Terms, Tools & Trappings
Coming into Awareness
My awakening as a witch wasn't an overnight decision.
It was a slow process, starting with questioning my religious upbringing, a long and winding road of trial and research.
An awakening is a realization, a coming into awareness, or a revival of interest in something, especially religion. From my Judeo-Christian upbringing, I explored and read about religions from all over the world.
I spent years learning about the many faces of God that humanity worships. I remember the growing excitement when I discovered Wicca, a religion I had been describing to myself with little hope of finding it. But that was only the beginning.
We all have to find our way.
The Solitary Wiccan
Always Trust Your Inner Goddess
In the east where the sun rises and things begin, we open our circle. East is ruled by the element of air, representing knowledge. It is here the journey begins. To master anything, we start by learning about it, and this is no exception. Here we discover the lingo, the tools of the altar, and other basics that will provide a solid foundation upon which you can build.
Next, it is time to turn to the south, ruled by fire. The element of fire represents passion and energy; it pushes us to continue the journey, flaming up when needed, to drive us forward along the path. If we want to master someting, it takes time and energy. The passion and excitement for the subject provides this energy, to draw on when we stumble or get distracted along the way.
The circle continues to the west, ruled by water that represents the balance learned through experience. Mastery of anything takes time and experience, and these are what give us good judgement. This maturity brings with it a better understanding of how to relate the things we have learned into our lives in better and more meaningful ways.
We face north next, ruled by the element of earth. Earth represents wisdom, that hard-earned prize that combines knowledge, passion and experience into an entirety. When we have walked this path long enough, the lessons we have learned have been tempered in the process into the mastery once dreamed of.
"The most effective way to do it, is to do it."
“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” ~Plato
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~Sun Tzu
It isn’t unreasonable to allow some time to learn and decide if the path is for you.
Terms and Language
Lingo is the vocabulary or jargon of a particular subject or group of people. Here’s some Wiccan Lingo.
What the Goddess?
What’s with all these deities? Hecate, Pan, the Goddess, the God – Let’s break it all down.
Altar and Tools
Athame or wand, pentacle or pentagram; all about the Wiccan altar and the ritual tools.
Black, White or Grey?
What are we, Gandalf?
What Kind of Witch?
Eclectic witch or kitchen witch? Is a garden witch the same as a green witch? Figure it out here.