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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Post-It Note Tuesdays: Edition 6



If you want to play along, I have made a button that you can grab (below).  Please make the post-its witchy related in some way - a spell, chant... herb wishlist... anything - Be creative!!  Don't forget to pop over HERE to make your sticky notes.
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Here's the button code if you would like to grab it to link back:


Monday, June 27, 2011

A new Pagan Ezine

After much thought, I have decided to start a Pagan Ezine.
I am hoping to get the first issue out soon, followed with bi-weekly editions (assuming that the feedback is good).
If you would like to submit anything for this ezine, please let me know.
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Things you may submit: poety, "letters to editor", art work, book reviews etc -- I am pretty much open to ANY content at this point.

I am also looking for "ads".  If you would like to submit an ad for your blog, store, or podcast, please do so.  For now, all ads will be FREE to submit.  Ads must be in PNG or JPEG format.

Please email me at emberlynrayneAThotmail.ca with questions or submissions.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

KWW: Witches' Kitchen

As a Kitchen Witch, I strongly recommend The Real Witches' Kitchen by Kate West.  Although this book isn't as "witchy" as some of the others in my library, it is a very practical manual for healthy and natural living.  There are crafts and recipes and many other informative sections - including a section on each Sabbat.

If you haven't read it.. please check it out :)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Kooky Kitty - Exercising!

It's been a while since I've posted about Onyx -- he is growing up to be a HUGE kitty.  Here he is trying to shed a few pounds by "working out" on my treadmill. Please ignore the mess in the background....


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wicca 101: Types of Wicca


Every so often, it is important to look back to the basics.  Since I have yet to discuss types of Wicca on this blog, I figured it was high time I did so.  So grab a drink, kick back and rediscover the basics of Wicca with me.

There are several different types of Wiccan Traditions (Wiccans use the word tradition as opposed to denomination).  Some types of Traditions are very secretive and are unknown to the general public.  This compliation may not be complete.


The "Oldest" Traditions
Gardnerian Wicca - founded by Gerald B Gardner: Gardner is known as the father of modern Wicca/Witchcraft as this was the first tradition to step out publically.  This tradition requires initiation and works with a degree system.  Much of their information is oathbound, and cannot be shared with anyone outside of their path.  There is much debate in the Wiccan community as to whether this is the only "true" Wiccan path.  This system places an emphasis on the Goddess/female over the God/male.

Alexandrian Wicca - founded by Alex Sanders: Although heavily influenced by Gardnerian Wicca, Alexandrian Wicca focuses on the equality between the Goddess and God and has a heavy emphasis on cerimonial magick during Esbats and Sabbats.  These covens also use initiation and a degree system.

Seax Wicca - founded by Raymond Buckland: Although this sect has a Saxon basis, it is a Tradition of Wicca.  The main difference with this Tradition is that it has open public rituals (many of which are published).  This path does not require initiation into a lineage group - members can self-decicate themselves into this tradition.  This path allows for both covens and solitary practices.  Priests and Priestesses are encouraged to add to or modify the rituals and practices of the tradition as they see fit as there is no one set of regulations for this tradition.  Seax Wicca deals mainly with Germanic Deitiess and Runes for divination.

Other Wiccan Traditions:
Dianic Wicca: This Tradition was born from the Feminist Movement and although it appears to contain a variety of aspects of other traditions, it focuses solely on the Goddess and all things feminine.  This tradition became known as a "lesbian" group, but Dianic Wicca is meant for all women regardless of sexual orientation; it also now allows for mixed covens, female covens, and solo practitioners  This Tradition honours the Sabbats although there may not be a lot of continuity in rituals.  It incourages female leadership and insists that a Preistess be present to open a circle.

Blue Star Witchcraft:  Although modeled from Gardnerian Traditions, these members reject the term Wicca and refer to Witchcraft and Witches only.  This Tradition also uses initiation and a degree system, however, unlike other 3 degree systems, Blue Star Witchcraft uses a 5 level system.

Georgian Wicca: This is a very eclectic form of Wicca.  It incorporates both Gardnerian and Alexandrian Traditions.  Although it is a God and Goddess system, it leans strongly toward the Goddess.  Members are encouraged to learn and study through all resourses available.
 
British Traditional Wicca:  This is a term used mainly by Americans to describe various British Traditions (Gardnerian and Alexandrian may fall under this category).  It is believed that BTW predates other Wiccan Traditions.  British Traditional Wiccans must be initiated by a lineaged member and must maintain a certain level of training and practices.  It should be noted that this tradition is not solely found in Britian.

Celtic Wicca:  This path combines Druid and Gardnerian Wicca.  There is a large emphasis on the elements, nature and the Ancient Ones.

Eclectic Wicca:  This is often referred to Neowiccan Tradition (please note - this is not a derogatory or insulting term, it simply refers to one who practices a newer form of Wicca).  This is a combination of several types of traditions to form a new tradition.  Eclectic Wiccans can be either solitary or part of a coven.


As mentioned before, this is not a complete list as the types of Wiccan Traditions is so vast, but hopefully it is enough for you to figure out what type of Wicca you belong to.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

KWW: Magickal Meals

I bet you didn't think I was going to do an entry about Kitchen Witchery....  I've missed several weeks and for that, I apologize.  I do hope you will re join me with Kitchen Witch Wednesdays.

To me, it's pretty easy to be a Kitchen Witch... I feel at home in my kitchen and with my herbs.  And adding a hint of magick into your meals is equally as easy.  Every witch knows, magick is about will and intent.  Taking time to prepare your meals with loving intent, blessing your ingredients and savouring what you made will help you and your family feel the magick around you.

Simple Meal Blessing:
Lord and Lady, watch over us,
and bless us as we eat.
Bless this food, this bounty of earth,
we thank you, so mote it be.


Mother Earth Meal Blessing:
Oh Mother Earth, we thank you so,
For the food and beverage you bestow.
For your protection and your love,
And everything you do for us.
We offer you thanks, love and mirth,
As we eat your bounty, Mother Earth.
 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Podcasting

I must say, I have been itching to get back into podcasting.
Maybe it's a spring thing... Nixie and I really enjoyed podcasting in the garden on summer nights.

Do you listen to podcasts?  Did you listen to our former podcast?  Would you listen to a new one if we decided to start podcasting again?
Let me know your thoughts please :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Practical Magick Shoppe

I have had such an overwhelming response to the bracelets that I made myself and my witchlets, that I decided to open a shoppe.  The Practical Magick Shoppe can be viewed directly from my Facebook Page or HERE. So far there only a few of my pentacle bracelets listed, but I hope to be adding more items later this week.

Thank you all for your wonderful support.

Are you Wiccan?

A few days ago, I was feeling crafty and I made the family matching pentigram bracelets.  The eldest witchlet was especially proud of hers and used it for Share Time at school. 

That night I recieved a note from her teacher....
[Your daughter] showed me her bracelet today - a pentacle.  Do you call yourselves Wiccan or Witches? ....  I asked [your daughter] how she felt about the portrayal of witches in the fairy tales we have been studying and she said it upset her a bit....
 There was more to the letter, but this is the just of it.  I ended up writing a whole page as a response!  I indicated that I would be more than happy to discuss our practices with her if she desired, I explain why my daughter was a little upset about witches in fairytales.  Over all I am happy that her teacher isn't judgemental... I just wish we'd been able to have this discussion earlier in the year as it would have made taking the kids out of class for Sabbats much easier!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards

I recently purchased the Goddess Guidance Oracle Cards (by Doreen Virtue).  I am really loving them... they are beautifully illustrated and are helpful in teaching the various goddesses.  Within the instructional booklet there is also a card consecration spell - which I will be doing very soon - I just can't wait to use these cards!

Would you be interested in having a weekly card posted?

Friday, June 3, 2011

Magickal Herb Friday: Chives

Chives are very abundant in my garden this year!  The season has only just begun here and I have already had to "harvest" my chives 3 times!!  I think they are one of my favourite culunary herbs... fragrant and easy to maintain, they add flavour to any dish.

This herb has a reputation of chasing away evil spirits and disease.  It is usually planted outside the windows of young children and brought indoors to the kitchen.  It was not uncommon to have chive bundles hanging from ceilings and tied to bedposts in ancient times.

Chives are best suited for cullinary purposes.   They are best if added
last to a dish (when cooking) because cooking causes much of the flavour to be lost.  It should also be noted that large quantities of this herb may cause stomach irritaion.


Gender:  Male
Planet:  Mars
Element:  Fire
Astrological:  Scorpio