Practical Magick

Helpful Magical Tools for the Beginner Pagan

If you are a beginner pagan who wants to use helpful magical tools to live a more prosperous and spiritual life, then this post is just for you.
It is common for people that discover Paganism for the first time to rush to the nearest magical shop in hopes of buying every single magical item they can get their hands on. Although each magical tool has a purpose, you must use the most helpful ritual and magical items to alleviate your experience. The following are some useful magical tools that should get you started on your pagan journey.

Altar

No post on pagan tools would be complete without the mention of an altar. It plays a crucial role in religious ceremonies. In the simplest of words, an altar is a table that holds all the ritual tools. It is also used for casting spells. There are permanent altars and seasonal ones as the seasons change. Some people even have multiple altars in their homes. An ancestor altar is extremely popular. It contains pictures, heirlooms, and ashes of deceased family members. A nature altar is also common. Interesting items are placed on it, such as an appealing piece of wood, pretty seashells, or an unusual rock.

Bell

Since the beginning of time, people have known that loud noise drives away evil spirits. Hence, bells play a crucial role in worship. They are considered a good noisemaker. Vibrations caused by the ringing of bells is viewed as a source of useful power. Variations in the sound of bells can help bring harmony to the magical circle. The bell is rung in some forms of Wicca to start and end a rite. It is used to evoke the Goddess.

Besom

The besom is used for sweeping the ceremonial area before the commencement of a ritual. It is used for sweeping the physical space and negative energies that accumulate. The broom is considered a purifier as it is connected to water. Many witches have broom collections, and making your besom is quite easy if you do not want to buy one.

Book of Shadows

Although you might have seen a Book of Shadows in popular movies, there are many types of books of shadow in reality. It is a notebook of information that is used by pagans and Wiccans. It contains legends, myths, invocations, magic spells, correspondence charts, and rituals. Sometimes, the Book of Shadows is passed from one pagan to the next such as in a coven. It is best to create your Book of Shadows.

Candles

Finally, candles are a potent magical tool that is used in pagan and Wiccan rituals. They are considered to be a symbol of the gods. Candles are used for casting spells. According to Wiccan theory, candles absorb personal energy and release it as they are burned.

Remember. From altars to candles, the magical tools for beginner pagans will allow you to continue on your journey of self-discovery.

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Lammas: The Wiccan Holiday

Lammas is an important Wiccan holiday which is also known as Lughnasadh. It marks the beginning of hot days in August, which is the time of the year when the earth is parched and dry. Moreover, the bright yellows and reds of harvest season are honored during the holiday. It occurs when the apples start to ripen, and all the vegetables of summer have already been picked. A vegetable commonly thought of during the holiday is corn. Corn is known for its green color and tall height. Lammas celebrates the harvesting season. It is when you reap what has been sown. Everyone gathers around the first harvests of oats, wheat, grain, and other vegetables. Lammas is either celebrated for the harvest season or to honor Lugh, who is an important pagan god. 

Celebration of Grain

Since the beginning of civilization, grain has played an essential part in society. The grain is associated with rebirth and death. Tammuz is a Sumerian god that had been slain during this time, and Ishtar was his lover who had grieved so much so that Nature stopped bearing fruit.
According to legend, it is believed that Tammuz had been mounted by Ishtar and brought to the Underworld for rebirth. As for Greek Legend, Adonis is the grain god. Persephone and Aphrodite are the two goddesses that had fought to gain his love. To put an end to the fighting, Zeus had to order Adonis to spend the rest of his life with Aphrodite after he had spent about six months with Persephone. Continue reading

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Litha: The Summer Solstice

Litha is a recognition of the Summer Solstice. It is the day of the year that experiences the shortest night and the longest day. Litha is the pinnacle of the power of the sun and is considered to mark the growing season. It is from this day onward that the sun will start to set a little earlier every night until it is Yule. Hence, Litha is celebrated to give thanks for warmth.

Just like the Winter Solstice, the Summer Solstice cannot be precisely determined as the day varies each year. However, generally, Litha is celebrated on the 21st of June. The reason why the exact date is not perceived is because of the misalignment among the actual rate at which the Earth rotates around the sun and the Gregorian calendar. Moreover, Litha is celebrated at different times, depending on where one lives. It is celebrated anywhere in the range of 20th – 22nd of June. Continue reading

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Everything You Need To Know About the Wiccan Holiday Beltane

Beltane means fire of Bel, who is considered a Celtic deity. The Wiccan holiday celebrates the arrival of summer. Beltane is a special fire festival celebrated for the coming of fertility in the land. Tied with the community’s needs just like other Celtic festivals, Beltane is a festival that marks spring and welcomes the farming season. Families and followers of the pagan religion come together in hopes of a fruitful year.
Some of the Beltane rituals include courting where the youth collect blossoms and light fires during the evening. The rituals lead to marriages to be conducted in the coming season or even immediately. As the holiday marks fertility, marriage is often encouraged. Fire plays an essential part in the festival as it is thought to increase fertility, purify, and cleanse. Cattles pass between two fires. The smoke from the fire is believed to ensure that fertility.
Beltane is the time when pagans believe that the God achieves maturity and strength to become the lover of the Goddess. Fertility plays an integral role in the holiday, and pagans strive to highlight fertility through different ceremonies and rituals. There are many traditions that associate fire with the celebration. It helps purify and revitalize. By leaping over the fire, it is believed that the fertility of the spirit, body, and mind, as well as happiness and good fortune, can be achieved. Beltane is considered to be the most sexual festival. However, pagans barely have sex during the rituals, even though most of the rituals imply fertility and sex. There is sexual imagery involved in the dancing tradition, and many pagans still follow it. Continue reading

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Celebrate Ostara: Spring Equinox

Ostara comes in between Beltane and Imbolc. It is one of the spring festivals that celebrate the wheel of the year. Ostara is about celebrating balance between different seasons. In the Northern Hemisphere, it is the starting of spring.
It is also known as Spring Equinox, which is a moment when the dark and the light are in a balance. Although Ostara usually is celebrated on the 20th of March every year, the exact moment that the Spring Equinox occurs varies each year. This is because there is a misalignment between the actual rate at which the Earth rotates around the sun and the Gregorian calendar. Moreover, the Equinox occurs during different times, depending on where one lives on Earth.
Typically, the date when Ostara occurs is anywhere from the 19th – 21st March. The Spring Equinox is a holiday which is not just celebrated by pagans, but many other religions throughout the world such as Shia Muslims.

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