Anticipating your first Wiccan ritual is exhilarating, yet most people have not grown up in Pagan religions, and it is a bit out of their comfort zone. Here's some advice to set your mind at ease.
Witchcraft isn't easy-- mistakes can be made. Knowing what pitfalls to avoid can sometimes be half the battle.
If you want to learn Witchcraft, you've got to learn to improve your natural intuitive abilities. Here are some exercises to help you work on those psychic powers.
If you are studying herbal magic, or any form of Witchcraft that involves herbs, then you should not overlook dandelions. These plants are so unfairly underrated. Here are details about its many medicinal, magical, and folk uses as well as how to grow it.
Understanding the elements and their correspondences is fundamental to witchcraft. They are the basis and framework of all magickal workings.
Casting a circle is one of the most basic elements of the Wiccan ritual. Learn what this rite is and why it is an important part of ritual structure for a Wiccan.
Earth, air, water, and fire—these are the elements and are one of the first things students of witchcraft learn. These physical concepts are used to convey metaphysical ideas, and we can understand much of the magical world if we become knowledgeable about this link between the physical and divine.
Isobel Gowdie was a Scottish woman accused of witchcraft during the witch hunts of the 17th century. This article discusses her story, witchcraft in Scotland, and King James' role in witch hunts.
Are witches special? Have you got what it takes to be a real witch? It's both easier and harder than you might think.
In 1612 in Lancashire, England, a dozen people accused of being witches were brought to trial with devastating results.
She was a fraud and swindler and in 1944 she was jailed in Britain after being convicted under the country’s ancient Witchcraft Act.
If you’re planning your Beltane celebration, here is some great information to help you plan and prepare!
If you've ever read a book about Wicca you've probably been told to do any and all of these things-- but did you ever really stop to think what they are, or what they're about? Let's take a look...
Transitioning into a new religion can leave you feeling overwhelmed, but keep in mind that it's not a race; it's a lifestyle. Slow down and start with baby steps, like those outlined here.
Having a standard ritual opening and closing is a great way to promote ritual consciousness and gain confidence so your experiences will be deep and meaningful. Here's one to use or adapt!
Spells for Samhain are a great way to utilize seasonal energies in order to bring what you desire into your life. This basic pumpkin spell is easy enough—even for beginner Witches. You can actually cast it any time, but at Samhain it is particularly powerful.
You can dispel negative energy easily—once you’ve recognized its existence and effectively instructed it to leave, that’s usually the end of it. Sometimes, however, that negative energy is hard to slough off, so you need to give your spiritual and psychic well-being an extra boost.
Looking for a mentor or teacher to help you with Witchcraft? There are a lot of people who are not what they claim to be. Here's what you should look for.
Maybe you are drawn to the witchy life. You feel a calling... but it's all so complicated. It doesn't have to be--simple witchcraft; all you need to know.
Who is Santa Muerte? Every day more and more witches are encountering La Huesuda, the Bony Lady. Is she Mictecacihuatl, the Aztec goddess of the underworld come into the modern age? (I've also seen her given Incan and Mayan roots.) Is she La Parca, the Spanish grim reaperess brought over to shock and awe those the Spanish forced into conversion? One of the countless faces of the Goddess?
Violence against people accused of sorcery didn’t end when Europeans stopped executing alleged witches.
Casting a circle is an art and it only comes with practice. Here are some techniques, tips, and exercises you can use to help develop your ability to perform this essential Wiccan rite.
Even the best of us, no matter how experience, probably stumbled over at least one or two of these mistakes in the beginning. So for all you beginners out there, forewarned is forearmed!
An introduction to the craft of kitchen witchery, magical herbs and some simple spells, practices and tips.
It's September, and Mabon is coming upon us. This is one of the festivals on the Wiccan Wheel of the Year—learn what the celebration is about right here!
Is Wicca a cult? Let's take the facts into account about the Wiccan religion and see what they reveal.
As a writer and a witch, keeping a record of my magickal doings is essential. Here are some suggestions for your books of spells and witchy journals. Find out how you can work magick right there in your notebook.
Grounding and centering can be a very productive activity, not just for ritual but for a healthy, balanced life. These visualizations are a great way to accomplish grounding and centering anytime.
Looking to cast spells that work for a change? Maybe the problem isn't your skills—it's your goals. Don't waste your time with ineffective spells.
Some Witches swear by timing spells based on moon phases. Here is a guide for using lunar timing in your spell work.
One of the most well-known sabbats, it's arguably the most loved (by Pagans) and despised (by non-Pagans), and probably the most misunderstood. As the season is upon us, come and learn about Samhain!
Prosper from the fruits of your own labors and investments this year. Cast a Samhain prosperity spell for abundance and success. Charm this mojo bag to bring with you throughout the year.
Sometimes it's hard to get "in the mood" when spell casting. This makes it difficult to cast spells that work. Here are a few ways you can tune in to your senses in order to improve your spell work.
The Craft is not just something a Kitchen Witch does; it's what she lives—it becomes a lifestyle, and can make for quite an enchanted life.
Curious about witches? Want to get some answers about witchcraft? If your question is not answered, then feel free to ask.
What's the difference between a potion and a brew? What's a mojo bag, or a witches bottle? Learn the terminology for your Witch Crafting right here...
If you want to learn Witchcraft, you don't need a spell book; you don't need to run out and buy an altar full of tools. What you really need to begin with is training the mind.
This brief guide strips down meditation to the bare basics to help newbies get started without becoming overwhelmed.
The Witches Pyramid is a fundamental philosophy that's beneficial in learning The Craft. It is an important lesson for all beginning Witches.
Young people are often drawn to the idea of becoming a witch. But what does it really entail? Where do you start? And why should you wait?
Sometimes you just have to do it. When someone is plaguing you, bullying you, or being generally unpleasant, hold them off with these banishing spells.
Don't have an athame or pentacle yet? Here's a mobile solitary Mabon ritual you can do with just a few items you probably already have in the house. Have a blessed sabbat!
I often talk about books and authors I recommend. Here are a few I don't, for various reasons. Beginner Wiccans, save your money on these author's books.
Once again, I'm going to present something against popular opinion. But I hope this perspective, if new to you, is something that will help expand your own way of thinking on the elements.
Magic and spells cast on the Sabbats can be particularly potent. The autumn equinox lends energies to your workings that can really boost the effects. Mabon is the perfect time for banishments.
Petition magic is a type of candle magic that's good for even beginners in the Craft. Here is how to design and use a petition magic spell, so that you can use this format for any magical goal.
Making a Book of Shadows can be hard and even daunting. Here's an article to show how to get started and actually enjoy making it.
Sex and religion are not usually two topics you see discussed together. Many mainstream religions consider sex sinful or taboo. Sex actually plays a prominent role in the Wiccan religion.
Looking for a great yet simple way to celebrate Beltane? Here's one that can work for you whether you're a new Wiccan or have been walking the path for a long time.
If you are studying herbal magic or any form of Witchcraft that involves herbs, let me introduce you to mugwort! Here are details on how to grow it and its many medicinal, magical, and folk uses!
Getting ready to build your Wiccan altar and hold rituals? How exciting! The altar is truly the center stage of religious rites and should be both practical and pleasant. Try these suggestions!
What is witchcraft and where did it come from? Do you really know the history of witchcraft and what it's all about? The origin of witchcraft is widely speculated and highly debated within the witch community.
The Wiccan and witch wand is a spell and magical tool utilized by many Wiccans and witches in their spirital work. Wiccan wands can be bought, but many inquire, "How To Make A Wiccan Wand," as well as, "How to use a Wiccan Wand." The history as well as making and using the Wiccan wand is discussed within this article.
Have you had some strange premonitions that came true? Do you think this means you might be a witch? Maybe, maybe not.
Calculating planetary hours can be a bit advanced, but with these reference charts, and some basic math, you can figure out the perfect timing of your spell down to the minute.
Witches ladders spells are good introductory spells for the beginner. They can be cast any time-- but are particularly appropriate for a Beltane spell.
You have probably seen that many Wiccans spell the word 'magick' with a 'k'. Not all do, though. Some Wiccans prefer the accepted spelling of the word: magic. Here's why.
Thinking about studying Witchcraft, magic, spell work? Here is an overview of what you need to know, and the things you need to learn. Witchcraft is not just waving a wand, lighting a candle or making a cute rhyme-- it requires study, practice and strengthening of the mind to help you get better at it.
Is it May, already? Blessed Beltane to one and all! Learn all about this festive Wiccan holiday right here!
Tap into the unique energy of the Sabbat, which can lend power to your spells. This ritual Wiccan spell for balance can draw great strength from the equinox energies at Mabon.
Were you worried that practicing Wicca would break your bank? You needn't be; take a trip to a dollar store with me and we'll set up a full working altar on a budget of just 20 bucks!
What’s so good about using spells and magick in everyday life? Well, because you can. Once you have mastered the trick of tapping into your emotions and desire at will to raise energy, you might as well make the most of it and live an enhanced, enchanted, always surprising, lovely witchy life.
The New Year is here! While secular celebrations abound, spiritual people may want to take the time out for worship. This Wiccan ritual can actually be adapted to any time of year, but it is a great way to spend New Year's Eve if you don't have any parties to go to.
A look at what witch marks meant back in the days of the witch trials and how someone with one or more could be condemned as a witch in league with the Devil.
Are you a blood Witch? Natural Witch? Hereditary Witch? Do you come from a magical bloodline? How can you tell? Here is what you need to know.
Proper magical timing is always a great way to give a boost when casting spells. Try working with the moon signs to see if it improves your magical efforts.
A recommended reading list for your first year (or in your beginning years) of converting to Wicca. I believe these give the best possible essential foundation for study and practice.
Seamus Rua (Red James) and the witches of Wicklow, along with snippets of other famous Irish witches.
Are your spells missing that secret ingredient? I'm not talking about nutmeg or crystals -- confidence! Learn how becoming more confident can transform your witchcraft practice.
Is there something in your life that is no longer serving you? Need to make a big transition? Here is a spell to help you.
All you need to cast an effective spell is pen and paper. That means you can work magick anywhere and any time. No one will know.
Witches are often told that they and their kind are evil. Generally speaking, nothing could be further from the truth, yet the accusations of evil-doing persist.
Looking for ways to celebrate Pagan springtime holidays with your family? Here are some great ideas to help you get your festivities rolling!
These 10 things are the most common barriers to communication between Christians and witches, pagans, and Wiccans.
Do you believe that there is a reason for everything? Do you believe that if you wish hard enough, anything is possible? Do you believe that you can do more in your life? Anything is possible.
The seat of worship is generally the altar-- but what type do you have? What type do you need? Get the basics of the most basic of tools-- the place where you would lay all the rest of them: the altar.
Divination is a traditional activity for Samhain. Many who celebrate this sabbat believe the veil between the worlds is thin and it's a ripe time for peering into the future. He're the perfect tool.
Love magick is one of the most popular subjects in witchcraft. Many people are looking to magick that special person into their lives. There are many ways of using magick to enhance your love life.
It's a question that many new Witches—and even some long-time Witches—will ask. Everyone has their opinion. Here's mine—with my reasons. You be the judge.
You've heard of grounding and centering, but just what are these things? How do you do them? Learn here- you don't need to be Wiccan to reap the benefits from learning to ground and center, but it is a must for Wiccans to learn.
The Wiccan view of deity differs than more mainstream religions with which most people are familiar. Learn more about the Horned God and Triple Goddess here.
Winter Solstice is such a magical night! It’s a great opportunity to take advantage of the abundant energies, and to take advantage of certain ingredients that are pretty common this time of year.
If you are studying herbal magic or any form of Witchcraft that involves herbs, let me introduce you to belladonna! Here are details, how to grow it, its many medicinal, magical and folk uses!
"Help! I did everything right. Why didn't my spell work?" This is one of the most common questions I get asked as a witch, so here are the major reasons why your spell didn't work.
Pat Robertson warned on his show that Wiccans will 'destroy' your children and people should stay away from their Wiccan neighbors. I feel such pity for Robertson, and people like him.
Mom and Dad won't let you be Wiccan? You're not alone. While it's important to honor your parents, you can also be true to yourself. Here's how.
Looking for ways to live a magickal life? Here are 50 easy ideas to be witchy every day. Be who you are meant to be.
Graham King has carefully compiled a book of traditional folk magic from the British Isles. I share my thoughts on this intriguing tome.
Are you a Wiccan who feels drawn to the Greek Gods and Goddesses? This is a pantheon that fits very nicely within the Wiccan religion. Learn more about it here.
Find out why your spell may have fizzled out and discover how to do it properly with a super easy money spell.
Gender played a large part in the witch-hunts. Every depiction at Halloween of a witch is of a woman. Women were a drain on the early modern world, especially those not married or widowed.
Most of us could use a bit more money in our lives, right? Well, a little magical help never hurts! Check out some ways to invite prosperity into your life using simple money magic.
Know you're a witch but not sure what kind? Perhaps you don't fit into any neat category at all. How do you find out?
New to witchcraft and practicing solo? Here are some simple directions for casting a circle when working alone.
This article gives you a short-and-sweet answer to the question about the difference between Wicca and Witchcraft. But, if you want a more comprehensive understanding, it attempts to give you that as well. Read the whole thing, or just the point "in a nutshell" in the last section.
Most tarot readers aren't witches... but some of us are. Learn how to bring tarot and witchcraft together for many unique witchy learning experiences.
There's nothing more protective than the spirit of the wolf. Take the opportunity during this 'wolf moon' to summon a guardian spirit to protect your hearth and home.
The pentagram is probably one of the most fascinating and one of the most misunderstood symbols in history. So what should a beginner Wicca know about it? Learn here!
Did I ever mention how I met my husband? I cast a love spell! After about 20 years together and still going strong. Here, allow me to share my most successful spell.
We can all use a little extra cash. If witchcraft is your means of obtaining the objects of your desire, then you may find that the charm bag highlighted in this article is just what you need.
Learning to manipulate energy is a big part of Wicca, Witchcraft and many other esoteric religions. Need practice? Try these exercises to help improve your skills.
Do you like incense? Do you enjoy that billowy, curling, sweet-scented smoke filling the air during your meditations and rituals? Learn how to make incense here-- the good stuff!
Do you ever think of the ‘one who got away?’ Do you regret that you never got together with the person, or that the relationship fell apart? Need a second chance? Why not try a little magic?
Looking to put a little magic into your Valentine's Day? Here's a general correspondence 'cheat sheet' for you to raid, or add it to your Book of Shadows for future workings regarding love and sex.
No witch is born knowing all there is to know. It takes a lot of study to become a full-fledged witch. Here's how you start.
Word associations can sometimes be more powerful than their actual definitions. When learning a new religion, you learn a new 'jargon' and it's time to drop those negative connotations.
When witches talk of their power, they are referring to energy. This energy is within everyone, because everyone, and everything, is made up of energy. Every person who lives an enchanted life should have an idea of where energy comes from, how to move it, and the circuits it takes in the body.
Flush away the fat with this weight loss spell. This simple spell for losing weight can be used at any full moon, but is ideal for January.
A shrine for worshiping your deities can be very beneficial in helping you connect, but not everyone can just set up a permanent shrine. You don't have to-- here's how to make one that packs away.
What makes you Wiccan? And how do you go about getting it done? What's the difference between dedicate and initiation? Let's chat about what it all means to help you sort out your path.
A curse is a spell that is directly targeted at a person or place and is meant to cause harm. Learn about different types of curses and how to break them.
The power of the moon is described in just about every introductory witchcraft book and article. The Sun provides just as much power but is an underutilized source. I am providing a basic guide, and a few spells, to get you on your way to enjoying the magick of the summer sun!
The main reason people are attracted to witchcraft is the prospect of working magic. But how does magick really work? It's not as spectacular as you might think.
Most of the people tried for witchcraft were accused without reason. But many made their living as a midwife or healer. What were some of the medicinal methods of these witches?
A successful witch knows all about the Law of Attraction, it's what makes the wheels of magic turn. When you work with LoA, you are working with the flow of universal energy.
Discover three of the best occult bookshops in London for beginner witches. Find out what special items are available in each store, as well as descriptions of their unique atmospheres!
On first glance, the concept of the Elements seems simple and straightforward. But upon closer look, you'll notice the many layers and complexities that surround this spiritual concept.
When you are starting in the craft, it's appealing to call yourself a white witch. But what does that mean? How can you stay on the straight and narrow path of white witchcraft?
Looking to break the grip of an addiction that has a hold on you? Try this spell, perfect for the dark moon phase.
It might be a complete surprise, or perhaps you knew it all along? Check out these signs and take a quiz to see if you are a witch.
Your BOS (Book of Shadows) is a collection of information that you will need to keep in your magickal journey's. Your BOS is a sacred tool and an item of power and should be treated as such. Once you purchase or make your BOS it's a good idea to...
I have never introduced myself by saying “Hi, I’m Sharon the Witch” and Witchcraft doesn’t come up in normal conversation either. Yet, sometimes, someone will notice my pentacle or triple moon, and I invite them to a question or five; here are the most common.
One of the best things a beginner witch can do is to make sure that their house is a welcoming and safe environment. Here are some tips and practises that will cleanse your home and make it your oasis.
Witches need hobbies just like anyone else. These hobbies will help you get in tune with nature as well as improve your craft. If you are not able to openly practice witchcraft, these hobbies are widely accepted.
You could buy a wand, but why not harvest it yourself and create a unique one just for you? Making your own wand imbues it with your personal energy.
One handy tool for practicing Witchcraft is a pendulum. It’s actually quite a diverse tool that can help eliminate a lot of guesswork. Learn here how to make a pendulum, and multiple ways to use it.
While there are many types of witches, there are some telltale signs that may indicate you have witchy potential. People choose to be witches, contrary to the common belief that most are born into it. Here are the signs and characteristics of your modern-day witch.
Learning to connect with your deities is the heart of what Wicca is about, but just how do you do it? Read here for some ideas to begin your relationship with your Gods.
The beginner witch is eager to star casting spells. That's what it's all about, isn't it? Here's how to do it properly.
This New Year's Eve, why not bring a bit of Wiccan magic into your life? This prosperity and wealth spell is best timed to take advantage of New Year's Eve energies, but can actually be performed throughout most of the year. Simple spell with minimal tools and supplies, even for the beginner Witch-- but incredibly powerful!
Using poppets in spell casting is not about sticking pins in effigies. Learn how to work sympathetic magic with the help of poppets and dolls.
Thinking about starting your own Book of Shadows? That's great! But you might be wondering exactly what you should start with. Here are some ideas of what to put (and what not to put) in your BOS.
Candle magic is one of the most beautiful types of magic. It’s perfect for beginning spellcasters as well as potent enough to satisfy advanced practitioners. If you’ve always wanted to try candle magic, learn the basics and get started!
Want to learn Witchcraft? Consider me your new teacher, and here are your first lessons. You'll find a wealth of free information here to help you get started on your path.
If you want your spells to work, you can't just cast them and expect things to fall out of the air. You need to create channels for them. What's a channel and how do you make one? That's easy!
Want to find your forever love? This tested—and completely ethical—love spell works! I include tried and true advice to help you find and prepare for that perfect someone.
As a solitary witch, it is not easy to find resources that are reliable, and even harder yet to find more than a couple books or articles that don't have conflicting information. One way to resolve this issue is to attend a school for magic, and the best one I know of is Witch School International.
Are you a beginner witch who is totally confused about crystals? Or maybe you're just curious about commonly held correspondences? This article contains simple and easy-to-understand descriptions for the five most common crystals used in Wicca and witchcraft!
Where do we go when we die? A lot of religions have different ideas about our final destination. Ever wonder what Wiccans believe? Learn about that here.
In early modern Europe, gender played a huge role in who was a victim of the witch trials and witch hunts.
I don't know about you, but I can always use a little wisdom from those who have gone before. Ask your ancestors to bless you with wisdom as you honor them this Samhain season.
Witch sigils are an easy way to cast spells, create a better life and manifest your desires. Have fun and experiment—this is easy magick.
You want to enjoy your religious freedom and practice witchcraft, but your parents just don't get it. Some advice for staying sane and fulfilled while living under their roof.
"What is witchcraft?" "How do I become a witch?" "Is witchcraft real?" These are common questions for those just beginning to explore this age-old spiritual tradition. In this article, you will find answers to these questions and more and learn how to practice witchcraft and magick.
Is charging money unethical when it comes to certain services pertaining to spiritual things? Or is it a natural exchange of resources?