How Do I Become A Witch/Wiccan/Pagan?

Entering into the Mysteries of Wicca is an important decision and one that should not be taken lightly. Before being offically initiated or self-dedicated, you should learn as much as you can. The embracing of the Wiccan religion holds changes which will affect your lifestyle and futre direction. There aren't many people who were bron into a Pagan family, but I think that staement will drastically change in the coming years. Yes there Hereditary Witch, but most people find this path later in life on their own.

If you go to any New Age/Occult section of a booksore, you can find lots of books that deal with Wicca and Paganism. There are also numerous sites out there to get you on your way. If after much studying, contemplation, and soul-searching, you believe in your heart that the Wiccan path is for you, you are ready to dedicate yourself to the Loed and the Lady (or the God and Goddess.)

There are many books that have Self-Dedications in them. I will provide the one I do in the near future. I try to renew it every year on my birthday. You of course don't have to do this. You can only do it once, you can do it every year on the same date you did it the first time, or do it like me. Just do whatever feels right to you. Any questions? E-mail me or post it on the guestbook and I will answer it when I get a chance!

I am Pagan. I am a part of the whole of Nature. The Rocks, the Animals,
the Plants, the Elements, and Stars are my relatives. Other humans are
my sisters and brothers, whatever their races, colors, genders, sexual
orientations, ages, nationalities, religions, lifestyles. Planet Earth
is my home. I am a part of this large family of Nature, not the master
of it. I have my own special part to play and I seek to discover and
play that part to the best of my ability. I seek to live in harmony with
others in the family of Nature, treating others with respect.

I am Pagan. I celebrate the changing seasons, the turning of the Wheel
of the Year. I celebrate with singing, dancing, feasting, rituals, and
in other ways. I celebrate each turn of the Wheel with personal
spiritual practices and by taking part in community festivals.

Samhain, commonly known as Halloween, is a time for gazing into the
future and for paying homage to my Ancestors and other loved ones in the
Spirit world. I work magic for greater religious freedom for Pagan
peoples and humankind as a whole. I celebrate the Wiccan and Celtic
spiritual New Year.

Yule, the Winter Solstice, is a festival of peace and a celebration of
waxing solar light. I honor the new Sun child by burning a oaken Yule
log in a sacred fire. I honor the Great Goddess in her many Great Mother
aspects, and the Father God as Santa in his Old Sky God, Father Time,
and Holly King forms. I decorate my home with lights and with holly,
ivy, mistletoe, evergreens and other herbs sacred to this season. I ring
in the new Solar year with bells.

At the beginning of February, I celebrate Candlemas, known to ancient
Celts as Imbolc and to contemporary Americans as Groundhog's Day. I
focus on spiritual purification and clearing away blockages to prepare
for the coming of Spring and new growth. During this festival, I light
candles to honor Brigid and I invite her to inspire my artistic works
and guide my healing practice. I give offerings of seeds to wild birds.

At the time of the Spring Equinox, I welcome the renewal of Spring and
celebrate the greening of the Earth by dressing in green myself. I honor
the Teutonic Goddess Ostara and the spirit of the Rabbit, Her consort. I
color eggs with friends and divine choices for new growth.

Beltane at the beginning of May is a festival of fertility and
pleasure. I dress in bright colors and wear a garland of flowers in my
hair. I dance the Maypole to bless gardens and creative projects. I leap
the Beltane bonfire for good luck. I place flowers at the Bast Sacred
Cat Shrine and other sacred sites.

Summer Solstice time, also known as Midsummer and Litha, is a grand
gathering time when I greet old friends and meet new ones. I dance with
them around a sacred bonfire to the magic rhythms of drums. I honor my
spiritual community and tribe. I celebrate Pagan culture. I add stones
to the sacred Stone Circle on Circle Sanctuary land with prayers for
planetary harmony and well-being.

As August arrives, I celebrate Lammas, also known as Lughnassad. At
this festival, I honor the height of Summer and prosperity. I not only
give thanks for wild and cultivated plants and for blessings that are
starting to come to fruition, but I also pray for continued abundance. I
break and eat bread with others in ritual and I give bread and herb
offerings to the Goddesses and Gods of agriculture.

Fall Equinox, which some call Mabon, is the time of thanksgiving for
all the harvests I've reaped during the growing time. I give thanks for
food I have received from the gardens and fields and for other blessings
which have come into my life. I return to the Mother Earth offerings
that come from the best of the fruit, vegetables, herbs, nuts, and other
food stuffs I've gathered.

And at Samhain, this Wheel of the Year starts again.

I am Pagan. I also honor the seasons of life within my life's journey
-- beginnings, growth, fruition, harvest, endings, rest, and beginnings
again. Life is a Circle with many cycles. With every Ending comes a new
Beginning. Within Death there is the promise of Rebirth.

I am Pagan. I see circles of change and renewal not only within my own
life's journey, but in my heritage. I see my life as a circle that
connects with the life circles of my ancestors. They are part of me and
my life. The ancient wisdom of Nature's Renewal and Recycling is
embodied in the crests of two of my Ancestoral clans. From my German
ancestors of my mother's mother's lineage is the totem of the heron, a
family emblem signifying perseverance and renewal after difficulties.
From my Celtic ancestors of my father's father's lineage is the crest
bearing the symbol of a hewn oak tree sprouting new branches and leaves
from its stump, enclosed in a circle with the motto, Iterum Viriscit,
which means It grows Green again. These symbols and motto remind me not
only of my own renewal and the renewal of Nature, but also the renewal
of Pagan philosophy on this planet that is part of my life's work as a
Pagan priestess.

I am Pagan. Intentional consciousness change, Magic, is part of my
spirituality. For every problem there is at least one workable solution
as well as opportunity for growth. I create my own reality with my
thoughts, feelings, and actions. Whatever I send out always returns. I
seek to abide by the Wiccan Rede: "And It Harm None, Do What You Will."
When I do magic in rituals, before I raise and direct energy, I seek
always to look at the larger picture of which my needs are just a part.
I endeavor to work for the best for all as well as to help myself. When
problems come my way, I seek to understand their cause and messages as
part of my finding a solution. In doing healing work, I seek to address
the underlying spiritual causes of disease, rather than only focusing on
relief of its symptoms.

I am Pagan. I work magic by the Moon to help and to heal others,
myself, and the Planet. The Triple Goddess of the Moon guides me. I
activate beginnings in the Waxing, energize manifestations at the Full,
and clear away obstructions with the Waning and Dark. I take part in
rituals at the New and Full Moons, and I know that my Circles are part
of a great web of Circles that meet at these times around Planet Earth.

I am Pagan. I embrace Pantheism, acknowledging that the Divine is
everywhere and in everything. I honor the Divine that is within the oak
trees in the forest, in the herbs in the garden, in the wild birds
singing in the trees, in the rock outcroppings on the hillside, in
myself, and yes, even in "things" such as my car, cameras, and
computers. I understand that everything with a physical body has a
spiritual body, too. The physical and spiritual are deeply intertwined,
not separate, in this world of form. I honor the interconnectedness of
Creator and Creation.

I am Pagan. I know that Divinity has many facets and I experience this
through a variety of Goddesses, Gods, and other spiritual forms. I also
honor Divine Oneness, the Unity of All. My personal encounters with
Pagan Goddesses, Gods, and other Divine forms have transformed and
enriched my life. Hecate appeared at a Death to teach me of release and
rebirth. As a young child, Artemis flowed through me and helped me ward
off a would-be rapist. Selena of the Full Moon brings me visions and my
name. Sacred Sun energizes me. Yemaya of the Ocean cleanses and renews
me. I have heard Pan play his pipes in the woods. Dionysius awakens
within me the joys of spontaneity and ecstatic bliss and teaches me the
mysteries of androgyny. I have experienced the union of Goddess and God
while making love with my mate in the garden. Bast has helped me deepen
my connections with my Cat friends. Cernunnos has appeared to me in the
forest as a Stag. Isis has spoken to me in bursts of radiance in the
deep of the Night and in flows of energy through my hands in doing
healings. Saturn has given me lessons about discipline, time, and
organic agriculture. Lady Liberty protects me as I work for religious
freedom for Wiccans and other Pagans. Mother Earth guides my work on
behalf of this Planet. I also experience the Divine as totem animals,
plant allies, and as other forms in my dreams, in guided inner journeys,
and while questing for vision alone in the wilderness.

I am Pagan. My spiritual practices include self-acceptance and
understanding, instead of self-rejection. I share my views with others
when I sense it is right, but I do not proselytize, claiming my way is
the only true right way for everyone. There are many paths up the
mountain of spiritual understanding, not just one path.

I am Pagan. My worship takes the form of Divine communion with Nature.
As part of my worship, I founded and caretake a sacred Nature preserve,
Circle Sanctuary. I do rituals at special places there, such as in the
Stone Circle atop a sacred mound; on Spirit Rock high above the valleys;
in the Magic Circle garden; by outdoor shrines; in the indoor Temple
room; and in the ancient sandstone rock shelters that housed the ancient
ones that lived on this land thousands of years ago. I also do rituals
elsewhere on the land and at other places, outdoors and indoors. My
worship and rituals can be anywhere since my sacred circle is portable.
Wherever I am, I can set up a circle around a sacred sphere with seven
invocations: to the four compass point directions, to the Cosmos above,
to the Planet below, and to Spiritual Integration in the center.

I am Pagan. I journey to the Otherworld in my dreams, meditations, and
rituals. I use sacred tools to aid me in my journeys and my magic
making. These include cauldrons, crystals, candles, censors of incense,
chalices of water, pentacles of salt, dishes of soil, feathers, bells,
brooms, rattles, drums, wands, staffs, blades, mirrors, and a variety of
divination tools, including Tarot cards, I Ching yarrow stalks, and Rune
stones. I fly with my consciousness through time and space. I explore
other dimensions and then I return with insights, knowledge, and power.
I go between the worlds for healing, growth and transformation.
Intuitive, psychic perception is a natural, not supernatural, part of my
daily life.

I am Pagan. I attune myself to the four elements of Nature -- Earth,
Air, Fire, Water -- and to the fifth element, Spirit, which is the
spiritual force that connects all. I see these Elements in Nature -- the
Earth in the soil and rocks; the Air in the winds and atmosphere; the
Fire as the lightning, fires, and electricity; the Water in the springs,
rivers, oceans, rain, and other waters on the planet; and the Spirit as
Divine Unity. I also see these Elements as aspects of Self -- my
physical body and physiology is my Earth; my intellect and thoughts my
Air; my will and actions my Fire; my emotions and feelings my Water; and
my Inner Self, my Soul, is my Spirit. I endeavor to keep myself healthy
and in balance in all these parts of Self. I work toward a restoring of
balance of the Elements in the environment.

I am Pagan. I hear the cries of Mother Earth who is upset with the harm
being done to the environment by humankind. I am dismayed by the
pollution of the air, the soil, and the waters, and by the domination
games being played by nations with the fire of nuclear missles and other
weapons of mass destruction. I also am concerned about spiritual
pollution on the Planet -- selfishness, hatred, greed for money and
power, addiction, violence, despair. Yet as I perceive these problems, I
also perceive cleansing and healing happening on Planet Earth at this
time. I know that I can help in at least a small way to bring the Planet
into greater balance by seeking balance in my own life, by being a
catalyst for restoring balance in the lives of others, and by working
for a better environment. I know that my attitudes and my way of living
can make a difference. I endeavor to be a channel for healing and
balance. I make the practice of environmental responsibility a personal
part of my daily life. I endeavor to live in harmony with the other
members of the family of Nature.

I am Pagan. Nature Spirituality is my religion and my life's
foundation. Nature is my spiritual teacher and holy book. I am part of
Nature and Nature is part of me. My understanding of Nature's inner
mysteries grows as I journey on this spiritual path.

Written by Selena Fox 

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