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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.
Wondering about some of the common mistakes that new Pagans make? Here are some of the five most recognizable - and what you can do to avoid making them yourself!
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.
If you're just getting started in learning about Wicca, here are a few of the basic principles and concepts you should know.
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.
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.
Looking for a way to celebrate Mabon, the second harvest Sabbat? Read on for some great ideas for you and your family to observe the autumn equinox.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What's the difference between Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism? Or are they all just the same thing with different names?
The time of the autumn equinox is known as Mabon. This is a day to celebrate the second harvest and the balance between dark and light. Here are some ideas for dressing up your altar and sacred space for your Mabon celebrations.
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.
As a holiday, the term Mabon is fairly new, but people have celebrated the autumn equinox for centuries. Learn how this second of the three harvest Sabbats has been celebrated around the world.
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.
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.
Mabon is a time when the earth is dying a little each day, and as we welcome the harvest, we also realize that the long nights of winter aren't far off. Honor the darker aspects of the Goddess as the autumn equinox arrives.
So you think you're ready to become Pagan? Here are ten facts you really need to know before you take that step.
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?
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.
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.
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?
It's Mabon, which means there are equal amounts of light and darkness. For many Pagans and Wiccans, fall means a time of harmony and balance, but if you're feeling a little lopsided, this meditation will help get you back on track.
Need some quick and affordable decorating ideas for Mabon, the autumn equinox? Here are some tips on how to bring the season into your home without breaking your bank account!
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.
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.
The crow and raven appear in folklore going back to early times -- what do these beautiful black messengers tell us?
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.
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Spend any time at all in the Pagan or Wiccan communities, and you're bound to meet individuals who have some fairly pronounced psychic abilities. However, many people believe that everyone has some degree of latent psychic abilities. In some people, these abilities tend to manifest in a more obvious manner -- and in others, it just sits under the surface, waiting to be tapped into. Here's how you can work on developing your own psychic talents.
Mabon is the second of the harvest festivals, and a great time to draw abundance into your life. Celebrate the blessings of the season with a little bit of candle magic designed to bring prosperity your way.
The Green Man appears in many forms in British and Celtic myth. What is the Green Man, and what does he really represent?
Make this magical blend of harvest incense to use during your Mabon rites and ceremonies.
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.
Apple butter is a delicious treat all year long, and if you make it in the fall with fresh apple sauce, you can preserve it to eat later on. Enjoy this tasty spread on warm bread, or just straight from the jar!
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.
Looking for simple craft projects to celebrate Mabon, the autumn equinox? Use the elements of the season to make your own incense, candles, and magical ink!
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.
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.
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.
God's eyes are popular decorations to make in nearly every spiritual path. By using harvest colors like reds, oranges, yellows and browns, you can create one for Mabon to hang in your home or to adorn your altar.
Mabon is a time of balance, and a good time to celebrate the stability of the hearth and home. This ritual is a simple one designed to place a barrier of harmony and protection around your property. You can do this as a family group, as a coven, or even as a solitary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Once you've got a pile of Tarot cards down in front of you, how do you interpret the messages within them?
This rite is designed with solitary Wiccans and Pagans in mind, and uses the apple and its five-pointed star as the focus. Honor the ancient gods at Mabon with this harvest ritual.
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.
Owls have featured in folklore and legend for a long time. Here are some of the most popular tales of owl magic and mythology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Need a prayer for protection of your home and property? This prayer calls upon the Morrighan, goddess of battle and sovereignty for assistance.
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?
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.
Apples are often associated with the harvest at Mabon, and have their own unique energy that lends itself well to making magic this time of year.
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.
It's good to be thankful for what we've got -- it's also good to recognize that not everyone is as fortunate. Offer this prayer for abundance at Mabon in tribute to those who may still be needing.
Are you thankful for the things you have -- both material and spiritual? Why not perform this simple gratitude rite, in which you can enumerate the things you have that make you feel fortunate?
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.
Looking for rituals to celebrate Mabon, the autumn equinox? These Mabon rites and rituals can be performed by groups or solitary practitioners.
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.
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.
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If you're a Pagan parent, at some point your children will ask about Christianity, Jesus, and going to church. Learn how to address these issues when they come up.
Mabon is a time of balance -- equal hours of darkness and light. Celebrate the season with this simple prayer celebrating balance.
Around Mabon, acorns are dropping from the oak trees everywhere. Find out why this tree -- and its seeds -- are important in many Pagan traditions.
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.
Definition of the phrase Blessed Be in Pagan and neo-Wiccan lore
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.
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.
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.
The goddess' aspect as the Dark Mother, the crone, is celebrated at Mabon. This lovely honey wheat blend is perfect for your autumn equinox celebrations, honoring the harvest and the end of the fertile season.
Want to make your own ink to use in magical workings? Try the toxic but lovely pokeberry, which blooms around Mabon each year!
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.
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.
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.
Mabon is a celebration of the second harvest, and we love it when readers share their altar decorations with us! Check out this image gallery to see how other Pagans and Wiccans set up their altar for Mabon, the autumn equinox.
What is Paganism? Let's look at an explanation of what modern Paganism is, including the Wiccan religion and others.
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.
From an anthropological standpoint, the term “Celtic” is actually fairly complex, not merely referring to people with an Irish or English background.
Wondering why you keep hearing Pagans and Wiccans talk about magical energy, correspondences, or chatting with their gods?
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.
October's Blood Moon brings with it cool, clear nights and the knowledge that winter is around the corner. It's also a time for spiritual growth, because it's when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest.
Do you need some simple prayers for your Mabon celebration? Try these basic Pagan prayers for your autumn equinox rituals and feasts.
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.
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.
If you look back at history, there are a lot of stories about the magical powers of the moon. Read on to see some of the myths and legends associated with this magical body!
Looking for some seasonal cooking ideas for your Mabon celebration? Try some of our favorite fall-themed recipes!
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.
In some Pagan traditions, banishing can be used to get rid of someone - or something - that you don't want hanging around. Let's look at some of the basics of banishing.
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.
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.
Instead of a regular Esbat rite, some Wiccan and Pagan groups tailor their full moon celebrations to the season. This ceremony is designed for a group of at least four people, and can be held during any of the autumn harvest months.
To the ancient Egyptians, Ra was more than just another god. He was the bringer of life and master of the heavens.
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.
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!
Thinking about having a handfasting instead of a traditional wedding? Here's a sample ceremony that you can use and tweak to fit your own needs and beliefs.
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.
Brew up a batch of this cleansing wash using herbs from your fall garden -- you can use it as a facial cleanse, or to purify your ritual space.
In the middle of spring, a magical thing begins to happen outside. In addition to the greening of the
A reader sees a beautiful ring around the moon - is there a magical significance attached to an event like this?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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.
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.
Looking for a prayer for a special event or ceremony? Check here for our ever-growing list of Pagan and Wiccan prayers!
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.
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.
Mabon is known as a sabbat of the second harvest - why not gather up your goodies from the garden, and use them on your altar as part of your celebrations?
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.
Here's where you'll find links to all kinds of articles on Ostara -- rituals, history, crafts, recipes, and more!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for a Celtic baby name for your little girl? Here's a collection of names as well as their meanings!
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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.
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:
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.
In many Pagan traditions, the stag takes on a level of almost mythical significance. Find out why this king of the forest -- and his crown of antlers -- appears so often in Pagan and Wiccan ritual symbolism.
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.
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.
Some magical traditions incorporate black salt into spellwork and ritual. Here's how you can make your own to use.
Are you part of a Pagan or Wiccan group that is accepting new members? You can post your listings here! Seekers, if you're looking for a coven or group in your area, be sure to check our listings to see what's near you.
Are Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism the same thing? Not exactly. Learn what some of the differences are.
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.
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Hecate has a long history as a goddess, from her days in pre-Olympian times to the present. Originally a goddess of childbirth and fertility, Hecate has evolved into a symbol of magic and sorcery.
While today's Pagans and Wiccans might see midsummer as a day to work on their tans and have a big bonfire, for our ancestors, it was a day of great spiritual significance. Many ancient cultures honored the sun as a deity.
The fall equinox, or Mabon, has been observed by many cultures throughout history. Some see it as a season of balance, and others mark it as the time of the second harvest. Here are some of the ways that this mid-autumn Sabbat is celebrated.
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?
The wolf is associated with many different aspects throughout the ages. Often seen as terrifying, there are plenty of tales in which the wolf is shown as compassionate and nurturing. Let's look at some of the many wolf stories that have appeared around the world.
Many Pagan and Wiccan spiritual traditions incorporate the practice of numerology. The basic principles of numerology hold that numbers have a great deal of spiritual and magical significance. Some numbers are more potent and powerful than others, and combinations of numbers can be developed for magical use.
Often called an herb of wisdom, sage can be used in number of ways. Learn about how to use sage for its magical and therapeutic properties. Page 10.
Wondering what we mean when we talk about a psychic medium? Here's a basic definition!
Demeter is one of the best known goddesses of the harvest. Find out why she and her daughter Persephone are so important to the harvest mythology.
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.
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.
Rosemary is known for its many magical and culinary uses. What are some of the ways you can use rosemary in your life? Page 9.