| wicca 101 | rituals
| meditation | magical
So what do witches really do?
Anything we want as long as it does not cause harm to another living thing, ourselves included.
Wiccans, like most people, choose to study and express themselves in a variety of ways. Some choose to become active in the community helping with crisis hotlines and charities. Some choose to specialize in a given area of knowledge such as herbalism or a craft such as jewelry making.
Wiccans who work on their own, either by personal choice or by circumstance, are called "solitary". With the amount of information available to individuals self initiation or dedication can be performed for solitary practitioners.
How old do you need to be?
Leaving a group
An example of a Spellworking
Spells such as these allow the subconscious to release the anger thorough a physical act. In the meantime, I work at resolving the situation that caused the anger in the first place. Spells and modern psychology have a lot in common.
Being skyclad is an expression of innocence, and is not an invitation to leer or to participate in sexual advances. We do not touch each other without express permission. Often, people want details on mysterious rites performed naked under a full moon. Yes, there can be joyful dancing, chanting, drumming and laughter, but it's strictly "G" rated... and those rumors of orgies... they're not true. (more on Skyclad)
NOTE: Though our views of sexuality and nudity may be different than that of mainstream Judeo-Christian's, we all agree that abuse (be it emotional, physical or sexual) is a crime and should be reported to the appropriate authorities. We consider child abuse or molestation to be one of the worst crimes that can be committed.
Are Witches born or made and can they do the things we see in the
The confusion is usually directed at whether or not psychic gifts are the 'mark of a Witch.' We are all born with gifts: telepathy, empathy, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and precognition to name a few, and the gifts are genetically linked. They are no better or worse than blue eyes, or black hair. Some forms of Christianity taught women and men to deny these gifts by telling them that they were imagining things, insane, or possessed by the 'devil'. An outside agency can not control these gifts and is usually afraid of anything it can not control; it therefore denies them or criminalizes them and forces people to lie, hide and live in fear of themselves and their sanity.
While the Craft teaches people to accept themselves and acknowledge their gifts, psychic gifts do not make one a witch. Gifts merely make one gifted. What one does with the gifts is up to them. Witches and other neo-Pagans tune in to their gifts, and use them for healing, attempting to live in peace with their environment. Enlightened Christians use them for healing and peace. There really isn't much difference.
This isn't Hollywood, dishes are not going to fly around the room, demons are not going to fill the windows with flies. Movies are entertainment and fall under the heading of fiction. I have yet to see a movie or television drama that is even remotely accurate. The angry guy in a "Satan lives" t-shirt, waving a knife around is Not a witch; the serene lady (or man, men are witches too) hugging her children, eating healthful foods, marching for Greenpeace, and protesting nuclear arms could be. Witches look like everyone else, and because a witch is the last person who will ever harm anyone, one need not be afraid of failing to identify one.
about us | classes | rituals | pagan voices | meditations | magical studies | library | sacred texts
site map | students | initiates