Anonymous asked:

Witchcraft and Wicca are not the same thing. You can be a Christian Witch without blending Wicca into your practice.

The Wiccan Wonders Answer:

I’m assuming you’re referring to the “Hello lovely! Question. I believe in the Christian God, but don’t necessarily believe what other Christians do. Is there such thing as a Christian witch?” response?

I know that you can be a Christian Witch without blending Wicca into it, I was simply stating that it had been brought up before so that anyone who wanted to could go and see it.

Some people also use Wiccan ans Witch synonymous, so I wanted to make sure I had all the bases covered. 

Sorry if the post offended you in any way(?). That wasn’t the intent.

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Anonymous asked:

I was recently looking into totems and I found one that describes me perfectly. It's the Bat. Looking into the bat, it said I would have to face my fears. Does that mean I have to go into a room full of clowns, and bathe in grasshoppers?

The Wiccan Wonders Answer:

I’m assuming that you came across this in your search:

"A Bat totem appearing in your life
is a call for the end of a way of life and the beginning of another.

You must face your greatest fears
and get rid of the part of your life that no longer is needed.
This transition is very frightening for many:
"better the devil you know…"
But you will not grow spiritually until the old parts are gone.

Face the darkness before you and you will find the light in rebirth.”

I don’t know a lot about totems, so I did a little research, and I’ve only seen it mentioned on one site. As far as I can interpret it, the lines “You must face your greatest fears” and “and get rid of the part of your life that no longer is needed.” are one continuous sentence. Tho each person will interpret it differently.

I’ll link you to a few of the sites that lead me to believe this, and you can decide for yourself. I highly doubt they meant for you to bathe in grasshoppers.

Site 1

Site 2

Site 3

Site 4

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Anonymous asked:

Hello lovely! Question. I believe in the Christian God, but don't necessarily believe what other Christians do. Is there such thing as a Christian witch?

The Wiccan Wonders Answer:

Hey,

Yep, they can. I’ve covered this a couple of times before to help with those who had a hard time transitioning from Christianity to Wicca.

An amazing resource for this sort of unity would be the book “Path of a Christian Witch” by Adelina St. Clair. Definitely worth checking out!

A lot of religion depends on what you’re most comfortable with and your personal beliefs. If you’re more comfortable with your Catholic practices, perhaps you should try bringing those into your Wiccan practice. There are certain Christian prayers that I use to open up my circles because they make me feel comfortable and closer to the deities I worship. It’s surprising how many different religions share certain practices and beliefs (just look into how many people follow “karma” or the threefold rule, or whatever you’d like to refer to it as). There is a book called “Path of a Christian Witch” by Adelina St. Clair which discusses mixing Wicca and Christianity. It’s a great resource for those transitioning between the two religions.
Alternatively, you don’t have to do anything you don’t feel right about. So if you don’t feel comfortable with certain aspects of Wicca, don’t follow them. Some people choose not to use any rituals in their practice, and that’s okay. Do what feels right for you. Religion is not a science, there’s no one “right way” of doing it, it’s more of a medium of sharing common beliefs, so work on making the religion work with your beliefs.

  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

:)

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Anonymous asked:

Hey, i was wondering if your able to be wiccan and worship the God and Goddess while also having a patron god or goddes? Just wondering thanks for your help ^^

The Wiccan Wonders Answer:

Hi there! In short you can worship as many, or as few, deities as you want. Some Wiccans only worship one God or Goddess, some have 10. It’s whatever you are comfortable with.

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A Year and a Day

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The Year and One Day theory is used in many areas in life. It gives a person the opportunity to through each season with knowledge and skill. In the mundane world it is a time period set to learn about others or other things, this is because most people can pull a shadow over things for 3 – 6 months but it’s nearly impossible to do it for a year. In Wicca it’s a time of learning and growth, a time of self reflection and decision. Here is the time where you should gain your base knowledge of the Craft and decide afterward’s if it is the path that you wish to live with the rest of your life.

A year and a day is time period is based upon a number of early European traditions. In some feudal societies, if a serf ran away and was absent from his lord’s holdings for a year and a day, he was automatically considered a free man. In Scotland, a couple who lived together as husband and wife for a year and a day were accorded all the privileges of marriage, whether or not they were formally wed. For many Pagans and Wiccans, the year and a day study period holds a special significance. If you’re recently become part of a group, this time period is enough that you and the group’s other members can get to know one another. It’s also a time in which you can familiarize yourself with the concepts and principles of the group. If you’re not part of an established tradition, using the year-and-a-day rule allows you to give your practice structure. Many solitaries choose to study for this time, prior to any sort of self-dedication ritual. 

Should you dedicate before or afterward’s? That’s a personal decision between you and the God’s. Though, traditionally you should self-dedicate within a month or two of starting your walk for one year and one day. Many traditional Covens, Circles or Groves tend to Dedicate or Initiate a person at the beginning of their studies.

The year and a day is not mandatory for becoming Wiccan, but it is highly recommended. A year and a day of study is suggested in order to give you as much information as possible so that you can make an informed decision on whether or not to dedicate yourself to your chosen path. Different covens might go about it differently.

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Healing Herbs to Use in Herbal Tea

thewiccanwonders:

Try harvesting these herbs and plants for your sipping pleasure:

  1. Mint: Leaves; calming, digestive.
  2. Passionflower: Leaves; relaxing and restful sleep.
  3. Rosehips: Buds after bloom has died; vitamin C boost.
  4. Lemon Balm: Leaves; calming and relaxing.
  5. Chamomile: Buds; relaxing and soothing tummy.
  6. Echinacea: Buds; immune support.
  7. Milk Thistle: Buds; detoxification.
  8. Angelica: Root; digestive support.
  9. Catnip: Leaves; calming.
  10. Raspberry: Leaf; female reproductive support.
  11. Lavender: Buds; calming and soothing.
  12. Nettles: Leaf; detoxifying, nourishing.
  13. Red Clover; Buds; purifying, detoxifying.
  14. Dandelion: Root; live support; blood tonic.
  15. Linden: Flowers; digestive, calming.
  16. Lemongrass: Stalk; calming, relaxing, digestive aid.
  17. Peppermint - this is a perennial favorite for many people. Its refreshing taste is uplifting and cleansing, as well as wonderful for stomach troubles of all kinds. Peppermint is generally very easy to grow and enjoys sunny and semi-shaded spots. Grows very, very easily and unless you want it escaping across the garden, keep it pot-bound. The leaves are the part used for making tea.
  18. Lavender - a delightful, softly fragrant tisane that is perfect for soothing, especially recommended for reducing tension and soothing headaches. Lavender grows well in full sun, well-drained soil. Lavender buds are the part of the plant used for tea.
  19. Lemon Verbena - a refreshing and tangy lemony taste comes packed in these simple but easy-to-grow leaves. It needs full sun and will not tolerate harsh winters, so keep it pot-bound if that’s a danger in your area. The leaves are the part used for tea.
  20. Bergamot - Bergamot carries a touch of orange flavor. The plant produces gorgeous bright red, purple, or pink flowers and is happy in full sun or semi-shade. The leaves and flowers are suitable for steeping.
  21. Marjoram - this herb has a fruity, citrus flavor and an undertone of mint. It grows well in full sun to semi-shade. Leaves and flowers are suitable for steeping.
  22. Chamomile (German) - A delightful apple scented herb, this one is traditionally used to induce calm and sleep. It makes a gorgeous but delicate lawn feature with small daisy-like flowers. It tolerates full sun to semi-shade. The flowers are the preferred part for making the tea.
  23. Jasmine - with a fragrance reminiscent of summer time, jasmine provides a delicate and enticing flavor. It grows in full sun to semi-shade and although it can form a part of your tea garden, it needs a trellis or wall at the back of the garden to really thrive. It is not suitable for cold winter climates, however, so if you endure that sort of weather, you will need a potting arrangement that can be moved indoors. The flowers are the suitable part for making tea.
  24. Coriander (aka cilantro) - used more frequently in cooking, coriander is also suitable for herbal tea and has a flavor similar to Lady Grey tea. With strong citrus undertones, this tea carries a spicy and acidic flavor. Accepts full sun to semi-shade and is an ideal container herb. The leaves are used for tea.
  25. Thyme - thyme is considered to be a good tea for soothing stomach troubles and sore throats. It is spicy and may be an acquired taste - try it first before cutting too much herb! It is tolerant of full sun and semi-shade and is an ideal container herb. Use the leaves for tea - if flowers are present, these can also be added.
  26. Violets - if you love the smell of violets, violet tea will probably be a favorite with you. Violets prefer shady growing areas and are easy potted plants if desired. An excellent source of vitamins A and C. Violets are considered to be soothing and refreshing and are a good tonic after winter. The dried leaves and flowers are suitable for steeping (fresh flowers can be used for effect - see photo).
  27. Rosemary - Rosemary has long been used in infusions for easing emotional depression and blood circulation issues. This plant prefers strong full sun but will tolerate light shade, and requires well-drained soil.
  28. Stevia - Stevia is a safe and natural herbal sweetener, used in place of sugar in an herbal infusion and safe for diabetics to use. Stevia does not handle colder weather well at all and should therefore be a potted herb that is brought indoors during cold snaps and wintertime. The leaves are naturally sweet and their sweetness can be concentrated by drying or dehydrating them

Herbs that can be used in tea if you’re interested in making your own, or buying these kinds at the store. Hope it will help some of our followers that also have cold and flu season upon  them.

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As cold and flu season rolls around (at least in my area) thought I’d post some natural ways to help releave the symptoms.

thewiccanwonders:

Sage: is a traditional remedy of long standing for soothing sore throats as it has antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties. For an inflamed throat and hoarseness use a hot sage infusion or gargle with a sage, apple cider vinegar and honey mix. In feverish conditions, sage is very cooling. Take as a tea or tincture.

Peppermint: is a valuable expectorant* in the treatment of bronchitis, colds and flu. It reduces fevers by inducing sweating and cooling the body. It is also a painkiller for headaches and some migraines. It is a soothing decongestant and makes an effective inhalation for clearing blocked sinuses.

Lemon Balm: Lemon Balm tea promotes sweating. This is good for feverish colds as it helps to eliminate the toxins from the body.

Blackberry: More commonly know as Bramble. The fruit is rich in vitamin C. The leaves can be used to make a cleansing tea, or make a poultice from fresh, lightly boiled leaves.

Borage: A versatile herb, borage promotes sweating and has expectorant* properties, both of which are beneficial for feverish, chesty colds.

Catnip: Catnip or Catmint, promotes perspiration and a hot infusion is good for feverish colds and flu’s. Catnip is also a muscle relaxant and mild sedative so will help to induce sleep.

Cinnamon: Will stop vomiting and relieve feelings of nausea. Take as a tea. Cinnamon oil also had anti-bacterial properties.

Fenugreek: Has expectorant qualities. It is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and soothing. It can ease coughs and sore throats.

Juniper: Steam inhalations of Juniper is beneficial for relieving congestion in coughs and colds. Add a few drops of the oil to hot boiled water, place your face over the bowl, cover with a towel, and inhale the steam.

Lemon: Lemons are a rich source of vitamin c, and taken hot in a hot lemon and honey drink, is a traditional remedy for colds and sore throats.

Yarrow: Yarrow has anti-inflammatory properties, and a hot yarrow tea will promote sweating. Many herbalists consider yarrow to be one of the principle herbal remedies for fever, feverish colds and flu. It is often taken in combination with elderflower and peppermint. Or try adding a strong infusion of yarrow and camomile to a warm bath.

*expectorant: this means something that helps you eliminate mucus or sputum from the chest and out of the airways. This is often thought to be something rather disgusting, and frankly it isn’t very pleasant, but it is good to clear the chest of excessive mucus.

Bringing this back as it is, yet again, cold and flu season in my area.

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Pagan pdf’s

parallelecho:

Collection of good reads and reference 

Scott Cunningham - Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs - x

Scott Cunningham - Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic - x

Scott Cunningham - Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen - x

Scott Cunningham and David Harrington - The Magical Household - x

Scott Cunningham - Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner - x

Raymond Buckland - Complete Book of Witchcraft - x

Janet and Stewart Farrar - A Witches’ Bible - x

Gerald B. Gardner - Witchcraft Today - x

Silver Ravenwolf - To Stir a Magick Cauldron - x

Robin Briggs - Witches and Neighbors - x

Mary K. Greer - 21 Ways to Read A Tarot Card - x

Denise Zimmermann - Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wicca and Witchcraft - x

Marion Weinstein - Positive Magic - x

Some books that our followers may find useful. I have personally read: All listed Scott Cunningham books, Complete Book of Witchcraft and Witchcraft today.

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Anonymous asked:

Hello, i'm very interested in becoming wiccan and to learn all about the religion and the art of witchcraft and everything. But i'm confused on to where i should start learning. I'd appreciate any help you're able to give me c:

The Wiccan Wonders Answer:

Hi! You should read everything you can get your hands on so you can find what you agree with. Here is a list of some books that people generally find helpful. 

You can also read through out Wicca for Beginners tag as it has a lot of information on various topics, and if you have more questions feel free to ask!

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Anonymous asked:

Is spirit one of the elements? Like earth air fire water and spirit? Can you give Me a good altar set up for someone go has to be extremely discrete?

The Wiccan Wonders Answer:

Depending on your own beliefs, spirit can be considered one of the elements. For me personally, I do consider it an element because when I cant a circle I call forth the elements which includes spirit. I believe that Spirit (or Aether) is the prime element present in all things, providing space, connection and balance for all Elements to exist. Spirit is immaterial unlike the Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Spirit is essential to our sense of connection with spirit and well-being. Spirit represents the sense of joy and union. That is my belief, but I know some Wiccans do not consider it an element but a connection point between the practitioner and the other four elements and the divine.

As for a discreet altar, try something like this affordable altar that can fit in your pocket, and you can set it up to do rituals and pack it back up to store anywhere.

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Anonymous asked:

Hey, I'm very new to wicca. After learning about wicca I immediately realized that it's the right path for me. I was wondering what exactly rituals are for? What does someone do during a ritual? Thanks!!

The Wiccan Wonders Answer:

A ritual religious ceremony: a circle or whatever you do when you go to pray or cast a spell, so it would vary greatly from person to person. There’s also formal and casual rituals. Rituals are for worshiping your Gods and/or Goddesses as well as celebrating the sabbats and esbats. The ritual can be as formal or casual as you want. The ritual can also be planned or spontaneous. 

Rituals vary widely from person to person as well as from tradition to tradition. There are some common factors such as: lighting candles, burning incense, casting a circle, meditation and praying. 

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Anonymous asked:

I have been studying and researching Wicca since around the start of the year. I don't really plan on doing any spells as such in the future, although that may change over time. I live by the three fold law and the Wiccan rede, I always had the same morals and felt connected to the universe so when I discovered Wicca i felt like it was something to read into, and it was a great decision. I was just wondering, what does it take to call yourself Wiccan? Must you study for a year and a day? Thanks

The Wiccan Wonders Answer:

As for the year and a day: This time period is based upon a number of early European traditions. In some feudal societies, if a serf ran away and was absent from his lord’s holdings for a year and a day, he was automatically considered a free man. In Scotland, a couple who lived together as husband and wife for a year and a day were accorded all the privileges of marriage, whether or not they were formally wed. For many Pagans and Wiccans, the year and a day study period holds a special significance. If you’re recently become part of a group, this time period is enough that you and the group’s other members can get to know one another. It’s also a time in which you can familiarize yourself with the concepts and principles of the group. If you’re not part of an established tradition, using the year-and-a-day rule allows you to give your practice structure. Many solitaries choose to study for this time, prior to any sort of self-dedication ritual.

The year and a day is not mandatory for becoming Wiccan, but it is highly recommended.

-A

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