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.


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

Let’s Talk Witch – Petition Magic


Petition Magic

A petition is usually a written wish. It involves asking Deities or Spirit for help and/ or guidance in an issue. Writing can be done with magical inks with a quill or brush for an extra boost. If you’ve learned them, you can also write in the magical alphabets that so many books contain. Personally, I’ve never bothered with them, but it may appeal to some. My advice is to only do so if you are comfortable with it and are doing it for a specific reason. Using magical alphabets for no purpose other than wanting to look like a know it all will not impress anyone, least of all Deity. But if you use them, be sure to check and double check your translations and how you’ve written or drawn the symbols. Writing magical petitions so poorly that you come across like a five year old is never a good thing.

Magical inks are available from many pagan stores or there are recipes on the internet for making them if you are that type of person. The most common are Bat’s Blood (for darker magics), Dove’s Blood (for love and growth) and Dragon’s Blood (for power). Bat’s Blood and Dove’s Blood inks may traditionally have been made with the blood of those creatures, but these days it’s a herbal and alcohol based brew. Some like to add a small amount of their own blood (be it 2 drops from a pricked finger or menstrual blood) when writing petitions. Be aware though, that your blood contains links to you and that you should always be careful about how the petition, or any leftover ink, is disposed of.

Many people suggest using parchment for magical writing. As true parchment is made from the skin of a calf or goat, it’s rather hard to come by and expensive when you do find it. Any paper will work, it can perhaps be coloured to work with your purpose, or be recycled and handmade— possibly with appropriate herbs added in during the making process.

As you write your petition, ask for the help you require. Be specific and be careful. If you make promises of offerings or sacrifices be sure that you follow through and understand what it is you are promising.

A picture filled with your own symbolism can be used instead of or in conjunction with a written petition. Explain your need and pour it into the petition. Raise energy and pour that into the petition too.

Petitions to remove things about yourself can be inscribed in scraps of wood and burned in a Sabbat bonfire.

A simple petition spell to make someone back off and take a chill pill, if you like, is to write their name on paper or write them a letter. Put it in a plastic bag and leave it in the freezer. I’ve gotten rid of a stalker this way, he came to no harm, but wasn’t so hot for me anymore. One friend used it to make her ex back off a bit. Leave it for as long as you feel it’s necessary.

What you do next with your petition is entirely up to you. Petitions have been mentioned in a number of uses in previous spells. They can be burned, wrapped around a talisman or bundle of herbs, carried in a bag or pouch, buried, the ash from a burned petition can go into a powder, a body of water, a wash, mixed with oil or ink and painted onto a talisman, or released into the air.

If your petition is to draw something to you, keep it nearby. If it is to remove something, get rid of it.


The Common Sense Spell Book
Debbie Dawson


Let’s Talk Witch – Technological Wizardry

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Technological Wizardry

Magic seems almost anachronistic when we look at the wonders of space travel. Yet, what people once thought was magic has become today’s reality. This means that technology and metaphysics can work together agreeably, especially for us “cool” spell casters who wouldn’t be caught dead without our modern toys.

For technological wizardry, turn to Ayizan, a Haitian goddess. Ayizan is parent and protectress to humankind, who keeps us well and safeguards us from malevolent magic. She also teaches us how to effectively make and utilize new things, like technology, in earth-friendly, spiritually fulfilling ways.

Let’s take a brief look at some of the technological wonders you have at your disposal.

Anytime you need your magic to work quickly, use your microwave to energize it. Find a token that represents the goal of your magic and that can be safely put into the microwave for a few seconds. Put the token in the center of the machine, turn it on for a personally lucky number of seconds (or multiple thereof), and say,

Magic be quick,
move swiftly to tasks.
When I say the word _______, do as I ask.

Remove the token and keep it with you. Whenever you think of it, speak the command word you’ve chosen while touching your token to activate and motivate the magic toward manifestation.

A blender is the perfect tool for mixing up magic into a harmonious amalgam for just about any need. It can be used to make blends that are consumable or blends of magical ingredients to be used only for symbolic purposes. For example, take some garlic, onion juice, hot sauce, and other “caustic” ingredients, along with any small bell (these are easy to find at craft shops). Put the herbs and juices in the blender, and while it whips the components, say,

Where this liquid abides,
no evil may dwell.
Ayizan stand by my side,
when thrice rings this bell

Ring the bell three times.

Next, pour all but a little bit of the mixture into a glass jar and bury it somewhere on the property. The heat of the mixture will repel negativity. Put the remaining liquid in a small unbreakable container that you can keep in the car, a briefcase, or wherever you feel the need.

To change the purpose of this spell, try using different settings on the blender to accent different energy. Use “puree” to get minute details on a situation, “chop” to break up negativity, “dice” to dispel a diceysituation, and “liquefy” to smooth things over!

Feeling like your love life could use a little heating up? Use your oven to help (even a toaster oven will do)! Begin with a batch of cookies or a slice of sweet bread, which represent sweetness and pleasure. As you bake either, keep an image of your partner in mind. Whisper this phrase: “Passion, warm, in our hearts be born.” Wrap the cookies or bread in erotic red paper, deliver them to your partner, along with yourself, and enjoy!

To keep the energy of passion and romance active no matter where you may be, simply let one of the cookies or bread get hard and stale, and shellac it so you can carry it.


Goddess in My Pocket
Patricia Telesco

The Witches Extra (b) – Ongoing Coven Membership

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.




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


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.




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


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.


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