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WOTC Extra – Your Magical Name


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 Why a Magical Name?

 

Ah, the magical name. So many people find Paganism or Wicca and decide right off the bat that they’re going to name themselves Lady Such-and-Such or Lord Whatsis. Go to a Pagan event and you’ll meet more fifteen-year-old Lady Morganas than you can shake a stick at. And it’s virtually guaranteed that within about three months, at least one of those Lady Morganas will decide her magical name, sometimes called a craft name, is really supposed to be Starfluffle or Moongypsy, and she’ll change it.

In fact, she’ll probably change it two to three times a year.

The Name-of-the-Month Club:

This odd phenomenon, known as the Name-of-the-Month Syndrome, happens most often because the person in question hasn’t taken the time to research and learn, which is crucial to finding the right magical name.

A magical name is unique to the practitioner, and there are several ways to find yours. When you find the right name, you’ll keep it for a long time. In some traditions, it‘s customary to wait until you‘ve studied a year and a day before claiming your magical name. In others, it is selected at the time of initiation, but still after significant thought has been put into it. Some Pagans have two magical names — one which they use in public and one which is known only to the gods and members of the person’s coven.

Think Long-Range:

One method by which people sometimes find their magical name is to simply choose something they like. A problem with this method is that what we like on one day, we may find silly a year down the road. If you’re going to choose a name based on whether it sounds cool or not, stop and think about it. What is it about the name that appeals to you? Ten years from now, are still going to feel comfortable saying, “Hi, I‘m Fairypuddle,” when you meet a new person?

Names with Meaning:

Choose a name not only for its sound, but its attributes as well. For example, someone wishing to convey strength in their name might include “oak“ or “iron“ as part of their moniker. A person who is highly creative might select a name that reflects their art or craft. You may want to choose a name based rooted in folklore or mythology. Many people include the name of an animal that resonates with them. A cautionary note here: in the Pagan community, certain animals pop up all the time. You’ll meet two dozen Ravens and just as many Cats, but it’s unlikely you’ll encounter anyone calling himself Wombat or Penguin.

Names to Avoid:

Another bit of advice — generally, the titles Lord and Lady are reserved for people who are elders or have a significant amount of leadership experience under their belt. To name oneself Lady So-and-So without any credentials is considered presumptuous by many Pagans. Likewise, in many traditions it’s seen as hubris to give oneself the name of a deity. You may want to choose a name that indicates your dedication to a god or goddess, but don’t co-opt their names. It’s just rude. If you’re a dedicant to Apollo, don’t call yourself Master Apollo, call yourself something like Apollonius instead.

Using Your Birth Number:

Another popular method of finding a magical name is to choose one that corresponds with your birth number. To find your birth number, begin by adding the digits of your birth date.

If your birthday was September 1, 1966, you would start with the numbers 911966 = 9 + 1 + 1 + 9 + 6 + 6 = 32.

Now take those two numbers (3 and 2), and bring it down to a single digit: 3 + 2 = 5. That number — in this case, 5 — is your birth number.

Use the grid below to find a name that corresponds to the number 5, by calculating the sum of the corresponding letters.

 

1 = A, J, S

2 = B, K, T

3 = C, L, U

4 = D, M, V

5 = E, N, W

6 = F, O, X

7 = G, P, Y

8 = H, Q, Z

9 = I, R

 

Let’s say you’ve decide you like the name Willow. Using the letters in “Willow” you would take the numbers 5 + 9 + 3 + 3 + 6 + 5 = 32. From there, 3 + 2 = 5. If the name you like doesn’t match your birth numbers, try some creative or alternate spellings to see what happens.

A Gift from the Gods:

In some cases, you may be fortunate enough to have your new name bestowed upon you by a god or goddess. In these instances, you may encounter someone in a dream or a vision who tells you, “Your name is Such-and-such.” While you may choose to add to it or come up with a variation on it later, if this happens to you, accept the name as the gift that it is.

Whatever method you end up using, think carefully before you finalize your new name. While it’s okay to change your name later on as you evolve spiritually, changing your name every few weeks or every time you see a new episode of “Charmed” is probably not the best course of action. Find the name that is right for you — and when it IS the right one, you will know.
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Author: By Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert

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Let’s Talk Witch – Beginning Your Journey and Choosing a Wiccan Name


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Beginning Your Journey and Choosing a Wiccan Name

 

Blessed be’ is a Wiccan greeting . It implies giving the other person , Wiccan or non-Wiccan alike, a harmonious message. However, to Wiccans it may hold a greater significance since they are encouraged to remain in the blessing of the God and Goddess. This would involve thorough and regular immersion in the traditions and practices of Wicca.

A prerequisite to becoming a Wiccan involves a study and training period of a year and a day. This rule is important before an individual is initiated into a coven. Many eclectic Wiccans observe it too. Someone who sets out to complete this period makes a conscious decision to understand Wicca to the best of their abilities.

To prepare for your study period, gather as many resources on Wicca as you can find. If you are planning to join a coven, usually its members will be able to guide you in the right direction, for their specific tradition. Do not worry if you are choosing the eclectic way; there are many books and websites dedicated to Wicca and Witchcraft. Wiccans like Janet Farrar and Stewart Farrar have written extensive books on various aspects of Witchcraft and Wicca . You may wish to have these in your beginner’s collection in order to help you along your way.

At first, you may be overwhelmed by the variety of information available to you. In addition, you may be confused by some contradictions inherent in Wicca itself. However, do not lose your motivation and keep to the path that best appeals to you. Remember, there is no compulsion on this path . As long as you stick to the moral code, there is no right or wrong way in Wicca.

You may choose to start your own Book of Shadows during your dedication period. Not only will it help you keep a record and note experiences, it may actually help you delve deeper into the reasons for accepting Wicca as your religion.

After the initial study period, an individual may go through a first-degree Wiccan initiation rite of passage. In this ceremonial ritual, he or she is formally accepted into the fold of Wicca, with the God and Goddess as witnesses. It is usually a very emotional rite of passage for the initiate since it formalizes his or her choice to make Wicca a way of life. The first-degree initiation is not an end to studying Wicca. Basically, a person becomes responsible for their growth as a Wiccan. They can start practicing their own Wiccan rituals and casting spells.

Similarly, when a Wiccan has gone through a second-degree initiation, they become responsible for their coven. The third-degree Wiccan has the highest level of responsibility towards the entire community.

Having a Wiccan or craft name is certainly not a precondition to becoming a Wiccan. Yet many feel the need to have a true name during sacred Wiccan rituals and spell casting. There is special significance attached to a Wiccan name, as it is one’s true or spiritual name. Because of this, it also has great power and should be held in high esteem. The search for a Wiccan name is a conscious yet instinctive process.

It is not advised to take up a Wiccan name at random. A lot of soul searching is required before one can choose their Wiccan name . There is a prescribed method of meditation to help a person who is having trouble finding their true name. You should keep up the process until it gives the required result.

A standard procedure for intuitively figuring out your Wiccan name is meditation. Searching for your true name within yourself is somewhat like looking for a needle in a haystack. Throughout your life, you have unconsciously piled so many impurities around your true self that unless you go through a thorough spiritual cleansing, you will have difficulty finding a Wiccan name that sticks and works.

A Wiccan name is only shared with close and trusted people, which are usually fellow coven members . Coven members actually get to know your Wiccan name because it is used in Witchcraft rituals.

Once you are acquainted with the method of soul-searching meditation, you can even use it with the intention of finding your familiar or a spirit animal. This is an animal, like the stereotypical black cat, that is spiritually close to an individual Wiccan. It is believed to be a previous body your spirit occupied. The familiar may fulfill a purpose similar to that of your Wiccan name.

Remember you name and familiar will become part of your overall power as a Wiccan. So, be careful you are choosing the right ones. Also, whatever stage of the journey you are at, send out positive energy daily to help you through periods of spiritual doubt and difficulty.

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Sarah M. Lancaster(2014-02-20).
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WOTC Extra – Ethical Laws of the Rules of the Road


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ETHICAL LAWS OF THE RULES OF THE ROAD

 

These ethical laws will give you a more detailed standard by which to measure your acts, or the acts of others, to determine whether they are in accordance with Rules of the Road. Judge any act of magic or witchcraft by these laws before doing it.

  1. Do nothing that will harm another being unless you are willing to suffer like or greater harm. Note that what the Universe considers harm may be different from what our culture teaches as harm.
  2. Do not bind another being unless you are willing to be likewise bound. This applies to many love spells and some kinds of healing rituals.
  3. Never use magic for show, pride, or vainglory. Using magic to show off, to prove a point, or from a place of injured pride usually results in side-bands (undesirable side effects) to the operation that will bring very undesirable backlash from the Universe.
  4. Never set an extremely high price for the use of magic (especially divination, healing, or spells) based on your having special knowledge. With some operations that take significant man hours, such as divination, it appears by our observation to be appropriate to charge the same fee as any other professional might charge per hour in your local area.
  5. Do not use any special word, symbol, incantation, or spell unless you understand thoroughly and completely its mechanics , content, and intent! Be very wary of using other people’s operations if you wish to avoid “frying” yourself, either figuratively or literally!
  6. Never do a spell without first doing a divination to determine a) if you should do it, and b) exactly what needs to be dealt with. Modern American social values and overt appearances of a situation are not trustworthy guides for a practitioner wishing to avoid bad karma. In other words, there may be hidden factors in the situation, which cause the doing of a spell to be against Rules of the Road.
  7. Take your time, think it through and do it right!

 

 

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Learn How to Do Witchcraft Rituals and Spells with Your Bare Hands (Witchcraft Spell Books) (p. 53). Esoteric School of Shamanism and Magic, Inc..
Joel, G. Alan (2013-04-16).
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Let’s Talk Witch – The Rules of the Road: Universal Laws For Any Practitioner of Witchcraft or Magic


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The Rules of the Road: Universal Laws For Any Practitioner of Witchcraft or Magic

 

Thanks to Reverend George Dew of the Church of Seven Arrows for researching and putting these rules together. While similar to the Wiccan Rede, we feel these Universal Laws are stated more practically and pragmatically for everyday use.

As mentioned the Rules of the Road are the set of Universal ethics, which must be followed for safe and effective magical practice. The Rules of the Road are not the same as morals (what our culture teaches us is right and wrong) or ethics (what we personally believe to be right and wrong), since both morals and ethics change over time. Particular or personal morals or ethics may or may not agree with the Rules of the Road.

The Universe does not recognize morals and ethics because they vary from culture to culture, and they change over time. Experienced practitioners use the Rules of the Road defined here to guide them in their practices instead of relying on their own personal value systems.

To practice magic safely and effectively you must know and abide by the Rules of the Road since, as far as we know, the Rules of the Road operate whether you know of them, believe in them, or agree with them or not— like the law of gravity in the earlier example. Additionally, normal scientific physical laws and principles must be followed.

AS USUAL, DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT

George Dew gave us this set of Universal laws, and we have “put the rubber to the road” in our own practices to ensure that they actually work. We can assure you that our experience shows that these Universal laws are effective, useful, and true.

But that is not good enough. As a practitioner of witchcraft or magic, you need to verify for yourself whether these Universal laws are going to work for you and your practice. Never take our word for it. Try out these Universal laws.

TWO MAJOR RULES:

1. Whatever is done to the environment or to other beings in the environment brings similar effects upon the doer.

This is often called the Law of Karma. The Universe does not care why some action was taken , or whether the doer is trained in magic or aware of the Rules of the Road. Although many different teachers have stated this law in many different ways, including calling this law the Golden Rule, this law is especially important for practitioners of witchcraft and magic. This means that a practitioner’s acts are consciously and willfully directed— thus, much more focused— and are therefore more powerful than the acts of untrained people. So the effect of this law in relation to a practitioner’s acts becomes much more powerful. This applies to both constructive and destructive acts.

Note: While many religious and other practices consider that Karma can carry from lifetime to lifetime, it is our experience that the Universe operates under a system of “pay as you go.” In other words, the effect of any act upon the environment (or upon beings in the environment) comes back to you within a relatively short period of time—often within hours or days.

2. The magician judges the “goodness” or “badness” of his or her own acts, whether they are conscious or unconscious acts, on the basis of what the Universe reflects back on him or her. The same is true of judging others, entire communities, states, or nations.

On a practical level, one can judge one’s compliance with the Universe’s standards of right and wrong, or good and bad, in terms of one’s level of health, soundness of social relationships, luck with appliances, and sufficiency of food, clothing and shelter. If your “luck” seems consistently bad, then you’re probably acting contrary in some way to the Rules of the Road , regardless of what your action are.

Learn How to Do Witchcraft Rituals and Spells with Your Bare Hands (Witchcraft Spell Books) (p. 53). Esoteric School of Shamanism and Magic, Inc..
Joel, G. Alan (2013-04-16).
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The Wiccan Way

THE WICCAN WAY
      
Recognizing that there is more than one path to spiritual enlightenment and that 
Wicca is but one of many, and that Wicca holds within itself the belief that 
there is more than one type of step set to the spiral dance, find here listed 
common denominators of the Craft. 
      
That there is above all the Goddess in her three-fold aspect and many are her 
names.  With all her names we call her Maiden, Mother and Crone. 
      
That there is the God, consort and son, giver of strength and most willing of 
sacrifice. 
      
That and it harm none, do what ye will shall be the law. 
      
That each of her children are bound by the three-fold law and that whatever we 
create, be it joy or sorrow, laughter or pain, is brought back to us three-fold. 
      
That as she is the mother of all living things and we are all her children, we 
seek to live in harmony not only with each other, but with the planet earth that 
is our womb and home. 
      
That life upon the earth is not a burden to be born, but a joy to be learned and 
shared with others. 
      
That death is not an ending of existence, but a step in the on-going process of 
life. 
      
That there is no sacrifice of blood, for She is the mother of all living things, 
and from her all things proceed and unto her all things must return. 
      
That each and every one of the children who follows this path has no need of 
another between themselves and the Goddess but may find Her within themselves. 
      
That there shall not by intent be a desecration of another's symbols of beliefs, 
for we are all seeking harmony within the One. 
      
That each person's faith is private unto themselves and that another's belief is 
not to be set out and made public. 
      
That the Wiccan way is not to seek converts, but that the way be made open to 
those who for reasons of their own seek and find the Craft. 
      
And as it is willed, so mote it be
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Let’s Talk Witch – Making Wicca a Part of Your Life


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Let’s Talk Witch – Making Wicca a Part of Your Life

Keep in mind that you spent a year and a day studying and preparing to get to the point of becoming a Wiccan. Do not let that effort go to waste by not incorporating Wicca into your daily life. In Wicca, complicated Wiccan rituals are usually required only during Sabbats. In everyday life, being a Wiccan requires little but consistent effort. A good Wiccan tries to find a magical application to every routine thing they do. Wicca is a path of simultaneous empowerment and humility.

You are empowered as a Wiccan because you believe that many things in your life are under your control. You have the power to change them if you like. You can use your magic, spells and rituals to bring happiness into your life. You can also regularly perform protection spells to keep yourself from harm or healing spells on sick days.

However, remember that though you may have a lot of textbook and working Wiccan knowledge, you do not know everything. Do not stop learning about Wicca and growing spiritually. Keep an open mind to receive as much knowledge from the universe as you can . Wiccans can become set in their own comfort zone if they do not learn to accept new knowledge.

In your ordinary routine, stay mindful of the Rede and the threefold law. Remember, everything you do or say should have no intent of causing yourself or another being harm. Moreover, all your actions have consequences and as a Wiccan, you are fully responsible for them. Each act, good or bad, will find its way back to you three times over.

If you are planning to get married after you become a Wiccan, why not plan your wedding ceremony accordingly as a Wiccan rite of passage? Perform a Wiccan wedding or ‘handfasting’ with your coven family. Also, if you have a baby, have a wiccaning ceremony to put him under the protection of the God and Goddess. Observing rites of passage allows you to feel like part of a community greater than yourself.

As a Wiccan, respecting Nature becomes a part of your own innate nature. Recycling and low energy consumption, if they are not already, should become part of your routine as a Wiccan. Hobbies such as gardening and bird watching also are a good way of learning about the Natural world and connecting with it. Going on hiking trips or spending some time outdoors will help you immerse yourself in Nature. Remember, everything in the universe is a manifestation of the Divine.

The more you try to incorporate Wicca into your life, the more it will help you accomplish your goals. However, the catch is that you cannot be selfish. Remember, Wicca is a religion geared towards positivity in all respects. It may seem overwhelming at first, but the more regularly you practice it, the simpler it will get.

 

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Wicca Made Easy: Simple Spells for Love, Money, Luck, Success, Weight Loss & More!

Sarah M. Lancaster

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First Things First – Breathing & Grounding Techniques

Breathing & Grounding Techniques

Breathing is important to almost any given situation. It can be relaxing in even the most difficult of situations…if you learn to do it correctly. You should try doing a breathing exercise as a part of your daily routine. Always remember to breathe from the diaphragm and through your nose, not your mouth.

The Four-Fold Breath

(You should be cautious, or not attempt this if you have a respiratory or heart condition. Nor should most epileptics attempt this. No one, as a matter of fact, should try this if they have any serious medical condition without first checking with a physician if in doubt, and don’t overdo.) One of the most useful physical exercises is pranayama, or controlled breathing.

The main purpose of pranayama is to relax the body and mind. There should be no strain of any kind duringthis exercise. You may notice a slight dizziness at first, since the effect of pranayama is hyperventilation. Try sitting back in a chair with your eyes closed when you do this. Begin with a minute each day for the first week and then gradually increase up to about five minutes daily. Doing the pranayama before any magick can be useful as well to help you get into the mood. It is also an excellent aid to relaxation, tension release and centering yourself. Pranayama should not be done during times when there is heavy air pollution if you have asthma, allergies, or any type of breathing problems.

There are many kinds of pranayama, but this one is called the ‘four-fold breath. It consists of four short quick inhalations, then four short quick exhalations. Then you repeat the process, continuing until the allocated time is up. It will take about 1 1/2 seconds for the four inhalations, and about 1 1/2 seconds for the four exhalations; or about 3 seconds for the complete in-out cycle.

Like this. In two, three, four and pause. Out two three four and pause. Do at least five repetitions of this.

Preparation: Breathing Technique II

Now here is another breathing exercise. Let’s begin. Sit comfortably but keep your spine is straight.

Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Take very long and very deep breaths through your nose.

Each time you breathe in, hold it for 2 to 3 seconds and then slowly exhale. Continue this breathing until you feel very calm and peaceful. This usually takes 3-5 minutes. Take as long as you need. It is different for everyone.

Next we will take four very fast breathes. Inhale 4 times now through your nose, focusing on the inhalation part of your breathing, making that part of the breath more forceful than the exhalations. Very good.

Now we do the opposite. Take four very fast breaths but this time focus on the exhalations and make them more forceful, centering on exhaling from your lungs. The inhalations will be more shallow, but less noticeable. Do this several times and then stop. Begin to breathe normally. Slowly. Naturally.

Preparation: Breathing Techniques III

Remember to breathe from the diaphragm and through your nose, not your mouth. Those with respiratory illnesses may want to consult a doctor before trying this, but many find it aids their respiratory illness greatly. Here is an exercise that I perform with regularity.

First inhale through your nose as you count slowly, 1..2..3..4. Then hold your breath until you are slightly uncomfortable. Now exhale to the same count. As you work on this exercise try to slow your breathing down, taking longer to inhale and then exhale. Try to hold your breath longer now. Inhale slowly through your nose. Hold your breath for a couple of seconds, then blow the breath out through your mouth, uniformly using a firm, even breath, until your lungs are empty. You will feel yourself relax. As you do this, visualize breathing in positive energy, and blowing out negativity.


Grounding

This is to help ground yourself whenever it is needed, like before a chakra healing or magickal endeavor. Place your feet flat on the floor and breathe in deeply. On the exhale, picture the excess energy flowing out of your feet and going down into the Earth. Keep doing this over and over until you feel relaxed and calm.

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Let’s Talk Witch – Eclectic Wicca


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Eclectic Wicca

 

Wicca is not restricted to a group. There are probably as many solitary Wiccan practitioners as covens. The Wiccans who remain unrelated to or disassociate themselves from covens are usually known as eclectic Wiccans.

Eclectic Wiccans may be individuals who may have been initiated into a coven but chose to leave the group. There are also those who seek, enter and practice the Wiccan way on their own. They are looking to create their own set of beliefs and systems.

Contrary to popular belief, Wicca is not a cult and there is no central authority figure that keeps all Wiccans in line. There is no obligation in Wicca to remain with a single coven or under one tradition. Sometimes an individual Wiccan may hold such diverse views that they cannot be categorized under a single denomination. Therefore, they remain or become independent.

Scott Cunningham and Silver Ravenwolf are important figures that made Wicca available outside of the coven setting. Cunningham outlined methods by which an individual can enter Wicca on their own. Some lineage Wiccans call eclectics ‘Neowiccans.’ This is not meant to be derogatory but a distinguishing term. Moreover, in order to distinguish themselves from coven Wiccans, eclectics may call themselves ‘Witch’ instead of ‘Wiccan.’

It is important to note that sometimes an entire coven can be termed as or choose to be called eclectic. This is usually for the same reasons as an individual: the fact that they do not belong to a tradition or their beliefs are too different to be readily classified.

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