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magic, wiccan, witchcraft, witches -

I have been asked quite often this question and I think it deserves a post to explain newcomers how to follow the path of the Wiccan. It is actually so simple, that it might look overwhelming. There are so many different ways to follow that you might feel lost in the beginning. No form to fill, to quiz to complete, not much of teacher around (They are all in Hogwarts anyway ha!). The first and main task to complete is to find your goal. Define what you are looking for in Wiccan studies. Research online for different path, traditions and belief....

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Wiccan or Wicca as some call them are terms that describe a type of witchcraft that is neither religious or pagan but is rather a spiritual practice.   Although academics recognize Wicca as a form of nature religion, a term that is also embraced by Wiccan witches, some religions like Christianity claim that Wiccan practice is a pagan religious movement rather than a spiritual one.   If you have ever watched a movie or TV show about magic, you might be inclined to believe that Wiccan witches are the crazy women who dance naked under the full moon in the...

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Fourth Season, Ostara, Sabbats, Springs Arrival -

March 20th is celebrated as the day that signifies the change in the season from the dark winter to the brightening spring.  What is known to be the "spring equinox", is for us Wiccans and neo - pagans, the festival of Ostara.  Ostara is one of the eight neopagan sabbats( holidays ) that make up the wheel of the year.  It marks the onset of a new beginning, with the arrival of Eostra, our goddess that signifies the arrival of dawn.  This festival is significant of a new beginning, or a change brought upon us humans as soon as the...

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Amethyst -

The Amethyst crystal is one of the ancient and most beloved crystals amongst all the existing minerals.  It possesses mysterious energy, wisdom, and remarkable healing properties.  This jewel is regarded as the birthstone of the ones born in the month of February and the stone of Thursday.  Amethyst was the first gemstone directly associated energetic and spiritual protection.  There must be something extraordinary about the stone that made the ancient civilization harness its properties. The stone is found in shades of mauve, lilac, and purple.  It was traditionally worn to guard against evil spirits.  It is believed to instill a sense of...

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When full, the moon's energy is at its strongest.  Practitioners can use the power of the full moon in their circles to increase the effectiveness of rituals and spells.  This is a good time for dedications, work involving attraction and drawing in, and healing.  In daily life, social activities will have positive outcomes.  The full moon encourages celebration, thankfulness, and completion. The full moon is the time when covens hold an esbat.  During an esbat, new tools used in magical workings will be ritually cleansed, consecrated, and dedicated to the gods and goddesses associated with the group.  New members may...

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