Wicca Gypsy

by admin on October 8, 2010

Wicca Gypsy

Wicca Gypsy

In this ever modern world, it surprises me just how increasingly popular old fashioned fortune telling methods are. Every day we are faced with uncertainty in our finance, jobs, relationships and health. Divination and oracle work helps to provide us with some assurance that we can ride whatever storm is thrown at us and in the near future we will find ourselves in a better situation.

In times gone by, a patron would pass coins to the local gypsy fortune teller who would read their fortune from tart cards or crystal balls. Although this is still a popular past time at fairs and exhibits, more and more people seem to have awaken to their own spirituality and taken control of their own fortune-telling. People are asking if they are indeed themselves psychic and if they have any gift for divining their own future which they can improve on.

Once a person recognizes they have a psychic ability or awakens their own spirituality (on a basic level, this usually means recognizing the gut instinct we all feel from time to time and learning to listen and trust it) the next step is to develop that ability. This is usually done by meditating.

Meditation helps to calm and still the mind and raise our vibration energies higher so that we can connect to spirit guides. The relationship formed with spirit guides will help to develop our psychic abilities and improve our fortune telling skills. A person's own psychic ability (usually performed via clairvoyance) may be enough to give psychic readings. However, certain divination tools may also be helpful to assist such as tarot cards or oracle cards.

In the past several years, publishers have made tarot more accessible to the general public. Items such as angel and fairy cards make it possible for anyone to give a reading. These cards are usually bright and positive and do not diverse into occult or pagan traditional tarot imagery that can sometimes scare person. Traditional cards such as "The Devil" and "Death" are removed as these can also be perceived as being negative or scary cards.

Although tarot cards may be daunting for the beginner, this perception usually disappears with the choice of a suitable deck, a good guidance book and a little practice. Tarot probably provides the reader with a greater variety of life issues (which realistically should be both positive and negative) and the card are interpreted by their imagery and their position in a reading spread.

Tarot cards are not he only divination tool for predicting the future. There are a number of other tools such as pendulums, crystal balls, runes and controversially, Ouija boards that, with some practice and sensible use can be used to communicate with the spirit realm and give us answers to our life questions.

There are a lot of new age shops closing and more and more people are sourcing divination supplies from online stores.

With over seven years experience, I have been running the online store Spirit Adventures.co.uk which specializes in new age supplies and Witchcraft & Wiccan items. Orders can be made online at http://www.spiritadventures.co.uk. The store is based in Kent (UK).

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how many types of witchcraft and pagans?

no reason in particular but i just wanna know the different types of witchcraft and paganism i wanna add some to my list so far i have

asatru
druidism
polytheism
kemet
shamanism
wicca
witchcraft
voodun
roma(gypsy)
candomble
neopaganism

anyone got anything

voodou, astrau, druid, wiccan, shaman, kemet, Norse, Egyptian, Greek, A mixture of Norse, Egypt and Greek, Pantheistic, polytheistic, neopagan, taoist, candomble, Celtic, Satanist, Set worship, Reiki, roma...... The Traditions of Witchcraft
All traditions of Witchcraft are based on the ancient craft traditions in one form or another. Often they have been influenced by regional customs and existing spiritual beliefs. As the human existence evolves, so does the human belief and understanding of their place in the Universe. Remaining the same with the exact same beliefs and practices will do a disservice over time.

This is one of the greatest characteristics of Witchcraft. As humans evolve and grow, so does our religion. We do not ignore the advances of sciences, we examine new understandings and contemplate how they add to, confirm or provide alternative views of current beliefs. Traditions are therefore the result of a successful melding of ancient Pagan traditions, Cultural histories and legends, Metaphysical concepts and experiences and modern advancements and understandings.

There are three major categories of Witchcraft traditions.
Classical Witchcraft
Early Nordic which included the Germanic languages, Dutch, Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish peoples.
Gothic Witchcraft
Celtic, Anglo-Saxon which includes Druid, Irish, Scottish, and English, as well as, many of the French, and Italian cultures.
Neo-Pagan Witchcraft
Modern sects which have primarily been influenced by the melding of all previous traditions through evolution and expansion of those historical denominations.

The following is a small sampling of many different traditions. This by no means is a complete list.
Classical Craft
Ceremonial
Encompasses many traditional rituals with a basis of Egyptian magik and often follow the ceremonies outlined in the ancient Cabalistic writings.
Strega
A tradition begun in Italy around 1353. Often associated with it's founder, a woman called Aradia.
Teutonic
The Teutons have been recognized as one of the earliest and formal practioners of the craft. Their ways of practicing the Craft are also known as Nordic.
Romani
Many people add Romani (which is a Germanic Gypsy practice) to this list. Others argue this gypsy traditions is based more in the tradition of Gypsy con artists than spirituality. It's an argument that is not easily discussed or resolved.

Gothic Craft
Caledoni
Of Scottish traditions, this sect is also known as Hecatine. It continues to encompass many of the festivals and celebrations of the Scots.
Celtic
A mix of Celtic/Druidic pantheon energy. This sect focuses heavily on the elements, nature and the Ancient Ones. With a great knowledge of healing and the magikal qualities of nature, including plants, animals and stones, this tradition is most commonly linked to in the Neo-Pagan sects. Aided by the little people, gnomes and fairies, Celtic magik is full of fun, mirth and mythology.
Deborean
A combination of Celtic and Native American traditions, specifically Cherokee. Focused primarily on Celtic origins. Formed in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, the Carolinas and southwestern Virginia, it's a tradition born from intercultural exchanges and marriages between these two cultures.
Deborean Wicca
An American eclectic tradition which attempts to reconstruct Wicca as it was before 'The Burning Times' or the European witch craze.
Farrar
A very famous husband and wife team from England, Janet and Stewart Farrar compiled and researched many of the ancient and modern sects to pull the best parts of all into one. Many of today's modern sects are in one way or another based on these studies and compiled materials.
Hereditary
Based on family traditions passed on generation to generation, (does not included Channeling). Also called "Family Trades", it is up for debate how far back on the family tree one must go to meet the conditions of this sect. The traditions can be passed on to blood relatives or adopted offspring which have been raised within the family ceremonies and rituals. The beliefs are typically Celtic in nature, but include a smattering of many of the current and ancient structures, as well as, many home spun ones.
Pictish
Also of Scottish tradition, this sect focuses heavily on all aspects of nature. It is a solitary form of Craft.

Neo-Pagan Craft
Alexandrian
Founded in the 1960s by Alex Sanders in England, this sect is loosely based on the Gardenarian beliefs. Sanders built his sect in England and called himself "King" of the Coven.
British Traditional
A mix of Celtic and Gardenarian rituals it is the most famous organization in the International Red Garters society. This sect is based on the Farrar studies of Wicca and is exceptionally structured in belief and ritual. A witch becomes part of the Coven through a training, education and degree process.
Dianic
Also called "the Feminist" movement of the craft, this sect focuses on the Goddess aspect of Witchcraft. It was first brought to major attention in 1921 by Margaret Murray and includes aspects of many Classical and Gothic traditions.
Eclectic
This is a label for the "everything else" in Witchcraft. It does not follow any particular tradition, ritual or ceremonial practices. Rather practioners focus on what "feels" best and most comfortable to them. Study and practice is than based on information gathered from books, or other practicing witches.
Faeri/ Faery Wicca
This tradition places an emphasis on the Fae (gnomes, elves, faeries, sprites, etc.), their lore, and their relation to the natural world. Many associate this tradition with an ancient fairy race called the Tuatha De Danaan, the mythological precursors to the Celtic people. It is often, but not always, associated with the Faery tradition founded by author Kisma Stepanich.
Feri Wicca
Not to be confused with Faeri Wicca. Feri Wicca is based on Victor Anderson's (1917-2001) was developed in the late 1950's and early 1960's. It is an ecstatic, rather than a fertility, tradition stemming from the teachings of Cora and Victor Anderson . Strong emphasis is placed on sensual experience and awareness, including sexual mysticism, which is not limited to heterosexual expression
Gardnerian Wicca / Wicca
Named after it's founder Gerald Gardner in England during the 1950s. Gardner wanted to ensure that the Old Religion not become extinct by all the new found knowledge and inter-mixing of beliefs. He took his cause to the media at great personal risk to bring his cause and information to a new younger audience in order to bring growth and life to the ancient traditions.
Seax-Wicca
Based on the Saxon beliefs, this sect is very closely related to the Gardnerian traditions. Without breaking his oath, founder Raymond Buckland wanted to pull the ancient rituals into modern language and acceptable ceremonies. In 1973 his dream became a reality with the organization of Seax-Wicca, bringing Witchcraft into the public as a very positive force.

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John Culbertson October 9, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Loved reading the information about the various traditions – reminds me of Christianity in a way, with all the different groups and affiliations yet all claiming to have the same basic belief system.

I would also like to comment on the closing of new age stores. This is a very sad yet very true problem that is being faced throughout the world. I know in the U.S. that MANY new age stores have closed in the last year, and many more are expected to close before this time next year. It’s good to see some new ones popping up, but they are far and few in between. It’s almost better for many people to focus their energies on finding a good online store (as the post mention), as some of them seem to be lasting longer than others. Your site that you listed looks awesome and I know you’re putting a lot of heart and soul into it.

I hope people continue to send out positive thoughts and energy for physical (brick and mortar) stores too… as they are certainly needed in this day and age.

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