Consecrating Items


In my opinion consecrating items is the ABC of witchcraft.  All the basic books tell you how to consecrate items, but they never state why.

The act of consecrating an item is to program the item to be used in a certain way.  This is why a consecrated kitchen knife will work better than an unconsecrated athame, even if it has fancy runes and carvings and costs lots of money.

The purpose to which an item has been made does help it work, but I have found that all items work better with consecration.  If you have bought an item in a shop, you do not know to what purpose the maker has made it for.  For example, if you buy a wand its maker may have made it to be a wand used for healing and you bought it to be used for blessing.  If this wand was left unconsecrated then it would not be terribly effective at blessing as it was made for healing.

The best way to consecrate items is one which fits in with the path you follow.  From what I have seen, most people use the four classical elements : earth, fire, water and air.  However, if you followed Chinese gods it would be more appropriate to use wood, fire, water and metal as these are the Chinese elements.  I have a ritual which uses the Celtic realms of earth, sea and sky, since I follow an Irish path.

The Meaning of Flowers by Claire Powell


This book is a really good book on the meaning of flowers.  It tells you how the meaning of flowers came to Britain and why various flowers mean what they do.  For example, cabbage represents love because in France (where the meaning of flowers came from to Britain) someone will call his sweetheart “my little cabbage”.  It goes through all the meanings that they had for flowers in Victorian Britain.  There is a very useful appendix at the end of the book which is a list containing the name of the flower and what it means, which is a good short reference.

Avebury by Evelyn Francis


This is one of a series of small books which is produced by Wooden Books and bought as a stocking filler for £5.99.  Avebury is the biggest stone circle in Europe.

I found the book mildly interesting and the historical facts good, but when it wandered off into ley lines I started to lose interest.  It’s not a bad buy, but a bigger book for double or treble the price would probably have given more information.

Midsummer


I celebrated Midsummer last night.  I usually take the day off for festivals, but Midsummer crept up on me and I only remembered to book the day off when it was too late to do so.  So last night we did a small celebration to honour the goddess Áine.

Midsummer is Áine’s day and the traditional way to celebrate was to light torches to her and then parade the torch round the house to protect against sickness and disease and to ensure fertility for the year ahead.

We lit one tealight, which is the modern equivalent of a torch, at my altar and then we paraded it around the house.  In hindsight, I should have paraded it around the garden as well.

The Lore of Flowers by Neil Ewart


This book concerns itself with the history of flowers.  Unfortunately it only picks out a handful of them. The history is about how they came to be in Britain and the language of flowers.  Despite the word “Lore” being in the title there is no mention of witchcraft or folk remedies at all in this book.  I’d definitely give this one a miss as it doesn’t do much for your understanding of flowers.

The Museum of Witchcraft


I was on holiday last week, and one of the places we visited was The Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall, Britain.

The first display was about the image of witches in the media.  I wasn’t really interested in this, so gave it a cursory glance and went on.  The other displays were fabulous and were about healing witchcraft, cursing and hexing witchcraft and sea witchcraft.  A lot of the examples of witchcraft were witchcraft from the area the museum is in.  The last display featured modern wiccan tools.  I felt that the traditional witchcraft exhibits would have been more effective than the modern-day stuff.

The most fascinating exhibit was Harriet.  Harriet is a head which was dipped in tar to preserve it centuries ago when skulls were often put in buildings as protective devices.  If you like skulls, you’ll love Harriet.

If you want to find out about traditional witchcraft (other than Gardnerian and Alexandrian) then this is a great museum to go to.  It was well worth the £4 entry fee and the only thing I was disappointed in was that there were only a few items on sale as I was hoping for some books on exhibits past and present.

Belief in Deity and Following a Deity


Most of us believe in at least one deity, which is generally the deity you happen to be following.

However today’s world seems to equate belief in a deity with following that deity.  This is not so.  I believe in the existence of all the deities which are out there, but I only follow a handful of them.

It’s easy to believe in deities, but difficult to put that belief into following a deity, meeting him or her in meditation, erecting an altar and giving offerings to that deity.  This is what following a deity means.

So why should we follow a deity?  Because it makes life smoother.  You can make offerings to a deity of the house so that it will run smoothly, or make offerings to a deity of transport to make sure your journeys run smoother.

As pagans, I believe that this is one of the things that we have lost from our daily practice that our ancestors had.