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The path of the green witch - part I

The path of the green witch - part I

By Wicklow I follow a path know as Green - making me a green witch. It's not one of the popular paths, nor is it one that many identify as a path of Wicca, and for good reason. That doesn't mean I don't "borrow" from some of the established Wicca practices though.  For example, for me, the Sabbats are important, while for many green witches, they simply don't follow them. I guess many of us are actually eclectic, green witches. As one of the owners (along with witch Rain) of Familiar Territory, we are really blessed to have access to...

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Beyond Salem - witch trials in America

Beyond Salem - witch trials in America

We do know a lot about American colonial conceptions of witchcraft, if only because it led to a lot of drama and death. But in 1658, predating the Salem Witch Trials, there was Elizabeth “Goody” Garlick, Long Island's Witch of Easthampton (modern day East Hampton), who had been accused by an ill 16-year-old mother right before the teenager died. The local magistrates—even then overwhelmed by the gossiping and pettiness of their constituents—deferred to Hartford, Connecticut’s court (at the time, Long Island had administrative ties to Connecticut). Luckily for Goody, the Governor of the colony was John Winthrop, Jr., who saw...

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Mabon - Understanding the celebration

Mabon - Understanding the celebration

Mabon, (pronounced MAY-bun, MAY-bone, MAH-boon, or MAH-bawn) is the Autumn Equinox. The Autumn Equinox divides the day and night equally, and we all take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark. We also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year's crops.  The Druids call this celebration, Mea'n Fo'mhair, and honor the The Green Man, the God of the Forest, by offering libations to trees. Offerings of ciders, wines, herbs and fertilizer are appropriate at this time. Wiccans celebrate the aging Goddess as she passes from Mother to Crone, and her...

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The importance of the ritual bath

The importance of the ritual bath

The ritual bath is important much the way your magickal clothes and tools are important.They signal your subconscious mind to get to work. The bath helps you let go of negativity and distracting thoughts and focus your mind. It gives you the opportunity to reflect on your self and your intentions. Time in the bath is also enjoyable and refreshing! When you climb out of the tub, it’s almost as if you are being reborn. You should take a ritual bath before you do any formal ritual, especially magick, to make sure you don’t have negative energy stuck on you. In preparing for ritual, after you...

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When to wear that pentagram

When to wear that pentagram

When you do ritual you should wear a pentacle as a sign of your faith and for protection. You don’t have to wear one when you are out in the mundane world. But it is nice to have that kind of protection. There are There are many ways to wear a pentagram or a pentacle without anyone else having to know about it. Remember the couplet from “The Rede of the Wiccae”? When misfortune is enow,Wear the blue star on thy brow.  You can visualize the blue star, or a pentagram, on your forehead or draw it with holy water or oil. When doing this, imagine that a...

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