Witchcraft is more than a religion, it is truly a spiritual way of life. Sometimes people focus on only one or two aspects of Witchcraft instead of appreciating it for the fullness of its beliefs and practices. I think you will find that if you study Green Witchcraft by Ann Moura you will have the basics in all areas of the Craft of the Wise.
For example, did you know that the ancient roots of Wicca can be traced all the way back to ancient India? You can find this amazing history in Green Witchcraft (the author majored in history and used to be a history instructor).
You will also learn the basic tenets of Witchcraft as focused in the Witches' Rede, the Charge of the Goddess, the Law of Return, and more. This book also teaches you how to do magical rituals and celebratory rites. Included are complete versions of rites for the major Wiccan holidays such as Imbolc and Ostara. Other rites which include how to do the ritual and what to say are rituals for the Full Moon, Paganing, Handfasting, and more.
Once you learn how to do the outline of a magical ritual, you need to be able to fill in the blanks. This includes the use of colors, candles, and herbs along with selecting the proper time and day and doing divinations. You'll learn how to use tea leaves, Tarot cards, and a crystal ball for this purpose.
In short, this book provides you with a complete understanding of all of the core elements that make up modern Paganism. Since this is non-sectarian, what you learn here can easily be applied to any tradition of Witchcraft. This is a book you'll come back to again and again.
Living in the Midwest, Ostara comes for us at one of those "in between" times. It falls in between the frigid cold of winter and the scorching, oppressive heat of summer. It's the calm both before and after the storm. But it is also a real blah time of year. The weather is often still downright chilly, and snow is still quite a possibility. (In... read this article