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Re: Getting Started

Postby Katrinkah » Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:59 pm

Great thread!
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Re: Getting Started

Postby smogie_michele » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:31 pm

I agree, this is a wonderful thread. It will be very helpful to everyone starting out.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:28 pm

Thanks. I think (hope) I'm done tweaking and editing and slaughtering typos.


Edit - that was said in March. it's Aug and I'm still adding bits. Sigh.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby Shannon » Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:47 pm

This is excellent. I am new and frankly..new to anything spiritual to be honest so trust me when I say I haven't been trying to jump the gun by any means. I've begun meditation and have collected a few crystals so i think I'm right where I should be. This will make a very nice reference for some time to come. Thank you.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:32 pm

You're welcome, and You've made my day. :)
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Re: Getting Started

Postby firebirdflys » Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:26 pm

Deserving of a sticky! :fairy: voi-la'
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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:32 pm

O.M.G. (gulp)
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Re: Getting Started

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JOURNALING PROMPTS

Fill up your notebook with information about you and your Craft. Write about the things that teach you about your path. Some ideas were inspired by Molly Roberts, Herspeak YouTube channel. The EUTM WC & Wicca 101 forum section has a huge list of magical correspondences.

What does your given name mean? Does it suit you? What name appeals to you?

The Ogham alphabet symbol names are trees, and associated with the calendar. Look it up. Which tree is associated with your birthday?

What is your birthdate? Your sun sign, moon and rising sign? What day of the week were you born? And what can you find about possible meanings of these astrological details? Look up both standard astrology and Chinese astrology if you want. What time of year does your sign's constellation appear in the sky? Can you find it?

What's the element associated with your birth sign? Do you resonate to it?

Look up & record the current year's Full Moon dates & annual festivals and write them on your calendar, or enter in your phone or computer's pop up appointment reminder.

How does dark night time make you feel? How does sun light make you feel? How about a rainy day? A windy night? What do you see as the magical potential of these feelings?

What ways can you think of to use the liminal, between hours of dawn, noon, dusk and midnight?

Do you hear the voice of the wind? The song of rain? The silence of snow? What do they say to you?

How do you thank the Earth for providing food, shelter, clothing & beauty?

In meditation visualize yourself transitioning through the life cycle of a plant from seed to shoot to blossom. Bees? Breezes? Lady bugs? Rain? Sun? Record your experience.

Are you familiar with The Charge of the Goddess? The original form was recorded in Aradia by folklorist Charles Leland, and it was reworked by Doreen Valiente. Does it bestir you?

What do you feel is the purpose of your magical practice? Why do you do it?

What ways do you use to raise power? How do you let the power come through you? Can you feel it?

What happens when you release power? How does it feel to you?

Does witchcraft stir your imagination? What do you love about what you do?

List five questions on the subject of Wicca or the Craft that you want answers to.

Spend one day/week/month singling out each one of the 5 elements individually. Where do you find earth-air-fire-water-spirit in Nature? Try to experience each and write about your findings from your feelings and observations, not from a book you read.

Make lists of each of the five elements and what you personally associate with them from your day to day observations & experience.

What 3 things do you want to learn about next? And what are your resources?

Describe some of the archetypes of the God of Wicca: lord of the Wild Hunt, Lord of the Forest, Horned One, Lord of the Underworld, Sacrifice, Corn King, Hero, Green Man, Goddess's Consort, Oak King-Holly King, Santa Clause.

Describe some of the Archetypes of the Goddess of Wicca: Forest Mother, Moon Maid-Mother-Crone, Earth Maiden, Earth Mother, Queen of Elphame, Primordial Star Goddess, Night Huntress, Queen of the Night, Mother Goose.

Describe an encounter you've had with the Fae, or a fairy.

Tell your story: what events brought you to this path?

Do you practice a type of divination? What? And how do you use it in your practice? Or which do you want to learn?

How do you magically use wind? Did you know a stiff breeze can cleanse your aura?

Look up The Rede of the Wicce poem by Gwen Thompson. It has been used as a popular guideline, but is not universally accepted, and came into use in the 1970's, 30 years after Gardnerian Wicca was begun. What's your feeling on it?

What's your favorite story of creation? What about it appeals to you?

List the colors you've seen displayed & associated with each of the 8 Pagan seasonal holidays. What do you think the colors mean? Why do you think they're part of that holiday?

Describe the Lord and Lady's story throughout the wheel of the year that appeals to you.

What is the most, and the least, empowering moon phase that you feel? what do you feel?

Traditional European paths of witchcraft are classified by the historical cultures that practiced them. Their deities, roots and symbolism are attached to those cultures, and the paths take the name of their culture, such as Neolithic, Assyrian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Egyptian, Norse, Druidic, Celtic, Slavic etc. Which one(s) attract you? Explain what it is that appeals. Are other continents more appealing than where you live?

What's your witchcraft style? Your personal "style" is the method of practice you are most comfortable using, and within your means. The intent here is to discover your day-to-day preferences. Do you see yourself as a kitchen-witch? Urban-City witch? Garden-witch? Forest-witch? Just "witch"?Ceremonial-Ritual-witch? Stones-n'-Bones-witch? Minimalist-witch? Gothic-witch? Space-witch? Cyber-witch? Pop-culture witch? Sea-witch? Shaman? Mentalist? (These are styles of craft practice, not
spiritual paths.)

Look up the 13 Goals of the Witch. What do you agree/disagree with?

What sparked your interest in the Craft?

Write about your experiences of grounding, centering and shielding. What are your favorite methods? How have you done each?

How would you make magical use of dirt from significant locations? Ex.,from a school yard, from a bank, from a cemetery, from a footprint?

Pick up any stone that interests you & wash it off. Hold it and see what it says to you or what you feel. What does this suggest about the magical use of the stone for you?

Make a book list. In one section list the ones you've read and what you found useful to your path, or disagreed with. In another section list books you'd like to read and why. You can download free books. Not all books have to be Witchy ones to be useful to your path.

Look up the magical properties of amethyst, rose quartz and clear quartz and handle some specimens. Do your senses agree/differ with the books?

Name some stones that call to you & what about them appeals to you.

How do you define fate, chance & destiny?

How do Wiccans really use black candles? (not what fictional movies say).

What symbols would you use for a protection spell?

How would you design a special-purpose altar?

Have your fortune told or palm read, and write about the experience.

Look around where you are right now and choose three random, ordinary objects. Can you imagine ways to describe them as spiritual tools or as symbols of the Divine?

What do you feel is the most important part of your practice?

How do you use water for your magic? Did you know all water has memory of where it's been, and absorbs our emotions?

Try 3 different incense aromas, whether loose on coals, stick or cone. Which scent do you like best? Dislike? How does each affect you?

List any five minerals (rocks), crops (plants) or critters (furred, scaled, finned, winged, multi-legged or feathered) that are known to be residents to your locality. What are their magical links? What can you use these associations for in your path?

If you crochet, knit, tat, macramé, weave or quilt, write about it as an imagined cord spell. Drawing or painting is another spell form you can describe.

What are some things about your path that excite you? Be as serious or frivolous as you truly feel.

What things about your path scare you? Give yourself extra credit for honest responses.

What on your path do you wish was done differently? How can you change it?

List the standard magical associations of colors. If you feel any of the properties should be different for your own use, make note.

Write about the magical properties of 3 cooking herbs or spices sitting in your kitchen today. What's your favorite seasoning?

Write about some different kinds of trees. Write whatever you like.

Design a magical sprinkling powder or potion recipe. Include all instructions for mixing, moon phase, empowering and use. What fancy name will you give it?

Our brains resonate to symbolism. Research different signs or symbols, any kind at all, and what they mean.

Create a symbol that represents you, your personal logo, and write about what it means.

How do you use Fire? Did you know you can write on the wind with a burning stick?

Do you have a favorite place that you go to for thinking? Describe it and how you found it.

Go on a specimen hunt to a park, stream or even along an alley. Then write about the treasures you've found and how you plan to use them. Record the directions to the location.

Go berry picking, peach, pumpkin or apple picking, or whatever is in your area in season. Record where you went, and find a recipe to use for your produce. If you want, buy a grocery store pumpkin for Samhain & honor your Craft with oven dried seeds & pie.

What are some aromas or scents that most appeal to you? What stinks? How can you magically use that?

How do you use coins in your spells, or the images imprinted on them?

How do storms make you feel? Catch rain/storm water to use for potions. Write about how you have used it.

Trees have magical properties. Which would you want to have for your wand or staff?

Find out if there are any local area natural springs, rock formations or lore about locations that feature names like Fairy's Ring or Devil's Bowl or similar. Are fairies reported there, and what's their history? Write directions to get there and visit. Record your observations and sensations. Bring some candy to leave as an offering when you visit.

Wells have been honored as sacred sites. Are there any pure water wells located near by, or salt wells? We need both water and salt to live. In some areas, salt wells were also sacred sites.

Pick a special day or event. What would you do to celebrate it?

Which holiday appeals to you most & why?

Draw your altar - just doodle it. Then draw seasonal decorations for the next upcoming holiday.

Make note of instructions to make your own candles. Do you want to try it?

Make note of a few ways to make your own incense. Are you interested in trying?

List household items you have repurposed for your magical use. What requirements do you have for
purchasing something? What qualities do you look for?

Write three chants as positive affirmations that could be used for spells.

Write a spell. Go ahead, anything at all...let your imagination run. Then critique it and tweak it. Do you think it will work for real?

What do you think the underworld is in spiritual, magical and practical terms?

At the full moon, charge some Moon Water. Write a moon drawing chant to empower the moment. Record your thoughts and experience. How do you use this special water?

How do you track moon phases? Google it? Look at a calendar? look out the window? Go outdoors?

What is your Full Moon rite? Record your experiences over time.

Where do you feel most magical? Indoors like an attic or seated in a favorite chair? striding around the Mall? Or outdoors seated by a favorite tree? at the beach? at the park? A secret nook? Describe what you feel about it that is special.

List the seasonal changes you actually observe in your area. How do you know it's Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter right in your home location? And what preparations does each season call for? What seasonal activities do you look forward to, and which ones make you groan?

List any psychic abilities you may have and 3 experiences you've had. What are your feelings about it and your thoughts?

Do you have a magical talisman or good luck charm you carry? Write about it.

Write a candle spell and include all details of intent, timing, prep work, number and placement of candles, specialty candles, any herbs, flowers, stones, incense, color, scent, tools, etc., & explain why each is part of your spell. Also give disposal instructions for after the spell is done.

How do you charge, activate or empower your spells?

Have you used sound in ritual or magic? What did you use and how did it feel?

Write about your circle casting experiences. Any really funny oopsies?

Psychometricize an heirloom. Write down five impressions. See if you can verify your feelings. If psychometry isn't your talent, use a pendulum and ask about the item's former history.

Who are your ancestors? Where and when did they live? Write about family lore, handed down stories, recipes, familiar quotes from a relative, funny stories. If you don't know who your ancestors are, and a good many of us don't, you can "adopt" someone who touched your life meaningfully. Or just choose to adopt if you want to honor a special person.

Where are your ancestors buried? Visit the cemetery if you like. Look up magical cemetery etiquette, such as leaving three coins at the gate to pay the Guardian. Write about what you feel and think of the experience. A spoonful of dirt from a relative's grave is a magical treasure. Bury a penny to pay for the dirt. Do not take anything else from any grave. Be respectful of others. Be respectful of your culture.

Design and/or doodle an ancestor altar. (You can substitute well known, deceased Craft Elders for ancestors and print out photos. They are spiritually related to us all, if not biologically.)

Write about an experience with a ghost.

Write about something you've seen and couldn't explain or rationalize away. How could you verify it?

Write lyrics of a song that inspire you.

Describe your witch power.

What are your favorite magical stories? Books? Movies?

What in Nature is most magical to you?

Make a magical herb garden plan for your yard, or for pots and containers wherever they'll fit. List the plants you want and what to use them for.

What are your favorite dietary choices that assist your spirituality?

Trace your left foot, firmly planted in the Other Realm, and then fill it with your magical, Craft & spiritual goals for your path.

What truths does Wicca/witchcraft represent to you or have been revealed to you through your pracrice?

What do you do to relax?

What do you do to work off a bad mood?

What things are magically impossible?

What ethical line do you refuse to cross in your craft?

Do you feel a witch has a responsibility to the Earth, and if so, in what way?

What are the names of your Deity/ies? Describe how they might look to you, and how they sound or how you feel their Presence?

What are 3 surprising facts about you?

Do you have an affinity with any non-human species? Animal, mineral, spirit, plant?

Which do you like better, domestic dogs or cats? Wild horses or wild lions? Explain why.

Describe your ideal sacred space.

Do you have a witch-name, and what does it mean?
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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:44 pm

PENTEGRAM

Generally, each point of the five-pointed star represents one of the 5 elements. The star in a circle is a feminine symbol, and the circle represents infinity. Here is just something kind of interesting, and I don't pretend to know the math. Have you ever wondered why a five pointed star is the symbol selected to represent the Wiccan path? This is one explanation I've stumbled over. Those musty ancient Greeks like Antipater and Pythagorus, who maybe got it from the Sumerians, probably considered it kids stuff. It gives me a headache.

The pentagram - five pointed, upright star within a circle - displays phi, the Golden Ratio (0.618). The number one divided by 0.618 is 1.618 (which is the same as adding one to it), and 1.618 times 1.618 equals 2.618, so it is sometimes written that way too. These relationships are found in the layout of a pentagram. The Golden Ratio is also found throughout organic lifeforms (the shape of shells, distribution of seeds in a flower, placement of leaves and branches, & on and on) and also is observed in the orbiting dance of planets of the inner solar system as well. That's the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth and our Moon, and Mars. Every 8 years the path of Venus' orbit, seen from Earth, traces a five petaled flower design in the sky, formed by our nearest and furthest approaches to each other. So, in the organic designs and in the planetary distribution and motions, life exhibits the ratios depicted by the star-within-a-circle. Therefore, it is a known symbol of life. And that to me, makes a good reason to honor the symbol.

Here's a video on phi: https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=keLN89CWZ-A

My source for the Golden Ratio is John Martineau's "Little Book of Coincidence in the Solar System", in which no references to Wicca occur whatsoever. Wiccans have made their own conclusions. The history of the pentagram could make another journaling prompt...
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Re: Getting Started

Postby WitchyWhitney » Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:02 pm

Thank you for this. I feel like I need a reminder on what you have said. The last portion I am actually printing out so I can see it every morning. A reminder :flyingwitch: THANK YOU!
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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:59 pm

Goosebumps,all around. :)
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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Fri Apr 14, 2017 1:27 pm

SUGGESTIONS FOR PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

So by now you've read yourself cross-eyed, and may have been absorbing some ideas. You might be asking how to begin a magical and/or a devotional practice. Well, frequent repetition makes something a "practice". Repetition moves ideas from the head into the day-to-day world at your finger tips. Mini rituals of lighting a candle and speaking a prayer/chant/phrase can be done as often as you choose.

Daily grounding, centering, shielding are basic means of connecting to the Earth. You have to make the effort and take the time to just do it, like a mini ritual. If the only time you can claim for yourself is in the privacy of the bathroom, shower time is fine for practicing. Really, use what you have and more will become available. It works that way. Also, if you're too stressed to take time for the basics, then now may not be the right time to be a witch. It may be best to wait a bit, and that's alright to do.

But if you can, then practice casting circle (& grounding unused energies) at a comfortable pace without creating drama. You don't need the negativity. Practice until you "get it" & the process flows. Do simple rituals on full moons and as many days of power as you can without stressing over it. When you can't do rituals, go for walks instead. Take time to be with the Earth and Her cycles and it will strengthen your connections. It will change you.

Make it a priority to meditate. Keep journaling. If you aren't meditating 10 minutes every day, try prayer beads and chants. And write about it. 2-3 pages of Stream-of-Consciousness journaling is a form of meditation. Stream of Consciousness goes something like: I am thinking about X, because Y. This makes me feel X, because Y. I want to Z ... Etc., as it flows.

Practicing when times get tough and we have too little energy is often just scattered energy. Centering, pulling our power into ourselves & claiming our power as a witch gets the ball rolling again.

Experience the five elements in Nature. Observe. Touch. Smell. Listen. Engage your senses and let yourself feel their essential life essence. How does Earth sound or the Flame itself (not it's fuel) smell to you? What does fog/mist feel or taste like if your eyes are closed? Where did it come from? And how is it expressing Nature? To experience this, "be" the fog.

Consider a self-dedication when you are ready to design your own ritual. Research first, of course. Get ideas. Pledge a time frame you can manage, from a month to a year and a day, and renew as guided. A good project for dedication is making and decorating your Measure cord. You can include charms that represent your goals, and add more as you go, to build a history of your path.

(Dedication is to make it your intent to observe and conform to a path, while Initiation is to complete an "ordeal", obstacle course or quest related to a path; in particular to become conscious of greater energies within.)

Every spiritual path has private devotions that are respected and quietly performed without huge displays or rigamarole. And in every religion the aspirant has to hunt for their own prayers and set aside daily time for reflection. There are a few pagan spiritual guides in print. Google some chants and use them when you rise, at mid-day and before sleep. Greet the spirits of trees, the sun and moon, the sky and the sacred Earth. Make up a gratitude ritual. Practice being thankful for who you are and what you have. Memorize the "Charge of the Goddess" if you like it.

If you have means and opportunity research & plan out a pilgrimage to natural sites and features such as natural springs, rock formations, hill tops, caves that offer guided tours, & if you're a land lubber visit the ocean. You don't have to visit everything at once. It could take years to fulfill your bucket list.

Do spells if/when you feel ready. Nobody is timing you. There is no quota to fill to qualify as a witch. And there is no better way to learn than to just do it. Try sleeping with a tool or magical item you want to imprint with your energy.

Be aware of how you use the Earth, how you treat Her resources. Honor the Spirit of Nature where and when it makes itself known to you. Use your intuitive senses often. Stretch out. Touch and feel the life-essence within everything. Nod a greeting and share some energy back and forth. Show appreciation. This crazy, darned planet has more kinds of life on it in one square yard than on any other planet in the solar system!

If you can garden, enjoy getting your hands dirty. Bury your chopped fruit peels to nurture the soil. Recycle spent or out dated herbs. Make a rock garden or use containers for small spaces. Grow your own herbs.

Treat yourself and others gently. Respect the Nature that you hold within you. When you are hurting (admit it, we all get hurt) touch a tree, a rock or the ground, and ask for healing of heart, spirit or body. Let the Earth Mother in. She's right there. If you don't feel that, let down the shield, release the drama, be yourself. No one has to know but you and the Mother of all life. Take a moment to appreciate how far you've come and what you have overcome to get to this moment. And say a little "thanks". It makes you happy. :wink2: And when life is good, share that with the Great Ones too.

Balance the energy. Run an element-check on your physical body. Heart beat, blood flow, respiration, and your sense of the space you occupy. Your body temperature is fire, your breath is air, your bones and density are earth, and water is 60% of your body, as well as tears &'saliva.

Take a minute to energize the food you are going to eat. Think about where it came from and how it got to you. Animal or vegetable, it had life before it was processed into the form you hold. That life will join with you. Appreciate it. Try eating with magical intent associated with your food intake. See where it takes you. Eat vegan meals occasionally.

Have fun creating daily familiarity with symbolism. Look at a random object and describe it as a sacred symbol or in terms of it's being a representation of Deity. Eventually you can see the sacredness in all existence this way, even that obnoxious coworker. It really vamps up the imagination, and it let's you see the usable magical potential of your immediate surroundings. You will always have what you need to work any spell.

Do a daily Tarot card or Rune draw and see how it is fulfilled. Observe. Relate. Feed birds and other wild life in winter. Recycle and repurpose. Clean up someone else's mess without griping as an Earth offering. Do something neighborly in secret to create good energy vibes. The world needs it. Smile for two consecutive minutes. (It's hard to do.) These are simple things to do to remind yourself that you have the freedom to choose to walk your spiritual path, from minute to minute.

From time to time, take the time to assess what Wicca and Crafting mean to you. Does it stir your witchy blood to feel the pulse of the Earth? And the breath of the Wind? Do you have an intuitive ability for spell making, & feel the way to make a spell if not the practical working know-how? Do you feel it in your bones when you raise power? It's a way of life. It's how we begin to think & relate to our surroundings.

Can you get in touch with the shamanic foundation on which the Western Occult framework appears to stand? It's an understanding we work at little by little, and it can try our patience, because it simply cannot be rushed. We don't notice we've absorbed it until we become it. Then we're both human and witch as one. We awake and find it was always there.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby earthenergies » Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:15 am

THis is amazing! Thank you for taking the time to write all this wonderful info ST :)
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Re: Getting Started

Postby nightshroud » Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:11 am

thanks I learned a lot um I may not make daily practice available just depends on schedule.
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Re: Getting Started

Postby SpiritTalker » Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:43 pm

That's cool. Nobody's watching. You get to decide.
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