A Wiccan Journey: Books for beginners.

For those who don’t know, I am an eclectic, practicing Wiccan. I have traveled this path for close to twenty years. Sometimes not as faithfully as I’d like, but the Lord and Lady were always in my heart, mind and soul in every aspect of my life.

When I decided to follow the Wiccan path, the first thing I did was look into books that would help me on my spiritual journey. I had no idea where to even begin. We were a one-household family and I don’t drive (never have and don’t want to) so that meant that money was tight and I couldn’t drive to the local pagan meet-up as it was close to an hours’ drive. To be honest I could have gone; my husband offered several times to take me, but I felt very unworthy (for lack of a better word) to be in their company as I knew NOTHING of the path and I was afraid I would be shunned or mocked. I know differently now, but when you’re learning something knew there is always that fear of being rejected by those who are already ‘in the know’.

We had one metaphysical store in town (sadly it’s closed down), and the internet was still oh so new. I mean, we’re talking early 2000’s here. I managed to save up some money and headed to the one store that could help me. I must have scanned just about every book she had on paganism until I found one that appealed to me; Scott Cunningham’s LIVING WICCA; A GUIDE TO SOLITARY PRACTICIONERS . When I had enough money, I went back and bought another book by the same author. After a while I had several and understood all I could about Wicca. The next step was practicing.

I’m not sure how different it is to learn from a person compared to a book. I suppose there are little nuances and such, but if you can’t find a Coven or group, books are the next best thing. I bookmarked a site with many good books if you’re interested. This list is very comprehensive and gives a new searcher a wide range of possible paths. As someone who couldn’t be a part of a community (remember, this was pre-internet) books let me explore and find my path that was right for me, and not influenced by a single person or group.


Books were my first teacher and I still purchase them to learn. If there’s one thing I know for certain, learning about Wicca is an ongoing process because like all things, acquiring knowledge is a life-long experience.

A Wiccan Journey: Sigils

As a Wiccan, you learn there are many ways to cast a spell. All involve raising energy, direction/focus and intent, but simpler ways such as herbalism and crystals can introduce a beginner to a larger world.  Another simple way to create magic is with the use of sigils.


I’d heard of sigils a while back, but as I was too caught up in crystal work, I didn’t want to split my focus on two separate projects. Simply put, a sigil by definition is “a sign or image supposedly having magical power” [Dictionary.com, http://www.dictionary.com/browse/sigil]. It can be as small as a two letter word or a rudimentary drawing; the power with sigils lies in the focus and intent in which it was made.

Sigils are a very personal and are unique to the person who creates them. The image represents the goal and/or desire of its creator and is infused with the user’s personal energy.  Some use it in place of incantations or phrases. Because sigils are so personal there is no one way to create them, but the one thing they all have in common is the resulting image is unique to the creator. I have found a couple sites where you can ‘borrow’ an already made image but I feel this detracts from the intent. These pre-made sigils are however, good to use for examples if you are new to learning and creating them.

You can etch your sigil onto anything you wish to infuse with power; a candle, on paper, or if you are very creative, you could create an amulet and keep the sigil on you at all time. Infuse protection herbs with the power of a sigil by placing a small quantity of herbs on one drawn on parchment (this would be a good spell with moon magic).

Creating a sigil is simple. Focus on your intent and write that intent down. You’re your statement or word strong; no wishes or hopes. It must be focused. Cross out the vowels and then remove any duplicate consonants. Here the creation of sigils can vary. Traditionally, you would combine the letters unto an icon (see examples in the links below), but there are several techniques for the final step, including an online site that uses vector charts. A sigil can be as detailed or as simple as you want. There is no wrong way to create one.

This site uses a vector chart and numbers.


The Rose Cross Sigil creator


For more information, I’ve included several links that will give you more insight into the practise and creation of sigils.



This link contains colour coordination with sigils.


The Other Realms: Are we alone?

symbols-of-the-four-elements-800pxThis question has been posed to scientists for decades, but only in reference to the physical universe, or the universe we can see.  As a Wiccan, one of the things that fascinate me is the different planes of existence, parallel worlds and their inhabitants; the invisible creatures that tend to nature and that man have written about for centuries. This includes elementals, spirts, Fae, and the list goes on and on.

Now I know the majority of the public don’t believe in such things, and that’s fine but answer this, if they didn’t exists why do we keep referring to them? Why do they still, after all this time stay in the minds of humans? Even with all our technological advances and science, we still do not know the extent of our world or all its secrets, so why is it so hard to believe that these other realms do exist? And with them, creatures that we only know from myth and lore?

I believe in an afterlife, so it’s not a hard leap to believe in creatures such as elementals or Fae. When I set out to explore this topic, I found that there is so much more to the unseen world than I originally thought. What started out as a short blog post has turned into something much more and I am thrilled at the amount of information I’ve gathered so far.

I understand the five basic elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Ether (spirit) and the idea that there are creatures that are so connected with their representing element that they hold sway over it.  If you’re interested, this link is to a list of elementals and an explanation to what they do.


I need to research this more; learn how to connect and possibly communicate with them. This will be an interesting experience and I hope to pass on what I have learned.


Have you had any experience with Elementals? What happened?







A Wiccan Journey: Protective Shield

(DISCLAIMER: This is not my creation. I discovered this Magical Sphere in the book CANDLE MAGIC, by Phillip Cooper. You can purchase the book HERE..)

There has been so much negativity in the world as of late that I find myself revising and re-posting something I feel will help those who are having a difficult time dealing with all this anger. I use this method when I come across psychic vampires (yes, they exists), and strengthen it with the use of rose quartz and black tourmaline crystals. For this exercise, I place the crystals as close to my heart as I can.

Start by clearing your mind. Relax and let go of all the mundane thoughts. Imagine a point of bright light inside yourself, at about heart level. See a shaft of light rise up, just above the crown of your head. Next, imagine the shaft of light moving down through your body. If you’re sitting have it extent past your tailbone. Next, extend the light in each magical direction (North, South, East, West). The book says you should be facing East, but that’s not always possible.

Now for the rings. Imagine the first ring starting at the crown of your head, where the shaft ends. Have it arc your body, traveling down your back toward your feet (or tailbone), then back up your front and ending at the crown of your head.

The second ring begins at the crown of your head again, but this time arcs out over your right side, down under your base, back up arching over your left side, finally resting at the crown.

The third and final ring begins at the mid-section. First imagine a shaft of light emanating out from your core, about a foot in front. Have the shaft then arc to the left side, then arching to your back, then right side, finally stopping at your front where you began.

The magic sphere is now complete. To dispel it, just imagine everything in reverse, starting with the third ring pulling back around your body from right to left.  When you’re sphere is complete, you should be visualizing something like the diagram below. Just not with the colours.


To reinforce this shield throughout the day, still your mind and take a few deep breaths. Imagine the rings around you, shimmering and strong. Once you get used to doing this, you can create and strengthen your shield quickly when needed.

A Wiccan Journey: Harmonizing with Nature

Some of you may know that I am a Pagan. More precisely, a solitary Wiccan. It’s a spiritual belief that I’ve followed for almost fifteen years. I’m not a spell casting Wiccan; instead I strive to find my place – a balance in my life with nature, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t cast the odd spell every now and then.

The key word for me is balance. When there’s balance there’s harmony. It can be a daunting task and I do some strange things to make sure things are flowing smoothly. Everyone has a dark side whether they want to believe it or not, and I feel strongly that unless we explore that side of our personality, give it some attention, it will fester like a boil until it ruptures and inflicts toxins into our soul. Enough toxins and those dark thoughts or ideas begin to manifest on the outside in our attitudes and the way we treat other living things.

I believe that balance comes from understanding both sides; the dark and the light. If you’ve read any of my books you may have noticed they tend to be a little on the dark side. I explore this side through my writing. Allowing my creativity to delve into worlds and ideas as a way of understanding those deep dark places of my soul.

I counter that with learning about crystals and other metaphysical beliefs. Chakra balancing, meditation, and keeping an open mind when it comes to new ideas help me to understand the light side of my personality. I carry three crystals with me to work every day; turquoise, mahogany obsidian and golden calcite. They help me to communicate, strengthen my confidence and keep me grounded. Using my creativity for this is all about colour. Different shades of reds, blues, greens and everything in between come together in my fascination with beauty and makeup. My interest in nail art isn’t new. I’ve always been drawn to it, but it’s only been recently that I found a way to incorporate it into my life and this is why I’m learning about nail art and other aesthetic applications. For me, it feeds my confidence and learning and creating with these pallets utilizes my creative side.

There is one drawback to balancing my energies; I notice more frequently when nature is more turbulent. It manifests itself as headaches, anxiety, or that feeling of just being ‘off’. Storms are the worst, especially in the summer. Suddenly finding myself wide awake in the middle of the night with no reason (until I hear the distant sound of thunder) is exasperating, but I suppose it’s a small price to pay for finding inner peace and my place within nature.

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