Monday, September 30, 2013

If you're feeling Witchy...

Things of paganism, wicca, and the general occult have always interested us over here.  It's always good to "celebrate all paths to the divine". Check out some of this wicked new stuff...

Used to train hundreds of covens and initiates, Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland has long been viewed as one of the leading authorities on Witchcraft and Magick. Published in 1986. One of modern Wicca's most recommended books, this comprehensive text features a step-by-step course in Witchcraft, with photographs and illustrations, rituals, beliefs, history, and lore, as well as instruction in spellwork, divination, herbalism, healing, channeling, dreamwork, sabbats, esbats, covens, and solitary practice. The workbook format includes exam questions at the end of each lesson, so you can build a permanent record of your spiritual and magical training. 


Love, life, and destiny are revealed in the mounts or areas of the palm, which disclose character; finger shape, which indicates creativity or psychic powers; and fingerprints, which suggest unique talents. 

Pentagrams were used as an important religious symbol. Several faiths also associate the pentagram with magic. Christians in the past commonly used the pentagram to represent the five wounds of Jesus and it has associations with Freemasonry. With a single point upwards, it depicts spirit presiding over the four elements of matter, and is essentially "good". However, a reversed pentagram, with two points projecting upwards, is a symbol of evil and attracts sinister forces because it overturns the proper order of things and demonstrates the triumph of matter over spirit. It is the goat of lust attacking the heavens with its horns.

Once you have gotten some supplies and taken a little walk on the dark side, maybe you decide, hey a witch's life is the life for me... you won't have to go far to find a place to call home. Grab your Buckland's Book and head over to the NEW MOON Church in Bushwick...

The Brooklyn paper recently reported: 
"The Borough of Churches’ latest addition is a group of pagan women who have set up a Wiccan church in Bushwick that is routinely holding ceremonies based on celestial beings and menstrual cycles.
Members of the new Moon Church say it is a far cry from a typical house of worship, but only because there are no pews, no priests, no passing of the collection basket, and a good deal of sorcery. 

“I realized how witchcraft is integral to woman and empowerment and the female collective,” said Harrington. “It’s about learning to be vulnerable with other women and the power that comes from that.”
The church celebrated the last new moon with a ceremony led by Harrington, a 22-year-old native of southern California who grew up surrounded by alternative spiritual groups, in a fourth-floor apartment of the McKibben Lofts. About 20 women and a couple of men participated in the hour-long circle that included incantations and readings from the book of the Grateful Dead (well, Greatful Dead lyrics, anyway).

In addition to the new moon ceremonies, the church regularly hosts women-only gatherings focused on menstruation.
“We have a circle that is about loving your body and learning how to reclaim your menstrual cycle,” said Harrington. “It’s all about manifestation and noticing our cycles that we experience as related to cosmic cycle.”

There are eight organizing members of the church, which started at the Body Actualized Center, a yoga, music and spiritual center on Troutman Street in Bushwick, and gatherings draw anywhere from 10 to 50 participants intent on making the world a better place."
Read the full story here !