Wicca and Neopaganism

Principles of Wiccan Belief (as adopted by the Council of American Witches, April, 1974)

1. We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the moon and the Seasonal Quarters and Cross-Quarters. 2. We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility towards our environment. We seek to live in harmony with nature, in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.

A Standard Liturgical Design for Neopagan Druidic Worship 3.0

This is a standard outline that can be used for public or semi-public Druid ceremonies. I’ve spent thirty years making this pattern esthetically pleasing, historically plausible, magically powerful, and spiritually satisfying. Please don’t casually throw pieces of it away (without determining how you’re going to get the same effects), or inject portions of non-Druidic rituals (such as “casting a circle,” “drawing down the moon,” “invoking the Watchtowers,” etc.) that make

The Political Implications of Neopagan Druidism 3.0

Throughout all known human history, people who had hidden knowledge (whether of healing, weather prediction, mathematics, or magic) have used their exclusive possession of that knowledge as a source of power, for purposes that were good, bad or weird. The warrior caste has always done its best (or worst) to take that knowledge away from the intelligensia and to put it to political, economic and military use. Today, almost all

My Vision of Neopagan Druidism 4.0 or Useful Words and Phrases for the Interdimensional Traveler

A.D.F. and Keltria, along with other offshoots of Neopagan Druidism, have developed in unexpected ways, diverging from my original vision as they have grown. I still think it worthwhile, however, to describe what that original vision was and how it has grown in my own mind over the years. Hence, the minor renaming of this essay from “The Vision(s)” to “My Vision.” You will still, of course, find many within

Indo-European Caste Systems and Cosmologies 1.5.1

Note: This essay will make more sense if you first read Indo-European Paleopaganism and its Clergy, elsewhere on this website. Our story so far: In the first few episodes of our continuing saga, “All My Oakgroves”, we’ve established two key concepts for understanding the world(s)views of the Indo-European Paleopagans. The first concept is a polytheological and sociological one called the “trifunctional ideology,” discovered by Georges Dumezil and his followers. The

The Patterns of Wiccan Ritual 1.1

This is excerpted from what was to have been a chapter on ritual in my unpublished book on Witchcraft. I’m posting it here now so that folks will have a general idea of my research and practice on the topic. It will be expanded to include a full ritual script, but not for a while, as I have other promised items to post on my website first. In the Beginning

Sharing Power In Our Communities

One would think if we were successfully living our lives and truly priestessing by the Wiccan Rede, the Golden Rule or the Laws of Maat that the reminders or suggestions herein might not even warrant repeating. However in our busy and stressful lives, is there any one of us who can claim perfection or cannot strive to do better? So in that spirit, as we embark on what many are

Modern Paganism: A Folk Religion

As in ancient folklore and religious practices, modern Paganism is built on the practices and styles of its writers, teachers, and ritualists. Various forms of today’s Pagan religious revival are used and adapted, and then reused in new ways. General practices, such as the use of a contained fire for banishing, or the use of certain images to represent deity, or a certain style of invocation, are all parts of

12 Steps to Finding a Spiritual Teacher You Can Trust

Books abound on the array of neo-pagan faiths and Wiccan traditions, but after reading all we can, it is common to desire a teacher to inspire and guide us along our chosen path. Unfortunately, the world is full of hucksters eager to cash in on this desire. Money, however, is not the only “evil” to watch out for, and often not even the primary one. Potential religious teachers often seek