1.) Wicca is the fastest growing religion in the US says The New York Times.
2.)Some Pagans do, in fact, worship Satan. (You might have been expecting the opposite, but Satanists ARE pagans!)
3.)The pentagram is not a symbol of the devil, but the five elements.
4.)Voodoo is not like you see in the movies.
5.)Some Christians practice witchcraft.
Do you guys have any surprising facts? Tell me in the comments, I’d love to know!
One very important part of any pagan path is research. When I first delved into paganism I started with Wicca. I decided to do a year and a day of study, which is a common practice in that faith. What I didn’t realise is that I would never really stop doing research, which doesn’t bother me, since I am a great lover of learning, especially about other paths. So I thought I’d share with you a couple of my favourite pagan books.
I bought a copy of this book last summer and I’m in love with it! I wish I had found it earlier in my practice. It’s simple enough for beginners but still appropriate for the seasoned witch.
I recieved this book as a birthday present a few years ago and love it. It concentrates on the sabbats and devotes a chapter to each month of the year and the magick behind them.
As a book hoarder, I love buying books, however, I would suggest checking your local library for material first, especially if you’re new and don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. It’s also more wallet friendly. Other alternaticves are your local book store, and if you don’t live near a new age shop, Amazon has a wide variety of books. Looking for more suggestions? The Inner Sanctum, a Pagan forum can help you with that!
Do you guys have favourite books on Paganism? Tell me in the comments, I’m always looking for new things to read!
If you have’t already established a relationship with any deities, but are looking to, one thing you could do is just that!
I came across an article on Mookychick, A Guide to Pagan Gods and thought it was appropriate as it seems the Celtic Goddess Morrigan was trying to get my attention recently and I started thinking about how I came to follow my Patron Goddess, Brighid.
As described in the article there’s many different ways to find your Gods. Mine came to me. The night before my 19th birthday I got the random urge to read up on Brighid -a Celtic fire goddess whose name I had come across a few times but knew very little about. I found that she’s not only a Celtic fire goddess, but that she’s a goddess of writing (poetry), and connected to the number 19. I found this interesting because I am of Irish descent, a leo (that’s a fire sign), and though I don’t write poetry, I am a writer. I did some meditation and more research and I’ve been following Her ever since.
Within the last month or so I got a sign from The Morrigan. You know, the Celtic goddess of war. So I’ve been doing a little research on her. I was in my dorm, and out of nowhere came this large, loud flock of crows (one of Her symbols) and they were congregating behind my building. Multiple times crows (I don’t know if it was multiple crows or the same one) kept flying parallel to my window. I couldn’t see the rest of the flock, just the one(s) flying by my window, but I could hear them. I thought “huh, that’s weird”, and then it dawned on me – crows are a symbol of The Morrigan. Immediately when I looked her up (cause let’s be real – I had no idea what a war goddess would want with me) they stopped and disappeared. I still don’t know what she wanted with me, but I’m looking into her, and though I haven’t worked with her like I have with Brighid I do revere her.
So if you’ve found your Patron God(s), if you feel inclined, tell me how in the comments! I’d love to know!
If you live away at school, you might want to think about bringing your Book of Shadows with you.
A Book of Shadows is a witch’s journal. It can be used to record everything from dreams and sabbat recipes to spells and rituals. I like to keep two – one for spells and rituals and the other for spiritual notes (I don’t typically use witchcraft in a religious sense, it’s kind of it’s own practice.)
My Books of Shadows
For information on starting a Book of Shadows, check out this video from TheShoeWhisperer:
Even if you’re living in a dorm, there’s probably a kitchen available to you, which is a perfect way to practice some discrete magick. Mookychick offers a great article on Mookychick’s Kitchen Magic 101. You can take literally any recipe you know (or learn, or even make up) and infuse it with your intent, and boom! Insta-Kitchen Witch!
I love youtube witch Charmingpixieflora’s recipes. My favourite to make for Samhain is her pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. She no longer posts on this channel but her videos are still there and you can find a multitude of recipes and how-tos.
Do you practice kitchen witchcraft, if so, what’s your favourite thing to make?
Mojo or Spell bags are a simple, dorm safe way to keep in touch with your magickal practice while at school. They’re potent little charms that can be used for a variety of things. There’s numerous names for them, depending on your path. ”Mojo bags” is used primarily to describe ones made in the Voodoo practice, I think “spell bags” is a more common term.
A spell bag I made a friend for protection.
My friend felt she needed a little protection from a spirit that has apparently taken up residence in her suite. In this spell bag I sprinkled three protective herbs, sea salt, rosemary, and patchouli, as well as one of my handmade runes, and a piece of paper with her name on it.
There’s a number of different ways to make these, or you can even buy them. Over the summer I bought a witch’s bottle while in Salem. It comes with everything you need, including instructions. I liked the way they suggested to do the bottle, so I used a similar method to make my friend’s spell bag. I gathered the symbols of protection, placed them in the only little baggie I had, and while thinking about her, wrote her name down on the scrap of paper, dropped it in and thought a little prayer of protection for her.
Have you made a spell/mojo bag? What’s your favourite method?
In my last post I mentioned how I enchanted a necklace I made, so I thought it only made sense that this post be written on what I call “taking witchcraft literally.” That is, a decidedly “arts and crafts” take on your pagan practice. Mookychick features an article on Creative Magic, Craft, and Spirituality.
Runes are just one of the many magickal crafts you can do. I’m extremely fortunate to have a friend who is enormously gifted at crafts and not only made me the runes pictured above, but a pendulum, a wand, and a little bag for my crystals as well. Regrettably I don’t have pictures of the other things she made for me as I left them at home. This inspired me to make a set of runes for another friend of mine.
Do you guys incorporate crafts into your practice? How and what kind of things do you do?