Back to Basics: Getting Started – Part 2

No matter how long you’ve been following a Pagan belief system – or considering following one – it never hurts to go back to the basics occasionally. This gives us an opportunity to recharge ourselves spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Your end goals may change over time, but whether you’ve been exploring Paganism for two weeks or two decades, it’s always a good idea to remember what drew you here in the first place. Let’s take a look at our five most popular articles for beginning Pagans.

10 Facts About Paganism and Wicca

There’s a lot of information out there on Paganism, including but not limited to Wicca, in books, on the Internet, and through local groups. But how much of it is accurate? How do you learn to separate the wheat from the chaff? The fact is, there are several basic things you should understand about Wicca and other forms of Paganism before you make the decision to join a new spiritual path. Let’s eliminate some of the misconceptions and talk about actual facts… it will make your spiritual journey all the more valuable if you understand these issues from the beginning.

1.  Most Pagan Traditions Have Rules

Sure, a lot of people think that just because there’s no Grand High Pagan Council that there must be all kinds of magical carnage going on. Truth is, there are some fairly standard guidelines followed by a number of different Pagantraditions. While they vary from one group to the next, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the concepts. Learn more about the rules of magic before you continue your studies. More »

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Back to Basics: Getting Started – Part 1

No matter how long you’ve been following a Pagan belief system – or considering following one – it never hurts to go back to the basics occasionally. This gives us an opportunity to recharge ourselves spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Your end goals may change over time, but whether you’ve been exploring Paganism for two weeks or two decades, it’s always a good idea to remember what drew you here in the first place. Let’s take a look at our five most popular articles for beginning Pagans.

Getting Started as a Pagan or Wiccan

Question: I’m interested in Wicca or some other form of Paganism – how do I get started?

Answer:

That’s a question that comes up a lot, and unfortunately it’s not a simple answer. It’s not like you can just fill out an application and get your handy membership packet. Instead, there are several things you should think about doing.

For starters, evaluate where you stand and what your goals are in studying Paganism or Wicca.

Here are some great tips from our regular readers…

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A Thought for Today

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The outdoors is my temple/church. Mother Earth and Ra (Egyptian Sun God) are my guides as I travel the path of my spirituality. I look to all positive beings alive or dead to keep me company on this journey. The animals, birds and reptiles are also my brothers and sisters on the path of enlightenment. The trees, flowers, bushes, etc all give me something beautiful to look at no matter what season it is. My Spirit Guides, Totem/Spirit Animals, my Protectors and ancestors keep my safe and lead me in the right direction in life (when I listen).

What travels with you on your spiritual path?

Blessed be

Definition Posts

I have only posted definitions of Witchcraft from a few sources. I will be looking up other sources and sharing them on here. Witchcraft, Wicca, Paga, Wicca, Neo-pagan can have many definitions are there are websites to find them on. No one source is more correct then another the definitions vary just as much as the persons who follow The Craft either or both in practice and spirituality. So if you disagree with one of them I post please comment on it in a nice way if you choose. If you have a different definitions then any of those posted please leave a comment in a nice way. Thank you.

Disclaimer these definitions are not picked out because of my personal beliefs. They are posted to give a wider scope of knowledge of the topic.

Witchcraft Definition

According to law books of the Middle Ages, the act of invoking evil spirits or consulting, covenanting with, entertaining, employing, feeding, or rewarding any evil spirit.

According to statutes issued since the time of Henry VII, the crime of witchcraft included “taking up dead bodies from their graves for the purposes of witchcraft “or killing or otherwise hurting any person by such infernal arts”.

The murderous zeal against those who are inclined to practice the occult – especially prevalent in Europe during the 1600s – originated in the Christian Bible, Exodus 22:18:

“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live”.

The biblical research indicates that the witch was female and that her actus reus was to create or invoke spells to harm others. Night-flying and metamorphosis were also suspected activities.

In Crisis of the Seventeenth Century: Religion, the Reformation and Social Change (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2001), author Hugh Trevor-Roper wrote:

“The monks of the late Middle Ages sowed: the lawyers of the sixteenth century reaped; and what a harvest of witches they gathered in!”

It infected America in the late 1600s, Salem, Massachusetts in particular, where the indictment read of a suspected witch, and taken from The Blue Laws of New Haven Colony, 1838:

“… not having the fear of God before thine eyes, thou hast entertained familiarity with Satan, the grand enemy of God and mankind … and by his help hast acted things beyond and besides the ordinary course of nature … doing many preternatural arts, by mischeviously hurting bodies and goods of sundry people … hast practiced witchcraft formerly and continuist to prectice witchcraft, for which according to ye lawes of God…, thou deserveth to die.”

By the 1700s, the crime was no longer punished by death.

From: http://www.duhaime.org/LegalDictionary/W/Witchcraft.aspx