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Transcript of Wicca
Various cultures worldwide
"The Burning Times"
Sabbot: time to restore connection
The WiccanCreation Story
"Before Time Was"
Sweep floor free of: dust, dirt, negative energy
Stacey, Greg, Christy
Wicca vs. Witchcraft
Which Witch is Which?
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
5. Black/White Magick
6. Witches Ride Broomsticks
7. Black Cats & Witches
Polytheistic Belief System
Behaviour against the Church
The Witchcraft Act
Parliament of the Kingdom of Great Britain
Parliament changes punishment from death to imprisonment
Fraudulent Mediums Act
1950s coined the term "Wiccan"
: "Britain's Chief Witch"
: "Father of Modern Wicca"
Early occult practitioner
Gardner & Anton LeVey
Five-pointed star with circle around it
Five elements: Spirit, Water, Fire, Earth, Air
Power & Protection
Inverted = Church of Satan, offensive
Who you are, who you aspire to be, branch of Wicca interested in
Rebirth into religion
Altering conscious mind & conceal identity
Earth, Plants, Animals, Humans
Goddess & Horned God
Goddess gives birth to Horned God
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
Samhain: October 31st
Wiccan New Year
Veil between physical and spiritual worlds is thin
End & New Beginnings
A time to honour Ancestors
Yule: December 21st/22nd
Celebrate family & friends
Time of divine births
Imbolc: February 2nd
Birth, Healing & Inspiration
Ostara: March 21st/22nd
Mediation for hopes & dreams
Eggs are a symbol of fertility
Beltane: April 30th/May 1st
Time for appreciation & affection for all you've been given in life
Veil between physical and spiritual worlds is thin
Midpoint of the year
Litha: June 21st/22nd
Celebrate abundance, fertility, virility, beauty, & the bounty of our earth
Lammas: August 1st
Celebration life & bounty
Time of the first harvest
Mabon: September 21st/22nd
Celebration of thanks for crops that were harvested
Death & After Life
Specific beliefs vary from person-to-person
White handled knife
Magick & ritual, cutting herbs
Double sided, 4-6"
Slice negative energy, conflict
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!
The Water Experiment
Manifestation of Energy
Cast a salt circle
Blood of the mother, bond of kinship
Earth, grounding, purifying
Triple Goddess: 1 goddess, 3 aspects
: youngest, maiden, waxing moon
: motherhood, mid-life & fertility, full moon
: old woman, waning moon
"Once in a Blue Moon"
~ 2.5 years
Single month displays two full moons, the second called Blue Moon.
Cast iron, rounded cooking pot
Rebirth, creation, fertility, transformation
Heatproof container that burns incense
Mortar & Pestle
Grinding & blending herbs/dried ingredients
Mortar: bowl or flat
Pestle: held in hand
Signifies the Mother goddess
Offering for God or Goddess
Herbs, liquids, powders, coins, anything worthy
Invoke directional energies
Ring in sunrise on Sabbat
Frighten baneful spirits
Book of Shadows:
Homemade "History book"
Important information about Wiccan belief system
Gaze at object (black mirror) to still conscious mind
Reading cards to gain insight into current/future situations
Weight hung from a fixed point, swings freely back and forth
Talking & Spirit boards.
Little control over what spirit is answering
Tools, symbols to gather info. from Collective Unconsciousness
Energizing force, activates spells
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
"Recipe book" for spells
Spells & Ritual instructions
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)
"Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will"
"Magick is the practice of moving natural energies to effect needed change"
Refers to stage magic
Slight of hand
Magic vs. Magick
The Ethics of a Wiccan
Let's Practice Magick!
Fennel Seeds (courage & strength)
Sage (clarity of mind)
Sea Salt (protection & purity)
Aventurine Stone (career success)
Green candle (growth and money)
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
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
May choose to practice Witchcraft
Not a Belief System
May adopt Wiccan beliefs
The act of practicing magick
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