The Book of Shadows is the name given to the 'diary' of a Witch, but in reality it is much more than a diary; it is a compendium of all the practices, beliefs, rituals, and spells of Witchcraft.
Wicca is essentially a religion, as sacred and vital as other religions. Its central foundation is nature and all of its laws.
Witches maintain a constant identification with the flora, fauna, the waters, the winds, and all other natural phenomena. Witches' profound belief in the soul of nature allows them to establish contact with everything that exists and nature itself entrusts its most precious secrets to the Witch's care. A highly developed Witch may stop or bring the rain, raise the wind or calm it,
and carry out other magical acts equally astonishing.
All of this is possible because of their faith in their own powers and the powers of nature. Anyone can do the same if they remember that everything is possible for those who believe.
Grave minding and grave decorating traditions run hand in hand with
the season of Samhain, and perhaps nowhere is this as apparent as in
Central and South America during Dias de los Muertos. However, elements of this practice are easily incorporated into modern Pagan traditions and offer a subtle yet powerful method of honoring the dead. It
is... read this article