Question: What kinds of Daggers do Witches use? What about the Sword?


In most Traditions Witches have two Daggers, or a Dagger and a Knife to be more exact. The Dagger has a black handle, and it is called an “Athame”, while the Knife has a white handle and is called a “Boline” (pronounce: “Boleen”). The Athame is the cardinal (primary) tool of the Element of Fire in most Traditions, the correspondences of the Boline vary greatly among Traditions.

We often refer to the Athame as a “magickal weapon”, because it’s primary aim is protection. Using the Athame we can fight harmful forces, and we can protect ourselves. We use it also in cases when we have to astrally “cut” something, for example if we have to open a gateway on the Circle, or if we specifically cast a Circle for protection. In many Traditions the Dagger may not be used for physical self-defense, in our Tradition this is not the case.

The Athame traditionally has a double blade – this symbolizes the fact the magick too can be used to heal, but also to kill. The different Traditions tend to disagree on the fact as to which is the primary tool of the Witch: the Athame or the Wand, meaning which one is used to direct the Power in the magickal practice. In our Tradition we use the Wand, and our reason is this: the Dagger is the tool of Fire and masculine; it’s pair is the Chalice, which is the tool of Water, and feminime. The Wand however is the tool of Air, so the genders are mixed, and it’s more suitable to channel the Power (since magick itself comes forth from the union of the genders).  Besides this, the Wand symbolizes the act of Creation, while the Athame the act of Impregnation – they are not the same thing. The Wand’s pair is the Pentacle, which is the tool of Earth, and it provides stability within the Circle.

The Boline is used when we need to cut something physically for a magickal goal (for example collecting herbs) – traditionally it can be only used within the Circle. In some cases the Boline may be shaped like a sickle.

Some Traditions also have a third, red-handled sacrificial Knife.

As for the Sword, my opinion is that you don’t really need it. The Sword is a so-called “coven-tool”, the “big brother” of the Athame. Traditionally speaking only the High Priestess is allowed to use the Sword.

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Question: Do I need magickal tools to be a Wiccan?


Strictly speaking, to be a practicing Wiccan, you don’t need any tools, but it is useful to at least have the basic ones for most rituals.

Using magickal tools is very similar in many regards to using cutlery when eating. While it is true, that we all can eat a bowl of soup without a spoon, it is far more useful to just grab one.

Besides the fact that it is really useful to have working tools, to those practising the Craft, it is also an ancient tradition that connects us with the practice of our ancestors. It is a historical fact that Witches have been using the basic tools for centuries – and everyday experience shows that changing thousand-year-old traditions should only be done with a really good reason.

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Question: Do I need a teacher, and if I do, how do I find the right one?


If you wish to walk the Wiccan path, basically speaking you don’t need a teacher, but if you want to be more serious about it, it is advisable. A teacher can answer your questions, he/she can help you to understand the teachings, because he/she had years to experience and learn before you. Naturally, you can be a serious Wiccan all by yourself, but if you have the possibility, it is always a good idea to at least talk to more experienced people.

It is never an easy task to find a reliable teacher. Unfortunately there are many out there who claim to know a lot, but in reality their knowledge is rather limited. Speaking from personal experience, this may also be true even to some people who are quite famous in the Pagan community. A good teacher is confident, doesn’t brag, and treats his/her student like people. When teaching, he/she is consistent, and what may be the most important of all characterstics:  he/she also practices what he/she teaches. One should always avoid a teacher who doesn’t seem to be sympathetic as a person. Wicca is traditionally not taught for money, so we should also keep this in mind when we are looking for a teacher.

In Wicca there is no central authority – I often say that this is it’s greatest blessing and curse at the same time. A blessing, because this provides us with the maximum amount of personal freedom; a curse, because thanks to this anyone can just go out there and claim to be a Wiccan teacher – and they do this a lot of times after just reading a couple of books. So if you are looking for a teacher, you better watch out if you want to find the right person.

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Question: Where does the Power of Wiccan Witches come from?


According to the Wiccan teaching, the Power lies in everyone and everything. When we consciously start to use it, that’s what we call “working magick”. The Power is “generated” by the Divine Love of the God and the Goddess, and through this Power they constantly “re-create” the Universe.

When the Witch is initiated, she/he comes in direct contact with the Power. The one who initiates connects the initiate with the magickal “bloodline” or initiatory line of the given Tradition, so the Witch is reborn as a member of this magickal family. From this point on, the Witch can also draw upon the Power of the Tradition in his/her magickal workings. The experience of the initiation makes the Witch able to use all his/her Power, that is when he/she becomes a proper Witch or Wizard.

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Question: Do Wiccans use black magick?


It depends on what we define as black magick. In an everyday sense, black magick is usually understood to be “harmful magick”. From a Wiccan perspective, black magick can be defined as a magickal act that goes against the Rede. In other words, all magickal acts are “black” that are not done in a responsible way, and don’t serve the Witches’ True Will. Black magick thus is not necessarily “evil”, just not very wise.

We also have to note, that magick is really one: when we are talking about black and white magick, we don’t think about two different systems of magick (as it appears in some works of fiction), but the two different applications of the same Power.

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Question: What Gods do Wiccans worship?


The Wiccan faith is first and foremost duotheistic – which means that there is a Divine Couple in the focus of worship. Since Wicca is a Nature-religion, it draws inspiration from (human) nature – the everyday experience being that we all live because of our father and our mother.

It is a generally accepted fact that in nature everything comes forth from the interaction of the opposites. Wiccans would express this saying: “everything there is comes from the Love of the God and the Goddess”.

The God and the Goddess are the two sides of the same unreachabe principle, the Spirit. The unity of the Spirit can not be understood in natural terms, only through the duality of the God and the Goddess (as in the world, light always comes with shadow, etc.).

We believe that the same male and female principles appear in all the Gods and Goddesses of all the religions, as in the God and Goddess of Wicca. Because of that, we can say that all Gods are aspects of one God, and all Goddesses are aspects of one Goddess.

The different Gods and Goddesses thus manifest different aspects of the God and the Goddess, but they also have personality at the same time. The different Traditions within Wicca usually call the God and the Goddess on given names, which expresses the wholeness of the God/Goddess for them. In the Silverblood Tradition of Witchcraft for example, we call the Goddess Artemis, because she was originally worshipped as THE Goddess – only later came her image as the Maiden in the Greek religion.

The Gods as spiritual entities are far more complex than many would have you believe, since the spiritual realm is endlessly complex, and everyone experiences it differently. Because of this, the Gods are different, too for everyone, and all Traditions – Artemis for example is different for a Witch of the Silver Blood, for an ancient greek citizen, or a priest from Ephesus. The same name doesn’t necessarily means the exact same God or Goddess, they are always a bit different (but then again, in a physical sense, are you the same person, as you were yesterday?).

There are God-names that only bear meaning to a certain group of people, and only they know them – these are the secret God-names. Mystery-traditions in general, so also many Wiccan Traditions have them. The secret God-names are channels, “inner phone-numbers” to the Gods – they strengthen the chesion within the Tradition, and the connection with the Gods. There is no use in trying to figure them out – if you are not an initiate in the given Tradition, you can not use it anyway – it’s like getting a phone number, but having no phone.

If you are a Wiccan, nobody can tell you – only the rules of the Tradition if you are in one – what Gods you can and can not worship. Generally speaking, if you want to call the God and the Goddess, it is a good idea to use names that were used as the names of THE God and THE Goddess from ancient times. For example it is not really advisable to call the Lord Anubis, because – though it is true that Anubis is a manifestation of the Lord – Anubis was never worshipped as THE male God, only as the guide of the dead. Of course there is absolutley no harm in worshipping Anubis after we have learned about him, and got to know him properly – if we feel the urge to do so.

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Question: How can I become a Wiccan?


This may be the single most popular question I have received in my life. Many people are afraid that Wicca may have hidden points, which they may not know about, and because of that they don’t dare call themselves Wiccan. According to the most general understanding, to become a Wiccan, all you have to do is (1) call yourself one and (2) understand the basics of the path, that come from Gerald Gardner.

There are many forms of Wicca, but there is something they all share: spiritually speaking they have all descended from the Witch-cult Gerald Gardner created. Although not all Wiccan religions share the same principles, there are some basic things that appeat in most of them:

1. The God and the Goddess as the two manifestations of the divine Spirit.

2. The Wiccan Rede: “An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will.”

3. The Law of Return: “All effects have an equal and opposite counter-effect”.

Wicca has two main groups. There are Wiccans, who believe that initiation is a central element in becoming a Wiccan – these are called Traditionalist Wiccans. They are also called Witches, because they follow the Wiccan mystery-tradition. Those who don’t care about initation are the Neo-Wiccans, and they are generally understood to be not Witches. You can only become a Witch through initiation – at least self-initiation. If one only wants to follow the Wiccan religion, but doesn’t want to become a Witch, doesn’t need any initiation.

If you want to learn Wicca in-depth, it is always a good idea to join a Tradition (though of course, not necessary at all). You may read more on our Tradition, the Silver Blood on our website.

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Question: What do Pagans think about homosexuals?


It is quite a well-known fact, that Pagans seem to disagree on almost everything. Many people think that Paganism is a single religion, with many branches and Traditions. The reality is, that there is no single Pagan path: there are many religions within the category “Paganism”.

In a modern sense, a Pagan is someone who is willing to accept that there are multiple parallel truths, not just one single truth. In other words, everyone can be right from a spiritual point of view. Many Pagans gain inspiration from Nature, and from ancient religions, but this is not true for all Pagans.

From this definition of Paganism, it is clear that Pagans are very open-minded and liberal. Homosexuality is a natural phenomenon, and until it makes those involved happy, there is nothing wrong with it. Pagans generally tend to better understand and experience themselves – we can not take away this right from anyone.

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Question: Do you know any spells that I could use to make someone love me?


I do, but I will not tell you. :) (Unfortunately, there are enough of them published elsewhere…) The reason for that being twofold:

1. The Wiccan community generally regards spells that interfere with someone’s will highly unethical. A spell like this is against the Rede (An Ye Harm None Do What Ye Will), and has really unfortunate effects in the long run. Sending a love spell on someone is thus not a very wise decision.

2. If you really love someone, you don’t want to make a “doll” out of him/her, it’s as simple as that. Using magick like this is really selfish, and the effect is nothing more than an illusion about which you will always know deep in your heart that it’s just a lie.

My advice:

Try to get the person’s attention in the traditional manner. It is also not a problem to do a love spell if it is not focused on a defined person. It is also a good idea to make an offering and pray to the Goddess of Love – this is a proven and working method that has been used in our coven for years.

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Question: How can you tell if someone is a Witch?


Despite the popular myth, there are absolutely no physical signs that can identify a Witch. If you want to know if someone is a Witch, you better ask him or her! :)

But then how does one become a Witch? This mostly depends on whom we regard to be one. In a general sense, everyone is called a Witch who practices (usually folk) magick. This interpretation is generally refused by more serious practitioners – in the strictest sense, being a Witch means being a practitioner in a Witch-cult.

Witchcraft is a Craft – to be a Witch you have to study and develop. You have to do something to become a Witch, it is not enough to declare yourself to be one – similarly, you are not going to be doctor, just because you declare yourself to be one. In Witch-religions, the aspirant ritually dies and is reborn as a Witch during initiation – this mystical experience is necessary if someone wants to have the necessary inner transformation to become a Witch.

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