Pagan religions are all religions that existed before Christ.
Wicca is a specific Pagan religion.
Think of it as a square (Wicca) and a rectangle (Pagan). A square is classified as a rectangle; however, a rectangle can not always be classified as a square.
Also, “Wiccan” is an adjective (ie. A wiccan alter) and to describe a practitioner, Wicca is a noun, it’s the name of the actual religion.
Sorry, but what you’re discussing is outside of my personal beliefs.
That’s really awesome that you have found these powers within yourself.
I would suggest that if you want to continue to develop them, you should:
Good luck with your endeavors! :)
Thank you so much, we really appreciate it :)
Just do as much research as possible. Read books, read blogs, go outside and meditate, meditate inside, ask other people… Just do what feels right, don’t do anything you aren’t comfortable with, and remember that what you read is just guidelines, not set in stone rules.
Empaths are highly sensitive, finely tuned instruments when it comes to emotions. They feel everything, sometimes to an extreme, and are less apt to intellectualize feelings. Intuition is the filter through which they experience the world. Empaths are naturally giving, spiritually attuned, and good listeners. If you want heart, empaths have got it. Through thick and thin, they’re there for you, world-class nurturers.
To help with this so you don’t get overwhelmed with emotion:
1. Pay Attention to How YOU Feel
To overcome empathy, you need to tune back in to YOU. In order to get centered, you need to check in with yourself emotionally at least once a day and tune in to how you feel. Make a log before you go to bed of how you feel and why. When people ask you to do something, before you say yes, check in with how you feel about it. Don’t just feel their need and then respond to that. Take time to become centered and for your feelings to come through. Sometimes your own feelings about things take time to come through when you’re too tuned in to everyone else’s. Meditation can also be a good centering tool if you do it regularly and imagine recalling your energy back from other people and feeling complete again.
2. Give yourself permission to enjoy yourself
Most empaths are not having fun in their interactions with other people. They often have the attitude that they are here to help others who are suffering. They often feel dutiful and feel responsible for other people’s feelings – they feel they are there to help others to feel better.
To remedy this, focus on having fun in your interactions with others. In social situations, if you’re not having fun then don’t engage so much with the person you’re talking to. When you’re talking to someone who is draining your energy, intend to pull back. Put your enjoyment first in social situations and pay less attention to other people than you would normally. This may sound incredibly selfish but the fact is that many empaths need this change in approach.
3. Allow quiet time to emotionally decompress.
Get in the habit of taking calming mini-breaks throughout the day. Breathe in some fresh air. Stretch. Take a short walk around the office. These interludes will reduce the excessive stimulation of going non-stop.
4. Define and honor your empathic needs. Safeguard your sensitivities. Here’s how.
I need more ideas of what to write about, so if anyone has a topic, that would be very helpful. Anything at all that you want to learn more about, want to see on this blog, or just general rambling, drop them in the ask and I’ll see what can be done. THANKS.
Try harvesting these herbs and plants for your sipping pleasure:
Let me just start out by saying that you don’t need tools to practice, but for those who want them here’s a few cheap (or free) ideas.
1. ALTAR Your altar can be set up on any flat surface, even the floor! A small coffee table, the top of a chest, a desk, your dresser…Really just anywhere that you can set up things without them falling over.
2. ALTAR CLOTH An altar cloth isn’t really necessary, but is nice for keeping everything clean, and looks pretty. You could make one yourself, or use a cheap bandanna, scarf or tablecloth (all can be bought at the dollar store) and either cut or fold them to fit the altar area. Or let them hang down, it’s whatever you prefer really.
3. CANDLES AND INCENSE Again, dollar store, or for bulk tea-lights Costco if you have a card or know someone who is willing to take you. The dollar store also has lots of colours and holders, so you can get larger element candles there as well. Incense are fairly cheap at green earth. Last time I was there you could get a mixed bag of 5 for 20 cents. Or again dollar store. Or look up how to make your own. Incense burners are also fairly cheap, or you can use almost anything that wont catch fire.
4. CHALICE AND OTHER ALTAR THINGS Use a wine glass for a chalice. Look around at yard sales, thrift shops or ask someone for one. Figurines are a bit harder to come by, but you can make them if you or someone you know can carve wood, or hunt around at yard sales and thrift shops. You’d be surprised what you can find for not a lot of money.
5. WAND To make a wand, simply decide what kind of wood you’d like it to be, find a tree of that kind of wood, and cut off a branch. Make sure it’s not a big branch but not too small. It should be comfortable to hold in your hand and about the length of your forearm. Use a knife to peel off the bark then wrap the wand in a cloth and then let it dry…for a long time (about a month).
6. ATHAME This one is a bit tricky. If your in a hurry to have one, get an inexpensive letter opener. Other than that, you could try and find one in a thrift store, but I’ve yet to find one. So save up your money for this. Maybe try online??
7. CLOTHES Make your own, or look in thrift shops. It will be cheaper to buy some fabric and sew your own clothes, but for those that aren’t gifted with the ability to sew, look around thrift shops for something you like. Remember that ritual clothes can be anything you are comfortable in.
There’s a lot of things not listed here but these are the most commonly asked about (from what i found). Remember that pretty much all Wicca supplies or tools can be gifted to you by someone or made yourself.
I’m going to split your question into parts if you don’t mind :)
PART ONE (Christianity and Wicca):
· Firstly, please check out my last Q/A as it covers a lot about transitioning to Wicca after being raised in a Christian/Catholic household: http://thewiccanwonders.tumblr.com/post/66531982434/hi-so-ive-always-been-interested-in-wicca-and-magic
· It’s also important to note that research is never a sin. By looking into Wicca and getting a better idea of it, and figuring out where you stand and how you want to approach it, you’re not doing anything wrong.
· There are very misleading versions of the bible which call all magic and all witches sinful. The only things the Bible really talks about are those who claim to tell the future and those who claim to talk to the dead. If someone shows you a bible that generalizes and uses the word “witch” or something to that effect, feel free to look it up online and find a better interpretation of that piece of scripture :). Many bibles are “simplified” or “dumbed down” and lose a lot of their original meaning in the process. Not to mention through the original translations.
· Side note: The Bible is very adamant about not following any other Gods/Goddesses. So it’s very dependent on which rules you’re willing to break. There is a book mentioned in the Q/A above called “Path of a Christian Witch” by Adelina St. Clair that works on finding a balance between Christianity and Wicca and how to allow both religions to coexist.
PART TWO (A Lack of Money):
· In my personal beliefs, I really doubt that the Gods care if I have a very expensive altar with a lot of shiny things (though I do love shiny things). You don’t need a lot of money to do anything in Wicca. I didn’t even have candles for my first circle.
· If you’re going to make a circle, use things that represent the different elements, a dish of water, a pretty rock you found outside, a stick, wind chimes, etc. Make use of Google and see if there’s anything you can make yourself (probably better than buying it!). Use an old school binder for your research and your Book of Shadows. If you really want candles or incense or something, the dollar store is your best friend. You don’t need much; it just has to mean a lot to YOU.
· Most things in Wicca is absolutely useless if it doesn’t hold any personal significance. The altar cloth you knitted yourself is going to be way more effective than a $100 you could have bought online. Eventually you find a bit of money and you start building things up, but there’s really no need to break the bank.
You are absolutely no bother, please feel free to ask questions!
As always, good luck and have fun with it :)