What is Trinitarian Wicca?

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Trinitarian Wicca is the correct name of the tradition often generalized into a practice called Christian Wicca. Trinitarian Wicca is a tradition based on American Wicca, boasting no direct lineage. Trinitarian Wiccans work exclusively with the Goddess-inclusive Christian Pantheon. This tradition is not eclectic nor is it ChristoPagan because our devotion lies exclusively with the Christian pantheon; however we are considered MesoPagan. Trinitarian Wiccans practitioners celebrate the 8 Sabbats, the 13 Esbats, and upholding the Wiccan Rede.

For the Trinitarian path, there are no trappings of Patriarchal Christianity. We do not have conflicts with the Bible, because we work directly with the Gods and Goddesses; church dogma does not have a place in our ritual structure. Concepts such as the original sin, salvation, baptism, heaven, hell, and Satan are not conflicting topics for Trinitarians. They have no place in Wicca at all; as Trinitarian Wiccans, we do not differ in this belief. There is nothing fundamental about Christian or Trinitarian Wicca.

As for Christian Wicca, the term Christian is used as a modifier for the pantheon observed in this particular practice of Wicca, much like the concept of Celtic Wicca. Starting in October of 1999, Christian Wicca began on Yahoo Groups as a working title reflecting the an eclectic practice of American Tradition of Wicca. By 2002, this path developed it’s name, the Trinitarian Tradition. This tradition evolved as a group of Wiccan practitioners focused on a Goddess-inclusive Christian trinity.

The mere term Christian Wicca upset so many people both Christian and Wiccan, that it actually got in the way of the true meaning of the path. That was never our intent. While the term Christian Wicca was more descriptive, Trinitarian Wicca is far more accurate and far less controversial. However, by the time the book came out – the working term had become popular and it was hard to express the concepts of Trinitarian Wicca without using the term Christian in the definition.

“True Magick is not Fundamental…”

Nancy* Chandler


Ordo Antiquae Trinitatis

Ordo Antiquae Trinitatis (the Order of the Ancient Trinity) is the scholastic research group that focuses on the mysteries surrounding the Ancient Christian Trinity.  This is the data-mining source for the belief system surrounding Trinitarian Wicca.  It is currently not open as an Esoteric Mystery School.  Please check back periodically.

For addition information contact:  Nancy Chandler at TrinitarianWicca@gmail.com


Polytheistic Mesopaganism Reconstructionists

Trinitarian Wiccans are polytheistic mesopagan reconstructionists.

Trinitarian Wiccans are Polytheistic: Polytheism is defined in most widely acknowledged dictionaries, including Merriam-Webster as “the worship of or belief in more than one god.”  This belief is so obvious, there is no “mystery of the ages,” merely the denial of truth.  Catholicism was considered polytheistic and “too-pagan,” thus the Protestant Reformation.

Trinitarian Wiccans are Tritheistic, viewing the Blessed Trinity as Three Individual Beings who world in unity, but each with distinct personalities and agendas.  According to Merriam- Webster, Tritheism is “the doctrine that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three distinct Gods.”  This practice is considered to be heresy among Orthodox Christians.

Trinitarian Wicca is a Reconstructionist Tradition.  Our recovery of the Goddess is considered fictional by uneducated Pagans, blasphemy by most Christians, and heresy by the Vatican.  The Who’s Who of Goddesses in Trinitarian Wicca is based on the historical writings of Jewish Mysticism, the Gnostic Gospels, and the various sects spanning 445 B.C.E. til roughly 300 C.E.  Our efforts are to reconstruct the original Goddess-inclusive Christ-centric Trinity and recover the vastly populated pantheon based on the view of Deity prior to the birth of Christ, during His earthly life, and after His Death.  Because the Catholic Church began to offer Sainthood to beloved Pagan Deities, in exchange for loyalty to the Vatican, cultural Goddesses who become saintes are also included.  While the information about our Lost Goddesses come from different cultures, we are not eclectic; Jesus Christ must be the link between our God and Goddess.

Trinitarian Wiccans are Mesopagans:  The term MesoPagan was introduced by Isaac Bonewits in an attempt to categorize modern paganism.  According to Bonewits, “MesoPagan religions are those that developed from Paleo Pagan or native Pagan religions that were influenced by Monotheist, Dualistic or Non-theistic philosophies. These include all syncretic religions including ChristoPaganism, many Afro-Diasporic faiths, such as Vodou, Santeria (Lukumi or Osha de Regla), Candomble, and Sikhism as well as many occult traditions including Thelema, Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy, and Spiritualism, as well as many modern Witchcraft traditions, including many Wiccan denominations.” Of course, it needs to be pointed out that Mr. Bonewits also created a run-on sentence with this description.

Trinitarian Wiccans and our relationship with the term “Christianity,” may be best expressed with the term Neo-Christian.  While the definition of the term has not been completely agreed upon completely, it’s origin dates 1855-1860, and refers to any interpretation of Christianity based on the prevalent philosophy of a given time period. Neo-Christian would first be assigned to the Anglican Church of England, and later be assigned to all who followed the Protestant Reformation. Starting in the late ’90s, a movement of Christ-followers began to pull away from the dogma of Orthodox Christianity; ironically, it is blamed to everything from New Age Christianity to Christian Rock Groups. Like Wicca, Neo-Christianity does not embrace the concepts of the original sin, thus there is no need for salvation. Satan is not considered a dark deity, nor is there a place of eternal damnation in a place called “Hell.”


13 Principles of Wiccan Belief

The “Thirteen Principles of Wiccan Belief” as set out by the American Council of Witches in 1974.

1. We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarters.

2. We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment. We seek to live in harmony with Nature, in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.

3. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary it is sometimes called “supernatural”, but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.

4. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity-as masculine and feminine-and that this same Creative Power lies in all people, and functions through the interaction of the masculine and feminine. We value neither (gender) above the other, knowing each to be supportive to the other. We value sex as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magickal practice and religious worship.

5. We recognize both outer worlds and inner, of psychological, worlds sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, Inner Planes, etc.-and we see in the inter-action of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magickal exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.

6. We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.

7. We see religion, magick and wisdom in living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it-a world view and philosophy of life which we identify as Witchcraft-the Wiccan Way.

8. Calling oneself “Witch” does not make a Witch-but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. A Witch seeks to control the forces within her/himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and well without harm to other and in harmony with Nature.

9. We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal role within it.

10. Our only animosity towards Christianity, or toward any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be “the only way” and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practice and belief.

11. As witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the Craft, the origins of various terms, the legitimacy of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and our future.

12. We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as “Satan” or “the Devil”, as defined by Christian tradition. We do not seek power through the suffering of others, nor accept that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.

13. We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.


Hieros Gamos: Sexuality, Sacred Marriage & The Great Rite

Among the most vocal and studied members of Trinitarian Wicca, are a wide variety of individuals from all walks of life, and we are open and tolerant about sexuality: asexual, bisexual, homosexual, heterosexual, or polyamorous. Sensuality and sexuality are a part of life, love, and ritual. The means by which anyone chooses to celebrate their own personal desires is no one’s concern but their own. “An’ it harm none” is a rule for all Wiccans, so as long as all individuals involved are consenting adults and no laws of the land are broken, Trinitarians are a liberal and accepting tradition.

The stigma of sex being evil and dirty was singularly THE largest and most effective political power move the Vatican / Roman Catholic Church pulled on the entire world. The Early Church in Rome was so cruel they even trapped their nuns and priests in an unnatural sexless world of craziness, leading to sexual perversions manifesting in very unhealthy ways through out the ages! When can you best manipulate a human? When they are scared, taken out of their comfort zone (such as cultural paganism) – when people are frustrated, either financially or sexually.

Trinitarian Wiccans are not Bible-oriented when it comes to ritual and we can’t seem to make that clear enough to the public. We do approach Deity as polytheists, and our relationship with the Trinity is actually Goddess-inclusive Social Trinitarianism, embracing Tritheism. Yes, we support hieros gamos or the sacred marriage. I don’t know if most people just full-on missed out on the sensuality of the Song of Solomon or what! That is some serious Biblical porn:

“How beautiful are thy feet with Sandals! The joints of thy thighs are like jewels. The work of the hands of a Craftsman. Thy Naval is like round goblet which wanteth not liquor. Thy Belly is like wheat set about with lilies. Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are Twins.”

“Thy Neck is a Tower of Ivory. Thine Eyes are like glistening Pools. How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights! Thy stature is like a palm tree, and thy breast clusters of grapes. In my thoughts, I will go up to the palm tree, and I will take hold of the boughs thereof: And thy breasts shall be as Clusters of the Vine, and the smell of thy nose like apples; and the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my Beloved, That goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to Speak.”

UHM…. we have breasts and mouths going down sweetly on sleeping lips causing them to speak! It’s in the Bible and it’s written beautifully, but we all know what this is saying!

Jesus was Jewish. Jewish men and women married early. There is great controversy about whether the wedding at Cana was the actual wedding of Jesus and Mary of Magdala; their secret wedding may have been very secret, but was this wedding theirs? we do know that it was the husband’s family to provide the wedding party catering and the burden of expense. We do know the servants of the house responded to both Mother Mary & Jesus. Jesus calls His Mother Mary “woman,” which he would have not called her if He was not married. After the resurrection, but before he ascends, Mary Magdalene calls to Jesus using the term “Rabboni” which means teacher. A woman is not allowed to touch a male in public at the time and in that culture.

However, when Mary Magdalene anointed the feet of Jesus with spikenard and wiped the oil into his feet with her hair, she was in fact initiating the “Sacred Marriage,” or the hieros gamos ritual. It is a very sensual ordeal between two humans who act as proxies for the God and the Goddess. In those days, the wife, due to Jewish law and tradition, could have only done it. Those on looking were shocked and upset but Jesus assured them things were fine. In reality, this was a very sexual act. Jesus was wet an slick with oil, which Mary’s hair was no doubt sensually covered in. To anoint in such a way, Mary Magdalene would actually be somewhat writhing at Jesus’ feet… and he did not mind, or he would have told her to stop.

In Trinitarian Wicca, we exercise our own Hieros Gamos ritual when we observe the Great Rite. We have used the bride and the groom candle lighting the pillar candle of Divine Unity. The new rituals offer a ritual called “The Chalice and the Blade” as a Great Rite symbol of Divine Unity, likewise embracing the Grail mysteries surrounding Mary Magdalene and the Holy Grail. The chalice itself is the feminine sex and the blade the masculine sex. The wine doubles as the power of the female blood in menses and the blood of Jesus spilled on the cross and according to legend caught in the chalice. Trinitarian Wiccans have multiple representations of Sacred Union in the Wedding Chamber and we feel that we tastefully take the true meaning of the Divine Sensuality into ourselves when we perform the act. We do not forsake the ritual nor do we hide from the true meaning.


What’s in a Name?

“It is a foolish Christian that believes the Goddess died when Jesus was born. It is an arrogant Pagan who denies the survival of the Goddess in the wake of the new religion, Christianity. It is an enlightened individual who unlocks the Lunar Mysteries of the Christian Goddesses… and we all hold the key.”  —–Nancy*

Christian Wicca: the Trinitarian Tradition is the name of the controversial self-published book by Nancy Chandler (Pittman) released in 2003. This is the first book that brought the practice of Christian Wicca out of the Christian broom closet, into print, and into the public’s eye. Unfortunately, it also brought anger, bias, and skepticism from both sides, but primarily a lack of acceptance from the Pagan Community. Since the onset of the ChristoPagan movement in the late 1990′s, the use of term Christian Wicca continues to be received with mixed emotionbecause the public seem to miss the actual name of the tradition, Trinitarian Wicca.

The project started in October of 1999 and Christian Wicca was the term used in Yahoo-Groups to gather like-minded individuals. Author Nancy Chandler developed the tradition of Trinitarian Wicca from her coven training in both the Alexandrian and Dianic traditions of Wicca. After being introduced to the Hebrew Goddesses (Dianic) and a Ceremonial Magick approach to the male aspect of God (Alexandrian), she found the juxtapositions to be obvious. A non-fundamental view of Christian Deity was easily inserted into Wicca rituals and theory. Most NeoPagan books make a point to illustrate the similarities to Christianity in a negative way, i.e. Christmas is really Yule, Easter is really Ostara, Halloween is really Samhain, and Mary is really the Goddess of Christendom, etc.  So, reverse engineering this concept was not difficult. By 2002, this Wiccan tradition had developed its name,Trinitarian Wicca, based on the original Trinity of Ancient Christianity: the Father, the Mother, and the Solar Son Jesus.

Regretfully, while the term Christian Wicca was more descriptive, it was inaccurate and became a serious albatross around the neck of the project for years in the making. Oddly enough, the intended name of the tradition has always been in the subtitle of the book, Christian Wicca: the Trinitarian Tradition, yet continues to be overlooked: The termChristian, was originally was intended to identify the pantheon of choice by Trinitarian Wiccans.  When asked, the author explains, “Christian Wicca is used in the same manner as Celtic Wicca, referring to the Celtic deities called upon by the Wiccan practitioners.  It is that simple.  We have the same theology as other, set in Wiccan ritual structure, and honoring the same belief system as most other forms of Wicca.”

Trinitarian Wicca is not only the correct name of the path, but it is also far less controversial. However, by the time the book came out, the working title Christian Wicca had become popular in the magickal Christian community. The publisher suggested using a title/sub-title name for the book in take full promotional advantage of this trending topic. From a marketing viewpoint, this was an understandable choice, as it was impossible to explain the concept of Trinitarian Wicca without using the term Christian in the definition.

A decade later, Christian Wicca has now become the umbrella term for practitioners of eclectic Wicca mixing varying degrees of Neopaganism and Christianity; however, not all of them are truly Wiccan, nor are they associated with Trinitarian Wiccans. By 2012, many sects of magickal Christianity began to spring up, mostly solitaries who have opted for the term Christian Witch, reflecting a New Age approach to Jesus-magick that doesn’t focus on reclaiming the Goddess, finding cosmic balance of Deity, the emphasis of the Wheel of the Year, and the Lunar Mysteries.

Trinitarian Wiccans are polytheistic and work exclusively with a multi-Goddess inclusive Holy Trinity. Do not let the term Trinitarian confuse you with the Orthodox Christian definition.  The Triple Goddess and the Triple God are static concepts in Neo-Paganism; this approach promotes the reclaiming the Goddess to Her rightful place in the Trinity of Pre-Nicean Christianity. Trinitarian Wiccans view the Holy Trinity as a Social Trinity which embraces Tritheism.  This is the belief that the Trinity consists of three separate deities, each with individual wills, powers, personalities, and energy signatures.  This Trinity is immanent, not transcendent, and is capable of a personal relationship with humanity. This tradition is not eclectic, nor is it ChristoPagan; however, Trinitarian Wiccans are polytheistic MesoPagans. Trinitarian Wiccans are reconstructionists devoted exclusively to Deities of pre-Nicaean Christianity. Due to patriarchal Christianity’s focus on eliminating the Feminine Divine from cultures worldwide, the Trinitarian Pantheon includes deities from the Kabballah, Gnosticism, and significant Pagan Deities absorbed into the saints of Catholicism.

Trinitarian Wiccans celebrate the Wiccan Wheel of the Year, observing the 8 Sabbats, the 13 Esbats, and upholding the Wiccan Rede. For Trinitarian Wiccans, there aren’t any trappings of patriarchal Christianity. The Christian Bible poses no conflicts for Trinitarians, because they work directly with the Gods and Goddesses, free of the dogma of organized religion. Concepts such as the original sin, salvation, baptism, heaven, hell, and satan are not sources of conflict for Trinitarians; these are fundamental Christian concepts not Wiccan concepts.

There is nothing fundamental about Trinitarian Wicca.

http://www.christianwicca.org   http://www.trinitarianwicca.com http://shekinahcraft.wordpress.com


Christian Witchery Misinformation

I found this disturbing essay about Christian Witchery in the Pagan/Wiccan Religion section on About.com.  This is a popular site viewed by many seekers to the concepts of Wicca, NeoPaganism, and Witchcraft. For those who do not have a local source of magickal information such as covens, open circles, or metaphysical book stores, About.com is a handy option.   However, after reading this one approved  article, I am curious about how many more subjects are improperly represented.  The author’s views seem extremely heartfelt about being a Christian Witch, but the description of the techniques and beliefs used were askew.  Obviously the author’s expression of what it meant to be a “Christian Witch” was without a doubt the most training was not that of a family tradition because it lacked depth of substance.  Likewise, they were not rooted in any of the cultural basics of the 2000 year old practice of Christian Witchery.  

The early church in Rome, later known as the Roman Catholic Church, was quite successful in either stamping out Paganism “by the Lord or by the sword.” In problematic areas of pagan devotion, the Vatican absorbed Pagan Deities into Saints.  Perhaps the paganism of pre-Christian times was eliminated, but the minds of the practitioners of true magick could not be changed.  Magick survived by going underground and the witches refocusing their craft work with the tools of the new Christian Religion!  Wearing the  mask of what we now consider cultural folk Catholicism, magick never went away, it simply adapted.   

Of course there are various forms of Christian Witchery, but they all have the same nuts and bolts to their practice.  True Christian Witchery is about practicality and using magick to deal with day to day problems.  It is about getting things done using Christian methods, it is not a salvatory religion.   I have never known a Traditional Christian Witch to practice magick with the concerns of “the importance of love and forgiveness” nor dogmatic limitations this individual attempts to convey, for example the author states:  

“One cannot take Christianity and Witchcraft, even when one has defined them, and slap them together and call it a system.  There are still limitations where some parts of Christianity cancel magical practices out.  For example, the importance placed on love and forgiveness in Christian belief would restrict “harmful” spells.  While it is fine for some witches to cast curses, and it does not go against their ethical code, when a potential Christian witch is practicing magic, he or she must take into consideration her own ethical code.”

Currently, at age 50, I have been a serious practicing Christian Witch since I was 17.  I must admit that I was truly horrified that the internet is about to start cultivating a generation of Fluffy Bunny’s Christian Witches by providing misinformation!  I’m sure there have always been dabblers but traditional Christian Witches usually consider themselves Grey Witches and practice “An Eye for an Eye” - NOT! - ”Do unto Others as you would have them do unto you!”  In case you haven’t noticed, the Old Testament God was not quite a loving and caring God.  He was a jealous God of Wrath and Vengeance and passages of the Psalms are perfect for a wide variety of healing, hexing, safety from enemies, righteous retribution against those who have wronged you, and settling domestic disputes.

Psalmic magick is one of the most common facets of Christian Witchery.  Other keystones of the Christian Craft include the traditional use of herbs, ritual oils, jar candles used setting lights for the saints and pseudo-saints.  Ritual bathing is very important not only as a pre-ritual cleansing, but as a corrective form of magick itself.  Other aspects of Christian Witchery is the use of holy water, Catholic prayer cards, praying the rosary to cone energy, and the use of sigil magick of the 6th and 7th Books of Moses, the Black Pullet, and the Greater and Lesser Keys of Solomon.  

Originally the Psalms were used in Jewish folk magic and Kabballistic mysticism; the earliest book found is the Hebrew text “Shimmush Tehilim” (“On the Use of the Psalms”), which dates back to the 10th century C.E.  From there, they have been used in various Christian folk magic traditions including Protestant, Catholic,  and Spiritalists.  the German Christian practitioners of brauchererai folk magic (better known as Pow-Wow by the Pennsylvania Dutch), and in the Afro-American practice of Hoodoo, Conjure, and Rootwork.  

The Traditional Christian Witches that I am most familiar with practiced during the Great Depression and World War II.  Those were desperate times and they called for desperate measures, and that included desperate magickal workings.  Another motto among Christian Witches is “Those who can not harm, can not heal;” they are not worried about “What would Jesus Do?!”  Christian Witches live in the real world; they are worried about results and the health and welfare of their family and friends.  We work by whatever means necessary.  While Christian Witchery is adaptive, it is not eclectic and there isn’t room for substitutes in herbs and oils, as many NeoPagan authors suggest.

“Also, with Christianity’s worship of God and the belief in His presence in all things, I believe that magic would be hard to separate from spiritual and religious presence in rituals.”

Without a doubt, this person has never been to New Orleans.  The author has not been exposed to Hoodoo, Conjure, and Rootwork.  As many local New Orleans Catholics state:  “If you need to confess something heavy on your heart, go see the Priest.  If you have a problem and you need it fixed, you go see the Conjure Man!”  Is it just me or does this sound like some communities of Christian Witches have no problems separating magic from religion!?!

Just as I thought it couldn’t get any worse, I read this unusual definition of magick:    

“My definition of magic was ritual; I never cast spells as much as symbolic prayer.  It simply didn’t feel right to me.  I began to look deeper into my love of magic.  It wasn’t the “power” that I liked; it was the smell of the incense and the sight of the flickering candles, all arranged and charged with meaning.  My rituals were unions with God, not energy manipulation and whatever power there was came from God, not from me.  It was not magic; it was mysticism.”

At first, the author states “magic was ritual; I never cast spells as much as symbolic prayer.”  No, magic is magick  and ritual is ritual.  There is obvious magickal workings conducted during a ritual, but if you are a practicing Trinitarian Wiccan, you should be advanced enough in your studies to know the definitions and their differences and similarities.  

Then I became more… concerned about the future of Christian Witchery based on statements like this:  “I began to look deeper into my love of magic.  It wasn’t the “power” that I liked; it was the smell of the incense and the sight of the flickering candles, all arranged and charged with meaning.”  This wasn’t really magic, but more like the decorative arrangement of candles and incense my 82 yr old Mother burns on her coffee table each night.  I am not making fun of this individual at all.  My Mom’s “altar disguised as decoration” is charged with the intent to eliminate stress with soothing fragrances and the calming glow of candle light.  So realistically the feeling that the author calls magic, is more accurately described as aromatherapy  practiced by a Christian.   Sincerely, I believe the author has innocently mislabeled these actions as the practice of magick due to the lack of research.  This is not Christian Witchery!  Unfortunately, this is a prime example of romancing the idea of witchery and magic. 

This part of the information on Christian Witchery, seriously makes me very sad: “My rituals were unions with God, not energy manipulation.”  My rituals are unions with [my Christian Deity(s)] and the use of energy manipulation in my ritual does not reduce my union with Deity.  Instead, the focus of my will intensifies the direction of my energy, and ultimately acts as the catalyst for my connection with Deity.  

Lastly, the statement: “and whatever power there was came from God, not from me,” indicates that this is not magick at all.  While many witches of various traditions petition their Deities for aid, the denial of personal power is the primary limitation that would negate one’s magickal attempts.  Magick is an active will driven force of personal power intended to change or improve a series of events or correct a non-productive situation.

While I was very upset at this point about the misrepresentation of my life-long practice of Christian Witchery, I was more upset with About.com’s approval of this information without confirmation that the author is passing on correct information about Christian Witchery, which will inevitably perpetuate the Fluffy Bunny view of this highly misunderstood path. 

If you know anything about thought-forms, you cannot deny the amount of energy poured into the Blessed Virgin Mary for the last 2000 years.  The same goes for the fundamental Christian Trinity, and the pantheon of Saints.  Pagan deities have only experienced a re-awakening since around the mid 1940′s.  While yes, the NeoPagan movement continues to flourish, it has not yet permeated entire cultures nor dominated the collective unconscious, or altered today’s deeply indoctrinated Christian social structures.  

Christian Witches are playing on the strongest magickal team.  We feel no need to vote for “the other guys,” just because Paganism is trendy and popular.  Christian Witchery is has dominated the craft for the last 2000 yrs.   It is a serious path of the serious student of magick.  There is always more to learn.  I call myself a life long Christian Witch, but due to the depth of occult knowledge required for the practice of this path, I will go to my grave not knowing everything there is to know about Christian Witchery.


The Esbats & the Goddesses

Celebrate the Goddess Esbats: Full Moon Names

The Moon is the alchemical planetary symbol of our Mother – the Lady Divine. Esbats may be celebrated at any day of the month. During each lunation, there are quarters and days with correspondences that improve your conditions for the optimum magickal outcome.The moon is a feminine symbol and that is why we associate the moon with the Goddess. The moon regulates the ocean tides and people even planted their crops by the phases of the moon.There are 28 Mansion of the Moon,13 moons during a 12 month year, and 4 moon phases during each lunar month. The 13th Moon is known as the Blue Moon and occurs when two full moons appear during one calendar month -most commonly the month of November. The phases of the moon are most common separated into three main phases: Waxing, Full and Waning – corresponding to the three aspects of the Goddess: the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone.The New or Dark Moon is celebrated differently depending on the practitioner. Some believe this is a time for magickal rest. Others believe this is the time to honor the Dark Goddess.

Waxing Moon – Honoring the Maiden:

Occurs after the New/Dark Moon and goes until the Full Moon. The three phases of this time include the Waxing Cresent Moon, the Waxing Quarter Moon and the Waxing Gibbous Moon. This is a great time for spellwork concering growth, increase and gain. The strongest day and night being that of the Full Moon.

Full Moon – Honoring the Mother:

The Full Moon is considered the most powerful of the phases. Spells concerning fullfillment, completion and extroversion are best done at this time. Remember, although it is a great time to work with others, people tend to be more emotional during a Full Moon.

Waning Moon – Honoring the Crone:

Occurs after the Full Moon and continues until the New/ Dark Moon. The three phases during the Waning Moon are the Waning Gibbous/ Disseminating Moon, the Waning Quarter and the Waning Crescent/ Balsamic Moon. This time is great for removing problems, decreasing and banishing spells. The strongest day and night being that of the New/Dark Moon.

New | Dark Moon – Honoring the Dark Goddess:

Occurs after the Waning Cresent/Balsamic Moon. Spellwork at this time consists of starting new projects or plans, making chages in your personal life and general introversion.

January – Wolf Moon – Inanna

This full moon is named for the ritual observance of protection. The Wolf protects and guards its home, family, and territory. Good fortune, a change of luck, and general household protection are all examples of ceremonial themes associated with the Wolf Moon.

February – Storm Moon – Brigid

This full moon is named for the acknowledging of the end of the long nights, cold weather, and the season of death. This ritual is good for planning for the spring, family peace, blessing the boundaries of your home and celebrating Valentine’s Day.

March – Chaste Moon – Zoe

This full moon is named for the recognition of spring. We consider all things in nature to be virginal, fresh, and blooming at this time. It is a time for new beginnings and rituals should reflect this by warding off negative energies and poverty, while making plans for the warm months ahead.

April – Planting Moon – Barbelo

This full moon reflects the sowing of seeds and a new time of growth. Rituals should include the planting of seasonal crops and acknowledging the new cycle of life. This is the time for putting winter plans into action.

May – Bright Moon – Shekinah

This full moon is associated with the Bright Mother. The ceremonies may include the aspects of spring-cleaning, life renewal, and purification, as well as Memorial Day activities.

June – Dyad Moon – Mary Magdalene

This full moon is named from the Latin word Dyad meaning two; indicating a pair or a set of twins. It is at this point that the days and nights are equal in length and the male and female forces of nature are in balance. Rituals should reflect an equal love for the male and female principles of the Divine.

July – Blessing Moon – Asherah

This full moon recognizes the Blessing of everyday like that we may often take for granted. Ceremonies should include thanks for religious freedom and making plans for new goals.

August – Corn Moon – Guadalupe

This full moon indicates the first of the three traditional harvests. This marks the time for the beginning of canning and preserving. Rituals are bread oriented, with a strong emphasis on the harvesting of crops, gardens, or the good fortune of the work you have accomplished in previous months.

September – Harvest Moon – Sophia

This full moon is associated with the second and largest harvest of the year. This esbat is a time for elaborate fall celebration including the autumn equinox. Ceremonies are thanksgiving-oriented.

October – Blood Moon – Lilith

This full moon is affiliated with blood due to the beginning of hunting seasons and animal slaughters to prepare food for the winter. This month is the third and final harvest. October 31 ends the Wiccan calendar and rituals this month should deal with banishing bad habits and purification of one’s life and house.

November – Snow Moon – Holy Spirit

This full moon is named for the association of the coming of winter, symbolized by snow. The start of the season of death to the wheel of the year is a good time for reflection. Rituals should focus on the positive aspects of our lives and making plans to dispose of dead weight in our physical, spiritual, and emotional lives.

December – Oak Moon – Mary the Mother

This full moon is named after the mighty oak tree, which stands strong through the months of winter. The oak is a sign of strength to practitioners during the dreary winter months. Ceremonies of success and prosperity are often associated with the colors of green and brown, the colors of the leaves, and the color.

Random 13th Moon – Blue Moon – Levannah

This is when a full moon that happens twice within a calendar month. This moon is a variable as to when it will happen, thus giving rise to the old saying “once in a blue moon”. A blue moon is considered very lucky and all magickal workings during lunar ceremonies are extremely positive; this is a perfect time for prosperity and good luck workings.


Solitary Listings

Trinitarian Wicca Solitaries

Mary Occupy Maynard/Persephone
Ashland, KY
Giovanni
Huntsville, AL
Clairvoyant Wiccan
Allegan, MI
Raven Spirit
 Allegan, Michigan
Martha Dabbs Herron
Huntsville, AL
Fr. Pneuma (Michael)
Georgetown, KY
Thomas WaugBran
Norton, Massachusetts

Tim FrereSmith
positivefs@aol.com
Wales UK

Scott Huber
sthomashuber@yahoo.com
Louisville, KY

Jenie Piccirillo
dainajc@yahoo.com
Erie, PA

Brandon D Wheeler/Leo Fireheart
Leo.firewitch@yahoo.com
Seattle, WA

Michael J. MacNeill
mjm0395@yahoo.com
Everett, WA

Angela Love
angielove66@vzw.blackberry.net
Mooresville, NC

Lady Bleu
mntlady739@yahoo.com
Baker City, Oregon

Kaitelynne Hart
hlisthar@utk.edu
Knoxville, TN

Tara Hines
tara.buurma@yahoo.com
Cleveland, OH

Nancy Chandler/Gypsy Valentine
TrinitarianWicca@gmail.com
Decatur-Huntsville, AL

Email: TrinitarianWicca@gmail.com with your Real Name or Craft Name, email address, and the geographical area you want to be included in this list, which will be available to the general public.

For Telephone or Online Tarot Readings contact Nancy* by text message at 256.466.2374 to schedule an appointment or send an email to me at TrinitarianWicca@gmail.com or GypsyHoodoo@gmail.com and we’ll arrange a reading time by Phone or using AOL/AIM or Yahoo Messenger! Blessed Be!


Self-Publishing Horrors

Horrors of Self-Publishing

I honestly had no idea how misunderstood the concept of Christian Wicca could be and would become when my first book came out in July 2003. Self-publishing alone is a nightmare.  I sent a few packages out to publishing companies, but mostly I wanted to practice Wicca.

In addition, I ran an occult shoppe and enjoyed all aspects of magickal spirituality with my local coven.  I didn’t really set out to be an author but instead, I tried to fill the need for individuals who were serious about Wicca, was not interested in the church, but had no desire to work with deities outside of the Christian Pantheon.

When I received my first draft, I realized that any type corrections were $50 apiece.  By the end of the first section, I could correct my typos or else take a 2-month trip to Europe!  I could not afford the trip to Europe nor the corrections.  I thought most people could read past the typos and get the message.  I know I had found plenty of mistakes in books released by large publishing companies.  Anyway, I simply could not afford a re-write.

The luxury of an editor, publicist, and marketing is a grand thing.  I assure you; to do it on your own is far more difficult than most armchair critics/scholars seem to think.  Back in those initial days of self-publishing, I wasn’t even allowed to put an index in my book: I could not believe the ill reviews I got for that factor alone!  However, self-publishing has become the way of the future, especially for authors like me who are will and ready to take on subjects that most publishers would consider taboo.

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Missing the Point

Missing the Point

I think the Grateful Dead said it best:  what a long strange trip it’s been.

 

When I wrote the first book, Christian Wicca: the Trinitarian Tradition, I can honestly say that no idea how many levels of misconception and miscommunications there could be over this subject.  First, I never anticipated that people would think that I was trying to combine Bible-thumping Patriarchal Christianity with Neo-Pagan rituals.  Second, I thought that more Pagan Wiccans would appreciate our path and support what we were doing, not send hate mail, and dedicate entire websites and essays as to why Christian Wicca could not exist.  Obviously, this was very disheartening.

Only recently, did I re-open my old copy of Scott Cunningham’s Living Wicca which was a follow up to his controversial Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner.  Immediately after the index was a section entitled A Note to Traditional Wiccans.  These few paragraphs explained that this book was a further guide for Solitary practitioners of Wicca.  Without hesitation, he stated that his book wasn’t an attack on conventional Wicca, covens, or their usual training procedures.  He was emphatic about his books being written for individuals in areas where no covens were available to seekers of the Wiccan traditions, or those who wish to remain discreet about their practices for any number of reasons, or perhaps were simple more of a private individual who wished to work with the Lord and Lady in privacy.  I felt better after reading his own dismay that I identified with after writing Christian Wicca: the Trinitarian Tradition.

I had traveled a great deal as a musician before devotion this part of my life to owning an occult shoppe and taking on the taste of writing the first book.  I had traveled to many places, and met many magickal Christians, Christian Witches, and Wiccans who had not completely dismissed their Christian upbringing.  I thought everyone knew what a Christian Witch was!  I thought everyone knew how to work with the Psalms, sigils, herbs, candles, oils and spell cast with many aspects of folk Catholicism, Hoodoo, Pow-Wow, and varieties of rural magic found in every part of the United States.  All large cities had drugstores and cultural neighborhoods where these products could be purchased.  Without realizing it, I began to believe that everyone knew these forms of Christian Magick existed everywhere simply because I had the luxury of being exposed to this way of thinking in my travels.  I came from Decatur, Alabama and I had seen various types of folk magick all my life; however, I do not claim any type of family tradition.  It was just the way things had always been done.

The nay-sayers never fail to amaze me.  What sheltered lives they must have lived to brag that their 60 or 70 years old tradition of Wicca is elite to two thousand years of various forms of Christian folk magick, as well as practices that would never dare to use the word “witchcraft.”  After all, these were most often church-going people who just happened to “conjure a little now and then,” when it was needed.  That’s all.  At times I felt I was utterly alone.

Even now I continue to receive email from some people who say, “I understand what you are saying and how you are practicing . . . Can you just call it something else?”  Actually yes, we call it Trinitarian Wicca, but it was too late.

Since publishing my first book Christian Wicca: the Trinitarian Tradition, I have noticed a growing number of blogs, essays, and websites that use the term “Christian Wicca.”  For the good or the bad, I was the first to take on the task of putting out a book on how to practice Wicca and stay true to one’s Christian upbringing, and find a path to recovering the Goddess back into the Trinity.  While I am honored that the term seems to have caught on, I have grown concerned the wide variety of practices that may be falling under the umbrella term Christian Wicca.

I am concerned that many individuals have decided to use the catch phrase of Christian Wicca without any concept or consideration for the balance of Lady along side Lord, or any of the elements that make up Wicca.  Many people are using the title of Wiccan, but are not actually grasping the concept of God and Goddess, the Wiccan Rede, and what it means to be Wiccan.  I suppose that may be true for Wiccans all across the board, not merely those are practicing a henotheistic form of Paganism.

I have often wondered if it was my own fault.  Was I was too gentle in the first book?  Yet, I believe the first book was great  for beginners stepping away from the Church and into the initial teachings of Wicca 101 books, integrating the Christian Trinity into the Sabbats in detail and a general example of a Full Moon Rite.

However, I think that many Pagan practitioners carry a great deal of baggage from their Christian upbringing.  Not unlike our own discouragements in Patriarchal Christianity, I believe they felt they had “escaped the Christian God” through Wicca, and our tradition of Wicca hits too close to home.  Perhaps Trinitarian Wicca is an unwanted reminder that has brought back unpleasant memories for them.  Perhaps some people didn’t even read the first book, but was very angered by the title.  Some merely flipped through the book, and saw that I did use a few scriptures to point out the hidden Goddesses in the actual Bible and decided that I was clinging to Christian Dogma.  Many thought I was trying to combine the Holy Bible literally to mix fundamental Christianity and Neo-Paganism.  So yes, there were many who missed the whole point of Book One.

The whole point of writing Christian Wicca:  the Trinitarian Tradition was that I believed that if I could prove that the Christian Pantheon had a Goddess, then someone comfortable with their Christian Deities would not have to seek a Pagan Goddess in order to practice Wicca.  Once the Christian Lord had a Christian Lady, equal and balance, then I would prove the validity of the path of Trinitarian Wicca.

I didn’t think this was a far reach at all.  I thought with all these generic Wicca books our there referring only to the God and the Goddess, or the Lord and the Lady, I figured there’s a good chance that my first book would not be needed at all.  I thought that most individuals could simply insert Jesus/God the Father into the Wiccan God/Lord place in the ritual and do the same for their Christian Goddess.