The Lupercalia Tradition

As noted in previously newsletters, many of the traditions of our modern religions have been modified  forms of ancient Pagan rites. One of the oldest of these festivals was called Lupercalia, the pre-Roman ritual for purification of health and fertility. This tradition was carried on by Greek and Macedonian predecessors for centuries until the collapse of the Roman Empire in the 4th Century A.D. Every year between February 13th and 15th, inhabitants would celebrate the Cleansing brought upon by Spring weather, and a refinement of air, body, and soul for all.

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Faery Wicca

Faery Wicca is also known as Fairy Wicca and it is basically a broad term that consists of all the Wiccan traditions that stresses importance on the Fey (such as sprites, faeries, elves, gnomes, etc), the relation of the Fey with the natural world and also their teachings. This is the kind of tradition that that was founded by Kisma Stepanich, an author. Believers of this tradition are of the opinion that Faery Wicca has picked up the Tuatha De Danaan traditions. The Tuatha De Danaan is considered to be the mythological predecessor of the Celts. On the other hand, there are many people who are not of the same opinion and these are generally those individuals who know about the Celtic mythology and polytheism.

Faery Wicca is a tradition that has taken some elements from the Irish mythology, from different non-Celtic sources and also from the interpretation of the history of the Celts by Kisma Stepanich. This tradition has also been influenced by the author’s imagination of the Celts as well as the Celtic legend and pseudo history. There are some people who often confuse this tradition with Feri Wicca, a tradition started by Victor Anderson. Sometimes, people also spell it as fairy or faery and you have to keep in mind that it is not in any way connected to the Radical Faeries, a gay men’s group.

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The Responsibilities of Being a Witch

The great French Renaissance critic and writer Voltaire is attributed with the saying, "With great power comes great responsibility," when discussing the role of the monarch. A similar, earlier version of this phrase stems from the Bible. Concerning Jesus Christ potencies, Luke declared, "from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked of him." Even the creator of Spider-Man, Stan Lee, often had his supporting characters make a similar declaration when admiring the powers of this superhero. In each of these contexts, a strong individual with unique powers took upon him or herself to make a change. They acknowledged that the road to success would not come easy, but given the tools in their belt, success or failure was within their control.

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Famous Figures Who Employed Witchcraft

In Wicca, as well as other Neopagan and Occult-based faiths, we often mention the pioneers who made these systems what they are today. Ranging from Aleister Crowley to Gerald Gardner to Margaret Murray to Scott Cunningham to Zsuzsanna Budapest, there have been many staples in Wicca and the Occult in general. When mentioning about the history of the faith, common practices, Rituals, or the Casting process, these names must be mentioned as their contributions to modern Neopaganism has been invaluable. There are, however, other well-known individuals who have contributed in a different manner. These individuals might have made their name in politics, in Tinsel Town, in science, or through their writing. All the while, these icons and public figures practiced the Craft with all of their heart. Perhaps they did not play an equivalent part to Gardner or Cunningham strictly in terms of advancing Wiccan techniques and advancing the Faith into modern times, but nonetheless, through their influence, they greatly helped the Faith gain greater recognition. Today we will explore some of these individuals.

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Spirit Guides

Have you ever been to a séance? As we had learned previously, séances have lost their validity over the years due to confidence artists arranging hoaxes to appear as if there was a supernatural happening during the séance. Though this caused many individuals to believe that indeed all existence was only in our physical realm, many faiths including Wicca, Spiritualists, and Native American religions hold that there are forms in alternate realms of the Universe that are able to communicate with us. We call these transcendental beings Spirit Guides.

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