Many Wiccan books discuss the taking of a Wiccan /magical name. The ceremonial bestowing of such a name upon the initiate is a part of many initiation ceremonies. Afterward, the new Wiccan is usually exclusively called by this name within the circle.
Magical names are quite popular among Wiccans; so popular, in fact, that many Wiccans have two or even three such names: a public Craft name (used at Wiccan gatherings, when writing articles, and so on); a secret name (the one bestowed during initiation), and perhaps even a third name which is used only when addressing the Goddess and God, and is known only to Them and the Wiccan. Wiccans who are members of more than one tradition may have different names for each group.
For many Wiccans, taking a new name (magical name) is an outward symbol of her or his devotion to Wicca. It’s seen as a part of the process of rebirth into the religion.
To cut to the heart of this matter: is it necessary for you to adopt a Wiccan name? If you wish your Wicca to correspond to conventional Wicca as far as possible, yes. If you feel freer than these constraints, adoption of a special name isn’t necessary. Once again, the decision is yours alone.
The major reason for utilizing a magical name is that it represents the Wiccan you. For some, use of this name gives them a sense of power and mystery which they may otherwise not feel. We live in such a mundane world that it can indeed be difficult to ‘switch on’ the magical side of our nature. Thus, use of a Wiccan name may assist in altering the conscious mind and preparing it for ritual.
Some people take an entirely different approach: they legally adopt their Wiccan name. Thus, Sally Thompson becomes Amber; Frank Jones, Greywolf. This name may even appear on driver’s licenses, leases and other documents. This legal avenue is inadvisable unless you’re completely open about your religion, since such a name will naturally draw attention to its bearer. Though many state that they’ve chosen to use their new name to the exclusion of the old one purely for spiritual reasons, most are also making a public statement regarding their religion–and not all of us are ready for such a step.
How do you find your magical name?
There are many approaches. Some Wiccans adopt the name of a Goddess or God, in honor of Them. Others look into their family’s cultural history and choose a name from the associated folklore: a person with British ancestry may opt for a name culled from British folklore. Many contemporary American Wiccans incorporate an animal in their name, such as ‘Howling Wolf’ or ‘Sweeping Eagle’. Flower and plant names (such as Rose, Oak Keeper, Grove, Fir, Ash) are other possibilities.
You may also simply make up a name. Many Wiccan names consist of two words that have been put together. Such names are usually quite descriptive. (Silverhair, Shadowdancer, Mist Walker)
Some famous Wiccan names have been published. Gerald Gardner publicly used the name Scire. At least one of Doreen Valiente’s magical names was Ameth. A well-known High Priest adopted the public Craft name of Phoenix.
Still other popular names include: Morgan, Morgana, Morgaine, Morgraine, Lugh, and Arthur; Ariadne, Diana, Hermes, Poseidon, Cassandra, and Triton; Selket, Ma’at, Osiris, and other Egyptian names.
Among the most commonly used names are Amber, Phoenix, and Merlin. Calling out one of these names at a Pagan gathering will usually cause many heads to turn.
So there are plenty of possibilities from which to choose. If you decide to use a Wiccan name in ritual, always use it. Use it in prayer. Use it in rituals. Write it, in runes or English, on your tools. You may even wish to perform some sort of name-adoption ritual. This could consist of casting a circle and invoking the Goddess and God to be present and asking Them to recognize you by your new name. Use of a Craft name may not give you any additional power, but it’s a traditional practice, and many enjoy it.
This is a great spell for helping you diminish any debts you may have incurred, including those standard monthly debts otherwise known as bills.
The word abracadabra is extremely ancient and can be a powerful invocation to rid oneself of sickness and poverty. In this spell, we are going to use it to diminish bills and debt.
As soon as any bill comes in, write the following on the envelope:
Now turn the bill over and write the full amount that you owe in that same diminishing way. For example:
Put your bill into a large manila envelope until you are ready to pay it. The envelope can be decorated with symbols, images, and/or affirmations that represent “diminishing”. For example: a picture of the waning moon, the words “I release and I let go”, the abracadabra, or whatever feels appropriate.
At the end of the month, or whenever a particular bill is paid. Roll the envelope up that it came in, sprinkle it with vinegar and burn it.
Fate, it is said, may be influenced in your favor if you know your personal magic word.
To find it, light a white candle and sit facing south. Take a dictionary; close your eyes and turn the book around several times so that you are unaware of which way it is facing.
Eyes closed, fan the pages until you feel compelled to stop at a certain page.
Eyes still closed, wander about the page using your forefinger until you feel inclined to pause. Open your eyes, look at the word under your finger. If there is more than one word, pick the first that jumps out at you from the page. This is your magic word.
You can remind yourself of your magic word mentally or verbally whenever you wish to tune in to a situation, or whenever you feel you need a boost of energy. It will change the vibration around you and attract good influences.
It is better not to talk about your word too much – if at all. The more you verbalize about it, the less power it will have. Too much talking about something, particularly something sacred and magical, tends to dilute the energy. This does not mean that your word must be a “secret”. It does mean that it is important to keep your “magic word” to yourself, and for sure do not share it with anyone who would make light of it, or belittle you in any way.
Found in: The Good Spell Book
For hundreds of years the Psalms have been used with surprising results for helping to solve many of the problems that arise from daily living. Pow Wow, or Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Magick, uses the Psalms extensively with good success. If you would like to try it, the following list will aid you in deciding which Psalm to use for your problem.
When using the Psalms, it is important to softly sound the words so that the vibrations gently fall or vibrate upon your ears. If you can chant the Psalm in this soft tone, so much the better. At the end of the Psalm, imagine/petition your desire with as few words as possible.
- To bring peace or blessings to the home – Psalm 1, 128
- To cast out evil influences from another – Psalm 29
- To change an unhappy situation into a happy one – Psalm 16
- So daily needs can be obtained and avoid harm – Psalm 77
- For defense against enemies, rivals, and assailants – Psalms 3, 59, 70
- To do good and avoid evil – Psalm 87
- For anyone who drinks too much – Psalm 87
- If enemies caused you to lose money and be mistrusted – Psalm 41 and 43 (3 times daily for 3 days with appropriate prayer to your situation.)
- For possession by an evil spirit – Psalm 66
- If appearing before a judge and want a favorable verdict – Psalm 20
- To free yourself from harmful or evil habits – Psalm 69
- To have good luck in all you do – Psalm 57
- To receive grace, love, and mercy – Psalm 32
- To bring harmony between people or groups – Psalm 133
- To receive Holy Blessings – Psalm 62
- So idle gossip will not harm you or cause agitation – Psalm 36
- For illness or bad health – Psalm 23, 35, 38
- If the law is taking measures to punish you – Psalm 35
- To be respected and loved by others – Psalm 47
- To keep the love of friends and acquire more friends – Psalm 133
- To make your home lucky – Psalm 61
- To petition for material needs (money, food, clothing, etc.) – Psalm 41
- To have more friends – Psalm 111
- Before moving into a new home for luck and blessings – Psalm 61
- To rid yourself of strong negative influences – Psalm 19
- To overcome an enemy in a just manner – Psalm 70
- To overcome trouble and loss from business partners – Psalm 63
- To bring peace and harmony between families – Psalm 98
- For protection from an enemy who will not leave you alone – Psalm 109
- To receive justice and a favorable hearing from a lawsuit – Psalm 119
- For reconciling between man and wife – Psalm 45, 46
- To reconcile with an enemy – Psalm 16
- To release from the heart deep seated hate, envy, and spite – Psalm 137
- To remove negative influences you feel around yourself – Psalm 10
- To be accepted, liked, and respected by all – Psalm 47
- To revenge yourself from secret enemies – Psalm 53 – 55
- To be safe from any planned robberies or danger – Psalm 50
- For safety if traveling alone at night – Psalm 122
- For someone in prison to be released early – Psalm 26
- For a person who wishes greater spiritual awareness – Psalm 99
- For spiritual support in stress or affliction – Psalm 3, 25, 54
- For thanksgiving or recovery from illness – Psalm 30
- For a safe ending in your travels – Psalm 34
- For trouble by slander – Psalm 38, 39
- For all your undertakings to be fortunate and advantageous – Psalm 65
- To protect against unjust slander – Psalm 36
- To win a lawsuit if opposed by an unjust or revengeful person – Psalm 35
From: Charms, Spells, and Formulas
Combined with the Law of Names is the Law of Words of Power. This law is greatly used today, some think its usage is over exaggerated. Words or terms like teacher, professor, doctor, technician, priest, the Pope hold some people in awe.
For example, many, especially Catholics, are just as overwhelmed by the Pope as ancient people were of the village witch doctor or sorcerer. They believe him to be holy and possess a higher power which illustrates the Pope or witch doctor only possess the power which people give them. If their authority was not recognized by the people their power would be worthless.
In the above example the Pope who is widely recognized is given respect. But, the reverse can also be true, strange and mysterious words can effect people differently. The word “abracadabra” can have a great effect on some people, especially those uneducated or who believe in magic, particularly when it is spoken by someone they respect. The word “abracadabra” has no meaning by itself; however, its significance comes from its mysteriousness to the listeners and the authority of the one saying it. It the listeners have little or no regard for either the word or the speaker then “abracadabra” loses all effect on the audience.
The power of the sound of words is demonstrated in chanting which was used by ancient peoples as it is by Neo-pagans. Chanting is the repetition of words and sounds which usually are meaningful to the ones chanting them. It is employed in religious, ceremonial and magical rites. Chanting, often combined with dancing, drumming, rattling and hand-clapping is generally performed to alter the consciousness and raise power.
Found at: The Mystica