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Book of Shadows Ideas

. Use any blank book, ring-binder, recipe cards or repurposed paper bags; scissors, press-on correction tape, glue-stick, Post-it Notes, colorful construction paper

. List spells by method used (amulet, bottle, candle, knot, potion, sigil) and list incantations by purpose (banishing, healing, hexing, prosperity, summoning)

. Old time spells & folk remedies 

. Your personal color & symbolism meanings

. Your personal plant preferences; uses

. Local myths or legends; include maps to places of interest 

. Types of spirits you meet & preferred offerings; Earth-spirit, ancestor, guardian, angels

. Tips on eco-friendly lifestyle & recycling

. Wiccan & Non-Wiccan tools or your own substitutions & discoveries

. Different circle casting methods & experiences ex., wiccan style, trad-witch, shamanistic, folk method, chalk-, herbal-, & salt-ring, cord

. Weather lore & seasonal feasts

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Welcome to the NEW 'Witches Community' - "One Stop & Stay” Plaza! 

This Circle of Practitioners is a NEW take on something old - and Malatesa says it will BE exciting!  You ALL and I are gonna make sure that HAPPENS!

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As a Community - each Guides and helps others - everyone HAS something to offer - so "Find your TRIBE" amongst the Plaza - and create those Bonds! We seriously Welcome and Embrace those New to the Craft.....and for you Budding - Excited Bunch - that interests starts HERE!

 This is a Non-Judgmental site - however, we are ALL Mortals, and so there may be the odd friction now and again... Things take time - so stay with us - and eventually you will discover an amazing flow occurring.... 

"New to The Craft"  is ALL about Learning and Growing.....Discovery and Experiences, so gather your Witchy Tools along the way; develop the Intuition - Create the one and all AMAZING 'Tome of Actions' (Grimoire/Book of Shadows), and construct that Altar to embrace the Magicke that becomes unleashed!

No one way is right - There are MANY Ways, Magickal - Spiritual Craft work is about following your Intuition and having a strong Intent.

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Below is a link - NOT the end all Perfect example of ALL things - BUT it is a well gathered Source of finding your way around certain things.. It is here to maybe answer BRIEFLY a Question...however - ASKING that same Question amongst the many, will also give you a much wider take from many personal Experiences.

Please do NOT Hesitate to contact anyone that you feel may be able to help....there are MANY a Wise Tree amongst you blossoming Flowers.....so SEEK them out

If unsure you can also always Message :


Malatesa  - 'Site Janitor' - dealing with all the Technical 'Glytch from the Wytch' Drama!!

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Metatron - Well He can add in what He feels Flows.. although some can liken Him to the Witchy "Human" Resource Guyimage_transcoder.php?o=bx_froala_image&h=67&dpx=1&t=1621345491Myself - 'Light' aka Lise  (I will say it as it is - Firm and Direct)

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Hello and welcome to Explore Wicca!

Whether you’re an experienced Witch, New to the world of Witchcraft, or just a curious passer-by, it’s my hope that you’ll find information here that is beneficial to your own Spiritual Journey.

While there are a number of great resources about Wicca and witchcraft online, Explore Wicca is a unique site where you’ll find in-depth, long form articles about magickal topics that are important to you.

Knowing the “how” of witchcraft is only one part of the equation—you’ve got to understand the “why” too! -  And here at Explore Wicca, it strives to give you both, in a way that’s enjoyable and easy to understand.



 

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"New to the Craft"

Hi all you NEW Amazing Folks ! again Welcome, thank you each for taking the Time to join and even more engage..
AND YES!! - there are so MANY Questions into where to start - how to start and so forth....and of course as each of you can see - you are really NOT ALONE in this Adventure..

I am gonna deposit a PDF (38 pages) here that MAY ?? help some of you..
As I will often instruct Neophytes in Workshop Sessions - Books are NOT the "Bible" to the Spirit within - they are GUIDES - !
Some can be confusing - many contradict - so move with YOUR SPIRIT...it will never fail you!






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Current Mix of Witch Podcasts That’ll Completely Enchant You - LIVE Entertainment that is still ALIVE....in 2021!

So you want to be a Witch. Or just learn about them??
Whether you’re a Baby Witch, a seasoned pro, or just someone who is seeking a little more Magicke in their Life, here are some Magickal podcasts, chosen so that you can celebrate the 'Season of the Witch' ALL year long. As with all Teachings - the Guidance given, shared, and shared again, is not the ULTIMATE... Part of the Spirituality of any Path is finding what works best for YOURSELF! However in the meantime - Listening to what OTHERS have to say can be quite the 'Eye-Opener'...


The Witch Wave by Pam Grossman   >  

Tune in for “Bewitching conversation about Magicke, Creativity, and Culture” - Pam Grossman has been called “the Terry Gross of Witches” for a good reason: Her interviews with guests flow easily, and give a glimpse into the lives of the best creative Magicke makers.

What’s Your Sign?

What's Your Sign? is billed as “a comedy podcast for Astrology lovers AND haters”, and hosts Stevie Anderson, Julia Loken, and Lisa Chanoux who clearly know their Cosmic stuff—plus, they have great chemistry. Their combined humour will have you cracking up when you listen to this show.

The Fat Feminist Witch

This is podcast for, (as host Paige puts it), “Ranting, Raving, and Wand waving”  - One can only love how she looks at Witchcraft and Paganism through a Modern, Feminist perspective.

Between the Worlds

Try and give this show a listen for Tarot, Psychology, Mythology, Pop culture, Witchcraft, Magicke, Art, and History (where would we be without the History?) with host Amanda Yates Garcia, aka the 'Oracle of Los Angeles'. She insight-fully breaks down the Tarot cards, and asks guests for their interpretations, too.

Elder Hour with Nature

Two smart and savvy Witches, Chelsea Selby and Juliet Diaz, dissect the History, Magickal properties, and science behind a NEW Plant every week. Listening will turn you into a Green Witch (that's a Witch who's especially in tune with Nature). Their last Broadcast however was in December 2020 - so here's hoping that they have not fallen to the Wayside... In the meantime, One can certainly breeze through all the previous podcasts, and Pick & Mix what appeals

Lil' Black Witch

Creating a safe space for listeners, hosts Joi and Praxie are here to Educate, Inspire, and lift you up through literal Magicke. Episodes are variable - They are both Black Women in love with the human race, and as such exert as much endless capacity to advocate, and support the Voiceless, whilst fostering an Environment, that inserts a secondary lift up for anyone listening. 

The Queer Witch

The 'Queer Witch', is hosted by Anna Joy, who explores the intersection between Magickal, and LGBTQ+ identities. Every Episode feels welcome, inclusive, and empowering. Was last active in March 2021, but that seems to be the pattern, they are active every couple of months..

Basic Witches

Combining Spirituality and Comedy, 'Basic Witches' is hosted by Comedians Leah Knauer and Rachel Laforest. They interview Comedians, Musicians, Artists, and fellow Witches about the Magicke of Life, Manifestation, and Sexuality. It's perfect for when you need some laughter with your Witchcraft, topped of with a Goddess Oracle Card Reading. 

So You Wanna Be A Witch?

In this podcast for Soul-centered Entrepreneurs, host Sarah M. Chappell gives an inside look at the Business of being a Witch - aimed at the small Business Owners for conversations about Spirituality, Creativity, and defining Success. 

Earth Speak

Host Natalie Ross gives 'Earth Speak' a chill vibe, as she chats with guests about working with Spirits, connecting with Nature, and Self-care. Episodes feature conversations with people, Plants, Nature Spirits, and high-vibration places on Earth. 

AND FINALLY - for the most part, the reason why many of you are here..................

Seeking Witchcraft

Designed for BEGINNER WITCHES, 'Seeking Witchcraft' teaches the Basics of Witchcraft and Wicca in 30-minute Episodes. Think of host Ashley's Lessons as a little morning Witchy snack before you dive into the full Magickal meal.

Enjoy.......

'Light' aka Lise

Malatesa 

MarcusAgrippa1 

Norwich 

SacredHamster 

Earth priest 





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-Casting & Laying-the-#Compass

What does it mean to cast a  and how do you do it?

A circle can symbolize the Cosmos & the Earth in miniature. Circle casting puts us in contact with the Earth to create protected space set apart from mundane concerns; it helps us to unite the 3-realms of cosmic-above, mundane-here & now, and unseen-below to change consciousness levels; and to ritually stage & act-out fulfillment of needs. The Circle Ritual celebrates Life.


LAYING THE COMPASS
A Traditional Witchcraft non-Wiccan method of creating sacred space

There are folkloric Witchcraft methods to prepare a liminal area (a place between) in which to work. I reference Peter Paddon's "Grimoire for Modern Cunning Folk"

When working outdoors there is no consecration as the Land itself is sacred. There are no words to say or altar table to set up, but have a bottle of water, some bread, & a fire-pot with kindling & lighter set in the middle of your space. (Another tradition replaces open flame with a hearth stone 🧱). The broom stick 🧹or Stang Y is used to trace the compass (circle). Walking widdershins stirs & summons the earth energy. This is Gaia’s telluric energy; telluric literally means earth-light which is drawn through the staff as a go-between Earth & body; somewhat resembling a caduceus. As with any circle, you are uniting the realms of cosmic-above, mid-earth and under-world below in a sacred space between.

Hold the staff in the left hand (left being the receptive hand & linked to the underworld & Sacred Land) which will put you outside the circle. Start at North & walk 🔄 widdershins; drag the staff pressing down lightly as if to plow a furrow into the 🪨 EARTH. Visualize the staff stirring and drawing up the vibrant, serpent-like land forces as you make 3 passes to draw the compass.

Make a 🐍 serpent's hissing sound to induce light trance as you walk, deep breathing to hiss AIR 💨

To enter the compass without breaking the circle, lay the staff cross-wise as a threshold to step across & then retrieve the staff. Stand it up in a prepared hole at the center of the compass to mark the place where the three worlds & the 4 compass directions meet at the "cross roads" *️⃣. The staff stands as the axis-mundi, the center of the world.

Rinse your hands and face with some of the WATER 💦.

Light the FIRE 🔥 in your fire pot in the center.

The compass is made. The elements are present. It's appropriate to call a familiar spirit or ancestor to share the rite. Use your own words. The Old Ones are invited with chanting & dance. Use hand-signs of fig ✊🏽 with the left hand for The Lady, and horns 🤘🏼with the right hand for The Lord.

Paddon's Welsh custom is to pay a token coin to the Land Spirits in exchange for the use of the Sacred Land. Just flip a coin of any denomination over your shoulder and leave it there. State the reason for which you've laid down the compass & then proceed with that purpose.

Then, after you've completed what you came for, offer thanks by breaking bread & offering a drink. Eat & drink half. Place the rest of the offerings directly on the ground for the earth-spirits.

When you are finished you ground the residual energy. If you invited anyone be sure to thank & farewell them. Leave the coin & food offerings on the earth. Gather up your belongings & walk away. It's polite to not look back so the land-spirits can have their share in peace.

The traditional tools are a stang Y for the Horned God 🤘🏼, a libation cup🍷 for the Goddess ✊🏽, a cauldron is used as a fire-pot (or substitute a hearth-stone🧱) & your personal measure cord 🪢 is worn. The four direction's of the elemental associations vary by region. A common set are Air-White-North, Fire-red-East, Earth-black-South, Water-gray-West which is different from the western occult elemental directions.
. A measure cord 🪢 is a tri-color, braided cord as long as the Crafter is tall, plus tassels if wanted. Knots are tied at each end to contain the Crafter's energy signature, and 3 measures are taken around the head, the heart and the groin and a knot is tied to mark each. These represent the Crafter's 3rd 👁 eye, their 💚 will, and procreative 🐇 energy. The cord is worn whenever magic is done and can be used in spells. When not worn it should be safely stored.

Basic connections

The concept of the "World Tree" defines the 3 realms of our world. It is symbolized by a staff or broomstick. The top branches of a tree represents the upper cosmic realm home of Divinity and our links to the divine within ourselves. The tree trunk represents the mundane realms of daily life, all Nature & earth beings. The roots represent the underworld, the dead, the Fae and unseen, serpentine Earth forces of life-essence. Witches ascend or descend the tree (fly their broomstick) between worlds as they navigate levels of consciousness that can manifest as spirit travel.

At Gobekli-Tepe in Turkey (ancient ritual site with multiple stone circles dating back to about 11,000 BCE) the circle was oriented to the star Deneb in the constellation Cygnus, which was located in the "crotch" of a divide in an arm of our Milky Way galaxy & around which the night sky appeared to rotate. A holed-stone marked the northern altar & may have symbolized the birth channel of the Primordial Mother Goddess who birthed all that is & through which souls pass in birth and death.

It could be said that our earliest perceptions of deity derive from man's observations of the sky & earth. Legends of fire and ice may represent the ice age that followed a cataclysmic comet strike in North America, surviving mankind hunted by following the migrations of deer herds. 🦌Reindeer may be the earliest concept of a Horned God/dess - both genders of reindeer have horns. There are indications that the earliest forms of agriculture were first developed at Gobekli Tepi as the site was assumed to have been built by hunter-gatherers & the long-term work force & pilgrims had to be fed. It is not known why the structures at Gobekli Tepi were deliberately buried but they were rediscovered in the 1990’s. At the northern latitudes the wild forest re-emerged from what had been turned to charcoal by the comet. It brought forth the Forest Lord (the Elder) and the further development & spread of agriculture brought the The Lord of the Corn (the Younger). Always and ever-present has been the geo-centric life-force pulsing from the Earth's core & writhing 🐍 serpent-like throughout the planet as if chasing the Sun. These forces are recognized in traditional witchcraft practices today.


CREATING SACRED SPACE, AKA BUILDING THE 🏛 TEMPLE the Wiccan Way

ESSENTIALLY, casting a circle connects us to the Earth, our primary energy source. A circle has multiple uses: as devotion - to create sacred space set apart from mundane concerns; as consciousness altering - to unite the 3-realms of cosmic-above, mundane-here/now & unseen-below; as magical aid - to support our spell crafting.

THE BASIC IDEA is to clear ground and then load, aim & shoot energy to form a circular foundation & build a symbolic temple 🏛 within it. We raise the Earth's energy through our body - which stirs the 👁‍🗨 pineal gland - & then shape it with our thoughts to achieve goals. Within the Temple we are in touch with invisiable forces. The 4 elements are called in sequence by density - moving from least to most dense: Air, Fire, Water, Earth to move the temple from the thought-plane & into the physical realm.

First clear the area:
. Cleanse by sprinkling salted water which introduces pacifying (-) 🪨earth & 💦water elements; say "Around & 'round about, all good in all bad out."
. Bless with smoldering incense which introduces activating (+) 💨air & 🔥fire elements;
. Raise & project 👉🏼 Earth's energy in a circular form💫. Say "As I walk the circle is cast, guarding all & holding fast." (Ref. Doreen Valiente)

You can stop there if you want. You've cleared sacred space, the Elements are represented & you've cast the circle. Ground the energy to end the rite when you're finished. It adds another layer if you carry on & build the temple.

Construct the 🏛 Temple:
. Show a light at each quarter or place a stone or symbols of each element at quarters
. Set the temple's corners by facing each in turn & calling the powers of "E-I call air💨for power To Know; S-I call fire🔥 for power to go; W-I call water💦 for power to flow; & N-I call Earth🪨 for power to grow; I call ether✨to make it so, as👆🏽above, so👇🏽below."
. Infill the temple with sacred presence, "Lady🪆and Lord 🦌 of Nature, come if you can. Stay if you wil."

Do what you came for:
. Work in partnership with Deity (or familiar-spirits) to spell craft. Random spirits are not invited into the circle.
. Honor Nature at full moons & seasonal holidays; symbolically honor the Great Rite by lowering the athame into the chalice, signifying the sacred union of Goddess and God. A meal of bread and wine is shared & offered to Nature. Both acts honor Life.

Wrap-up & finish:
. Farewell the deities "Lady & Lord if go thee must, be it with love & trust", & release the 4 powers in reverse order to dissolve the links, "Powers of the N, the W, the S, the E, I bless & thank you, now go in peace."
. Release the circle " Upwards the spiraling power flows to aid friends and vanquish foes, I bid it now to GO!" 👊🏼Push.
. Ground your own residual energy for stability.


FOLK MAGIC WAY

Simple Circle - start and end at north, 🔄🧹sweep off debris, light some incense, & center to pull power to the belly; walk around ↩️, 👉🏼 point-&-push to cast circle. Seeing in the mind functions both in the mundane realm & in the etheric realm to help clear stagnant energy. Quietly lighting an inviting incense suggests knowing if/who you want to invite, and raising Earth energy ⚡️to project the circle takes a bit of practice before you feel it. You should release what you call before closing. The circle dissipates when walked through.

NORTH aligns with the ✨North Star, Polaris, around which the heavens turn to form a sky-hole gateway between the mundane and cosmic realms. Your circle aligns with the gate.

Make psi balls between the hands 👏🏽 for practice. Ground - send your energy down the spine to root into Earth, then center - pull power on the breath from Earth & Sky to your gut. Think the actions & push power from the gut & out the hands. You’ll feel a subtle pushback of energy with practice. Shake off your hands to clear them. If they buzz then just re-ground. Psi balls are like energy balloons 🎈 we load with intention & pop to charge spells.

EVEN EASIER

Charge a cord like making psi balls between your hands👏🏽, then lay it in a circle on the ground, starting & ending at north.
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This quiz is based on my own experience leaving Christianity, and so is absolutely biased. But hopefully not in a way that makes others feel less than. I think the most beautiful part of paganism is its willingness to allow each individual to walk their own path and find their own truths.

For each question in this , select all of the answers that are true for you, even if there are more than one.

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Malatesa threw out the idea of writing a list of 13 things to consider when converting from Christianity to Paganism. I compiled my top 13 things that influenced me on my own journey (which comprised of nearly 4 years). This is very personal to me, but hopefully will resonate with a few of you, too. Also,  cred to Witch Ways and Wares, who commented that the number one consideration should be YOU.

13. How does the Bible make you feel? (For me, towards the end of my time in Christianity, I started noticing some really problematic parts of the bible. I mean, obviously they had alwasys been there, but they started really bothering me. Looking back, that was sort of the beginning of the end.)

12. Do you feel in alignment with the Christian community in general? (I found myself making excuses for beliefs and attitudes that were popular among Christians, but that didn't resonate with me personally. I didn't really agree, but I still felt like it was my identity, so I wanted to understand and justify.)

11. Have you found a worship community that feeds your soul? (Are you leaving your worship feeling renewed, refreshed, and ready to serve the world?)

10. Do you have questions that Christianity can't quite answer? 

9. Have you experienced spiritual experiences that do not fit in with the Christian worldview? (An example of this for me was some expeiences with fairies.)

8. Is it physically and emotionally safe for you to openly embrace paganism? (I was well into adulthood when I converted. So despite it being awkward with my conservative Christian family, I was living independently and knew that I would be just fine even if they chose to disown me. They did not choose that. I am lucky to have parents who cringe at my beliefs, yet love and embrace me as a person. And in fairness, I cringe at their beliefs, too.)

7. Do you believe that your access to divinity must come *through* another person?

6. Have you noticed that you have spiritual gifts that don't quite fit into the Christian worldview?

5. Are you ready to make your own discoveries about magic, the supernatural, and the divine? (One of my biggest draws to paganism is the openness to finding my own path.)

4. Do you feel drawn to ancient gods and godesses?

3. Do you find wisdom in a variety of places, from ancient texts to modern philosophies?

2. Are you okay with not knowing everything? (One of the hardest things about leaving was losing my complete and utter confidence that I KNEW how the world worked and what would happen after death. I have learned to embrace the unknown in a beautiful way.)

1. How do *you* feel? Where are you feeling led? When you envision your future self, where do you see yourself feeling like their highest self?

 

 

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If you're just getting started, I recommend the Sabbat Essentials books. Don't worry about buying the whole set at once. When I was I just bought one at a time (or check them out of your library!) a few weeks before celebrating  that Sabbat. For those of you who don't know, Beltane is approaching (May 1), and I still like to pull mine out and look for new spells or rituals to incorporate into my practice. 

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Here's a great article to get beginners started on writing their own incantations.

https://witchcraftandwitches.com/witchcraft/writing-powerful-magical-incantations-that-work/