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How to Become a Witch

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About the Authors

Amber K
was born just outside New York City. She was not trained in the Craft at her grandmother’s knee and does not come from a long line of hereditary Witches.

In 1978, she joined the Temple of the Pagan Way in Chicago, and received her initiation and ordination there. She has worked with Circle, New Earth Circle, the Pool of Bast, and the Coven of Our Lady of the Woods, and she was a co-founder of the Ladywood Tradition of Wicca. She has served three terms as National First Officer of the Covenant of the Goddess, the world’s largest network of Witches. She taught in the Cella (priestess) training program of Re-formed Congregation of the Goddess, a national Dianic network. She has a son, Starfire, who resides in New Mexico and is part of the Pagan Spirit Gathering.

Azrael Arynn K
was born in New Mexico. She brings to the Craft her experience as a police officer, race car driver, stockbroker, and architectural designer, as well as a degree in law. She is a talented costume designer and ritualist, and she is also a certified NLP practitioner.

Both Amber and Azrael are third-degree priestesses in the Ladywood Tradition of Wicca. They met in 1991 at a Wicca 101 class sponsored by Our Lady of the Woods and were handfasted in 1994. They have taught many workshops at Pagan festivals and conferences, including PantheaCon, Heartland, United Earth Assembly, Dragonfest, Florida Samhain Pagan Gathering, Starwood, and others.

Amber and Azrael are part of Ardantane Pagan Learning Center in northern New Mexico, an hour northwest of Albuquerque in the Red Rocks area of the Jemez Mountains. Amber serves as executive director, Azrael is dean of the School of Sacred Living, and they both reside at the growing Ardantane campus. (For information, see the website at ardantane.org or write to Ardantane, P.O. Box 307, Jemez Springs, NM 87025.)

Azrael likes to read mysteries, shop for antiques, drive good cars, and study nutrition and healing. Amber enjoys hiking, photography, the Native American flute, science fiction, collecting ancient keys, and the Peanuts gang, especially Snoopy. They share interests in travel, pink transferware china, Chinese checkers, art, and all things magickal, including their lovely hybrid dog, Kyoshi.

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How to Become a Witch: The Path of Nature, Spirit & Magick
© 2010 by Amber K and Azrael Arynn K.

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Cover illustration by Melissa Findley

Interior illustrations by Wen Hsu

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We dedicate this book to all those ancestors and teachers, both those known to us and those whose names and stories are lost, who passed down to us the traditions and their wisdom, the love of the Goddess and the Old Gods, the ways of magick, and the understanding that the earth and all of nature are sacred.

Contents

I Am A Witch

Introduction
:
Why Do You Want to Become a Witch?

Chapter 1
:
What Is Witchcraft?

Chapter 2
:
Seasons of the Sun, Cycles of the Moon: The Wheel of the Year

Chapter 3
:
Power of the Pentagram: The Witches’ Paradigm

Chapter 4
:
Bell, Book, and Candle: Equipping the New Witch

Chapter 5
:
I Am a Witch at Every Hour: Witchcraft as a Way of Life

Chapter 6
:
Spiraling Into the Center: Your Daily Practice

Chapter 7
:
Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch? The Rules of Witchcraft

Chapter 8
:
When the Moon Is Full: Witchcraft and Magick

Chapter 9
:
I Am the Soul of Nature: This Sacred Earth

Chapter 10
:
Worlds Beyond This One: Divination, Dreams, and More

Chapter 11
:
Circle Near the Old Oak Tree: Solitary, or Three or More

Chapter 12
:
Sacred Priestess, Sacred Priest: Serving the Lady and the Lord

Chapter 13
:
The Witch in the World and In or Out of the Broom Closet

Conclusion
:
The Path from This Place: Ever Learning, Ever Changing

Appendices

A
:
Recommended Reading

B
:
Glossary

C
:
Contact Points

D
:
Color and Metal Correspondences

E
: The Wiccan Rede

F
:
Rite of Self-Dedication to the Craft of the Wise

I Am A Witch
[1]

S
ome find their home in the Witches’ Craft,

Touching magick, wielding power,

But each must seek and find their path,

Is this your way, is this your hour?

Sing to Goddess, moon times three,

Touching magick, wielding power,

Drink to God, stag-hornéd he,

I am a Witch at every hour.

C
elebrate as the Wheel turns,

Touching magick, wielding power,

Dance and leap as the balefire burns,

I am a Witch at every hour.

W
ater, fire, earth, and air,

Touching magick, wielding power,

Ruled by spirit, all is there,

I am a Witch at every hour.

B
ased on knowledge, filled with love,

Touching magick, wielding power,

As below, so above,

I am a Witch at every hour.

I
n darkest night, in forest deep,

Touching magick, wielding power,

In broad daylight, awake, asleep,

I am a Witch at every hour.

A
t your altar, seek the way,

Touching magick, wielding power,

With Spirit start and end each day,

I am a Witch at every hour.

A
n ye harm none, do as ye will,

Touching magick, wielding power,

Heal always, never kill,

I am a Witch at every hour.

I
cast the circle, raise the cone,

Touching magick, wielding power,

And pour the wine when magick’s flown,

I am a Witch at every hour.

W
ork your will, but earth revere,

Touching magick, wielding power,

And every creature living here,

I am a Witch at every hour.

S
oar upon the astral planes,

Touching magick, wielding power,

Visit woodland faery fanes,

I am a Witch at every hour.

D
ance the round with Pagan folk,

Touching magick, wielding power,

’Neath the stars, beside the oak,

I am a Witch at every hour.

I
am Goddess, neverborn,

Touching magick, wielding power,

I wear the crescent, wear the horn,

I am a Witch at every hour.

W
e may forgive, but we can’t forget,

Touching magick, wielding power,

We’ll claim our place in sunlight yet,

I am a Witch at every hour.

M
any seek, a few may find,

Touching magick, wielding power,

That Witchcraft feeds the heart and mind,

I am a Witch at every hour.

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“I Am a Witch” by Amber K, 1998; revised and expanded by Amber K and Azrael Arynn K, 2009.

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