, it formed the ocean’s waves, it filled the human body, plants and animals with life.

Spirituality had little to do with lofty philosophical notions – it centered on the hard facts of life. The soft facts of life must have played their part too. Love, tenderness and compassion are universal in human emotions that have long quickened the heart and informed the spirit.

In the early days, when Christianity was slowly growing in strength, the Olde Religion was one of its rivals. It is only natural to want to get rid of a rival and the Church pulled no punches to do just that. It has frequently been said that the gods of the old religion become the devils of the new. This was certainly the case here. The God of the Olde Religion was a horned god. So, apparently, was the Christian’s Devil. Obviously, reasoned the Church, the Pagans were Devil worshipers! This type of reasoning is used by the Church even today. Missionaries were particularly prone to label all primitive tribes upon whom they stumbled as devil-worshipers, just because the tribe worshiped a god or gods other than the Christian one. It would not matter that the people were good, happy, and often morally and ethically better living than the vast majority of Christians… They had to be converted!

“Pagan” comes from the Latin “Pagani” and simply means “people who live in the country.” The word “Heathen” means “one who dwells on the hearth”. So the terms were appropriate for non-Christians at that time, but they bore no connotations of evil and their use today is a derogatory sense is quite incorrect.


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Triple Goddess Dreamcatcher

When I first started creating stationary and envelopes for my mother a few years ago, it started out simply by putting an image in a corner, resizing it, and adding lines. Some of my first creations reflect these simple designs — and some of them are my best work. Here’s one of the first ones I did.

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