Three Responses Pagans Get From Non-Pagans

In this article we will be discussing the three primary responses that Pagans receive from non-Pagans when their religious affiliation is learned.

1. Fear/Hatred: “You’re going to hell”

Unfortunately, this response is all too common. Fundamentalist Christians believe that anything even slightly different from their own beliefs is ‘Satanic’. (It should also be noted that not many people, especially Christian extremists, even understand what Satanism really is). Imagine what goes through their minds when they learn someone identifies as a Pagan or Witch. They will either become fearful or outright angry, start quoting the bible, and say that you are going to hell. It would also seem that they don’t understand that quoting the bible to people who don’t already accept it as an authority is completely pointless. The best way to deal with these types is to first attempt to explain your beliefs and how they are clearly in no way ‘evil’. If this fails, as it all too often does, simply ignore the person. Fundamentalist Christians have usually gone through a lifetime of brainwashing and find it incredibly difficult to accept new ideas.  You’re almost inclined to feel sorry for them…

2. Bewilderment: “You know magick isn’t real, right?”

Some people are unaware that Paganism is a spiritual path that even exists in today’s world. Others, while being aware of it, may think that believing in such things as magick means that the practitioner is somehow out of touch with reality (but believing that the Abrahamic god had to send his son to die for our sins because a lady ate an apple is totally reasonable). I once told someone that I was preparing for a ritual and the utter confusion on their face was hilarious. Had I told them I was getting ready to go to church, I am sure I would not have gotten the same reaction. The best thing to do is to tell these people that your practice honours nature and celebrates the seasons in order to make it sound a little less ‘strange’ to someone who is first hearing of it. Those who think that Paganism is nothing but ‘fairy tales’ can be dealt with by explaining that we believe that the earth and Universe is made of energy that we should strive to attune ourselves with. This has a scientific basis and will help the person understand the difference between ‘movie magic’ and real magick.

3. Fascination/Interest

Certainly the best out of these three, this group is fascinated with the idea of magick. There is no doubt that occult mysticism has a certain allure that catches the interest of those who are not so closed minded. Although they may not practice the craft themselves, some people find the idea intriguing. They will not tell you that you’re going to hell or that magick isn’t real, but will instead ask you many questions about it. They see us as mystic people who have some special ability to be in touch with the great mysteries of the occult. Answer all of their questions, for they are generally interested, and be thankful that they exist. It’s nice to be able to have positive interactions with non-Pagans who true fascination with our craft.

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Magickal Work for Family Harmony

In this post we will explore a couple of ways you can help manifest family harmony. Perhaps a family reunion or holiday is coming up and you don’t get along with one or more family members. Or perhaps there has been a series of fights in your household recently. Whatever the case may be, the following magickal workings may prove helpful.

Meditation

Get into a meditative state and visualize the place that your family will be interacting. Perhaps this is your home, the home of a relative, or somewhere else entirely. You can visualize the exterior, interior, or both; moving from the exterior to the interior. Now, visualize a blue mist/rain/fog/etc. (whichever you prefer) come over the area, washing away any negativity and replacing it with a calming, harmonious energy. Blue is a color of peace and harmony. By doing this meditation, you are sending these energies to the location.

Spell

Materials Needed:

Regular Altar Tools

Light Blue Candle

Cauldron

Water

Stones (preferably moonstone, but generally any stones will do) (1 for each family member including yourself)

Spell Work

Ideally, this spell is done under the waxing or full moon. Cast the circle and fill your cauldron with water. Place your stones in the cauldron. Each one represents a family member, including yourself. The water cleanses them of any harmful energy that may prohibit them from interacting together harmoniously and lead to hostility. Place the light blue candle in the cauldron (it should not be completely submerged) and light it. Visualize yourself and your family members together; laughing, smiling, and generally getting along. Hold this visualization until the candle burns down and the water extinguishes the flame. At this point, the harmonious energy of the candle and the cleansing energy of the water are infused in the stones. Remove the stones from the cauldron as they are now cleansed and charged with harmonious energy. Release the circle and return the water used in the cauldron to the earth. Keep the stones together in a safe place.

The above meditation and spell have worked wonders for me, and I hope that I can help others by sharing them.

Nothing is Coincidence

Absolutely everything happens for a reason. It may not always be the reason one might expect, but reason nonetheless. Everything that occurs in life, from grand events to the most miniscule incident, has meaning. Those who practice magick know that their work often manifests itself subtly. What secular individuals call coincidence, we know to be much greater.

For example, imagine you stub your toe on the way to your car. You pause for a moment to scream a few obscenities and wait for the pain to subside. This disrupts your routine by about thirty seconds. Driving along to wherever it is you’re going, you realize that you’re thirsty from screaming earlier and decide to stop at the local 7-11 for a drink. You pull into the 7-11 and meet a friend inside. The two of you make plans to get together later that night. You meet up with your friend that night to find he has also invited another friend of his. This friend of a friend happens to be a sword salesman, and after discussing your mutual interest in swords, he offers to sell you a scimitar at a great price, something you’ve been searching for quite awhile. If you would not have stubbed your toe, you would have never gotten the opportunity to buy a scimitar.

The situations in the above example have a direct causal relationship. Stubbing your toe caused you to yell; yelling caused your throat to dry, the dry throat caused you to stop at 7-11, stopping at 7-11 caused you to meet up with a friend and make plans; this caused you to be given an opportunity to obtain a much sought-after scimitar. None of this was coincidence, it was a series of direct causal relationships that all served a purpose.

Another, more significant, example might be the following. Suppose you stubbed your toe, but the following day you wake up to find that your toe still hurts and has become swollen. This goes on for awhile until you decide to go to a doctor. During this doctor visit, your physician recommends a standard physical as you have not had one for quite some time. During this routine examination, cancer is discovered. Luckily, it was caught early enough that treatment proves viable. If you had not stubbed your toe, you would have not gone to the doctor and treatment may not have been as successful if the cancer was discovered much later.

These things happened because you were meant to buy that scimitar or discover your health issue. The series of ‘coincidences’ were merely used by the universe as a means to an end. They were not merely random occurrences or accidents; they were meaningful events leading up to following events that were indeed meant to happen.

Magick also often works in the same way. If you were to do a spell for a job, a job would not simply ‘fall into your lap’, but you may receive an invitation to a party where you will meet a business owner who has an opening. Or perhaps you do a spell to keep a harmful person away from you. A week later, you hear that this person was offered an opportunity to move to another state, and they were doing so. This is not coincidence, it is the manifestation of your magickal work.

Everything that happens to you, no matter how large or small, is all part of a higher purpose. Nothing happens merely by accident. Nothing is without meaning or purpose. Recognize this, and you will become aware of just how perfect the universe is and how magickal the workings of it truly are.

The Magick of Storytelling

About a week ago, I began work on a novel. This will be my most ambitious writing project to date. I hope to have it finished and published sometime this summer (July/August). That is what inspired me to write this article.

Creativity is one of the greatest gifts bestowed upon humanity. Whether it be through artwork, storytelling, or music, we all have the ability to create something original and share it with the world. In this article I will focus on storytelling and explaining just how magickal it truly is.

Writing is the act of creating an entire world in your mind and translating it onto paper. By doing this, we are then able to invite others into this new world. Readers are able to feel a connection to this world and the characters who dwell within it. Sometimes, a story can be so captivating that it changes a person’s life. There are entire lifestyles that have developed from such books and stories. There is true power in creative storytelling.

In the Druid tradition, creativity is considered one of the three goals of the Druid. The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids explains that we should “fully participate in life on earth, and that we are meant to express and share our creativity as much as we can” (www.druidry.org/druid-way/druid-beliefs). One does not need to be a Druid to adopt this philosophy into their life.

Awen is a Welsh word meaning “poetic inspiration” or “the inspiration of the poet bards”. It is traditionally attributed to poets and soothsayers, but is now often described as the inspiration of all creative peoples. It is an important concept of modern Druidry.    2000px-Awen_symbol_final.svg.png

Storytelling is both the expression and sharing of creativity. The expression comes when we create the stories in our minds and then continues when we write those creative thoughts. Sharing occurs when we tell or read our story to another, or when they read what we have written.

Whenever we use our creativity, we are practicing magick. Storytelling is the ultimate form of creative expression. We are creating entirely original thoughts and expressing those thoughts through the art of the written word. We work towards realizing our creative potential and bring others joy in the process. We honor the gods by using their gifts to the best of our abilities. In this way, the stories we tell are indeed very real. Is this not truly magickal?

Protection Magick Spell: Protection from a Harmful Person

The most important thing that needs to be mentioned before we begin is that this is not a spell to bring harm to the person you need to protect yourself from, it is simply to keep them away from you. It is important that you have the intention that this spell be mutually beneficial. To do otherwise is not in accordance with the Wiccan Rede.

Materials Needed

Your regular altar tools (for circle casting, elements, etc.)

Cauldron

Four Thieves Vinegar (Usually apple cider/white vinegar as base with garlic, and sometimes with herbs such as rosemary and sage. Many recipes can be found online)

1 Black Candle

Parchment Paper and Pen

Spell Work

Ideally, this spell should be done during a waning moon, but emergency circumstances may not allow you to wait. If you must, this spell may be done during any moon phase. However, if you can, it is best to wait for a waning moon.

Cast the magick circle. On the parchment paper, write the name of the individual whom you need protection from and set it on the altar. Pour the four thieves vinegar into the cauldron. Place the black candle on top of the paper and light it. Visualize the person as clearly as you can as you watch the candle burn. Say, “In the name of the Goddess and the God, I seek protection from _____. May he/she be prevented from causing me harm. Let this be for the highest good of all, harming none.” With the black candle, light the parchment on fire and allow the ashes to fall into the cauldron, mixing with the four thieves vinegar. Hold the black candle over the cauldron and allow several drops of wax to drip into the mixture. Then snuff out the candle and break it in half, symbolizing your separation from the person. Close the circle.

The next day, dispose of the four thieves vinegar mixture. This should be done outside, but not too close to your house.  (I was lucky enough to live on a 10 acre wooded property, so this was not difficult for me). If you don’t have a large property, simply do this as best you can. You could even let it run down your driveway, as long as it flows away from you. You want to keep this person and their energy away from you.

Finally, dispose of the 2 black candle pieces in two separate locations, far from one another. Again, this symbolizes the separation between yourself and the other person, as well as their inability to get to you and harm you.