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Wicca & Pagan people……?

This is a question to those that are a Pagan, Wicca, or Witch of any sort. What do you guys do? Do you all keep a Book Of Shadows? Do you guys also have Covens and if so what is the name of one? I am very curious about this religion. It seems so interesting and there is not that much info on what you guys do.
Blessed be~

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  1. Not a simple or short question.
    A Book of Shadows is simply a spiritual journal. I have several filled up.
    I have worked with covens and solitaire. There is much to learn from both.
    Pick up a book called Drawing Down the Moon (M. Adler). It is a wee bit dated but should fascinate you.
    Feel free to E-mail me if you have more specific questions.

  2. As I am a practising solitary witch I do not take part in any coven work. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t, I just haven’t been able to find one around my area that I am comfortable in. My personal book of shadows is still kind of in my head as I have no need to write it and hide it like they did in the burning times. Other than that, I just follow the basic faith priniciples of wicca..ie: dual deities and duality in general, karmic law, natural choices when possible.
    Blessed Be )O(

  3. I have a very good friend who is a wiccan and if you wanna know more write me an email banariane@yahoo.com and i can give you his yahoo username. i am sure he would be willing to answer all your questions more in depth!

  4. They do spells. But think of spell as prayers, only done actively, using insence, candles, and whatever props meet your needs. We celebrate full moons, equinoxes, Samhein, and Yule. (halloween and Christmas)
    Book of Shadows is a spiritualy journal. Its where you keep your thoughts, and rituals.
    Covens are a group of witches you practice with. Much like church.
    The name of a coven i used to belong to, thats public – Circle of the Blue Moon.

  5. Okay, Wicca is a nature-oriented, shamanistic religion. Wiccans believe in the Divine as both male and female energies. Some are monotheistic in that they see the Divine as one entity, embracing both male and female energies in one. others are dualtheistic in that they believe in a God and a Goddess as separate entities. others are polytheistic in that they believe in several Gods/Goddesses. Still, others are pantheistic in that they believe the Divine spirit resides IN everything. *note* you can be a combination of the above.
    Wiccans revere nature…we do not ‘worship’ trees. We respect everything in nature and try our best to be as ‘green’ as possible. We do not see ourselves ‘above’ any creature, rather we see ourselves as equal to everything in nature.
    We believe in reincarnation. we believe that we are born again and again to learn specific lessons and that one day we will join once again with the Divine. Some believe that we can only incarnate into a human body, others believe that we can incarnate into any living thing.
    We believe not in heaven or hell, but in ‘Summerland’. Summerland is *like* heaven, but it serves as a resting place between lives.
    We celebrate life and honor the Gods by living well, harming none and observing the 8 Sabbats (holidays) throughout the year. Many observe the Esbats as well (Full moons).
    We do not believe in the devil or any ‘all evil entity’.
    Many, but not all, Wiccans practice witchcraft *note not ‘devils’ work* Spells are just prayers with props and magic is neither black nor white; it’s both because nature is both.
    Most keep a Book of Shadows and this is our personal book of thoughts, experiences and (sometimes) spells that we like.
    there are many, many covens…that’s like asking what’s the name of a chrisitian church. there are also many many Open Circles (where anyone can attend and learn) My Open Circle is called Desert Sky Open Circle (SWC).
    If you have more questions, feel free to message me 🙂

  6. There is a lot of information about Wicca out there, if you only look. The biggest problem is that Wiccans & pagans in general follow as many paths as Christians. Each coven follows its own path, even if it is affiliated with others.
    Here is a webpage that I found that explains a lot & may even be able to put you into contact with practitioners of the Craft near you, so you can learn more:
    http://www.cog.org/

  7. I am an Ecletic Pagan Witch. I do keep a Book of Shadows. Some witches work in covens and others work alone. For long time I worked alone or w/ my husband when he was here(he deploys a lot). Just this past year I joined a Yahoo group and found a small circle I work w/. I prefer a circle to a coven. Less formal which means less power tripping.

  8. Merry Meet,
    If you are interested about learning Wicca and/or Witchcraft here are a few legitimate sources to glean knowledge from. One being Witchvox at http://www.witchvox.com/. Here you will gain knowledge through fellowship with other of like mind and knowledge through the countless articles posted. If this is not enough one could look into getting online training through the Sacred Mists at http://www.workingwitches.com/wicca/cour… or OZ Wicca at http://www.ozwicca.com/ , both are pretty decent for learning the Craft on the Web.
    Also if you are close enough to a group that specializes in education and development like the SCWF try and join them even if it’s on a limited capacity. Ultimately, study, study and then study some more. Find all you can and definitely cross reference whenever possible, this way you can get the best out of all you learn.
    I also suggest that you get your hands on Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin and/or The Circle Within by Dianne Sylvan. Both of these books are very good reading and both will give you some deeper insight to the Craft and how it relates to you. Also you cannot go wrong with anything by Scott Cunningham.
    If you are a teen, I suggest Elements of Witchcraft: Natural Magick for Teens by Ellen Dugan. Teen Witch by Silver Ravenwolf is also good. But neither are completely accurate, but they will help you out.
    Ultimately, study as much as you need to before deciding that you are Wiccan. Find those near you who are reputable and knowledgeable. Also stay away from those who are playing Wicca if you are serious about the religion and the craft, they will only slow you down and/or mislead you.
    I hope my blurp helps out.
    Blessed Be
    Nyjh

  9. I tried to keep a BoS but I can’t. Fragmented my minds they do know what needs to be known. I can’t sadly hence give my knowledge easily to the future but .. the ones who go through the same spiritual ordeal as me will. They will be as me broken mirrors.
    I co lead a little online teaching group. Not that much a coven much more just a study group. It is quite small indeed!
    Now word of advice there are many different paths within the pagan banner. Some old and some new… it isn’t easy but if you seek you find your answers.

  10. I have recently started my BOS and celebrate the Sabbats in quiet ways at home- lighting a fire in our fire pit, tossing in a few herbs, lighting candles around the house, etc. I recognize the Esbats and use my “spells” as prayer, which is what they are, really. I do attend a small circle of people of many different paths once a week or so if my schedule allows it. They often offer classes on different aspects of Paganism. For example, I’ve been studying Correllian Wicca through them, and this month’s classes are Dianic Wicca and Ritual, Candle Magic, and Paganism 101.

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