I was wondering how to pick a Wiccan name?

I was wondering how to pick a Wiccan name? Topic: How to write a spiritual
May 25, 2019 / By Edwena
Question: I know it's an intimate thing, but I was curious. I know a lot of people have names they use for rituals or just in their covens...I tried looking up Goddess names, but none of them spoke to me. I'm looking for further inspiration, and also...any other advice you lovely people may have for a new practitioner? :) Thanks guys! PS. No rude comments towards the Wiccan lifestyle will be tolerated. Please answer my question with respect or please leave. I don't care if you think I'm a Satanist, going to hell or a joke. I know what's best for myself. Also, does the name have to be an name of something sacred or already established? Can't I make up my own? I know too many Silvers and Sparrows and Lilliths and stuff...aren't those so impersonal? Nice names, but nonetheless, I think some people pick their spiritual names just because they sound "Wiccan".
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Charlene Charlene | 3 days ago
There's no real way to pick your Hidden Name. First you have to decide what you believe: do you believe that this is the name you were born with, as some do, and you simply must discover it, or do you believe that you should simply pick a name that calls to you? I personally subscribe to the latter view, but either way is good. If you believe in the former, or even if you believe the latter, there are rituals you can write and perform to reveal your name in dreams. There are some rituals that have been rewritten, but for something this intensely personal, I'd recommend writing your own. If you are any good at scrying, you can always try that, though it's not guaranteed to work. Or you could do what I did, and just pick a name. My name, funnily enough, started out as my nickname on a couple internet chat sites. I have always felt an affinity with the Lady Nimue, and I took that name as my own, appending it with something from J.R.R. Tolkien's Quenya language. Perhaps that's a little silly, but it worked for me. Over time, I began to recognize myself as Nimue, though I had never gone by that name in public. I also had another name, from the Norse, which I used sometimes, and I felt I could identify with either one. So I combined them both, and the name felt right, and, just like that, I'd found my Hidden Name. So, I suppose what you can glean from that long story is this: don't try and force it. Your Hidden Name should be something you feel comfortable with, that feels as right to you as your Birth Name. It doesn't necessarily have to be a Goddess name - Nimue was an English water Fae - it, doesn't even have to be a name that's remotely spiritual. Names for flowers, jewels, and even everyday common names work quite well. It can also depend on what tradition of Wicca you follow. Some people who follow an Egyptian Pagan faith have taken Egyptian names, same goes for Celtic, Norse, and all other Pagan religions. It doesn't have to come through some mythic ceremony. A name found through conventional means that feels right to you is a thousand times better than some fancy name that you assume just because you feel you HAVE to have a Hidden Name. Some people don't even have a Hidden Name, or never use it if they do. It's all up to you.
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Charlene Originally Answered: How do you become a wiccan?
You have a long way to go before you can become Wicca, first of all you need to study a lot, Wicca is oath-bound so without a teacher you will not be able to learn everything about Wicca, however you will be able to learn a lot about Wicca and information you will need when you become Wicca – for example Golden Dawn, herb lore, meditation, and Paganism. There is a lot of misinformation surrounding Wicca, many say this is a way to determine those serious about Wicca from those who simply wish to become Wicca for fad value, either way you need to know enough to be able to tell fact from fantasy when it comes to Wicca – remember just because someone says they are Wicca does not make it so. You need to be able to take information with a pinch of salt and keep an open mind; a lot of people will take on misinformation and simply be unwilling to step out of that comfort zone to study Wicca any further so refuse to learn what Wicca is, instead believing Wicca is as they have been misinformed, you need to avoid falling into this trap. Some reliable books; The Witches' Bible: The Complete Witches' Handbook - Janet & Stewart Farrar. The Witches' God - Janet and Stewart Farrar The Witches' Goddess - Janet and Stewart Farrar The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft - Ronald Hutton. Witchcraft Today - Gerald B. Gardner. Witchdom of the True - Edred Thorsson Wicca: the Old Religion in the New Milennium - Vivianne Crowley Advanced Wiccan Spirituality - Kevin Saunders The Elements of Ritual: Air, Fire, Water & Earth in the Wiccan Circle - Deborah Lipp What Witches Do - Stewart Farrar There are writers best avoided, however most books will have some useful information even if they do not give accurate information on Wicca, for example Cunningham is a wonderful writer, his books on herb lore are particularly good, however what he writes about is Neo-wicca passed off as Wicca, not Wicca, the same is true of many writers such as Buckland. There are far more questionable writers, for example Ravenwolf, Tatiana and Horne, who really cash-in on the Wicca fad and often give highly questionable advice and information, for example Ravenwolf is very anti-Christian, and this is not something Wicca embrace. Generally a few things to watch out for are people claiming to be 'solitary Wicca' or 'Eclectic Wicca', sites or books that contain spells, people who use the spelling 'Magick' when not involved with ceremonial magic or numerology, any web site or person who offers to teach you about Wicca for payment, anyone willing to initiate you if you are under the age of 18 years old. There are plenty of web sites, again there is a lot of misinformation but there are reliable web sites such as StarFire Rising, the best option when it comes to research online is not to do wide searches on anything unless you know particularly what information you are looking for, also join a good forum for Wicca or Pagans. Amber & Jet are the best online group to join, these are Wicca-specific so you can be sure if there is any misinformation posted on their group they will correct it, I advise you join just to look through the discussions and once you feel you are ready start to ask your own questions, because they are Wicca they can sometimes be a little blunt with people who are looking to become Wicca for fad value so you do need to be careful what you say and show you are willing to learn about what Wicca really is about. http://amberandjet.spiralpaths.org - Amber & Jet Some reliable Wicca web sites; http://www.cyprian.org/Articles/gardchro... - Gardnerian Chronology and Bibliography http://www.wargoddess.net/index.php - Enyo`s Workshop http://wicca.timerift.net/ - Wicca: For the Rest of Us http://www.homecircle.info - Homecircle http://www.starkindler.org/ - StarFire Rising http://www.asiya.org/ - Asiya`s Shadows http://www.whywiccanssuck.com - Why Wiccans Suck http://www.newwiccanchurch.net - New Wiccan Church International http://members.tripod.com/~Moonpfyr/gardnerian.html - Gardnerian Tradition I recommend you read the New Wiccan Church International's advice to Seekers, Seekers are people who are 'Seeking' a coven to join in order to become Wicca, so generally people who are wishing to become Wicca. When you are ready it is then time to find a coven, many covens keep themselves to themselves either because they are not looking for new initiates or because they get tired of people asking them to take them into their coven. Wicca do however tend to keep a foot in the door when it comes to local pagan communities so moots are good places to start, it also gives you a feel for any problems locally such as false covens. You can look on the likes of Witchvox for public circles and covens, however just because someone claims to be Wicca does not make it so – I have honestly known someone who was within a coven for many years before she found out they were not actually Wicca. You need to have the ability to tell the difference between Wicca, Neo-wicca, Pagan, Fluffy bunny and outright wrong, when you know that then usually you can find a coven far easier. Some people do find that there are no covens I their area, if that is the case for you then you need to make a decision as to whether you want to try looking elsewhere for a coven, or convert to something like Neo-wicca or go into wider Paganism. As for meditation, try looking in your local library for books specifically on meditation, most libraries have meditations and will guide you from easier to more advanced meditation techniques. Don't be scared to look at the likes of New Age or Christian meditations, some are religion-specific but most are not, or can be altered for your use and often far easier to get a hold of – bare in mind as Wicca is oath-bound chances of finding Wicca specific meditations past very basic things are slim, you may however want to look into higher forms of magic, ceremonial magic or specifically qabalah as a source of learning and finding meditation ideas as these will pop up in Wicca from their influences on the religion. You can also look online, of course there will be web sites that are pure nonsense, but I'm sure you will find meditation ideas that will suit you and your level of meditation.

Ariadne Ariadne
As I understand it, the various gods and goddesses in the many pantheons of religions throughout history are considered to be different interpretations or iterations of the same God and Goddess, so when you choose a God and Goddess for yourself, you're simply picking the interpretation that resonates best for you -- that is, it's less that you're praying to Athena or Freya or Isis specifically, but to the Goddess in the form of Athena or Freya or Isis.
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Zalmon Zalmon
well, i am not Wiccan but i think only you will be able to find the right name!!! just like the other people before me, i think mediation is a great way to clear your mind and it may just come to you! surround yourself with nature on a glorious day, and just breath!! it will come to you!! good luck on your new journey and I hope you find happiness!
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Sib Sib
Meditate on it. That's the main way I came to mine (which is the name I go by on here). All it needs to be is something that feels right to you. Just relax and don't rush it. It will come to you at the right time. Blessed be )o(
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Odran Odran
Be aware of your dreams, I received mine from Native Americans in a dream. Meditate on it, I'm sure it'll come to you. Blessed be!
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Odran Originally Answered: Young wiccan?
Merry Meet, If you are interested about learning Wicca and/or Witchcraft here are a few legitimate sources to glean knowledge from. One being Witchvox at http://www.witchvox.com/. Here you will gain knowledge through fellowship with other of like mind and knowledge through the countless articles posted. If this is not enough one could look into getting online training through the Sacred Mists at http://www.workingwitches.com/wicca/cour... or OZ Wicca at http://www.ozwicca.com/ , both are pretty decent for learning the Craft on the Web. Also if you are close enough to a group that specializes in education and development like the SCWF try and join them even if it’s on a limited capacity. Ultimately, study, study and then study some more. Find all you can and definitely cross reference whenever possible, this way you can get the best out of all you learn. I also suggest that you get your hands on Wicca for Beginners by Thea Sabin and/or The Circle Within by Dianne Sylvan. Both of these books are very good reading and both will give you some deeper insight to the Craft and how it relates to you. Also you cannot go wrong with anything by Scott Cunningham. Since you are a teen, I suggest Teen Witch by Silver Ravenwolf and Elements of Witchcraft: Natural Magick for Teens by Ellen Dugan. They are not completly accurate, but they will help you out. Blessed Be Nyjh

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