After the repeal of England’s last antiquated witchcraft laws in 1951, there began a resurgence of interest in the Old Religion, and witchcraft in particular. Gerald Brosseau Gardner, who later that year became director of the newly opened “Museum of Magic and Witchcraft” in Castletown, Isle of Man, spearheaded this resurgence. From there Gardner started to establish covens, using the basic ideas and rituals he had written about in his fictional book “High Magic’s Aid”, published in 1949.
In 1953 Gardner initiated into his coven Doreen Valiente. It was Doreen who helped Gardner reshape the structure of his covens, by re-writing and embellishing his “Book of Shadows”, thus establishing a new tradition and calling it Gardnerian Wicca. Both Gardner and Doreen were greatly influenced by the teachings of Charles Godfrey Leland, and in time the tradition took on elements of Italian Witchcraft. The famous “Charge of the Goddess” adapted from Stregheria Witchcraft by Doreen, was clearly inspired by his work. Read more
I’ve just had a couple of emails from different people asking about candle spells, the last one I thought to be quite interesting and deserved a fuller answer. Of course, the answer I gave is only from my own perspective and other members might have different viewpoints, in which case I will ask the writer of the email to join in the chat group and see what comes of it. In any case, I herein copy theinitial email and my answer to it. If anyone has any comments regarding this matter, they will be most gratefully received.
If a 7-day candle burns out before 7 days, how important to them spell’s success is it to burn another 7-day candle (if say the 1st burned in 5 days instead of 7)?
One cannot simply explain the deep mysteries that you would experience within Wicca; therefore, our rituals have always been enacted in full, as handed down through our traditional heritage, so that you would actually live the experience in your own way, which is invoked and activated by effective ritual.
As in anything deeply mystical or magickal, the meaning cannot be simply communicated intellectually; it has to work through an analogous process within the individual; a stream of symbols, images and experiences, rather than a mere explanation. Read more
Abonde (Abundia – Perchta – Satia – Habundie)
Intrinsically linked with the classical goddess Diana, Abonde led nocturnal hordes of witches through homes and cellars, eating and drinking all they could find. If food and drink were left as offerings, Abonde would bestow prosperity upon the occupants of the home. If nothing was left out for her and her followers, she would deny the denizens of her blessings and protection.
According to Roman de la Rose, written at the end of the thirteenth century, thirdborn children were obligated to travel with Abonde three times a week to the homes of neighbours. Nothing could stop these people, as they became incorporeal in the company of Abonde. Only their souls would travel as their bodies remained behind immobile.
Hindu Mother Goddess, self-formed, the Cosmic Matrix. Mother of the Sun God Mitra and the Moon God Varuna. Mother of all the Lights of Heaven. She gave birth to the twelve zodiacal spirits.
The Cone of Power is one of the methods of working magic, and refers to a technique for focusing energy within a magickal circle. The circle acts as both lens and container for the energy of an individual or group, creating a “cone” shape before being released for particular purpose. It doesn’t matter how this power is achieved, using bodily movement, breathing, yoga, chanting, the scourge, sex, or a mixture of them all, along with sigils as well, just as long as the Cone of Power is achieved and powerfully so!
A Elfyntodd Dwyr Sinddyn Duw
Cerrig Yr Fferllurig Nwyn, Os Syriaeth Ech Saffaer Tu
Fewr Echlyn Mor Necrombor Llun
There are many Druid Organizations around the world today and it seems extremely difficult to know where to go and how to proceed upon the Druidic path. However, in surveying many of the groups that exist, I have selected to herein introduce the world of Druidry to you with excerpts taken from The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids, (OBOD), (not forgetting of course to mention the two largest Druid Orders in America, which are Keltria and A.D.F).
However, OBOD which is probably the largest and most definitely the oldest order of Druidism in the world today is based in the UK, (having members from all around the globe), actually has a great heritage spanning back well into the early 1700’s that we know of and of course was very Masonic in its foundations at the start, but has since gone a little more New Age if anything.
Basic Spell Construction
The power of real magick cannot be found in a recipe book. If it were only that easy! Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely and a great pity that one will stumble upon the hidden grimoire or mystic amulet that will instantly grant one “magical powers”. The ability to perform real magic is attained only through diligent practice, hard work and inner inspiration”.
Magick can only be “learned” by experiencing it by whatever means available. The basic message of magick is that, what is fundamental to magick is the actual doing of it – that like sex, no amount of theorising and intellectualisation can substitute for the actual experience.
Herbs are found and used around the world. Every culture from time immemorial has used herbs from their regions not only for cooking, but for for healing and for magick. Herbs are probably still the most accessible of the correspondences used in magick, although some of the various varieties may take a little searching in order to obtain them.
As well as learning about herbs from the usual sources in most Witchcraft books, try to find books and other sources with listings of the local flora for your own particular region. You might also be surprised as to what is available in your neighborhood shops and markets if you look carefully enough.
A Ritual or rite always has more than one goal. There may be many goals, or perhaps only a few and will not affect how complex a ritual is. The goals of a ritual only affect what is said and done, but not the difficulty of the ritual.
The most common goal of most ritual ceremonies is to enter into a relationship with supernatural forces, whether positive or negative. The nature of these relationships depends entirely on the individual’s and/or group’s own beliefs.
There are eight major festival rites that make up the wheel of the year. All the Sabbats are solar in nature, marking the passing of the year with natural milestones. These Greater Sabbats or Solar Holy days occur at roughly six and a half weeks intervals. They reflect the growing cycle in both agrarian and hunting societies. Mythologicaly, they represent the yearly cycle of the Goddess, and the birth, marriage, maturation, and death of the God.
The wheel of the year is not to be confused with the twelve or thirteen new and full moon rituals, which are termed Esbats, or Lunar Holy days. The Great Circle of the Year is celebrated by many Pagan groups, such as the Druids and Witches and other Earth based religions.