Practical Magick

The Origins of Ancient Pagan Beliefs

Paganism is an ancient practice, religion, or spiritual belief system that existed before Christianity rooted itself in the “one true god” philosophy.

It is quite difficult to categorize or conceptualize ancient paganism briefly because of its rich history. Historians have never stopped debating its existence, maybe because the idea of humans living in harmony with our natural surroundings seems too good to be true.

According to Teresa Moorey, the author of A Beginners Guide to Witchcraft, evidence suggests that a mother-goddess was worshiped as a part of paganism as far back as the stone age. The mother-goddess was the fertility provider, food source, and many other psychic bonds between humans and nature.

It is important to note that pagans were not always labeled according to their beliefs. People who did not believe in Christianity were labeled as pagans or heathens in a derogatory way due to their faith in natural entities instead of true gods.

Ancient pagans were also known as those who lived off the land. Like modern-day paganism, their beliefs were firmly rooted in their close relationship with their natural surroundings. Most pagans were farmers, hunters, and gatherers who were highly dependent on rituals to bring about food sources and other entities that represented life.

The Celts were also considered pagans because they believed in many gods and goddesses, the most prominent one being the Great Mother. The Celts also used the moon as a source of time and planned most of their existence around the telling of the sky.

Ancient Pagan Beliefs & Practices

Ancient pagan beliefs and neopagan beliefs do not hold a lot of significant differences. The main difference would be that modern pagans do not participate in many group rituals and often use modern technology to aid their practices.
For example, as modern beings, we do not hunt for our food and, therefore, do not see hunting rituals as a necessity. Unless you feel like doing a ceremonial dance in the nude in front of your local grocer, then you are hitting it old school.

The two do submerge in a way. It is important to note that modern or neopaganism does not exist without ancient pagan beliefs. These beliefs are more commonly known as “the old ways” and involve many more ritualistic periods of worship.
The Celts, for example, believed that the spirit world walks amongst us, and we can still view them out of the corner of our eyes. They also thought there is more than one reality and that logical thinking could only get them to a certain point and no further.

The Importance of Ancient Beliefs

These ancient beliefs and practices are carried over to the modern-day or neopagan belief systems. Some of them have integrated more than others, but they still hold significance in the power of paganism.
Practices like herbal medicines, cleansing/smudging, festivals, and nature-worshipping are still widely practiced by pagans today.

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A Glimpse Into Ancient Pagan Beliefs

To fully engulf yourself in paganism, it is rather important to understand the history and origins of ancient pagan beliefs.
There are so many stories and historical events that played a crucial part in the formation of modern paganism, which can be difficult to understand if you do not have the correct approach. It has a rich history with a lot of twists and turns, so buckle up for the ride.

The Origins of Ancient Pagan Beliefs

Paganism is an ancient practice, religion, or spiritual belief system that existed before Christianity rooted itself in the “one true god” philosophy.
It is quite difficult to categorize or conceptualize ancient paganism briefly because of its rich history. Historians have never stopped debating its existence, maybe because the idea of humans living in harmony with our natural surroundings seems too good to be true.
According to Teresa Moorey, the author of A Beginners Guide to Witchcraft, evidence suggests that a mother-goddess was worshiped as a part of paganism as far back as the stone age. The mother-goddess was the fertility provider, food source, and many other psychic bonds between humans and nature.

It is important to note that pagans were not always labeled according to their beliefs. People who did not believe in Christianity were labeled as pagans or heathens in a derogatory way due to their faith in natural entities instead of true gods.
Ancient pagans were also known as those who lived off the land. Like modern-day paganism, their beliefs were firmly rooted in their close relationship with their natural surroundings. Most pagans were farmers, hunters, and gatherers who were highly dependent on rituals to bring about food sources and other entities that represented life.

The Celts were also considered pagans because they believed in many gods and goddesses, the most prominent one being the Great Mother. The Celts also used the moon as a source of time and planned most of their existence around the telling of the sky.

Ancient Pagan Beliefs & Practices

Ancient pagan beliefs and neopagan beliefs do not hold a lot of significant differences. The main difference would be that modern pagans do not participate in many group rituals and often use modern technology to aid their practices.
For example, as modern beings, we do not hunt for our food and, therefore, do not see hunting rituals as a necessity. Unless you feel like doing a ceremonial dance in the nude in front of your local grocer, then you are hitting it old school.

The two do submerge in a way. It is important to note that modern or neopaganism does not exist without ancient pagan beliefs. These beliefs are more commonly known as “the old ways” and involve many more ritualistic periods of worship.
The Celts, for example, believed that the spirit world walks amongst us, and we can still view them out of the corner of our eyes. They also thought there is more than one reality and that logical thinking could only get them to a certain point and no further.

The Importance of Ancient Beliefs

These ancient beliefs and practices are carried over to the modern-day or neopagan belief systems. Some of them have integrated more than others, but they still hold significance in the power of paganism.
Practices like herbal medicines, cleansing/smudging, festivals, and nature-worshipping are still widely practiced by pagans today.

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Give Offerings to Your New God or Goddess

Wiccans need to give offerings to their new god or goddess. To start your journey right and show appreciation, one must give an offering. The act of offering something to a god or goddess allows you to show your love, gratitude, or loyalty towards them. Keep in mind that every god and goddess has their own unique preferences. This is why it is important to plan ahead and learn as much as possible about the topic.

Types of Offerings

When you decide to offer something, you should consider the following.

  • Incense
  • Foods
  • Bowl of flowers or herbs
  • Crystal
  • A drawing
  • Stones
  • Poetry
  • Songs
  • Candles
  • An act

Now, it is important that you follow your heart and use your imagination when making an offering. However, it has to be something that your god or goddess likes. Otherwise, they might get upset with you.

Why Make An Offering?

Before we take a close look at how you can make an offering, it is important that you learn why it is important to make an offering. Making offerings to gods and goddesses is at the core of traditional Wiccan rituals.

How Can You Make An Offering?

To make an offering to your new god or goddess, you need to follow the rituals mentioned below.

Erect the Temple

Erecting the temple is the first thing that you need to do to give an offering to your new god or goddess. It is at the core of setting a place of worship in your home. When you set up a temple, you get to connect with the gods and harness energy from them.

Invocation

The next thing that you need to do is invoke the gods. You must invoke the gods or goddesses if you want them to accept your offering. Through the invocation, you get to call your gods into the temple. This is a very important step. It is crucial that you are as honest and sincere as possible in order for your offering to be accepted by them.

Sabbath

Now, you can proceed to the Sabbath. It is a Wiccan ritual that you take seriously. Learn as much about it as possible to ensure that your prayers are accepted. If you do not know what the Sabbath is, it is an individual holiday that is observed for Yule or any other god. It can be a feast day where you eat food.

In addition to the above, you can also sing, perform certain activities, chant, and cast spells along with meditation to achieve the desirable. Make sure to discuss your previous lives and tune into your previous life force.

Giving offerings to your new god as it is extremely important. New Wiccans need to put in the effort to showcase their devotion towards the religion and way of life. There are many things that you can offer to establish a relationship with the god or goddess.

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Plan and Start a New Tradition on the Next Sabbat

As a Wiccan, you have to plan and start new traditions on the next Sabbath to join the community. Although it is important that you celebrate the Sabbath according to what you think suits you best, you also need to learn about how you can take advantage of the special time. Despite the progress Wiccans have made in a short period of time, there are still many other people who disapprove of the lifestyle. However, there is no need to worry as this post will help you incorporate certain ideas that will make your holidays more special.

When the Wheel Came to Be

The Wheel of the Year is not some ancient tradition. Instead, it is a modern invention that dates back to the 20th century. This means that pagans, Wiccans, and witches can consider it a modern holiday. According to Wiccan tradition, the Wheel of the Year came into being in the 1960s. It consists of eight major holidays that were first celebrated to bring about cohesion in the Wiccan community.

Personalize the Holidays

To plan and start new tradition on the next Sabbath, it is vital that you personalize the holidays. Once you have realized that the eight Sabbath are not an ancient tradition, you will come to realize that it is not taboo or some great sin. This is why you should incorporate the holidays into your life and celebrate them without worrying about your belief system.

The essence of the holidays is linked to cultural traditional and local seasons. For instance, it does not make any sense to celebrate the start of spring if you live in the North and have not come across any flowers blooming. Similarly, Yule traditions do not make sense for those living in the South.

Pair Sabbath with Traditional Holidays

When you come to think of it, many of the Sabbaths coincide with Christian holidays. The reason behind this is that most Christian holidays added local pagan customs to easily convert pagans during early times. Therefore, you should have no trouble pairing Sabbath with traditional Christian holidays. Get decorations that are common during Christian holidays. It will prevent your neighbors from even realizing that you are celebrating Sabbath and not some Christian holiday.

Yule

One of the most important days that you need to prepare for as a Wiccan is Yule. It is the winter solstice and is celebrated by various cultures. You can easily incorporate it into your life as people are already likely to celebrate Christmas. Hence, decorating your Yule tree should not be a problem.

Beltane

Beltane can be celebrated during the first of May. You can pair the two to start the tradition. Although it is not common to see people celebrating May Day, it used to be common to see people celebrating the day back in the good old days.

Planning and starting new traditions on the next Sabbath just got a whole lot easier. You can read this post to add the holidays into your life.

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Cleansing Herbal Bath on the New or Waning Moon

As the New Moon rises, it ushers in a variety of energies with it. It changes the entire atmosphere and brings about possibilities. The waning moon is a time of unlimited potential. It provides you with the opportunity to try things anew. The new moon emphasizes the importance of taking care of your health. It is important that fellow Wiccans clean their space and prepare for their rituals with an intention to heal.

One of ways through which you can take advantage of the opportunity is by cleansing your body. Whether there is a new or full moon, a ritual bath will allow you to relax and achieve a sense of pleasure unlike any other. This post shares how you can prepare a cleansing herbal bath as a Wiccan.

Place Your Crystals

The first thing that Wiccans need to do to prepare for their herbal bath on the new or waning moon is place their crystal. Make sure that the crystals are placed under moonlight. Let the crystals remain under the moonlight throughout the night.

Get Fresh Herbs

Next, you need to get some fresh herbs or even dried herbs. For instance, you can get rosemary, sage, and some mint to make the perfect cleansing bath. Mint is famous for its skin healing properties and energizing scent, rosemary promotes energy and soothes the skin, and sage helps relieve tension and relaxes the body. Get a small handful of these herbs and combine them. Place these herbs in boiling water for around three minutes, while you prepare the rest of the bath. You can also add some peppermint essential oil, rosehip oil, lavender essential oil, and rosewater to accentuate the experience. Then, place the water into the bath.

Jump In

Finally, take out the crystals and place them beside the tub as you jump right in. Make sure to soak in the water for about half an hour to relax and clear your mind. The soaking will allow all the stress to float away. It will provide you with the energy to take on the world and your skin will look absolutely amazing.

Set the Mood

While you are in the bath, you have to set the right mood. You can also place some candles and ambient music or chant to Vedic traditions. It will help purify the entire space of negative energy and soothe your soul in ways that you cannot imagine.

Set Intentions

Finally, you need to set intentions as you start to relax your mind and soul. Remain silent and dive deep within the inner depths of your soul. It will allow you to release your inner harmony and inspire you beyond words. Then, you can set intentions to achieve everything in your life.

A cleansing herbal bath on the new or waning moon has a ton of benefits. By following the tips mentioned above, you will have the best experience and perfect your connection.

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