Wicca

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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WOTC Extra (b) – What does Wicca have to do with magic?


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What does Wicca have to do with magic?

 

Once again, it depends on who you ask, and for Wiccans who don’t practice magic of any kind, the answer is probably “nothing.” However many, many Wiccans do include magic in their practice, to the point that the two are combined in many Wiccan books and resources— including this very guide!

Most Witches will refer to their practice of magic as Witchcraft, but may use either term. And of course, the word “magic” is also a bit tricky, as it has its own set of meanings.

“Ceremonial magic” is older than Wicca and was an original influence for what would eventually become Wicca, but it’s actually a practice in its own right—in other words, not part of the religion. This ceremonial magic has several differences from the magic practiced by Witches. Ceremonial magic was derived from occult traditions through secret societies like the Freemasons and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn , and is often quite elaborately ritualized. The term “high magic” is sometimes used to distinguish it from Witchcraft, which is called “folk magic” or even “low magic” by many of its practitioners. Some who practice ceremonial magic may identify as Pagans but are not Wiccans or Witches. Some simply identify as magicians.

What some call “practical magic” is a kind of ceremonial magic aimed at achieving common life improvements, such as healing physical or emotional ills, attracting love, and improving one’s finances. Some Wiccans see this form of magic as non-spiritual and distinct from Wicca, but others blend the two by performing magic in alignment with their deities and for the good of all , rather than just for their own personal gain.

Wicca for Beginners: A Guide to Wiccan Beliefs, Rituals, Magic, and Witchcraft (Wicca Books Book 1)

Lisa Chamberlain

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WOTC Extra(a) – What’s the difference between Wicca and Witchcraft?


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What’s the difference between Wicca and Witchcraft?

 

Wiccans who don’t identify as Witches don’t use the term “Witchcraft” in association with their practice of Wicca— they don’t use magic, and they draw a distinction between Wicca as a spiritual practice and individual relationship with the divine, and witchcraft as a practice that is not necessarily spiritual. However, many Wiccans do blend magic into their practice to varying degrees, and may use “magic” as an interchangeable term with “Witchcraft” (often shortened to “the Craft”) in association with Wicca.

In fact, some Witches who practice Witchcraft don’t identify as Wiccan at all.

Wicca for Beginners: A Guide to Wiccan Beliefs, Rituals, Magic, and Witchcraft (Wicca Books Book 1)

Lisa Chamberlain

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Let’s Talk Witch – What’s the difference between a Witch and a Wiccan?


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What’s the difference between a Witch and a Wiccan?

 

 

Depending on who you ask, there’s a big difference, or there’s not much (if any) difference. In terms of language, the words “witch” and “wicca” are related, as “wicca” was the Old English word that later became “witch.”

However, among Wiccans the relationship between the two words is less black-and-white—there are Witches who identify as Wiccans, Witches who don’t, and Witches who don’t have a preference. There are also Wiccans who don’t identify as Witches.

The varied uses of these words can be seen throughout contemporary writing about Wicca and Witchcraft. In addition to the name of the religion, some authors use “Wicca” as a singular word in place of “Witch,” but most use “Wicca” as a plural term, meaning that several (or all) Wiccans can be collectively called “the Wicca.”

Finally, while the words “Wicca” and “Wiccan” tend to be capitalized— especially in reference to the religion and its members— but there seem to be no hard and fast rules regarding whether to capitalize the words “Witch” and “Witchcraft” or leave them in lower case.

Some followers of Wiccan traditions who don’t adopt the name “Wicca” as a personal identifier feel no need to identify with a capital “W” for “Witch” or “Witchcraft.” Others feel that capitalization of these terms is important in distinguishing Wicca as an official religion and establishing a cultural respect for it as such. In the spirit of respect for those who feel strongly about recognizing Wicca as a religion, this guide capitalizes all four terms.

Wicca for Beginners: A Guide to Wiccan Beliefs, Rituals, Magic, and Witchcraft (Wicca Books Book 1)

Lisa Chamberlain

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Let’s Talk Witch – Love is the Law, Love Under Will


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Love Is the Law,

Love Under Will

 

Love and trust are rarely perfect. We are humans with limitations and failings, yet we strive for this perfection. Thus, we come to the point of discussing the importance of love and will, and that often-elusive heart-head balance necessary for walking a positive magickal path successfully.

There’s balance in our path. The empowered seeker keeps his or her eyes on the horizon but knows well the way he or she walks. If we look too far forward, we’re likely to stumble over the stone lying just before our feet. If we look down all the time, we may take the wrong fork in the road and miss our goals altogether. In short, there is a place, and indeed a need, for both reason and intuition in our practices.

A Witch’s 10 Commandments: Magickal Guidelines for Everyday Life

Marian Singer

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WORDS TO THE WISE….


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WORDS TO THE WISE….

O daughters and sons of the Earth, adore the Goddess and God and be blessed with the fullness of life.

Know that They have brought you to these writings, for herein he our ways of Wicca, to serve and fulfill the keepers of wisdom, the tenders of the sacred flame of knowledge. Run the rites with love and joy, and the Goddess and God will bless you with all that you need. But those who practice dark magics shall know Their greatest wrath.

Remember that you are of the Wicca. No more do you trod the ways of doubt. You walk the path of light, ever climbing from shadow to shadow to the highest realm of existence. But though we’re the bearers of truths, others do not wish to share our knowledge, so we run our rites beneath moon filled skies enwrapped in shadows. But we are happy.

Live fully, for that is the purpose of life. Refrain not from earthly existence. From it we grow to learn and understand, until such time that we are reborn to learn more, repeating this cycle ’till we have spiralled up the path of perfection and can finally call the Goddess and God our kin.

Walk the fields and forests; be refreshed by the cool winds and the touch of a nodding flower. The Moon and Sun sing in the ancient wild places: The deserted seashore, the stark desert, the roaring waterfall. We are of the Earth and should revere Her, so do Her honor.

Celebrate the rites on the appropriate days and seasons, and call upon the Goddess and God when the time is meet, but use the Power only when necessary, never for frivolous ends. Know that using the Power for harm is a perversion of Life itself.

But for those who love and magnify love, the richness of life shall be your reward. Nature will celebrate.

So love the Goddess and God, and harm none!

 

 

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

Scott Cunningham.

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