A Wiccan of 25 years, Sage likes to put her background as a writer and teacher to use by helping people learn about this NeoPagan path.
Wicca Lessons for Beginners
Are you looking to learn about the religion of Wicca? Well, you have certainly come to the right place. Please have a seat and join me in a cup of mint tea (doesn't it smell wonderful?). Let's talk.
In the many years -- well, decades now -- that I have been Wiccan, the seekers like yourself just keep flowing in. At first the internet and the explosion of Wicca books on bookstore shelves was a boon-- and then it got to the point at which the bad, poorly written information outweighed the good. There are schools, some good and some bad, but why should you be charged to learn about your own religion?
I've been writing on Hubpages for about three years at this point, and I've written quite a number of articles on Wicca, mostly aimed at helping the Beginner. Some of them are for people who know absolutely nothing about Wicca whatsoever, and others are for people who may have been self-studies for a while and read a few books but are still learning about how to put it all into practice.
To make things easy for you, I created this directory of all my articles on the Wiccan religion.
Most Recent Update: Nov. 2017
Welcome Wiccan Seekers
Introduction to Wicca - Just the Facts, Ma'am
When you're learning about a new religion, particularly one you plan to practice, it's important to cover the basics. Wicca is a bit foreign to most people because it's completely different from the more prevalent Abrahamic religions. There are a lot of different words and concepts that are important to grasp, and once you do you may need guidance to help you find your way on your new path. The articles below will help you start your new path on the right foot, but first allow me to announce:
Wicca for Beginners
- First Lesson in Wicca: What Wicca Is, and What Wicca Isn't
As Wicca became a pop fad, a lot of people jumped on the band wagon. Countless websites and books with inaccurate information have been published. Here is a brief overview that explains what Wicca actually is, and what it is not.
- Wicca and Witchcraft- Which is Witch, What’s What?
This article gives you a short-and-sweet answer to the question about the difference between Wicca and Witchcraft. But, if you want a more comprehensive understanding, it attempts to give you that as well. Read the whole thing, or just the point "in
- Understanding Wicca: Initiations, Dedications and ‘Officially’ Becoming a Wiccan
What makes you Wiccan? And how do you go about getting it done? What's the difference between dedicate and initiation? Let's chat about what it all means to help you sort out your path.
- How to Become Wiccan: Taking the First Steps on your Path
Transitioning into a new religion can leave you feeling overwhelmed, but keep in mind that it's not a race; it's a lifestyle. Slow down and start with baby steps, like those outlined here.
- Wicca for Beginners: Getting Over 'Scary Words'
Word associations can sometimes be more powerful than their actual definitions. When learning a new religion, you learn a new 'jargon' and it's time to drop those negative connotations.
- Is Wicca a Dangerous Cult? Let’s Consider the Facts about the Wiccan Religion
Is Wicca a cult? Let's take the facts into account about the Wiccan religion and see what they reveal.
- Wiccan Myth Busting: 5 Most Common Misconceptions Christians Have about Wicca
Among Christians there seems to be the same persistent misconceptions about the religion of Wicca. Any reasonable individual would rather be informed than be mistaken. It's fair to disagree or even criticize different religions; but if you expect us
- Wicca For Beginners: Wiccan Views on Sex
Sex and religion are not usually two topics you see discussed together. Many mainstream religions consider sex sinful or taboo. Sex actually plays a prominent role in the Wiccan religion.
- Wiccan Views on Life After Death
Where do we go when we die? A lot of religions have different ideas about our final destination. Ever wonder what Wiccans believe? Learn about that here.
- Recommended Wicca Books: Reading for Your First Year...
A recommended reading list for your first year (or in your beginning years) of converting to Wicca. I believe these give the best possible essential foundation for study and practice.
Practicing Solitary Eclectic Wicca
"What? Ethics!-- that's not fun! Bring on the spells!!!"
If these are the kinds of thoughts you're having-- you might want to consider that you're in the wrong place here. Wicca is a religion, first and foremost. Ethics are pretty much the heart of a religion, and a religious person's world view. They are important to learn and consider.
Ethics in Wicca
- Ethics in Wicca Part I: The Wiccan Rede
It is unfortunate, and perhaps telling, that for every 100 books on Wiccan spells and magic, there is perhaps maybe one book on Wiccan ethics. If Wicca is more than just something to fill your time on the night of the full moon-- an actual religion t
- Ethics in Wicca part 2: The Threefold Law
In continuing the series of the complex issue of ethics in the Wiccan religion, we now examine what is know as the
- Wicca and Ethics: Is Magic for Personal Gain Wrong?
You have probably heard the argument that it’s unethical to do magic for personal gain. I am one of those who disagree, and I will explain why.
- A Witch Who Cannot Hex, Cannot Heal: One Wiccan's Pe...
Reactions to this saying have varied from cheers of agreement to vehement opposition. Here, I explain my personal take on this issue, and the reasoning behind my opinion.
Of the Divine
Wiccan Gods and Goddesses
Wicca is an interesting religion in that we don't really have our own Gods -- we worship Gods of other, older religions. Wiccans worship Pagan Gods, but we have various perspectives on the nature of the divine as well.
Here's a start with learning about deities in Wicca, with more to follow.
- Wicca for Beginners: How to Find Your Wiccan God and Goddess
Learning to connect with your deities is the heart of what Wicca is about, but just how do you do it? Read here for some ideas to begin your relationship with your Gods.
- Wicca for Beginners: Who Is the Horned God and the T...
The Wiccan view of deity differs than more mainstream religions with which most people are familiar. Learn more about the Horned God and Triple Goddess here.
- Hellenistic Wicca: Worshipping the Greek Gods
Are you a Wiccan who feels drawn to the Greek Gods and Goddesses? This is a pantheon that fits very nicely within the Wiccan religion. Learn more about it here.
- The Problem with Christian Wicca: Why It's Usually N...
Some people will tell you Christian Wicca makes sense; I argue it doesn't. A closer look reveals Christian Wicca is usually neither, and it's a disservice to Wicca to call it that.
- How to Find Your Wiccan Name
What's a Wiccan name, and how do you get one? All these questions and more answered right here.
- Handfasting: A Wiccan Wedding Ceremony
Wiccan wedding ceremonies are usually called handfastings, in which a couple's hands are bound with a cord to symbolize their unions. Learn more about the Wiccan version of this ceremony here.
The Wiccan Wheel of the Year
What are Wiccan Holidays?
The Wheel of the Year is the cycle of Wiccan holidays -- and that's a whole 'nother directory!
New Wiccans are encouraged to begin learning about and observing the Sabbats, as these special days have a great deal of meaning in Wicca.
Check out this directory here for a listing of my articles for each Sabbat:
You'll find everything from the meaning of the holidays and their history to great recipes and decorations you can use in your celebration.
Wiccan Altars, Tools and Rituals
Wiccan Tools and Altars
Wicca is a ceremonial religion. We value ritual. The tools, the symbols, the gestures and actions-- they all have meaning behind them that help tap the subconscious and promote a spiritual consciousness. We use these things to keep in a state of mind conducive to worshiping our Gods and connecting to the web of life.
Here are some articles to help you get started on formal practice.
All About Wiccan Tools
- Wicca on a Budget: The Dollar Store Altar
Were you worried that practicing Wicca would break your bank? You needn't be; take a trip to a dollar store with me and we'll set up a full working altar on a budget of just 20 bucks!
- The ‘Why’, ‘Who’, ‘When’, ‘Where’ and ‘What’ of Wiccan Tools: Wiccan Tool Article Series, Part 1
An introduction to the concepts of tools in Wicca. This first part of the article series answers the basic questions: why, who, when, where and what.
- The 5 Primary Tools of Wicca: Wiccan Tool Article Series, Part 2
An overview of the 5 main Wiccan tools used in ritual: the Book of Shadows, athame, pentacle, wand and cup.
- Secondary Tools of Wicca: Wiccan Tool Article Series, Part 3
Introduction to some of the many tools used within the religion of Wicca. These tools come from various influences, though some are more common than others.
- Minor Tools and Supplies a Wiccan May Find Useful: Wiccan Tool Article Series, Part 4
A look at minor tools not specifically Wiccan, but that any Wiccan may find useful in related beliefs and practices to the Wiccan religion.
- What Goes Into a Wiccan Book of Shadows?
Thinking about starting your own Book of Shadows? That's great! But you might be wondering exactly what you should start with. Here are some ideas of what to put (and what not to put) in your BOS.
- Wicca for Beginners: What is a Pentagram or Pentacle?
The pentagram is probably one of the most fascinating and one of the most misunderstood symbols in history. So what should a beginner Wicca know about it? Learn here!
- Wiccan Tools: Where to Buy Your Wiccan Tools on a Budget
You don't need to go broke to be Wiccan, you don't need a lot of fancy tools-- and what you do choose to have, you can get almost anywhere. Here are some bargain hunting tips for Wiccans.
The Wiccan Altar
- Beginning Wicca: Types of Altars
The seat of worship is generally the altar-- but what type do you have? What type do you need? Get the basics of the most basic of tools-- the place where you would lay all the rest of them: the altar.
- Wicca Basics: Creating a Shrine
If you don't have a permanent altar, a shrine can be an excellent place for daily spiritual devotionals and meditations. And for some occasions, a shrine is like the center stage of the event.
- Wicca Basics: Designing your Ritual Altar Layout
Getting ready to build your Wiccan altar and hold rituals? How exciting! The altar is truly the center stage of religious rites and should be both practical and pleasant. Try these suggestions!
Wiccan Ritual-- The Heart of Practice
An Introduction to Wiccan Ritual
- Wicca Basics: An Introduction to Ritual Structure
Looking to start holding Wiccan rituals? That's a lot to take on, but you don't need to do it all at once. The best thing to do is break it down into bite-sized chunks, like I've done here.
- Wicca Basics: Your First Solitary Ritual
Anticipating your first Wiccan ritual is exhilarating, yet most people have not grown up in Pagan religions, and it is a bit out of their comfort zone. Here's some advice to set your mind at ease.
- Wicca Rituals: A Standard Ritual Opening and Closing...
Having a standard ritual opening and closing is a great way to promote ritual consciousness and gain confidence so your experiences will be deep and meaningful. Here's one to use or adapt!
- Wicca for Beginners: What is an Esbat Ritual?
An esbat in Wicca is a type of ritual. Where, when and how it's performed is something most beginners are eager to learn. Here are the answers to the questions you may have.
- Wiccan Ritual Music: How to Create a Ritual Playlist
Music can be a very powerful force within a ritual context. If you like to use music in your ritual, consider making a playlist to run stead
Wicca Ritual Essentials
- Wicca Basics: More Questions to Answer on Casting th...
The questions about Casting a Circle in Wicca seem to go on and on. Here are a few little details to continue your understanding and way of thinking about this sacred religious rite.
- Wicca Basics: What is Casting a Circle?
Casting a circle is one of the most basic elements of the Wiccan ritual. Learn what this rite is, and why it is an important part of ritual structure for a Wiccan.
- Wicca Basics and the 3 C’s: Cleansing, Consecratin...
If you've ever read a book about Wicca you've probably been told to do any and all of these things-- but did you ever really stop to think what they are, or what they're about? Let's take a look...
- Wicca for Beginners: Visualizations for Grounding an...
Grounding and centering can be a very productive activity, not just for ritual but for a healthy, balanced life. These visualizations are a great way to accomplish grounding and centering anytime.
- Wicca for Beginners: What are Grounding and Centerin...
You've heard of grounding and centering, but just what are these things? How do you do them? Learn here- you don't need to be Wiccan to reap the benefits from learning to ground and center, but it is a must for Wiccans to learn.
- A ‘Virtual’ Wiccan Dedication: Meditation and Cr...
If you've been considering walking the Wiccan path, this virtual dedication may be just what you're looking for. Rites of passage such as these are beneficial in transitions and can help you take your first steps firmly and with confidence.
- Simple Wiccan New Year Blessing Rite Without Tools o...
The New Year is here! While secular celebrations about, spiritual people may want to take the time out for worship. This Wiccan ritual can actually be adapted to any time of year, but is a great way to spend New Year's Eve if you don't have any parti
About Wiccan Elements
The Elements in Wicca
- The Wiccan Element Series: Part 1- an Introduction
On first glance, the concept of the Elements seems simple and straightforward. But upon closer look, you'll notice the many layers and complexities that surround this spiritual concept.
- The Wiccan Element Series: Part 2- The Element of Ai...
Learn about the correspondences of the Element of Air; part 2 in my Wiccan Element series.
- The Wiccan Element Series: Part 3- The Element of Ea...
In the next article of this series on Elements in Wicca, we will examine the correspondences of the Element of Earth.
- The Wiccan Element Series: Part 4- The Element of Fi...
Learn correspondences and associations of the Element Fire, as it pertains in general to the religion of Wicca.
- The Wiccan Element Series: Part 5- The Element of Wa...
Learn correspondences and associations of the Element Water, as it pertains in general to the religion of Wicca.
- Wicca for Beginners: Elemental Powers and Finding Yo...
Once again, I'm going to present something against popular opinion. But I hope this perspective, if new to you, is something that will help expand your own way of thinking on the elements.
- Free Printable Book of Shadow Pages
Looking for some beautiful printable pages for your Book of Shadows? Here are some designs I've come up with for you~ free for personal use!
- Wicca For Beginners: How to Make Incense
Do you like incense? Do you enjoy that billowy, curling, sweet-scented smoke filling the air during your meditations and rituals? Learn how to make incense here-- the good stuff!
- Free Printable Book of Shadows Blank Pages
Looking for some really nice, decorative pages for your Book of Shadows? Print some of these!
- How to Make a Book of Shadows Using Adobe Photoshop ...
Not everyone is crafty and has great handwriting, but everyone wants a beautiful Book of Shadows, right? Don't be afraid to be a 21st century Pagan! Make your Book of Shadows on your computer!
Meditation and Energy Work
- Learning to Meditate: An Instructional Guide for Beg...
For the newbie-- a simple meditation guide. This brief explanation strips meditation down to the bare basics to help you get a start without getting overwhelmed.
- Ways to Meditate When You Can't Sit Still
You keep hearing how meditation is so beneficial to Witchcraft and spirituality, but you just can't sit still long enough to find out. Guess what? You don't have to sit still to meditate.
- Wicca for Beginners: Energy Manipulation Exercises w...
Learning to manipulate energy is a big part of Wicca, Witchcraft and many other esoteric religions. Need practice? Try these exercises to help improve your skills.
Teens are Wiccans Too!
Special Advice for Young Seekers: Teen Wicca
Are you a teen interested in Wicca? Welcome, young one! While I do recommend getting around to reading the other articles found on this page, I do have a bit of advice especially for you.
Wicca for Teens
- Teen Wiccans: What to Do When Your Parents Won’t L...
Mom and Dad won't let you be Wiccan? You're not alone. While it's important to honor your parents, you can also be true to yourself. Here's how.
- Solutions for Teen Wiccans: My Parents Won’t Let M...
Being a teen Wiccan can be tough, especially when you can't do what your favorite books are telling you to do. Before you think about breaking house rules, consider these alternatives.
- Wicca for Teens: Finding a Mentor, Teacher or Coven
Many teens seek out someone to teach them about Wicca, because self-study can be confusing and slow-going. If you're looking for guidance, read here to learn the best way to go about it.
- How to Be a High School Pagan or Wiccan
Getting through high school can be tough enough without being a member of a misunderstood minority religion. Teens who identify as Pagan or Wiccan need to be prepared for the issues they might face, while still use good judgement about how to navigat
Looking for More On Wicca?
Reviews on Books, Movies and More
- “The Craft” Film: A Wiccan Witch Thinks Back on the Original, and Looks Forward to the Remake
"The Craft" may make a comeback. Sony announced a remake of the popular witchy cult classic. Will it enchant audiences as much as the original, or end up a curse?
- Pagan Film Review: The Last Keepers
I love movies that touch on realistic depictions of Paganism and Witchcraft, and was thrilled to stumble on this somewhat obscure film with a brilliant cast. Here's my review of the Last Keepers.
- Why I Love the Wicker Man Movie, Even Though I’m P...
Some Pagans are terribly offended by the film The Wicker Man-- I'm not. In fact, I really adore it, even though I am Pagan. Want to know why? Read on...
- The Good Witch Series: A Review from a Real Wiccan W...
Hallmark's movie series The Good Witch is just one of the many television and movie depictions of Witchcraft-- but how does this one measure up to the real thing? Here's my opinion.
- Review on Books about Witches and Wiccans: Teen Fict...
This is a fun read for lovers of teen fiction, particularly teens who want to learn about Wicca and Witchcraft. Adults in the Pagan community may also find inspiration here for dealing with teens.
- Looking at Cunningham's Book "Wicca" 25 years later
I first read Scott Cunningham's book
Wicca and My Life
Sometimes I have observations, thoughts or experiences, and I just want to share them. They're nothing you particularly need to know to become Wiccan. But, if you're interesting, they can give you a little perspective into this Wiccan's life and mind.
Personal Essays (Newest On Top)
- The Duggars Scandal: A Lesson Wiccans Can Learn from This
How can a scandalous incident involving right-wing Christian conservative reality TV stars illustrate a lesson in Wicca? Allow me to explain.
- A Wiccan's Response to Pat Robertson's Claim that Wiccans Will 'Destroy' Your Children
Pat Robertson warned on his show that Wiccans will 'destroy' your children and people should stay away from their Wiccan neighbors. I feel such pity for Robertson, and people like him.
- I’m Wiccan, I’m Told I’m Going to Hell, and I�...
Christians tell me on a regular basis that because I am Wiccan, unless I make a major about-face, I am in danger of going to Hell. I have found peace with that. Here’s why
- What is the Difference between Wicca and Paganism?
Many people use these terms interchangeably, but they're not actually synonymous. If you're not sure if you're Wiccan or Pagan, let me explain.
- Wicca in the News: Wiccan "Warlock" Accused of Sexua...
I love to see Wicca in the news, but not for things like this. One recent news story that's been literally painful to accept involves child abuse and a self-proclaimed
- Pagan Crisis of Faith: Transitions of the Soul
I had a friend once; a wonderful friend and mentor. As suddenly as she came into my life, she was gone, and my faith was shattered... but she helped me find it again.
- Gifts for Wiccans: Great Ideas for Wiccan Gifts for ...
Do you know a Wiccan mom? Maybe your own mom is Wiccan. If you're struggling with gift ideas for Mother's Day, consider some of these.
- How the Wiccan Religion Changed My Life
My hundredth hub! Why do I write so much about Wicca? I want to make my contribution, to give back in a small way. What has it given me? Well, just... everything.
- Wiccan Rituals: Experiencing Catharsis Through Drama
A friend and I experience ritual catharsis at an open Pagan gathering-- and I found that for me, it's the only way to go.
- The Real Power of Prayer
I have always been a strong believer in the power of prayer, which I know some people question. A recent experience made me re-think, and has re-affirmed for me, the power of prayer.
- The Power of Magical Places: Thoughts and Conclusion...
I visited a place so powerful, I felt overwhelmed at times by the energy. While there I performed one of the most powerful healing spells of my life. An essay on my thoughts and experiences.
- Religious Experiences: Gift From My Spirit Animal
When a spirit animal comes into your life, you never know what to expect. Some days they may give you lessons, other days they may bring you gifts. My personal experience with my spirit animal.
- What Is a ‘Persecution Complex’? And Why Is it B...
Remember the story of the boy who cried 'wolf'? Let's talk about the Wiccans who cry 'persecution'... a lot.
- 5 Reasons Some Wiccans Don’t Use a ‘K’ in Magi...
When you're Wiccan, do you have to use a 'k' when you spell 'magick'? Actually, though most sources embrace it and list reasons the 'k' is tacked on, not all Wiccans use it, for their own reasons.
New Wiccans - You are Good to Go!
Anyone wanting to learn Wicca can get off to a good start with what I have here-- and there is more to come, as I'm not going anywhere.
As you read through these hubs, feel free to ask questions. Check out the recommended books and other items you might find interesting. Put these lessons to use when learning about Wicca and going deeper into your path.
Bright Blessings, and may the God and Goddess guide you in your journey!
Looking for Spells, Magic and Witchcraft? Look Here:
© 2014 Mackenzie Sage Wright
Louise on October 05, 2020:
Hello i am very interested in wicca and witchcraft i hope i can learn a lot from this free course
Rhianna McFarlen on July 04, 2020:
Thank you. I can’t wait to start learning from your wonderful resource. I appreciate you taking the time to share your knowledge without cost.
Ana Lakeev on March 26, 2020:
Im so thankful to you, you sparked my interest in my spirituality and I'm so excited to embark on this life path!!
Madisom on March 17, 2020:
I want a free course sorry but this is not wjat im looking for.
Kaye Elliott on March 08, 2020:
I can't wait to start learning. Thankyou for being so kind
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on March 07, 2020:
Thank you. :o)
Leah on March 02, 2020:
I’ve been searching and searching everywhere to find just some basic information that isn’t overwhelming, and finally I found your beautifully written blogs. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us newbies. I look forward to growing with you and everyone else involved.
Candy on February 11, 2020:
I found this to be exactly what I was looking for to further my growth..
Jen on February 10, 2020:
I am seeking guidance on my spiritual journey into the life of Wicca & Witchcraft.
Rhonda Hampton on January 12, 2020:
I'm so excited to join I've always been interested in the arts and I want to hear
Rhonda Hampton on January 12, 2020:
I have always been interested in learning.
Candis on January 03, 2020:
I am so excited to read everything. Im hoping to start my year and a day journey this Febuary and though i cant seem to find a coven or a teacher this has given me so much hope. I want to do this right and understand everything before i start doing too much. I just feel this is too important to jump into not completly knowing what im doing. So thank you so much for this! Ill be your advid reader.
Shelley - Star on December 27, 2019:
I am new to learning about Wicca, but I have been interested in it for 15 years when I was introduced to it in the military. I wish there was a local store & group.
Jai rajput on December 09, 2019:
Mam can you provide a certificate for this course
Donna on August 18, 2019:
Hi I go by Sciath. I live in North Carolina with my hubby and my two furbabies. I have been interested in Wicca since I was about 10 years old and have gone back and forth learning about Wicca since I was in my 20s. I am now a serious student of Wicca. I usually do my studies on another site, however they are down for a while, so I am looking elsewhere. I am extremely interested in Celtic Wicca as my heritage leads back to the Celts in Ireland and Scotland. Hope this site will help to further my studies. Thank you.
Lacey m on June 04, 2019:
Hi im Lacey i have been practicing on and off for years and really just want to get back into it. I have however been seeing a black shadow following me for years and not sure what it is or why
Charlie16W on May 16, 2019:
Hi im Charlie.
A wiccan friend mentioned spirit guides and i was wondering how to find or get one.
ky on February 10, 2019:
From a young age, I've always been fascinated with Wiccan history and practices. Now, that I'm old enough to truly understand. I'm excited to begin this new chapter in my life!
Pixie on January 21, 2019:
Thank you for all this information! I've recently begun my journey and this is super helpful!
Mi123 on January 04, 2019:
I have simple question: Does the Wiccan can get marriage with christian or muslim? Are there rule about marriage in Wicca? Does Wicca need tarrots knowlege? I saw tarrots usage ( christian kabal?) in Japan wicca group. There are no descrption about tarrots in wicca beginer book. Anyway, Thank you very much for giving many contents about wicca with no charge!
Mi123 on January 04, 2019:
Nice to meet you in online. I live in Japan. I read many article, Thank you for opening it without no charge. But still I have question about the Wicca.
scott on December 30, 2018:
Although I am not entirely new to Wicca, I have had some experience in the past and feel compelled to return to what I feel are the only roots that I have.
Amber on December 30, 2018:
Hi this is all really good information I just wish there was more!
Jolene on September 17, 2018:
I have read SO much stuff, and everything seems to be getting jumbled in my mind. Let me start by saying my whole life, from as far back as I have memories (3 yrs old) I have been extremely "open" as they say. seeing things, hearing things, just knowing things, and most importantly knowing me through and through. over the last 8 years, my life has caused me to stop premembering dreams, stop seeing and hearing spirits, or just knowing things, and completely closed off to myself. I started meditating a few weeks ago, and although I here periodically thought about wicca through out my life , one day mid meditation, the word wicca LOUDLY came to my mind.....since that day, I have felt, something was telling me (even though im so closed off I cant remember my daily tasks) that this was my true calling to find myself, to be peaceful, happy, serene, and able to be ME 100%.. my point im trying real hard with research, and im understanding the facts, but everything Im reading isn't jumping to me as to what to do to get on this path I feel I am supposed to be on. YOUR page, so far, is the only PAGE THAT HAS GRASPED ME, is there any information that may be easier for me to absorb, a person, that can guide me a little better than websites with contradictory information.? I wrote a book and I apologize, that is just who I am
Carolyn Wildhaber on September 07, 2018:
hello Sage, I'm new to the craft i was wondering if there is a way i can find out how to preform the Mabon ritual as a solitary and right now i only have use of one hand and i'm allergic to the cedar family
Tonya on July 25, 2018:
I think this is very helpful what your doing love and light blessed be
Isabel Washington from Bath, PA on June 09, 2018:
Hello Sage, thank you so much for all this wonderful information. I will be needing lots of paper and ink for my printer ... Thank you again !!
Michelle on May 16, 2018:
I'm excited to find your hubpage
And I"m even more excited to begin learning about the Wicca religion which is all new to me but strangely and strongly enticing. I' m very excited to get started.. Your directory seems to cover so much on the topic. I'm sure I'll be busy for quite a while with all of the information u have provided.
Mike Ess on May 15, 2018:
Hello! On again, off again seeker here who's taken Wicca for a spin or two 'round the block in the past.
I've put it aside for various personal reasons, mostly owing to my frustration with the community I've encountered in the past. Toxic group leadership tends to leave a sour taste in one's mouth.
But, something inside me keeps me coming back because it still feels right, underneath all the baggage. Just found this page after about a decade's hiatus, took a peek at a few of your articles and wow, what a great resource to find!
Thank you for putting this together. There's a lot to read and think about here, and I will happily do both. Most of it's a refresher, but I like to maintain a beginner's mind, especially when I'm as rusty as I am.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 08, 2018:
Hi Raen; if you prefer to speak your spells and want your voice to become powerful and clear, just practice the same kind of exercises people do for public speaking or singing.
Raen on April 04, 2018:
Hey sage I've been looking for excercises to developed my voice for spoken spells, but I've been having some hard luck in that are . Could you recommend some useful ones?
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on March 22, 2018:
Hi Charlie; It's considered 'bad' by some people here in the US too. But eventually we all have to be true to our own path; glad this could help.
Charliepush on February 28, 2018:
I really appreciate to have a more close contact, because in Mexico the idea of Wicca is sometimes bad and I want to learn more
Jody on November 18, 2017:
I’m just starting to find my path! You word it simple and make it interesting
louise thurston on October 28, 2017:
I just wondering if I can take some lessons from your school and therefore I am willing learn and I do have books like the teen witch, solitary witch, wicca bible ( witches craft) solitary wicca for life and the wicca a guide for the solitary practitioner and do I need any more books or not.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on August 28, 2017:
Hi Argene; just click the links & start reading the articles ;o)
Argene-lightcycle on August 16, 2017:
Am interested in learning more but am useless with IT stuff... please help!!! where do I start
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 01, 2017:
Answering questions I've missed:
Samii: Thank you so much. I'm glad you're finding my articles useful, I do aim them at beginners.
Kaitlyn: thank you so much. I'm so glad I've been able to help.
Alexis: Thanks to you as well! Bright blessings :o)
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 30, 2017:
Hi Dr. Thankfully there is the internet now so those of us not near a coven can still reach out and get to know others.
Dr Madhumita Devi on April 26, 2017:
I am into healing and Tantra. I started my life as a solitary , because there is no coven here. I want to practice more and know more about white path.
Samii on March 03, 2017:
You go into so much detail I love it! I am looking into Wicca because a friend suggested it, and it seemed to call my name. I am not ready to start buying material and am in the research stage. Most free information is short and seems to be directed at people who know terms.
Kaitlyn on February 24, 2017:
I am so greatful that you could share your knowledge. I am new to wicca and I didn't know where to start and this has really helped me.
Alexis on February 02, 2017:
This is a very nice hub. I have found that I love your insight on information such as this. It is very eye opening. I look forward to reading more of your thoughts and writings. Blessed be!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on January 17, 2017:
Thank you, so kind of you! Much appreciated.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on January 17, 2017:
Aww, thanks so much, that is so meaningful to me. I appreciate it!
OasisKra on January 12, 2017:
You're such an amazing person. There are so many false hubs and websites and books out there, but you... Well, you are the total opposite of those. You represent the true nature of Wicca and that's more than most can say. Thank you for being a reliable resource and for being you. Blessed Be!
Patricia Francis-Wilson on December 30, 2016:
I am adding my name please if I may - I have been following Aboout Wiccanism - I am Pagan any way but guess that may include being Wiccan when I learn more about Wiccans - some friends on line are - I am an Elder Person whom they wanted to make into what I am not is that ok please - I am happier at 81 (yes now) that was at 18 no lies here
Lunith Faeriegrrl from Joshua Tree, CA on December 29, 2016:
I love this directory, and the articles you've written. I've been researching Wicca for a couple years now and you are my main source of information. This is the only place online I trust to present accurate and true information. Thank you so much for all the hard work you do to help us beginners. This really means a lot to me.
Ely on October 05, 2016:
Hey I been learning Wicca by my self and I'm trying to get a teacher to help me out with magic and healing I also been practicing readying the tarot cards but as I search I pump into these page and I really like what you chats hope to get in contact with you
DracoLycan79 on July 13, 2016:
I am semi-new to being Wiccan, however I look forward to learning everything that I can from you! Thanks so much for making your knowledge public!
Shawna50 on February 07, 2016:
I am very new to Wiccan ways. Just started learning about and have jumped in a bit, as I feel so drawn to it. Recently bought several books and even some ritual tools, though I don't know how to set up an alter or perform a spell/ritual. Your hub/page is amazing with so many educational links. Honestly, a bit overwhelming but glad I book marked it:) Hope to learn lots more about Wiccan ways so that I can feel more a part of Wiccan life. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience.
Anon on January 15, 2016:
How old are you?
Patricia Francis-Wilson from North West Untied Kingdom on January 07, 2016:
I have now - of necessity had my Hub password updated and can sign in here I see you have my picture - it was taken about 12 years ago - less fat and more grey?white now - thank you for letting me post to you
Patriciaenola on January 07, 2016:
I found you via a post on Pinterest I am an Elder Person - 80 years last year but have been Pagan since way way back
I think it was intended for me to find you - while I am still preparing (eventually) my first book of Shadows may I print off one or two of your pages as a guide
DeniseEmily on November 28, 2015:
Hello! I am glad I came across this page as I am and always have been interested in Wicca. I am going to reading all of your articles you have here.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on November 17, 2015:
Thanks Taylor, I appreciate your comment. I'm glad you're finding my collection of articles useful.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on November 17, 2015:
Hi Brushra, thanks so much! It makes me feel so good to know that my articles can be of help to people or help them find the right path. That's my goal. I appreciate your commenting to tell me, and your kind words!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on November 17, 2015:
Hi Tham; not sure if you read any of my articles, but I have repeatedly said Wicca is a 70 year old religion founded by Gerald Gardner... Crowley founded Thelema, and had nothing to do with Wicca other than the fact that he was a contemporary of Gardner, and Gardner was heavily influenced by Thelema.
Not sure where in my articles you saw something equating Wicca to ancient religions, as this has never been my position.
I appreciate your comments, thanks so much~ Sage
Taylor Brady on November 11, 2015:
Thank you so much you have been the biggest help for me
bushra on November 05, 2015:
thank you so much your articles help me a lot when i started learning about wicca it is so confusing to follow so many sites and they are different and i couldn't follow properly when i found this site i was feeling like this is it i was searching for something like this. and thank you so much for your work.
Tham Glanderris on October 29, 2015:
Amazing compilation of articles - you've been busy!
I just wanted to clarify that the religion of Wicca, while inspired by ancient mythologies, is not itself an ancient religion. It was invented purposely in the 1930s by Alastair Crowley and Gerald Gardner. Which is fine - all religions are human inventions after all and had to start sometime - but I think it is honest and helpful to point it out.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on October 07, 2015:
Hi Ellie; learning a new religion is a big undertaking. Don't expect it to all fall into place immediately. Just do your research and understanding comes with time. Feel free to ask questions, too. Thanks for your comment, and best of luck on your path! ~Sage
Ellie on September 10, 2015:
Hello, I'm very, very new to Wicca and am really looking for some guidance. I was only able to scan through your stuff here tonight, but I plan to come back tomorrow or the next day to really read it throughly. I really feel like I need a mentor or some kind of teacher, as I find a lot of this slightly confusing!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on September 01, 2015:
Hi Nikita; thanks for commenting. It can be overwhelming learning about a new religion, especially when it's built on an entirely different paradigm than the ones you may have previously known. I'm glad you're finding my articles helpful, thanks so much and best of luck!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on September 01, 2015:
Thanks so much Lannie, glad you're enjoying!
Nikita on August 17, 2015:
Thank you so much for writing these articles, they helped me so much! I've always felt very connected with the earth and nature (I was also born on Earth Day) but I didn't know a religion as great as Wicca existed. When I found out about it I was overwhelmed, I felt like this is the way I want to lead my life but I didn't know where to start. I almost give up my research because I couldn't find any good information but when I found your articles I was so happy and I can't thank you enough for writing them!! They answered lots of my questions and helped me get started but before I came here I read something about 'familiars', could you please explain to me what they are? Thanks in advance and thank you for writing these fantastic articles!!!
LannieEmber on August 05, 2015:
I am so very thankful to have stumbled upon this page. I will be reading every article! I am fairly new to Wicca but it has quickly become clear this is where my heart and spirit belong!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on July 12, 2015:
Thanks so much sunflowerforest! I look forward to seeing you grow & flourish here too!
sunflowerforests from The light in the forest of doubt. on July 11, 2015:
Lots of information went into this hub. Whoa...pretty impressive.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on July 11, 2015:
Hi Charlotte. Glad to hear you've found your path, and that your mom is accepting. It's great to be able to share that with people we love.
As for your dad & stepmom, that is a tough place to be in. I can tell you when I first walked this path I thought I could win my mother over by conversations, arguing, trying to explain and justify myself-- as if I had faith that if I hit on the right combination of words, I could make her see all the things in Wicca I saw, and show her the err of her ways. But I learned it doesn't work that way. You can't really force people to change the way they think about it. In fact, people have a tendency to dig in their heels even deeper when you try to change their mind about something. It's human nature.
If/when they decide to be open minded and more accepting, that can only happen on their own terms. No amount of arguing or trying to make your case is going to work. So if/when you choose to tell them, keep that in mind. It's natural to want the approval of the people we love, but it's a good lesson to remember that we don't *need* it, and we're not always going to get it. And the sooner we accept that, the better off we are. If you're confident in your own convictions and experiences, you won't need that external validation as much... you'll just want others to respect your rights to leave you to follow your own path.
After 2 years of arguing with my mother, I finally learned that, gave up... I refused to talk or argue religion. And a few years after that she finally began to accept it because she saw all the things she feared would happen to me (all the dark, evil stuff she expected) did not actually happen, and in fact she saw a lot of improvements- I was getting my life in order in a positive way and a happier person. So she just backed off and it became a non-issue. If I had never stopped it from being a power struggle, and never given her that space to figure it out for herself, she and I probably would have still been fighting over it.
Now I had the benefit in that I was already an adult in my 20s, and was not living in her house. I was self-supporting. So if she didn't approve, it only meant being frustrated when I was around her. I could then go home and follow my beliefs without concern. So that does make it easier... I didn't need permission for anything, and I didn't have any obligations a minor has to a parent.
When you're a minor, or even an adult living (or staying) in someone's house, they should be respected. If they think Wicca is evil, don't perform rituals in their home. If you're a minor and your father says don't read Wiccan books while you're there, then don't bring those books. I would not disrespect their beliefs, their God, their religion or practices. If they did want you to go to church, then go, and sit politely. If they wanted to say grace, bow your head and listen. Be polite at their holidays, etc.
At the same time they have parental rights, you have human rights. No matter what age, is that of your own personal thoughts and beliefs. Your relationship with your Gods, your world view, etc., are personal and not something any parent or authority figure can control, and not something you even really need to discuss with anyone until you feel ready to do so-- if ever. There's nothing wrong with keeping your private thoughts private, and there is no point in throwing things out there with family when you know it will cause nothing but strife. So think long and hard before you decide to open up that can of worms, and have a good reason. If you think it would cause strife, you don't need to talk about it.
The good thing is that you do have your mom if you really do need a parent to talk to about it.
If you do decide to tell your dad & stepmom, then have a plan of how you are going to handle it. And as I said before, the way I recommend is by not getting defensive, argumentative, or pleasing your case, but to just assert what ever needs to be said, and keep the rest private and away from them. Obey any rules about what to do/how to behave, but any internal processes are personal and nothing they can really do anything about.
Hope that makes sense hon, I wish you much luck.
Charlotte on July 11, 2015:
I'm fairly new to Wicca, I've been studying many many books since the winter. When I first discovered Wicca, I told my mom about it, because she is very open and natural. I now consider myself to be Wiccan, as I have done lots of research, and know that this is the path for me. I'm terrified about what my dad will do though. My dad is pretty traditional, although not religious, and my stepmom is Catholic. The have made mentions before about Wicca being evil. What should I do about them?
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on July 05, 2015:
Thank you very much Dreamhowl; this and my other two directories are the result of a 2 1/2 year-long labor of love here at hubpages, and it warms my heart to know people are enjoying and getting use out of it. Thanks for commenting!
Jessica Peri from United States on July 05, 2015:
This is a massive directory! You have done a great job, throwing this together to help others. Voted up, and looking to share it with a friend!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on July 02, 2015:
Great Kylie, please check here for the link to the application next week.
Kylie on July 02, 2015:
Yes I am very interested in learning more pls count me in
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on June 23, 2015:
Hi Melissa, welcome to Hubpages! Glad you find my articles helpful, it's nice to meet you and thanks for commenting.
Melissa Roy Gamble on June 23, 2015:
Im trying to set up an account. I look forward to learning more. Thank you for the opportunity. :)
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on May 30, 2015:
"Solitary eclectic." I like that. That fits, although, I don't particularly like labels, either. I do, however, when asked about religion in such places as hospital admissions desks, I simply answer , "pagan." ;-) I have not done rituals from books or online; I invent my own. ;-) It believe it is more meaningful when so personalized.
Thanks for your reply.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 30, 2015:
Hi MsLizzy! Glad to hear from you. I think a lot of Pagans are 'solitary eclectic' who march to the beat of their own drum rather than following any religion in particular. In my own Pagan family we have loads of diversity, from me being initiated into a Wiccan trad and very religious to 'spiritual but not religious' atheist Pagan to 'agnostic non-practicing Pagan'. I wouldn't worry about labels so much-- if you identify with the Pagan community and Pagan spirituality, I would say your are Pagan. But a lot of Pagans don't follow a specific religion, and are merely spiritual people forging their own path and borrowing what works for them.
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on May 29, 2015:
Actually, I'm in a strange place. I identify as generically "pagan," because I believe in the old ways of respect and careful husbandry of Mother Nature and her resources, and the saying of "Do as ye will, nay harm ye none," rings true for me. That said, I am also atheist; I don't believe in either deities or demons, so I don't suppose Wicca is a good fit, for me either.
I am studying Tarot, and the power of the Universe and positive manifestation, but without mention of a deity. I've done some rituals, but again, they are generic in nature.
What say you? I feel I am a "lone wolf," out of step with everyone and everything. ;)
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 29, 2015:
Sounds great Alex; applications are going up in July, so check back. Thanks for your comments.
Alex on May 29, 2015:
Just what I was looking for!!! I have been reading and practicing Wicca since I was in middle school but stopped for some time after I married my first husband ( long sad story). But I have gotten back into it the last 5 years and have been looking for something to help refresh my studies and with my health issues ( bad heart) I didn't want something that was complex and stressful.
I would also like to join your class this fall if there is still room.
Thank you so much for creating this!!!!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 28, 2015:
Thanks Sara, glad to meet you. Definitely will contact you with the application.
Sara Frazier on May 28, 2015:
Hello Mrs Sage,
I am very interested in your class. I have been studying at home for the last 6 months with my husband and a couple of friends. I am still wanting to learn more, and have heard of the year and a day study before. I have mostly gon over the basics, but I know there is more out there. Please let me know when the application process starts! Thank you so much for your time!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 28, 2015:
Thanks Molly; that's a big compliment for me because that's exactly what I strive to do-- to break it down and help people understand. I appreciate the comment.
Molly Layton from Alberta on May 27, 2015:
This is fascinating, Sage! I've been mildly interested Wicca ever since I read a magical realism book that utilized Wicca as a theme. I call it "magical realism" because it had a "work of fiction" disclaimer in the front of the book. You make the complex feel so simple. I could be spending all afternoon reading the hubs linked here.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 25, 2015:
Hi Bryn, I'm so glad you're finding my hubs helpful.
I know what you mean about using the term YHWH; I just find it easier than always writing 'the Christian God' or 'the Judeo-Christian God' or the 'Abrahamic God'. I figure when I'm talking about other specific Gods (Osiris, Apollo, Thor, etc.) I use their name. For clarity's sake, it just seems to make sense to use YHWH's name.
Sounds like a great idea for an article, and I will definitely get to work on it soon. Thanks for the inspiration.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 25, 2015:
Hi Brooke... I don't know what to say, I'm really flattered. There's a lot of good teachers and authors on Wicca, despite the fact that there are also a lot of bad ones. The more you read the more you learn to separate the facts from the fiction.
I was lucky, I stumbled upon some great teachers who were able to help me be more discerning. They taught me about Wicca for free, and so I pay that forward by teaching others.
I'm glad you're finding my hubs useful and am glad to hear you're considering the Wiccan Way Grove and I look forward to talking to hearing from you this summer.
Bryn on May 25, 2015:
Hey, my name is Alexis. I go by Bryn in most online communities though...I've been researching this on and off for months, and all your articles on here have been the most helpful resource yet. I'm only 16, and I have a Catholic in my household, but everybody's pretty open, so it's not a bad way to go. I'm scared people won't take me seriously when I say that this is the path that I want to be on, and that it speaks to me in ways I can't describe.
Actually, I find it a little funny that you use the Christian God's actual holy name in your articles. When I went to a Lutheran private school, they said it was forbidden and only the angels could use his name or whatever. I never got that bit... My dad got really mad with my school because when I was young(er) I had really bad nightmares about the devil and being dragged down to Hell.
I'm getting off topic. Anyway, I was wondering if you could write an article on invocations, some examples, how to structure one if I wanted to write my own, or direct me to one if possible. I would really appreciate any tips you could give me.
Thanks so much!
Brooke on May 24, 2015:
I have read almost all of your hubpage posts! I had downloaded the app (iPhone 4) and read when I wasn't at home or near my computer. The new iPhone 6, however, is not compatible with it. I am not sure why. That just means I can review more of what you have to say and contemplate more.
I have studied Wicca since I was 14. And yes, I even tried to make a YouTube channel (which failed). I stopped doing that when I realized I might not be right even through what I have learned, and since then I have remained just a student. I have taken the year and a day learning to like a seven year process. I just feel that there is no end to learning, and why put something out in the world (like my videos) if I will just prove the opposite later (if it comes to that)?
Your view on this religion has helped me realize I was looking in the wrong place for my research. I would always head straight to the Wicca Section of the bookstore and grab the books that I felt had real meaning. Turns out most of it is hogwash. Unfortunate for me, but at least now I can read the facts and turn around and say I know what is real! Not all books on shelves are facts, even when they claim to be. Sometimes, you have to leave your comfort zone and read other material to find the hidden truths.
I have been learning by myself for these past seven years, and I am happy to find someone like you who is actually interested in helping the future generations learn, without being questionable. You have a good heart.
Thank you again for enlightening me, and I really hope I can take your class that will be starting soon! I would love to learn what you have to teach.
Blessed Be! )O(
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 08, 2015:
Welcome Cindy d; just let me know if I can help you with any questions.
cindy d on May 07, 2015:
Am excited to start
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 06, 2015:
Glad to hear it Ember! Thanks for your comment.
Ember on May 06, 2015:
This has helped me A lot. Thank you!! Merry meet and merry part, -Ember
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 05, 2015:
Thanks so much Philip, your comment is very touching to me. I appreciate it.
Philip pendrey on May 03, 2015:
This is a great read for anyone who is interested in learning more about Wicca. Your writings have inspired me to take the next step in my journey. Thank you and keep up the awesome work
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 30, 2015:
Thank you Obrianna, I am so happy you find my articles useful. That is my goal-- I try really hard to identify where I, my friends, coven mates, children and students had difficulty so that I could break it down. It's always good to hear when people have found it helpful. I appreciate your comment, happy Beltane!
Breigh Kelley from Rhode Island on April 25, 2015:
I am very excited to go through your collection of lessons and articles. I have been studying by book for many years, but have never found anything like this online. It is also nice to know that you are so willing to answer questions and such. Sadly, I have never met another serious, practicing Wiccan, and I think my knowledge lacks because of that. Thank you so much for putting this out there. Blessed be!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 07, 2015:
SFIAOgirl021 on April 07, 2015:
awesome thanks for the help