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Some traditions recognize practitioners having more than one magickal name. One being a publicly known name and the other being your private or secret name given to you by the Goddess and God. Your publicly known Craft name should be one that you feel describes you best. This can be one based on legend and/ or nature. Whatever name you choose, think on it for some time before you finalize your decision. You don't want to start confusing your friends and associates by constantly changing your name. To find your public Craft name, try my worksheet.
Your private magickal name is a different story all together. This name will come to you. It may be months or years, or it may come in a couple of days. This name will be given to you usually in a dream you have or during deep meditation. One thing is for sure, when it's given to you, you'll know it! It is said that this name, given to you by the Goddess and God, is your true and right name. But it is never to be spoken aloud or to be shared with anyone save the Goddess and God. It is believed by some that for another to know your true right name gives that person power over you.
You can use meditation to help you search out your secret name. It may take several tries before this name is revealed to you. If you don't have success the first time you try, don't push it! Remember the name comes to you when the Goddess and God feel you are ready to receive it.

Finding your public Craft name.

Your Craft name should be something you would like to name yourself. It should describe who you are.

Here's the worksheet I made in my mind when I was deciding on my name. Feel free to print this page and leave out any questions that you feel don't apply. You can also add to it what you feel is missing. These questions are to help you find out more about who you are. Don't race to get it done. Take your time. Carry it with you during the course of a week and fill in things whenever you think of something. There are no wrong answers and there may be (and usually are) more than one answer for each question. All these questions are linked to one another, so it's ok if you add to a question you've already answered. Make sure you write your answers on a separate sheet of paper. You can elaborate on them if you feel it will help in finding your name.

1. Do you have a favorite name that you have liked for a very long time or have always wished it was you real name and why do you like this name?

2. If you follow a particular tradition or path, what are some of the names of the God/desses associated with that tradition that you are drawn to, honor, or enjoy speaking with?

3. What are your favorite colors and what do these colors make you think of?

4. What kind of plants do you like and why? (This can include any kind of herbs, flowers, trees, shrubs, etc.)

5. What kind of magickal things do you like and why?

6. What plants, colors, creatures, stones are associated with these magickal properties?

7. Where are your favorite places to be in Nature and why?

8. What is your favorite element (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) and why?

9. What is your favorite animal or creature and why is it your favorite?

10. What is your favorite season and why?

11. What is your favorite month and why?

12. For each of the four seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) what is your favorite plant, place to be, and animal? Why?

13. What favorite interests and hobbies do you have?

14. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Once you feel you are finished answering your questions, highlight all your answers that repeat themselves. By doing this, it helps you realize specific characteristics of yourself that you may or may not have been aware of. Choose the ones that you like the best and feel really describe who you are. Write these words down on a separate sheet of paper and work with them to create your name. Does your new name sound too mundane to you? Try finding these words in another language, perhaps the language of the land you'd like to visit in question fourteen. For example: Rain in Latin is pluvia. Or, say you worship Flora, the Italian Goddess of Spring. You may want to call yourself her daughter, but how? Try another language. In Italian, Flora di figlia means daughter of Flora. You can make this into a name by compounding the words di and figlia to make DiFiglia, making your new name Flora DiFiglia. The web site Allwords.com can translate your words into Dutch, French, German, Italian & Spanish. (You'll have to use your browser's back button to return to this page.)

Want to see my worksheet & how I chose my name?