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15
Oct

Choosing A Magickal Name

   Posted by: Scrivener

I’ve included some text from one of our lessons. The lesson today just happened to be on choosing your magickal name.

 

 

…As you surf the web and get aquatinted with Wicca and Paganism, you may have noticed some of the names by which many of us go by. These are called magickal names. Those who enter the Craft prefer to choose a new name—one that separates their mundane from their magickal selves.

 

Many Wiccans and pagans choose a secret name for themselves that it is used only during rituals. The use of a magickal name helps you to separate your mind from the everyday world and prepares you for the supernatural work.

 

Sometimes a magickal name can be everything to a pagan. It means the difference between coming out of the broom closet or remaining there. Some pagans choose to go by their given names. Yet these are few. They are lucky to be able to be open about their religion without worrying how it will affect their families, relations with other people, and jobs.

 

Many witches have two names; one for correspondence and writing, and another for their private rituals. If you are thinking of acquiring a magickal name, I suggest you start using one name first. You need time to get to know your “new” you. Once you feel comfortable with yourself as a pagan, then you might want another one. There may be a time when you may feel that you have “outgrown” your magickal name and it is time to change it.

 

Who Chooses Your Magickal Name

 

The answer to this question depends greatly upon the situation the witch or pagan is in. Solitary witches, like me, choose their own magickal names by themselves. By this, I mean that there is no other person involved in the process (except the Goddess if the witch does a ritual for a name. The solitary witch uses one or several methods to choose his/her magickal name. They might change their magickal names accordingly to their needs as they grow in the Craft.

 

In coven environment, it varies by coven and tradition. In many covens the initiate acquires a magickal name through a vision quest. Yet it will change as he/she raises within the ranks of the coven. There are covens in which your magickal name is given by your mentor/teacher; or sometimes your mentor/teacher adds another part to the magickal name you have already chosen. Some covens allow you to have two names; a ceremonial one used within the coven, and another known only to the Goddess/God, your mentor/teacher, and you.

 

How to Choose Your Magickal Name

 

Choosing your magickal name won’t be easy. You will want something individual and something special that is unique to only you; something by which only you will be known. This is a difficult task because so many people share the world with us. Some people claim more than one name as a way to safeguard their individuality. Variations of your name can make it special; a different pronunciation or different spelling can change the ordinary to the extraordinary.

 

You name will paint a picture of how you see yourself. Look through the eyes of Deity and take a long look at the real you. Let the beauty within yourself give you inspiration .Your name might already be chosen in the back of your mind. Just set it free.

 

Some Native Americans believe a vision quest is helpful when choosing a new name. In the vision quest you take yourself away from your natural habitat and wait for a sign. A person on a vision quest might suddenly see an animal or a bird, such as a crow, and decide to adopt the name “Crow” with a unique addition such as “Standing Crow” which describes the action of the bird when they noticed it. If one were to translate this name into another language than a unique name would be the result.

 

Many of us feel a connection to a single animal; some even feel connected to more than one. Do try meditating with a focus on one of the Spirits for guidance.

 

Here is a list of some basic ideas that I hope will help and guide you when choosing your name. How you choose your name is own decision (of course!), these are only ideas I’ve noticed have been helpful to some.

 

  • Don’t choose a name that belongs to someone in your family, or the name of a friend. Remember individuality! You want something that belongs only to you, something you give yourself as a special gift. If you decide that you would like to incorporate a name of a dear relative or friend into your special name, perhaps you should consider putting a slightly different twist on whatever their title was. For example, if your Grandmother’s name was Violet , choosing a name like Viola might give you the individual edge you need while still keeping up with the old.
  • Choose a name that you are comfortable with. If you are someone who enjoys correcting people’s pronunciation every time they call your name, then a name like “Gwyddion” might not work for you. If you prefer something simple, but not too traditional, Don or Deon could work quite well.
  • Research the names you find interesting carefully. Examine cultural references to study their original meanings. Your name should holds significance with you. Make sure you’re happy with it, do not compromise! Another suggestion is finding names in different languages to express the same concept. For instance, you could name yourself after the foxglove. Foxglove is a flower but in Gaelic the name might look like this … Marian na mna sithe.. and translates as: “thimble of the faerie woman” So Miaran is thimble… Original yes?
  • Make a list of all your possible names and their meanings, and as you narrow your choices, cross out each name that is not selected. Once you have about four or five names, ask a close friend for their opinion. Consider consulting your family for their opinion as well. Never forget that the name should represent you. You have the final say in whatever you choose.
  • When you finally select your name, use it proudly. Whether you use it in ritual, as a private reference to yourself or even if you only use it on the internet, remember it always and cherish it as a special gift.
  • Last but not least, do not add the title Lady or Lord to your name.  This title is just that and is reserved for those who have achieved the level of second degree or higher. It is considered an affront to those who have worked hard to achieve the title to have it used by those who have not earned it.

 

Spell Your Magickal Name

 

Okay, you may have chosen a magickal name already. Now, you have noticed that many magickal names are spelled as one word. Examples:  SilverHawk, CrystalWater, NightOwl, FreeEagle. But, is this really necessary? No, one word or two, as long as you are comfortable with the name that is all that counts.

 

Be careful about odd spellings. Others may not be able to understand how your name is spelled or sounds and your magical name will often be misspelled and or mispronounced….

 

In addition to the above methods for determining a magickal name you can use the Kabalistic reduction method (numerology). Pick a correspondence such as your birthdate, nickname, or given name or some magickal or mundane aspect which is important to or in some way defines yourself.

 

First, you assign numbers to letters as described in the below list.

 

1= A,J,S
2= B,K,T
3= C,L,U
4= D,M,V
5= E,N,W
6= F,O,X
7= G,P,Y
8= H,Q,Z
9= I,R

 

Next, pick your correspondence. Let’s use my name and birthdate for instance:

 

11/23/1958 becomes 1 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 1 + 9 + 5 + 8 = 30.

 

Since for purposes of numerological reduction we generally (11, 21, and 33 are exceptions but can be treated like other multi-digit numerals for this exercise) can’t have multi-digit numbers, 30 becomes

3 + 0 = 3.

 

Now let’s look at the numbers associated with the letters in my name:

 

D  U  I R     G W A L C H M A I

4+3+ 9+9  + 7+ 5+ 1+ 3+3+8+4+ 1+9 =  66 = 6 + 6 = 12 = 1 + 2 = 3

 

My chosen magickal name and birthdate are numerologically balanced.

 

I’ve attached a program which I wrote that handles the math and even suggests what to do should your chosen name not balance numerologically with your chosen correspondence. Let’s say you chose Autumn Wind as your magical name (the name of one of my students) and it doesn’t work with your birthdate or whatever correspondence you’ve chosen, you could always try an alternate spelling such as Autumn Wynd , Autumn Wynde, etc.

22
Jun

The Elder Futhark Runes

   Posted by: Scrivener

ElderFuthark

 

Circle of the Dark Moon Coven


 

    First Degree

Minimums for Initiation

 

  1. Be able to meditate and or maintain a trance state for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Be able to visualize the results of their magick.
  3. Be cognizant of their heritage
    1. Be able to converse intelligently about the major traditions in Wicca
    2. Know the major historical figures in Wicca
    3. Understand that while Wicca may have sprung into existence in the 1950’s, that it’s roots lie with Goddess worship and witchcraft techniques which extend back to at least Paleolithic times.
    4. Be passably well read on the heritage of their life-path and be able to discuss Wicca intelligently.
  4. Have an awareness of Deity
    1. Know what Deity means to themselves and others.
    2. Have a passing familiarity with differing religious pantheons in order to better define their personal relationship to Deity and to further understanding of others on a different path.
    3. Be aware of their God and Goddess.
    4. Know the steps to take to further their spirituality.
  5. Be able to function as a competent solitaire.
    1. Understand how Wicca is a lifestyle and not just a religion.
      1. Be familiar with the laws of Karma.
      2. Understand at least in a limited fashion the concept of living lightly and deep ecology.
    2. As a Wiccan, know your responsibilities to society.
    3. Understand the Wheel of the Year.
    4. Know the lore connected with the Sabbats and be able to observe the Sabbats and Esbats.
    5. Be confident in their ability to conduct rituals.
  6. Have a passing familiarity with numerous magickal systems so that if they should decide to pursue further experience in magick the student will know how to proceed.
  7. Have a thorough understanding of the basic symbolism of the Circle including,
    1. Casting the circle, calling the quarters, and invocation of deities.
    2. Altar arrangement
    3. Must have obtained proper ritual wear as put forth in the laws and know why you are required to wear a robe in ritual.
    4. Be well versed in Circle protocol and etiquette.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to write a full Sabbat or Esbat ritual. (teachers choice)
  9. Know the Sabbats, dates, mythos and symbolism behind them.
  10. Know the Esbats, what they stand for and how they are used magickally.
  11. Choose a healing art and demonstrate a beginning knowledge of it.
  12. General knowledge of the power of symbols. (May include some runes).
  13. Demonstrate a general knowledge of one magickal alphabet.
  14. Demonstrate the ability to cast a circle, create sacred space, and perform basic ritual of teachers choice.
  15. Display a passing competency of one form of form of divination.
  16. Receive a recommendation of secession from the HPS, the HP or at least one member of the coven council.
  17. Demonstrate the ability to write and cast a spell of your choosing.
  18. Complete a paper on what you believe a First Degree is and why you want to advance to that level.
  19. Know the differences between Witches and Pagans.

 

Circle of the Dark Moon Coven

& School of Wicca, Wytchecraft, & Magick

 

 

 

 

 

   

Third-Degree Minimums for Initiation

 

  1. Build upon, meet, and exceed all the requirements of second-degree initiation.
  2. Pick a specialty from the following categories and become proficient in it.
    1. Divination
      1. Tarot
      2. Scrying
      3. Astrology
      4. Dowsing
      5. Student Choice (requires instructor approval)
    2. Magick (select from the following sub-categories)
      1. Spell casting
      2. Candle Magick
      3. Charms/Amulets/Talismans
      4. Kabala
      5. Thought forms
      6. Student Choice (requires instructor approval)
  3. Pick at least one of the following specialties which are not necessarily magick-related but do relate to skills a witch should cultivate.
    1. A healing art
    2. Herbalism
    3. Pastoral Counseling
    4. Candle making
    5. Some other craft (requires instructor approval)
  4. Learn and practice at least five different magickal techniques which may be performed without ritual tools (wands excepted.)
  5. Design and lead a large group ritual
  6. Discover your True Will
  7. Serve your local, regional, state, or national Wiccan community.
    1. Prepare a project and get instructor approval.
    2. Execute project plan
    3. Keep your instructor updated.
  8. Regularly (once a month) teach a coven class.
  9. Regularly (once a month) teach an online class.
  10. Continue to master a chosen psychic skill such as
    1. Channeling
    2. Divination
    3. Aural Readings
    4. Psychometry
    5. Cartomancy
    6. Chakra alignments
    7. Student Choice (requires instructor approval)
  11. Continue to cultivate relationships with your younger/middle/higher selves.
  12. Participate in at least 75% of coven rituals and events—including Group Mind Exercises.
  13. Regularly (once a month) lead a Group Mind Exercise.
  14. Receive the endorsement of the High Priest/High Priestess and or Elders.
  15. Attend class lectures and complete coursework as directed by your instructor.
  16. Support the growth and continued success of the Circle of the Dark Moon Coven & School of Wicca, Wytchecraft, & Magick especially when it comes to the Dark Moon Tradition.
  17. Earn the agreement of the coven that you live by the Wiccan Rede, that you have not broken your Second-Degree vows, that your participation in the coven brings it closer to the ideals of perfect love and perfect trust. And finally that your life exemplifies the Wiccan ideal.
  18. Pass the initiation interview by the coven High Priest/High Priestess.
  19. Complete a paper on what you believe a Third-Degree is, how you have searched your soul and your faith and arrived at the desire to advance to that level.

 

15
Jan

Wicca / Witchcraft / Magick Classes

   Posted by: Scrivener

Attention All Students:

 

Classes begin this week (today, Saturday, 1/18). In the future, please check the calendar for class times and places.

 

For new students here are the class times:

 

Saturday, January 18, 1:00 AM—2:00 PM First-Degree in person class (Brandi, this is your class time)

Saturday, January 18, 2:00 AM —3:00 PM Second-Degree in person class (Elaine, this is your class time)

 

Sunday, January 19, 10:00 AM —11:00 AM First-Degree online class (Emry, this is you)

Sunday, January 19, 7:30 PM —8:30 PM Third-Degree in-person class (Andrea and Barb this is you)

 

Any of you who have not done so already, please register with the Circle of the Dark Moon Wytcheboard. This forum is where you may ask questions, post comments, or access additional study materials. Once you have registered with the forum, I’ll add you to the proper class member groups. If you’ve already registered, I’ll add you to your class group today.

 

Regards,

 

Duir

Q. How much do classes cost?
A. There is no cost for classes.

Q. Where do I attend classes?
A. We hold both in-person classes (we’re located in Warner Robins, GA) and online classes.

Q. Do I need any books?
A. Both the online and in person classes we use the following books:

The Real Witches Craft by Kate West,
The Inner Temple of Witchcraft by Christopher Penzak,
Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland,
Wicca: the Complete Craft by DJ Conway.

The book list varies by year to year and depends on the degree program. It’s not necessary buy any of the books. I rarely give
reading assignments. While I base my lectures on the above listed books, lecture content is not exclusively from said sources.

Q. How do the online classes work? You just email me a lesson and then maybe I get to hear from an instructor once in a while–
right?
A. No, teachers and students interact just as though they were in a classroom. The online classes use Skype. Skype is a program which
allows student and teacher to converse and to see each other over the internet. To use Skype, you’ll have to download the client
program from http://Skype.com.

Q. When are classes held?
A. The in person classes are held Saturdays at 2:00 PM Eastern Time.

Q. What time are the online classes held?
Online classes are held Sundays at 3:00 PM Eastern Time.

Q. What else can you tell me about the classes?
A. Class duration is usually one to one and a half hours long. The class format is a mixture of lectures based on reading material, and
our own experience coupled with teachings specific to the Dark Moon Tradition, and student participation. Additionally, we try to be
as hands-on as possible when it comes to things like herbalism, divination, and other ‘crafty’ types of activities. Additionally as part
of their training, our second-degree students will from time to time teach a class. One of the students will also be assigned to
mentor you. Not to say you won’t be able to email or call me with questions should you want to do so.

Q. How do I get setup for the online classes?
A. After you’ve downloaded and installed Skype, you’ll also have to register an account with http://skype.com. The software and
registration is free. Once you have your account set up, execute the Skype program and sign in—via the program not the web—and
send a request to add CircleOfTheDarkMoon as a contact. When we receive your request, we’ll add you as a contact and add you to
our class group and then on Sundays at 3:00 PM ET, we’ll initiate the call. So what you need to do on Sunday is load Skype, log in
via the program, and wait for a call from CIRCLEOFTHEDARKMOON and then answer it. After that things work pretty much the same
as any other conference call except we’ll be using computers, web cams, microphones, and earphones or speakers.  computers,
web cams, microphones, and earphones or speakers.

Q. Do I need any special hardware to participate in the online classes?
A. Even if you don’t have a web cam, you can still use Skype with just speakers and microphones or a headphone/microphone combo set.

However, we recommend getting a cheap headphone/microphone combination set available at Best Buy or similar stores for around
$40. The reason for that is with headphones, we don’t have the problem of feedback from the PC speakers.

Q. Does it cost anything to use Skype?
A. No, don’t worry about buying Skype credit or any of the other crap they want to sell you. The part of Skype we’re using is a free
service.

Q. How do I set up Skype?
A. You will need to tell Skype what type of microphone/webcam/speakers you’re using. You do that via the options tab on Skype. The
Skype website has fairly good instructions for setting up your hardware. If you’re having real difficulties, contact us and we’ll assist
you.

Q. Anything else?
A. Be sure to register with this forum. The Wytcheboard page is part of the Circle of the Dark Moon web site, and such is where we put
upload class handouts and where you can ask questions of all the members.

Q. What if I want to attend in person classes?
A. Contact us for registration for in person classes.