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What Does Lineage Mean?

By Patti Wigington

In some Wiccan traditions, you may hear use of the word “lineage.” This is a term that became popular thanks to the Gardnerian tradition, and its meaning is fairly simple in Pagan groups that require initiation. Much like out biological ancestry, lineage refers to our initiatory ancestry.

Lineage is the term used . . . → Read More: What Does Lineage Mean?

Conjuring up a Coven – All of your very Own

By Ellen Dugan

Good Morning,

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about covens vs. solitaries. Many solitary Witches think that finding a coven is like achieving nirvana. It’s become sort of the holy grail of Wicca. The old “If I am good enough, study hard enough, am in the right place at the right time, . . . → Read More: Conjuring up a Coven – All of your very Own

How to Meet Other Pagans and Wiccans

By Patti Wigington

Once you’ve begun studying Paganism or modern Wicca, you may at some point feel like you’re all alone. Your family doesn’t get what you’re doing, your friends think you’re weird, and you might not even want to mention your beliefs to your co-workers. So what do you do? Well, the obvious solution . . . → Read More: How to Meet Other Pagans and Wiccans

Live Nude Pagans!

By Jaxpagan

Skyclad.

Clad only by the sky (or, as would be said in the South, “buck nekkid”) – referring to nudity in spiritual ceremonies, chiefly (though not exclusively) among Pagan/Wiccan groups. The term is believed to have filtered into the English language from the Sanskrit dig-ambara (“sky-clothed”), used by Hindus to describe naked . . . → Read More: Live Nude Pagans!

The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief

By Patti Wigington

One issue that is often a bone of contention in the Pagan community is that we don’t have a universal set of guidelines – some of us may not even identify as Pagans, but as witches or something else. There have been repeated attempts to unify the various branches of the Pagan . . . → Read More: The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief

An Introduction to Meditation

By Jason Compton

Many people believe they know what meditation is, and they do, but only in the most basic sense. If you look up meditation you will find such simple explanations as what I pulled from Wikipedia in about thirty seconds: Meditation refers to any of a family of practices in which the . . . → Read More: An Introduction to Meditation

Do Wiccans Recruit New Members?

(and can I get a free toaster if I sign up?)

By Patti Wigington

One misconception that some non-Pagans have is that roving groups of Wiccans are out to convert others. Evidently, contemporary Pagans gain some sort of Karmic Bonus Points for every new member they sign up, and travel around stealthily trying to recruit . . . → Read More: Do Wiccans Recruit New Members?

What are Witch Wars?

By Patti Wigington

At some point, you may have heard the term “Witch Wars.” While it sounds a bit silly (and really, in practice, it IS silly), it’s a very real problem within some parts of the Pagan community. The term is typically applied when you’ve got division within local groups, and more often than . . . → Read More: What are Witch Wars?

Pagan Holy Water

By Sarah

When most people hear the phrase “holy water” they think of either vampires, water blessed by a Catholic priest, or both, but holy water isn’t restricted to the Christian church. The ancient Greeks used holy water to purify people and places as well as to extinguish temple and shrine torches. They and the . . . → Read More: Pagan Holy Water

How to Come Out of the Broom Closet

Telling Family Members You’re Wiccan or Pagan

By Patti Wigington

At some point, you may have decided that you’re comfortable enough in your spiritual path that you’re ready to “come out of the broom closet.” Chances are it’s not a decision you’ve made lightly, because it’s a pretty big step. After all, once you’ve “come . . . → Read More: How to Come Out of the Broom Closet