Monday, September 23, 2013

Where do I learn more about Paganism/ Wicca / Witchcraft

I get a lot of Emails asking me where do I get more information on Learning about the Pagan/ Wiccan Path and Questions on what is Witchcraft..

Or  How do I find my Goddess or God

Nobody can tell you what Goddess or God to follow
only you can, Educate yourself Learn about all religions.
Study  your Heritage , your ancestors , study the culture that appeals to you most like  Celtic , Asatru /Viking ,Hellenic- Greek ,Graeco/Roman, Kemetic/ancient Egyptian ,
 Native American and other paths

there is more to Paganism and Wicca Than spells
Most important is if you do not know what you are doing 
then do not do the spells we post

Spells are not Games or Toys  

Questions about Spells Are answered here

O.k some of you may be very new to the Craft, or you may be just inquisitive, you may have heard from some of your Witchy friends who have casted their spells, or have summoned some particular spirit or God/ess and you have felt that excitement to be able to do it yourself.

Spells and Rituals are not Games or Toys to do for fun or Giggles
you are Conjuring real deities who will not be amused you called them for your lost car keys.

What really Irks me
people who I like to call Fluffy who are people who claim to follow the Pagan/ Wiccan path
but have no FREAKING CLUE about it they take what they read in a couple books or saw on a TV show like Charmed or the movie the Craft.
they have never studied the religion or learned anything about the religion

then have the nerve to Bash other people of the Pagan/ Wiccan path
for honoring Goddess Lilith or Hecate or Pan or Cernunnos or wearing an inverted Pentacle or have a Horned God symbol, or doing rituals that involving Horns like Viking Drinking horns or bones or Antlers.
These Newbie fluffys bash Pagans and Wiccans who have studied the religion not just modern but ANCIENT Paganism and know the history of the Religion.

it really is a slap in the face when I see people who have no clue who the Gods or Goddess are but claim to be Wiccan or Pagan or Listen to Religious propaganda that been spread by other religions as Facts.... and it really is a shame when I see some Fluffy 

attacking people who have Studied the religion and are deep into the faith and using social media like Twitter or facebook to publicly Bash Teachers and Mentors of the Faith, teachers like Selena Fox ,Laurie Cabot or Christian Day or other teachers who have done much to help the Pagan and Wiccan Community

Word to the wise... Unless you have knowledge and understanding about Witchcraft, please do not play about with things you may not understand. Witchcraft is not for fun, or to show off to friends, there are real entities out there that will certainly play about with you, if you open up doors you cannot close.

Spells are for people who know what they are doing
if you are not part of the Pagan, Wiccan or Witchcraft Religions
then do not do these spells. this is not like a tv show or a game
this is an actual Religion you have to study and learn about the Goddess and Gods and history of the religion and practice the actual religion.

Please remember, unless you can Banish, never summon anything. It is not a game, it is not for those who are thrill seekers. Witches take their craft seriously and learn and train every single day. It is who they are, it is their way of life. It is not just a case of reading a few books, and you become a Witch, and you are untouchable, if you believe that, then you certainly do not belong on the path of a Witch.

Now that I got that out of The Way 

Here are Some links to help you

Recommended Pagan and Wiccan Books

Popular Pagan Books 

What Is Wicca

Wicca is an eclectic religious belief system centering around gods, goddesses, and nature worship.

Information on Wicca , Paganism, Druidism,  Witchcraft 

Here you will find information to learn about the basics of the religion of Witchcraft

WitchVox  Coven and Groups to meet other pagans and wiccans

 Books on Paganism / Wicca 

Margot ADLER, _Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippersand Other Pagans in America Today_ 

STARHAWK, _The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of theGreat Goddess_ 

Scott CUNNINGHAM, _Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

Celebrating the Seasons :  Author Selena Fox 

Goddess Communion: Rituals  and Meditation: Selena Fox

Planetary healing and magick : Selena Fox

Stewart FARRAR, _What Witches Do: A Modern Coven Revealed

Silver RAVENWOLF, _To Ride a Silver Broomstick: New Generation Witchcraft

Aidan A. KELLY, _Crafting the Art of Magic: A History of Modern Witchcraft

Ronald HUTTON, _The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles: Their Nature and Legacy

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs

The Master Book of Herbalism by Paul Beyerl 

The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham

Magical Herbalism: The Secret Craft of the Wise by Scott Cunningham

Any book by Scott Cunningham is fantastic and wonderful

The Witches' Book of the Dead [Christian Day, Raven Grimassi] 

Utterly wicked Curses and spells by Dorothy Morrison

The Craft a Witches Guide to a book of Shadows by Dorothy Morrison  

Raymond Buckland  books  ( Any all excellent choices )  

Other authors who are generally well thought of include Amber K.,Zsuzsanna Budapest, Janet and Stewart Farrar, Gerald Gardner, Jade and Doreen Valiente.

The Best Pagan Books

The Heart of Wicca by Ellen Cannon Reed

The Craft by Dorothy Morrison

Green Witchcraft by Ann Moura

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner 

Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland 

Witchcraft Today by Gerald B. Gardner

The Meaning of Witchcraft by Gerald B. Gardner

Witchcraft for Tomorrow by Doreen Valiente

The Elements of Ritual by Deborah Lipp

The Way of Four by Deborah Lipp

The Witches God by Janet and Stewart Farrar

The Witches Goddess by Janet and Stewart Farrar

Wiccan Warrior: Walking a Spiritual Path in a Sometimes Hostile World by Kerr Cuhulain 

Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior by Kerr Cuhulain 

Holland's Grimoire of Magickal Correspondences: A Ritual Handbook by Eileen Holland

Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells by Judika Illes

Paganism: An Introduction to Earth- Centered Religions [Paperback]
River Higginbotham (Author), Joyce Higginbotham

 What Paganism and Wicca is   

When one defines oneself as Pagan, it means she or he follows a Religion focused on honoring The Ancient of Gods and Goddesses it is best described as the modern rebirth of Ancient Paganism Paganism encompasses a diverse community with some groups concentrating on specific traditions, practices or elements such as Nature, Celtic ,Wiccans, Druids, Shamans,Hellenic,Graeco,Slavic, Sacred Ecologists,Asatru, Odinists and Heathens, Kemetic,Native American all make up parts of the Pagan community. 

Some follow a list of nine virtues, referred to as the Nine Noble Virtues, that have been culled from the Eddas (our primary sources) and the Sagas. These virtues are: Courage, Truth, Honor, Fidelity, Discipline, Hospitality, Industriousness, Self-reliance, and Perseverance. 

The recognition of the divine in nature is at the heart of Pagan belief. Pagans are deeply aware of the natural world and see the power of the divine in the ongoing cycle of life and death. Most Pagans are eco-friendly, seeking to live in a way that minimises harm to the natural environment. 

Concepts of the divine 

Pagans worship the divine in many different forms, through feminine as well as masculine imagery and also as without gender. The most important and widely recognised of these are the God and Goddess (or pantheons of God and Goddesses) whose annual cycle of procreation, giving birth and dying defines the Pagan year. Paganism strongly emphasises equality of the sexes. Women play a prominent role in the modern Pagan movement, and Goddess worship features in most Pagan ceremonies. 

Pagan theology .

Paganism is not based on doctrine or liturgy. Many pagans believe 'if it harms none, do what you will'. Following this code, Pagan theology is based primarily on experience, with the aim of Pagan ritual being to make contact with the divine in the world that surrounds them. 

While Other Pagans sees the divine manifest in all creation. The cycles of nature are our holy days, the earth is our temple, its plants and creatures our partners and teachers. We worship a deity that is both male and female, a mother Goddess and father God, who together created all that is, was, or will be. We respect life, cherish the free will of sentient beings, and accept the sacredness of all creation 

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