What is Trinitarian Wicca?!

About Trinitarian Wicca

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.

Esbats & the Goddesses

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 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.

Common 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.

What is Trinitarian Wicca?

A Brief Overview

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"

The Esbats & the Goddesses

The Soul of the Sacred Feminine

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. 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.

Christian Witchery Misinformation

No, We Don't Ride Brooms

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 havenever 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, or 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 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.

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