Wiccan Path - The Journy To The Circle
Sorry for spelling mistakes!
This whole project is very important to me, because i've been looking for years for a religion i can call mine.
I am jewish, but it seemed as if this religion or another of the three main religions the world goes around, are not my type.
For a long time, i played video games and used to preform every ceremony of the in-game belifes, but because at some point i felt as if i'm just being weird, i stopped.
A jewish etheist i was, until i met my boyfriend.
he is religios and treditional, but also tried to find another belife.
He knew of the Wicca and told me sories of it.
The perfect belife!
And now that i think i found what i want, i'm lost!
So many options!
And so this article is my way of choosing a path on my Wiccan life.
I copied and summerized so much information about this new lifestyle and managed it here on this article, hopefully in order to memorize and be able to one day know every basic element of my new Wiccan life.
Now, if i may, allow me to start this article by saying; Wicca is NOT a cult.
It is a way of life just like every jewish or muslim or christian person, have his belifes and holydays, the wiccan's have it too, only they mostley call it Sabbats.
Now let me show you the information i've gathered:
The Principles Of WiccaFirst of all, Wicca is a diverse and contemporary Paganism
There are thousands of people practicing many forms of Wicca worldwide.
There are many forms of Wiccan religiuns such as Celtic, Traditionalist, Shamanic, Gardnerian, Alexandrian, Dianic and many more.
It has been said many times, “Wicca has no high authority, no single leader, no prophet and no bible to dictate its laws and beliefs”. Yet in America during 1973–74, an attempt was made to uniform and define the many differing beliefs across the many paths and traditions prevalent at that time. A short-lived alliance of contemporary witches was formed under the aegis of the ‘Council of American Witches’ spearheaded by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke.
Weschcke believed that a common set of principles and definitions encompassing the many paths and traditions in America, would ultimately help to dispel many of the myths about Witchcraft, and distinguish it from Satanism and other misconceptions in the eyes of the general public, and such as was proliferated though the general press media.
As happened, some 73 or so representatives from the many paths and traditions convened in Minneapolis during the autumn of 1973. They formed the ‘Council of American Witches’ and Weschcke was nominated as chairman. Through his publishing company Weschcke published a newsletter called ‘Touchstone’ which the council used to collate information about their many differing beliefs.
After many difficulties and altercations, by April ’74 the council was able to unify a general set of principles loosely acceptable across the many traditions operating in America. Based on this, Weschcke then wrote and defined ‘The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief’.
The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief:
1. We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarters.
2. We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment. We seek to live in harmony with nature in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.
3. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary it is sometimes called ‘supernatural’, but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.
4. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity – as masculine and feminine – and that this same Creative Power lies in all people and functions through the interaction of the masculine and the feminine. We value neither above the other knowing each to be supportive of the other. We value sex as pleasure as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energy used in magical practice and religious worship.
5. We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological worlds sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconsciousness, the Inner Planes etc – and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magical exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.
6. We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.
7. We see religion, magick and wisdom in living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it – a world view and philosophy of life which we identify as Witchcraft – the Wiccan Way.
8. Calling oneself ‘Witch’ does not make a Witch – but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. A Witch seek to control the forces within her/himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and without harm to others and in harmony with nature.
9. We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal role within it.
10.Our only animosity towards Christianity, or towards any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be ‘the only way’ and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practice and belief.
11. As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the craft, the origins of various terms, the legitimacy of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and our future.
12.We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as ‘Satan’ or ‘the Devil’ as defined by Christian tradition. We do not seek power through the suffering of others, nor accept that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.
13.We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.
Due to Weschcke's efforts these principles were later incorporated into the army's 'Chaplains handbook' for use in the U. S. Army. Shortly after this achievement the Council of American Witches disbanded, this due mainly to the difficulties inherent in reconciling differences among its many member traditions. The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief lived on however, and today many American Witches continue to endorse it.
Gods and BelifesThe wicca acknowledges the polarity of the divine, which means that both the male and female deities are often honored. A wiccan may honor which god he chooses. There are no restrictions on which or what god you MUST pray for.
Every tredition has it's own gods and belifes of this land, of course.
There are wiccan beliefes that won't even let you know the god's names, and those are kept secret to those who are not on the same path and beliefe!
THAT'S how special and intresting the wicca really is!
If you've heard of wicca, you must have also heard of the 'Tree Of Life' and the 'Triple Goddess'
And you might even never heard of them, and that's fine.
There are so many diffrent belifes in Wicca that all lean on the same motto;
'it harm none, do what ye will'
See? Wicca does not need to harm someone to become what it is!
It forbids harming others in order to do this craft!
Isn't that cool?!
The SabbatsThe word "Sabbat" comes from the Greek word "sabatu" meaning "to rest". Since Sabbats are a day of rest, it is tradition that no magick is to be performed on these eight days.
The Pagan Sabbats have been observed for more than 12, 000 years by various traditions. The eight Sabbats are a combination of many Pagan traditions and paths. Our Sabbats were derived from Norse, Celtic, Teutonic, Roman and Greek paths. The original festivals marked the seasons of the year for planting, tending and harvesting.
As we dedicated our lives less towards hunting and harvesting and more towards the heavens, these Sabbats became religious holidays. The Sabbats marked the planting and harvesting times, the seasons of the year, and the cycle of life lived by the God and Goddess. Samhain marks the beginning of the year for most Witches.
The eight Sabbats of Witches mark the turning of the Wheel of the Year, and each turn honors a stage in the eternal life cycle of the Goddess and the God, Diana and Pan. The God goes through the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth while the Goddess goes through the cycle of life from Maiden to Mother to Crone. Following is an explanation of the Wheel of the Year. The Wheel of the Year
Witches celebrate eight ceremonies a year. There are the four Greater Sabbats and the four Lesser Sabbats. The Greater Sabbats are:
Samhain, October 31st
Imbolg, February 2nd
Beltane, April 30th
Lughnasadh, July 31st
The four Lesser Sabbats (which mark the seasons) are:
Yule, December 22nd
Ostara, March 22nd
Litha, June 22nd
Mabon, September 22nd
Each Sabbat's opposite festival falls directly across from it on the wheel (six months apart). For example, Yule begins the waxing year and across from it, Litha begins the waning year. Both Ostara and Mabon are days of balance, but one moves toward darkness while the other moves toward light.
The Elements of Wicca
The Elements – In most instances when the elements are mentioned there are four, Earth, Air, Fire and Water, but there is another more elusive element which is difficult to describe or define, it is ether or spirit. Spirit is the fifth element, and the most ethereal of all the elements, it is a mystical and magical force that can neither be categorised nor explained. When spell casting or magic making, you are working with the symbolism and characteristics corresponding to each of the elemental energies.
Earth Element – The Earth element is the one most closely linked with our physical world, and the densest of all the elements. It governs, money, property, business, security, loyalty, responsibility and anything that is connected to the physical body and health, business affairs and finances. It is the feminine element of the Mother Goddess and stands for stability and growth, it is the foundation on which the other elements move. Earth is a receptive energy, helping us to accept responsibility and bringing to our attention limitations in our makeup, Earth’s season is winter, and it’s direction is north. In the natural environment Earth’s place is a cave, the symbol of shelter, the womb, rebirth, and the home of ancient oracles. Other places associated with the Earth element, are forests, valleys and fields. Earth governs the home and the areas of physical needs, such as the bathroom, and dining room, and practical tasks. It is the element of buildings, financial institutions, catering, gardening, farming, business and anything that requires working with the hands. Earth’s energy is grounding.
Earth personalities love to be surrounded by family and are quite tactile, they enjoy the pleasures of the senses and have a healthy libido. An over abundance of the Earth element slows things down and progress is slow, too little of the Earth element causes an inability to dare, take risks or branch out.
The deities Gaia, Pan and the Horned God, are associated with earth, Gaia is the ancient Greek Earth goddess, she was the first deity of the great oracle at Delphi. Pan was a shepherd in Greek mythology, he represents the spirit of untamed nature, he was an ancient god of wild things. The pagan horned god, the lord of the woods, is the consort of the Triple Goddess, he represents sexuality and vitality, and is depicted as half-man, half-animal, he is a hunter and identified with the sacrificed and hunted animal.
Air Element – There is a delicate balance between the four elements which make up the universe, practitioners of magic work with these elemental energies and their particular characteristics. Air governs the realm of the mind and all mental activity, it is the most ethereal of the elements. Air’s direction is east, and it’s season is spring. As it is the element of the wind, Air governs all movement, and is associated with travel, freedom, thought, ideas, intellect, imagination and discovery. Areas governed by Air are meeting rooms, schools, libraries, airports, railway stations and bus terminals. It is connected with mathematics, science and the law. Air’s places are mountain tops, windy plains, clear or cloudy skies, and the Air element presides over the eastern quarter of a room or building.
Air personalities are rational and analytical, they are clear thinkers and don’t rush into things, enjoying mental stimulation, a good debate, and an exchange of ideas. Too much Air makes for a judgemental and critical outlook, with a pedantic attitude towards all things. These personalities can put the damper on creative ideas in their early stages, without any rational. An overabundance of the Air element and a person can live in a fantasy world, given to ideas that have no substance. They can approach something that is untenable and be blind to the pitfalls.
The deities associated with Air are Shu, Thoth, Hermes and Mercury. Shu was the Egyptian god of the Air, who with his consort Tefnut (the goddess of moisture) created the earth and sky. Thoth was the Egyptian moon god, he was god of wisdom and the keeper of secret knowledge, and it was said that his book contained all the wisdom of the world. Hermes was eloquent and inventive, with a lively mind and a quick wit, he was the patron of thieves, merchants and travelers. He was associated with the Greek god Hermes, messenger of the Olympian gods, who could travel as fast as thought.
Fire Element – The Fire element is associated with the sun, the giver of life, it governs passion, intensity, desire, intuition, understanding, imagination, and possibilities. Fire cleanses and purifies it is also creative and destructive, and it can consume everything in it’s path, it is the only one of the four elements that cannot exist without feeding on something else. If offers warmth and cooks food, but can get out of control, it has the power to transform everything it touches.
Fire rules the south and is related to motivation, creativity and passion, it has a fast and forceful power and energy, it is positive and uplifting but can be frightening if it gets out of control. It is the creative spark within us all, it promotes courage and strength, helping us to fight for what we want.
Fire personalities are charming, charismatic and passionate, they live life to the full, and rely heavily on their instincts and intuition. Their strengths are creativity and leadership, they are daring and bold in their career, and love life, liking stimulation, and challenge, in both areas. Too much fire can be destructive because no boundaries are imposed, leaving the fire entity worn out and off balance. An overabundance of fire leads to selfishness, egocentricity, and unrealistic expectations of others. Too little fire leads to low energy and a lack of motivation.
The deities associated with Fire are Re, Sekhmet, Apollo and Lugh. Re was a creator god worshipped by the ancient Egyptians, he brought order out of chaos, and his tears formed the first human beings. He was reborn each morning, and journeyed across the sky in his solar boat, each night he entered the underworld to do battle with the cosmic serpent Apep. In Greek mythology Apollo was the god of medicine and music, he guided the sun across the sky, and represented light, truth and clarity. He was patron of the nine Muses, the mythical embodiments of the creative imagination. Lugh the Celtic sky god, was a deity of the sun and the weather, his spear was seen as a fork of lightening.
The Water Element – The Water Element affects the subconscious, emotions and dreams, it is the element of love and emotions. Constantly active beneath the surface, influencing our moods and emotional responses. The energy of water rules the west and its season is autumn, it purifies, heals, offers emotional release, and removes all that is stagnant. The energy of Water is feminine and is symbolised by the womb, it is related to fertility.
Within the home the bathroom and kitchen sink are ruled by Water, it also governs the living room, the area of social activity. Water is the element of medical environments, and the healing and caring professions. Its places are seas, lakes, rivers, marshes, wells, pools, and areas where the land is rain-drenched
Water personalities are spiritual, emotional, sensitive and very intuitive, often becoming involved in psychic work or mediumship. They approach life from a feeling perspective, rather than a thinking one, and can be quite spontaneous. In relationships they are empathetic and nurturing, but can be touchy. Too little Water makes them emotionally distant, with an inability to express themselves, causing them to keep people at arm’s length. In this instance they would be less empathetic, intuitive and psychic. Too much Water, takes all emotions to the extreme, making day to day functioning in the world difficult and possibly causing psychic overload.
The deities associated with Water are Tiamat, Venus, Neptune and Epona. Tiamat in Mesopotamian mythology, represents chaos and the energy of the ocean, she was the primeval mother whose salt waters mingled with the fresh water of Apsu to initiate the creation of the gods. Neptune was the Roman god of the sea, with a fearful temper, his moods created terrible storms. In Greek mythology, Venus was the archetype of love and beauty. Created by the foam of the sea, she had the ability to calm the sea and ensure safe voyages, just as she brought balance and harmony, to human emotions and instincts. Epona was a Celtic goddess of Water and healing, and the presiding deity of healing springs. She was associated with fertility and the earth’s abundance.
The Spirit Element – The fifth element is spirit, in the Sanskrit language is akasha, from this comes the “akashic records, ” which is a record of all knowledge pertaining to the material plane, it exists in the astral world. Ether was referred to as the quintessence in the middle Ages, meaning fifth. The alchemist’s quest was to find this fifth essence, which they believed contained the secret of everlasting life. Ether was described as the substance that made up the heavens.
The qualities of spirit are expressed through art, music, writing, religion, healing, magic and ritual. Spirit is associated with the crown, or 7th chakra, in the Tarot deck it is represented by the last card of the Major Arcana, The World. Spirit colours are white and/or black, they are the colours that contain or reflect all other vibrations of light and dark. Each culture has its own definition of spirit, In Buddhist tradition it is likened to a dewdrop disappearing into the ocean of infinite being.
Spirit is the most difficult element to describe, it is everywhere and nowhere, and is the force that unites all things, in rituals it is our connection to the otherworld. The spirit element transports us beyond any narrow confines and allows us to open up to something much bigger, it is present in all aspects of life, and goes beyond thought and emotion. Unlike the other four elements it has no defined place or location, even though we cannot specifically place it, we know it is there.
Circle casting and the Dedication RitualA few things before we go on to the circle casting.
Before you even start becoming wiccan, you need to preform the Ritual of Dedication.
It is like some kind of a wedding.
You commit to your new lifestyle and new belifes.
The Ritual of Dedication is the most important thing to me, at least, as a Wiccan.
I still look for my own path on Wicca, and so i've decided to not yet undergo with my ritual.
It is one of the most important things for a Wiccan, so take your time with it. Don't rush to it.
It will only make things uneffective.
If you want to maybe wait, and take your time on digging deeper into research and trying things about your new religion, don't hold yourself.
The Dedication Ritual is what makes you wiccan.
What proves to the gods you are serious about your doings.
The ritual openes your heart to the spirits and elements you are now commiting to.
Casting A Circle Step By Step
First off, find a place you feel as if no one would disturbe you.
A place you can always go to in order to cast spells and preform rituals.
If someone steps into your ritual it might be extreamley disturbing, frustrating, or even dangerous.
Now you need to purify the place around you.
How you do this?
It's fairly simple:
CLEANE THE MESS AROUND YOU!
Not too hard for the first step, right? ;)
After all's cleaned up to your satisfaction, sit by the aulter and meditate with closed eyes, or even with eyes focused on something by your feet.
Take a deep breath in, and slowly notice the breath stoppes then proceedes down.
down your body.
Now, a good way of starting out, is by marking the circle with stones or even a piece of chalk.
What's important is, that the circle is visible.
Righr after marking your circle you MUST take every ritual item inside the circle.
DO NOT forget a single thing, because if you connect with a spirit, or something else and forgot one of the important ritual items, you cannot just get out of your circle.
That would break the connection between you and the ritual's puprose.
As soon as everything is set, you may complete the circle;
Mark the elements for each side of your circle.
Earth in the north, Air in the east, Fire in the south, and Water in the west.
And if you want, you can mark those with things that represent those elements to you.
If what represents earth to you is a green candle, so be it.
Now it is time to bless your circle.
You may do this by lots of ways.
I recommend in each cardinal direction, recite an invocation like: "Blessing upon the creatures and spirits of the North."
In my opinion that's the best way of casting a circle and starting your ritual.
At this point, you may walk around the circle ans state it's purpose.
walk around it and say (for example) "I conjure thee, O Circle of Power, that thou best a meeting place of love and joy and truth; a shield against all wickedness and evil; a boundary between men and the realms of the Mighty Ones; a rampart and protection that shall preserve and contain the power that we shall raise within thee."
Invoke the elements, gods, and spirits you want to involve in this ritual.
Call them to the objects that represent them. Take each of the objects that represent the elements around your circle, filling it with the power of each of them.
Meditate for a while now. Meditation or astral projection might be the main act, or it serves just to shift your consciousness.
Now you can complete your ritual.
Remember: "And it harm none, do what ye will." If you must leave the circle before you are done, cut a doorway. Envision a doorway being cut from the edge of the circle, up, to the side, then down again. Reclose the circle once you're back in.
As soon as the ritual is complete, close the circle.
Pay respect to whatever deities you invited, thank the elements before you remove their representative objects, and finally undo the casting by casting in reverse.
As soon as the ritual and circle are complete, you may leave the circle.
The Ritual Of Dedication Step By Step
There are many types of Dedication rituals out there and you may choose whatever is more comforteble to you.
For this example, I shall teach you one simple enough method of preforming this grand ritual.
Read this ritual over and memorize it so you can recite it without having to stop and remember what is next. The reason why some memorization is important is the effectiveness of the ritual is directly related to your ability to fully focus on your task. Interrupting a ritual to look up the instruction can easily distract you and divert your energies elsewhere, hence defeating your purpose.
Before you even THINK of undergoing this ritual take a shower!
You must be clean for it!
You are going to make a drastic step now!
There is no going back!
If you wanna become Wiccan, do everything just right!
So as i already said, take a shower, cleanse yourself completley from every bit of dirt on your body.
While this ritual is preformed, wear white and light clothes.
Make sure you are calm.
You must be completely relaxed and focused.
I know you might get nervous when the time comes, and that is just the reason you don't have to rush to this ritual.
everything must be calm and relaxed, and that is the reason i'm still memorizing this process and still not yet after it.
You will need these in order to preform this ritual best:
Three white candles
One red candle
Matches or lighter
Sweet smelling incense, such as rose
(stick or cone is fine)
A cup with water
And as we already mantioned before, a quiet place
The setup for this ritual:
This must be done on the night of the full moon.
Place the three white candles in the form of a triangle.
Place the red candle in the middle.
Place the water to the left side of the triangle of candles.
Place the incense to the right side of the triangle of candles.
And now for your wedding- Uh... sorry! I meant, the ceremony of dedication:
Light the white tip candle and envision white light shooting up from the earth into the candle.
Light the remaining white candles while saying your name.
Light the incense and walk around the candles while saying:
(If you cannot walk around the candles, simply rotate the incense in a circle around them. )
"On this night, I come before the elements asking for the guardians to arise."
"Open the path, open the gates, open the way, I am here."
Light the red candle.
Say why you have chosen Witchcraft or the way of Magick.
(It is important to be honest with this step. )
(Do not simply state that you want to be a witch. )
(Do some serious soul searching and put your heart into it. )
(You can keep it to one sentence or prepare an elaborate speech. )
Stand in the form of the pentagram and say:
(Standing in the form of a pentagram means raising your arms to shoulder height
and spreading your feet about two feet apart. )
"Earth Mother I invoke you."
Stay in this position for a few moments.
Kneel before the candles and take the water.
Pass it through the incense and over the candles while saying:
"Bless me Earth Mother, with this water charge your energies inside."
(This will purify the water. )
Put the cup of water down and place your palms over it,
while envisioning a white light coming from the earth, filling the water. Say:
"As to earth, as to me, may this water purify me."
Hold the cup high over your head and say:
"Open the path, open the gates, open the way, I am here."
Drink the charged water.
Put out the red candle and say:
"Great Earth Mother Blessed Be."
"I am charged, so mote it be."
Let the white candles burn themselves out.
To Summery This experience ;)That was a huge journy into the depths of Wicca, and I have enjoyd writing this so much.
And now I think i'll just dive into this new religion without fear.
Every beginning is hard, I know, but writing this down at least gave me some breather.
Thank you so much for sticking around and reading this whole article...
I know not everyone like reading this amount of text so... lol!
Thank you so much, and hopefully this hepled you just as much it helped me.
here are some resources from which i've gathered information:
www. wicca-chat. com
www. controverscial. com
www. wikihow. com/Cast-a-Circle