The Secret Doctrine

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The Secret Doctrine

Let no one know your thoughts.
Let no one see
Into your heart or mind
Remember the Ancients and their ways.
Refrain from profanity
In thought, word, and deed
Let no talent go unused
Let no knowledge lie dormant
Let Wisdom rule thoughts and passions
Bind none
Who need not be bound
Bind yourself only to Truth
The Secret of the Stone
Is foundation
Keep it sound
The Secret of the Sword
Is inspiration
Turn your face to it
The Secret of the Spear
Is Passion
Rule it with Law
The Secret of the Cauldron
Is Peace
Keep it innermost always
The Secret of the Center
Is not mine to tell
The Word yet unheard

Self Initiation and Renewal

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Self Initiation and Renewal

Done at the full moon; best done skyclad; Bathe and Meditate beforehand; Open the Circle
Put a pinch of salt on the tongue, say:
I am a mortal
Loved and cared for
By the Triple Goddess
And the Horned God
Through the Great Mother
All things are born
To Her
All things in their season return
Through Her sacred cauldron
I enter and leave this physical world
Until by my actions
I no longer must return to learn
Set perfumed oil on the altar pentacle
I, N, come into this sacred place willingly
I come to dedicate my life to the pagan way
To the Old Celtic Gods
Whose power is still strong and vital
Here I give my word bond
To follow these ancient paths
That lead to true Wisdom and Knowledge
I will serve
the Great Goddess
And the Great God
I am a pagan
A stone of the Ancient Circle
Standing firmly balanced upon the earth
Yet open to the winds of the heavens
And enduring through time
May the Old Celtic Gods
Witness my words!
Go to each of the quarters in turn
Behold, Powers of N.
I, am a follower
Of the Lord and Lady!
Anoint each point; forehead, lips, heart, palms, feet, say:
Let my mind open to Your Truth
Let me mouth be silent
Among enemies of the Faith
And eloquent in Your praise
Let my heart seek You always
Let my hands lift in praise of You
And be skilled in the Old Ways
Let my feet walk Your secret paths
Stand in silence to receive a blessing. Lay your pentacle on the altar, say:
This emblem shall I wear
For all things magical
Bless this pentacle
O Great and Ancient Ones
That I may be blessed and protected
In all ways
cakes and wine
As the Athame is male
So the Cup is female
Enjoined they bring happiness
To the Old Gods!
Merry meet, merry part
And merry meet again!
An offering to the faerie
Close the Circle

Witches’ Dedication

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Witches’ Dedication

Enter I the Circle old
With heart of love and courage bold
God and Goddess
Hear my call
Guardians of the witches all
Take my token, take my love
Given Ye all else to prove
As the Mill around I tread
Guide me in the way ahead
Forge my Spirit keen and bright
Leading me into the Light
Spells and symbols, thought and deed
Governed by the Wiccan Rede
Green is the Goddess
Green the God
I praise Thee with this flaming Rod
EVO IO EVO HE
EVO IO EVO HE

Let’s Talk Witch – The Magickal Threshold of Your Home

CELTIC FAIRY QUEENThe Magickal Threshold of Your Home

 

A good place to start with your magickal cleaning and cleansing is the threshold. I know this sounds a bit obvious, but how many of us clean our front door regularly? Make the cleaning of your front door a ritual— a cleansing task that can be imbued with positivity. Use hot water mixed with lemon or rosemary for cleansing and wash the whole area in a clockwise (deosil) motion.

As you wash, imagine the area being cleansed, not only of any grime, but also of any negativity that may have touched it. Wash away all those bad days at work or arguments that have transferred via the door handle. You can say some simple words, like:

Threshold of mine be cleansed today,
All negativity I now wash away.

Once you’ve cleansed your threshold, it is ready to be blessed and protected. I find the simplest way of doing this is to draw a magical symbol on it. You can use any oil for this, although olive oil is particularly effective. Dip your finger into the oil and draw a symbol that represents protection to you on the door, its frame, and the doorstep. It may be a simple flame, a star, a pentacle— anything that means protection to you. As you do this, say some simple words to seal your protection, like:

I ask for blessings, three times three
May they be granted, so mote it be!

If you don’t want to use oil, you can use water, or maybe even clear nail varnish for a more permanent symbol. Waft incense over the area, or sprinkle blessed water, or simply light a candle.

Once your threshold has been cleansed and blessed, call for protection. There are lots of ways to protect your front door— from hanging wreaths on it to adorning it with strings of garlic. I like to place a simple pot of sage at the front door and put two crossed needles under the door mat. If you have soft-pawed pets that use the entrance, however, use knitting needles crossed under the mat, because sewing needles can be a hazard for them. Place some sage leaves on top of the porch or bury a small packet of dill seeds next to the door. Burying jasmine at the corners outside the house works well, too. Remember to charge your protection objects before you place them.

Source

Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year
Mandy Mitchell

 

Let’s Talk Witch – What Does Being A Witch Entail?

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Let’s Talk Witch – What Does Being A Witch Entail?

We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases off the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and cross Quarters.

We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment. We seek to live in harmony with Nature, in ecological balance, offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.

We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary, it is sometimes called “supernatural”, but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.

We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity, as masculine and feminine, and that this same Creative Power lies in all people and functions through the inter-action of the masculine and feminine.

We value neither one above the other, knowing each to be supportive to the other. We value sex as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magical practice and religious worship.

We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological. Worlds sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, Inner planes, etc., and we see in the inter-action of these
Two dimensions, the basis for paranormal phenomena and magical exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our.

We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.

We see religion, magic and wisdom in living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it. A world view and philosophy of life which we identify as Witchcraft, or, The Wiccan Way.
Calling oneself “Witch” does not make a Witch. But neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. A Witch seeks to control the forces within her/ himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and well without harm to others and in harmony with Nature.

We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness, giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal role within it.

Our only animosity towards any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be “the only way” and

Have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practice and belief.
As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the craft, the origins of various terms, and the legitimacy of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and our future. We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as “Satan” or “The Devil”, as defined by Christian tradition. We do not seek power through the suffering of others, nor accept that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another. We believe that we should seek within Nature, that which is contributory to our health and well-being.

Source

High Priestess Aurora’s Complete Book of Shadows.: Step By Step Guide To Understanding Wicca. Its Sabbats, Rituals and Principles

The Witches Extra (b) – Ongoing Coven Membership

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Ongoing Coven Membership

As an aspect of ongoing coven membership, eight Sabbats and 13 Esbats are celebrated per year. You can expect there to be at least two meeting per month. Failing to attend a ritual of which you are to be a part could ruin the occasion for the entire coven, so there is a serious responsibility attached to being a part of a Wiccan group.

Neophytes may be given chores by their teacher like running errands before a ritual observance, for instance buying candles, or perhaps cleaning the covenstead (meeting place) before the gathering.

Covens, like any religious group, are also involved in their community and may undertake public service projects together. There’s also plenty of room for fun, like potluck suppers and other “family” gatherings. Just because it’s called a coven, this is still a very “congregational” setting with all the attendant responsibilities and engagements.

 

Source

 

Wicca. The Practitioner’s Introductory Guide: Symbols, herbs, history, spells, shops, supplies, clothing, courses, altar, ritual, and much more all covered!
Riley Star

The Witches Extra (a) – Earning Your Degree

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Earning Your Degree

When as a neophyte, you approach a coven with an interest to join, you’ll generally receive an invitation to come to an open ritual. This is always the order in which the introduction should occur.
If a coven approaches you to join, decline! Properly run covens do not solicit members.

After a few visits to open events, you should communicate your ongoing desire to join at which point the group will meet and decide whether or not they should accept you as a dedicant.

Typically covens will not take anyone under 18 years of age especially if they do not have the support and consent of their parents.

When a neophyte joins, a member of the coven becomes their teacher. For the next year and a day, the neophyte studies to earn their First Degree Initiation at which point they are formally accepted as a member.

Dedicants are typically expected to attend meetings, study the craft, get to know the coven members, live by the Wiccan Rede, and be oath bound.

They are watched closely for the seriousness with which they approach their study and for how their energies merge into the greater energy of the coven.

Neophytes should NEVER be presented with any “requirement” or hinted requirement that they must grant sexual favors to any coven member including the High Priestess or High Priest.

During a dedication ritual neophytes choose a craft name that will be used at meetings and within the pagan community.

All members of a coven must enter the circle in an attitude of love, harmony, and perfect trust for the group to be what it is meant to be — a tightly woven magickal and spiritual family.

The second degree is earned a year and a day after the first. Coven members who have attained their second degree are allowed to begin teaching. The third degree is earned in another year and a day, and at that point the status of High Priestess or High Priest has been attained.

At that point members can, if they so desire, break off and form their own covens or remain and share responsibilities within the home coven.

 

Source

 

Wicca. The Practitioner’s Introductory Guide: Symbols, herbs, history, spells, shops, supplies, clothing, courses, altar, ritual, and much more all covered!
Riley Star

Let’s Talk Witch – Covens and Coven Life

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Covens and Coven Life

A working coven is comprised of 3-20 witches with one or two leaders knows as the High Priestess or High Priest. There will also be members of the group called Elders, who have attained all of their degrees and remain within the group as the most experienced members.

Elders may or may not serve in an advisory capacity when the group is faced with any major decisions or is dealing with any kind of upheaval that requires the intervention of a “council.”

The purpose of the Coven as a community is to perform rituals and magic in accordance with the tradition they follow and to initiate and educate new members through a series of degrees. Every coven is independent in its own right.

As you begin to consider joining a coven, you will want to know what tradition the group follows.

Source

Wicca. The Practitioner’s Introductory Guide: Symbols, herbs, history, spells, shops, supplies, clothing, courses, altar, ritual, and much more all covered!
Riley Star