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Patti Wigington

Updated Articles and Resources

By Patti Wigington

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Lunar Deities Created: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
      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.
    • How To Write Your Own Spell Created: Friday, May 25, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      There lots of magical spells out there for Wiccans and other Pagans. But what if you want to write your own spell? Here's how to write an effective spell.
    • What is an Omen? Created: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      For many practitioners of various magical traditions, there is a tendency to look for and find symbolism in everything, particularly in aspects of nature. Often, these symbols are interpreted as om...
    • All About Beltane Created: Saturday, April 05, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
      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.
    • Past Lives and Reincarnation Created: Thursday, August 05, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      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...
    • Make a Witch Bottle Created: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      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.
    • Top Tools of the Craft Created: Friday, June 22, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      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 use...
    • Keep a Dream Journal Created: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      Many Wiccans and Pagans put stock in dream meanings -- for a lot of us, it's important to keep track of what our dreams are telling us, because it may be important. Dreams can be prophetic or they ...
    • Athena, Greek Goddess of Wisdom and War Created: Monday, October 06, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      In addition to being a deity of wisdom, she also was a patron of the warrior, and a daughter of mighty Zeus. Learn more about Athena.
    • Meanings and Use of the Word "Warlock" Created: Monday, August 11, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      In many parts of the Pagan community, mention the word "warlock" and you'll be met with disapproving sneers and head shaking." itemprop="description">
    • How To Perform a Self Dedication Ritual Created: Saturday, June 30, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
      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.
    • Pagan Gods and Goddesses Created: Friday, August 07, 2009 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      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 m...
    • The Magic of Crows and Ravens Created: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Updated: Monday, April 21, 2014
      The crow and raven appear in folklore going back to early times -- what do these beautiful black messengers tell us?
    • All About Ostara, the Spring Equinox Created: Monday, February 25, 2008 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      Here's where you'll find links to all kinds of articles on Ostara -- rituals, history, crafts, recipes, and more!
    • Tie Dyed Ostara Eggs Created: Saturday, April 19, 2014 Updated: Saturday, April 19, 2014
      Want to color some Ostara eggs with tie dye? Use actual silk ties for a clever and creative Ostara egg decoration!
    • History of Ostara - The Spring Equinox Created: Monday, May 14, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      At Ostara, around March 21, the light is equal to the darkness. This is the time of the spring equinox, and is a great time to celebrate the rebirth of the soil and the land. Because of its close a...
    • Thirteen Books Every Wiccan Should Read Created: Saturday, October 20, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      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 s...
    • What Is a Spirit Guide? Created: Monday, November 26, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      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.
    • How To Find a Coven Created: Sunday, May 13, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      What is a coven, and what are some of the benefits and pitfalls of joining one? Learn about coven dynamics, and most importantly, where to meet the people whose groups you want to join.
    • The Four Classical Elements Created: Thursday, May 03, 2007 Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014
      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.
    • Asatru - Norse Heathens of Modern Paganism Created: Thursday, June 28, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      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 Draw Down the Moon Created: Saturday, May 19, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
      This beautiful and powerful ritual is one in which the practitioner invokes the Goddess directly into herself (or himself, as the case may be). In some variations of this ritual, a High Priestess (HPs) may go into a trancelike state and speak the words of the Goddess, and in others, it may be a formal monologue calling upon the Goddess in her many forms.
    • Celtic Baby Names - Boy Created: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      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!"
    • Samhain History Created: Wednesday, May 09, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      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.
    • Black Magic Created: Monday, March 26, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Wondering what people really mean when they talk about black magic? Here's a basic definition!
    • 2013 Pagan/Wiccan Calendar Created: Sunday, December 16, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Trying to plan your holidays in advance? There are a number of celebrations for Pagans and Wiccans throughout 2013. Check here for the dates for upcoming Sabbats in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere, as well as full moon dates.
    • How To Keep Your Tarot Cards Safe Created: Friday, September 28, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Now that you've found the Tarot deck that's right for you, there are a few things you should do to keep your cards not only physically safe, but also to shield them from negative energy.
    • Romani Magic and Folklore Created: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      The Rom people of Europe have a rich and complex tradition of magic and folklore. Learn about some of their different beliefs - and why what is marketed as
    • Consecrated Water for Ritual Created: Thursday, September 13, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      If your tradition calls for the use of consecrated water or holy water prior to or during ritual, here are some ways you can prepare your own.
    • 6 Questions to Ask Before You Join A Pagan Group Created: Sunday, May 13, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      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:
    • How To Hold a Family Abundance Rite for Beltane Created: Thursday, April 24, 2008 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      Some parents may not be comfortable with the phallic fertility images so often found at Beltane. If you're looking for a way to celebrate this Sabbat with kids that focuses more on abundance and less on sexuality, try this simple planting ceremony instead.
    • Miscellaneous Magical Herbs & Plants Created: Thursday, February 06, 2014 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      Looking for magical herbs and plants you can incorporate into your workings? Check out this list of miscellaneous woods, plants and flowers that all have magical properties.

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