Within the Wiccan religion and witchcraft there are many pieces of literature that have become sacred teachings to the followers of both Wicca and witchcraft. One of these is now known as The Wiccan Rede. The Wiccan Rede was first published in the Ostara edition of a magazine called The Green Egg by a self-claimed hereditary witch who went by the pseudonym of Lady Gwen Thompson. It was published in 1975 and with its publication, there was much controversy around where this piece of poetry, that was so rich in Witchcraft law and ritualistic secrets, came from. Whether or not Lady Gwen Thompson borrowed the final words, ‘eight words the Wiccan rede fulfill, an ye harm none, do what ye will’ from Doreen Valiente, we will never know, but she is quoted saying those words in a public speech a few years earlier.
One of the most prominent aspects of the Wiccan religion is that of the Triple Goddess. Before we venture into the meaning and into the various goddesses who encompass this aspect in full, we must understand that the triple goddess is something that takes place in each of us, male or female, every single day. The Wiccan way is about balance. Every human being, regardless of their gender specification must find balance within themselves to find the enlightenment that they seek. The triple goddess is an aspect that is found within the feminine side of the human being. The triple aspect is broken into the maiden, the mother and the crone. This can also be equated as, research, creation and reflection.
According to coven Wiccans and those who rule the roost in this modern-day and age, becoming a Wiccan is not as easy as picking up a book or by following the rules and regulations and daily life of a typical Wiccan. To call oneself a Wiccan within the Gardnerian tradition, one must be initiated and obtain ones first degree within a registered coven to be given the permission to call yourself a Wiccan and be recognized to begin your own coven one day. A brilliant author and founder of Seax Wicca saw this and presented a self-initiatory path to the world. This path is known as Seax Wicca, and it is the only path inside the many Wiccan lineages that accepts self-initiated Wiccans.
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Many great spiritual teachers, scientists and psychiatrists have delved into the vast world of symbology. Carl Gustav Jung was one of these and he studied and wrote extensively on the subconscious mind and how abstract images or symbols affect, alter and forge the conscious mind into action. Within the Wiccan religion, symbolism forms a large part of magic, ritual and communication with the world around the practitioner as well as with the spirits across the veil. It is very seldom that Spirit will communicate with a string of sentences from known languages such as English. Spirit communicates instead with the language of symbols. It is for this reason that Wiccan Symbols are extremely important to learn. The knowledge of these symbols will assist you with communication as well as successful magic in your own life.
Close your eyes and think only of the forest path before you. Look at the tall trees and the strength of the ages held in each one of them. Feel the breeze dance between the small bushes and witness the little creatures scampering out of sight. This is the Horned God. He is the God of the Wild, The Greenman, The Lord of the Hunt and He belongs to the mystery of the magic that you find within the dense thickets of the forest. He is every tree, every bird, and every animal. He is the forest. He is all earth before we humans began building our skyscrapers and our roads to travel through him in a more convenient way. He still exists, everywhere beneath our feet. He is in the garden, in the air, in the trees along the road, he is in everything wild, everything green, and even in everything dark and rotting. He is the earth itself.