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Wheel of the Year: Imbolc

I promise skipping Saturday’s isn’t going to become a trend. I was in the states this weekend doing a photoshoot dance troupe.

The second holiday of the year is Imbolc which is February 2nd, Groundhog day. This is about the goddess as the crone changing to the maiden. It is the Goddess’ season for growth and renewal. Now is also the time where the God begins to mature into a man.

We are now celebrating the first signs of spring. It is customary to go for a walk to see the first signs of spring (the first sprouting of leaves, depending on where you live maybe some flowers). Another tradition is to light every lamp in the house, even if only for a few minutes. Another option is to light a candle. This is to celebrate the rebirth of the god. Now is also the time for spring cleaning. Since everything is coming out of hibernation to start new beginnings it is good for us to do this too by getting rid of the things we no longer need. Also you can take the time to bless the seeds you are going to plant later in the year. You can also start an indoor magical herb garden. 

Goddesses that are typically celebrated this sabbat: Brigid (celtic), Venus (roman), Aphrodite (greek), Hestia (greek), Vesta (roman), Bast (egyptian),  Inanna (sumerian), Gaia (greek), Athena (greek), Artemis (greek).

When it comes to Gods Pan (greek) would be a pretty standard one to worship this time of year.

Like with every sabbat it is customary to do a ritual to worship the gods and goddesses. Now is also a good time to do divination to see what your year has in store along with any magick you’d like to do especially for new beginnings.

Please leave in the comments how you plan to celebrate Imbolc this year! Merry Meet and Blessed Be!

What Happens When We Die

Sorry about skipping Saturdays post! I was crazy busy and totally didn’t think of it but lets start with this post.

So, like all aspects of Wicca not everyone believes the exact same thing when it comes to what happens after we die.

One thing that is pretty uniform about our beliefs on death is that we all tend to believe in reincarnation. What differs is what happens between death and reincarnation. I think the common belief is that when we die we go to summerland. What people think happen in summerland varies but it is generally thought to be a place where the soul goes to reflect on their previous lives and prepare for the next. Some believe that they walk summerland with the god and goddess and reflect with them where other’s believe they are just in this tranquil state and reflect on their own.

Also what Wiccan’s believe they reincarnate into varies. I believe it is most commonly thought that you reincarnate into a random new person. Other’s believe it has to do with Karma and based on how good of a person you were in your past life. Other’s are more inclined to believe in that you are reincarnated into whatever the earth needs at the time, so a person, animal, tree, etc

Another thing about Wicca is some Wiccan’s (to my understanding a majority but I’m not positive) believe in different realms. So a lot of Wiccan’s believe in fairies, in gnomes, and other magical creatures. A lot also believe that we are not the only planet to have living beings like humans. So some Wiccan’s also believe we can reincarnate from and into those other species.

I will tell you what I believe now. I believe that when we die instead of going to a place such as summerland our souls just return back to the earth until we are ready to become reincarnated again. I believe all of our souls have a mission that originated with their creation and that our soul gets reincarnated into whatever at that time will be the best fit for our goal. For example I believe my soul is a Starseed which essentially means it originates from a different planet. My soul’s mission was to come to earth and try and better the earth through children. I came to this conclusion because I went to see a Shaman and she told me this without knowing anything about me and it just so happens I am studying to be an early childhood educator and all the details she gave fit my life perfectly. Also a lot of characteristics that starseeds possess I also possess. As for whether I believe in fairies, gnomes, unicorns, and the like is something I haven’t decided yet.

Please leave any comments or questions! Thanks for reading. Merry Meet and Blessed Be

Breaking Down the Wiccan Rede

Wiccan’s do not have a book of rules and beliefs like many other religions do. Something we do have though is the Wiccan Rede, which is a few guidelines, that in general, all Wiccan’s follow. So today I will go over the Wiccan Rede (line by line) and break down what it means. Warning this is gonna be a long one boys and girls.

The Full Wiccan Rede:

Bide the Wiccan laws ye must , in perfect love and perfect trust. (So this is pretty self explanatory… It just says to follow the rules in the Wiccan rede)

Live and let live, fairly take and fairly give (What you take you must give back. For example if you cut a flower, leave a seed)

Cast the circle thrice about, to keep all evil spirits out. (When casting spells, or doing a ritual cast a circle. It is traditional to do it once with the athame or wand, once with incense, and once with water or salt but this is not always done in the modern age)

To bind the spell every time, let the spell be spoke in rhyme. (When this was wrote it was traditional to make spells rhyme, you are welcome to do that but it is no longer thought of as necessary)

Soft of eye and light of touch, speak ye little, listen much. ( The first part is about the “evil eye” so don’t stare at people, it’s rude. The second half is sound advice. We learn so much more from listening)

Deosil go by the waxing moon, sing and dance the Wiccan Rune. (Deosil means clockwise. The waxing moon is the period between new moon and full moon. It is a time to cast spells to increase things in your life, like money or love)

Widdershins go when the moon doth wane, and werewolf howls by the dread wolfbane. (Widdershins means counter clockwise. Waning moon means the phase of the moon between full moon and new moon. Now is the time for casting banishing spells, getting rid of bad habits, ect)

When the Lady’s moon is new, kiss the hand to her times two. (When there is a new moon it used to be tradition to send the moon 2 kisses. Back during the witch hunts it was dangerous to do as people knew it was the sign of a witch)

When the moon rides her peak, then your hearts desire seek. (The best time to do magick is at the full moon when the energy of the moon is the strongest)

Heed the North Winds mighty gale, lock the door and drop the sail. (This represents the winter season. Keep warm inside and avoid the storms. The sabbat Imbolc represents this)

When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss thee on the mouth. (Represents the spring season. it brings romance, and love. The sabbat Beltane represents this)

When the wind blows from the East expect the new and set the feast. (Represents the summer season. Brings change and unexpected visitors. The sabbat Lughnasadh represents this)

When the west wind blows o’er thee, departed spirits restless be. (Represents the autumn season. Brings departed souls to the Summerland. The sabbat Samhain represents this)

Nine woods heath the cauldron go, burn them quick and burn them slow. (9 different woods are put in a traditional Beltane fire)

Birch – represents the Goddess.

Oak – represents the God.

Rowan – represents the Tree of Life

Willow – known as Hecate’s tree, represents our journey to the Summerland

Hawthorn – represents the Fairy folk and purity

Hazel – represents wisdom and learning.

Apple – represents love and fertility.

Vine – represents joy and its juice is said to cause heightened awareness.

Fir – represents immortality and well suited to Beltane

Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be. (The elder tree is the goddesses tree and should never be burned)

When the wheel begins to turn, let the Beltane fires burn. (On Beltane it is customary to have a bonfire)

When the wheel turned to Yule, light the log and let Pan rule. (On Yule it is customary to burn the yule log)

Heed ye flower, bush, and tree, by the lady blessed be. (Respect nature and take care of it)

Where the rippling waters go, cast a stone and truth ye’ll know. (This refers to water divination specifically but includes all divination)

When ye are in dire need, hearken not to others’ greed. (You should only cast magick when you or someone you know is in need)

With the fool no season spend, or be counted as his friend. (Choose your friends wisely)

Merry meet and merry part, bright the cheeks and warm the heart. (Express your happiness to see others. Don’t be afraid to let people know you care for them)

Mind the Threefold Law you should, Three times bad and Three times good. (whatever you put in the world, good or bad, will come back to you three times as powerful)

When misfortune is enow, wear the blue star on thy brow. (the star is the pentacle. When we are in trouble we should open our third eye and listen the the goddess and spirit guides for help)

True in lover ever be, unless thy lovers false to thee. (If you make a vow to your lover be true to it but if your lover breaks their vow your vow is annulled)

Eight words the Wiccan rede fulfill, an ye harm none, do what ye will. (Harm yourself and no one else. As long as no harm comes to anyone you can do as you will)

So that there is the Wiccan rede which I strive to live by. I hope you guys enjoyed! Please feel free to leave any comments! Merry Meet and Blessed Be!

More of What Wiccans Believe in

So we have already established who/what Wiccans worship but let’s talk more about what they believe in.

The majority of Wiccan’s believe that the Divine can be found in nature. So nature should be honoured and respected. The plants, animals, soil, the elements, they are all considered to be sacred. Due to this you will find that many Wiccan’s are very passionate about the environment.

We believe in a version of Karma. The threefold law. That whatever you put out into the world will come back to you in threefold. Different people interpret that law in different ways. Some believe that if you curse someone something 3 times as bad as what you cursed them with will happen to you. For me I believe that if I were to curse someone something of that same level would not only happen to me physically but something as bad would also happen to me mentally and spiritually. To tie in with this concept we have our version of the golden rule “an it harm none, do what ye will“.

We also have a deep connection with our ancestors. The majority of us believe that we can connect to the spiritual world, we also feel as though our ancestors watch over us and give us advice all our life.

Wiccan’s also believe in Magick, ever Wiccan’s idea of Wicca is different so I will share my idea of what it is. To me Magick is using your energy, the energy of the earth, and the energy of the divine to manifest what you are looking for. If you are familiar with the book/movie “the secret” I find it a more powerful version of that.

We also believe that we are all responsible for our actions, good or bad and we much deal with the consequences of our behaviours.

Lastly we also don’t believe in converting others like many religions do. As Wiccan’s we understand that everyone has their own path.

Thank you for reading! Feel free to leave a comment below. Merry Meet and Blessed Be.

Who/What Wiccans Worship

In general Wiccans are polytheists meaning they worship more that one god. Usually a Wiccan has a certain pantheon they follow (greek, roman, egyptian, norse, celtic, ect). That being said although some Wiccans believe in the actual dieties like christians believe there is a physical god, most don’t. I don’t. Some believe in just the god and goddess, and other’s believe in a whole bunch of gods and goddesses So I am going to use a little analogy to explain what I mean.

What I, and many other Wiccans believe in is the source energy. This source energy is in everything in the universe including you and me, making us all a little bit of a god/goddess. It’s really hard though to picture energy and worship it. So what many Wiccans do is they personify this source energy. To further explain this, picture a tree. This tree represents the source energy. Now divide this tree in half vertically. Half is masculine, half is feminine which means half is god and half is goddess. Now there are branches on this tree. They represent the different aspects of the world (war, sun, moon, agriculture, marriage, fertility, ocean, sky, ect) The leaves on the branches are the gods and goddess that correspond to the different aspects. My pantheon is greek so all my examples will be greek. So war is Ares, fertility and marriage is Hera, sky is Zeus, moon is Artemis, etc. All these gods and goddesses are just personified pieces of the source energy that help me visualize what/who I am worshipping.

Like I said some people would actually believe that the gods and goddesses live in Olympus, just not most.

As for the source energy, it is in everything which is why Wicca is a nature based religion. We revere the source energy and the source energy is scattered all through out nature.

Please leave any comments you have! Merry Meet and Blessed Be.

An Overview of Wicca

So, before we start getting into the details of Wicca I thought it would be good to do an overview of the religion. 

First I guess it is important to know what Paganism is as Wicca is a form of Paganism. Paganism is an umbrella term for non Abrahamic religions. Some examples of these are Hinduism, Buddhism, Shamanism, and of course Wicca. They tend to be polytheist as well. So Wicca, a branch of Paganism, is a nature based religion. Wiccans believe in the preservation of our earth, they are mesmerized by the sun setting, the leaves falling, and the flowers budding. Also, in Wicca we do not worship the devil, Satan, demons, evil energies, what have you. We don’t believe in Satan (and any other name he goes by) as it is a Christian concept. As for demons and evil energies Wicca is a peaceful and harmonious religion and Wiccans do not go out of their way to work with such entities. It is a very old religion. There’s evidence that suggests it could be as old as 30 000 years old. This would suggest that Wicca is 28 000 years older than Christianity.

In Wicca it is common to practice witchcraft. Do understand though that not all witches are Wiccan and not all Wiccans are witches. In today’s society magick is still a relatively foreign and taboo subject but I assure you it is as real as you and me. It isn’t the magic you see at a show or in Harry Potter. It is simply the manipulation of energy around you to attract the things you need. In Wicca we also have rituals we do. We have rituals for different celebrations like 2 lovers uniting as one, a baby being born, or committing to Wicca. We also have rituals that we do on our own and can create ourselves to honour and worship the deities we believe in. I won’t go too far into the topic of deities though as that will be the topic of the next post. Along with witchcraft and rituals we do partake in different forms of divination and we also use herbs, candles, crystals, plants, and the like in our craft. These objects have different magickal properties that can be used in many ways.

In Wicca we also have our own holidays. The holidays to celebrate the sun are called Sabbats. There are 8 of them: Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltane, Midsummer, Lughnasadh, Mabon, Samhain. These holidays make up the wheel of the year. The holidays to celebrate the moon are called esbats. They are a monthly occurrence and you can celebrate them whenever you like in that month but it is most common to celebrate on the full or new moon.

Wiccans also have a book of shadows that each Wiccan creates on their own. It is a book that is filled with their personal beliefs, thoughts, various information relative to the craft, spells they have done or created, as well as rituals they have done or created. Some Wiccans are very private about this book and not a soul is allowed to look in it but them. Others are more lenient about who may view their book of shadows.

Lastly, we do not have a religious book filled with rules and beliefs as no Wiccan believes in the exact same thing. We do however have what is called the Wiccan rede. It is equivalent to a few pages long and says the general beliefs and guidelines in Wicca. We will go further into it in a different post but the main idea of the Wiccan rede is “an ye harm none, do what ye will”.

Each of these topics and more will be covered in later posts. Thank you so much for reading. Please leave comments below with any questions or thoughts so far! Merry Meet and Blessed Be.

~Willowrose Moondancer

Meet Me, Willowrose Moondancer!

Hello! My magickal name is Willowrose Moondancer (or at least that’s what I’m trying out for now).  I’m 19 (20 in a couple months). I’m a student at my local college for Early Childhood Education. I’ll be done the program in June and going to hopefully be working in a daycare/preschool. I’m in a 5 year relationship with the love of my life. Oh and I have a really cute kitten named Mango.

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My religious journey starts when I was born. I was baptised and raised as a Christian in the united church. I went to church as a little kid with my grandparents and then I stopped for some time. I went to bible camps growing up too. In my preteen years I started going back to church with my grandparents I got confirmed there. Then my dad started going to a baptist church. I then started going to that church instead. When I was around 15 I started believing less and less in the Christian god and was only going to church because I thought my dad would be disappointed in me. I did eventually stop going (he was not disappointed and now actually identifies as Pagan) and became agnostic. Agnosticism though didn’t feel right to me. I needed something to believe in and I wanted it to have a name. So I did research about religions for a lot of grade 11 and discovered Paganism and for awhile I was happy with that. For me though Pagan was such a broad term. I wanted something more specific so I did more and more digging. I found Wicca and although all the religious aspects of Wicca made sense to me I didn’t know how I felt about magick as it was so taboo. So I ignored Wicca even though I was Wiccan at heart. This was a battle for me all through grade 12. Then when I was 18/19 I did a lot more research and thought more about magick and decided I believed in magick but didn’t want to do it so I was a non magick practicing Wiccan. I started celebrating the Sabbats that year. I slowly started telling my boyfriend my beliefs (he’s agnostic). The following school year (the one I am in now 19/20) I am completely transitioning from celebrating “Christian” holidays and Wiccan Sabbats to just Wiccan Sabbats. I am still doing more research because there is never a point where there is no more to learn. So I guess what I am saying is that I may not have been practicing Wicca for a very long time but I am passionate about it, I love it, and we can learn all about it together.

This blog is all about Wicca. What it is, what we believe in, all about magick, rituals, alters, ect. All though there are more and more sources for Wicca these days it is still a religion more difficult to find some good information on. The hope is for this to be an easy to read resource for beginners and people interested in Wicca. I don’t have an exact schedule yet but I am going to try out posting on Wednesdays and maybe Saturdays.

I encourage people to comment with their opinions or questions. I am okay with friendly discussions with nonbelievers, as this is a place to learn and exchange thoughts, but no demeaning or negative comments will be left not deleted as this is a safe space for those wanting to learn. You can also send me private messages if there is anything you feel like sharing privately (be it a personal experience, comment, or question) at wiccans_arent_wicked@hotmail.com

I hope you all enjoy! Merry Meet and Blessed Be.