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Basics of Wicca and Paganism

What are some of the basic beliefs and concepts of Paganism and Wicca? This section discusses major gods and goddesses, the four classical elements, rules of Wicca including the concept of "Harm None" and the law of threefold return, altars and tools, and how to create a Book of Shadows.
  1. FAQ (28)
  2. Glossary of Pagan and Wiccan Terms (82)
  3. Gods and Goddesses (101)
  4. Online Courses (7)
  5. Pagan Traditions (17)
  6. Wiccan Traditions (13)

The Eight Pagan Sabbats
The eight sabbats form the foundation of many modern Pagan traditions. Let's take a look at the sabbats that make up the Wheel of the Year.

Basic Principles and Concepts of Wicca
There's a lot of information out there about Wicca, and if you're just beginning your studies, it's hard to get a good handle on what is what. While each Wiccan tradition or group may have its own set of specific beliefs, there are a few basic principles common to nearly every Wiccan path.

Myths and Misconceptions - The Truth About Wicca and Paganism
There is a lot of false information floating around out there about Wicca and Paganism. Learn about some of the most common myths and misconceptions, and clear up the truth about Wicca.

Ten Things You Need to Know About Paganism and Wicca
There s a lot of information out there on Wicca and Paganism, in books, on the Internet, and through local groups. But how much of it is accurate? How do you learn to separate the wheat from the chaff? The fact is, there are several basic things you should understand about Wicca and Paganism before you make the decision to join a new spiritual...

Wicca, Witchcraft or Paganism?
What's the difference between Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism? Or are they all just the same thing with different names?

The Four Classical Elements
Many followers of Wicca and Paganism feel a connection to the four classical elements: earth, air, fire and water. Each connects to a cardinal direction on a compass, and each is associated with a number of different characteristics and attributes.

Tools of the Craft
Wondering about some of the magical tools found in Wicca and Paganism? Here's where we've got photos of some of the most commonly founds items in modern Wiccan rituals.

Make a Book of Shadows
In Wicca and Paganism, it's traditional to create a Book of Shadows, which is a notebook containing information regarding your tradition, gods and goddesses, correspondence tables, sabbat and esbat rites and rituals, magical recipes, and more. Learn how to make your own BOS here.

Tell Us About Your Book of Shadows
A Book of Shadows, or BOS, is traditionally used to store information about your magical tradition -- spells, rituals, correspondence tables, etc. It's a magical tool, and it's not hard to make your own. Got a helpful hint to share with other readers making a BOS? Tell us about your personal Book of Shadows!

The Rule of Three
What is the Rule of Three, and why does it play such an important role in modern Paganism and Wicca? Does it apply to everyone, or is it just a bunch of fluffy New Age mumbo-jumbo? Let's look at some different interpretations of what the Rule of Three might actually mean.

Making Time for Magic
Let's face it, we're all busy. With all the mundane tasks in our lives, how can we make time for our magical life as well? Learn about some tips for developing a time management strategy -- that way you can do the stuff you "have" to do, and still have time for the things you "want" to do.

Covens vs. Solitary Practice
Should you join a coven? Is it okay to practice as a solitary Pagan? Learn about the pros and cons of joining an established tradition versus practicing solo.

The Degree System: What Are Degrees and How Do You Earn Them?
As you study Paganism and Wicca, you'll often see the term "Degree" used to indicate hierarchy within a tradition. But what exactly IS a degree, and what does it really mean?

What's the Best Advice You Can Give a Seeker?
For many new people coming to Pagan spirituality, the information out there can be a bit overwhelming. However, for a lot of us, at some point we had an "a-ha" moment, when someone offered us crucial advice -- you know, that one thing that you wish you'd been told sooner. What advice have you received that you can share with Seekers hoping to...See submissions

Tools of the Craft
Ever wonder what you can do with a wand, cauldron, or chalice? Trying to figure out what tools you absolutely have to have on your altar? Read on for information about some of the most commonly used tools of the Craft.

What is a Salt Crystal Lamp?
Have you ever thought about using a salt crystal lamp? Many people find them useful for a variety of reasons - let's look at what a salt crystal lamp is and how it works.

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