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« Topic Start: June 26, 2011, 05:54:20 pm »

Hi everyone!
I've recently sparked an intrest in Paganism, due to my cousin and aunt converting within the last few years. Ive read a few books, including Teen Witch, by Silver Ravenwolf. Because I'm new, I have a few questions.
Where do people usually start when they begin looking into the religion? What is a good book on it?
Because I'm a teen, some rituals that I have been reading about require wine, which I do not have access to. Is there a substitution I could use?
I don't have a cauldron as required for some rituals. What would be a good substitution?
For rituals, some require incense. Are these stick incense or another kind?
What would be some good books to get more basic information about Paganism? Im very interested in Celtic and Wiccan.
Thank you!
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« Reply #1: June 26, 2011, 06:26:24 pm »

I started out with that book myself, I found it to be interesting.

Other books I've liked are A Practical Guide to Witchcraft and Magic Spells by Cassandra Eason, The Goddess Path and the Goddess Companion by Patricia Monaghan, Witchcrafting by Phyllis Curott,Wicca For Life by Raymond Buckland and the Green Witchcraft books by Ann Moura (Aoumeil).

For a cauldron I use a small metal bowl since it's safe to burn things in. I don't know about the wine part since I'm of age.

I hoped that helped a bit.
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« Reply #2: June 26, 2011, 06:42:42 pm »

Where do people usually start when they begin looking into the religion? What is a good book on it?

"Paganism" isn't just one religion. It's an umbrella term for many, many different religions - Wicca, Druidry, various ethnic faiths (for example, Greek or Norse Paganism), and others. Silver RavenWolf writes primarily about one type of Wicca. Wicca, like Christianity, has many different types of paths.

For a good overview of different types of Paganism, I would suggest:


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Because I'm a teen, some rituals that I have been reading about require wine, which I do not have access to. Is there a substitution I could use?

It depends on which tradition you work with. Until I was old enough to buy booze, I just used juice or water as an offering.

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I don't have a cauldron as required for some rituals. What would be a good substitution?

Are you using it to store water or to burn things? Anything bowl-shaped can store water. To burn herbs or such in a cauldron, you'd want to get a non-flammable container set on something equally non-flammable so it doesn't set your workspace on fire.

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For rituals, some require incense. Are these stick incense or another kind?

Depends on what the ritual says. Usually I use whatever I have on hand, and that's stick incense or the kind that comes in cones.
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« Reply #3: June 26, 2011, 09:21:34 pm »

Hi everyone!
I've recently sparked an intrest in Paganism, due to my cousin and aunt converting within the last few years. Ive read a few books, including Teen Witch, by Silver Ravenwolf. Because I'm new, I have a few questions.
Where do people usually start when they begin looking into the religion? What is a good book on it?

Others have already covered the fact that Paganism is an umbrella term for a bunch of different religions - my suggestions for places to start for religious witchcraft (which includes Wicca, and a number of other things, some more related to each other than others) is over here: http://gleewood.org/seeking/suggested-reading/introductory-books/

All the books on it are relatively recent (no more than ten years old or so) and should be pretty widely available, both new and used. I also talk about why I suggest them in some detail.

(I'm glad for additional questions, but my chances of answering tomorrow are slimish: I'm currently travelling for a job interview.)

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Because I'm a teen, some rituals that I have been reading about require wine, which I do not have access to. Is there a substitution I could use?

Depends on what you're using it for. If it's an offering to a deity, depends a little on what that deity likes - herbal tea (from easy-to-get culinary herbs) works for some, water works for some, juice works for some.

When I do ritual, I feel very strongly that liquid that is 'living' (i.e. made by the interaction of living beings through fermentation or whatever) holds energy a lot better than other options - but for people who don't drink alcohol, that can also include things like yogurt-based drinks, kefir, or all sorts of other things along those lines. I find that local, pure water sources do well, but in my current home, they're a little tricky to get at.

(Also, while I feel strongly about this, it's something that is not as relevant to very early practice anyway: I'm picky about it, but it's because a lot of specific work I'm doing is easier when I use a tool that holds energy in that way. If you aren't, not such a big deal.)

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I don't have a cauldron as required for some rituals. What would be a good substitution?

Depends on what you're doing. If you're mixing liquids, a suitable pot or bowl is fine. If you want to burn something, however, a cauldron works better for a variety of reasons (heat dispersal, safety, containing fragments of ash/etc.)

You can often find inexpensive cauldrons designed for camping at farm stores, camping stores, etc. A small one (a couple of inches across) will do really well for lots of one-person ritual uses, and they often run $20-30 in those places. Not the cheapest thing ever, but not a ton more than some books. (Of course, if the issue is people who might comment on it, that might not help, but the small ones are pretty easy to tuck out of sight, too.)

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For rituals, some require incense. Are these stick incense or another kind?

Depends on what you're doing (yes, that'd be a theme here...) My tradition almost always uses stick incense, because part of our ritual involves carrying the incense in a certain way. Sticks also burn longer while being more easily mobile than cones or charcoal/loose incense.

However, loose incense can be very effective if what you want is 5 minutes of a very particular incense, which then dissipates quickly. (That said, I rarely bother: both because fussing with getting the incense charcoal to light and so on distracts me from other ritual things I get more out of, and because I have asthma, and the charcoal sometimes makes my lungs grumpy, where other incense types do less, as long as I pick good quality incense with particular kinds of cores.)]
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« Reply #4: July 04, 2011, 02:05:48 am »

I've recently sparked an intrest in Paganism, due to my cousin and aunt converting within the last few years. Ive read a few books, including Teen Witch, by Silver Ravenwolf. Because I'm new, I have a few questions.
Where do people usually start when they begin looking into the religion? What is a good book on it?
Because I'm a teen, some rituals that I have been reading about require wine, which I do not have access to. Is there a substitution I could use?
I don't have a cauldron as required for some rituals. What would be a good substitution?
For rituals, some require incense. Are these stick incense or another kind?
What would be some good books to get more basic information about Paganism? Im very interested in Celtic and Wiccan.

i feel that something that has not been said yet is that tools such as the cauldron or incense or even wine are not truly needed. ritual can be preformed through many means. i have done full blown rituals with all the bells and whistles and i have done rituals where i visualize everything in a light meditative state. both work perfectly well for me, both get me connected to the Goddess and the God and both accomplish what i needed them to at the time. Smiley
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« Reply #5: July 04, 2011, 03:31:35 am »

For a good overview of different types of Paganism, I would suggest:


I second this suggestion. It's the book that's actually got me seriously considering paganism. I also have Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham. I get the impression that he is well regarded in non-super-traditionalist Wiccan circles, and it certainly is a good book -- just Wicca is not for me Wink

The next few books on my reading list are actually about physics rather than paganism, but I'll list them anyway, with the caveat that I haven't actually read them yet, I am pantheistic rather than Celtic/Wiccan, and a bit of a science geek Wink
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