What is Wicca? Wicca is a religion and way of life based upon the pagan reconstruction of Pre-Christian religions from Europe. Gerald Gardner is credited for its revival in the early 1950s in England. Often referred to as The Old Religion or The Craft of the Wise, modern Wiccans differ on whether it is a modern reconstruction, survival of the Old Religion, or a totally new religion. Followers venerate nature and worship Divinity in the form of God and Goddess. There are eight seasonal rites that are celebrated, as well as full moons and sometimes new moons. There are many different traditions within Wicca, too many to list specifically. Wiccan cultural traditions include Celtic, Norse, Germanic, Greek, Egyptian, Roman, Italian, Polish and Hungarian. Wiccans typically go through training & study Wicca, often a period of a year and a day. If they choose, they can experience an initiation ritual when they complete their initial studies. Let me point out that not all pagans are Wiccan, and Wicca need not be the only path of choice for a witch.
What is Witchcraft? The practice of magick which includes observing the phases of the moon and Paganism, herbalism, working with earth energy & seasons, healing, ritual, divination, contact with spirits.
What is a Witch? In ancient times witches were shamans, sorcerers and healers, with a knowledge of the medicinal properties of plants. Today, a witch is a person who practices either solitary or in a group, some form of magick, and or paganism. Some don't hold specific spiritual or religious beliefs and practices, and some do. Most believe in reincarnation. Nature, and moon phases play a large role in their beliefs and practices. Seasonal rites are commonly acknowledged. What I really love about being a modern witch is that it is OK to take elements of many spiritual, folk and pagan beliefs and practices, to create my own unique slant on the Craft. My Craft.
What is Paganism? Pre-Christian beliefs and worship of many Gods, or polytheism. Wicca is one Pagan religion, as are Asatru (Norse Paganism), Druidism, Shamanism, and ancient Egyptian, Roman, Greek and other religions.
What is Neopaganism? Refers to a group of many religious belief systems that are reconstructions of ancient Pagan religions or 'new' paganism. Neopagans enjoy the freedom of taking elements of many spiritual, folk and pagan beliefs and practices, to create their own unique path.
Do Witches worship Satan? No. Wicca and Satanism are not similar religions. However, the Christian church did link them in the past, particularly during the Witch burning times of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. They regarded Witches as Satan worshipers. Wicca and Satanism continue to be linked in many people's minds. This problem is rapidly fading as more Wiccans come out of the closet and become public with their faith.
What does a ritual involve? Pagan rituals take many forms. But they all generally include:
The consecration of a sacred space, whether by casting a circle, opening of gates (spiritually), it varies depending on the tradition.
The invocation of deity, ancestors and or nature elements. Possibly chanting or singing. Then the body of the ritual, which will vary depending on the season and tradition, but may involve offerings, magick, spell casting, dancing, or veneration.Then closing of the sacred space usually followed by a community meal and socializing.
What is the Threefold Law? The Threefold Law takes the notion that "what we reap, we will sow". For what we do "for good or for ill, shall be returned to us threefold." This is generally a Wiccan concept.
What is the Wiccan Rede? A Wiccan code of ethics ending with this well known phrase "An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will". The full version can be found on the internet. What is magick? The art and metaphysical science of manifesting your desired goal through the use of your will and physical items that embody spiritual energies compatible with your goal. And for some, this includes the bidding of spirits and deities to help. One of my teachers says it is a form of communication, and this make much sense. Opinions do vary on this topic.
What is a Spell? This is the formula and incorporation of the items, such as candles, incense, baths, sigils, etc., to get your result.
Do magick spells work? Of course they do! Why would you think other wise? Just because you can't see something with your physical eyes does not mean it doesn't exist or have an affect. There absolutely are other realms and planes of existence, wether you acknowledge it, or not. With all the information out there on the proof of the power of thought in a quantum sense, it can be look on as scientific. Thoughts have a measurable force of energy. From a more spiritual point, have you ever prayed and gotten results? From an animistic point of view, all of nature including inanimate objects contain a spiritual essence that can be incorporated into your spell to get your desired outcome. You can also use symbols and sigils written or scribed into the objects to imbue them with that symbols power. And the offering and invoking the help or involvement of deity and spirits, or Theurgy, can help greatly. I always add this element to any spell I cast.
Will you (Cauldron Kitty Staff) do the spell for me? No. The whole point of creating Cauldron Kitty was and is to help people achieve self-empowerment, experience & knowledge. You are capable of doing them quite effectively yourself. You are the best person to perform them because you have the most emotional investment in the situation calling for the spell in the first place. You can use that emotion to raise a powerful focused force. We can explain to you in detail how to do it from beginning to end when you are purchasing our products. Don't worry, you really can do it. Our Spell in a Jar dressed candles are our best sellers and ideal for beginners.
When is it appropriate for another person to do a spell for me? Only if you are too sick or distraught, and only with your knowledge and permission. And if you have a trusted experienced friend, group or coven, a teacher in The Craft, a high priest/ess, santero, or some other elder with your best interest at heart. IMPORTANT: I have had too many customers come to my store after they have been to some unethical individual, usually online and often never actually meeting them in person, that claimed they would do a spell for them, charging them hundreds or even thousands of dollars, usually always requiring more money for ongoing workings. Even if it did work you can still be taken advantage of. If you must have a stranger do it for you, please check the person out thoroughly, get unbiased references, ask about their qualifications, training and background. If they are offended by the request, that should be your sign to go elsewhere. If they tell you that you are cursed or hexed and want lots of money to take it off you, don't be frightened. I have found this is rarely the case. Go and get a second and third opinion elsewhere, from an ethical witch or psychic reader. Or you could get 'uncrossing' products from our online store, or if you are local you can come into our store and get a Tarot reading to reveal the situation and some products to correct it, at your budget. There is never a charge for instruction and guidance on how to do your spell.
Can a beginner perform an effective spell? Yes, when it is explained and you do it according to the instructions, and you truly want the result. You must be willing to be 100% honest with yourself.
Can I use substitutions? For the herbs and other items, yes, sometimes, but it depends. But there are many ways to get a result, so you need not be married to one exact love spell. There are many variations.
What does scribing or carving a candle mean? That is writing or carving in the surface of the candle. Wether spelling out words or creating a hole to implant an item inside. Some use their ritual knife 'athame' or you can use a pin.
What does 'dressed' or 'fixed' a candle mean? That means oils, herbs, crystals and/or other substances have already been added and it is just about ready to light. You need to focus specifically on your desired outcome as you light it. Refer to our How To Do A Spell instruction page.
How do I anoint my candle? With the appropriate oil, apply inward, top down to center and bottom up to center to draw something to you, and outward, bottom straight up to the top to expel or banish.
Which product works best? That depends on you. One item is not more powerful than the other, it is how you use them. Products are but the tools or vehicle, you must drive the spell toward your desired outcome.
Does one need to be a witch to do magick? No. But you should have an open mind, a true desire for the outcome and faith & belief in the result. This is an important state of mind to be in while performing the spell.
How long does it take for a spell to work? It varies. Sometimes you will get results very quickly, while other times you may need to do a few spells over time to get the desired result. Generally, I let my spells fully develop over a full moon cycle before performing the same type of spell again. But you could do another kind of spell that is compatible with your goal. For example, if you want to attract a new love, you could do a love drawing spell during the waxing (increasing phase) moon phase, and a spell to release or banish any blocks, fears or issues that may be hindering attracting a new love during the waning (decreasing phase) moon phase. Both I would perform on a Friday. Be sure that you're performing your work under the most propitious Moon Phase for your purpose. If you're drawing an influence to you, it's best to do your spell under the Waxing Moon (from New to Full). If you want to remove or let go of something in your life, it's best to do that type of work under the Waning Moon (from Full to New), and perform your spells on the most suitable days of the week. Refer to our How To Do A Spell instruction page for more info.
Why did my spell not have the outcome I wanted? There could be several causes. One, that you doubted the possibility of the outcome too much. Or on some level you didn't think you deserved the result, thus blocking it. Or it wasn't performed according to the instructions. Or you were distracted and didn't put your full attention into it.
Sometimes a spell can be a catalyst in your life to bring forth the issue that must be resolved first before you can get to the original desired goal. So in fact it did work, but you still have some work to do prior.
Can a person become addicted to doing Love spells? We've all been there. Sometimes we desperately want to continue an unhealthy relationship that really should end. Constantly doing spells will most likely get you only temporary results, requiring on-going workings. This can become an unhealthy addiction. Ultimately, it's up to you to decide when you are ready to move on. It is progress and part of your learning process. Take some time for self introspection and healing to prepare you for drawing your life-long mate to you.
What does the pentagram symbol mean? The five points represent, put simply, the four elements, Earth, Air, Fire, Water and the Spirit. Pentagrams can be empowered for a specific purpose such as protection. Is it bad to get a Tarot reading or do a spell? No. There is nothing evil or 'bad' about getting a reading. Just because something is 'occult' or unseen does not mean it is not scientific. There are many theories on how the Tarot works, but I find the simplest explanation is this; when you shuffle or handle the cards, they interpret through their symbolism what information lies in your sub-conscious and auric field. Since our mind and spirit are limitless and already knows what probable events may occur if we pursue any one life path, the cards simply give you clarity as to the best decisions for you to make. During your reading, there may also be present your spirit guides or guardians the lend their love and support to guide you in the best possible direction. What's in the cards is not always set in stone. You have the power to influence the future outcome.
What is Voodoo? It is an animistic folk tradition brought to the U.S. during the slave trading days. The basis of the religion came from Africa. It Voodoo is a West African word meaning 'spirit'; the original word was vodun. Voodoo is a religion, with one God, a pantheon of Spirit Forces called Loa or Orisha, similar to the Catholic Saints, with certain rituals & steps of initiation which must be adhered to. Hoodoo is basically a collection of Cajun magick & folklore without a theology attached to it. Many Voodoo practitioners, especially in the Louisiana area, do incorporate elements of Hoodoo into their practice which is simply a testament to the very adaptive nature which has kept the religion of Voodoo alive in the New World. Voodoo in Africa and Haiti has maintained much of its original structure and orthodoxy, whereas Voodoo in New Orleans is more of a folk religion composed of European, indigenous American, and, most especially, African cultural elements. New Orleans Voodoo is associated with memorable personalities such as Dr. John and Marie Laveau who were responsible for maintaining the African spiritual presence in an environment which was almost always hostile to it. The Lwa are Haitian Vodou spiritual beings and the Orisha are African Vodun spiritual beings.