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Dear Friends,

This week I have another very special interview (and quiz) for you – and a very important topic (and one you really need to think about for yourself). 

This week Ash interviews Robyn again, and poses the question – “Is Witchcraft It’s Own Religion”.

The interview is about 7 minutes long – and I agree with most of what Robyn says, but I want to give you my own thoughts in this newsletter.

First, let me say, that the subject of religion is a very personal thing… and it isn’t necessary for you to look at “Witchcraft” as a religion.  You can focus specifically on tapping into the Magick energies within you, and not worry about all of the religious aspects of a specific path in Witchcraft.

You see, there are over 9000 different religions in the world… and no single person has the time to go explore all of them.

I believe it all boils down to “feeling” what is right for you.  I know that sounds vague, but let me explain….

I have visited various places of worship from Catholic churches to Buddhist temples.  I never felt completely comfortable in any of these places, and I never knew why.

I discovered later, that it doesn’t matter why… and that the only thing that matters is that I find something to believe in that touches my soul – and who I am (and aspire to be) as a person….

…that’s about the same time my Grandmother introduced me to one of the oldest religions on the planet (some people argue it is THE oldest).

From the moment she began to show me the power in nature, and how it could make me feel – and the energies I could use to create miracles in my life and others – I feel in love with it.

Yes, I practice Witchcraft as a religion.  I worship nature, and the God and Goddess… and other deities as well.

Does that mean you have to?  No, of course not.  You can still use the power of your natural Magick energies – while still practicing Christianity if you’d like.

What I am saying is whatever religious path you  decide to follow – make sure it connects with your heart and soul.  Don’t worry about what anybody else thinks of your choices… if the practices “touch” you, jump in with both feet.

And may the world smile on you, my dear friends – no matter what you choose.
One more order of business before I bid you a “Weekend filled with Magick”….

Ash and I need to do some more interviews, so it may be a little while before a new one is posted… until then, you will continue to get my Friday Rant blog postings… we’ll always be in touch!

There are still copies left of my Mastering The Magick Of Witchcraft Home Academy, and it will walk you step by step through the process of briniging focus to the Magick energy waiting inside of you.  A Magickal journey of miracles await you…

http://www.masteringmagickwitchcraft.com/secret/

Until next week…

Brightest Blessings,

Rose Ariadne

Your Warm And Caring “Resident Witch In Charge

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Dear Friends,

The old saying “the pen is mightier than the sword” is extremely true in Wicca and Witchcraft. Writing rituals can be a powerful addition to your magickal life, however they are sometimes difficult to master. If you’re practicing along or just getting started on your path, you may have found that resources on the subject are few and far between. A lot of Wicca 101 books pay the technique lip service, but often don’t add any practical advice.

If you do a little searching, you can find ritual outlines and scripts that can help you develop your own personal style. Rituals that you write are much more powerful and personal than generic ones. It may sound like a frightening idea to the beginner. I was scared too. I was so worried that I would screw something up or make a mistake. I had no idea how to construct my rituals, or if I was doing the right thing. And when I did try to write my own rituals I felt like I was checking my notes constantly and wasn’t deeply immersed in the ritual. Can you relate?

First and foremost, I must emphasize that there is no wrong way or right way to write a ritual. The most important part in any ritual is intention, and the Goddess can hear you clearly when you speak from your heart. If you make a mistake, you aren’t going to get hit by lightening or anything! Believe me, if that happened, myself and lots of others on the path wouldn’t be here to tell you about it.

Its important to remember that writing a good ritual is going to take practice, which means, unfortunately, lots of mistakes along the way. It’s all part of the process. Do not be afraid to experiment with your rituals. Once you master the technique, it will do your practice a lot of good.

There is a basic format of ritual creation that is followed. The beginning step is to analyze what the ritual is for. Do you want to raise energy? Is this a ritual to mark a holiday or a special occasion? Deciding what type of ritual you will do effect the type of tools and elements you will use in your ritual. Focus your ritual on one or two intentions to keep the length of the ritual down. While its good to spend time in ritual, you may get unfocused if you try to draw it out too long or add too many spells or chants.

Next, think about who will be attending your ritual. What will the size of the group be? You’ll want to organize the ritual in such a way so that there is a good balance between the leader’s role and group participation. Also think about the location your ritual will take place. Will there be enough room for everyone to move comfortably, or do you need to plan a ritual that does not require much movement? Your surroundings will determine the style of the ritual. Outdoor rituals have a different flavor and feeling than indoor ones.

If you are planning a solitary ritual, you’ll also want to think about space. Will you have enough room to lie out your altar and tools? If you are planning a ritual in a small room, you’ll want to add a section toward the beginning of your ritual where you clear the space, both physically and energetically. If you live with roommates, also remember to magickly block yourself from interruptions, and plan the ritual for a time that you’ll know you’ll have privacy.

After considering the space and size of the group involved, its time to get out your pen (or keyboard) and begin formulating your ritual. Most rituals follow a basic format that can be adapted for any purpose. Before the ritual begins, you cleanse and purify the space, gather your materials and set up your altar. Then you’ll call the quarters, call the God and Goddess, cast the circle, perform your spells, send out the built up energy to do your work, thank the quarters and deities, and then close the circle.

Each step can be customized to the purpose of your ritual. You’ll want to gather tools that will help your magickal working for the evening, and set up your altar with colors and elements that correspond to your work. Many people have a standard call for the elements and deities and a casting spell that they use each time. If you’ve been using one from a book for a while, it might be enjoyable to write your own. Do this well in advance of the ritual. If you come up with something that truly speaks to you, try it in a few rituals and edit it as you need to. Anything you can do to personalize your ritual will allow you to put more power and energy into your spell work.

Above all, have fun! There is nothing that you write or say that is “wrong.” It’s all part of an exploratory process. As you develop your own rituals and writing style, your magick will reach a deeper level.

So pick up your pen and write freely!

Until next time,

Rose Ariadne

Your Warm And Caring "Resident Witch In Charge"


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Dear Friends,

Finally, life is somewhat back to normal after my travels abroad.  I learned much, and had many wonderful experiences… from exploring Buddhist temples, to long hikes through nature, to seeing true 3rd world poverty (and lending a helping had) – it was a Magickal experience…

It is good to be home, not only because I enjoy  writing these newsletters for all of you, but also because the comforts of home are very special.  Dorothy said it in the Wizard of Oz, and it is very true. 

There is no place like home.

Anyway, on with our journey together.  This weeks interview is my friend Tatania and Ash talking about where the power of Magick comes from.

I know I’ve spoken about this before, but Tatania gives a slightly different spin on this (even talking about “sub atomic” particles).  Don’t’ worry, it is very easy to understand where she is going with it.

Just remember that Magick is energy.  It is the energy of your emotions, your deepest feelings and desires… all fueled by your belief in your life, and the goals you have.

There is Magick energy in every smile, every frown, every glance from that special someone across the room… and in nature… Magick energy in every gust of wind through the trees, every moonbeam, and every ray of sunshine….

My friends, our world is alive with Magick during every moment in time.  And it is all so precious… and we all of the power to tap into it – to pull back the curtain of things you can only “see”, and find the world of Magick.

You’ve all known, since early on, that there are things in this world that defy scientific explanation… they defy common “reason” and logic.  Some brush these things off as only “coincidence” – but they are so wrong. 

Magick is all around you!  The secret is knowing how to reach out and touch it, and use it to create wonder in your life.  First you learn to crawl, then you learn to walk… next, you learn to run… and finallyl, you learn to fly!

Emotion, belief, and focused intent.  This is where your power comes from – the power of Magick within you.

It is so good to be back with you all… and I ask one simple favor of you.

Choose somebody you deeply care about…preferably over the weekend.  Walk up to them, and give them a big hug that they don’t expect.  And tell them you love them.

That is the easiest way I know to cast a Magick spell… the rest is “easy”, and it all flows naturally from there.

Enjoy the wonderful interview, and don’t forget to answer the Quiz questions also on the blog.

I’ll be sending you another newsletter and interview next week – until then keep on believing in yourself, and in Magick.  No matter your situation – whether you are happy or sad – you are special, and things will only get better, as long as you believe.

Love And Light Always, My Dear Friends,

Rose Ariadne

Your Warm And Caring “Resident Witch In Charge

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Dear Friends,

On my daily travels, I see lots of “Jesus loves you” bumper stickers and the like. While it makes me happy to see other expressing their faith so freely, it also makes me reflect on the cultural limitations that prevent me from expressing my own faith so freely. Oh, I’ve been out of “the broom closet” for years…but it wasn’t without a lot of personal struggle.

It takes a lot of courage to live your faith, and especially live this faith in a world that doesn’t quite understand what witchcraft is, and what it isn’t. Don’t worry if you’re not able to express your faith on the outside yet. It does take courage and time.

Living your faith is much more than wearing a pentacle or putting a “My Goddess Gave Birth to Your God” bumper sticker on your car. It’s about being true to you, on every level. It’s a high order, for sure, but with a little practice it can be done.

Before you can live your faith though, you need to understand yourself. You need to listen to your body and respect your needs; whether they be physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. In Wicca, more so than any other religion, your body is your temple. When you cast a spell, you use the entirety of your being and your being must be in good condition. Eat good foods, get rest when you need it and pay attention to how your physical body feels.

Also, pay attention to your dreams. They are the most powerful tool that you have for understanding yourself, and unlocking what your motivations are. Start a dream journal and try to remember and interpret as many dreams as you can. Slowly you will begin to unlock much more about yourself than you previously knew. It can be a fascinating and fun process!

There will be days when you don’t understand yourself. It happens to the best of us. There are days when you feel profoundly “unconnected” to yourself and vibrant world around you. These are days when you can’t remember your phone number, let alone your dreams. And barely have time to stop by the drive through on the way home.

I’m sure you’ve had days like this. How clear is your purpose on these days? Do you feel like yourself or like someone who is barely trying to get by in life? On these days it is important to spend some time refocusing yourself. A simple grounding and centering meditation will do the trick. It will work to refocus your energy and reconnect you to yourself and your purpose.

Being true to yourself also includes being true to your spirituality. Above all else, understand what you are doing in your practice of magick. Don’t just follow spells out of a book blindly (or even my advice!) If something doesn’t ring true for you, don’t do it. Part of the beauty of this faith is that it is so personal. There is no rulebook to follow, and the guidelines that exist are merely suggestions for you to adapt and absorb in your own ways.

Respect your beliefs by understanding why you believe them. And once you understand them, don’t let go of them. Hold to what you believe. If you’ve done personal exploration and understand your own views, its much more difficult for anyone else to convince you otherwise.

Above all, remember that living your faith is a daily process. Some days it will be easier than others, but over time you will begin to live your beliefs on the inside and outside. And that, my friend, is a beautiful way to live!

Blessings to you as you discover yourself,

Rose Ariadne

Your Warm And Caring "Resident Witch In Charge"


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Dear Friends,

One of the most powerful experiences I had when I first began to walk this path was getting to know the elements intimately. How well do you know the elements that surround us?

Elemental magick is at the heart of all magick. The elements of earth, air, fire and water pulse through everything we do and every spell we cast. They are the “alphabet” of magick, just as much as the tools that we use in ritual.

Simply put, getting to know the elements means getting to know earth, air, fire and water as their own separate entity. While its true we need the power of all four to be balanced and stable, it helps our understanding to know how each works independent of the others.

How much do you know about the elements? If you are new to this path, you may only have a limited familiarity with these important “helpers.” You may know nothing more than their names. However, I’ve found that a lot of people who have been in the faith for a long time don’t quite understand the power of the elements.

You see, so many people rely on the list of correspondences to the elements. They know that to invoke the power of air, it is helpful to use the color yellow, light some incense, face east, etc. This is a great starting point for understanding the elements, but it is only a starting point. To get a greater knowledge of the elements, try this exploration.

You can spend one week “in” each element. Start with the element of earth. Write down everything you know about the element and everything that you’ve learned. Do some research. Think about what earth really means. It is grounding energy; it represents the material world and all of the richness and life associated with it. For the period of time that you are in the element, focus on it each day. Try to find evidence of its work in your life.

It’s also helpful to set up a special space for earth during the time you are working with the element. Place natural elements (stones, a jar of earth, wood) in a place in your home that faces north. Set up the little altar space with green candles, sea salt and a pentacle or two. Meditate each day during your “earth” period in front of this small space and charge it with energy.

The next week, focus on water. Invite the emotional power of water into your life and pay attention to how your feelings affect your world. Set up a small space in the West with a bowl of water, blue candles and seashells. Since water is also associated with psychic energy, it’s a good idea to charge any divinatory tools that you have on this small altar space.

Fire is the third element to explore. A small altar in the south will serve your purpose in this week. Use the color red, candles and anything else related to fire that you feel drawn to. Notice how the action-oriented element of fire affects your life in these weeks.

Finally, air purifies and cleans in the last week of your process. Use incense, the color yellow and feathers to represent air in an eastern portion of your home. Just as in previous weeks, spend time focusing on the element and its powers in your life.

At the end of the month, you should have experienced a week in each element. I’ve done this exercise several times and have encouraged others to do so. It has been interesting to me to see the results of each element affect others in different ways. I’ve seen people confront emotions they’ve thought they’d buried during a water week. Others have made drastic moves in the fire week like finally quitting the job they’ve hated, or making a move they’ve always wanted to.

My most memorable experience with this month-long meditation was during a fire week. I had set up my mini altar with a tall red pillar candle in glass, like the kind you find in supermarkets. I needed drastic change in my life. I felt stuck. In previous weeks I’d grounded my life and addressed my emotions. Now it was time for action. I wanted a new place to live for my family and myself. We just felt unsettled in our current home. I completely visualized the place that I wanted to live, wrote down my intention, and placed it in the flame of the red pillar candle.

I left the candle burning, and went about my daily tasks around the house. Against my better judgment, I briefly wondered if I’d applied enough intention in my request. Immediately, as I doubted myself, I heard a loud “pop!” I went back into the living room and saw a large piece of glass smoldering on the floor. The top of the pillar candle had broken off and fell on the floor. I immediately knew that I had to respect my own power and the power of fire. Once I did this and released my doubt, I was not surprised when a friend called in a few days to let me know that he was putting a house up for rent. The house was perfect for us.

How will the elements affect you? It’s time to explore.

Until next time,

Rose Ariadne

Your Warm And Caring "Resident Witch In Charge"


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