Hi guys! The Banish blog tour stops by today, and I have High Priestess Angie with me! She’ll be giving us a quick guide to all things Wicca.
– Guest Post –
Survival Guide to Living Wiccan
I’m Angie, a Wiccan High Priestess in NYC. I work for a pharmaceutical company by day and mentor covens online all around the world at night. I’m also High Priestess to the Circe Coven in NYC, one of the largest in the city.
I have one basic survival tip to living Wiccan:
FOLLOW THE WICCAN REDE.
Rede means law so I guess it’s a Wiccan golden rule. And the Wiccan Rede is this: ‘An it harm none, do as ye will.’
It basically means to do no harm to anyone, including yourself.
I’m all for peace. Peaceful living. Peaceful giving. Peaceful karma. Which also feeds into another well-known rule, our Threefold Law, which says whatever you do in the world will come back on your times three.
So basically, be nice!
I also make time to celebrate the Sabbats in a big way. Sabbats are the 8 major holidays of my Pagan calendar.
- Imbolc (2nd February)
- Ostara (21st March)
- Beltane (1st May)
- Midsummer (21st June)
- Lammas (1st August)
- Mabon (21st September)
- Samhain (31st October)
- Yule (21st December)
To celebrate Esbats (full moons) I keep it simple: walk outside in a simple shift dress, stand under the light of the moon and bask in the rays. My coven meets on Esbats because the full moon provides extra power and we harness that to boost our magick.
The full moon is special. Embrace it.
And lastly, I couldn’t survive without my tools.
- Athame (a double-edged straight knife) used for directing energy during rituals.
- Chalice (mine is pewter, holds water during a ritual.)
- Candles (I make my own, different colors for specific spells.)
- Crystals (amethyst is one stone that can do so much. Essential.)
- Herbs (I grow many, but sage is my favorite, used in cleansing spells.)
So there you have it, my essential survival guide to living Wiccan.
Make sure you hop over to the previous tour stop at Shirley’s Bookshelf, where Alyssa, Angie’s niece and the protagonist of Banish, gave us a run down of a day in the life of a Wiccan teen, and today’s other stop at Moonlight Reader, where you can read an exclusive excerpt of Banish.
About the author:
USA Today bestselling author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and riveting, eerie stories young adults. Based in Melbourne, she has published 40 books and sold more than 4 million copies worldwide. Banish, a thriller with Harlequin Teen Australia, is her young adult début.
A physiotherapist for thirteen years, she now adores writing full-time, chasing after her two little heroes, barracking loudly for her North Melbourne Kangaroos footy team and her favourite, curling up with a good book!
She loves interacting with her readers:
Banish is published in Australia by Harlequin Teen AU, and will be available in August at all good bookstores and online (although, my local Big W has already sneakily put it on their shelves). Thank you to Nicola (and Angie) for taking the time out to give us an insight into Wiccan life. It’s been a real pleasure to have the blog tour stop by Speculating on SpecFic, and I want to give a huge thank you to Polina at Harlequin AU for organising it!