In the following 51 weeks we will be following he guideline of study set up in the book “Bucklands’ Complete Book of Witchcraft” by Raymond Buckland. To supplement the course we will also be using “To Ride a Silver Broomstick” by Silver RavenWolf, “A Witches Bible” by Janet and Stewart Farrar and “Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner” By Scott Cunningham, class lectures, online booklets, and four more books that you chose. (More would be better) we will also form time to time mention other books that will give you information on the topic we will be studying at the time.
We will try to show you that there are many ways of doing things. We will not be teaching the Dragon Palm Circle way of doing things, although we will be telling you how we do many things. We want you to find the way that is right for you.
WHAT IS WICCA:
First of all Wicca means Witchcraft and Wiccan means Witch. Wicca is a religion,
which means so is Witchcraft. (Today you will note that there are many who claim
they are not the same thing...at this time I don’t want to go into this debate -
Modern Wicca is both old and new. Parts of the religion can be traced back to the early days of mankind and other parts can be traced to Garner, Crowley and others in the 20th century. What tradition of Wicca you follow will depend on how old or new some of your ideas are.
Wicca is a nature based religion that believes in both male and female deities. They also believe that there is one all powerful entity that created or gave birth to the universe. This entity is neither male or female and at the same time is both. With deities it can be different from tradition to tradition. Some feel that the entity shows itself as both male and female as the God and Goddess, others feel that it created or gave birth to the Gods and Goddess, and others feel that there are many Gods and Goddess all coming form the entity and staying alive by the people who worship them. Much of this is personal and can be different from Wiccan to Wiccan.
WHAT TRADITION IS TO BE TAUGHT:
Dragon Palm Circle is an eclectic Coven. Before we go very far, we need to talk about
what is an eclectic Wiccan. If you check with some of the sites on the Internet
you would get the impression that its a Witch that can do anything she/he wants as
long as the follow the REDE.... FALSE!!!You will find that there are many different
ways of doing things in Wicca. Some cast circle starting in the North other start
in the East and then it gets more complex with many different ways of doing things.
Being eclectic is like going to a smorgasbord and picking just what you want. The
main thing to look at is, if it works you can use it. Now many will bring ideas
form other Pagan paths, this is OK to a degree. You can be an eclectic Wicca using
Shamanic (Native American) principles, but you can be a (Native American) Shamanic
Wiccan.. There are many beliefs that are shared between Pagan paths and can be used
by all -
A few things about Dragon Palm’s “Tradition”: We start in the East, we have as Guardians:
East: Gabriel, South: Raphael, West: Michael, and North: Urial. You will find in
the books we read and from other traditions, this is not uniform. I have seen each
Guardian at a different quarter. And they are called Guardians, Angels, Archangels,
and Watchers (and I am sure there are other names) Also there can be dragons, elementals,
fae, and many others at the quarters. (and many time we will have someone in circle
that will call a Guardian that they feel safe with and wants. The main thing is,
if you pick our way or one of the others, stay true to it, if it feels right. There
is nothing wrong with change and growth, in fact if very important. But don’t change
every time you read or hear a different way of doing something. (Do change when you
find something that will add to your rituals or sounds right to you -
Other Traditions -
A Little About the BOOK OF SHADOWS:
We will study the BOS in more detail latter on, but we feel we need to touch it today. This is your bible, and you write it, putting in what you think you need. As you follow your path you may have several BOS and they may take many different forms. Today it can be anything from a hand printed, leather bound book to space on your hard drive. I’ve even seen people use a file folder, just placing information they want to keep in it. With this, your first Book of Shadows, you may want to include the questions from this course with your answers to them. You many also want to put in spells you have done or written,and rituals you have been in or also have written. (PLEASE NOTE: The BOS is not for collecting spells off the Internet, if you have not done the spell or written it, don’t put it in the Book.) The following questions and your answers should appear in your BOS and you can change the answers as you grow.
Why do I want to be a Witch?
What is a Witch?
What do I want from Wicca 101?
Keep these answers to yourself and your BOS. Also unless invited, you do not read someone else’s Book of Shadows.
DISCUSSION: Book of Shadows, what is it to me and why I should keep one.
TO DO: See if your local New Age store (if you have one) rents Videos and if they
do rent either “Witchcraft Today” (would be on Video tape) or “Witchcraft: Rebirth
of the old Religion” by Raymond Buckland the second is on DVD and includes the first.
If they don’t have it you can purchase it from our Pagan Shop powered by Amazon.Com
as of this writing(1/23/12) its selling for $22.49 new with used starting from $15.99.
If you can not find it to rent and don’t want to buy it, don’t worry, its not part
of the class -
Read pages 1-
See if you can find anything about the History of Witchcraft from a book other than the one’s being used for the course. (Please Note: all information must be accompanied by book name, author, page numbers) This should be posted to the Yahoo group.