Paganism and Wicca Gift Ideas for Christmas (yuletide), Birthdays and Valentine's Day
Pagan gifts for Wiccan Girlfriend or Boyfriend on Valentine's Day, for instance
Wicca, also known as Witchcraft or the Craft, is a very modern religion. It developed in the first half of the twentieth century, primarily in England, and was popularized in the 1950's and early 1960's by a Wiccan High Priest named Gerald Gardner.
Followers of Wicca religion are usually known as Wiccans, Witches or Crafters.
Wicca is typically a duotheistic religion, worshipping a Goddess and a God, who are traditionally viewed as the Triple Goddess and Horned God. In some variations these two are ultimately seen as part of the Ultimate One. The Pentacle or five-pointed star is a popular Wicca symbol.
Five Elements and Mother Goddess
Wicca tradition states that the Universe is made from 5 elements - Air, Fire, Water and Earth, plus Aether/Spirit, which unites the other four. Each element has been associated with a cardinal point of the compass; Air with east, Fire with south, Water with west, Earth with north and the Spirit with centre.
Mother Goddess Gifts for Witches
Inspiring pagan gifts for herWhat better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than by gifting your Goddess a Wicca Mother Goddess gift. Show how much you love and adore her by gifting a Mother Goddess statue, poster, jewelry piece, or one of the many other items available. I really admire nature - her beauty and strength - and think these would be cool gifts for followers of other faiths too, and even people who don't believe in any religion.
The Tree of Life symbolizes many thing things in the Wicca tradition.
According to some interpretations it takes us back to our creator, the Goddess, so that we can be reborn. Some philosophers say the Tree of Life entered the Wicca religion through Kabala.
Whatever be the source - the Tree of Life is a powerful and beautiful symbol of nature and life. Gifts depicting this symbol are very appropriate for Wiccan women on Valentine's Day.
Wicca Symbols for Pagan men and women
Though there are numerous symbols associated with Wicca - following are the primary ones and most easily recognizable ones : Pentacle - The 5 pointed star, Cauldron - the symbolic womb of the Great Mother Goddess, Chalice - a modern version of the cauldron. It represents yin/female energy of water, Athame - the knife represents the ability to separate things, to make distinction/choice, and Wand - associated with yang energy, the power to create change.
Every Wiccan will want one of these. The Pentacle is the only one regularly available in jewelry.
Shown here is one designed for men, though I don't think women would be ashamed to wear it either.
Though the Pentacle/Pentagram is the most popular symbol of Wicca religion; when it comes to Jewelry - the choices are not limited to it.
I really find the Wicca symbols and designs full of energy. Hope you will like them too. Woo your Valentine with these beautiful pieces of Wicca jewelry.
Male wiccan jewelry, for male witches
Finding appropriate jewelry for men is always a struggle. Because men wear less jewelry in general, the pickings are smaller than for women. Male witches however have the advantage that most wiccan and pagan jewelry isn't too feminine in look. Also, the tradition is such that people will appreciate a nature inspired pendant on a man as much as on a woman. Shown here: Seeds of Light Gods of Strength, a Protection Charm Amulet.
- Interfaith Jewelry - letting all religions coexist
A lot of people are worried about the way different religions antagonize one another. It's an old story, but one that humanity can no longer ignore. Islam is...
- Horoscope Jewelry, Astrology Zodiac Jewellery
Based on your astrological sign is personal by definition, this jewelry is said by some people to bring good luck. I've found jewelry for each sign in the zodiac....
Love Talismans for Valentine's Day
Love talismans aren't just for getting love, they're for keeping it too. Giving your partner one of these says: "I want our relationship to succeed and I respect your Wiccan ways". She'll love you all the more for it.
Wicca Books for Wiccan Men and Women
Ideal Gifts for witches of any gender
If your Valentine is a sort of girl or guy who like to read - there can be no better idea than gifting her books related to the Wicca religion and philosophy on Valentine's Day. There are cool books available which delve into various aspects of the Wicca thoughts and practices.
Shown here is the Wicca Bible, which is very useful for clearing up common misconceptions.
- Wiccan Spiritual Books for Children
It can be a tough job to teach the kids complex concepts and philosophies. Most people who have experienced this situation recommend including kids in ritual...
- Out of this World: Otherworldly Journeys from Gilgamesh to Albert Einstein
Real science is always hard to summarize. This book by Ioan Couliano is a book like that. I read the whole thing, but to be honest the most fascinating part...
- Wisdom Man: Banjo Clarke, a Aboriginal Elder
- Heretics, The Creation of Christianity, from the Gnostics to the Modern Church
Wicca and Christmas
Do witches celebrate Christmas? Many do - because it doubles as yule aka midwinter. They may even be kind enough to let you call it Christmas, and exchange gifts. Wondering what to give them? On this page you'll find lots of pagan and wiccan gift ideas.
Calendar gift ideas for pagans and witches
- Witches, Wicca and Pagan calendars, date books, day planners and agenda books
I've selected some unique calendars for everyday use. Some are great mainly to make a note about your plans. Others have information about the Wiccan moon c...
- Celtic Calendars and Planners
Planners and wall calendars devoted to Celtic spirituality and the scenery of Scotland. To the left the eternally popular Celtic Compact Engagement Calendar...
- Astrological calendars and daily horoscope planners
For all astrology enthusiasts - or those who want to give a family member a spiritually inspired gift. These calendars come with information on conjuncts and...
- Susan Seddon Boulet Calendars
An artist whose art is still popular in the pagan scene, Susan Seddon Boulet will mostly be remembered for her goddess art. The mystical style of her paintings...
- See also: Native American links, gifts etc.
- See also: spiritual gifts and presents
About wicca and paganism
I usually can't talk about this subject without putting my foot in my mouth.
Perhaps I should just leave it at the following:
Wiccans are NOT evil. They are NOT devil worshipers. Many call themselves witches - partly to stand up against ancient prejudices like the assumptions that witches were evil.
They are people like you and me whose spiritual path has taken them to look for the sacred in nature. Wiccans usually worship a God and a Goddess, though the stress is often on the female Goddess, more than the male God.
Paganism is a more general term which is used by people of all kinds of alternative spiritual traditions who use prechristian traditions (often shamanistic ones) as inspiration for their day to day lives. They too look for a large part of their spiritual inspiration to nature.
Paganism and Wicca both tend to look to the cycle of the moon (the lunar cycle) in their rituals, which is one of the reasons many of these calendars have information on the phase of the moon.
Wiccan holidays and sabbats
Witches calendars will have these listed.
Witches usually celebrate the following days. The dates are approximations, because they often depend on the cycle of the sun.
December 21: WINTER SOLSTICE - starts the Yule season. This date is the winter equinox, or the shortest day of the year.
February 2: IMBOLC, also called Imbolg, Otmelc, Candlemas, Earrach, and Groundhog's Day
March 21: SPRING EQUINOX, also called Ostara or Eostre. At this time night and day are of equal length (both 12 hours).
May 1: BELTANE, also called May Eve, Samradh, Cetsamain, and Walpurgis Night. Beltane is sacred to Maia, Greco-Roman goddess of spring. It is a fire and fertility festival which celebrates the transformation from maiden to mother.
June 21 or 22: LITHA, also called Summer Solstice, Midsummer, and St. John's Day. This is the longest day of the year.
August 1: LUGHNASADH, also called Lantmas, Lunasa, and Halfmass, the Festival of Loaves.
September 21: MABON, also called Autumn Equinox. Again night and day are of equal length.
October 31: SAMHAIN (pronounced sow-en), also called Halloween, Allantide, Shadowfest, and All Hallows Eve