In Wicca and The Craft, there are eight standard holidays recognized during the year. They are as follows:

Yule: Yuletide, Winter Solstice- This is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.  The festival associated with it celebrates the birth of the new solar year.  The solstice is linked to the rebirth and renewal of the sun god, the lord.  Associated with Yule is holly, pine, evergreen, tree (Christmas tree), the gods Odin and Pan, Cedar, cinnamon, ginger, lemon, orange, sage, rosemary, Gold, green, yellow, white, red.  The Yule is also known as Day of Children, Midwinter, Mother’s Night, Saturnalia, and Christmas.

Candlemas: Imbolic – Around Feb 1 or Feb 2. This is the time to welcome spring and celebrate things that are yet to be born. It is a celebration of fertility and designates the middle of winter.  Milk was traditionally poured out upon the ground as a type of offering.

Ostara: Spring Equinox-Around mid March. The day and night are of equal length. Ostara is another celebration of spring and the festival deals with fertility, mainly of the animal kingdom and plants.  it celebrates the dead of winter and the beginning of the cycle of rebirth.  During this festival that was customary to exchange colored eggs.

Beltane: Mayday Around the first of May. It is a celebration of vitality and passion. A time for love, union and the Maypole. This holiday represents the divine union of the Lord and Lady.In the old Celtic times, young people would spend the entire night in the woods “A-Maying,” and then dance around the phallic Maypole the next morning. Older married couples were allowed to remove their wedding rings (and the restrictions they imply) for this one night. May morning is a magickal time for wild water (dew, flowing streams, and springs) which is collected and used to bathe in for beauty, or to drink for health.

Summer Solstice: Midsummer Night or Eve- Around mid to late June The longest day of the year and designates a festival of thankfulness and success. Celebrates the Sun God in all his glory.Great time to commune with sprites and faeries.

Lammas: Lughnassadh- Around early August. This festival marks the beginning of the harvest season and the middle of summer. This is a time to prepare for the fall. Great day to harvest herbs for magical use in spells.

Autumn Equinox: Mabon-Around middle to late September. The day and night are of equal length.  It is another harvest festival. This is a festival that designates the beginning of fall.  It marks the dissent of the Goddess into the underworld.

Halloween: Samhain-Around Oct 31.Samhain means “summer’s end” and marks the beginning of winter.  For most Wiccans, this is the new year anytime of reflection where the old is let go and the new is anticipated.It is also known as All Hallows Eve, Blood feast, Celtic New Year, Day of the Dead, Last Harvest, and Winters Eve. It is said that on this night the veil between the worlds is weakest. Divination can be heightened on this night as well. A great time to celebrate the dead and deceased loved ones.

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Spells, ceremonial magick, incantations, candle magic, conjuration’s, and invocations. They can all be used to help you through life. If you believe in the power of Magick, your magickal will can come true. So be it! We all have needs in life and Magick can help fulfill those needs. The universe can be bent to our will and it can all be achieved with spells and magick. Just be careful what you wish for, you just might get it!

Simple spell casting is an acquired art and talent. It is the practice of putting thought, emotion, and desire into form and action by your own will. You will need to decide what exactly it is that you want to transpire as a result of your spell. Be  very clear and concise regarding your goals and desire. This is not a time to be vague. There are also many factors to think about when casting a spell or ritual, such as lunar phases, karmic consequences, free will, magickal items to aid as reinforcers like candles, magical properties of crystals or herbs etc.

In Wicca and to other witches, the lunar phase or moon magick is important and helps in determining the best time for magick and spell casting. There are basically two lunar phases: waxing moon (ideal time for constructive magick) and waning moon (ideal time for banishing and destructive magick, study, and meditation). In between you’ll have the dark moon (the time of greatest power for banishing and negative magick) and the full moon (the time of greatest power for positive magick).

Basically, as the moon grows, so grows the opportunity or desire for which you are working. As the moon gets smaller, so does the habit or thing you are trying to overcome or push away from you. Most witches of The Craft and pagans work around these lunar phases. Now, if your need is an immediate one and your emotion is strong enough, a spell can be performed at anytime! It just might be more successful when applying astrological correspondences.

The most important factor in doing a spell is the emotion and mindset of the person casting it. You must want the desire with every facet in your being. That is why a spell cast by yourself may work better than one cast for you by someone else. That is not to say that an experienced witch can not be successful casting for others, but hopefully you get the point. Raising your magical energy and the absolute belief in what you are doing is vital. If you are weak, tired or have doubt, the chances of your spell working are slim and none!

When you do a spell, you need to do it and forget about. Spells are like baking a cake. If you keep opening the oven door to check on it, it takes longer to bake and you could even wreck it. You should also keep it secret and not talk about it. Providing your spell has been performed correctly,  spells begin to work within a few days to a couple of weeks. It is generally advised that if results have not manifested within 4 weeks – one lunar cycle- that you re -work your spell.

Spells may fail if done incorrectly or if performed when you are distracted or under the weather. It is also vitally important to remember that the success of magick spells depend on the energy and intent put into them. So be sure that you are in good health and have a determined frame of mind when you cast your spell.

Besides not doing a spell correctly or having the right mindset, sometimes it is just fate or the will of the universe that keeps a spell from working. There can be personal karmic lessons for you to still overcome and that could also be reason a spell does not work. Many bad love spells fail for this reason. Spell casting involves trial and error. Just remember, practice makes perfect!

The main tenet of Wicca is the “Wiccan Rede” which states “And it harm none, do as ye will”.  Basically, as long as you don’t hurt anyone, anything goes.  Of course, views of what actually causes harm vary from person to person.  Most also believe that whatever magic you do will come back to you three-fold, so it pays to be careful.  Some, however, believe that it is sometimes acceptable to cause harm as long as you are willing to accept the karmic consequence. Keep in mind, “What goes around, comes around”.

Blessed Be

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