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Horoscopes in Depth – Capricorn
At the heart of winter, a sign arises that is one of the most recognizable of all of the Zodiac signs. Capricorn is often depicted as a goat suspended in the heavens.
Occasionally, it is also depicted as a goat with the lower body of a fish, though this is a more modern representation with basis in the Sumerian culture.
Capricorn is one of the classical constellations. It was first depicted by the ancient Babylonians, the civilization from whom most of our understandings of the constellations are descended. Greek legend has it that this goat represents Amalthea, who gave milk to Zeus as an infant and kept him alive. It is for this reason the animal was glorified and given a lasting place in the heavens.
Winter Solstice - A Celebration of Life
Posted by J. Roslyn Antle on 12/9/2014
There are few celebrations in the year that touch something deeper within us as much as the Winter Solstice celebration.
Picture the scene. It is the dead of Winter in ancient times. Snow is falling on the forest, and nothing grows. The nights get longer and longer, while the temperature drops. Then – a change. Slowly but surely, the sun grows stronger. Ice melts, flowers bloom, the sun shines and life returns.
This is the enchanting effect of the Winter Solstice. Such is the importance of the solstice, it’s hard to find a time when we did not celebrate this change. The currents that flow at this time of year are perfect for Spell Casting, and can be used in a way that is unique.
Rituals of Cake & Wine
Not everything about performing a Ritual is hard work. If you work hard, you can play hard too! Don’t get too excited, as these lines are actually just a tease. The cake and wine aspects of Wiccan Rituals are not part of the celebration, but rather they are an offering to the Divine – though you do get to partake in some of the eating and drinking of the Ritual, so long as you leave some left over. Just like the pagan rites of old, Wiccans today continue to make an offering prior to the Rituals, usually on Sabbats or Esbats, to ensure that the Divine will be present.
Aleister Crowley and the Wiccan Rede
Posted by Cormac O'Dwyer on 12/1/2014
The Wiccan Rede is a staple of the Faith. The phrase itself is derived from Old English, though these eight words have been associated with the Wiccan path to spirituality as a result of Doreen Valiente’s 1964 speech. In its most common form, the Rede is “An it harm none, do what ye will.” In this context, the word ‘an’ means ‘if’, and ‘ye’ means ‘you’. Many variations of the Rede have since been recorded, including a twenty-six line Long Rede that is well-recognized amongst Wiccans today.
Though it may appear simple enough, the meaning of the Rede transcends any literal interpretation. It should not be taken superficially to imply that Wiccans believe that any action taken by a person is acceptable so long as they do not inflict physical harm upon another person. Instead, the Rede should have a personal meaning to the individual. In their decision-making process, all individuals, not solely Wiccans, should take the action that affects nobody negatively. If the individual is satisfied that their decision is the ‘right’ one, then they should have no guilty conscience about proceeding to do what they have chosen to do.
The use of incantations is commonplace in the practice of Wicca and witchcraft. Though it is not a necessary tool within the Circle, chanting does have certain benefits which can facilitate the Magickal process. These incantations can be original creations by the practitioner, or one can stick to traditional verses. This decision is completely an individual one depending upon the devotee’s level of comfort.