Nature Of Our Ways
When ever possible, hold the rites in forests, seashores, mountain tops, desert
plains, or near a tranquil lake or river, for these places are sacred. If this is not possible, a garden or inner chamber
will suffice, if it is preparred in advance with fumes, flowers and ornamentation.
Seek out wisdom in books, rare manuscripts, and cryptic poems if you wish, but
more importantly, seek wisdom in the simple stone, fragile herb, in the cries of birds and in the howls of the wild. Listen
to the whisperings of the wind and rain and the roar of the water if you would discover true magick, for it is here that the
Old Ones preserve the secrets of the ages.
Books contain words, trees contain wisdom and energy that books never dreamed
True wisdom and magick comes from the living, and in the circle of life.
Ever remember that that Old Ways are constantly revealing themselves to us.
Therefore be as the river willow that bends and sways with the wind. That which remains changeless shall outlive its spirit,
but that which evolves and grows shall shine for centuries.
There can never be a monopoly on wisdom. Therefore, share what you will of our
ways with others who seek them, but hide mystic lore from the eyes of those who would destroy, for to do otherwise increases
their destructive abilities.
Mock not the ways and beliefs of others, for how can you really know if yours
is truly of greater wisdom of power.
Always ensure that your actions and words are honorable, for all that you do
shall return to you three-fold good or bane. Remember that you are a direct representative of your religion, as you are, they
will remember you and your's by.
Be weary of those who would dominate and deceive you, who would control and
manipulate your workings and reverences. True reverence for the God and Goddess occurs from within. Look with suspicion on
any who would twist your worship and beliefs for their own gain and glory. Welcome, though, any who worship with love and
caring in their hearts.
Honor ALL living things, for we are all of the bird, the bee, the cat, and the
fish. Destroy not life-Unless it is to preserve your own or the ones you love - NO Exceptions.
......And this is the Nature of Our Ways
The Pagan Alphabet
To learn your letters you must start
With a clever mind and a willing heart
Each one is special, just like you
And you'll learn them all by the time we're through!
A is athame, the knife that we use
B is for Beltane, when partners we choose
C is for circle where we all are one
D is for deosil, path of the Sun
E is for Esbat, when we gather round
F is for fire and its crackling sound
G is the Goddess in beauty and love
H is the Horned One, our father above
I is for Imbolc, candles light the way
J is for June when its Midsummer's day
K is for Karma, the things that we do
L is for Lammas, harvest's almost through!
M is for Moon, riding way up so high
N is for Nighttime, which darkens the sky
O is for Ostara, when we hunt for eggs
P is for Pan, with hairy goat legs
Q is the quarters and there are just four
R for the rites when we open the door
S is for Samhain, end of the year
T is for Tarot cards, futures to hear
U is Undines from the watery west
V is Vervain for protection and rest
W is widdershins, the path of the moon
X is the sign that's the sign of the God
Y is for Yule and the Sun's return
Z is the zodiac, 12 signs to learn
The Pagan Alphabet
In the 1950's, after England repealed its witchcraft laws, Gerald Gardner went
public about his practice of Witchcraft. He rewrote the rituals of the coven he belonged to so that they would be more accurate,
and re-titled the tradition, giving it the name Wicca. Gardnerian covens have a degree system in which one learns about the
craft. Individuals must be initiated by the coven and cannot intitiate themselves through self-study. Gardnerian covens work
skyclad. In addition, some try to have equal numbers of men and women in the group.
Alex Sanders founded this tradition in the 1960's. Originally based in England,
practitioners work skyclad and much of their ritual is similar to Gardnerian practices, although the Alexandrians place more
emphasis on ceremonial magic. Sanders called himself the "King" of his witches.
George Patterson founded the Georgian tradition in Bakersfield, California, in
1970. They also are known as The Georgian Church. Their rituals are drawn from Gardnerian and Alexandrian traditions with
other elements added as the coven members see fit. In fact, in some covens members write their own rituals. Some Georgian
covens work skyclad, and some do not.
In 1972, Mary Nesnick combined the Gardnerian tradition with the Alexandrian to
form the Algard tradition. Some people think that in practice this combination ends up being very close to the Gardnerian
tradition because much of Alexandrian ritual is similar to Gardnerian to begin with.
In 1962, Raymond Buckland, a protege of Gerald Gardner, moved to the United States
where he founded this tradition. Buckland taught the Gardnerian tradition for a number of years. Because of problems that
he saw in the practice of the craft, he started his own tradition in 1973. Seax-Wica is based on Saxon traditions, but as
Buckland admits, he made it up alone. Covens decide for themselves if they will work skyclad or robed. Witches of this tradition
can be initiated by the coven or through self-study.
There are a number of ways to spell the name of this tradition. You'll also see
Fairy, Faery, and Faerie. Victor Anderson is credited with bringing the Feri tradition to the United States, where he has
taught in the San Francisco area since the late 1960's. Feri teachers tend to add something of their own when they teach,
so there is a strain of eclecticism in this tradition. Feris are usually solitary, or they work in small groups.
The Dianic Tradition focuses on the Goddess with little talk about a God. The
Goddess is worshipped in her three aspects - Maiden, Mother, and Crone. There are different varieties of Dianic witch. Since
the 1970's, the Dianic Tradition has been seen as the feminist movement of the craft. Some, but not all, Dianic covens are
There are a number of different British Traditions, all of which are based on
what people believe to tbe the pre-Christian practices of England. Many British Traditional groups follow Janet and Stewart
Farrar, who have written a number of influential books about witchcraft. The groups tend to be structured, with training for
neophytes (beginners) following a degree program. Their practices are said to be a mix of Celtic and Gardnerian traditions.
This tradition looks to ancient Celtic and Druidic deities and beliefs with an
emphasis on the magical and healing powers of plants, minerals, gnomes, fairies, and elemental spirits. Some of the rituals
are derived from Gardnerian practice.
Northern Way or Asatru
This tradition is based on the Old Norse gods. Practitioners generally work in
re-creations of Old Norse dress. They celebrate four Solar Fire festivals and Old Norse holidays.
This group follows traditions from Italy. Some people trace Strega teachings back
to a woman named Aradia in the 14th century. The Strega tradition is rapidly gaining poplularity in the United States today.
A Scottish Solitary tradition passed on by Aiden Breac, who personally teaches
students in his home at Castle Carnonacae, in Scotland. The tradition is attuned to the solar and lunar changes, with a balance
between the God and the Goddess. Meditation and divination play a large part in the tradition and it also teaches several
variations on solitary working of magic. Information is not generally available and Mr. Breac (Now in his 90's) is not seeking
Founded by Claudia Haldane around 1990, the Deboran branch is eclectic. They make
little ritual use of nudity, and work with balanced polarities (Goddess-God; positive-negative). What they are aiming for
is reconstruction of the Craft as if Wiccedom had continued without interference to this day. They use research, logical deduction
and divination in this quest. Sabbats are open to guests but Esbats are closed. Coven leaders are called Robin and Marion,
with their seconds-in-command called the Maiden and the Green Man. They do not have First, Second, and Third Degrees as such,
but Apprentices, sealed and sworn Witches and Elders.