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Reflections on Outer Grove

“Why we teach what we teach” (by some of the gang who were there and did that thing)

Outer Grove, as here discussed, was (and is) a long-running series of weekly classes taught to Pagan seekers in various cities in the western parts of America and Canada. There was no particular reason for this geographic . . . → Read More: Reflections on Outer Grove

Beltaine Rituals & Reference

Beltaine – May Eve Various works from: Tryskelion

Beltaine is one of two Celtic fire festivals, a cross-quarter sabbat, and is sometimes referred to as Cetsamhain, meaning “opposite Samhain,” because it falls opposite to Samhain in the Wheel of the Year. Likewise, where Samhain is a festival recognizing and honoring the necessity of Death, Beltaine . . . → Read More: Beltaine Rituals & Reference

The Chocolate Ritual

Copyright 1993, John Shepard, Performed at Dragonfest, August 1993

Materials required: On the altar there are brown candles; a Tootsie Roll (the great big one -as the athame;) a large glass with milk in it, (the chalice;) A small dish of Nestle’s Quik and a spoon; a small dish of chocolate sprinkles; a plate of . . . → Read More: The Chocolate Ritual

The Breviary: a personal tool

by Maellenkleth

I was sitting at tea with another priestess one fine spring afternoon, and after we set the tea to steeping, she pulled a small leather-bound book out of her shoulder-bag and suggested that I have a look through it. The book had no title on its front, just the age-worn patina of soft . . . → Read More: The Breviary: a personal tool

Mabon

Mabon _________ Fall Equinox

From: Tryskelion

The Autumnal Equinox, the second of the Harvest Festivals, is the Pagan rite of Thanksgiving, also known as “Harvest Home.” It’s a Sabbat of celebration for the abundance of the harvest; a time meant for us to give thanks through song, dance, and feasts.

This is a time . . . → Read More: Mabon

Tools for Ritual

Ritual Tools From: Tryskelion

Ritual tools are used for many reasons. They aid us in focusing our concentration, and assist us in visualization exercises. Ritual tools can help us to quickly set the aura of a “world outside this world,” and their symbolic meanings can give comfort during trying times.

One of the most important . . . → Read More: Tools for Ritual

The Great Rite

The Great Rite

By Janet and Stewart Farrar From: Eight Sabbats For Witches, Robert Hale 1983

Symbolic

Preparation: the chalice should be filled with wine. A veil of at least a yard square is needed preferably of a Goddess color such as blue, green, silver, or white.

The Coven, except for the High Priestess . . . → Read More: The Great Rite

Recreating 3,500-year-old Egyptian Perfume

The Ancient Egyptians cherished their fragrant scents, too, as perfume flacons from this period indicate. In its permanent exhibition, Bonn University’s Egyptian Museum has a particularly well preserved example on display. Screening this 3,500-year-old flacon with a computer tomograph, scientists at the university detected the desiccated residues of a fluid, which they now want to . . . → Read More: Recreating 3,500-year-old Egyptian Perfume

The Paradox of Evil in Wiccan Theology

The Paradox of Evil in Wiccan Theology Copyright 1997 by Lynna Landstreet. Wild Ideas

“The Problem of Evil” is a challenging question for any religion, but perhaps especially so for Wicca. And for Wicca, perhaps uniquely, “The Problem of Good” could be said to be equally challenging.

Unlike the monotheistic religions that predominate in our . . . → Read More: The Paradox of Evil in Wiccan Theology

The 10 Big Beginner Wicca Mistakes and Pitfalls

The 10 Big Beginner Mistakes and Pitfalls Craft Basics By: Keitha (FireWind) href=”http://www.glasstemple.com/basics/index.php?conjure=topten_pitfalls”target=”_blank”>The Glass Temple

You’ve made them, I’ve made them, we’ve all seen them.. the dreaded ‘beginner fluffy bunny mistakes’. These are the common mistakes that all beginners make at some point and other Wiccans groan at. These are the pitfalls that we have . . . → Read More: The 10 Big Beginner Wicca Mistakes and Pitfalls