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Secret societies, underground witch-cult, hidden worship of pagan deities, clandestine initiations, ritual sex, skyclad covens, dark-magick, mystery religion, OCCULT – are these what you have been hearing all this while whenever you tried researching witchcraft and even Wicca?

Is witchcraft something that is learnt only through initiation in a coven?

Is the witch-power transferred only through either blood-lineage or coven-initiation?

Is Wicca a kind of occult ceremonialism?

Do you have to go through some secret ceremony to ‘become’ a witch?

Is Wicca just another word for the witch-cult?

These were questions that I have dealt with in my books but I still see a lot of darkness and ignorance being spread by certain ‘Wiccan’ traditions (also termed ‘fundamentalist’ Wiccans) who keep promoting Wicca as a secret, mystery cult that requires certain specific lineages and initiations by those who claim to have those lineages.

In the past people had several misconceptions regarding witchcraft and Wicca. These were owing to the fact that there was no open practice of paganism, witchcraft and magick in the western world not so long ago. The western world had been quite totally Christianised and any kind of belief that was not part of the widely approved Christian teachings would be classified as witchcraft and paganism and connected falsely to satan or devil worship. The only reason this was done was to establish a superiority of Christianity over any other faith, especially older faiths. The west, just like the east, had ancient pagan faiths such as the Celtic, Norse, Greek, Roman and other beliefs, deities, magical practices and folk-magic of the old-times. However these ancient faiths were so majorly suppressed and people so heavily converted that there remained hardly any who have a direct awareness of their ancient pagan ancestry.

Then came a host of secret societies who attempted to revive the ancient mysteries. These were perhaps inspired by travels of these occultists to the magickal eastern world that was still consisting of ancient pagan faiths and had not yet succumbed to conversions. Most of the occult practitioners of the west has some or the other inspiration from the eastern mystics for magic and paganism has been in a constant flow in eastern countries unlike the broken cords of the western paganism. At the same time in trying to somehow assemble the pieces of the pagan puzzle together, western occultists dabbled in various sources…  Egyptian, Greek, Mesopotamian, Arthurian, Hindu, Jewish and many more mystical ideas all intermixed with the prevalent Christian views. Their fear of being exposed while they formulated and crafted their ceremonial cults led to the creation of obscure, underground movements that spread in esoteric circles into which entry was barred to but a few, especially in the inner circles.

Witchcraft is different. Witchcraft is nothing but the crafting our our life with spiritual wisdom. It can be as simple as basic folk magic practiced all over the world and not just the west. Its existed for centuries of human history much before such secret cults were formed in the west. Witchcraft is also be the timeless practice of spiritual realisation and higher mind-power such as practiced by meditators and preached by self-help gurus of today. There have been witches and wizards, shamans and druids, babas and yogis all over the world who have had magical powers since ancient times. These magical powers were not always passed genetially through the bloodline, neither were they conveyed through any special ceremonies in covens. Initiations if any were presented to students by teachers as a transfer of blessing of the master, whether in group or individualy, but in no way was initiation the only way of ‘becoming’ a witch or magical practioner. One could gain the power on one’s own through inner work. In many cases one’s self discovery was a part of several lifetimes of inner work carried forward from past to present and future lifetimes and soul’s often remembered their previous learnings and awakened their powers with or without any formal lessons or initiations conveyed externally. This is true today as well, and will always be.

Wicca is an evolving and growing faith or religion which is spiritually open minded and based on the Wiccan Rede or guidance of harming none. It may involve witchcraft especially as Wiccan traditions have temples where trained healers help people through counseling and healing spells, rituals or therapies. Wiccan healers are highly studied in various healing modalities and therefore called witches. But not all Wiccans choose to become professional healers or witches. It is completely possible for you to accept Wicca merely as a faith by aligning with its philosophy without getting too deep into the witchcraft part of it.

Some people who are stuck in the secret-society times and cling on to their deeply ingrained versions of the history and origins of Wicca, imagine that one has to be ‘properly’ initiated in a coven to become a witch, to belong to a hereditary or initiatory lineage by a specific British person who claimed to have such a lineage from some obsure source. Their insistence that such and such lineage is the be all and end of of witchcraft, and that British witchcraft or traditional witchcraft or the ‘craft’ is how Wicca began and will therefore will have to end is being totally ignored today.

People now realise that most of the covens that practice such ‘traditional’ witchcraft are not practicing the original witchcraft of really ancient origin, but something that was put together or assembled from various sources by British occultists. These occultists were  indeed inspired by Margaret Murray’s witch cult hypothesis claiming that witchcraft is a religion of the horned god and moon goddess, carried out in secrecy in the western world through covens. Occultists who claimed to be initiates of such covens attempted an amalgamation of pagan mythologies with ceremonial magic which was in vogue then, and created their book of shadows full of rituals that were a mix-and match of several things. Many of these occultists were also perhaps high on substance abuse and indulged in a few ‘demonic’ practices to come up with rather kinky rituals involving harmful kinds of magical spells, sexual orgies, whipping initiates on the bottom, spewing ritual curses against those who angered them, offering animal sacrifices, harmful use of vodou dolls and secret skyclad or naked gatherings under the full moon. In the eastern world of magic too, there have been plenty of negative practitioners who focused on the left-hand path including harmful aghora to create fear of their power, sexual tantra to control women, rituals to curse and harm others and manipulative vashikarans that are equally abhorable. Practitioners of both eastern and western occultism who induldged in harmful rituals did not have especially pleasant, peaceful or happy lives of course, and had distrubed families, physical and mental health problems and complicated relationship or sexual lives as well as financial and legal difficulties to handle all the time. They clinged on to their covens and expanded their following to satisfy their shallow egos and to add something ‘special’ to their inner void. Some even took some sort of unusual prominence and a weird kind of respect in the world in which they would otherwise not be accepted very well if not for their interest value. Now to link Wicca exclusively to those kind of western occultists and claim that the real Wicca is what these people claim to be as their version of the rebirth of the ancient religion or craft is an absolutely outdated way of thinking.

Today witchcraft is not regarded as harmful sorcery but as a magical path of wisdom which is simple and meditative, using ordinary herbs, natural stones and crystals, positive thoughts and visualisations for healing and self help.

Today most people treat Wicca as something different from witchcraft in general as a spiritual path based on ‘An Ye Harm None, Do As Ye Will’ – the Wiccan Rede that is the main guiding philosophy making it one of the most positive of all faiths.

Today Wiccan witchcraft is not a cult, and not normally consisting of secret activities practiced in closed covens, but a spirituality which is an acceptable religion for the masses to easily follow.

Today there is not usually a need to get initiated in covens through any lineages, in order to ‘become’ a Wiccan, leave alone to become a witch. Thanks to the wide spread of knowledge and open spirituality through books, internet and the numerous teachers and institutes of spirituality in the new-age wave, we have a lot of people realising their inner-witch and also choosing Wicca as a faith on their own.

Instead of secret covens of those specific lineaged traditions who claimed to be the only type of Wicca, we now have many modern traditions that are promoting a positive and open form of Wicca to the masses without trying to control or dominate the Wiccan scene by proving their ‘legitimacy’ or superiority over other traditions or ideologies.

A lot of darkness and negativity has been lifted away from the entire gamut of Wicca, witchcraft and magick.

Today these paths have much more light and love, being free of rigid notions or narrow minded secret practices, free of harmful content and gimmicks, and welcoming to one and all regardless of your faith, your lineage or the lack of it, your ancestry or ethenicity.

Today while Wiccans worship pagan deities, they also realise that all deities represent their inner powers and instead of focusing on external idolatory or entity invocations, they focus on self-awareness and inner work.

Instead of focusing on ceremonialism and ritualism based on specific chants and rote-learned motions, Wiccans in the modern world focus on energy work, meditative spellcasting, inner healing and self-transformation with the aim of being happier, more positive people.

Today Wicca is indeed transforming the world for the better through an eco-consciousness, an awakeneing of nature loving spirituality and kindness towards all on earth. Wiccans are seen openly performing earth healing rituals that are fun and relaxing, and easy to participate in. There is a lot to learn, and even children can feel safe in these modern Wiccan events and gatherings where there are enlightened and loving souls who participate joyfully without any of the obsure mumbo-jumbo to puzzle, riddle and confuse the masses.

Indeed these are good times for spiritual seekers of the new Wiccan paths, and things are only getting better each day.

I hope that you will have the discretion to choose those teachers and guides who are truly helpful in your spiritual growth and will have the wisdom to understand that all teachers are ultimately here to guide you back to your inner-self.

Blessed Be


Swati Prakash


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The full moon is Blue –  13 full moons this year and in July itself two!

It is called the Blue moon not because the moon turns blue in color literally, but because the event is rare as it happens once in 2.7 years or so.

The Goddess and the moon have been connected since eternity. The moon is a sign of our inner light that shines through the darkness of the night. The waning and waxing phases of the moon indicate the ‘maya’ process or illusion that we all get entangled in from time to time and the ups and downs that make life interesting. The full moon is a symbol of our complete realization and our full awareness of ‘who we truly are’ beyond the rise and fall of our mental tides.

The number 13 is a symbol of the lunar year which should have 13 moons ideally. No way is the number 13 unlucky. It has always been connected with the Goddess energy and this is why it was tarnished along with witchcraft, nature worship, the black cat and many other symbols that are truly harmless.

This time the Blue Moon is a Guru purnima – time to honor the Guru.

But who is the Guru?

is the guru someone or something other than you?

Who is the Goddess?

Is she a woman, a person or the Self?

Can the Goddess be our Guru?

This Full Moon is in Capricorn and its the harvest time – a celebration of our grain and corn. This festival has been called Lammas or loaf-mass as well as Lughnasad a time to honor the light or Lugh. As the Sun is opposite the moon and the Moon is illuminated fully this harvest, the God and Goddess are uniting, our consciousness rises and illuminates the darkest corners of our mind.

It is a time to thank the Goddess, nature who is providing us constantly. Feeding our endless needs in this multidimensional reality that is Self created. The Goddess or nature is everywhere, and everything as a reflection of our inner Self.

Capricorn is a practical sign and this full moon in Capricorn is a symbol of our needs fulfilled. It grounds us and brings us closer to earth as an extension of our inner self. As we reap the harvest let us remember that we reap as we sow and as we nourish. What we feeds becomes stronger. We have choices and they create our life.

Nature is the real teacher, the real guru. It is through life that we learn. The Guru is within and all our life is created from within. What better time than this to remember who we are than this time – here and now!

To me this time period is a reflection on my needs – a realization that I do not need as much as I thought I did until now. As I thank the Goddess this time, I feel her within me and I know I am the provider. I have enough and I feel full – that is full moon this time to me.

I am full, I have enough. My needs are all fulfilled.

Join me in this energy and converge.

This is the time!

There is more in my Book – The Goddess Speaks – Unlimited Healing for Everyone and Everything

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Be the light.

Blessed Be

Swati Prakash

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In India it is almost impossible to not come across a man with a long beard, giving wisdom eloquently to thousands of enchanted people. Swamis, Sadhus, Babas, Sri Sri’s, Oshos, Sadgurus,…there is no dearth of men with long beards and saintly robes preaching, teaching and guiding others spiritually. Yes, there are a few who are not usually bearded – Yogananda, Ramakrishna, even Buddha probably considered shaving to be of at least some importance in addition to meditation.

In the West there were and still are (a few) wise men or wizards, druids, shamans (from before the Pope and his team took over) symbolized by Merlin, Gandalf the Gray, or even the Hermit card of Tarot. All pointing to the higher self, respected, revered, held in awe and fascination, so much so that we call clever computer programs wizards that help us get things done so easily. Truly it has always been a compliment to be a wiz, hasn’t it?

The Hermit of Rider Waite Smith Tarot cardsThe Hermit of Rider Waite Smith Tarot cards

But where are the women? Not just the few scanty Matas and Ammas (and just why does a woman need to be a motherly figure to get some respect here) but all those numerous women who are wise and enlightened…why just a few in the limelight amidst so many men with beards? Why are they hiding under the veil of mystery just like the High Priestess – sworn to secrecy to practice in mystery covens or solitary, but not proud and open on every street and corner.

The High Priestess - Rider Waite Smith Tarot cards

The High Priestess – Rider Waite Smith Tarot cards

Perhaps they all off on their broomsticks to Discworld (of Terry Pratchett) where it is completely normal to be a witch (a wise woman). Are they all still burning at stake, trapped in the cage of the past memories left by Christian inquisitors who made the word witch such an abomination that till date people are afraid to say – Yes, I am A Witch! Confused about whether witchcraft is purely evil or somewhat evil? Worried about whether half the witches are bad ones and not sure which half? Worried that they will put up a curse on you should you refuse to keep them happy? How many people have been brainwashed by Roald Dahl’s The Witches, Hansel and Gretel and other such innocent looking fairy tales passed on over generations to impress upon young minds that a witch can be really a dreadful thing to come by.

Articles of witchcraft have been totally muddled up with all kinds of nonsense even till date – no matter how much we tell these journalists to pay attention to real facts and not fiction. References to movies and television shows such as The Craft, Bewitched, Charmed… that make a mockery of witchcraft, images of brooms and cauldrons of green slime, focus on hexing and love spells, newspaper headlines that begin with the word Devil, features that focus on myths and burning times as if the Christian views of witches are the most important thing about witchcraft, stories that almost always present counter-views by some ill informed rationalist or ‘expert’ who has no idea what witchcraft truly is with focus on how women are hunted and killed on accusations of ‘witchcraft’ when the fact is that it is merely a wrong or inappropriate use of the word witchcraft which as NOTHING to do with those ‘accusations of cursing’, and right on top Halloween cartoons designed to mock at witches used to embellish the story and make it more colourful (Phew! but I am not going to shorten this sentence)….truly journalists can do much better than all this.

Yes, I would love to see more real witches and real witchcraft featured in the media – stories that say the truth, not some conditioned misconceptions but the real truth – that witches are nothing but the wise people who practice folk medicine, give intuitive or spiritual advise and were generally respected long before the meaning of the word witch was distorted to wicked from wit or wisdom which is and will always be what witches are all about. Why else are there so many places and plants, as well as people with the words such as wych, wich or witch in their names all over the western world, if not for the fact that these words were never meant to refer to evil but only to folk or pagan magic which has been practiced all over the world as a natural way of life – you may introspect and find the answer for yourself.

So the next time you hear someone say ‘wise wizard’ and ‘wicked witches’, do give them the facts without any hesitation.

My book Yes, You Are a Witch! has more information. You can get it on kindle or as a paperback – just search on amazon.

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And….for the sake of the Goddess, do not forget, witchcraft (not necessarily religious but a spiritual practice) is not exactly the same as Wicca (a specific religion or spirituality). More about Wicca in The Global Wicca Revolution 

Happy witching!


Swati Prakash



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Just a quick announcement that my new book – The Global Wicca Revolution is now out on paperback and kindle.

You can read the preview and buy here:


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I would love to have you read and review my work

Love and blessings

Swati Prakash

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As the snow returns to water
The wheel of nature turning soon
Life keeps changing everafter
Come september, march or june
Trust me, says the Goddess softly
As you cast the witches rune
Look for signs and symbols daily
Dawn or dusk, midnight or noon
I am always there within you
Sending you another boon
From the universe inside you
Singing the eternal tune
Hear my voice and feel my power
Shining through this wishing moon
Merge with me and self empower
With your inner truth attune


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So how are you and everything
What do you feel tomorrow brings
How was your day, or previous life
And are you happy to survive
There’s much to hear and much to say
About today and yesterdays
The woes and dreams are many, yet
What we create is all we get
Blessed are the souls who are content
Who are free of worry or repent
Those who have gained their victory
Over endless triviality
To finally see everything
Merge into one eternal spring
Emerging from the holy grail
Our Self, who fashions every tale
Past, future, in the moment
The story of life makes perfect sense
Fragments of this tale we see
Unraveling through eternity
Through the illusion we call time
We create whats yours and what is mine
We divide our consciousness
To play a game of fake pretense
Multiplied and so divided
We spread through the world unguided
We filled our minds with false beliefs
To hide the truth we daily see
Until we tired and exhausted
Realise the truth is all we wanted
Replacing simplicity for confusion
To put an end to the illusion
Embracing the oneness of all
On everyone this light does fall
In an alternate reality
We are all awake in totality
Its happening right now right here
Seen through the mists of time all clear
So let’s not wait or waste our time
Awaiting for the great divine
Or for a fate or destiny
That lies within us already
And shift perception to allow
Our perfect state, eternal now

Swati Prakash

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Perhaps you were born at hhmmss time on ddmmyyyy date at xyz location. Does this mean you are an Arian, Cancerian, Capricornian…etc etc for life?
Just how important is your sunsign or moon rashi?
How about your ascendent or rising sign?
And yes, your jupiter, venus, saturn, mars, pluto, rahu, ketu, neptune, uranus, mercury….what about those zodiacs. Are the signs these other planets occupy somewhat less important in determining your personality than your sun, moon and ascendent? Probably not. People are complex after all, are they not?

So what is your zodiac? Is your personality a Taurus because its your western sunsign, or a Scorpio because its your vedic moon rashi….or should you refer to the horoscope of Gemini as its your vedic ascendent….are you all of these….or are you somewhat an Aquarius too because most of the other planets seem to be in Aquarius in your vedic chart….or should you consider your western chart too just to be on the safer side….and discover you are also a Cancer rising to an extent…..oh dear…what is actually your zodiac?

The answer is none. Yes, none of these zodiacs are you. No one zodiac can ever truly be you.

Try this, try believing you are a zodiac other than your birth sign of sun, moon, ascendent, etc….try. Really…really…really… believe it. Then read the horoscope of that zodiac regularly. Chances are….as time goes by you will program yourself to become that zodiac..and perhaps….someday……you will agree with those predictions too. Trust me.

You are what you think you are.
You are what you believe.
You become what you want.
You are unlimited.
You are every zodiac, and at the same time…
You are NOT a zodiac
At least not NOW in the PRESENT moment

Your birthchart or horoscope shows the karma you inherited from your past lives till your birth. The most important thing I teach my astrology students is simply this:
Your horoscope or birthchart has just one use…to show you your limitations …those you imposed on yourself so far through all your lifetimes… and the ways (spells and inner work or unprogramming) needed to get rid of all limitations.

Yes you were born with sun in a zodiac, moon in b, ascendent c, jupiter in d…and so on and so forth. You were born at hhmmss time and ddmmyyyy date at xyz location.
And then something wonderful happened somewhere down the line after you were born.
You grew up (i certainly hope you did)
You acquired free will (at least some of you)
You learnt how to use your mind (more or less)
And whether or not you noticed it, your mind created your life all this while. And your mind, whether or not it be limited by your past, your horoscope, your birth sign, your preconcieved notions about who you are…will create whatever you believe to be you and your life.
If you believe you are poor, you will continue to be. If you believe you are clever you will be. If you believe you are emotional you will be. Your personality and life experiences are all about those deeply ingrained beliefs you hold on to so preciously.

No matter how deep the conditioning, no matter how strong the cords of karma, you can stop being a puppet of your past. Your beliefs limited you so far. All of them. Whether good or bad, no matter how attached you are to them, they are your beliefs and not the real you. Just merely, although importantly, they are beliefs.

And if you ever wanted to toss them all out of the window…and it maybe a good idea to try doing that for once (by learning the right way of tossing them out)…..you just might be able to experience who you truly are meant to be :

Learn how to really read your horoscope, if only to figure out how to attain freedom from the same.
Be not a slave to fate.
Be a witch.
Because you really are not a zodiac.

Blessed be
Swati Prakash

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