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Dispelling Myths About Wicca and Paganism

Dispelling Myths About Wicca and Paganism
There are many misconceptions out there about Pagans and Paganism as well as Wicca and Wiccans. For some reason all of these words have negative connotations for many and are often associated with evil, particularly by Christians and Christianity. People do not seem to understand what it means to be Wiccan or Pagan. Wicca is the same thing as Paganism. Wicca is one of the oldest religions. Wicca is witchcraft. Wiccans worship nature. Pagans are all polytheistic. Wiccans and Pagans are Satanic and evil. Wiccans and Pagans believe in human and animal sacrifice. Wiccans are all vegetarian. Pagans all share the same opinion on political issues and morality. Wicca comes from the word wicked. Wiccans all worship nude or dressed in black. Pagans perform sexual rituals involving orgies and the deflowering of virgins. The pentagram and pentacle, a five-pointed star in a circle, are evil symbols of Satan. Wicca and Paganism are not the same thing, and Wicca is not witchcraft. Related:  Wicca

Bottle Spells and Spell Bottles A spell bottle is a bottle into which a magical spell has been cast in the form of physical items used to ensure that the spell results in the desired outcome. A bottle spell is a magical spell that is contained within a bottle, and which, when finished, is expected to work for the ends one desires. There are many types of bottle spells used in folk magic traditions from around the world. Almost every culture that uses bottles (or gourds, or animal horns) as containers also has developed ways to use those containers to hold works of magical spell craft. The painted bottle spells shown here were made in America from small medical bottles. Among the earliest spell bottles known are those called "Witch Bottles." In more recent times, the witch bottles of England and Anglo-America have been made from cobalt blue glass and they are often kept on a window sill "for pretty" as well as to keep away witches and the evil eye. When used on the altar, the bottle is filled with oil and sealed.

Is it true what they say about Hell? : Pagan Hell Pagan Hell One of the key assertions of most groups which claim the label "Christian" is that they get their religious beliefs from one source, and one source only--the writings collected into the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. It should thus be startling to Christians to find that most of the extensive details about the nature of Hell promoted in the "standard" Roman Catholic and Protestant descriptions and popular perceptions of Hell have been based for almost 700 years not on information found in that collection of writings. They grow, instead, out of one alternate source in particular, fourteenth century Italian poet Dante Alighieri's poem L'Inferno. And most of the content of that poem itself is not based even loosely on any information from the Bible ... but from a mish-mash of Jewish fables, pagan mythology, and medieval superstitions. For details on the non-biblical Jewish sources Dante tapped into, see the articles The Jewish View of Hell and Jewish Fables. 3. The Furies

Herbs & Herbal Uses Herbs in medicine, cooking, and magic. Find charts, planting tips, and other uses for these valuable plants below. Imagine....awakening in the morning and stepping outside to a lush and fragrant paradise....which exists to satisfy your own culinary, medicinal, and even spiritual needs..... Welcome to Herb Gardening! What is an herb? The loose definition of herb is any plant that is used for its culinary, medicinal, or fragrant properties. Please do explore the links to the left for a comprehensive index of herbs and their uses, and the links below for some creative ways to use them in your own life. Culinary Chart Common Foods and Complementary Herbs Making Gourmet Herbal Vinegars Making Gourmet Herbal Oils & Butters In gardening, herbs are an important part of what is known as "Companion Planting." Companion Planting As always with gardening, esthetics are extremely important. List of Annual Herbs List of Biennial Herbs List of Perennial Herbs Landscaping with Herbs Print Your Own Seed Packets

Paganism 101 {*style:<u><b> Paganism 101 Some Qs and As </b></u>*} {*style:<b> </b>*} Historically, Christians have called most people who believed in more than one god, or in any God other than the Christian/Jewish/Muslim Yahweh by the term "pagan." There are many pagan spiritual paths. They think of Deity as both male and female, not just as "He." Their religion is based largely on ancient religions that predate Christianity, especially the spirituality of the ancient Celts, Romans, Greeks, Norse, and Egyptians. Many pagans use magic (more about that below). Some pagans describe their faith as being much like Native American traditional beliefs, since many Americans are familiar with that idea. Nope. No again. Many people get confused, though, because some Pagans use the term "Witch" to describe themselves, and they think of that as someone who worships Satan---an accusation left over from the days of the Witch Trials. Many Pagans wear a star in a circle. Wiccans tend to call themselves "Witches."

What is Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism? The article below describes how Wicca draws from the Old Traditions of Witchcraft. While this is true, we would simply like to clarify that Witchcraft and Wicca, while simular in many respects, are not the same. One can be a Witch, without being a Wiccan, just as a person can be a Christian, without being a Baptist. Wicca is a recognized religion, while Witchcraft itself is not considered a religion. Contrary to what those who choose to persecute or lie about us wish to believe, Wicca is a very peaceful, harmonious and balanced way of life which promotes oneness with the divine and all which exists. Wicca is a deep appreciation and awe in watching the sunrise or sunset, the forest in the light of a glowing moon, a meadow enchanted by the first light of day. Wicca is a belief system and way of life based upon the reconstruction of pre-Christian traditions originating in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The spells that we do involve healing, love, harmony, wisdom and creativity. Blessed Be!

What are the different types of pagan Paganism is an umbrella term that is used to describe people who do not follow Christianity or Islam. It can include Wiccans, Buddhists, Druids, and Eclectic Witches in its description - to name but a small few. The basic principles of Paganism are as follows: Pagan​s rever​e the Earth​.​ Pagan​s are typic​ally deepl​y conce​rned about​ the envir​onmen​t.​ Most Pagan​s engag​e in celeb​ratio​ns of the chang​ing seaso​ns,​ and see time in cycli​cal rathe​r than linea​r terms​.​ Pagan​s tend to be fierc​ely indiv​idual​,​ but toler​ant of the belie​f syste​ms of other​s.​ The Divin​e has made Itsel​f manif​est throu​gh many Deiti​es in diffe​rent place​s and at diffe​rent times​.​ Pagan​s belie​ve in balan​ce betwe​en the Mascu​line and Femin​ine energ​ies of the unive​rse.​ Many pagan​s belie​ve in Karma​,​ and the Law of Retur​n.​ It is no more true that all Pagan​s are Wicca​ns than it is true that all Chris​tians​ are Metho​dists​.​

The White Goddess - Pagan Portal POCM Pagan Origins of the Christ Myth The 7 Keys to Living a Goddess Life | The search for the inner goddess isn’t an ego-centric thing like wanting to be worshipped. It’s more a way to understand your own femininity, strength and wisdom and to give yourself permission to assert these gifts to empower your life. The easiest way to connect with your inner goddess? From personal experience one of the easiest ways to keep your inner goddess glowing is to keep balanced chakras – the energy centres in the body that perform important physiological and psychological functions. I use a range of tools in my Goddess For Life coaching sessions that inspire key elements of a balanced life: foundation, passion, vitality, connection, expression, trust and wisdom. These are all attributes of the major chakras and are a key to achieving a state of bliss. Foundation Your base chakra forms your foundation – it is related to survival instincts, your sense of grounding and connection of your body and the earth. Passion Vitality Connection Expression Trust Wisdom

THE HISTORY OF PAGANISM The history of Paganism began in about 10,000 BC, during the Paleolithic Age. It was a time when primitive people were nomadic, and had to hunt for their food, having to follow the herds of animals to survive. This is where the belief of the God of the hunt first appeared. The men worshipped the sun, the stag horned God, and the language of the animals, as hunting was crucial to their survival. The women, who were the child bearers and the healers, where those who took care of the tribe, and were looked upon as having more power, as they were the givers of life. In around 8000-7500 BC, agriculture was discoved quite by accident, as the food the women stored in the ground began to grow. Time went on, and people migrated from many places to settle in Rome, and those who came from Greece, came with many of the same beliefs that the Romans had....and though they worshipped different Gods and Goddess's, they shared in many similarities.

Witchcraft, Wiccan and Pagan Index | Celtic Connection pagan myths and legends « Paying Attention To The Sky The Fourth Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon 451AD The following is adapted from Fr. Robert Barron’s And Now I See which one reviewer has called “the most readable, sensible and well-supported view of Christianity” he had ever read. It constantly surprises me that as I return to this book to help me advocate the Church’s positions, I always find something clear-cut and easily understandable. Most recently I was in an Internet food fight on the historicity of Jesus. Anyways, here is the amalgam of arguments I used in a longer more thoughtful piece. The Chalcedonian Doctrine came at the end of a long period of debate and discussion in the early church concerning the nature and salvific significance of Jesus Christ. Robert Sokolowski has commented on this Christian distinction between older pagan myths and legends and the Christian religion: Further, as Sokolowski explains this “Christian distinction” carries with it a certain strangeness:

Yule The date varies from December 20 to December 23 depending on the year in the Gregorian calendar. Yule is also known as the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere and the summer solstice in the southern hemisphere due to the seasonal differences. Yule, (pronounced EWE-elle) is when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day. Bonfires were lit in the fields, and crops and trees were "wassailed" with toasts of spiced cider. The ceremonial Yule log was the highlight of the Solstice festival. A different type of Yule log, and perhaps one more suitable for modern practitioners would be the type that is used as a base to hold three candles. Many customs created around Yule are identified with Christmas today. Deities of Yule: All Newborn Gods, Sun Gods, Mother Goddesses, and Triple Goddesses. Incense of Yule: Pine, cedar, bayberry, cinnamon.

The Prophet Ezekiel Who was the prophet Ezekiel? Ezekiel was God's chosen man and messenger. Ezekiel proclaimed the Words of God to the children of God, the Israelites. Ezekiel was both a prophet and a priest. Ezekiel denotes a couple different meanings - God is strong, God strengthens or God makes hard. Ezekiel for the most part did his priestly duties to the best of his abilities. Ezekiel was also a married man. Ezekiel proclaimed judgments of the Lord to the Israelites because of various sin related issues and the abominable condition of Jerusalem. God had Ezekiel proclaim judgments on the cities that surrounded Jerusalem because of sin related issues. Ezekiel was God's chosen man. Like this information?