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    Wicca 101

    Witch Not to Wear How many of us remember having to wear stiff dress clothes in church, especially on Easter?  As children, we couldn’t wait to get home and out of them.  We hear people use the terms “Sunday best” and “goin’ to meetin’ clothes”.  Often there is an expected wardrobe for the clergy as well.  Even outside of church, Christian clergy often wear special clothes or business attire (suits).  Similarly, Buddhist monks and Muslim clerics wear distinctive clothes.  We have choices in both our daily and ritual garb, but also face stereotypes and misconceptions. The most common misconceptions are that witches wear black all the time and we are…

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    Wicca 101

    Round in a Circle One of the most difficult concepts for me to understand when I was new to Wicca was the casting of a circle.  Most religions have a designated place, usually a building, set aside for worship, but we have the ability to create our own.  Some books tell you to cast a circle and how to do it, but do not always explain how to move the necessary energy.  Some Wiccans don’t cast a circle and still have meaningful rituals and effective magick.  Like many other elements of our practice, there are aspects that are standard and those that reflect personal tastes and spiritual path.  Let’s put…

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    Wicca 101

    Altared States Last month, I wrote about tools for magick and referred to them as props in a play.  In a similar way, an altar is the stage.  On the surface, an altar may appear to be nothing more than a place to leave your tools and photos of them may look to you like something from an antique shop.  As with tools, there are reasons to have an altar as well as a system behind their use and arrangement. The basic reason for an altar is to have a location to place your tools in a functional way.  Secondly, it also serves as a place of focus, a trigger…

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    Wicca 101

    Tool Time In the TV sitcom Home Improvement, the father Tim Taylor was obsessed with tools and “more power.”  We Wiccans use tools in our spiritual practice and magick and they are means of representing and channeling power.  But, there are misunderstandings as far as their necessity, cost and purpose. I met one of my online friends because of a message she posted on a board regarding tools.  She asked if it was necessary to have every tool in order to be a Wiccan and if it was necessary to spend a lot of money on them because someone told her both things were true.  I posted a reply explaining…

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    Learning

    Learning From Your Mistakes Last month I wrote about learning in the face of adversity.  In those situations, the difficulty is beyond our control and it is up to us to make the best of the circumstances.  When we make mistakes, the fault is ours and it is up to us to rectify the situation, learn from it, resolve not to do it again, and go on. There are mistakes which are humorous in nature.  We forget words in ritual or say the wrong ones, place objects in the wrong location or leave something we need outside the circle.  These are minor things that we should laugh about, then continue. …