“I don’t know how much longer I can live in an apartment with those roommates,” my friend, Allen, said.
“Something happened?” I asked.
“I need to get into a situation where I’m around people who are okay with Wicca,” he said.
I know how difficult living with non-Wiccans can be. Especially if they are not Wiccan-friendly.
Certainly, you can’t have an altar set up permanently where they can see it.
So how can you follow your spiritual path and be discreet about it?
One way to hide a Wiccan altar is to use a small, hard-shelled suitcase. This is truly convenient because when you’re done, you just put your altar tools into the suitcase and put it away. Additionally, your tools are stored simply and easily for the next time you need them.
You can store your suitcase-altar out of the way in a closet or under a bed.
When you’re ready to do your ritual (with your door closed!), just pull out the suitcase and set your altar up.
You can even use the suitcase itself as the altar table.
Need to travel or do a ritual at a friend’s home? Just grab your suitcase-altar and go.
If you live with non-Wiccans, you can use your suitcase-altar as a simple way to disguise and store your altar until you’re ready to do your next ritual.
Do you have fences in your life, keeping you from doing the things you really want to do? Maybe, they keep you from doing ritual on a regular schedule? Perhaps, they keep you from meditating on a daily basis.
How do we remove such blocks to our success in doing what we want?
Do as the Goddess says, as revealed in Doreen Valiente’s poem, The Charge Of The Goddess:
“Keep pure your highest ideal; strive ever toward it; let naught stop you or turn you aside.”
You might say, “Well, that sounds nice, but how can I take a concrete step in that direction?”
Start with Your Highest Ideal
You need a target. What might you aim for?
We, as Wiccans, want to have a daily connection with God and Goddess.
There you go! We now have a Highest Ideal to aim for.
Take the Smallest Step toward Your Highest Ideal
What is the smallest step you can take to help you have a daily experience with God and Goddess?
Here are some suggestions:
Go on a daily walk in nature.
Going for a walk in nature helps you connect with the God and Goddess. It’s also a good form of exercise that can be done by most individuals. (With any form of exercise, check with your doctor).
Set an alarm on your phone or watch to remind you to meditate on a regular basis (even if it’s just three minutes a day)
When you hear the alarm ring, you know it is time for you to meditate. You might step to a backroom (or even a bathroom stall) and meditate for three minutes. Some years ago, one of my friends used to bring a chair to a balcony during his break at work. He would practice deep breathing and meditating for a few minutes—on that balcony. “It helped,” he told me.
Set up a trigger to inspire you into action
You can set a candle on the dining table that you see on entering your apartment. You’ll be reminded to set down your stuff and jacket and do a brief ritual before you move forward with your evening. In essence, you set a positive trigger (the candle) for yourself.
If you live alone or with someone who supports your Wiccan path, you can set up your altar the night before so when you get home the next day, it is already up and waiting for you.
Pre-setting your materials makes it much easier to get into action and do ritual instead of the default pattern of flopping down on the couch to watch TV.
Using a candle to get me started, I find that once I get into motion, I feel lots of energy that I didn’t feel moments before. In this way, I actually complete some candle magick (for example).
Set up a weekly call with a friend about your conversation with the God and Goddess
Perhaps, you set up something called an Accountability Plan. You have a weekly call with a friend, and you both give a “progress report” on what you did that week to honor and be close with the God and Goddess.
When I use an Accountability Plan, I find that I do what I planned. Because I want to avoid talking about a failure to do ritual, I actually get it done during the week.
May these methods be helpful to you on your Wiccan Journey.
I don’t generally write reviews on books I’ve read…but this time i feel lead to. This book spoke volumes to me, as if the author knew exactly where I’m coming from and what I’m struggling with. It’s not often a book can make me cry, but this one did by making me see the many blocks I’ve put up in my life. I knew they were there, but I’ve gotten skilled at pretending they’re not. Thank you for helping me see I’m not some freak because of circumstances throughout my life that have caused the blocks, and that i need to stop hiding from or burying them and face them one step at a time. – Crystal Sparks
This book is a must have for all of those starting out on the spiritual path of Wicca and for all of those who are just looking for some light and love in their life. MoonWater SilverClaw uses her knowledge of Wicca and her personal experiences to not only teach the Law of Attraction in a clear manner but to help you use the Law of Attraction to better your life.
Through simple guided meditations and tips on living a happy healthy life this book takes you on a journey that will teach you how to love yourself, better your self image, and rid yourself of the negative energies that prevent you from reaching your goals.
This book covers many wonderful topics that will teach you basic magical practices as well as the theory and idea of “like attracts like” From setting up an alter to casting a circle and how to perform and find the magick that you are seeing in your life this book has so much to offer.
MoonWater SilverClaw is truly an inspirational writer for a newer generation of Wiccans and those seeking to use the natural energies of the earth to make changes in their life. Her writing style speaks from the heart because she has been where the reader is, she has used these techniques and steps to better her own life and now she is helping the reader use the Law of Attraction to better theirs – Amazon Customer
This is an absolute gem for the witch with issues. Rituals for things like self-esteem are something i have never seen before. Moonwater’s writing is engrossing and draws the reader in. I am a witch with PTSD M.S. and other issues and this book made me feel hopeful and capable. – t’air
Ms. SilverClaw has written a book that is really great for the beginner wanting to learn about Wiccan or wants to start practicing the art of Wicca. I found this book wonderful, easy to read, and extremely helpful and informative. It covers everything from what Wicca is, the history of Wicca and how Wicca became misassociated with evil, along with how Wicca can help/save people’s lives. Ms. SilverClaw also discusses practicing Wicca either in a Coven or Solo, and all the things you need in order to have in order to perform your ceremony, and she explains what each item means. She explains how to create spells and gives examples to use, and explains the pitfalls of creating certain types of spells. Ms. SilverClaw has truly created a book that is a cast all net the seems to cover everything that I needed to know to begin practicing Wicca. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is searching for their first book on the topic and wants to start practicing the art of Wicca or is just curious about the topic. This is truly a Must Have book. – Tamra L. Shipman
When was the last time you were angry? It’s a tough emotion to endure. Everyone gets angry at times. A sibling, your parents, or your boss can light the flame.
So how do we deal with that anger? You can’t let go of anger until you let go of your first perception.
Let me explain: The perception that things are supposed to be a certain way in your life can cause much distress if those perceptions are not met.
For example, I have a dear friend who works as a teacher. It’s important work; he is educating the next generation of people to inherit the Earth. But teachers get paid a pittance compared with how important their job is. I see my friend struggle, and I get angry about it.
Does my anger do any good? Does anything change?
No. I just feel awful.
It’s necessary for me to do a Ritual to Dispel Anger.
Here is the ritual below.
What you will need:
One red candle
Banishing oil (you can use sage oil if you like)
Heat proof surface for your cauldron
One word for the object that represents your feelings of anger
Place cauldron in the middle of the altar on your heat proof surface.
Next, asperge and cense your candle. Carve the one word (length wise) on the candle that names what you’re angry about. Dress candle with banishing oil.
Holding the candle, visualize all your anger, focusing the feelings into the candle. Once you have pushed all that anger into the candle, hold up the candle and say:
[Name what angers you] that burns me so,
It’s time for this anger to go!
As I light you, you will burn,
(Light the candle and place it in the cauldron.)
Melting down turn by turn.
As you melt, my anger will disappear,
Never coming back to burden me here.
Sit and watch the flame of the candle. Feel your anger being burnt up as the candle is consumed.
Do the Cakes and Wine Ceremony
Close the Circle
For some Wiccans, it may take a few repetitions of this Ritual to Dispel Anger.
Going back to the above ideas I shared: “You can’t let go of anger until you let go of your first perception. The perception that things are supposed to be a certain way in your life can cause much distress if those perceptions are not met.”
Eventually, it’s valuable to shift to a state of acceptance*. Did something happen that upsets you? Yes. Can you go back in time and change it? No. What can you do now? Pick your battles. If you’re called to take action on a particular issue, then find something proactive to do.
Otherwise, use the Ritual to Dispel Anger.
* Please know that acceptance is NOT approval. Wiccans know that the Earth at present is home to both good and bad things happening. Acceptance is part of consciously choosing some things to work on and other things to let go.
I placed the bowl of salt on the altar and then, gently, my mentor moved my hand to the left. Just then, I had the instinctive feeling that the bowl of salt was now in the right place.
I’ve found that having a mentor brings out an aspect of Wicca that one cannot find in a book.
Imagine trying to learn to swim without getting in the water.
Similarly, did you learn to ride a bicycle with no one next you? Learning to ride a bicycle is a good metaphor related to rising to higher levels of Wiccan practice.
You could read a book about a bicycle or watch other people riding bicycles, but that is not the same as having a mentor guide you.
When my dad taught me to ride a bicycle, he was there offering advice and helping me right the bicycle when I took a couple of spills.
Wicca is an experiential process. A mentor can guide you in a progression of experiences so that you learn at a good pace and have successful experiences along the way.
The idea of being a mentor means so much to me that I’m now completing a video in which I talk directly with the viewer and show the process of a number of meditations. I provide guided meditations—this is a prime example of when a mentor can provide an experience to help the viewer go deeper in his or her practice.
Consider ways to bring a mentor or mentors into your journey.
You’ll make progress faster and enjoy the journey more.
For more of Moonwater SilverClaw, consider some of her books:
Do you travel a lot? Have you missed viewing your Gods from your home altar? Make a Portable Shrine. It’s fun.
What you will need:
One wooden hinged box
Different colored tissue paper (I used some paper with a flower-pattern for one of my boxes.)
Image of the God
Image of the Goddess
Glue gun and glue
Tulip® Dimensional Fabric Paint–Glitter
Mini flowers and/or other decorations for the Gods
(For example, I included flowers for the Goddess. You can use beads,
paint, coins or other decorations that have meaning for you and your
Electric tea lights. Hotels do not let you use lit candles.
Mod Podge glue
Sponge applicator (for the glue)
Other decorations like stickers and such as desired
To start, I applied Mod Podge glue to the exterior surface of my wooden box. Then I affixed the flower-patterned tissue paper to the surface with the glue. Note in the photo how the patterned tissue paper provides an interesting texture. (Be careful and use glue on only one side at a time. Let the glue fully dry.)
Then I applied another coat of glue over the tissue paper to seal it.
As another option, you can paint your box any color that seems appropriate, perhaps, your favorite color.
Although you could add decorations to the outside of the box, I suggest leaving it plain. Why? You do not want a hotel maid or other stranger to be drawn to the box out of curiosity.
Inside the box, I used red tissue paper. Pick the color you prefer. Whether you glued paper or painted the inside, wait for it to dry. Then use glue to apply the images of your chosen God and Goddess.
Note in the photo that I used Tulip® Dimensional Fabric Paint–Glitter to cover the edges of the Deities’ pictures—gold glitter for the God and silver for the Goddess.
I added pearl 3D-stick-ons and other jeweled stick-on pieces to accent my images. I also added glittery stickers on the sides to personalize the interior of my box.
I strung beads in strands—two for the God and one long strand for the Goddess. I used fishing line for that. I draped the beads and used the glue gun to affix the ends in place.
As a finishing touch, I employed the glue gun as I added mini-flowers to the Goddess’ side.
Once your Portable Shrine is fully dried, you close it up. From the outside, no one will know what it is.
Take your Portable Shrine anywhere, open it up and place the electric candle in front to honor the God and Goddess.
My Portable Shrine is small and compact enough to fit into a backpack that I bring on a plane. I even took it on a cruise. It’s nice to have the familiar company of my shrine when I am away from home.
At home, I place my Portable Shrine in a prominent location and enjoy it.
Since, when closed, your Portable Shrine is nondescript, it can be placed on a book shelf or the corner of a desk. Some people consider using a Portable Shrine in a dorm room because the Portable Shrine can be closed quickly.
Making a Portable Shrine can be a fun family project. You could have each family member contribute to one Family Portable Shrine or each person could create his or her own. Perhaps, you might want to do both. They are fun and relatively easy to make.
So keep the craft in witchcraft and have some fun while honoring the Gods.
Casting a circle involves several steps. The following lays this out for you in detail. Please see the post on Alter Setup for the placement of the tools on your altar, also see what is a magick circle if you are wondering why you need to do this in the first place.
Before you begin, you will need:
1) A table for the altar.
2) Candles and candle holders for the four directions in the colors that represent each (red for south, blue for west, green for north, yellow for east.)
3) A red candle for the god and a green candle for the goddess. These candle colors are preferable but not mandatory. You may also use white candles if that is all you have.
12) An altar cloth to keep wax and the other things off the table.
13) Wine or juice and some sort of cake.
14) A lighter.
Next, locate the four directions. Place the quarter candles in their respective corners: green in the northern-most corner, yellow in the east, red in the south, and blue in the west. Below is a simple graphic to show you where to place the quarter candles.
Before you begin, ground and center. This will help to clean out and balance your energy. This step is important to help you get into the right frame of mind before you start.
Next, you need a script to cast a circle or temple for conducting harmonious rites. Don’t worry if the rites you perform don’t flow easily at first. You just need practice. Consider writing a script yourself to follow. This may make it less confusing for you.
The following is an example of a script you can use. The parts you say out loud are in bold. This makes it easier to be seen by candlelight.
Note: This script is written for someone who is casting alone.
Knockthree times on the altar. Ring the bell three times.
Light the working candle with the lighter.
Light the charcoal if you are using it from the working candle.
Take your athame and place its tip into the flame of the working candle. Say:
I exorcise you o creature of fire. And I consecrate and bless you in the names of the Goddess and the God that you are pure and clean.
5) Trace a pentacle over the flame. Pick up the candle and raise it up above you and imagine your energy and the gods’ energy filling the flame. Place the candle back on the altar.
6) Take your athame and place its tip into the bowl of water. Say:
I exorcise you, o creature of water. And I consecrate and bless you in the names of the Goddess and the God that you are pure and clean.
7) Trace a pentacle in the water. Pick up the bowl of water and raise it up above you and imagine your energy and the gods’ energy filling the water. Place the bowl back on the altar.
8) Take your athame and place its tip into the salt. Say:
I exorcise you, o creature of salt. And I consecrate and bless you in the names of the Goddess and the God that you are pure and clean.
9) Trace a pentacle in the salt. Pick up the bowl of salt and raise it up above you and imagine your energy and the gods’ energy filling the salt. Place the salt bowl back on the altar.
10) Take your athame and place its tip into the incense. Say:
I exorcise you, o creature of Air. And I consecrate and bless you in the names of the Goddess and the God that you are pure and clean.
11) Trace a pentacle over incense. Pick up the incense and raise it up above you and imagine your energy and the gods’ energy filling the incense. Place the incense on the lit charcoal.
12) Take your athame and scoop up three blades of the salt. You may also use your finger. Put the three pinches of salt into the water and mix it with the blade of your athame to make holy water. Pick up the bowl of holy water and raise it up above you and imagine your energy and the gods’ the energy filling it.
13) Take the holy water (the salt and water mixture) and dip your fingers into it. Dab some of it on your wrists and forehead. Say:
I bless myself with Earth and Water.
14) Take the censer filled with the burning incense and wave the smoke over you. Say:
I bless myself with Air and Fire.
15) Take the holy water (salt water mixture) and use your fingers to asperge (sprinkle with the holy water) the circle. Starting with north and moving clockwise, walk a complete circle around the parameter, asperging each corner as you go. When finished, place the bowl back on the altar.
16) Pick up the censer filled with the burning incense. Use your hand to wave the incense smoke around the circle. Starting with north and moving clockwise, walk a complete circle around the parameter, waving the smoke as you go. Be careful not to burn yourself or anything else. When finished, place the censer back on the altar.
(You have just cleansed the space and yourself. Now let’s continue by casting the circle.)
17) Take the sword/athame. Envision energy being channeled from you up from the earth or down from the sky and coming out the tip of your sword/athame. Starting with north and moving clockwise, walk a complete circle around the parameter. As you walk, say:
I conjure you, o circle of power, that you be a boundary between the seen mundane world and the spirit world. That you protect me and contain the magick that I shall raise within you! I consecrate and bless you in the names of the Goddess and the God. So mote it be!
18) Finish at the east quarter and trace a pentacle in the air with sword/athame.
(Now it’s time to call the quarters.)
19) Take the athame and the taper from the altar. Light the taper from the working candle. Go and stand in the east corner of where your circle boundary is. Starting with the east candle, say:
I summon, stir, and call you up, o mighty ones of the East, element of Air. Come guard my circle and witness my rite.
20) Trace a pentacle in the air with your athame. Then light the quarter candle for east. Say:
Hail and welcome!
21) Move clockwise to the south candle. Say:
I summon, stir, and call you up, o mighty ones of the South, element of Fire. Come guard my circle and witness my rite.
22) Trace a pentacle in the air with your athame. Then light the quarter candle for south. Say:
Hail and welcome!
23) Move clockwise to the west candle. Say:
I summon, stir, and call you up, o mighty ones of the West, element of Water. Come guard my circle and witness my rite.
24) Trace a pentacle in the air with your athame. Then light the quarter candle for west. Say:
Hail and welcome!
25) Move clockwise to the north candle. Say:
I summon, stir, and call you up, o mighty ones of the North, element of Earth. Come guard my circle and witness my rite.
26) Trace a pentacle in the air with your athame. Then light the quarter candle for north. Say:
Hail and welcome!
27) Using the taper, light the goddess candle, saying:
Welcome, my lady!
28) Using the taper, light the god candle, saying:
Welcome, my lord!
You have now completed casting your circle!
(At this time you can do any working you need or communicate with the gods through meditation.)