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Lughnasadh

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DATE:
July 31st - August 1st

ALSO KNOWN AS: Lammas, August Eve

ABOUT THIS SABBAT:

Lughnasadh celebrates the beginning of the harvest cycle when the Earth's bounty of grains, fruit and vegetables are harvested and enjoyed. It is a time to farewell the Summer, and prepare for the colder months ahead. Bread is baked and blessed. Groups of Witches gather together in festival to share wine and bread.

Use this time to honour and give thanks to the God and Goddess for your fortunes through the last year. The Sun God is said to have sacrificed himself for the sake of harvest and is growing older and weaker as the days become shorter, and the nights longer. During this time the Goddess is honoured as the Earth Mother, and Witches appreciate the warmth and bounty in nature and the food we eat.

ACTIVITIES:

From Spirit Online

  • Bake a loaf of homemade bread;
  • Feast on bread and toss some into a fire;
  • Make a corn dolly (human-shaped figure made with braided straw) or a kirn baby (corn cob doll);
  • Arrange grains in God and Goddess symbols;
  • Draw or paint a field of wheat and grains rich in red, orange, and marigold hues;
  • Make a Lammas feast of homemade corn bread, nuts, berries, ale or elderberry wine, rice, apples, and/or lamb.


    ASSOCIATIONS:

    DEITIES: Lugh, Demeter, Corn Mother, Earth Mother

    COLOURS: Brown, Yellow, Orange, Green

    GEMSTONES: Carnelian, Citrine

    HERBS/PLANTS: Heather, Carnations, Aloe, Sunflowers, all types of Grains

    SCENT: Sandalwood, Rose

    FOODS: Homemade Bread, Cakes, Corn, Apples, Grains, Berries, Nuts

    ALTAR DECORATIONS: Nuts and seeds, fruit, corn, dolls made from straw


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    Litha

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    DATE:
    June 20th-21st, Summer Solstice

    ALSO KNOWN AS: Summer Solstice, Midsummer

    ABOUT THIS SABBAT:

    This Sabbat falls upon the longest day of the year, the summer solstice. Part of the celebration comes from the idea of light triumphing over darkness. The Sun God is honoured in all His strength as He is most powerful at this time. It is said to be a great time to re-affirm your vows.

    Wiccans may celebrate by adorning themselves with bright summer clothing and flowers and feasting on the fruits of summer. Mid-summers Eve is considered a great time to communicate with faeries and spirits, and spells and rituals of all types may be especially powerful if cast on this day. Bonfires may also be lit to celebrate power, success and fertility.

    ACTIVITIES:

    From Spirit Online

  • Put a ring of flowers around your cauldron or around a bowl full of mugwort;
  • Hang a bundle of fresh herbs out to dry and use them to spice up a Litha feast of cooked summer vegetables;
  • Light a white candle and place it in front of a mirror. Say your own Litha prayer over it, and then let it burn out;
  • Make a love charm to hang around your neck with a seashell.


    ASSOCIATIONS:

    DEITIES: the Sun God, and Love and Passion Goddesses

    COLOURS: Yellow, Brown, Gold, Green, Red

    GEMSTONES: Most Green gemstones, eg Jade, Emerald

    HERBS/PLANTS: Lily, Pine, Lavender, Pine, Thyme, Fern, Chamomile, Wisteria, Oak, Carnation

    SCENT: Wisteria, Pine, Frankincense, Lemon

    FOODS: Fresh Vegetables and Summer Fruits, Bread, Ale

    ALTAR DECORATIONS: Lilies, Ivy, Shells, Fern fronds, Daisies, Potpourri


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    Candlemas

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    DATE:
    February 1st-2nd

    ALSO KNOWN AS: Imbolg, Imbolc, Oimelc

    ABOUT THIS SABBAT:

    Candlemas is a time for celebrating the decline of the winter season and the coming Spring. Life in the form of shoots is stirring from an apparently barren Earth. It celebrates the Goddess in her Maiden form which represents fertility, love, growth and renewal.

    Traditionally this time was used to bless seeds, agricultural tools and equipment to ensure a good crop over the coming seasons. Candlemas is a wonderful time to perform cleansing and purification rituals and to take stock of your life and it's direction. Candles and bonfires are lit to symbolise the coming of light out of darkness.

    Candlemas is traditionally a good time for initiation into The Craft, or a Coven.

    ACTIVITIES:

    From Spirit Online

  • Cast a circle around a living evergreen tree and meditate within the circle;
  • Light white, green, and blue candles in the circle;
  • Place a wheel on your altar;
  • Decorate your altar with white candles and lights (like the white Christmas tree lights you can purchase at many places during the winter months);
  • Fill a dish with cut-out paper snowflakes and keep in on the altar or on a table. Alternatively, you can fill a dish with real snow for presence in your Imbolc rite, but naturally this will only be for temporary use as the snow will (of course) melt;
  • Make a crown of thirteen red candles;
  • Bless a bowl of seeds and let them sit over night where the moonlight can (if possible) shine upon them. Save them to plant on Ostara!
  • Make your own besom (witch's broom) to purify your ritual space by sweeping out the "old" to start anew.


    ASSOCIATIONS:

    DEITIES: Bridgid, Gaia, Aradia, Athena, Eros

    COLOURS: White, Green, Brown, Red, Yellow, Pink

    GEMSTONES: Onyx, Amethyst, Garnet, Ruby, Turquoise

    HERBS/PLANTS: Bay, Angelica, Cinnamon, Wisteria, Violet, Iris, Heather

    SCENT: Basil, Wisteria, Vanilla, Bay, Cinnamon

    FOODS: Breads, Muffins, Cakes, Wine, Herbal Tea, Dairy Products, Seeds

    ALTAR DECORATIONS: Besoms, White Flowers, Evergreen, Candle Wheels, Sunflowers, Wands


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    Beltane

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    DATE:
    30th April - 1st May

    ALSO KNOWN AS: May Day

    ABOUT THIS SABBAT:

    This sabbat celebrates the new life in the world. It is on May's Eve that the God and Goddess make love and conceive their child. Children born on this date are said to be destined for greatness. May's Eve is a night for passion, courtship, falling in love, and frivolity, and in ancient times for uninhibited sexuality for singles and couples alike.

    On this day, people traditionally decorated their houses with flowers and branches, and adorned themselves with the flowers of Spring. The Maypole, a phallic symbol, is danced around and decorated with ribbons, streams and vines to draw power from the sky which assists the marriage of the God and Goddess.

    ACTIVITIES:

    From Spirit Online

  • Braid bracelets out of white ribbons and give them as gifts to friends or family
  • Fill a cauldron or a large bowl with fresh flowers (wildflowers are best)
  • Buy a new mirror for your bedroom and decorate it with ribbons and flowers
  • Make an organic green salad, pour some red wine, and have a light romantic meal by candlelight with your lover/spouse. Strawberries for dessert!
  • Make a miniature maypole for your altar


    ASSOCIATIONS:

    DEITIES: Artemis, Flora, Diana, Pan

    COLOURS: Green, Pink, White, Red, Orange

    GEMSTONES: Sapphire, Carnelian, Quartz, Aventurine

    HERBS/PLANTS: Violets, Lilac, Marigold, Ivy, Rose, Daisy

    SCENT: Lilac, Frankincense

    FOODS: Green salad, Red wine, Cheese, Cake

    ALTAR DECORATIONS: Any kind of Spring Flowers, Miniture Maypole


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    WITCHES SABBATS

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    Sabbats are celebrations that mark the turning of the Wheel of the Year. The four major Sabbats, Beltane, Samhain, Candlemas and Lughnasadh are known as agricultural Sabbats and mark the changing of the seasons. The four minor Sabbats Ostara, Yule, Litha and Mabon are known as astronomical Sabbats as they fall on the equinoxes and solstices. The eight Sabbats have an association with the changing God and Goddess throughout the year.

    When two dates are given, traditionally celebrations are started the night of the first date, and continued into the second day. The exact dates for the solstices and equinoxes may vary depending on the year.

    Candlemas : 1 Feb - 2 Feb
    Ostara : 20 Mar - 21 Mar
    Beltane : 30 Apr - 1 May
    Litha : Jun 20 - Jun 21

    Lughnasadh : Jul 31 - Aug 1
    Mabon : Sep 21 - Sep 22
    Samhain : Oct 31
    Yule : Dec 21


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    THE ZODIAC

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    ARIES

    DATE: March 21 - April 12

    SYMBOL: The Ram

    CORRESPONDING ELEMENT: Cardinal Fire

    RULING PLANET: Mars

    ASSOCIATED COLOURS: Red, Yellow, Orange

    CHARACTERISTICS OF ARIES:

    Quick-thinking and impulsive. Enthusiastic and confident making them great for leadership roles. High-spirited and Optimistic. Assertive sometimes to the point of being a little nasty. Creative and crafty with everything they do.


    TAURUS

    DATE: April 20 - May 21

    SYMBOL: The Bull

    CORRESPONDING ELEMENT: Fixed Earth

    RULING PLANET: Venus

    ASSOCIATED COLOURS: Shades of Green

    CHARACTERISTICS OF TAURUS:

    Sensuality, Practicality, Reliability, Determination. Strong-will and sometimes stubbornness. Steadfast and generally diliking change. Prone to jealousy and a quick fiery temper. Passionate and loving. Lovers of comfort and the finest things.


    GEMINI

    DATE: May 22 - June 21

    SYMBOL: The Twins

    CORRESPONDING ELEMENT: Mutable Air

    RULING PLANET: Mercury

    ASSOCIATED COLOURS: Blue, Orange, Grey

    CHARACTERISTICS OF GEMINI:

    Usually positive, eager to explore life, and quite excitable. Is quite adaptable, thrives on change, and may become restless without it. May work on several things at once, but become bored and leave most unfinished. Quite mentally active, intelligent, and learn easily. Very communitive, popular, charming, witty, and tending toward superficiality. May show contempt for authority, and break the rules. Sometimes moody and unpredictable.


    CANCER

    DATE: June 22 - July 23

    SYMBOL: The Crab

    CORRESPONDING ELEMENT: Cardinal Water

    RULING PLANET: The Moon

    ASSOCIATED COLOURS: Pale, Pastel colours.

    CHARACTERISTICS OF CANCER:

    Quite sensitive and moody. Stubborn and tending to behave like a child when they don't get their way. Tough on the outside but vulnerable and shy on the inside. Domestic, instinctive and nurturing. Tend to form life-long bonds not only with family but with friends and may appear clingy. Loyal and devoted to their work and play. Having a need for security and shelter. Have their own unique way of doing things. Often let their emotions "rule" them.


    LEO

    DATE: July 24 - August 23

    SYMBOL: The Lion

    CORRESPONDING ELEMENT: Fixed Fire

    RULING PLANET: The Sun

    ASSOCIATED COLOURS: Red, Gold

    CHARACTERISTICS OF LEO:

    Assertive and dramatic with a strong sense of his or her own worth. May be too sure of themselves to the point of arrogance and seem overbearing. Loves the stage, the limelight, and any kind of admiration and attention. Naturally tend toward positions of power whether social or business related as they make excellent leaders, can handle responsibility and love to succeed. Generous and affectionate toward friends, but can be ruthless and vindictive toward enemies. Love to 'rule' their office or home as they feel it is their 'kingdom'.


    VIRGO

    DATE: August 24 - September 23

    SYMBOL: The Virgin

    CORRESPONDING ELEMENT: Mutable Earth

    RULING PLANET: Mercury

    ASSOCIATED COLOURS: Silver, Grey, Light Blue

    CHARACTERISTICS OF VIRGO:

    Values work, study, organisation, and strives for efficiency. Exerts large amounts of energy to achieving tasks. Confident and reliable. Logical outlook, evaluates with cold, hard facts. Critical, analytical, pays attention to small details and so may overlook the "big picture". Tend to get frustrated with others who do not have such high standards, but are kind and loyal to friends and family.


    LIBRA

    DATE: Sep 24 - Oct 23

    SYMBOL: The Scales

    CORRESPONDING ELEMENT: Cardinal Air

    RULING PLANET: Venus

    ASSOCIATED COLOURS: Pink

    CHARACTERISTICS OF LIBRA:

    Kind, easy-going, social people who have a need for companionship and are naturally romantic. Capable of a blanced and fair judgement, making them a wonderful diplomat. Love the idea of a peaceful and harmonic world and will strive toward it in any way possible. Have elegant taste and are attracted to beautiful things, which may tend into extravogancy and materialism. Can be shallow, seeing only the exterior.


    SCORPIO

    DATE: Oct 24 - Nov 22

    SYMBOL: The Scorpian

    CORRESPONDING ELEMENT: Fixed Water

    RULING PLANET: Pluto

    ASSOCIATED COLOURS: Red

    CHARACTERISTICS OF SCORPIO:

    Known for their intensity and passionate drive in life. They are guided by their principles and tend to fight for justice and lean toward wanting to make the world a better place. Take on all emotions to the extreme and are prone to intense urges such as love, loyalty, and jealousy leading to turbulent relationships. Possess powerful emotional energy, and can be quite intuative as well as secretive. Negative traits can include forcefulness and vindictiveness, stemming from their passionate personality.


    SAGITTARIUS

    DATE: Nov 23 - Dec 21

    SYMBOL: The Archer

    CORRESPONDING ELEMENT: Mutable Fire

    RULING PLANET: Jupiter

    ASSOCIATED COLOURS: Blue, Deep Purple

    CHARACTERISTICS OF SAGITTARIUS:

    Naturally enthusiatic with a tendency toward restlessness. Lovers of travel and exploration, they are always looking towards the next adventure. A great sense of humour coupled with charm and honesty. Intellectual, idealistic and optimistic making them fun to be around, but they are always looking for something new and exciting which makes deep-rooted relationships difficult. Often easy-going and friendly, they can wrongly assume that all others are as honest as they are. Freely speak their mind and are easily bored.


    CAPRICORN

    DATE: Dec 22 - Jan 20

    SYMBOL: The Goat

    CORRESPONDING ELEMENT: Cardinal Earth

    RULING PLANET: Saturn

    ASSOCIATED COLOURS: Black

    CHARACTERISTICS OF CAPRICORN:

    Ambitious, resourceful, and a careful planner. Devote themselves to a cause then work patiently, and methodically toward it. Often serious and hard-working as a way to achieve personal security. Seldom like to take risks. Very confident and sure of their own abilities which may make them feel as though they are the best person they can rely on. Likes to be an authority figure. Would give a good friend the "shirt off their back". May surprise you with a witty sense of humour.


    AQUARIUS

    DATE: Jan 21 - Feb 19

    SYMBOL: The Water Bearer

    CORRESPONDING ELEMENT: Fixed Air

    RULING PLANET: Uranus

    ASSOCIATED COLOURS: Black

    CHARACTERISTICS OF AQUARIUS:

    Intuative, innovative and intellegent, often full of ideas. Very kind but tend to find faults in others. Very energetic and helpful toward good causes, and able to take charge. Largely humanitarian, cares deeply for mankind. Highly independant and not largely open to change, may lack patience. Firm believers in themselves and will defend their views fiercely. Given their own freedom, Aquarians are entertaining and loyal.


    PISCES

    DATE: Feb 20 - March 20

    SYMBOL: The Fishes

    CORRESPONDING ELEMENT: Mutable Water

    RULING PLANET: Neptune

    ASSOCIATED COLOURS: Royal Blue, Purple

    CHARACTERISTICS OF PISCES:

    Extreme sensitivity and moodiness. Intuitive. Generally mysterious in nature. Indecisive and often emotionally confused. Perceptive, gentle, passive and tend to avoid fights when possible. Compassionate and sympathetic. Tendency to dream rather than face reality. Make judgements based on "what's on the inside" of people. Often careless and daydreamers.


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    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

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    WHAT IS BLACK AND WHITE MAGICK?

    I do not believe that a person can look at a spell and decide whether it is black or white magick. A spell is what you make it, it is the caster's intentions which make it either positive (white) magick, or negative (black) magick.

    DO WICCANS WORSHIP SATAN?

    Absolutely not! Satan is a belief of the Christian religion, it has no part whatsoever in ours. The association comes from the horned Pagan Gods which were likened to the devil and hence evil.

    DO WITCHES BELIEVE IN EVIL THEN?

    Witches do believe in evil people and things but they do not believe that a single entity such as Satan is responsible for them.

    WHY SHOULDN'T I USE A LOVE SPELL?

    A love spell designed to manipulate someone into doing something is commonly called mind rape. You should never use magick to force someone against their will. General love spells, such as to bring love to you from a willing person are ok. In my book anyway :)

    WILL SOMEBODY ELSE CAST A SPELL FOR ME?

    Most probably not. While there may be some that may cast for you I wouldn't recommend doing so. Magick comes from within you, not this other person, you know your situation best, you know what you want. What is this other person messes up the spell and you are left with the consequences? My advice...think long and hard about the spell then if you still want to do it, cast it yourself.

    IS WITCHCRAFT A FEMALE THING OR CAN ANYONE DO IT?

    Witchcraft is for all. It is definitely not just for females. Wicca is a very accepting and open religion, people of different genders, backgrounds and races are welcome to join us.

    SO WHAT DO YOU CALL A MALE WITCH

    Simple. You call a male witch a witch. The word Warlock, which many people use when referring to male witches, actually means "oath-breaker". Many male witches would be insulted if you called them a Warlock.

    WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PENTAGRAM AND A PENTACLE?

    A pentagram is simply the 5 pointed star with the topmost point representing Spirit and Water, Fire, Earth, Air in a clockwise direction from there. The pentacle has a circle enclosing the star, or the pentagram engraved, painted etc on a disc.

    WHY DO PEOPLE CALL THE PENTAGRAM / PENTACLE SATANIC?

    Satanists may use the inverted pentacle as a symbol of chaos (the Elements overpowering Spirit). The upright pentacle is a symbol of faith for a Witch. Generally Witches do not turn their pentacles upside down although it may be so in higher degree initiations.

    HOW DO I GIVE SOMETHING TO THE ELEMENTS?

    Here is how you would make an offering to each of the elements:

    EARTH - Bury the item
    AIR - Let it blow away in the wind
    FIRE - Burn it in a flame
    WATER - Throw it into the ocean, or a lake or river.

    Please take care not to harm the Earth through any of the above, i.e. don't throw away plastic or put harmful chemicals into water for whatever reason you may have for doing so.

    WHY DO WITCHES SPELL "MAGICK" WITH A "K"?

    "Magick" is spelt differently to show that it is different to "stage magic" (pulling rabbits out of hats etc) "Stage magic" involves "slight of hand", The Witches "Magick" involves using and channeling energy.

    HOW CAN I USE MAGICK TO CLEAN MY ROOM FOR ME?

    Yes I really did read this question somewhere, and I have seen many similar. The simple answer is "you can't." There is no way you can point your finger and have all your possessions fly around your room and settle in their correct places, or anything similar. If this is something you sincerely expected out of magick perhaps you should read this: What is Wicca?

    DO WITCHES DO SACRIFICES?

    Of course not! Witches respect all creatures and would not sacrifice animals or humans.


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    TRADITIONS

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    What follows is only a brief explanation of the traditions I know of. It should serve as enough information for you to choose a path to further study.

    DIANIC

    This tradition can be traced back to Margaret Murray in the 1920's and is named after the moon goddess Diana. It is a tradition that focuses mainly on the female aspects of the Craft. In some cases, only goddesses are worshipped and covens consist entirely of females, this is why some refer to this tradition as "The Feminist Movement".

    ECLECTIC

    An Eclectic Witch is one who chooses not to strictly follow a particular tradition but to mix beliefs and practices from different traditions to find what is most comfortable, practical and works best for them. Eclectic Witches with most probably still opt to follow the Wiccan Rede at all times - "An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will."

    FAERIE WICCA

    This is a tradition based on Faerie Lore and beliefs. It is one in which Gods are seen as spirits and the emphasis is on practical magic, ecstasy, self-development and connections with divinity.

    HEREDITARY

    A Hereditary Witch is one who can trace the history of the Craft back through their family tree. They may also have been taught the Craft by a living relative.

    SOLITARY

    A Solitary Witch is one who chooses to work alone regardless of any other traditions they choose. Tending to learn from books, Solitaries generally keep their magickal practices to themselves and choose not to join a coven or participate in group work.

    STREGA

    An Italian form of witchcraft with a strong focus on spells and omens. Strega is a very beautiful, nature-based religion in which the forces of nature are personified as Gods and Goddesses.

    SEAX-WICCA

    A tradition with a Saxon basis that was founded by Raymond Buckland in 1973. While covens are headed by a Priest and Priestess, they promote open rituals, personal choice, and democratic decisions.

    KITCHEN WITCHERY

    A practical type of witchcraft that makes optimum use of natural and/or home grown items such as herbs. Rituals are usually simple, using common ingredients, and home remedies are a large part of this tradition. Kitchen Witchery is often favoured by those with limited space and/or resources.


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    MAGICK DICTIONARY

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    A

    Altar: The surface upon which a Witch places his or her ritual items when performing a ritual or casting a spell. More about Altars.

    Amulet: An object that is used for its protective and negativity-repelling qualities. An amulet is often a natural object.

    Astral Projection: The idea of one inducing a trance, leaving their body, and projecting themselves into another location, or 'plane'.

    Athame: A black-handled ritual knife. It is never used for cutting physical objects, but may be used to direct energy or power during a ritual or spell.

    Aura: Light caused by the electromagnetic radiation produced by all living beings. More about Auras.

    B

    Balefire: A traditional fire lit on the Sabbats. It is the Pagan equivalent of a bonfire.

    Banish: To drive away an unwanted force.

    Besom: The broomstick used by a Witch when cleaning ritual space.

    Bind: To use spellcraft to stop a person from doing something. Generally thought of as manipulative except in extreme cases.

    Boline: A white-handled knife used for cutting herbs, and other practical magickal uses.

    Book of Shadows (BoS): The book used to record magickal experiences, rituals, and all other magickal information. More about the Book of Shadows.

    Burning Times, The: The last time in history when people accused of being Witches were tortured and killed.

     C

    Cauldron: Used in much the same way as the Chalice (see below). It represents the Goddess.

    Censer: An incense burner.

    Chakras: The body's energy centers. More about Chakras.

    Chalice: A stemmed cup representing Water and the West. It can be used to drink from during a ritual, or simply to hold a ritual substance.

    Chant: To repeat a word or series of words to raise energy and focus intent.

    Charging: Empowering an object, such as a candle or gemstone, for a specific magickal purpose.

    Circle: Sacred space in which ritual working takes place. A circle is cast before a ritual, and released afterwards. The circle is more a sphere than a circle as is surrounds the Witch completely and is used as a protection measure.

    Consecrate: To make something completely clean and pure.

    Coven: A group of Witches (traditionally 13) who work together to perform rites and rituals.

    Cresent Moon: The time between the moon's new and half phases.

    D

    Deosil: Moving clockwise.

    Divination: The art of 'seeing' into your life using such things as Tarot cards, runes, crystal balls and other divining tools. More about Divination.

    Drawing Down The Moon: Ritual to draw powers from the full moon during the Esbats.

    Dress: To prepare something for its use, e.g. dressing a candle with oil before lighting it.

    E

    Elements: The four alchemical substances or 'building blocks of the universe' which are Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

    Elemental: A spirit associated with one of the elements mentioned above. More about Elemental Magick.

    Equinox: The two times of the year when the length of day and night are equal. Sabbats are celebrated on these days. More about Sabbats.

    Esbat: A monthly full moon celebration. More about Esbats.

    F

    Familiar: An Witch's assistant. Usually a human spirit taking the form of an animal.

    Full Moon: The time when the moon is a fully lit round disc.

    G

    Gibbous Moon: The time between the moon's half and full phases.

    God: Male deity.

    Goddess: Female deity.

    Grimoire: Magickal workbook akin to the Book of Shadows.

    H

    Half Moon: The time when exactly half of the moon's earth-facing disc can be seen.

    Handfasting: Pagan ritual of marriage.

    High Priest: A male representing the God. Traditionally accompanied by a High Priestess in a Coven.

    High Priestess: A female representing the Goddess. Traditionally accompanied by a High Priest in a Coven.

    I

    Incense: Aromatic herbal powder that is burned to provide a scent. Incense Correspondences.

    Invocation: Drawing power from a deity into oneself.

    J

    K

    Karma: A belief that all the deeds you do, whether good or bad, will reflect back onto you either in this life, or a later one. See Threefold Law.

    L

    Libation: something offered to the Gods such as food or drink left over after a spell or ritual.

    M

    Meditation: Quiet time dwelling on oneself and the nature of the world.

    Mojo Bag: A bag made commonly of velvet that is used to carry things of magickal meaning to the wearer.

    N

    New Moon: When none of the moon's disk is lit/visible.

    O

    P

    Pagan: The general term for a person that practices any type of Earth religion.

    Pentacle: The pentagram (see below) inscribed on something such as stone.

    Pentagram: A five pointed star representing the elements earth, air, fire and water with spirit as the topmost point representing the idea of spirit ruling matter. Often used as the basic symbol of The Craft.

    Poppit: An image of (commonly) a person usually made out of cloth and filled with a natural substance such as wheat or cotton.

    Q

    Quadrants: The north, south, east and west corners of the Circle.

    R

    Reincarnation: A belief that the soul lives on in another body after the current one dies. More about Reincarnation.

    Ritual: A formal set of actions to produce an effect.

    Runes: An ancient alphabet used for inscribing magickal items, and divination. More about Runes.

    S

    Sabbats: The eight yearly Pagan rituals celebrated on agricultural and astronomical dates. More about the Sabbats.

    Sachet: A sealed bag usually made of cloth, that houses objects inside.

    Satanist: Somebody that worships the Christian Satan, or Devil. Pagans do not believe that such an entity exists.

    Scrying: Gazing at something like smoke or water until visions arise.

    Sigil: A sign, symbol or picture possessing magickal power.

    Skyclad: Performing rituals naked, i.e. clad only by the sky.

    Smudging: Passing an object through incense smoke to cleanse it.

    'So Mote It Be': Meaning: "So Shall It Be", used as an affirmation that magick you have performed will work.

    Solitary: A Witch who works and practices magick without being a member of a coven.

    Solstice: The two times of the year when the day is longest (midsummer) and the night is longest (midwinter). Sabbats are celebrated on these days. More about Sabbats.

    Spell: Magick performed with words.

    T

    Talisman: Commonly a piece of parchment or metal incribed with words and/or symbols designed to bring the keeper good luck, protection or other magickal aide.

    Threefold Law: A basic magickal law which states that all energy a person sends out, will return to them with (at least) three times as much energy. See Threefold Law.

    Tincture: A herbal mixture infused with alcohol.

    U

    V

    W

    Wand: A ritual tool usually made from decorated wood and used to direct energy. It represents the element of air.

    Waning Moon: Any time when the moon is fading from full, into new.

    Waxing Moon: Any time when the moon is growing from new, into full.

    Wiccan Rede: A beautiful piece of writing that has become one of the most basic things for a Wiccan to follow. See The Wiccan Rede.

    Widdershins: Moving anticlockwise.

    Witch: A male or female practicing Earth Magick.

    X

    Y

    Z

    Zenith: The point directly above you.


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    Tension Release Breathing

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    Do not let yourself think about any worries or anxiety provoking issues while doing this exercise. If the thoughts creep in, stop them by re-focusing on the breathing and counting.

    Begin breathing deeply, filling your abdomen first, then your chest. Sit quietly, scan your body for tension, and consciously tell any tense muscles to relax (tension often accumulates in shoulders, neck and back).

    Inhale deeply through your nose, pause, then exhale, count one. Repeat, counting your exhalations to five. Begin again, counting exhalations one to five.

    Continue this exercise 5-10 minutes. You should be relaxed and the anxiety or tension greatly diminished.

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