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Fall, my favorite time of the year. It is so beautiful and breathtaking as we watch Mother Earth change colors and prepare for Winter. You can sit on your front porch and look at all the colors of Fall. Orange, yellow, brown, Fall holds all these colors in its grasp. It is a gift that is freely given to us for all to enjoy. Pick out a tree, watch the leaves gradually start to change colors. Watch a leaf gently float to the ground. Then pick up the rack and gather up all those gently falling leaves, lol!

Not only is Fall a beautiful time of the year. It is leading up to a very special celebration for all of us who call ourselves Witches, it is Samhain. Samhain is also known as the “Witches New Year.” It is a very mysterious and magickal time for us. The Veil between worlds start to thin. We think of loved ones who have passed, we are drawn back to our roots.

I guess I am the curious type, my mind is always wondering and questioning. I was thinking about Samhain the other day. I got to wondering how our ancient ancestors celebrated this Sabbat. I know what we are told today about their celebration of Samhain, but is that all there is too it. What traditions or practices did they do on the days leading up to this special day? Did they have practices that we know nothing whatsoever about? I believe the answer to both of these questions are yes.

To find the truth about Samhain, we are going to have to do a little time traveling. Back to the time of our ancient ancestors to find out the true history, traditions, practices and beliefs that are associated with Samahin. Our stop will be back in the ancient Celtic Tradition, ready to go….

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A Little Celtic Background You Need to Know….

The Celtic year was not at first regulated by the solstices and equinoxes, but by some method connected with agriculture or with the seasons. Later, the year was a lunar one, and there is some evidence of attempts at synchronizing solar and lunar time. But time was mainly measured by the moon, while in all calculations night preceded day. Thus oidhche Samhain was the night preceding Samhain (November 1st), not the following night. The usage survives in our “sennight” and “fortnight.” In early times the year had two, possibly three divisions, marking periods in pastoral or agricultural life, but it was afterwards divided into four periods, while the year began with the winter division, opening at Samhain. A twofold, subdivided into a fourfold division is found in Irish texts, and maybe tabulated as follows:—the_wheel_of_the_year

A. Geimredh (winter half) 1st quarter, Geimredh, beginning with the festival of Samhain, November 1st.

2nd quarter, Earrach, beginning February 1st (sometimes called Oimelc).

B. Samradh (summer half) 3rd quarter, Samradh, beginning with the festival of Beltane, May 1st (called also Cét-soman or Cét-samain, 1st day of Samono-s; cf. Welsh Cyntefyn).

4th quarter, Foghamar, beginning with the festival of Lugnasadh, August 1st (sometimes called Brontroghain).

These divisions began with festivals, and clear traces of three of them occur over the whole Celtic area, but the fourth has now been merged in S. Brigit’s day. Beltane and Samhain marked the beginning of the two great divisions, and were perhaps at first movable festivals, according as the signs of summer or winter appeared earlier or later. With the adoption of the Roman calendar some of the festivals were displaced, e.g. in Gaul, where the Calends of January took the place of Samhain, the ritual being also transferred. Some of the ritual was transferred to saints’ days within the range of the pagan festival days, thus the Samhain ritual is found observed on S. Martin’s day. In other cases, holy days took the place of the old festivals—All Saints’ and All Souls’ that of Samhain. It is believed that the Sabbat days were changed as some attempt to hallow, if not to oust, our older rituals

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Moving on to Samhain Itself….

Samhain, beginning the Celtic year, was an important social and religious occasion. The powers of blight were beginning their ascendancy, yet the future triumph of the powers of growth was not forgotten. Probably Samhain had gathered up into itself other feasts occurring earlier or later. Thus it bears traces of being a harvest festival, the ritual of the earlier harvest feast being transferred to the winter feast, as the Celts found themselves in lands where harvest is not gathered before late autumn. The harvest rites may, however, have been associated with threshing rather than in gathering. Samhain also contains in its ritual some of the old pastoral cults, while as a New Year feast its ritual is in great part that of all festivals of beginnings.

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Practices & Beliefs About Samhain from the ancient Celts point of View….

New fire was brought into each house at Samhain from the sacred bonfire, itself probably kindled from the need-fire by the friction of pieces of wood. This preserved its purity, the purity necessary to a festival of beginnings. The putting away of the old fires was probably connected with various rites for the expulsion of evils, which usually occur among many peoples at the New Year festival. By that process of dislocation which scattered the Samhain ritual over a wider period and gave some of it to Christmas, the kindling of the Yule log may have been originally connected with this festival.

Divination and forecasting the fate of the inquirer for the coming year also took place. Sometimes these were connected with the bonfire, stones placed in it showing by their appearance the fortune or misfortune awaiting their owners. Others, like those described by Burns in his “Hallowe’en,” were unconnected with the bonfire and were of an erotic nature.

The slaughter of animals for winter consumption which took place at Samhain, or, as now, at Martinmas, though connected with economic reasons, had a distinctly religious aspect, as it had among the Teutons. In recent times in Ireland one of the animals was offered to S. Martin, who may have taken the place of a god, and ill-luck followed the non-observance of the custom. The slaughter was followed by general feasting. This later slaughter may be traced back to the pastoral stage, in which the animals were regarded as divine, and one was slain annually and eaten sacramentally. Or, if the slaughter was more general, the animals would be propitiated. But when the animals ceased to be worshiped, the slaughter would certainly be more general, though still preserving traces of its original character. The pastoral sacrament may also have been connected with the slaying and eating of an animal representing the corn-spirit at harvest time. In one legend S. Martin is associated with the animal slain at Martinmas, and is said to have been cut up and eaten in the form of an ox, as if a former divine animal had become an anthropomorphic divinity, the latter being merged in the personality of a Christian saint.

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 Other Rites Related to Samhain

Other rites, connected with the Calends of January as a result of dislocation, point also in this direction. In Gaul and Germany riotous processions took place with men dressed in the heads and skins of animals. This rite is said by Tille to have been introduced from Italy, but it is more likely to have been a native custom. As the people ate the flesh of the slain animals sacramentally, so they clothed themselves in the skins to promote further contact with their divinity. Perambulating the township sunwise dressed in the skin of a cow took place until recently in the Hebrides at New Year, in order to keep off misfortune, a piece of the hide being burned and the smoke inhaled by each person and animal in the township. Similar customs have been found in other Celtic districts, and these animal disguises can hardly be separated from the sacramental slaughter at Samhain.

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Our Ancient Ancestors Casted Out Evil on Samhain

Evils having been or being about to be cast off in the New Year ritual, a few more added to the number can make little difference. Hence among primitive peoples New Year is often characterised by orgiastic rites. These took place at the Calends in Gaul, and were denounced by councils and preachers. In Ireland the merriment at Samhain is often mentioned in the texts, and similar orgiastic rites lurk behind the Hallowe’en customs in Scotland and in the licence still permitted to youths in the quietest townships of the West Highlands at Samhain eve.

Samhain, as has been seen, was also a festival of the dead, whose ghosts were fed at this time.

As the powers of growth were in danger and in eclipse in winter, men thought it necessary to assist them. As a magical aid the Samhain bonfire was chief, and it is still lit in the Highlands. Brands were carried round, and from it the new fire was lit in each house. In North Wales people jumped through the fire, and when it was extinct, rushed away to escape the “black sow” who would take the hindmost. The bonfire represented the sun, and was intended to strengthen it. But representing the sun, it had all the sun’s force, hence those who jumped through it were strengthened and purified. The Welsh reference to the hindmost and to the black sow may point to a former human sacrifice, perhaps of any one who stumbled in jumping through the fire. Keating speaks of a Druidic sacrifice in the bonfire, whether of man or beast is not specified. Probably the victim, like the scapegoat, was laden with the

accumulated evils of the year, as in similar New Year customs elsewhere. Later belief regarded the sacrifice, if sacrifice there was, as offered to the powers of evil—the black sow, unless this animal is a reminiscence of the corn-spirit in its harmful aspect. Earlier powers, whether of growth or of blight, came to be associated with Samhain as demoniac beings—the “malignant bird flocks” which blighted crops and killed animals, the samhanach which steals children, and Mongfind the banshee, to whom “women and the rabble” make petitions on Samhain eve. Witches, evil-intentioned fairies, and the dead were particularly active then.

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The Celts Did Sacrificing of Animals & Humans?

Though the sacrificial victim had come to be regarded as an offering to the powers of blight, he may once have represented a divinity of growth or, in earlier times, the corn-spirit. Such a victim was slain at harvest, and harvest is often late in northern Celtic regions, while the slaying was sometimes connected not with the harvest field, but with the later threshing. This would bring it near the Samhain festival. The slaying of the corn-spirit was derived from the earlier slaying of a tree or vegetation-spirit embodied in a tree and also in a human or animal victim. The corn-spirit was embodied in the last sheaf cut as well as in an animal or human being. This human victim may have been regarded as a king, since in late popular custom a mock king is chosen at winter festivals. In other cases the effigy of a saint is hung up and carried round the different houses, part of the dress being left at each. The saint has probably succeeded to the traditional ritual of the divine victim. The primitive period in which the corn-spirit was regarded as female, with a woman as her human representative, is also recalled in folk-custom. The last sheaf is called the Maiden or the Mother, while, as in Northamptonshire, girls choose a queen on S. Catharine’s day, November 26th, and in some Christmas pageants “Yule’s wife,” as well as Yule, is present, corresponding to the May queen of the summer festival. Men also masqueraded as women at the Calends. The dates of these survivals may be explained by that dislocation of the Samhain festival already pointed out. This view of the Samhain human sacrifices is supported by the Irish offerings to the Fomorians—gods of growth, later regarded as gods of blight, and to Cromm Cruaich, in both cases at Samhain. With the evolution of religious thought, the slain victim came to be regarded as an offering to evil powers.

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Folk-Tales, Faires, Oh, My!

This aspect of Samhain, as a festival to promote and assist festivity, is further seen in the belief in the increased activity of fairies at that time. In Ireland, fairies are connected with the Tuatha Dé Danann, the divinities of growth, and in many folk-tales they are associated with agricultural processes. The use of evergreens at Christmas is perhaps also connected with the carrying of them round the fields in older times, as an evidence that the life of nature was not extinct.

Samhain may thus be regarded as, in origin, an old pastoral and agricultural festival, which in time came to be looked upon as affording assistance to the powers of growth in their conflict with the powers of blight. Perhaps some myth describing this combat may lurk behind the story of the battle of Mag-tured fought on Samhain between the Tuatha Dé Danann and the Fomorians. While the powers of blight are triumphant in winter, the Tuatha Déa are represented as the victors, though they suffer loss and death. Perhaps this enshrines the belief in the continual triumph of life and growth over blight and decay, or it may arise from the fact that Samhain was both a time of rejoicing for the in gathered harvest, and of wailing for the coming supremacy of winter and the reign of the powers of blight.

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Time To Journey Back To Our Own Century….

Wow, did you enjoy our little journey? Most of all did you learn anything? I know I learned somethings I didn’t know even about my own Tradition. I would say it is sad that I don’t know some of this information but I won’t. Most of the information that I uncovered here is not spoken or taught anymore. Why? It is part of our history or the other Celts like myself. It is a part of who we are, what makes us, us. There is no denying our past, I have always known the Celtic tradition was very beautiful as well as magickal and mystical. I know most of the time when I hear individuals talk about any history, they portray the ancients as being ignorant and not knowing. That is the farthest thing from the truth. Our ancestors were very smart people. They recognized the seasons. They knew when to plant and when to harvest all by watching the stars and the Sun. They knew when the days would grow shorter and then longer. They created small villages and built their own homes from what Mother Earth provided. They don’t sound ignorant to me but very intelligent individuals. Most of all the ancient ones recognized a higher power than themselves. They knew at each turning of the seasons, it was right to give thanks not only for a bountiful harvest but making it through another turning of the Wheel.

As we approach Samhain, let us remember how our ancestors celebrated, what their beliefs and practices were at this time of the year. Our celebration of Samhain does not even come close to the way it use to be celebrated. Lots of the traditions have been lost down through the centuries. Perhaps now that we know some of our ancient ancestors celebations we can incorporate them into our Samhain celebrations. Reviving these celebration of who we are and what we believe is very important. This is our history, most of it lost, but now found. We must past it on to the next generation and the next so our Religion will thrive and prosper. Not only that but also were our children and their children will know we are a very old people with a very rich history.

Sources:

The Religion of the Ancient Celts
J. A. MacCulloch
 
Lady Of The Abyss
Witches Of The Craft

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All the information that has been provided on this page is accurate. Witchcraft is a very serious Religion. What we know and what some do has not occurred overnight. We have had to study and commitment our lives to Witchcraft. This is what Witches and Witchcraft are really like. If nothing else, remember, the snapping of fingers or a nod of a head isn’t going to make Magick happen. Witchcraft is work but the rewards are bountiful.

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    • There are four elements that we always acknowledge. Like you mentioned, Fire, Air, Water and Earth. There is another one that is not so readily recognized, Spirit. As far as Wiccan Magick being found on the Four Element, I don’t think so. Magick is found within the individual. It is in all of us. Some of us just come to recognize that we possess it. Those that do, learn to control it, harness it and then use it to the benefit of mankind. We call the Four Elements to our circle to watch over us and aid us in our magick. Then we dismiss the Elements and thank them for Their presence and aid. Magick comes from within.

      • Jenna Borntreger

        Are there any earth spells? I can’t find any!

      • I thought I had put some on here. I am sorry, hun. What kind of Earth spells are you looking for? I have spells running out my ears. Let me know and I will put some on here for you. Thank you for calling this matter to my attention. Again I apologize for not having any Earth spells.
        Blessings to you & yours,
        Lady A

  6. My son was born 23 and is my Yule baby I claim. My Oak king. My missed day of the year. Lol I know I know. Every mother and there child. But, I have been enjoying lurking these boards, so busy, and just readying about Yule and how it relates to us all. And my son after my dark times. How he truly does mimick aspects and I lost in my busy mess off life looks down to see the son is born, sitting like a log, and the size of one! Hahaha then I remembered the spells I used as a kid to slow down time! I don’t know if anyone understands how truly powerful intent is, I believe it’s possible. Workered for a week, enough time to finish my job. People need to slooooowwwwww and enjoy. This is an interested year and the wheel begins! All so interesting if we could slow and see! Wow this turned out to be an essay. I’m in bed sickly sorry I just love all the posts and wanted say happy Yule and tell about my Yule tide joy lol BB

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  9. http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/02/07/woman-burned-alive-for-witchcraft-in-papua-new-guinea/

    Unfortunately it’s still happening. A woman was burned alive in Papua New Guinea just this last week. Blessed be…

    • You are right about the witch burnings. The South Pacific islands are notorious for this type of behavior. Their culture still equates witches with Devil worship. It is sad to think that a wonderful and loving belief like witchcraft is thought of as evil in parts of the world today.

      • Riezen

        I dare say if it will ever get any better in some parts of the world. Not that it is that great in the USA, especially in the bible belt South where I reside, but we can all hope.

      • Greeting Riezen,
        It is good to hear from you. Where do you think we are located at? You got it, right in the middle of the old bible belt. I can say at first it wasn’t easy at all when people found out I was a witch. But it has got better. We have a lot of bad history to live down and it is up to us to show the world we are not like what they have been lead to believe. We are people just like everyone else and all we want to do is be accepted and co-exist. We have made great strides but we still have a long way to go. I know if you are by yourself and there are no other witches around it can be rough. Stand strong in your faith and show the world what we are really like. It is up to us to do so. I appreciate your comment. It is good to hear from others in the bible belt.
        May the Goddess Bless You and Watch Over You,
        Lady A

  10. I have seen other listings as well ladyoftheabyss. One of my cousins was also burned at the stake during the infamous witch hunts. Alas, I feel it is coming around again. Blessed be.

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  12. Eve

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    • mistressofthemyst

      Greetings Sue,
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      May the Goddess Bless,
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    • Valak

      Blessed samhain to one and all , enjoy the holiday . Blessings to all . Mp

      • Thank you so much. May you have a very happy & blessed Samhain. Also wishes for a very happy & prosperous New Year!
        Lady A

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    Amethyst

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  25. Lady A.

    Somehow my name has been dropped off the WOTC distribution list. I didn’t think of this simple answer to why I hadn’t been receiving WOTC posts for a couple of weeks, and jumped to an alarming conclusion that you were either ill or something had happened to put WOTC off the air. Actually I did panic a bit about this and sent you an ‘I am worried’ note to your other email address. I am now pleased to see that I may have panicked unnecessarily. Please let me know that you really are OK.

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    Graham

    • mistressofthemyst

      The Lady’s out today. All you have to do Graham, is hit the follow us button again. By doing this you will become a follower again and receive our publications. WordPress has been making some upgrades to the site, which we appreciate. That would explain what happened to you. We have no control over removing or adding anyone to our list. To get someone removed Lady A has to go to WordPress. I know she hasn’t done that. Hit the follow button and you should be good to go again.
      Mystie

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    • Congratulation on your new Path, Christopher. There are several books I could recommend but I don’t like their authors. They seem to beat around the bush too much for me. I have two favorite authors, Dorothy Morrison and Scott Cunningham. Both of these authors tell it like it is. They are contemporary authors. Ms. Morrison, I love her because she give you ideas that are simply and you probably wouldn’t think of. For instance, use a coffee maker to brew your brews in. She is very practical and also shows you do not have to break the bank to practice magick. Mr. Cunningham, is a very down to earth practitioner. Some Witches do not like him but he is a favorite of mine. Any of his books are well worth purchasing so are Ms. Morrison. There is one other that I do occasionally like to read on a dark, stormy night, that is Raymond Buckland. He has a book called “The Only Witchcraft Book You Will Ever Need.” It is pricy but well worth the purchase. I believe if you pick any of these authors to start with, you will be off to an excellent start.

      • Riezen

        I love Scott Cunninghams writing as well. He comes across so sweet and gentle, a kind person. But I have to thank Marian Green and Doreen Valiente, their books seem to make the most sense to me. I think you can read until your eyes bleed but the fact is, you can be shown the trail-head but you must walk it for yourself and make the “connection”.

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  29. Michelle

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    • Thank you so much, Mist. I believe that is one of the best compliments we have received in a long time. I appreciate your comment very much. It is good to hear others’ opinions and ideas about the site. I hope you come to think of us as your home away from home, dear sister.
      Blessings to you & yours,
      Lady A

  31. Crystal Pentacle

    Thank you for putting so much time, effort and energy into this site. I can spend hours browsing here & i can feel the energy. I love this site.
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    • Thank you so much for the kind words, dear friend. I am glad you are enjoying the site. I hope you come to think of us as your home-away-from-home. If you need anything, just let me know.
      Luv & Hugs,
      Lady A

  32. Lady A~
    I am impressed and amazed at what you have accomplished here. Informative, truthful, insightful and proud. Thank you for representing us so very well. I am proud to count you as a friend.
    Hawk

    • It is about time you showed up. Now it is starting to feel like home again. Thank you coming from you that means a lot. It has taken us 3 years to get this far. I am hoping we have 3 more years. But to accomplishment what I am suppose to accomplish might take a life time. We have been trying to put on some Dragon Magick but it doesn’t seem to fly too well here. We will try again and see what happens. I really enjoyed talking to you. It had been way to long. Like I said I had been “stalking” you on FB and was worried about you. I am very happy things have turned around for you. You deserve all the happiest the world has to offer. I hope we keep in touch and you occasionally drop by. I am not crazy about FB, why I don’t know. I guess this place is my home and I feel like I belong here instead of over there.

      Anyway I am going to run for now. I hope to hear from you soon. Stay safe, Hawk!
      Love ya,
      Lady A

  33. Rowan

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  34. Sorceress

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  35. Best witchcraft site ever. I am grateful to know this site. Lady A, Mystie, you are fantastic. I wish you the best in life.
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  36. Rhiannon

    I have been a solitary witch for many years . We used to have a local coven that would hold open circles for the sabbat rituals, but sadly that is no more. This site is remarkable, thank you for all you do!

    Merry Meet and Brightest Blessings )O(

  37. Hello everyone! I love coming to this wonderful place where the ancient essence is felt to the deepest aspects of soul…Thank you for all that you are and do… Blessings )O(

    • Welcome dear sister, it is wonderful to have you with us. I hope you consider this place your home on the internet. We welcome your comments and opinions, so please feel free to jump right in.

      Again, welcome dear sister,
      Goddess Bless,
      Lady A

  38. Zee

    The fifht element is Akasha. Congratulations for your blog. It’s beautiful. I would love to be part of your team. Do you get to meet somewhere?

  39. Light in the dark

    Nice…I like this site.

  40. Of all the sites to visit on the web, there is no place to get this much intelligent and informative information on our craft than this one. I visit this site every day and find new posts each time. I can not think of a question that can’t be answered by visiting here. Thank you for all of your work. I am happy and honored to be part of your family. Merry Meet and Merry Part and Merry Meet again. Don )O(

  41. Hello! )O( I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Liebster Award! To find out what the Liebster Award is all about, head to my post here at

    http://mchelsmusings.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/my-liebster-award-nomination/

    Congratulations!

    • Thank you so much, sweetie. I am sorry it took me so long to reply. There are times I need about 6 of me and that is on my good days, lol! I feel very honored to accept this award. It is very flattering and I also love awards. Thank you again. I am posting the answers to your questions here shortly.
      Luv & Hugs,
      Lady A

      • Oh you haven’t won yet…LOL this is a nomination. And you’re welcome! )O( Blessed be! <3

      • Oh, sorry. I will get my butt in gear this afternoon and pick out some sites. Then think up some questions. I love these kinds of awards you get to know each other. Which I think is great, you sort of know something about the person behind the computer screen. I promise I will complete the award today. Thank you so much for nominating me for this honor.
        Lady A

  42. nightwolf

    can i please get help to find a group up here in Osburn Idaho or some where close to here? thank you and all have a blessed day

    • I would try checking on Witchvox. Their addy is http://www.witchvox.com. Look at the bottom of the main page. There you will find a whole list of services they provide. One of them just happens to be a list of covens across the country. If you can’t find it or need more help, just let me know. I will be glad to help you out.
      Blessings, Peace & Comfort,
      Lady A

  43. Risuna

    I’m so glad I was able to find this website, I’m having a lot of fun exploring it~! Thank-you for creating this website

  44. Shellie Gnau

    I am glad I found my way here…thank you for sharing your blog

  45. Lily Cat

    This website is quite amazing, I never knew so many others still practiced this. =)

  46. Tammy

    I’m only on the home page and already I’m picking up the “honest” buzz and the integrity with which this site was build upon. As I traverse through the pages of this site, I’m sure I will surely discover more and more truths. Blessed be!

  47. Anita Keane

    Just found Your site…Love It
    Mote Be..
    I am Amazed you are a gem….Have been serching for a link like yours <3..
    Just getting more into my Celtic & Native American Spirituality…Full force…
    Disapointed.. with other groups or sites not sharing more of the old heritage ways… You have touched on it from what I have seen.. Thank You..

  48. I have been researching ley lines for over 30 years and have discovered that the most important energy leys have their sources at volcanic plugs. The Federal Triangle, USA has three volcanic plugs in a line, as has Edinburgh, Scotland, with its three main streets on that line with nine major banks and important institutions on these streets.
    .
    The USA has all of its capital cities aligned with extinct volcanoes on the Azores, Galapagos and Bermuda. This ancient knowledge is still being used by a very few powerful people!

    See my website for more information, or read my two books.

  49. Very well put together, blessed be )0(

  50. Riezen

    Well said. Write your OWN leather bound book, write your own spells and recipes, do your own sketching no matter how Primitive. I have never thought that being a Witch had anything to do with doing things like someone else told you. We are not followers.

    I practice with total impunity and do it my way, because that is what a Witch does.

  51. Josephine Jane

    I’m so happy this site was created. It’s very educational.

  52. Frank Dominguez

    Glad I found you

  53. Kimberlyrose

    After several years of searching, feeling lost, and not feeling complete spiritually, I’ve finally come across a religion I feel I can truly find purpose in and learn from. I appreciate this site so much, as a newcomer with no real people in my area to help mentor me. I’m still learning every day, writing things down, and figuring out which path I’m to be on. Your site has been so helpful to me so far,maybe some day I’ll live close enough to others like me.

  54. Greetings!…I’ve nominated your blog for “The Witchy Blog Award”– and I want to personally thank you for inspiring me, entertaining me, enlightening me, and for giving your time and effort and talent to the wonderful world of blogging. Technology rocks! Keep on writing– your words are magickal!

    Blessings,
    Amythyst Raine-Hatayama
    ____________________

    The Rules:

    Dedicate at least part of a post to receiving the award and share the award logo
    Thank the blogger who passed the award to you
    Answer the seven questions below
    Nominate five Wiccan/Pagan bloggers (If you don’t know five other Wiccan bloggers, nominate as many as you can)
    Notify your nominees of their pending award
    Stop by Ayslyn’s Corner to add your name to the list of bloggers awarded

    Seven Questions: (You may customize as long as they are still Wiccan and Pagan related)

    How did you “discover” Wicca/Witchcraft/Neo-Paganism?
    Do you grow herbs?
    Are you “in the broom closet”?  If not, share your coming out experience.
    What tradition do you follow, if any?
    Do you consider yourself a Witch, Wiccan or Pagan (or maybe something else)?
    How much of Witchcraft/Wicca are you able to incorporate into your everyday life?
    Do you have a familiar? If you do, tell us how you met him/her, and how she/he takes part in your practice (if at all).

    • Riezen

      Always enjoy this site and nice to see the Gray Witch pop in!

    • I apologize for taking so long to reply to your wonderful comments and award. I have had a lot on my plate recently. I have to say you are the one I should be giving all the praise and compliments to you. You are amazing and you flatter me. Your blog is amazing, your site, your books, you are truly amazing and incredible in my eyes. I am truly honored that you even know we exist. Thank you so much for the recognition and the award.

  55. vickie

    Brightest Blessings And thank you a very magickal sight

  56. Hi there this is kind of of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors
    or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • I love off the topic questions, lol! I have had experience with both types of blogs. On Yuku, you could write your own html code or use their WYSIWYG editor. I enjoyed using the editor. In fact, I still go back over their to keep my skills sharp. As far as WordPress goes, they do it all for you. I will have to occasionally go back through a post and correct it. When I do, I have to revert back to html code to do so. WordPress offers a section where you can write your own code (CSS) but you have to purchase that. Just grabbing a blog template and turning it into your own is much simpler. When I first formed our old, old WOTC group on MSN, I had no earthly idea what I was doing. Thankfully I had a wonderful teacher that took me under his wings and showed me the ropes. Since you don’t have any experience, I would recommend WordPress. WordPress has tutorial pages for each template and will walk you through it. When you learn what you want you can either stay on WordPress or take your talents elsewhere. Right now, WordPress is the way to go for you. If you need any help, just let me know. I still love playing with the graphics, htmls codes and the such. Oh, one word, WordPress does not allow with javascript. They told me it was easily hacked and we have three sites on Blogger because I can use javascript over there. And every weekend you can practically set your watch by the time they are going to get hacked. WordPress is a great place to build a site, they have great templates and also offer great support. Right now, WordPress is the way to go!

  57. Very good info. Lucky me I came across your site
    by accident (stumbleupon). I have bookmarked it for later!

  58. S light walker

    I love everything I’ve read on your site. I feel like I’m old yet brand new on this path and it was lovely to see your information. Thank you
    Blessed be 🌖

  59. Megan

    What a wonderful website filled with so much!!
    Thank you

  60. Thank you for all the wonderful wisdom of your Samhain article! I really enjoyed reading it, and I love this website! :)
    The First and Second Battles of Moytura take place on Samhain. During these two battles, the Tuatha De Dannan battle the forces of winter, chaos, and blight.
    Lugh Samhildanach/Lamhada defeats Balor, his grandfather.
    The Morrighan aids the Daghda in the battle by agreeing to strike fear into their hearts of the Fomorians after they sleep together. She is also the Washer at the Ford, an omen of death.
    The Goddess Brigit loses her son Ruadhan, and she mourns her son by producing a keen (caione), which’s a wail of grief. It’s the origin story of the Bansidhe. It’s also the night Brigit becomes the Cailleach, the Crone of Winter.
    A Blessed Samhain to one and all! :)

    Blessed Be!
    Iolairmara

  61. Aonaracha

    I’m so glad to have found this. I don’t know anyone else like me, especially living in the middle of nowhere. I will likely be asking questions soon and they may be pretty dumb ones. i’ll try not to unless I have to… I don’t want to be an annoying noob or anything lol! I’ve never had anyone to discuss this stuff with and I’m new to much of it. I almost don’t feel alone now. :)

  62. Aonaracha

    less than a week ago I found this site. oh, ive seen many others out there… some of them take a ‘very matter of fact’ approach and though informative, there is little to no sense of community. others seem to cater to ‘fad pagans’ and lack serious information. there is nothing wrong with that. nothing at all. but such sites are not for me personally. I have learned more here than I have from all the rest put together, and I feel like I belong to a community. thank you for making such a wonderful website. i am literally the only one of my kind in the area i live and i feel as if this was made for me. thank you so much!!!

  63. Eve

    I am a solitary witch and I am currently still learning, I commend you on a wonderful and informative page, I have learned new things, and I happened on this site by accident, OR was it accident!! I was feeling I wasn’t learning much lately and here I am, I have learned more tonight than I have in months!! Thank you so much!! Blessed Be to you and much success on all of your work on here!!!

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