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Visualization for People Who Have Trouble Visualizing

By Tess Whitehurst

Think you can’t visualize? Not true. When you crave something—say chocolate—you strongly sense chocolate in your mind. Perhaps you sense it through taste, texture, or appearance…even when that chocolate isn’t anywhere in sight. When you’re looking for your cell phone, you hold an image of that cell phone or perhaps a tactile . . . → Read More: Visualization for People Who Have Trouble Visualizing

How to Find and Join a Coven

By Thorn Mooney

[Snip] There are all kinds of covens. Beyond that, there are all kinds of ways to practice witchcraft. Each attracts particular kinds of people with particular interests and goals. Knowing who you are and what you want are key to finding a good match while looking for a group.

Do you want . . . → Read More: How to Find and Join a Coven

Casting a Circle

By Thea Sabin

Why are Wiccan ceremonies held in a circle? Do I always have to draw a circle when I’m going to do something witchy?

Although we’ve all seen the popular horror movie trope of occultists drawing magical circles on the floor to protect themselves from demons and other nasties—a great example is . . . → Read More: Casting a Circle

Ritual Nudity for the Insecure

By Thorn Mooney

[Snip] Here’s a secret, seekers: practically everyone struggles with the skyclad thing initially. It’s normal, and it doesn’t mean you’re unfit for Gardnerian training.

Here’s another secret: body insecurity is not the exclusive domain of one body type (which, to be clear, is not to say that all body issues are equal). . . . → Read More: Ritual Nudity for the Insecure

Making It So: Seven Steps to Effective Spells

By Jenya T. Beachy

Spellcraft is a powerful component of any magickal practice. Is it prayer? Yes. Is it art? Yes. Is it wishful thinking? That often starts it. Is it like “The Secret”, based on the “law” of “attraction”? Okay, maybe a tiny bit.

Mostly, spellcraft is a way of organizing our desires, finding . . . → Read More: Making It So: Seven Steps to Effective Spells

Ritual and Sacrifice in Hellenismos

A Beginner’s Guide

By Elani Temperance

A sacrifice to the Gods is a way of bonding, of kharis. It’s a way of showing our devotion to the Gods and bringing Them, actively, into our homes and lives. It’s a way of acknowledging Their greatness and recognizing our loyalty to Them. Practically, this means that whatever . . . → Read More: Ritual and Sacrifice in Hellenismos

On Pagan and Wiccan Ritual

By Sable Aradia

[Snip] The use of language, sound, and ritual is the most familiar form of Witch’s magick; it’s what people usually think of when they hear the word “Witchcraft.” Rites, chants, spells, runes, and charms speak directly to your conscious mind to formulate your Intent, and if well-written, they also utilize symbols, archetypes, . . . → Read More: On Pagan and Wiccan Ritual

What Is Heathenry?

Temple of Our Heathen Gods

[Snip] Your Ancestors Were Heathen

Many people with Northern European ancestry do not realize that the original religion of their Ancestors was not Christianity. If you go back a 1000 years or more, prior to the conversions to Christianity in Europe, our ancestors had their own native Folk Religion . . . → Read More: What Is Heathenry?

The Beginner’s Guide to Hellenismos: Traditional versus Reformed

By Elani Temperance

[Snip] So what is the difference between Traditional and Reformed Hellenismos? To start, there is no hard line—not in as far as can be defined beforehand; the distinction between ‘Traditional’ and ‘Reformed’ is a matter of intent.

The ancient Hellenes worshipped their Gods in a way they did not even have to . . . → Read More: The Beginner’s Guide to Hellenismos: Traditional versus Reformed

The Beginner’s guide to Hellenismos: Ouranic versus Khthonic

By Elani Temperance

[Snip] Modern worshippers of the Theoi–myself included–often try to compartmentalize Their worship. This, because we aren’t raised in a culture where the Theoi are worshipped in grand festivals and we have to reinvent the wheel as we try to find ways to worship Them in a way that resembles the ways of . . . → Read More: The Beginner’s guide to Hellenismos: Ouranic versus Khthonic