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Learn About the History Behind Samhain...
Samhain is celebrated October 31, the same night as Halloween. However, this Sabbat has roots that go back thousands of years. Learn about how Samhain became All Hallow's Eve.
I'm Pagan and Going to Court - Do I Have to...
A Pagan reader wants to know if she has to swear on Bible when she goes to court for jury duty. What are the options available to Pagans and others who don't want to swear on a Bible in a courtroom?
Wicca for Beginners: What It Is and What It Isn't
If you're just getting started in learning about Wicca, here are a few of the basic principles and concepts you should know.
2014 Pagan/Wiccan Event and Holiday Calendar
Trying to plan your holidays in advance? There are a number of celebrations for Pagans and Wiccans throughout 2014. Check here for the dates for upcoming Sabbats in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere, as well as full moon dates.
How to Break a Curse or Hex
Are you worried that you might be the target of a curse or hex? Here are some tips on how to break negative spells that have headed your way.
How to Get Started in Paganism and Wicca
So you're interested in Wicca or some other form of Paganism, but have no idea how to begin learning and studying? Don't worry - we've got the basics here of what you need to know as you get started.
Celebrating Samhain, the Witches' New Year
Some people celebrate it as Halloween, but for Pagans, October 31 is typically known as Samhain. It's the old Celtic new year - sometimes called the Witches' New Year - and it's a time for honoring those who have crossed over into the spirit world.
Samhain Ritual to Honor the Harvest's End
Samhain falls on October 31, and is known as the Witch's New Year. You can celebrate it as the end of the harvest, and honor the return of the King of Winter.
Meet the Gods and Goddesses of Healing
There are many gods and goddesses associated with healing. Take a look at this list, and welcome the deities of health and wellness into your magical practice and ritual.
Make a Pagan 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.
13 Books for Beginning Wiccans
Many people come to Wicca seeking something new in their life -- but there's a LOT of information out there to absorb. How do you know which books are good, and which ones are best used as a door stop? Here's a list of thirteen books from a variety of sources that any Wiccan seeker should have in their personal library.
If Magic Is Real, Why Doesn't Everyone Do It?
Is magic real? Most Pagans accept magic as part of their daily life. So why don't non-Pagans practice magic? Some of the reasons might be simpler than you think.
What Are the 4 Classical Elements in Modern...
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.
How to Make Samhain Soul Cakes
Soul cakes were traditionally given out on Samhain to anyone who came tapping at the door. This was one of the origins of today's Halloween trick-or-treating. Make your own soul cakes for your Samhain rituals.
Meet the Gods and Goddesses of Paganism
In modern Pagan religions, people feel drawn towards many of the ancient gods. Here is a collection of some of the best known gods and goddesses of modern Paganism, as well as some tips on how to make offerings to them and interact with them.
Are Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism All the Same?
What's the difference between Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism? Or are they all just the same thing with different names?
Set Up Your Altar for the Samhain Sabbat
The evening of October 31 is known as Samhain. It's a time to mark the endless, ongoing cycle of life and death. Here are some ideas for dressing up your home and sacred space for your Samhain celebrations.
A Beginner's Guide to Candle Magic
Many Pagans use candles as part of their magical workings. Learn about the basics of candle magic, which colors to use and how to anoint your candles before using them in ritual.
How Safe is a Ouija Board?
We've all heard about Ouija boards as a form of divination, as well as the corresponding cautionary tales. Just how safe is it to use a Ouija board?
Samhain Ritual to Celebrate Life and Death
Samhain is known as the witches' new year. It is a time to think about the endless cycle of life, death, and rebirth. With this ritual, you can celebrate all three aspects either with a group or as a solitary.
What Are the 8 Pagan Sabbats?
The eight sabbats form the foundation of many modern Pagan traditions. This quick overview explains when the sabbats fall, how they are celebrated, and the rich history behind each of the sabbats that make up the Wheel of the Year.
Magical Self-Defense and Protection
Think you've got a curse or a hex on you? Worried that someone has attacked you magically? Here's how to figure out what's going on, and what to do about it if you really are under magical attack.
Ritual to Honor the God & Goddess at Samhan
In some Wiccan traditions, people choose to honor the God and Goddess, rather than focusing on the harvest aspect of the holiday. If this is something you'd like to do, this ritual welcomes the Goddess in her persona as Crone, and the Horned God of the autumn hunt.
10 Things You Need to Know About Paganism
So you think you're ready to become Pagan? Here are ten facts you really need to know before you take that step.
How to Cast a Circle as a Sacred Space
We've all read about the idea of casting a circle, but what does it really mean, and how is it done? What is the significance of the circle in Wiccan and Pagan worship?
How to Hold a Seance at Samhain
Many Pagans communicate with the spirit world by way of holding seances. Before you have a seance of your own, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Samhain Ritual to Honor the Ancestors
For many Pagans, the honoring of the ancestors is a key part of their spirituality. This ceremony can be held by itself or as part of a group of Samhain rituals.
Make an Apple Garland to Celebrate Samhain
This easy apple garland is a great decoration for your home. Make one in time for Samhain, an bring the scents of fall in for the celebration!
Rituals & Ceremonies to Celebrate Samhain
Looking for a ceremony or ritual to celebrate the Pagan sabbat of Samhain? Here's where you'll find a number of modern Pagan rituals and ceremonies, all of which can be adapted either for solitaries, families or a group.
5 Steps to Writing Your Own Spells
There are hundreds of books available on how to write your own Wiccan and Pagan spells, and thousands of spells available on the Internet. But what if you want to write your own spell? Do you need to have decades of experience? You might be surprised to learn that by following a few easy steps, anyone can write an effective spell.
What is Pagan Fundamentalism?
Wondering what we mean when we talk about Pagan fundamentalists? Is the term even an accurate one? Find out here what the phrase means, and who we might apply it to.
4 Types of Spirit Guides
Lots of people believe they have spirit guides -- but how do you know that it's not just your imagination? Learn about some of the different types of spirit guides.
Hold a Samhain Rite to Honor the Forgotten Dead
Samhain is a time in which many Pagans honor the spirits of their ancestors. For something a little different, celebrate Samhain with a ritual honoring the forgotten dead.
How to Get Rid of Unwanted Spirits
Got an extra entity hanging around? Made contact with a snarky spirit during a seance? Here are some tips on how to get rid of them and send them on their way.
Host a Dumb Supper - A Samhain Feast With the...
In many Pagan traditions, Samhain is celebrated with a Dumb Supper. This is a meal with place settings for relatives and friends who have crossed over in the past year. Here's how to host one.
11 Deities of Death and the Underworld
In many cultures, gods of the underworld and death are celebrated during the harvest time. Learn about these gods and goddesses who preside over the domain of the dead.
Pagan and Wiccan Symbols
In Paganism and Wicca, many traditions use symbols in ritual and magic. Learn about some of the most commonly seen Wiccan and Pagan symbols and their meanings.
9 Spirit Guide Warning Signs
Many people believe they have spirit guides. But what are some of the warning signs you should look for when dealing with otherworldly beings? Here are some ways to tell if you spirit guide isn't really there to guide at all.
How to Use Magical Crystals and Gemstones
Many Pagans use crystals and gemstones in workings, because every stone is connected to some aspect of the human experience. Learn about the therapeutic and magical properties of different stones, as well as how they are best used in magical practice.
Crow & Raven Mythology and Folklore
The crow and raven appear in folklore going back to early times -- what do these beautiful black messengers tell us?
How to Perform an Ancestor Meditation for Samhain
It's Samhain, and for many Pagans it's time to commune with the ancestors. Use this simple meditation technique to call upon those who walked before us -- you may be surprised at some of the people you meet!
5 Easy Samhain Decorations
Looking for some decorating ideas for Samhain, but don't want to spend a fortune? Try some of these simple seasonal ideas to get your house all ready for the Sabbat!
How To Consecrate Your Magical Tools
What should you do with a wand or athame when you first get it? Many Pagans perform a consecration ritual on their magical tools. Learn how to consecrate your magical tools with this simple ritual invoking the energies of the four classical elements.
Hold a Samhain Ritual to Honor the Animals
Man's relationship with animals has evolved over thousands of years. Where once they were only a source of food, now they are our companions. Take a moment to honor the animal spirits in a ritual for Samhain.
6 Questions to Ask Before You Join a Pagan Group
You’ve found the Pagan group, Wiccan coven, or other group that you think is right for you. Before you say yes, be sure to ask the following questions:
Who is the Green Man?
The Green Man appears in many forms in British and Celtic myth. What is the Green Man, and what does he really represent?
Prayers to Celebrate the Samhain Sabbat
Are you looking for some simple Samhain prayers to include in your rituals? Try one of these prayers as part of your Samhain celebrations.
Crafts and Creations for Your Samhain...
Make Samhain craft projects to decorate your home, yard and magical workspace to celebrate the Samhain season.
Make a Scrying Mirror for Samhain Divination
Scrying is one of the oldest known forms of divination. You can make a scrying mirror and then use it to see what images and messages you may receive.
How to Make a Protective Witch Bottle
The witch bottle is a magical tool that has been reported in use for centuries. It was usually made of pottery or glass, and included sharp objects.
What Do Your Dreams Really Mean?
Have you ever had a dream and woke up wondering why you were thinking about floods, flying, or chickens? Well, chances are good that those things -- and others -- have appeared as a symbol of something else. Here are a few samples of common dream symbols and events that people experience. You can use them as a tool for self-evaluation.
Celebrating the Pagan Beltane Holiday
May 1 is known as May Day to many people, but for a lot of Wiccans and Pagans it's Beltane (our Southern Hemisphere readers celebrate it around October 31 - November 1). It's a day to celebrate fertility, fire, and abundance. Learn about the traditions and trends of this Sabbat, how to hold a Maypole Dance, and some great ideas for rituals and celebrations.
What is an Animal Familiar?
Some modern Pagans and Wiccans incorporate an animal familiar into their spritual practice. Find out what a familiar is, and learn about the history of familiars in witchcraft.
What Role Do Owls Play in Folklore?
Owls have featured in folklore and legend for a long time. Here are some of the most popular tales of owl magic and mythology.
How to Find Your Magical Name
Many Wiccans and Pagans choose to select a new name to use in ritual and ceremony -- in some cases it's a name shared only with the gods. Learn how you can find the magical name or craft name that's right for you.
7 Ways to Develop Your Psychic Skills
Many Pagans believe that everyone has some degree of latent psychic abilities. Here's how you can work on developing your own psychic talents.
What Does "Blessed Be" Mean?
Definition of the phrase Blessed Be in Pagan and neo-Wiccan lore
Celebrating Yule, the Winter Solstice
No matter how you celebrate it, the winter solstice is traditionally a time for all kinds of festivities, feasting, and fun. Here's where you'll find all the Yule-related topics rolled into one handy place.
What is a Psychic Empath?
There are many different types of psychic abilities. Some people are known as empaths, which means they are sensitive to the energy and emotions of others. Let's look at empathic ability in more detail.
Triple Moon
In Paganism and Wicca, many traditions use symbols in ritual and magic. Learn about some of the most commonly seen Wiccan and Pagan symbols and their meanings. Page 16.
How to Make Smudge Sticks for Ritual
Smudge sticks are used by many Pagans in ritual and ceremony. While it's certainly convenient to buy them at the store, it's also very easy to make your own - and you get to pick which herbs are in it! Here's how to make a your own smudge sticks to use.
What's Involved in a Pagan Self-Dedication...
Many modern Pagans and Wiccans choose not to be part of a coven or group. Because one of the benefits of joining a group is initiation, if you're practicing as a solitary you may choose to perform a self-dedication rite as a way of declaring yourself to the deities of your tradition.
What Dragons Blood Is and How It's Used in Magic
Some magical traditions include an ingredient called Dragon's Blood into their ritual and spellwork. But what is it - does it come from real dragons? - and how is it used?
Isis: Mother Goddess of Ancient Egypt
Isis was a great goddess of the Ancient Egyptians, and sister/consort of Osiris. She is honored today by some Pagans as the archetype of the mother and wife, and a goddess of mystery and magic.
How To Interpret the Tarot Cards
Once you've got a pile of Tarot cards down in front of you, how do you interpret the messages within them?
Triquetra
In Paganism and Wicca, many traditions use symbols in ritual and magic. Learn about some of the most commonly seen Wiccan and Pagan symbols and their meanings. Page 18.
Can You Be a Christian Wiccan?
A reader wants to know if she can practice witchcraft - specifically, Wicca - within a Christian framework. While this probably isn't the best place to get the answer, let's talk about the idea of Christian witchcraft.
Do Pagans Really Have Ritual Sex?
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Pagans, Death and the Afterlife
For many modern Pagans, there is a somewhat different philosophy on death and dying than what is seen in the non-Pagan community. Let's look at some Pagan perspectives on death and dying, as well as the afterlife.
2015 Pagan & Wiccan Event and Holiday...
There are plenty of Sabbats and other events celebrated by Pagans each year. Here's our listing of the 2015 Pagan and Wiccan calendar of events.
What Is a Clairvoyant?
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What Is the Celtic Tree Calendar?
The Celtic tree calendar is based upon thirteen lunar months. Each is named for a letter in the Celtic alphabet. Learn about the thirteen tree months, and how they are used in magical workings.
Do Pagan Religions Have Rules?
Are there any rules involved in Paganism or Wicca, or is it just a magical free-for-all where everyone does as they please? Find out what standards most Wiccan and Pagan groups set for themselves.
How to Blend Samhain Spirit Incense
This harvest-scented blend of incense is perfect for burning during your Samhain seance, divination session, or any autumn workings.
Is it OK for Pagans to Celebrate Halloween?
A reader is concerned that there's a conflict between the silly fun of Halloween and the more somber spiritual aspects of Samhain. Is it disrespectful, or anti-Pagan, to celebrate Halloween?
How to Set Up an Ancestor Altar for Samhain
At Samhain, many people of Pagan faiths honor their ancestors. You can make a small shrine to honor your ancestors, or turn it into an entire ancestor altar. Set it up for the recently departed, or your entire extended family.
Banishing Spells and Folklore
If you've got people in your life that are causing you pain and suffering, you might want to try a bit of magic. These banishing spells are popular in folklore.
5 Tips for Finding Your Spirit Guide
Are you trying to find a way to meet your spirit guide or guides? Many people believe they have a spirit guide - here are a few tips to help you meet yours.
Learn to Use a Pendulum for Divination
The pendulum is the easiest method of divination. Using a simple weight on a string or chain, it allows you to divine Yes/No answers. Here's how to make your own pendulum and calibrate it for use.
What Do You Know About Jack O'Lanterns?
It's Samhain, and pumpkins are everywhere! Chances are good you've seen a carved jack-o-lantern grinning at you from someone's window. But where did this unusual custom originate?
Pentacle
In Paganism and Wicca, many traditions use symbols in ritual and magic. Learn about some of the most commonly seen Wiccan and Pagan symbols and their meanings. Page 10.
Top 9 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.
Cernunnos - Wild God of the Forest
Cernunnos is the horned god found in many traditions of modern Paganism and Wicca. He is an archetype found predominantly in Celtic regions, and symbolizes fertility and masculine energy.
Tarot 101: Learn the Basics
If you're ready to start learning about reading Tarot cards, how they work, different spreads, and the best decks to use, this is the place to start.
Cooking and Recipe Ideas for Your Samhain Feast
Looking for Samhain recipes and Samhain cooking information? Join us for all kinds of Samhain feasting and food ideas, including the famous Ghost Poop dessert!
Make Your Own Besom
The besom is the traditional witch's broom, and while you can certainly buy one in a store, there's some degree of satifaction in making your own. Learn how to create a besom with natural items in just a few steps.
Samhain Prayer to Honor the Ancestors
Many people choose to use Samhain as a time of honoring their bloodline. Use this prayer to celebrate your ancestry at Samhain.
Triple Horn of Odin
In Paganism and Wicca, many traditions use symbols in ritual and magic. Learn about some of the most commonly seen Wiccan and Pagan symbols and their meanings. Page 15.
How do Non-Pagans View Pagans?
Ever wonder what different non-Pagans think of the Pagan community? Just like people themselves, opinions are going to vary. We surveyed some non-Pagans to see what their impression of modern Paganism was, and the answers might surprise you.
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.
Who Is the Cailleach in Celtic Myth and Legend?
Cailleach is known in parts of the Celtic world as the hag, the bringer of storms, the Dark Mother of the winter months. However, she features prominently in mythology and is also a creator goddess.
10 Bad Reasons to Become a Pagan
People become Pagans or Wiccans for a variety of reasons. Most of those reasons are pretty good - but if yours appear on this list, you might want to rethink your whole spiritual journey and what you hope to get out of it.
Setting Up Your Magical Altar
So you've decided to set up an altar space of your own - awesome! But where do you put stuff? What goes where? What if you run out of room? Don't panic - everything you need to know for a basic altar setup is here.
Celebrating Mabon, the Autumn Equinox
Mabon is the mid-harvest festival of the autumn equinox, and it is when many modern Pagans honor the changing seasons, and celebrate the second harvest.
The Magical Traditions Behind the 4 Lunar Phases
Wondering what sort of magic should be performed during the various phases of the moon? In many traditions of Wicca and Paganism, timing really does matter. Be sure to read here to find out what to do when.
Tarot Card Spreads
There are a variety of spreads, or layouts, that can be used in reading Tarot cards. Try one of these - or try them all! - to see which method is the most accurate for you.
Does Salem Ancestry Make Me Special?
A reader is certain that his Salem ancestry makes him special - so why does it seem like nobody cares? Let's talk about whether Salem ancestry makes you unusual in the Pagan community.
Should You Use Body Fluids in Magic?
Although many people in today's magical community find it a bit off-putting, the use of bodily fluids in magic is a long-standing custom in many cultures and traditions. Almost universally, body fluids have been used at some point for their powerful magical properties.
Triple Spiral - Triskele
In Paganism and Wicca, many traditions use symbols in ritual and magic. Learn about some of the most commonly seen Wiccan and Pagan symbols and their meanings. Page 17.
Debunking the Myths 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 and other Pagan religions.
Samhain Altar Gallery
Want to see how other readers have decorated their altars to celebrate Samhain? Be sure to check out our Samhain Altar Gallery for some great ideas!
What Do We Mean by Celtic?
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What Does "So Mote it Be" Mean?
Many people in the Pagan community use the phrase So Mote It Be - but what does this actually mean, and where did it come from?
Samhain Ancestor Ritual for Families with...
Are you looking for a simple Samhain ritual you can perform with younger children? This ritual is appropriate for smaller family members, and celebrates the theme of honoring the ancestors at Samhain.
How Does Magic Work?
Wondering why you keep hearing Pagans and Wiccans talk about magical energy, correspondences, or chatting with their gods?
Does Testifying in Court Violate the Wiccan Rede?
A reader is worried that by testifying against a friend in court, she might be violating the Wiccan Rede. Find out if this is the case, or if it should matter.
Are Black Cats Really Unlucky?
Ever wonder about the superstition of black cats being bad luck? How did these feline lovelies become part of the Halloween and Samhain traditions?
Spider Mythology from Around the World
Nearly all cultures have some sort of spider mythology, and folktales about these crawly creatures abound - let's look at some spider myths and legends.
10 Things Not To Do If You're Pagan
So you're a practicing Pagan - did you know there are some self-sabotaging behaviors you might be engaging in? Here are ten bad habits you should drop if you're a Pagan.
How to Work With Pagan Gods
In most Pagan and Wiccan traditions, interaction with the Divine is a key part of the belief system. But how do you know which gods to call upon, particularly if your tradition is an eclectic one with no set guidelines? Learn about the different types of gods, who they are, and when it's appropriate to ask for their assistance.
Perform a Pagan Ceremony to Celebrate the New...
In some traditions, the appearance of the New Moon each month is even more important than the night of the Full Moon. This ritual is a very basic one that can be done either as a solitary or as part of a group. The welcoming theme makes it a good one to use if you're teaching young children about Pagan and Wiccan spirituality.
How to Make Magical Black Salt
Some magical traditions incorporate black salt into spellwork and ritual. Here's how you can make your own to use.
Do Ghosts, Poltergeists, and Hauntings Exist?
Belief in ghosts, poltergeists, and other entities is not something that is unique to the Pagan religious traditions. Many people - Pagan and otherwise - accept the existence of some sort of spiritual plane, a place where a variety of entities exist beyond the veil.
How to Make Pagan Prayer Beads
In many magical traditions and religious paths, the use of beads can be a meditative and magical exercise. Why not assemble a set of beads that holds meaning to you, and use it in your ritual practice and workings?
How to Make Samhain Pumpkin Candles
Everyone loves candles, and with Samhain coming you can make your own candles out of small pumpkins and squashes. Learn how to do this fun and easy craft in just a few steps.
Make a Silver Bell Branch at Samhain
In Irish mythology, the hero Bran discovered a silver branch with bell-like apples. You can make a silver bell branch to use in rituals, particularly around the Samhain season.
How to Deal With Preachy Family Members
It's bad enough to be evangelized at by strangers, but it's even worse when the people you love start preaching at you. So, what can you do about preachy family members?
Water
In Paganism and Wicca, many traditions use symbols in ritual and magic. Learn about some of the most commonly seen Wiccan and Pagan symbols and their meanings. Page 19.
11 Celtic Deities You Should Know
Many of the ancient Celtic gods and goddesses have become a part of modern Pagan practice. Learn more about some of the deities honored by the Celtic peoples.
Pagan Prayers for All Occasions
Looking for a prayer for a special event or ceremony? Check here for our ever-growing list of Pagan and Wiccan prayers!
Understanding the Triple Goddess of Pagan...
What is the archetype of the Maiden, Mother and Crone in modern Paganism? This triple goddess represents the three phases of a woman's life.
How to Use the Celtic Cross Spread in Tarot
The Celtic Cross is one of the best known layouts for Tarot readings. Learn how to use this in-depth spread to get answers to your questions.
Cerridwen: Keeper of the Cauldron
Cerridwen is known in Welsh mythology as the keeper of the Cauldron of the Underworld in which knowledge and inspiration are brewed. She is considered a goddess of prophetic powers, and because her symbol is the Cauldron, she is an honored goddess in many Wiccan and Pagan traditions.
What is Paganism?
What is Paganism? Let's look at an explanation of what modern Paganism is, including the Wiccan religion and others.
Bridget Bishop, First to Die in the Salem Witch...
Bridget Bishop was the first person to die in the Salem witch trials of 1692. Learn about why this woman was singled out and accused of witchcraft.
What is a Kitchen Witch?
There's a growing movement within modern Paganism known as kitchen witchery. The kitchen is, after all, the heart and hearth of many modern households.
Are There Any Celebrity Wiccans or Pagans?
Are there any Hollywood celebrities who are openly Pagan? There are a few, but many more have been the subject of speculation.
Magical Days of the Week
Each day of the week is magical in its own right. Believe it or not, when it comes to magic, the seven days all have very different planetary influences, colors, and other associations.
What is the Asatru Pagan Tradition?
The Asatru tradition is a reconstructionist path that focuses on pre-Christian Norse spirituality. The movement began in the 1970s as part of a revival of Germanic paganism, and numerous Asatru groups exist in the United States and other countries.
How to Make a Samhain Straw Man
This straw man figure can be made to represent the King of Winter. Make him at Samhain as part of your ritual, and then bring him into your home to watch over your hearth over the coming winter months.
9 Spooky Poems to Read at Samhain
Samhain night is a great time to sit around a fire telling spooky stories. Check out this collection of classic scary poems to read, either alone or out loud. Oh, and if you hear something go bump in the darkness behind you, don't panic... much.
Do You Think You Lived a Past Life?
Many members of the Pagan and Wiccan communities are interested in past lives and reincarnation. While there’s no official standpoint on past lives (as with many other issues), it’s not uncommon to find Pagans and Wiccans who believe they have experienced past lives. Among those who do, there are often some recurring themes.
Pagan Gods and Goddesses of the Moon
People have honored gods and goddesses of the moon for thousands of years. Let's look at some of the lunar deities that have been the source of inspiration and wisdom throughout history.
Meet Ra, the Sun God of Ancient Egypt
To the ancient Egyptians, Ra was more than just another god. He was the bringer of life and master of the heavens.
Frog Magic and Folklore
Frogs and toads feature prominently in magical folklore in many societies. These amphibious critters are known for a variety of magical properties, from their ability to help predict the weather, to curing warts to bringing good luck. Let’s look at some of the best known superstitions, omens and folklore surrounding frogs and toads.
How to Make a Magical Poppet
A poppet can be as simple or as elaborate as you like -- it all depends on how much time and effort you want to put into it. Learn the basics of how to build a cloth poppet here.
Patchouli
Herbs have been used for thousands of years, both medicinally and ritually. Every herb has its own unique characteristics, and these properties are what makes the plant special. Learn about the correspondences associated with each of these magical herbs. . Page 21.
How to Prepare for Your First Tarot Reading
Ready to read Tarot cards for a friend, family member, or even a total stranger? There are a few things you should know ahead of time.
Make a Samhain Skull Garland
Samhain is a time to celebrate the cycle of life and death, and one symbol that appears regularly is the skull. This Day of the Dead inspired garland is one you can put together easily and hang around your home.
Samhain Prayer to the Gods of the Underworld
At Samhain, the earth is growing cold and dark. It is a time of death, of endings and beginnings. This prayer honors some of the deities associated with death and the underworld.
Offerings to the Gods
So you want to make an offering to the deity of your tradition -- but what's an appropriate choice? Here are some suggestions for different types of gods, and what's an acceptable offering.
Seax Wica
In Paganism and Wicca, many traditions use symbols in ritual and magic. Learn about some of the most commonly seen Wiccan and Pagan symbols and their meanings. Page 11.
A Guide to Using Oils with Magical Properties
Learn the basics of blending your own magical oils. With just a few simple tips, you'll be able to make your own concoctions in no time at all.
Discover the Different Types of Pagan Deities
In the wide varieties of Pagan paths, there are deities associated with nearly every season of the year, and every aspect of the human existence. Let's take a look at some of the different types of Pagan deities, and see why they are important to followers of contemporary Pagan religions.
Spellwork for Protection Magic
In many magical traditions, simple workings are done for protection of mind and body. Particularly in folk magic, it was known that a number of workings could be done to keep one's home and property safe.
What is Magical Binding?
Definition of the word. Paganism / Wicca.
How Much Do You Know About Samhain Folklore?
In addition to all the magic we can conjure up at Samhain, there are a number of legends and bits of folklore associated with this holiday. Learn about some of the superstitions surrounding Samhain and Halloween.
Who are Today's Druids?
Who are the modern Druids, and how do they practice their religion? Let's look at some different Druid groups that exist today, and talk about resources for those interested in this spiritual path.
Celtic Baby Names - Boy
Looking for a Celtic baby name for your little boy? Many Celtic boys' names emphasis strength, heroism, and masculinity. Here's a collection of names as well as their meanings!
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