Essential Witchcraft Course

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We hope you are excited and intrigued by your investigation of Wicca, the religion of Witchcraft. You may already have had some ‘unusual’ experiences that you think may be related to the Craft; to us such experiences are logical, everyday occurrences. Also, you may have read several books on the subject of the Craft, or talked with friends about it. By now you may have developed your personal version of what Isaac Bonewits calls a ‘mishmash’ theology. The purpose of this lecture is to guide you in turning the mishmash and your experiences into a firm, logical foundation for your understanding and your future work.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Summary

Author: Bronwyn Frost

In the early part of the lecture we told you what to look for when searching for a coven. Go back over these guidelines now and make sure that when

Alkaline Foods and Soaps

Author: Bronwyn Frost

Research supports the (acid) sour is good principle. Micro-organisms are often grown in the laboratory for study, and they are known to thrive in an alkaline medium. Human beings are

Introduction

Author: Bronwyn FrostComplexity: Standard

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We hope you are excited and intrigued by your investigation of Wicca, the religion of Witchcraft. You may already have had some ‘unusual’ experiences that you think may be related

The Grand Ankh

Author: Bronwyn Frost

The grand ankh is used for measuring the standard circle; it stands by the fire in the center of the circle as the symbol of the eternal love of God-ess,

Testing your Ankh

Author: Bronwyn Frost

At the center of a flat surface at least 6 feet by 6 feet, drive in a thin vertical nail. Put the crook of the ankh over the nail. Holding

Making the Robe

Author: Bronwyn Frost

Make your robe from white or pastel-colored fabric of linen or cotton. Flannel sheet-blankets are a good source of fabric. A pattern for a man’s dressing gown serves well as

Making the Cord or Cingulum

Author: Bronwyn Frost

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This is a straight piece of rope formed of natural fiber: preferably white cotton, 1/2 to 3/4″ thick. (Yacht braid serves well here.) It is as long as the Wiccan

Book of Shadows

Author: Bronwyn Frost

In the early months of your Craft work, any good-quality record book will do for your individual book of shadows; but when you progress you will want to make a

The Anthame

Author: Bronwyn Frost

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Begin with a piece of bronze or aluminum 1/8″ thick, 1″ wide, 11″ long. On squared paper draw an outline like the one in Figure V-7a. [NOTE: Figure V-7 is

Baton de Commandment

Author: Bronwyn Frost

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In days gone by, fertility and early pregnancy were vitally important to the welfare of the tribe. At or slightly before the onset of menstruation, the hymen was broken with

The Garter

Author: Bronwyn Frost

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It is common knowledge these days that the British Order of the Garter was founded by King Edward III in the 14th century specifically to conceal the Craft affiliation of

The Sacred Pentanfaen

Author: Bronwyn Frost

The Pentanfaen is the Welsh sacred hearthstone which historically allowed its owner to claim the land around it. The word shows each house to be a temple, for “penta” means

The Broom

Author: Bronwyn Frost

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The broom is made in the traditional Cinderella way. Ideally the stave is made of ash and the twigs of hazel, birch, or any other thin, straight, flexible wands. If

The Flail

Author: Bronwyn Frost

This symbol of authority is specifically associated with the flamen. It is a copy of the very ancient wheat flail of medieval Europe. A powerful weapon, it must be used

The Tools You Need

Author: Bronwyn Frost

As you grow in the Craft, you will want to acquire a full set of tools with which to work. Historically, one usually starts with the tools needed for initiation

The Altar

Author: Bronwyn Frost

Your altar is simply a plain wooden table without metal parts. Many people make this a box with a hinged lid or side, so it can serve as well to

Consumables

Author: Bronwyn Frost

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The last items–those most frequently produced–are the consumables. These are made by coven pairs working in turn. At each coven meeting members drink mead and eat bread and honey. After

Choosing Your Craft Name

Author: Bronwyn Frost

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Since before written history people have believed that the name by which you call yourself contains the essence of your being and must be kept secret from all outsiders. The

Summary

Author: Bronwyn Frost

We caution you once more: Do not hurry. Take your time, and all necessary materials will come to you. Sometimes you will find them in the most unexpected places. It’s

Making your Ankh

Author: Bronwyn Frost

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The wood most preferred for the personal ankh is willow fronds. Woods other than willow can be used, though the necessary straight, flexible pieces are not always easy to find.

The Measure

Author: Bronwyn Frost

Dimensions of all Craft tools should be as close as possible to the sacred measures, and incorporate the idea behind preserving the mathematics. The measure and the spiral are what

The Wiccan Rede

Author: Bronwyn FrostComplexity: Standard

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Craft implies a set of ethics summarized in a “rede” or saying: Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill: “If it harm none, do what you will.“ This is a

The Circles

Author: Bronwyn FrostComplexity: Standard

On the cover of this lecture, three circles surround the five‑pointed star. To Craft people, the three circles have many levels of meaning. They show the three operational levels, Me,

The Ultimate Deity

Author: Bronwyn FrostComplexity: Standard

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Most of us have some kind of belief in “something out there” ‑‑ a god. If we are honest, gods like Jesus or Buddha usually don’t really fulfill our GOD

Ritual Understanding

Author: Bronwyn FrostComplexity: Standard

This is a good place to bring up a point in semantics. As a person concerned with the Craft, you may find yourself doing activities of two separate kinds, what

Your Altar

Author: Bronwyn FrostComplexity: Standard

One thing that distinguishes a Wiccan home from almost every other home is the presence of an altar or a meditation center. Our personal preference for an altar at home

The Names of Your Gods and Goddesses

Author: Bronwyn FrostComplexity: Standard

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In deciding which god‑esses you would like to worship/employ, it is helpful to consider which ones are part of your ethnic heritage. Of course you can worship whatever god‑esses you

Basic Beliefs of Wicca

Author: Bronwyn FrostComplexity: Standard

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On the cover of this lecture is a five-pointed star enclosed by three circles. The star stands on two feet; it is not on its point or upside‑down. An upside‑down

A Word about Hell and Karma

Author: Bronwyn FrostComplexity: Standard

We believe that hell and karma were invented by church leaders to keep their flock in line. In fact, the exact time and place of the invention of both hell

Learn and Progress

Author: Bronwyn FrostComplexity: Standard

How can such ideas as good and evil apply to the idea of “school”? A second grader is not evil because he or she fails a test; they just aren’t

As Above, So Below

Author: Bronwyn FrostComplexity: Standard

The similarity between the levels of development on the other side of the Invisible Barrier and development on the earth plane has been noted since time immemorial. Egyptian ideas of

Where Are You Now?

Author: Bronwyn FrostComplexity: Standard

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Below is a very simple test that will help you define what the center of your universe is really like. Do it now, please. This quiz is for you personally;

The Hand

Author: Bronwyn Frost

Since earliest times the width of the palm of the hand has been used as a measure. It became obvious to the Eygptians that this measure had to be standardized,

The Hero Within

Author: Bronwyn FrostComplexity: Standard

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Your path through life will determine how much opportunity “I” gets to develop. “I” is sometimes called the hero within because it is engaged in a constant struggle to coax

Conclusion

Author: Bronwyn FrostComplexity: Standard

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Human beings are given a great responsibility. We are given a large brain and a marvelous, multi‑functional body shell with which to fulfill the challenge of our lives. The responsibility

Two Optional Rituals

Author: Bronwyn FrostComplexity: Standard

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] A Ritual for Serenity Select a small room or an area in your home. This may be just one piece of a wall. Remove from the area all distractions

Appendix 1

Author: Bronwyn FrostComplexity: Standard

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Athame (ah‑THAIM) – ceremonial knife used in Circle as ritual object Beltane (BEL‑tain) – Craft summer festival, observed on full moon nearest May 1 (celebrates cattle going out to pasture

The Sacred Measure

Author: Bronwyn Frost

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Since time immemorial people have sought to impose order on a random world. One thing very important to the ancients was that when a monument was built its dimensions were

Materials

Author: Bronwyn Frost

In Lecture II you learned how your meditation setup is adversely affected by iron and by negative impressed emotions. The same rules apply to the Craft tools you make. The

Psychic Noise

Author: Bronwyn Frost

During the construction of a tool you may have some difficulty that results in the implanting of negative emotions in the tool. If the negative vibrations are just an occasional

Knots and Bindings

Author: Bronwyn Frost

During ritual work all jewelry is removed and the body is unbound, preferably “skyclad”. If you wear a robe, a most subtle problem occurs with the knots in thread and

Love and Care and Enjoyment

Author: Bronwyn Frost

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Your equipment must be made with love and care. Enjoy making your Craft tools. We know that many students are not expert at handicrafts; but make an honest effort. Many

Lecture V Questionnaire Section 2

Author: Bronwyn Frost

Section II. (to be completed by all candidates for initiation) A. Read WITCH’S GRIMOIRE OF ANCIENT OMENS, PORTENTS, TALISMANS, AMULETS, AND CHARMS by Gavin and Yvonne Frost. B. Make your

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