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Computers and the Craft

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Witches have taken to computers like ducks to water because the technology is incredibly useful. But are you applying your witchcraft to your computer?

Fro example, do you use magic to protect your computer? To physically protect your computer, use a guardian figure,  like a small dragon statue or a small protective goddess or god image. Set this on top of your CPU or monitor [Double sided tape works well to keep it where you put it]. Invoke the spirit or deity and ask it to protect your computer and other equipment. Do not burn incense or sage around your computer, however. Smoke of any sort contains particles than clog up moving parts, which can reduce air circulation and cause overheating. If you must use incenses, do it when computer is off. If you have a laptop with no place to put such a guardian, you can find a picture to put somewhere on your laptop or carry a small figurine in your laptop case. You could even have your wallpaper display a protective image. [You can also get covers for laptops, netbooks, tablets, etc with dragons and other symbols on them to use. ]

If you are keeping your Book of Shadows or other materials related to your Craft practices on your computer, you should consider either password protecting or encrypting those files. This is especially important if you share your computer, but useful even if you have your own. Computers may get stolen, and eventually you will upgrade or recycle your old computer. Check the help files for your word processing program for details on how to password protect your special files. Many programs that compress files so that you must have a password to read them.

Your passwords can provide magical as well as mundane protection. Mix numbers and letters, and, if application is case sensitive, mix upper and lower case. To avoid words found in an ordinary dictinary, go to an old grimoire or other book of magic the uses unusual words. Pick a few names that are associated with communication or protection. Associations with Mercury or Mars are good, but avoid evil or chaotic names, Change passwords on a regular basis, at least every holiday if not every New Moon. If you use numberology, the numbers may also be chosen according to your intent.

Of course you do regular backups. Wednesday, the day of Mercury, is connected to communication, so it’s a good day if you do weekly backups. Do an extra set of backups a day or two before Mercury goes retrograde, when communication will be more difficult and more likely to get quirky.

Defragmenting the hard drive, of just called defragging, gets rid of the extra dead space, allowing you to store more information on your hard drive and enabling your computer to find that information more quickly and easily. Because this is a form of banishing, I would recommend that you defrag your hard drive during the waning Moon.

My favorite thing about computers is e-mail, I can e-mail my coven about as idea I’ve had for a ritual, or ask who left behind a baking dish, even though it’s nearly midnight. I don’t have to worry about who is awake, and I can tell everyone the same thing at the same time. (There are also file-sharing programs that can enable your group to share the writing and revisiting of rituals online.) One etiquette note: if you are sending e-mails to a larger group then your coven or other small group of friends, ise”:bcc,” blind carbon copy so the e-mail addresses of the recipients aren’t displayed. It keeps people’s e-mail address private, which is very important to some people in the Craft. It also keeps the display smaller.

Since e-mail is all about communication, during Mercury retrograde be sure to reread everything before you send it to ensure it says exactly what you mean. Also, be sure to pause before responding to any e-mail sent. As you follow up, even if a message seems somewhat alarming, be prepared to cut other people more slack about what they intended to say during this time because Mercury retrograde affects everyone, whether they know about astrology or not.

If you are online, you have to decide how much you want other people to know about you and your practices. Would you prefer that people like your employer or your landlord not know you are a Witch? Pick a pseudonym that resembles neither your legal name nor your Craft name. Get a separate e-mail account from a free service such as Gmail or Yahoo! Mail [There is also Aol and many other free email services on the web.] Give as little information as you can, such as giving only the city you live in, or the general area. Since online site want your name and e-mail address use it only for suffering, to keep your main e-mail address from attracting so much spam as to make it unusable.

Other things you can do to protect yourself online, besides the usual mundane warnings, including spells to keep away viruses and other malware, and against spam. Make a talisman in the shape of your cursor icon, an arrow for example. Color it bright red, or make it out of red paper. In bleack letters, write the word “advert.” Chant “avert. virus, advert spam, advert harm,” several times, ending with “Advert!” shouted as loudly as you cas to the upper right corner of your monitor, with the arrow pointing toward the center of the acreen.

If you want to attract people to your Web site, come up with a short phrase that sums up your desires: “Buy my magaical herbs,” or “Join my group.” Reduce th ephrase to one “word” made up of nonduplicate letter, for example, “readmyblog.” Place those letters in the html or other code for the page in such a way that it doesn’t display. Another way is to come up with a sigil of attraction, and place it in the background of your Web page nearly–but not quite the same–color as the background. As an added bonus, doing this will also enable you to find out if someone is copying your Web pages and using them without your name.

There are many Web sites for Witches, Pagans, and other magical folks. Like eveything else on the web, you have to use common sense when reading them. It helps to know what lind of site you are viewing. For example, the suffix of a site tells you what kind of site you are viewing. For example, the suffix of a site tells you what sort of organization runs the site. Dot com, “.com” means it’s a commercial site. If it is suppose to be a commercial site, for example http://www.Llewellyn.com that makes sense because it’s a business. SOme large nonprofit organizations are also .com. A smaller nonprofit will be .org or .net for example, hhtp//paganpride.org, which is  organizing site for Pagan Pride nationwide. Here are a few sites I have found useful.

Witchvox

The Witch’s voice, http://www.wicthvox.com, is the best networking site for Witches and Pagans on the Web. The content consists of news stories, srticles, editorials, and book reviews, as well as extensive database of networking contacts. This is the place to start when looking for resources, such as covens to join and events to attenf. The site has been up for more then ten years and has an amasing amount of information.

Pagan Pride

This event happens every fall all over the United States and Canada, in Europe, and at facilitees for military personnel. Some local groups also sponsor fall equinox rituals and other events. These are free and open to the public. Most also sponsor charitable work such as food shelf drives. The main site, http//paganpride.org/, can help you find an event in your area.

Lleweylln Worlwide

Lleweylln’s Web site, http://www.llewellyn.com, has an abundance of free information, as well as the opportunity to order the latest books, get a tarot reading, check the Moon’s sign, and many other useful features.

The Covenant of the Goddess

Information about The COvenant of the Goddess, one of the largest and oldest Wiccan religious organizations, can be found at http://www.cog.org. The Covenant is an umbrella organization of cooperating autonomous Witchcraft covens, groups, and individual practitioners, and has the power to confer credentials on qualified clergy, It fosters cooperation and mutual support among Witches and provides legal recognition as a religion.

Isaac Bonewits

The author of Real Magic, has an excellent informativie site with lots of links at http://www.neopagan.net His Advanced Bonewits Cult Danger Evaluation Frame (ABCDEF) is very useful in determining if a group is potentially harmful.

There are also a number of Pagan magazines available both in print and online. Check out http://www.pangaia.com for Pangaia and links to New Witch and Sage Woman.

Blogging is very popular in the Pagan community as elsewhere, If you are practicing alone, it can give you a sense of community, sharing with other Witches whether they are nearby or across the country. It’s a great way to share rituals with the rest of your coven; somecovens keep a group blog, each member adding to it as they will. Blogsd are a way to get feeddback from a wide audience as was as to keep many people up to date on your activites with one post. There are so many blogs and they change so quickly that there is no point in listing them here.

Blessed computing!

Copyright Maganeta Griffith Llewellyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2010 Pages 14-18

 

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WOTC Extra – How to Do the Rooting Ritual

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How to Do the Rooting Ritual

 

Rooting is a great ritual for flowing Earth energies deep into the ground, releasing excess energies of any kind, pulling Earth energies into the body and mineralizing the body. To perform this ritual, follow these instructions:

1. Place your palms or heels on the ground. These are the parts of your body from which you will extend “roots.”

2. Extend your roots out of your body, through the carpet or tile, into the sub floor and down into the Earth. Just imagine or “see” roots growing from your palms or heels and reaching into the Earth. If you are in a multi-level building, you will need to go through each level until you reach the Earth. If you are wearing shoes with thick soles, you may have to extend the roots out the sides of your shoes to avoid the soles.

3. Once your roots reach the Earth, keep extending them down through the topsoil and deeper layers until you reach bedrock. You will feel the bedrock as a more solid sensation than burrowing through the soil.

4. When you reach bedrock, dig your roots in, and lock them in.

5. With each exhalation, push excess tension, anger, frustration, sadness, distraction, or other unwanted energies through your roots into the bedrock. The Earth will easily accept these energies.

6. With each inhaled breath, pull up minerals and energies from the Earth for stability and balance.

7. Once you feel relaxed and nourished, pull your roots back up into your body. Just see the roots retracting and going back into your body. If you stand up without pulling in your roots, you will feel a slight “popping” sensation, and your body might be sore for a few days.

8. This is a very simple but highly useful magic ritual during times like these. If you are under a great deal of stress, do this ritual at least once per day to relieve daily tension and negativity.

Enjoy the relaxing sensations of connecting with Mother Earth. Don’t worry about affecting the Earth negatively— she can handle any and all kinds of energies!

 

 

Learn How to Do Witchcraft Rituals and Spells with Your Bare Hands

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Let’s Talk Witch – The Magic Ritual of Getting Grounded

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The Magic Ritual of Getting Grounded

 

One of the best ways to weather the ups-and-downs of the current world change is to practice rituals that connect you with Mother Earth. These are rituals that ground you into the Earth, and they work because the Earth is huge and absorbs just about anything you throw at it. Any magic ritual that grounds you, and connects you with the element Earth, will help you weather the storm. Now why is this? Because there are already a lot of Air, Fire, and Water energies zinging around, and these combined energies can often lead to fear, reactivity, negativity, and other junky emotions. Magically, these three elements represent the following:

Air

Thinking, planning, and communication. In a highly-charged situation, this could lead to arguments, negative thoughts, or plans for revenge.

Fire

Movement, action, desire, and will. If you are stressed, increasing your Fire energy by doing a Fire-based magic ritual could lead to road rage, frenetic but useless action, or a fist-fight.

Water

Emotions, feelings, and the language of Spirit. If you already feel down about your situation, doing a magic ritual that is too Watery can make you feel even sadder, triggering negative emotions.

For all of these reasons, rooting rituals that ground you and connect you with Mother Earth are definitely useful during these topsy-turvy world changes!

 

 

Learn How to Do Witchcraft Rituals and Spells with Your Bare Hands

Alan G. Joel

 

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How To Cast a Circle – Solitary Style

 

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How To Cast a Circle – Solitary Style

 

In modern Paganism, one of the facets common to many traditions is the use of a circle as a sacred space. While other religions rely on the use of a building such as a church or temple to hold worship, Wiccans and Pagans can cast a circle pretty much any place they choose. This is particularly handy on those pleasant summer evenings when you decide to hold ritual out in the back yard under a tree instead of in your living room!

Bear in mind that not every Pagan tradition casts a circle – many Reconstructionist paths skip it altogether, as do most folk magic traditions.

Start by determining how big your space needs to be. A ceremonial circle is a place in which positive energy and power are kept in, and negative energy kept out. The size of your circle will depend on how many people need to be inside it, and what the circle’s purpose is. If you’re hosting a small coven meeting for a few people, a nine-foot-diameter circle is sufficient. On the other hand, if it’s Beltane and you’ve got four dozen Pagans preparing to do a Spiral Dance or a drum circle, you’ll need a space significantly larger. A solitary practitioner can work easily in a three- to five-foot circle.

Figure out where your Circle should be cast. In some traditions, a Circle is physically marked on the ground, while in others it is merely visualized by each member of the group. If you have an indoor ritual space, you can mark the Circle on the carpet. Do whichever your tradition calls for. Once the Circle is designated, it is usually navigated by the High Priest or High Priestess, holding an athame, a candle, or a censer.

Which direction will your circle face? The circle is almost always oriented to the four cardinal points, with a candle or other marker placed at the north, east, south and west and the altar in the center with all the necessary tools for the ritual. Before entering the circle, participants are purified as well.

How do you actually cast the circle? Methods of casting the circle vary from one tradition to another. In some forms of Wicca, the God and Goddess are called upon to share the ritual. In others, the Hight Priest (HP) or High Priestess (HPs) will begin at the north and call upon the deities of the tradition from each direction. Usually this invocation includes a mention of the aspects associated with that direction – emotion, intellect, strength, etc. Non-Wiccan Pagan traditions sometimes use a different format. A sample ritual for casting a circle might take place like this:

Mark the circle upon the floor or the ground. Place a candle in each of the four quarters – green to the North to represent Earth, yellow in the East to represent Air, red or orange symbolizing Fire in the South, and blue to the West in association with Water. All necessary magical tools should already be in place upon the altar in the center. Let’s assume that the group, called Three Circles Coven, is led by a High Priestess.

The HPs enters the circle from the east and announces, “Let it be known that the circle is about to be cast. All who enter the Circle may do so in perfect love and perfect trust.” Other members of the group may wait outside the circle until the casting is complete. The HPs moves clockwise around the circle, carrying a lit candle (if it’s more practical, use a lighter instead). At each of the four cardinal points, she calls upon the Deities of her tradition (some may refer to these as Watchtowers, or Guardians).

As she lights the candle in the East from the one she carries, the HPs says:

Guardians of the East, I call upon you to watch over the rites of Three Circles Coven. Powers of knowledge and wisdom, guided by Air, we ask that you keep watch over us tonight within this circle. Let all who enter the circle under your guidance do so in perfect love and perfect trust.

The HPs moves to the South, and lights the red or orange candle, saying:

Guardians of the South, I call upon you to watch over the rites of Three Circles Coven. Powers of energy and will, guided by Fire, we ask that you keep watch over us tonight within this circle. Let all who enter the circle under your guidance do so in perfect love and perfect trust.

Next, she circles around to the West, where she lights the blue candle and says:

Guardians of the West, I call upon you to watch over the rites of Three Circles Coven. Powers of passion and emotion, guided by Water, we ask that you keep watch over us tonight within this circle. Let all who enter the circle under your guidance do so in perfect love and perfect trust.

Finally, the HPs goes to the last candle in the North. When lighting it, she says:

Guardians of the North, I call upon you to watch over the rites of Three Circles Coven. Powers of endurance and strength, guided by Earth, we ask that you keep watch over us tonight within this circle. Let all who enter the circle under your guidance do so in perfect love and perfect trust.

At this point, the HPs will announce that the circle is cast, and other members of the group can ritually enter the circle. Each person approaches the HPs, who will ask:

How do you enter the circle?

Each individual will respond:

In perfect love and perfect trust or In the light and love of the Goddess or whatever response is appropriate to your tradition.

Once all members are present within the circle, the circle is closed. At no time during ritual should anyone exit the circle without performing a ceremonial “cutting.” To do this, hold your athame in your hand and make a cutting motion across the line of the circle, first to your right and then to your left. You are essentially creating a “door” in the circle, which you may now walk through. When you return to the circle, enter it in the same place you exited, and “close” the doorway by reconnecting the line of the circle with the athame.

When the ceremony or rite has ended, the circle is usually cleared in the same manner in which it was cast, only in this case the HPs will dismiss the deities or Guardians and thank them for watching over the coven. In some traditions, the temple is cleared simply by having all members raise their athames in salute, thanking the God or Goddess, and kissing the blades of the athame.

If the above method of casting a circle seems boring or dull to you, that’s okay. It’s a basic framework for ritual, and you can make yours as elaborate as you like. If you’re a very poetic person who likes lots of ceremony, feel free to use creative license – call upon “the weavers of the wind, the breezes that blow from the East, blessing us with wisdom and knowledge, so mote it be,” etc, etc. If your tradition associates various deities with the directions, call upon those Gods or Goddesses in the ways that they expect you to do so. Just make sure that you don’t spend so much time casting the Circle that you don’t have any time left for the rest of your ceremony!

Tips:

Have all your tools ready ahead of time — this will save you from scrambling around during the middle of the ritual looking for things!

If you forget what you mean to say when casting the circle, improvise. Talking to your deities should come from the heart.

If you make a mistake, don’t sweat it. The universe has a pretty good sense of humor, and we mortals are fallible.

What You Need:

Athame

Candles

Censer

Other tools of your tradition

 

 

By Patti Wigington

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Let’s Talk Witch – The Power of Your Belief


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 The Power of Your Belief

 

A belief is an acceptance of something as true. In the 1400s, people believed the world was flat until Columbus proved otherwise. In the 1600s, men and women were burned at the stake because people in power believed they were Witches who consorted with the devil.

On a more personal level, each of us is surrounded by the consequences of our personal beliefs. Your experiences, the people around you, your personal and professional environments— every facet of your existence, in fact— is a faithful reflection of a belief.

Some common ingrained, limiting beliefs that people hold on to include:

I’m not worthy (of love, wealth, a great job, whatever).

I’m a victim.

I can’t do anything right.

Happiness is what other people experience.

People are out to get me.

My health is bad.

Money is the root of all evil.

I can’t do it (start a business, sell a book, whatever).

I’m trapped.

I’ll never find the significant other who is right for me.

I live in an unsafe world.

There are as many limiting beliefs as our imaginations can conjure. The foundations for many of these notions are laid in childhood, when we adopt the beliefs of our parents, teachers, and other authority figures. Childhood conditioning about beliefs can be immensely powerful . Inside the man or woman who lacks a sense of self-worth lurks a small child who may believe she’s a sinner, untrustworthy, or not good enough.

On a larger scale, our beliefs are also gleaned from the cultures and societies in which we live. A woman living in the West, for example, won’t have the same core beliefs about being female as a woman in , say, a Muslim country.

A belief system usually evolves over time. It’s something that you grow into, as your needs and goals evolve and change. Even when you find a system of beliefs that works for you , you hone and fine -tune it, working your way deeper and deeper into its essential truth. Everything you experience, every thought you have, every desire, need, action, and reaction— everything you perceive with your senses goes into your personal databank and helps create the belief system that you hold in this instant. Nothing is lost or forgotten in your life.

You don’t have to remain a victim of childhood conditioning. With will, intent, and passionate desire, you can define for yourself what you believe or don’t believe, what you desire and don’t desire.

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WOTC Extra – A Self-Dedication Rite by Scott Cunningham


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A Self-Dedication Rite

 

Prepare yourself by drawing a bath of warm water. Add a tablespoon or so of salt and a few drops of a scented oil such as sandalwood.

If you have no bath, use a shower. Fill a washcloth with salt, add a few drops of essential oil, and rub your body. If you’re performing this ritual at the sea or a river, bathe there if you so desire.

As you bathe, prepare for the coming rite. Open your consciousness to higher levels of awareness. Deep breathe. Cleanse your mind as well as your body.

After bathing, dry and dress for the journey. Go to a place in the wild where you feel safe. It should be a comfortable spot where you won’t be disturbed by others, an area where the powers of the Earth and the elements are evident. It may be a mountain top, a desert canyon or cave, perhaps a dense forest, a rocky outcropping over the sea, a quiet island in the center of a lake. Even a lonely part of a park or garden can be used. Draw on your imagination to find the place.

You need take nothing with you but a vial of richly scented oil. Sandalwood, frankincense, cinnamon or any other scent is fine. When you arrive at the place of dedication, remove your shoes and sit quietly for a few moments. Calm your heart if you’ve exerted yourself during your travel. Breathe deeply to return to normal, and keep your mind free of cluttered thoughts. Open yourself to the natural energies around you.

When you’re calm, rise and pivot slowly on one foot, surveying the land around you. You’re seeking the ideal spot. Don’t try to find it; open your awareness to the place. When you’ve discovered it (and you’ll know when), sit, kneel or lie flat on your back. Place the oil on the Earth beside you, Don’t stand-contact the Earth.

Continue deep breathing. Feel the energies around you. Call the Goddess and God in any words you like, or use the following invocation. Memorize these words before the rite so that they’ll spill effortlessly from you, or improvise:

O Mother Goddess,

O Father God,

Answers to all mysteries

and yet mysteries unanswered;

In this place of power I open myself to

Your Essence.

In this place and in this time

I am changed;

From henceforth I walk the Wiccan path.

I dedicate myself to you,

Mother Goddess and Father God.

(rest for moment, silent, still. Then continue:)

I breathe your energies into my body, commingling

blending mixing them with mine,

that I may see the divine

in nature, nature in the divine,

and divinity within myself and all else.

O Great Goddess, O Great God,

Make me one with your essence

Make me one with your essence

Make me one with your essence.

You may feel bursting with power and energy, or calm and at peace. Your mind might be in a whirl. The Earth beneath you may throb and undulate with energy. Wild animals, attracted by the psychic occurrence, might grace you with their presence.

Whatever occurs, know that you have opened yourself and that the Goddess and God have heard you. You should feel different inside, at peace or simply powerful.

After the invocation, wet a finger with the oil and mark these two symbols somewhere on your body (see figure on previous page). It doesn’t matter where; you can do this on your chest, forehead, arms, legs, anywhere. As you anoint, visualize these symbols sinking into your flesh, glowing as they enter your body and then dispersing into millions of tiny points of light.

The formal self-dedication is ended. Thank the Goddess and God for their attention. Sit and meditate before leaving the place of dedication.

Once home, celebrate in some special way.

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

Scott Cunningham

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Let’s Talk Witch – Self-Dedication by Scott Cunningham


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Self-Dedication

 

If you wish to walk the Wiccan path, you may desire to dedicate yourself to the Goddess and God. This self-dedication is simply a formal ritual marking your conscious decision to embark on a new way of life-for that is the essence of Wicca.

At first I hesitated including a ritual of this sort here, feeling that the best dedicatory rituals were self-created. I’ve read and heard numerous stories of women and men who, drawn to Wicca but lacking access of covens or books, lit a candle, drank a little wine and told the Gods of their intentions. That is perhaps the best sort of self-dedication ritual: simple and from the heart.

However, many feel more comfortable with formal rituals. It is far different from most other such rites that have appeared in print, for it is an outdoor ritual that concentrates on contacting the energies of the Goddess and God.

This ritual is open to all who wish to use it. However, before even considering dedicating yourself to the deities, be certain of your intentions for so doing, and that you have studied Wicca to the point where you know it is indeed the right way for you.

This means continued study. Read every book you can find on Wicca-the good ones as well as the bad. Subscribe to Wiccan and Pagan publications. Familiarize yourself with Wicca as far as you can. Though some authors feel that their tradition is the only true one, don’t let this stop you from reading their works. Similarly, don’t accept eveything you read simply because it appears in print.

In addition to reading, study nature. As you walk along the street, watch the birds flitting overhead, or bend down to gaze at an ant colony the way a mystic gazes into a crystal sphere. Celebrate the seasons and the phases of the Moon with ritual. You may also wish to fill your soul with music. If so, order by mail some of the Wiccan music tapes now available. If this is impossible, spend time each day listening to the music of nature-go to a place where wind blows through leaves or around tree trunks. Listen to water bubbling over stones or pounding a rocky coastline. Pinpoint your hearing to the meow of a lonely cat heralding the dawn. Create your own music too, if you are so talented.

Let your emotions be touched; whether by flute, recorder and drum, or bird, river and wind. Your decision to center Wicca shouldn’t be based solely on either your intellect or emotions; it should be a smooth product of both. This done, stay up late a few nights or rise with the dawn. Alone, write down (even in the most broken sentences) what you hope to gain from Wicca. This may include spiritual fulfillment, deeper relationships with the Goddess and God, insight into your place in the world, the power to bring order into your existence, the ability to attune with the seasons and the Earth, and so on.

Be specific, be ruthless, be complete. If you’re not satisfied with this list, if it doesn’t feel truthful, start over again. No one need ever see it. Copy down the final list in your mirror book, burn all other drafts, and be done with it.

Once this list has been fashioned, spend the next evening or morning creating a new one. On this, record what you feel you can give to Wicca. Since Wicca doesn’t condone proselytizing, has no leading figure, temples or central organizations, you may begin to wonder what you can do for Wicca.

There is much you can give. Not only your time, energy, devotion and so on, but also more concrete things. A few examples include joining a national Wiccan or Pagan group, donate to an ecological organization, organizations that help feed the hungry, recycling and caring for Mother Earth.

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

Scott Cunningham

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Using the Elements for the Watchtowers

The Watchtowers are also known as the Guardians of the Cardinal/compass points. The
coincide with the four major compass points North, East, South and West.

Some covens use a single person positioned at each point to call all four Watchtowers.
While others use a group of three and in others the priestess and/or priest call them. It
mainly depends on the covens own traditions.

Solitary witches call the Watchtowers themselves.

When working with the Elements ALWAYS be sure to thank them and send them back from
whence they came. If you fail to release them you will usually find many unexplained things
happening to you, your family and/or in your home, yard or where ever it was you called
them to. Such as a lot of interference with electronic things, sort of background noise you
can’t pin point while on the phones or a host of other things.

You can change the wording to make if feel more your own. In a coven you would call
them however the Priestess and/or Priest teach you to cal; them for that particular coven. I
sometime use the following words and other times something else will come out of my
mouth. I try to let my guides lead me when doing anything magickal as they usually know
more of what I need at any given time better than I do.

The Watchtowers are called in for protection just before the Scared Circle is closed )
opened). The Elements are dismissed before the Circle is closed (opened) at the end of the
ritual. First is a formal way to call the Elements to the Watertowers; followed by a casual
way.

Most covens and solitary witches start at the East Watchtower/cardinal/compass point then
walk clockwise to each of the other directions. It is fine if it feels more comfortable to you to
start at a different point but always walk clockwise after calling the first direction.

Formal way of calling:

Power of ancient dreams, ancestors of the mighty east

Come forth, O guardians of Air.

Let your wings of intelligence my protection be

Hear this call, let my words draw you near.

Lock the gate that none may pass unless

They come in love and trust. Blessed Be!

Power of ancient dreams, ancestors of the mighty south

Come forth, O guardians of Fire.

May your firey breath cleanse my work.

Hear this call, let my words draw you near.

Lock the gate that none may pass unless

They come in love and trust. Blessed Be!

Power of ancient dreams, ancestors of the mighty west

Come forth, O guardians of Water.

May your sweeping waters bring protection all around.

Hear this call, let my words draw you near.

Lock the gate that none may pass unless

They come in love and trust. Blessed Be!

Power of ancient dreams, ancestors of the mighty north

Come forth, O guardians of Earth.

Let the North Star crown your brow.

Hear this call, let my words draw you near.

Lock the gate that none may pass unless

They come in love and trust. Blessed Be!

Causal way of calling:

I call Air to protect the Watchtower of the East and ask to lend your power to my circle.

I call Fire to the Watchtower of the South and ask you to lend your power to my circle

I call Water to the Watchtower of the West and ask you to lend your power to my circle.

I call Earth to the Watch tower of the North and ask you to lend your power to my circle.

I ask the Elements to guard my circle from your Watchtower.

To dismiss the Elements at the end of the ritual and before the Scared Circle is closed:

Starting in the East or which ever direction you called first move counter-clockwise
around to each Watchtower. Saying “_________(name of Element) go back
from where you came with my thanks and gratitude for your protection and help.” When
you have released the last element you would then close (open) your circle.

Copyright 2013 Carla Schultz-Ruehl

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