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Wicca

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Transcript of Wicca

Origins of Pagan History
Shamanism
"Medicine Men"
"Healers"
Various cultures worldwide
Pagan Roots
Symbolism
"The Burning Times"
Sabbatical
Sabbot: time to restore connection
"Sabbatical leave"
Core Beliefs
The WiccanCreation Story
"Before Time Was"
Broom/Besom
Sweep floor free of: dust, dirt, negative energy
Wicca
Symbolism
Stacey, Greg, Christy
Wicca vs. Witchcraft
Which Witch is Which?
Paganism
Abrahamic

Islam
Judaism
Christianity
Buddhism
Wicca
Hinduism
Wicca
Witchcraft
Myths
Myths
1. Witches wear black and have pointy hats
2. All Witches are psychic
3. Witches dance naked under the moon
4. Book of Shadows must be passed down
Myths
5. Black/White Magick
6. Witches Ride Broomsticks
7. Black Cats & Witches
Terminology
Magician/Wizard/Sorcerer
Witch
Terminology
Wic
Warlock
Sumerians
5000-4500 BCE
Polytheistic Belief System
Traditional Witchcraft
17th century
Behaviour against the Church
"Satanic Witches"
History
History
The Witchcraft Act
1542

Parliament of the Kingdom of Great Britain

1736
Parliament changes punishment from death to imprisonment

1951

Fraudulent Mediums Act
1980-1995
five prosecutions

2008

Repealed
History
Gerald Gardner
1950s coined the term "Wiccan"

Press
: "Britain's Chief Witch"
Others
: "Father of Modern Wicca"

Aleister Crowley

Early occult practitioner
Gardner & Anton LeVey
Pentacle
Five-pointed star with circle around it
Five elements: Spirit, Water, Fire, Earth, Air
Power & Protection
Inverted = Church of Satan, offensive
Wiccan Name
Who you are, who you aspire to be, branch of Wicca interested in
Rebirth into religion
Altering conscious mind & conceal identity
"The One"
Goddess
God
Earth, Plants, Animals, Humans
Core Beliefs
Core Beliefs
Goddess & Horned God
Goddess gives birth to Horned God
Childhood
Goddess Recovers
Horned God reaches maturity. Goddess becomes fertile
Courtship of Goddess
Horned God & Goddess at their peak
Horned God looses strength. Goddess is filled with sorrow
Preparing for Death. Horned God prepares to leave physical body.
Horned God dies, Goddess prepares to give birth
Sabbats
Core Beliefs
Samhain: October 31st
Wiccan New Year

Veil between physical and spiritual worlds is thin

End & New Beginnings

A time to honour Ancestors
Core Beliefs
Yule: December 21st/22nd
Winter solstice

Celebrate family & friends

Time of divine births
Core Beliefs
Imbolc: February 2nd
Birth, Healing & Inspiration

Coven Initiations

Self-Dedications rituals
Core Beliefs
Ostara: March 21st/22nd
Spring Equinox

New Beginnings

Fresh Ideas

Mediation for hopes & dreams

Eggs are a symbol of fertility
Core Beliefs
Beltane: April 30th/May 1st
Time for appreciation & affection for all you've been given in life

May pole

Veil between physical and spiritual worlds is thin

Midpoint of the year
Core Beliefs
Litha: June 21st/22nd
Summer Solstice

Celebrate abundance, fertility, virility, beauty, & the bounty of our earth
Core Beliefs
Lammas: August 1st
Celebration life & bounty

Time of the first harvest
Core Beliefs
Mabon: September 21st/22nd
Autumn Equinox

Celebration of thanks for crops that were harvested
Altar Tools
Core Beliefs
Esbats
Moon Phases
Death & After Life
Reincarnation

Specific beliefs vary from person-to-person
Boline
White handled knife
Magick & ritual, cutting herbs
Athame
Double sided, 4-6"
Slice negative energy, conflict
Wand
Direct & attract energy
Send (person, place, thing)
Attract (heavens, Mother Earth)
How Does Magick Work?
Whether you think you can, or think you cant...you're right!
Set Intention
Examples:
The Water Experiment
The Secret
Manifestation of Energy

Success Spell
Intention:
Work terms
New careers
Cast a salt circle
Pentagram
Five-pointed star
Salt
Blood of the mother, bond of kinship
Earth, grounding, purifying
Symbolism
Triple Moon
Triple Goddess: 1 goddess, 3 aspects
Virgin
: youngest, maiden, waxing moon
Mother
: motherhood, mid-life & fertility, full moon
Crone
: old woman, waning moon
"Once in a Blue Moon"
~ 2.5 years
Single month displays two full moons, the second called Blue Moon.
Cauldron
Cast iron, rounded cooking pot
Rebirth, creation, fertility, transformation
Censer
Heatproof container that burns incense
Element air
Mortar & Pestle
Grinding & blending herbs/dried ingredients
Mortar: bowl or flat
Pestle: held in hand
Chalice
Drinking beverages
Signifies the Mother goddess
Offering Bowls
Offering for God or Goddess
Herbs, liquids, powders, coins, anything worthy
Bells
Invoke directional energies
Ring in sunrise on Sabbat
Frighten baneful spirits
Book of Shadows:
Homemade "History book"
Important information about Wiccan belief system
Wiccan Theory
Divination Tools

Scrying
Gaze at object (black mirror) to still conscious mind
Tarot Cards
Reading cards to gain insight into current/future situations
Pendulums
Weight hung from a fixed point, swings freely back and forth
Ouija Boards
Talking & Spirit boards.
Little control over what spirit is answering
Tools, symbols to gather info. from Collective Unconsciousness
Candles
Fire element/spirit
Energizing force, activates spells
Still mind
Herbs
Bits of trees, flowers, spices, plants
Healing, food preparation, magick
Gemstones & Crystals
Spellwork, divination, shamanic journeying, meditation
Added to spells: focus, stabilize, fine-tune potency
Wiccan meetings held at each full moon
12 each year
Rituals performed at Full Moons
The 13 Esbats
Grimoire:
"Recipe book" for spells
Spells & Ritual instructions
Potions
How to practice Magick
The 13 Esbats
January -The Wolf Moon
February -The Storm Moon
March -The Chaste Moon
April -The Seed Mood
May -The Hare Moon
June -The Dyad Moon
July -The Mead Moon
August -The Wyrt Moon
September -The Barley Moon
October -The Blood Moon
November -The Snow Moon
December -The Oak Moon

The Blue Moon
(Varies by Year)
Aleister Crowley
"Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will"
Scott Cunningham
"Magick is the practice of moving natural energies to effect needed change"
Magic
Refers to stage magic
Optical Illusions
Slight of hand
Magic vs. Magick
"Bread"
The Ethics of a Wiccan
Let's Practice Magick!
Ingredients:
Fennel Seeds (courage & strength)
Almond (wisdom)
Sage (clarity of mind)
Sea Salt (protection & purity)
Aventurine Stone (career success)
Green candle (growth and money)
Glass Bottle
Success Spell
Thrice around the circle’s bound,
Evil sink into the ground.

I plant this seed of wisdom now, Let it take hold,
Allow me to grow.
Fennel let me have the might.
Sage show me my goal’s in sight.
Stones of prosperity, stones of success, help show me the way to new opportunities.

Let this wax seal my intention, success take hold, heed my invention.
Closing of the circle
Altar Tools
Altar Tools
Altar Tools
Altar Tools
Altar Tools
Witchcraft
What is it?

Witches were brutally persecuted

Who was accused?
Anyone; men, women, & children

Where did it occur?
Europe & British American colonies

When did it occur?

1300 to 1800

Why did it stop?
People stopped believing in the power of Witchcraft and the existence of a satanic conspiracy

How many were harmed?
Between 40,000 & 60,000
Duotheistic
Religion
Sabbats
May choose to practice Witchcraft
"Witch"
Not a Belief System
No Holidays
May adopt Wiccan beliefs
The act of practicing magick
"Witch"
Altar: Sacred place, practice magick, connect to Goddess/God
"Drawing Down the Moon"
Questions, Questions, On your mind...
At this point,
Our Group Has time!
Different Phases of the Moon, correspond to different Magickal intentions
Wicca
Wicce
Meditate
Occult
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