Is There a Witch’s Bible?

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A reader asks, “I was recently in a local Pagan shop and saw a book that was called The Witch’s Bible. In fact, there were THREE books available, all by different authors, with similar titles. I’m confused – I didn’t think there was an actual bible for witches. Which one is the real one that I should buy?”

 

Answer:

Here’s the thing. Because “witchcraft” is not one universal, codified set of beliefs and practices, it’s impossible to put together any sort of Big Book O’ Rules that will apply to all people who practice witchcraft. Several authors – at least five that I can think of just off the top of my head – have used the word “bible” in their book about witchcraft or Wicca. Does that mean that one is wrong and four are correct? Not hardly.

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WOTC’s Summer Fundraiser for 2016

We had sincere intent of starting our yearly fundraiser at the first of July and letting it run all month long. But as you know, tragedy struck and everything went into chaos, to say the least.

Several years back, we held raffles all the time. I would tell the members that when you get tired of them, “let me know, we will stop.” And they did and somewhere along the line they have been gone now for several years. We have expenses that we have to cover just like any other organization. If you have been with us for a while, you know I absolutely hate asking you for money. That is basically where the idea for the fundraisers came from, me not wanting to nag you for money. I mean, I felt like a bum asking for money and I hate that. I love each of you and I don’t want to nag you or give you the impression I’m a bum because I am not.

One day, we all had a sit down and discussed it. Everyone knew how I felt about asking for money. A lady came up with the idea of a raffle. Give our members something in return for their donations. Didn’t sound like a bad idea, the schools do it, the churches do it, the unions do it, why not us? We looked through our wholesaler’s catalog and found several great items. We put them up for raffle and they were a hit. This year we have decided to do another raffle, hey we ain’t done one in a while, why not?

For the month of July, we will holding a raffle to help us meet our upcoming expenses. We are going into Fall and then Winter. Winter is an awful time for us as it is everyone. I know money is tight everywhere so we are keeping the raffle tickets as low as possible, they are only $5.00 a piece. You can purchase as many as you like and we will hold the drawing for the winner on August 2nd.

I will put up a note on the sideboards about the raffle and also fix a page so you can view the items and think over which one you  might want to own. Yes, items. We auction off two or three items at a time. The winner gets their choice of which one they want.

To get your taste buds watering, I have provided the two items that will be up for bid below. Like what you see the bidding starts today. Hope you enjoy the raffle and good luck!

 

Double Dragon Blank Book of Shadows

These Double Dragon Blank Book of Shadows depict a gorgeous cover of double dragons that is made from a brass plate imprinted onto the cover.

Double Dragon Blank Book of Shadows Specifications:

Page sizes are 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Front and back cover are made from cold cast resin

Cover has a brass imprint double dragon design

Clear Crystal Ball 80mm

These Clear Crystal Balls are excellent tools to divine with because of their clarity. The clear surface on these crystal balls ensure that any images or visions you see within them will be as if on a mirror surface.

Clear Crystal Balls make an excellent ritual tool for rituals and spells involving purification.

Clear Crystal Ball 80mm Specifications:

Measures 80mm in diameter

Made of 60% leaded glass and 40% crystal

Comes with a cloth lined red flip top box

Comes with this beautiful silver stand below.

 

 Get your tickets while they are hot!

“THINK on THESE THINGS” for July 5th

“THINK on THESE THINGS”
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

In this day of emphasis on right connections with the right people, in the right places, at the right time, we must have truly extraordinary qualities to become successes on our own.

They who have worked hard and achieved success often carry a double burden by wrongful accusations of being privileged characters. Perhaps some to whom doors automatically open because of right connections seem to be privileged characters, but they, like dictators, have limited existence.

Having connections may help us on the ladder of life, but it will never keep those rungs steady beneath our feet. Only our own greatness keeps us tall, sun-crowned. We must have something to give, something to offer before we can expect to be truly privilege characters. And then, we will have earned the right to our privileges. We are somewhat like God, blamed for much we don’t do and seldom given credit for the good we have done.

Whatever the future, the world still needs citizens like those J. G. Holland wrote about nearly a century ago: “God give us men. The times demand strong minds, great hearts, true faith, and willing hands…..Tall men, sun-crowned who live above the fog, in public duty and in private thinking!”

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Available online! ‘Cherokee Feast of Days’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler.

Visit her web site to purchase the wonderful books by Joyce as gifts for yourself or for loved ones……and also for those who don’t have access to the Internet: http://www.hifler.com
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Elder’s Meditation of the Day
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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – July 5

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – July 5

“It does not require many words to speak the truth.”

–Chief Joseph, NEZ PERCE

The truth shall set you free. This is the truth. When we speak the Truth, we do not need to be defensive. Truth needs no defense. When we speak the Truth, we do not need to attack because Truth cannot be attacked. It is so easy to want to manipulate or to be deceitful or dishonest. My head tells me I can get away with doing these things, after all everybody does it.

My Creator, today let me know Truth. Let me live Truth. Let me risk the Truth. Let me make the Truth sweet. Help me to make my word good. Let Your spirit and intent be added to by words. Let My thoughts be Truth.

July 5 – Daily Feast

July 5 – Daily Feast

A world of things exists that we will never be able to explain. But all we have to do is look around us at world events, natural disasters and at the cold, clear glint in the eye of ignorance, and know that to be somebody we need more than to become clever. The big deals do not make us. Little steps, little thoughts, words and little acts – who we are and who we will become depends on the small bricks in our foundations. What do we have of contentment? It is the measuring stick for wandering souls who have lost the way and don’t even know it.

~ I was living peacefully with my family, having plenty to eat, sleeping well, taking care of my people, and perfectly contented. ~

GERONIMO – APACHE

“A Cherokee Feast of Days, Volume II” by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

The Daily Motivator for July 5th – Your moment to begin

Your moment to begin

by Ralph Marston

The best time to start is now. The best place to start is here.

The best resources to use are whatever you have. The best way to proceed is by doing whatever you can do.

It’s fine to have ambitious and detailed plans, but the plans are not the achievement. Achievement requires action, and the sooner you start the better.

It’s good to study carefully and prepare yourself for the effort. Yet much of what you need to know, you’ll have to learn as you go along, so go, do, learn, achieve.

Don’t let the good things you envision stay stuck in your imagination. Give them life by giving them your immediate and persistent effort.

There are countless things you can do to make life better. And now is your moment to begin.

© 2016 Ralph S. Marston, Jr.
From The Daily Motivator website at http://greatday.com/motivate/160705.html

The Daily OM for July 5th – Mind over Matter

Mind Over Matter
Culling Out The Weeds

by Madisyn Taylor

We can improve our overall physical well-being by first starting to notice our thoughts and our reactions to our thoughts.

The power of the mind is a curious thing, because it is so powerful yet so difficult to control sometimes. We find ourselves thinking a certain way, knowing that this thought may be creating trouble for us yet we find it difficult to stop. For example, many people have the experience of getting sick at the same time every year or every time they go on a plane. They may even be aware that their beliefs impact their experiences, so continue to think they will get sick and then they do.

Sometimes we need to get sick in order to process something or move something through our bodies. But often we get sick, or feel exhausted, because we don’t make the effort to galvanize the power of our minds in the service of our physical health, which is one of its most important functions. We really can use it to communicate to our bodies, yet we often regard the two as separate entities that have little to do with one another.

Knowing this, we have the power to create physical health and mental health, simply by paying attention to the tapes running in our minds. Once we hear ourselves, we have the option to let that tape keep running or to make a new recording. We harness the power of the mind in our defense when we choose supportive, healing words that foster good health and high spirits. All we need to do is remember to tend the field of our mind with the attentive and loving hand of a master gardener tending her flower beds, culling out the weeds so that the blossoms may come to fruition.

 

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Magic – Making

Magic – Making

Author: witchskel

I was like most young people; I rebelled. I ventured forth into the world at the tender age of fourteen. I wanted to experience life so I just went out and lived it. I had a variety of survival jobs, which included dishwasher, hotel maid, mover and waitress. I enjoyed my years grooming horses. I enrolled twice to secondary school attempting to receive my high school diploma.

My past was really tough. I have had positive and negative experiences in life. No human is perfect. I made mistakes. Close friendships, long-term companions, and committed relationships are where most of my education took place. I experienced a series of broken agreements, dishonesty, not staying true to commitments. In return, I gained a great deal of distrust for people. I expected the worst. My anger became a hindrance and very detrimental to my whole being.

My constant support was my family. My mom and dad have always been there for me.

I moved home to the farm where I had a good support system after sampling many of life’s pitfalls. I wanted to control my anger. Witchcraft captured my interest. The Earth faith is the belief that the universe is a giant web, on which every person, animal, plant, tree and object holds a thread of energy connected to every other thread. To believe in magic one knows that like produces like and things that once had been in contact will always continue to have a connection. Things that have a common quality, ever quickly seek their kind.

Reading Green Witchcraft by Ann Moura and a series of Witchcraft books by Laurie Cabot I learned the basics. I explored the fine art of spell casting during the Sabbats, Esbats, and other rituals attuned to the cycles of nature. I discovered planning is important to the process and outcome. One’s success depends a great deal on one’s effort to change. Being given copies of both sides of my family tree, I learned I am descended from Celtic ancestry.

I am a witch. Descended from women of Europe being a witch and witchcraft is my heritage. I’m often asked what does a witch practitioner do. There is no single approach to witchcraft. I can’t speak for anyone but myself. The main ancient formulae guidelines in magic are followed: An herb, a flower and a tree make three.

I walked out into the open field during the Sun’s cycles – the Sabbats, the changing of season and Moon Phases – the Esbats, the Full Moon rites and New Moon to acknowledge the earth’s changing seasons and cast spells for me to be better to myself and others – to be conscious of my choices and outcomes. I never request for material things. I drew a protective circle on to the earth with flower petals, feathers, salt or stones. I faced each direction, beginning in the east, moving clockwise I lift my voice to call the Spirit of East, South, West and North. Inside sacred space with the use of herbs, candles and other natural ingredients that have a common quality (to apply like energy will attract like energy) .

I applied witches’ spells to help accept my past choices, to find peace and my place in the world. I asked Spirit that what I willed be correct and for the good of all. I remained in the center of the sacred ring and talked openly to Spirit for guidance or meditated – listened for an answer. I closed the circle by circling around counter clockwise, drawing the energy inward and saying: “The circle is undone but not broken”.

On my way home, I’d look for either negative or positive support from nature. If a Blue Jay appeared or if I heard the bird’s song I knew I had the resourcefulness and adaptability to accomplish that which I set out to accomplish that which I set out to change. If I tripped over a Blue Jay’s blue, black, and white feather, there would be surprises in love, the unexpected. If a gust of soft wind suddenly blew, this meant for me to favor love – use the emotion to achieve harmony. The west wind would tell me to be confident to restore hope; the east wind I would need to be patient; the north I had gained wisdom – use my intuition.

Casting a sacred circle, spell casting and reading signs in nature, I stayed aware of the person I wanted to be and the direction I would like my life to take. In my daily life, I became conscious of my words and of my deeds and how they affected others and myself.

I pursued information from books. I studied a lot of literature, magical books of instruction, fragments of history, traditions, legends and formulas for conjuration. Of all trees, the oak tree is one of the most powerful and sacred reputations. Furthermore, it is extremely good fortune to find one struck by lightning.

Both the Druids and the Hebrew race felt the oak was a sacred tree to perform magical rights – prayers with responses under it. The mighty and sacred oak tree is known as the Grandfather tree and is a great place for magic making (open door, go down into the earth) . In a remote location, an oak tree of immense age made itself known to me. I cast a circle around mighty tree, lit incense for good psychic atmosphere, and then sat center of four trunks growing upward as one. Within sacred space I talked to my grandfather’s spirit, my guide, to find confidence, conquer fear, and to become more secure with self and the direction I would like my life to take. Spirit made contact in many ways. During meditation, visions appeared like a movie or magical symbols to foretell the future. Sometimes it was a clear image, other times a voice unlike my own. I came to expect whatever I needed — not wanted but needed — would surely gravitate to me.

My heart and head became open to the synchronicities, the small coincidences that were placed in the right place at the right time to change my attitude and life for the better. Dedicated to Spirit who is an advisor and Otherworld Guide, I withdrew from society to live closer to my family, friends and nature. Most of my family allows me the freedom of choice without criticism. Most are quite supportive when at dawn or dusk, new or full moon, I can be found outside with candles and/or incense.

Reading witchcraft literature and practicing out in the open field beliefs, customs and traditions I’ve learned to accept people for who they are or attempt to right the wrong. I’m not pushed or agitated by the whims of others for a long period of time.

Tuning into the seasonal activities connects one with the wheel of life. Life is continuously changing, evolving, dying, and re-born. Winter is fading and releasing the emptiness. Spring has sprung; seeds begin to stir beneath the soil, and soon will begin to open to become solid forms. If you have been kicking around the idea you would like to know more about practical earth magic to allow physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual expansion head to your local new or used book store.

Risking an overload of information in the witchcraft or spiritualism sections take a quick survey of the array of titles. Close your eyes and relax. With your left-hand allow your fingertips to float across each spine in the row of books on the shelf, out loud or to yourself saying: “Come forward allow me to thrive by uniting your knowledge. Allow your intuition to pick out what books contain the information you need.”

If there are many books on more shelves, one by one perform the process. Look for the connection in the book you chose. Take time reflecting on the content. Read; uncover the secret knowledge for yourself – “Truth in our hearts, Strength in our hands, Consistency in our thoughts”. Doing this you perform a valuable act of personal magic. It will put you in touch with your inner self.

The magical books of instruction, fragments of history, traditions, legends and formulas for conjuration might transform your way of thinking and your way of living.

Journey To Witchcraft

Journey To Witchcraft

Author: The Wild Sorceress

Hello from an Australian Eclectic Witch. I have to admit, I’m a bit of a procrastinator. I’ve been thinking about writing an essay for some time but as all procrastinators will tell you, it’s always the thinking, never the doing.

I have always been interested in witchcraft. I think the awareness and the interest started when I was 13, (inspired from seeing The Craft. Yes, I know what you’re thinking and you’re probably right. But we all find our path in different ways).

I went to see the movie with three friends and at the end of the movie, like all teenage girls who are not considered ‘popular’ we thought “Wow this is for us”. Double, Double, Toil and Trouble the teenage way. And like all teenagers, my three friends lost interest fairly soon after.

The interest always stuck with me in various ways over the next few years but being in high school one has enough stress and doesn’t always find the time to delve into the spiritual.

So as the story goes, years later I was cleaning out my room and came across a book my parents had bought for me when I was 13 called The Nice Girl’s Book of Naughty Spells. (Yes you read correctly, my parents bought it for me).

I also came across articles I had ripped out of magazines and a booklet I had sent off for from the Church Of Wicca in Perth, WA. It grabbed me, and then it lost me. I began working and again, it took a back seat. I think at that stage in my life, it wasn’t time for me to walk the path. (Procrastination again).

I was about 22 when the interest became more of a spiritual need, a path I felt I needed to walk. I bought books to read. My first 2 were Witch A Personal Journey and A Magickal Year by Fiona Horne, followed soon by Book Of Shadows by Phyllis Currot and then finally Wicca by Scott Cunningham. It really hit me: this is what I wanted, and I felt it was right for me.

Luckily I didn’t have any religious conflicts. For all intents and purposes my mother was a single mother and she felt, not being religious herself, that she did not want to baptize her children (I have an older brother). She felt that we should feel free to pick our own path when we were old enough to understand what religion was. Suffice to say, Christianity was not for me.

I’ve always been an independent free thinker and the rules and rigmarole of organized religion was not for me.

The way I got here was interesting. As a general rule when I was younger, nature and its elements were actually very boring to me. I knew there were trees and flowers and things of that nature but it didn’t really impact me in any fashion. I used to hate helping my mother garden. Also, every time I tried to grow something it would die. The natural world, seemingly, was not my friend.

As I began to study witchcraft the natural held more interest and I felt better and more alive when I would go outside. We have this massive Oak tree in our yard and it is magnificent and really old. Now when I stand with it and look at it or touch the leaves, I feel an affinity I never thought I would. I feel a spiritual recognition, a connection with its beauty and its sense of history. I grow herbs under it and they flourish nourished by its shade. Being a fire sign, Oak is also one of my Celtic trees.

I feel my personal power growing. I have always had a strong sense of intuition and occasionally have psychic flashes that more often than not just leave me with a head spinning sense of déjà vu.

I am now able to grow herbs. I’m currently growing about 8 different kinds from seed and they are going really strong now. To me, this is a sign that the Goddess is helping me walk this path.

The one thing that originally boggled my mind was the amount of ‘things’ needed in witchcraft. There are athames and wands, chalices, censers, candles, herbs etc and I thought that my new path — although giving me great spiritual fulfillment — was going to drain my finances. But I have found that these items have come to me when I have needed them, not before. I think that instead of rushing out and buying everything all at once that if you wait, the Goddess will deliver. If not, I have 2 great recommendations for you.

EBay is a great place to get different ritual items. I got my first lot of herbs, most of my books, runes and two lovely wooden pentagram boxes from EBay.

Another is an Australian website called Uncle Festers. They have a club called the Cauldron Club and each month for 13 months they send you a package, slowly building up all your ritual supplies. Since being with them I haven’t really bought anything. I wait; it comes. I love it; it’s like my birthday every month.

My mother and stepfather have always been incredibly supportive of my choice (as has my brother and friends). I never had to worry about their disapproval. It breaks my heart when I read articles on here about new witches who fear rejection and anger from their parents if they share with them the news of walking the path of the Goddess. It’s sad that people are not flexible minded enough to realize that what may be good for them religion-wise is not always good for someone else.

My advice is to stay strong and be true to who you are because ultimately in this world, the only person who you have to please is yourself.

Wow, do I go on. So this is the story of a 24-year-old Eclectic Witch from Australia who wanted to write an article for Witchvox.

Blessed Be