Wicca for Beginners: How to Find Your Wiccan God and Goddess

Updated on August 10, 2017
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A Wiccan of 25 years, Sage likes to put her background as a writer and teacher to use by helping people learn about this NeoPagan path.

Finding your God and Goddess in Wicca

Your Wiccan God and Goddess are really what it’s all about. That’s what the rituals are for. That’s why we celebrate the Wheel of the Year. That’s why we pray and meditate.

Anyone of any religion can love nature. Anyone of any religion can cast spells. Anyone of any religion can work with tarot cards or crystals and such. None of these things particularly make anyone Wiccan—in fact, plenty of people who do these things are not at all Wiccan. People have been doing these things long before Wicca existed.

However, fostering a relationship with the Gods as a Wiccan, connecting through Wiccan ritual, honoring them through the cycles of the seasons and by the way you live your life—this is what truly makes one Wiccan.

Finding your Goddess and God

Wiccan Gods and Goddesses.
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Patron God and Matron Goddess

Wicca is traditionally polytheistic, and many Wiccans will speak of their ‘patrons’… that is, a patron God, and a matron Goddess. Patrons and matrons (or just ‘patrons’ when referring to both) are the specific God(s) or Goddesses(s) a Wiccan honors and works with.

There’s no rule about patrons. I’ve known people to have as few as one, and as many as four or five. They are usually of the same pantheon (not always, though mixing pantheons is always tricky and never should be taken lightly).

The benefit of being in a relationship with patrons is that it gets fully developed. In your ongoing worship and serving your patron Gods, you get to know them intimately. In taking you under their wing like that, a God or Goddess will teach you a great deal over time and you can learn many lessons from them.

Sometimes you can be with the same patrons for life—other times, you’ll be with them for a time (usually a few years) before you reach the ‘end of the road’ with them. This is not a terrible thing, when a God or Goddess ‘cuts you loose’; it’s not because you did anything wrong, but because you’re ready to move on. This is when you've benefited from the relationship all you can, and they realize that you are ready for a new patron—a new teacher, who can bring you yet to the next level of lessons that need to be learned.

Having a patron does not mean you need to exclude all other Gods. In Wicca, we don’t believe the Gods are jealous or have the ‘have no other Gods before me’ policies as found in other religions you may be more familiar with. It’s okay to go to a ritual that worships another God, or to hold a ritual to a different Goddess if you wish for specific purpose.

It’s just that our patrons will be a special, ongoing relationship.

Being Called by the Gods

A lot of Wiccans will tell you they did not choose their Gods, but that their Gods chose them.

Like many religions describe it, it feels like ‘a calling’, and as such it’s hard to explain. Many Wiccans feel they get signs of some sort. This may be an image or animal associated with a certain God or Goddess popping up a lot unexpectedly, dreams or visions. Often these are accompanied by those gut feelings, or an inner voice.

In my own personal experience, I had a vision— I’d already been meditating for years for health and stress-reduction purposes. I had also spend the last year as a religious seeker, learning about different religions and wasn’t sure about which path to take. When I was doing my normal meditation one night, I went particularly deep and my Goddess came to me, told me who she was, introduced me to my God and they welcomed me on the Wiccan path.

Where is this calling coming from? Is it truly a divine being who has chosen you and is communicating with you? Is it an internal, a simple ‘knowing’ in your own brain of what you need? I have my own ideas, but the truth is—no one knows.

Once you become Wiccan, though, it’s something you should look out for.

Signs May Be Subtle

A friend was finding peacock feathers for months. When she ignored the feathers, she came home to find a peacock on her roof (they're not even common where she lives). She found out it was the 'calling card' of a Goddess who was reaching out to her.
A friend was finding peacock feathers for months. When she ignored the feathers, she came home to find a peacock on her roof (they're not even common where she lives). She found out it was the 'calling card' of a Goddess who was reaching out to her.

Not Getting a Calling?

If you don’t feel the calling, you certainly should not feel bad. For one thing, maybe you’re just too new to Wicca and not ready to work with a personal deity yet. For another thing, perhaps you are just missing the signs. Don’t get discouraged—the deities aren't rejecting you.

You may need to simply employ a little initiative. Start seeking deities, and approach them to see which ones will have you (or have been waiting for you to come to them in your own time).

In other words, you don’t have to sit around and wait until you feel they've come to you—you can meet them half-way.

Guided Meditation to Attune with the Goddess:

Finding your Wiccan God and/or Goddess

Whether you feel the calling or not, there are things you should do to find patrons and foster that newly-growing relationship.

Do your research. Read, read and read some more to learn all you can about your Gods and/or Goddesses you think might be calling you. If you think you're getting a sign, look them up to see who they might be coming from. If you don’t feel a calling, this could be a good way to start figuring out the best road for you to take—starting with whichever pantheons catch your attention most is probably a good place to begin. Then see which Gods and Goddesses jump out at you.

You want to really acquaint yourself with God/desses initially. Be careful of Neo-Pagan books that try to fit all Gods into one mold and all Goddesses into one mold. You’re better off reading ancient mythology books that deliberately remain vague so not to be too specific.

Also beware of modern books that re-write myths to ‘white wash’ them to make people feel more comfortable (this happens often with ‘rape myths’ or other myths that are particularly violent and sad). Some Pagan authors prefer feel-good versions of the old myths, but they’re missing the point. Sometimes they have tough lessons for us, or they convey them harshly through myths—to change the myths is to change (and often lose) the less. Gods are not meant to be human ideals for us to live up to, they are meant for us to learn something. Remember that the myths are symbolism and allegory; your Gods are not actually raping and killing. If a myth makes you uncomfortable, don’t try to avoid it—it only means there is a lesson there that you probably need to explore further.


Poll for Wiccans (old and new)

Did you ever feel like you got a 'calling'?

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Connecting with Deities in Wicca

Study pantheons and cultures. This requires more reading and studying, of course, but it’s necessary. Wicca is a modern religion, and despite what some shoddy scholarship will tell you, all Pagan religions are not based on that particular modern model.

Your Gods and Goddesses are used to being treated a certain way by the ancient cultures that revered them. You’ll want to uphold that expectation, just as if you were inviting a king or queen of another country into your home you wouldn’t want to offend them. You’d want to be the perfect host. Likewise, you want to be the perfect host if you are seeking a God/dess to come into your life.

You don’t want to make an offering of the harvest dinner that includes meat to a vegetarian Goddess. You don’t want to place something your God might find offensive on the altar. If your God is a warrior God, then embracing a life of pacifism and speaking out against war and violence is probably not a good idea. Every time you call war ‘evil’ it’s like a slap in the face to that deity. Not that you have to become violent in your own life or that you have to be eager for wars—but if you can’t appreciate that war might sometimes be a necessary action, perhaps a warrior God isn’t for you. If you truly believe in pacifism, you should probably find a God that advocates pacifism instead of trying to twist a warrior God to fit your mold.

Talk to the deities. If you feel called, begin praying to that deity. If you feel you wish to be called by a certain deity, pray to him or her. Pray for signs, or more specific signs. Pray for answers to come to you. Invite them into your lives, and into your heart.

Meditate—they say if praying is talking to a God, meditation is listening. Try to hear through that ‘inner voice’ what it is they are saying to you.


Set Up a Shrine

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Begin Honoring Your Deities

A relationship takes time to build, and this is no different with Gods. If you feel you’ve found the right Gods, or your patrons, you should begin honoring those Gods.

The best way to start this is by building a small shrine and going to it daily. It doesn’t have to be elaborate: something to represent your God and/or Goddess (a statue, a candle, a stone, image, etc.), some candles and/or incense to burn during worship, and a cup or bowl for libations and offerings.

Go to your altar—daily is best, even if only for 5 minutes. Say a short prayer, hold a moment of silence, make a simple offering (some milk, honey, a flower, dried herbs, a portion of your breakfast or dinner, etc.).

You might want to find out if your God or Goddess is associated with any sabbat, or has a special annual festival from the culture in which he or she originates. Celebrate it—do something special. Again, it doesn’t have to be elaborate, but perhaps you could hold a ritual, go on a nature walk, have a feast, make a special offering (such as donating food in the name of a harvest Goddess).

Keep it up—books will tell you a lot about your Gods and Goddesses, but the only way to really get to know them is by making them a part of your life.

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      Anna67 

      7 days ago

      Hi Mackenzie,

      I'm so glad I found your blog and will continue to read your posts. My journey has been one of years since childhood with what I describe as a pulling towards the Craft bcs no one else in my family (that I'm aware of) has ever been involved. I've never expressed these feelings outwardly to anyone since my family is devout Catholic and shuns witchcraft but, I get the feeling that someone else may have these same 'pullings' and have simply chosen to surpress them out of fear. Over the years I have had dream visitations from souls who have passed wishing to deliver messages (not many but, at least 4 that I'm aware) and 'hear' voices; not in the sense of auditory hallucinations (I went straight away to to get checked by the Dr the first time it happened) but, every time it's a positive message with a premonition of danger; a warning, so to speak. If I attempt to ignore them, they become desperate and pester me like a child until I pay them mind. They're always helpful and kind spirits. I've dabbled in a few protection spells to keep harm from my family and tested my 'powers' on a few simple candle spells. Everywhere I go, cats follow me, and seem to stick around (in groups) going so far as to seek me out and want to crawl all over me; they often connect eyes with me as if they can communicate with me...it gets creepy to be honest. My kids will say, "Your friends are here again." The rub is that I'm seriously allergic to them. MacKenzie-I guess the point of this is...I'm wondering what all this means. It scares me a little to think I might be a witch bcs I was raised Christian but, it feels so natural when I'm working with herbs and candles. What do you think? Can you help me make any sense of all this?

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      Meg91 

      2 weeks ago

      So I've been a Wiccan for about 10 years now. My God and Goddess chose me and they treated me better than I could have hoped. This may sound silly but when I would meditate I always wound up in a forest walking. I would eventually come to a temple where I would kneel and speak to my Gods, or they would walk alongside me giving advice and helping me hone my ability to heal. Not physically heal, but spiritually and emotionally. As of late I've gone through life changing events and I feel I have lost my connection with them as I feel I have also lost my amazing ability. Any advice on how to reconnect would be amazing. I've as of late tried meditation to call out to them but I haven't gotten an answer.

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      Ruby 70 

      3 weeks ago

      I’m just starting out as a new witch and I was wondering what books I should start out with

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      Steven 

      5 weeks ago

      Hey lately I've had something bump my bed everytime im about to nod off at night is this any kind of sign ?

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      Angela 

      5 weeks ago

      The goddesses may choose us eventually. One morning I woke and clearly heard my wind chimes and a female voice that was light and feminine say Angelina. I now study the goddesses and feel I make contact often. This is after 15 years of study of Wicca.

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      Steven 

      5 weeks ago

      I have just started thinking about being wicca but dont know how to choice my deities is there a calling ritual i could use?

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      Rowan 

      5 weeks ago

      Akiro, crows and ravens are often associated with death. And the roadkill could possibly back that up. Look up Gods and Goddesses of death and see if you have any connection.

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      Akiro 

      5 weeks ago

      I used to always see crows/ravens around me. Like when walking to school and I'd be nervous, I'd see a crow fly off into the air off my road. Years later, right now, every place i drive i keep seeing squirrels. Sometimes other road kill, but mostly squirrels. Like BOOM. I'll see six or SEVEN a DAY. In a place where there used to only be like one animal A MONTH. I've tried looking it up and seeing what diety it could be?? Is that a calling?? A bunch of dead squirrels ahen i drive????

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      sarah burk 

      6 weeks ago

      blessed be *

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      Felicity decker 

      7 weeks ago

      I need help,i know ive been called to be apart of the Wiccan religion but i dont know where to start. I want to figure out where to start. Can you help please?

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      Cameron Letell 

      7 weeks ago

      I keep having this vision of a room full of God's for long time it wasnt clear but lately it's been clear. I keep getting called by this man that looks almost dead, really skinny he's curled up by this broken throne. All the other God's just look at me like what am I looking at. This God I can't find his name any where and when I ask him his name all he says is Jack I'm clueless can someone help me out.

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      Angel Fernwall 

      7 weeks ago

      Hi, I doubt you'll get around to reading this, but its worth a shot.

      I've been trying to contact my god/dess for a while now, and I believe I have but I'm not sure. She has spoken to me, but refuses to show or tell who she is until I complete a certain task. Is this common? Have I truly met my goddess, or is it just all in my head?

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      ellie 

      2 months ago

      i'm not sure if this is a calling exactly so ig i'm looking for a second opinion. i've been doing some thinking as to which diety to pray to, before i even knew what wicca was, and for some reason i think it might be Hestia. idk how to explain it but i feel almost drawn to her even though i don't know too too much about her (just the general stuff really). I'm for sure going to do some more research but like i said i wanna be sure i'm not mistaking this. thank you sm for your time

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      Kayla 

      2 months ago

      Can you help me? I don't even know where to get started in becoming a Wiccan, much less finding my diety

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      Lisa 

      2 months ago

      I got chosen by Apollo and Ares. Apollo wishes for me to practice white magic which is what I want. Ares is bein veru pushy for me to practice red magic. Im not sure what path to choose. I decided i will do more research into each. But i feel as if white magic is my path. I am a kind soul who wishes to help and make peace. I am a pacifist i dont like war but I believe it is sometimes needed and we must appreciate the soldiers for protecting our country. I do wish to banish evil even if war is needed becausesometimes it is. But i rather go the peaceful route. My friends and I aren't sure as to why he chose me. Since im really opposite of him. Yet he shows care towards me. I guess you could say I am an orcal? Since i speak to Apollo and Ares and I had once had Daphne Apollos nymph give me a warning. I never heard of her yet Apollo said "Daphne wishes to speak to you." She said, "Death and danger approaches." When i told my Wiccan friend she looks at me and says "How did you find out about daphne." I hadnt been told about her yet till that day.

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      TANE Lynette Trujillo 

      2 months ago

      Im intrested in seeing if im of wican decent and if not i sure have felt a strong pull or urge to lean that way,As well as unitarian,I feel i believe in good as well as bad,Although it dosnt mean i condone evil thoughts or acts.I know that u have to have a ying and yang for anything.Is how i feel life works and the beauty of spirit nature mind body soul mother earth father sky and universe til i die are my beliefs.But yet still dont know directly who to pray to

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      Lauren 

      2 months ago

      Hi, I’m begging to become Pagan and I’m setting up my altar and I was told I need a diety to be Pagan. I’m just wondering if I could fofill a path without a diety. This may sound stupid but it’s hard to find actual advice and such easily.

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      Matthew 

      3 months ago

      Hello I been studying the Greek gods and goddesses for about 2 days today I just prayed to them for the first time after I prayed to them I had that gut feeling like u said in the Article do u know what that means

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      alyssa 

      3 months ago

      sorry i meant to say she is cancer not leo

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      alyssa 

      3 months ago

      im seeking advice because i belive i have gotten a calling. I have prayed to my godess, or to whom i belive is my godess (Artemis) like you suggested but i was also hoping if you could maybe help me clarify if it is at all. I was looking at my stars signs and im on the cus of leo and cancer and its said artemis is leo and apollo is cancer. I have been draw to artemmis since and she even got me intrested into wiccan and now its leading me back to her. could this be a sign? also is it true she is a leo? i just want to make sure.

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      Willow 

      3 months ago

      I have been reading about Wiccan deities, and I stumbled across a page about the goddess Isis. I immediately felt drawn towards this goddess, just as a sort of gut feeling. I'm not sure if this counts as a calling though. Any advice?

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      justawitch 

      3 months ago

      i think i might of got a calling.

      lately i saw the same butterfly for a straight week. Same giant wings with small rows with spike-like ends and black stripes.

      also, since three year ago, before i even knew what wicca was, i was sort of able to control wind by moving my hand or thinking of a song.

      what do you think?

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      unknown 

      4 months ago

      i want to become a wicca to stop harm and hate and love the foundation and earth more. i just am afraid if i worship as you say to do i might cause harm or be haunted by evil. do you have another religion? religion really confuses me and i honestly don’t know what is real. thank you!!

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      Anon 

      4 months ago

      Who are the Gods and Goddesses?

      Where can I find a true and reliable source to learn more about them?

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      Fernando MP 

      5 months ago

      Hello there, I am a new wiccan and have some questions. In my altar, if I do offerings like you mentioned, perhaps some food. What do I do with it after a while? Do I place the offering (food) for a day or two and then throw it away? or do I leave it there?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      5 months ago

      Hi Nyctasia; that's what I try to do, with my articles, videos, website, workshops, etc... as the article here suggests, it's not something to rush, you'll know it when it comes. Have you set up a shrine yet, started reaching out to deities on a regular basis? That can be a good start.

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      Nyctasia 

      5 months ago

      I have been studying the ways of wicca for nearly a year and I'm not sure if I had a calling. I'm always called out to nature and such when I feel sad or aggravated with life it's self. Either that I have strong connections with cats and some spirits. I wish to learn more. Can you help me?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      5 months ago

      Hi Tiffany;

      I think there's more to mother Goddesses than just literal childbirth/parenting. It's all about creation-- not just of babies, but of art, of businesses, of building your life and making it what you want it to be. It's not just the wombs that can be fertilized, but the mind. It's not just about taking your place in the family, but in society, becoming a contributor, taking on various roles to pitch in. If the Maiden forms of Goddess are about independence, the mother forms are about community, be it immediate family or extended community.

      So I wouldn't rule Mother Goddess forms out just yet, there are things in the 3 archetypes to which we can all relate... though I think your plan of just opening yourself and letting them guide you at this point is a good one. Much luck & many blessings.

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      Tiffany 

      5 months ago

      I am having the hardest time finding a god or goddess I fit with. I think its time for me to sit back and let them come to me. Hopefully though a dream, since mine are always so vivid and every night. When I was very young, around 9, bastet was my goddess until perhaps around 15. Then I felt like perhaps I was becoming an atheist. Now after a while, I am nearly 22 and trying again. I will never be a mother by personal choice, so I always felt like that leaves out many mother like goddesses. Gods make me nervous, as most men do, but I would not mind being paired with a god if it does happen. I notice many women prefer goddesses. I suppose it's because we are able to feel closer to them. I am not really a Wiccan, and I would call myself closer to....an agnostic pagan? But thanks so much for the info!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      5 months ago

      Thanks for sharing Zoe; sounds like a beautiful experience.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      5 months ago

      Hi Ash; I'm of the opinion that the God(s) you worship are between you and your Gods. I know a lot of Wiccans who do honor Hindu deities, so it's an option. But I believe you should worship the Gods you feel drawn to or that you feel calling you. Not everyone feels they were called by the Gods of their ancestors or family.

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      Zoe 

      5 months ago

      I have always felt compelled to silver, white, the moon, night, snakes, and doves. All symbols of Artemis. I can understand my cat quite well, and my Wiccan name is Nokomis (daughter of the moon). This night, I had the uncontrollable urge to go out and see the moon. so I went outside and gazed at it. All of a sudden, I was filled with powerful energy, saw myself glow slightly, and felt as though wings sprouted from my back. I'm pretty sure I just got my calling from Artemis.

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      Ash 

      5 months ago

      Im Hindu and i wanted to know if my God and goddess shouldve Hindu god(dess) as Well since my mom and stepdad are against witchcraft but are pretty spiritual.

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      Cameron 

      6 months ago

      God and the goddess should be only from own ethnicity?

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      Carson 

      6 months ago

      Hello, i was just wonder what is an average number of gods/goddesses i should have, i'm thinking about just 4 because there are so many!!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      6 months ago

      Yes Lady, I totally understand. Feel free to reach out to me if you like through HP or through my website wicclit.com, I'm behind on emails but plan to spend a day catching up soon.

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      Ladyoftroy32 

      6 months ago

      Thank you for your response it was sweet and considerate . I could tell you more about me but it would have to be in a secure email bcuz my life hasn't been easy from the start and the information is very sensitive not for everyone 's eyes to read .

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      6 months ago

      Hi Lady; I am so sorry about the loss of your children, that certainly would make anyone feel cursed, and my heart goes out to you. I wish I could give you an answer to your problem but knowing so little about you I don't want to make any assumptions. I am an optimist, so I do believe the right path for you is out there and that you can find peace.

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      ladyoftroy32 

      6 months ago

      So most of my life I have been drawn to Wicca and nature. And have tired to dedicate myself to my practice with no success and through some of my many disasters like 2 children dying. I have practiced healing,cleansing ,curse removal and read a lot of research but with no success and give up on the mission after some time . I feel like I'm cursed bcuz of my family's history prior to me having a family of my own and my other children are on the chopping block too. I want to be wiccan but I feel rejected by the deities. Im always having something terrible happen to me .

      Can you please help me?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      6 months ago

      Hi Felicity; I'm not sure what you mean by your mom putting a binding on you when you are little, or why she would do that... that really doesn't make any sense. The only time I ever heard of parents putting a binding on a kid was in fiction books .

      In reality there would not be any need to bind a young child, a binding is something you do when you want to stop someone from doing harm to themselves or others because they are a threat. So if you are not a threat to people or yourself, I wouldn't even worry about it.

      But it would be the same for you as for anyone else. Wicca is a religion; like all religions, you learn about it, you pray, you meditate, you start thinking about whether it's right for you, and maybe start practicing it.

      You might want to pick up some books. Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin is a good one.

      Best of luck!

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      Felicity 

      6 months ago

      My mother is a Wiccan (yet prefers to just be called a child of nature), and growing up was quite strange since my father is STRONGLY against it saying that its witchcraft and very dark. I started getting in touch with my spiritual side after a few months ago after my mother told me she put a binding on me when i was born. Shes really deep in paranormal and she interprets her Wiccan religion towards it a lot. I only started questioning my life, and things about who i am when i myself started to get more attention from spirits. Shes showed me a lot about her practices, but she doesn't have the time to direct me on where to go on this journey. she does a lot of protection spells, and she tells me that her Godess watches over not just her but us, her children as well. I want to journey more into this, and find my place. I've never been interested in other followings, but ever since i was a child I've always had a feeling of being drawn to this side of things. any advice?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      6 months ago

      Not a dumb question, Twyzted. There were entire cultures who worshiped animals-- that is, the spirit of animals, they saw them as deities of sorts. Animism. Hope that helps :o)

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      Twyzted 

      6 months ago

      Can an animal be a deity as well? sorry for dumb question

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      6 months ago

      I came here around a month ago. When i first started learning about Wicca. I, like many others, was in search of a higher being to follow, worship, and learn from. After i read this article, ill be honest, i kind of forgot about it. But tonight, as i write this, i have found my Goddess. At first her name started to show up a lot. Not like, in the clouds or anything. But in the shows i was watching, books i was reading. Sounds crazy, but its true. After sometime of seeing/hearing the name, i decided to do some research on the Goddess. After reading about Her symbols and associations, attributes and powers, and Her overall 'story' it all made sense. And I knew.

      I guess i just wanted to say thank you, I think that without this article, it would have taken much, much longer. To those still in search, i can only stress, patience is key.

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      Randall mundell 

      6 months ago

      Help me please!My ex fiance is a witch an evil one ,with a wicked heart ,spells have been cast, I bet my life on it ,and it started along time ago ,with another one from Las Vegas, I'm fighting 4 my life and sanity, I wish I was making this up, but I'm not.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      6 months ago

      Hi Micheal; I just want to be clear-- finding a God/dess to work with doesn't give you super powers. Please don't put your hand in flames, worshiping a fire God/dess doesn't make you impervious to flame.

      That's not what the Elements are about; Fire (the element) is a lot of things; controlling your temper is controlling Fire. Harnessing inspiration is controlling Fire. When we talk about the Element of Fire, we mean what they represent... we don't mean having super powers over flames. Real fire is dangerous, and even Witches who feel close to the Element of Fire are not immune. We don't play with it; we respect it.

      You get burned because fire burns you-- not because you upset the Gods. You're lucky you didn't get scars but please don't take risks like this. That's not what working with the Elements means.

      Also, worshiping a fire God doesn't make you black out in water. We have all of the Elements in us and your body is like 70% water. If you're actually blacking out in the bathtub you should see a doctor.

      All Gods and Goddesses are associated with elements to some extent... there are many fire deities: Brigid, Ra, Belenus, Hestia, Hephastius, Pele, Vesta, Vulcan, Svarog.Those are good ones to start with.

      Hope that helps :o)

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      6 months ago

      Hi Katie; I kind of go through that in the article, is there any specific part you're having trouble understanding?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      6 months ago

      Hi Scarlet; sorry for the delay but I've been preoccupied for months with a cross-country move, my free time was pretty much eaten up.

      There are different ways of connecting with Gods and/or Goddesses; kind of like having different relationships with humans-- there are acquaintances, closer friends, BFFs, etc. We could simply honor those when we feel the need. We may work with certain deities on a regular basis. Or we may feel called to a deity with them as our patron and/or matron deity-- they call us into their service in exchange for 'mentoring' us.

      It's possible to have different kinds of relationships with different deities; for some people, they may have one patron OR matron. Some people may have several patrons/matrons-- working with them at different times in their lives, or simultaneously.

      Keep praying and be open to what comes. There may be a God and/or Goddess waiting to work with you but the time is not right yet.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      6 months ago

      I don't think you're weird at all Forestfire; I've known many others to make revelations in a similar way. I never thought I'd end up with my patron God as Hermes, but when it came to me it was a shock, but felt so right.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      6 months ago

      Hi Elizabeth; Wicca is traditionally a theistic religion. While people have different ways of viewing the divine, pretty much revolves around the concept of (at least) one God and (at least) one Goddess.

      Do you have to have one-- such as, a patron/matron? Specific deities? That's up to you. Some do, some don't.

      I can't say being an atheist isn't 'Wiccan'... some Wiccans are atheists, they see the God/Goddess as symbols representing different ideas. It's not common, but it's there.

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      Elizabeth 

      6 months ago

      Do I have to have a good or goddess

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      Victoria 

      7 months ago

      The goddess of the hearth keeps popping up I think she is calling me it feel right

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      Desert Rose 

      7 months ago

      Last year when I was in France for the first time and began thinking about my matron goddess and a heard in my head the word clam. So I did some research and I couldn't find much except of course Venus/Aphrodite. After that I began to have a strong craving for the smell of rose incense and rose tea. I still have that strong craving for the smell of roses with rose perfume that I put on everyday, rose candles, rose incense and constantly drinking rose tea. Also after that I fell in love with turtle doves (they are my favorite bird) and I would see them everyday outside my house. Also my teacher did this thing where she assigned everyone in the class to a planet and she said that my planet was Venus. One day I was in school doing a very hard quiz for a book and there was a question that I did not know the answer. The question was "what symbol was on the house" I did not know that there was even a horse in the chapters I read, I was totally blank. So I finish the other questions and I sat there just pondering then I looked out and outside the window I saw a turtle dove fly and land on the branch outside and I asked myself is that the answer then I questioned the turtle saying if it is the symbol then stay, it stayed, then I said if it is the answer then leave and it left. The actual answer was a turtle dove and that's when I realized that Aphrodite was speaking to me and I am currently making an altar to her:) So I think that your God or goddess will give signs that indicate your relationship with them it doesn't have to be a miraculous vision just little things that add up:)

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      Unnamed 

      7 months ago

      So i was looking out the window and there was no wind and i just thought about wind and there was some wind and when I stopped thinking about it the wind stopped

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      Ryleigh 

      8 months ago

      i keep seeing foxes everywhere.. every social media i open up every day there are at least two pictures of foxes and i don’t look them up ever i’ve lookdd up at the tv and the documentary my fam was watching had foxes on it but i can’t find any god or goddess represented by it

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      Lyra 

      8 months ago

      Recently no matter where I went, I saw a circling hawk. It was almost always there, but when I pointed it out to my friends they said that I shouldn't worry about it and that it means nothing. Do you think this was a sign?

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      Michaelhartmanl 

      8 months ago

      i want to know if theres a fire god or goddess becuase im certain im like choosen becuase fire is hot yes? well something told me to touch my candle and i did i felt nothing i tried to record it got hot fast i put the camera away i felt almost nothing so i think i upset the god and well i have no burn marks on my hand it feels cold right now and when i go to take baths i black out till im putting cloths on like im clean but i dont remember the back

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      Katie 

      8 months ago

      How do I find out who my Patron God/Goddess is? I still feel a bit lost in this process...

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      Amanda 

      8 months ago

      you don't have to worship just one deity, you can feel drawn to many. for me, it's the triple moon goddess (artemis, selene, and hecate). they each give me what i need as far as my rituals and spell castings go as i do my work according to the phases of the moon. i've also always felt drawn to the moon ever since i were a child, so it feels A+.

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      Wendy ramsey 

      8 months ago

      I need to know some answers and how to do things

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      Credy Dee 

      9 months ago

      Help me I need a Goddess to worship with the deepest of my heart.I don't know anything about it.

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      Cait 

      9 months ago

      Like many others here i'm very new the the Wicca religion. I'm only in highschool and my family has fallen on hard times and we really have no money to spare. At my age it is very hard to get a job and i want to start getting some tools and materials to really start practicing. What are some things you would recommend to start off with that i would possibly be able to get?

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      liv 

      9 months ago

      Do you have to have both a god and a goddess patron? Atm i feel like gaia might be one goddess i want to learn from. But i'm unsure about any god. Does this matter?

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      Elizabeth 

      10 months ago

      I need help. So I am very new, but I am confused about the signs. I may have found a sign and I tried researching about it, but I had no luck. When I was 9, my father gave me a book that looks very similar to what a Book of Shadows would look like. At the time I had no knowledge to the Wicca and their beliefs, nor did my father. It has this almost fairy like person sitting on a crescent moon facing the west when looking at it. By any chance can you help me figure out what this is and if this is a sign? Again, like I said I am very new to this, though I am eager to learn more about Wiccan Gods and Goddesses. I reread your article multiple times (Props for the amazing article); however, I am still having some difficulty understanding how to find signs and such. Please, if you get the chance help me.

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      Scarlet Rose180 

      10 months ago

      I am confused and was hoping you could help. I looked at the other comments and some said they found their goddess but not god, so does that mean we are chosen by not just one god/dess but two? Is it really any god/dess from past mythology and religions? All of them? And some just know what their god is by past connections. But my past connections is like a riddle. I’ve spiritually been connected to many things and now I’m just looking for a sign, anything that could help me in my journey. I’m very new at this and still in high school. Im praying to whoever is listening and meditating. It’s hard since when i look up how to pray properly and how to do anything really they’re all books that my parents refuse to get me or allow me to have. Growing up in the Christian faith i knew it wasn’t right for me. But this is and i am looking for guidance.

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      forestfire 

      10 months ago

      My entire life I have been drawn to fire and yet also felt so comfortable with ice and the cold, I was always feeling the urge to be spontaneous and always have been a bit of a prankster. I also never fell into any gender-roles and now that i'm older have come to identify as genderfluid. After reading this article it occurred to me that I closely resemble the norse god Loki, who was the god of fire, yet the son of a jotun. He was a trickster god and changed between forms constantly! I feel so incredibly drawn to him now that I've found him. Am I being weird? Or am I onto something?

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      Daniela 

      10 months ago

      WIND. weather, i can feel a connection sometimes. There was once a time i was at school and the blue sky really made me sad oh how i wished it'll cloud up just so i could see the beauty of the grey clouds. hours later wind picked up and clouds were covering the sky slowly in the middle of summer. Another time i declared out loud infront of my friend one afternoon jokingly "I wish it would snow already!!" and the next day it was lightly snowing/raining.

      It all started when there was this horrible thing that happened to me. I broke my families hearts and the pain was unbelievable, i felt like i couldn't breath. It was chilly and the wind was blowing hard and cold on me and i welcomed it.

      I felt like i could breath and my skin was warmed even thought he wind was so cold it was painful...it was early autum and the sky was dark.

      Now when i step out sometimes the wind picks up and sometimes i just play with my hand and feel the wind run through my fingers. It makes me smile and my heart warms up. I never really though much of it.

      I am 17 and in high-school, with the mentality that i cant even understand. i started readying stuff like this because my relationship with religion is sour. i was born a Jehovah witness, grew up being taught so many things that i understand but simply cannot digest. I hate it, i was curious because i strongly wish, hope there is more than this. just want to talk to someone because i dont, cant even begin to understand on my own...

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      Gabby D. 

      10 months ago

      Hi. I've been interested in Wicca for a while now. I'm interested in the goddess Hecate cause I feel hecate best represents my views and beliefs... but I haven't found a calling. What should I Do? I haven't found a god that best matches Hecate, but for right now, I feel more inclined to follow one deity right now...

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      Beth 

      10 months ago

      Hello.

      I am new to Wicca and have done alot of reading recently. I have not yet chosen or been chosen by a good or goddess

      But during meditation i saw a snake I believe it to be a cobra, which Im sure has connections to the sun god Ra. Could this be a sign? Can anyone help. Thankyou in advance.

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      Bby123 

      10 months ago

      I’m new to this and I was wondering when I set a shrine and make an offering, how long should I leave the offering and how often should I do this? Also, if I were to make an offering to Aphrodite, what would be an appropriate offering for her?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      10 months ago

      Hi Anonymous; anything can be a sign. It is so hard to interpret signs for other people because the only reason things are a sign is because of the personal meaning they might have. There are so many God/desses related to stars, light, etc. it's hard to imagine. I'd say if you think you got a sign, meditate on it and research it, and also be ready to wait it out and see. There may be more to come, or it may just be one piece of a puzzle.

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      Anonymous2018 

      10 months ago

      I’ve been looking for a sign to try to find my god/goddess and I stepped outside for a few minutes this morning and I saw 10+ stars blinking (not all of them) and I was wondering if maybe this could be a sign? I’ve never seen that before and it was very captivating for some reason. Could it be Asteria?

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      Anonymous2018 

      10 months ago

      I’ve been looking for a sign to try to find my god/goddess and I stepped outside for a few minutes this morning and I saw 10+ stars blinking (not all of them) and I was wondering if maybe this could be a sign? And if so, from who?

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      Cassandra 

      10 months ago

      If I've had a love for a certain god and goddess my whole life and always flock to them and am just learning about Wicca now, does that mean that was my calling? Or am I still waiting for a calling?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      11 months ago

      Hi Andrea; I think I pretty much said it in the article. Did you read it?

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      andria 

      11 months ago

      how do you find your god or goddess

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      11 months ago

      I don't think there are any 'supposed to's Abigail; you might, you might not, you might have missed one, you might need to keep seeking, it might take time, your Goddess might help lead you to Him, etc... it's just one of those things you have to wait and see how it unfolds.

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      Abigail 

      11 months ago

      I had a sign about my goddess but am I supposed to get a sign about my god?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      11 months ago

      Hi Shayla; welcome to the path. I would say if you fixate on a specific God or Goddess who seem to be expressing that they don't think you're a good fit with them, you should probably listen to them and seek elsewhere.

      I wouldn't take it as rejection; only as a sign that they realize they're not the best 'mentors' for you on your path, and where you need to go in life is not where then need their 'protege' to go.

      GL :o)

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      Shayla Quinlan 

      11 months ago

      Im new to this and I dont know how to find a god or goddess. What happens when they dont want you?

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      Tabetha Rose-steinberg 

      11 months ago

      No puns on the name. I have been able to call the winds since I was in 6th grade. Only when I was emotional. I thought I was strange and crazy, but at the time I was in my own zone and felt so strong. I'm 45 now and just tried it again out in my backyard. I had the same warm feeling and I called for them... the winds. They came and I asked for stronger and they blew harder like they did when I was young. I know I sound like a crazy person, but I have been able to do this since I was young. Help???!!!

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      Brittaney 

      11 months ago

      I am confused as to who my patron gods are. I have this feeling that I cant really explain that there is a deity presence in my life which i am perceiving as feminine and that i associate with the east and with motherhood and growth but I do not have a name for her? When I tried to look up different goddesses that may match this feeling I find a large number of them, How will I know for sure when I have found my goddess? It feels so vague, I have tried to speak with her I want so badly to understand the feeling and to know the name of who it is that I keep talking to but I don't know how to do that.

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      Mari 

      11 months ago

      Hello does anyone know if it’s okay to not use diety and light your god and goddess candles to the sun and moon ?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      12 months ago

      We don't need anything specific to practice magic, Greeshma; but it can help to keep focus and to lend energy to your spells so many Witches prefer to use them. But really you don't need anything special-- leaves you find on trees, items you find in your house, can all be used in magic.

      It's the mind that's the important tool and has to be well-trained.

      No, we can't fly-- not physically. Magic doesn't break the laws of physics, it just works with them in funny ways.

      Hope this helps :o)

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      12 months ago

      Hi Amanda; I would say just keep learning about the religion, pray & practice meditation. These are things that any new Wiccan needs to become adept at. The foundation, basically.

      Hope that helps :o)

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      Greeshma 

      12 months ago

      Plz can u say me that

      Can we use the magic without any ingrideants?

      If yes say those tricks too.

      Can we fly by using the magic?

      If yes say those tricks too.

      Every magic can we drop without any ingrideants?

      If yes explain these everything briefly.

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      Amandarae 

      12 months ago

      Hi there, I've been slowly drawn to Wicca for the past few years, but this last year more heavily than ever...I've joined online groups and have begun to accept that for some reason I'm being reminded or shown things that make me wonder... For example the full moon..I was born under a full moon, I cycle with it, and when it's out I'm staring at it and taking pictures of it like a freak..my zodiac is Pisces and I'm always obsessed with water or rain, and recently 6 months ago I've been seeing 333 everywhere, or things happen in 3's. Can you give me any insight to what I should do next?? Thanks _ Amanda

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      Alexa 

      12 months ago

      I wake up everyday feeling compelled to go outside and look at the beauty of nature and see a sparkly white light on everything since I was 7 years old. I ask my friends if they see this light. It's not a Christian God because I was never close to him. I feel magick power all round me but I didn't know how to attain it. I don't know if I am imaging things or what .

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      Rachel 

      12 months ago

      Hi, I'm new to Wicca and I feel it's the right religion for me, but it's so hard to do proper research since I'm still school, do sports, and have Club responsibilities. My family is really Christian and wouldn't accept me, and I live in a studio with some of them as well. I really want to start an altar, meditate, and do my research, but it's pretty much impossible. Not only that, but I have depression. Would that hinder my meditation or praying any way?

      On a side note, though, I'm really wondering if my patron is the moon goddess. My parents always tell me that whenever they took me outside at night, I would point at it and say, "Look Mom/Dad! The moon! The moon!"

      There's probably been other signs that I just haven't recognized, but that's all I can think of.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      12 months ago

      Hi Changu; you can check out my website at wicclit.com and subscribe. Thanks!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      12 months ago

      Hi hon; so sorry for your hard time ((hugs)) and I wish there were easy answers; but there aren't. These are all complex issues that may or may not be related. A good spiritual counselor, reading or even some thorough pathworking if you're up to it are the kinds of things you might consider to figure it out.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      12 months ago

      Hi Cody; dream interpretation is pretty tough because a lot of it depends on what things mean to you-- like you might be the kind of person that left and right have something to do with politics (left wing/right wing), or it could mean something to do with actual things in directions from your house when you were a child.

      Left often refers to the subconscious, though, to emotions and creativity, while right usually refers to the conscious mind, the rational things. Your dream sounds like whatever left & right represent to you, you might be better off taking the middle road, finding a happy medium in things.

      As for the dandelions, since you're the only one seeing them, it might be a sign. Signs you have to consider who is sending it, as well as what it means in relation to you. There's no easy answers for that, it's something you need to meditate on and try to dig into yourself for answers, the answers are there-- inside you.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      12 months ago

      Hi Seren; you sound like a human psychopomp, also related is soul midwifery-- someone with a unique talent to help the dying cross over.

      I am not well versed on the topic but you might try here: http://www.soulmidwives.co.uk and try looking up Shamanism or Hedge Witchcraft (which, contrary to popular beliefs, has nothing to do with herbs and everything to do with 'riding the hedge', or the separation between the world of the living/world of the dead).

      Hope those leads help you find what you're seeking.

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      telluyandry 

      12 months ago

      like yeah!!!!!!!!!!!! we know this

      wiccon boss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Tonya H14 

      12 months ago

      OK I don't know how to ask about this so I'm just going to put it out there....I've always had a crazy spooky gift, or sixth sense if you will, on "knowing" things. It can sometimes be "seeing" the truth of another's lie that's already in the past or I can "see" what's to come in the future. To put it bluntly, the first time it happend I was 10 yrs old and saw my stepfathers death. He died 10 days later EXACTLY as I saw. This last year it's gotten much more frequent then the couple of times a month as the last 30 years that I've dealt with this so called gift. And yes, I know it's a gift as much as my being able to get almost any plant to grow even when most think said plant is dead. But "seeing" when and how a loved one dies or meeting someone for the first time and knowing that they will have a choice that will lead either lead to their destruction or salvation is taking a toll. I've just started looking for help and reading all I can about this but most Ive found i already knew. I know life is cause and effect. I know others can't and shouldn't know when it's their time or to even try to stop someone from making the wrong choice that will cost them their life. Yes, I do try to help those to understand that a choice is coming and warn of the dangers. It still hurts when they choose to overlook my words. I know I can't stop or change fate nor would I ever want to. I know to never wish harm on another no matter how evil they are because it will and DOES come back 3 times stronger. Karma is very very real and it's karma I've seen attack for better word those who have tried to hurt me. It has been karma that warns me within days if someone means me harm. But my 42 birthday last January not only saw my gift become much much stronger but something truly evil is happening. Every friend I've had and the family i love has betrayed me in the worst way possible this last year. Why does it seem like the year that saw my gift get so much stronger something evil also set it's sight on me? I know for a fact it's nothing I've done. I truly am a gentle soul and couldn't wish harm on ANY ONE no matter WHAT they may do or DID do to me! I'm hoping someone could help me understand what the hell is going on....please

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      Cody Kingsbury 

      13 months ago

      I recently moved but before I moved to a different house, the house I used to live in once didn't have any dandelions growing at all but then out of nowhere on April 4 of last year our yard was covered in dandelions but the strange thing is everyone i was telling looked at our yard and called me crazy saying there was no dandelions in our yard also I've had dreams where I walked along a path and once I reached where the path broke into three more paths a voice called out to me and told me this "Left leads to pain and misery, right leads to wealth and lonliness and middle leads to love and happiness and approval." Then i chose the middle and i woke up. what could this mean?

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      Shelly P 

      13 months ago

      I had a dream and actually remembered it, which is odd in itself. The dream was of four animals interacting and one giving birth to a baby that seemed more human. I'm trying to research Gods/Goddesses that are connected to all four... Wolf, Stag/Buck, Sheep, Dog. Does anyone know which God this might be?

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      Seren Elizabeth 

      13 months ago

      MSW-

      I have believe I know my 'calling card', so to speak, but am having a lot of difficulty finding information about it.

      All my life, I have been approached by animals very near death. For a long time, I thought it was troubling, then a friend told me they probably could sense they could find solace in their final moments with me. After that, I didn't give it much more thought.

      Just this morning I had a funeral for an opossum, actually.

      When i do any research on this topic though, all I'm finding are articles like, "can your dog really sense death" and "finding god in your final days".

      I'm not sure if you have any knowledge on the subject, or could point me in the right direction, but anything is appreciated. (Sorry for writing a small book for you haha.)

      Well wishes.

      Seren Elizabeth

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      Charlie Anne 

      13 months ago

      Personally I have a God and Goddess from the Greek Pantheon, but because of my family (they're completely Christian and against Wicca) I can only meditate, yet I really wish to make some burnt offerings. Any advice?

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      14 months ago

      Hi Averill; kind of what I said in the article-- pretty much works for whatever pantheon you're interested in. Good luck!

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