July 10, 2010 at 3:41 am #11162::
I have no money so I cannot afford any of this stuff. I didn’t know if anyone knew any site that gives away free wiccan supplies like books, equipment, clothes, jewelry, etc. Or do I have to purchase them? Also Is there a way to get a free wiccan bible mailed to me or do I have to find a free wiccan bible download?
July 10, 2010 at 4:06 am #381713::
There is no such thing as a Wiccan Bible.
Why would people just give you stuff for free? If you feel items are that important, get a job and buy them, or spend some time and make them.
Alternatively, learn something of Wicca and figure out that you don’t NEED anything.
Pretty much any Wiccan download is going to be illegal. People write books to make money. Those works are copyrighted.July 10, 2010 at 5:03 am #381691::
There is no real Wiccan bible. So no you can’t…
You don’t need tools to practice. Those are props. The only tool you need is yourself. Also simple tools can be made from everyday items around the house, if you feel you must have them – a kitchen knife for an athame, a tree branch for a wand, a pine cone as your God symbol, a shell for the Goddess – Use your imagination. If you don’t have money for books, you can always try the library. But you can find just as much good info online.July 10, 2010 at 5:05 am #381689July 10, 2010 at 5:34 am #381677::
First of all, there isn’t really a “Wiccan Bible.” Well, scratch that, there is a book titled “A Wiccan Bible” by the Farrars but it’s not a key resource for most Wiccans… it’s just the experiences and teachings of one group and doesn’t reflect a majority of modern Wicca.
And no. You have to buy it if you want a bookshelf-quality copy. Wiccans aren’t like the Gideons. They don’t go around trying to convert folks.
Secondly, you don’t need “supplies” to practice Wicca. It’s a religion, not a hobby. You don’t need supplies and equipment to be Wiccan or learn Wicca.
You probably do need some kind of teacher or book. You might find teacher on http://www.witchvox.com. The best book for someone without a teacher to learn about Wicca is “Wicca, a Guide for the Solitary Practitioner” by Scott Cunningham. Again, if you want a bookshelf-quality version of that, you’ll have to buy it. You can find very cheap copies of some books like the ones by Farrar or Cunningham by searching online. You can find some books for pennies or dollars.
As far as other supplies goes, usually no one gives away free clothes and jewelry. In fact, when it comes to Wiccan practice, clothing is quite optional!
Not sure what other equipment you think you need. If you do decide that you need tools, you can probably find suitable implements in your home already. Also, you could find them out on a nature-hike for free or make them yourself by using stuff you already have.
If all else fails and you simply MUST have some shmancy-dancy athame or cauldron for some reason, haunt sites like Freecycle.com or Craigslist and keep your eyes peeled for something that will work for you.
-ScarletJuly 10, 2010 at 6:26 am #381659July 10, 2010 at 7:20 am #381642::
There is no Wiccan Bible.
You don’t need to buy tools or jewelry to begin practicing Wicca.
If you want to collect them, you don’t need money. A cup from the cupboard. A small ashtray for incense. A stick for a wand… you want to get fancy, make your own stuff or buy things from garage sales.
While lots of vendors and craftsmen sell their wares, there is no religious mandate that says you have to buy them.
Wiccans don’t seek converts… we don’t raise money to try and “spread the word” by offering free stuff.
If you want books, try the library (inter-library loans as well), or used book stores.July 10, 2010 at 7:53 am #381635::
Do you live near a library? If you have no money then that’s all you’ve got at your disposal. As long as you live in an open-minded area, your local library will probably have some of the most common books on Wicca. If not, you can always go to the book list here: http://wicca.timerift.net and use your library’s request-a-title resources to have them order some of them in. Wicca is about learning and most Wiccans agree that learning should be free (or not cost anything more than a small amount to cover a rental space). Other than that you’ll have to get a job and buy your books like the rest of us (most recent publications are copyrighted and, as such, you can’t just download them). Of all of these books, none of them is a Wiccan Bible. We don’t have one of those. You might come across some books with the title containing the word bible, but they’re using that in a light, kidding way much the same as one of the girls from Sex in the City might say that Cosmo (magazine) is their bible.
The internet is basically useless aside from a few good, rational sites that take a serious look at the basics like http://www.cuew.org/ (a specific branch of Wicca, not a generalisation) and http://wicca.timerift.net. These sites will not tell you how to practise, nor do they go into much detail, so you’ll still need to use books.
Equipment is not necessary. Your altar can be a shoebox with some tealights, as long as your heart is in the right place. Ornate tools and statues are pointless if you don’t know why you’re using them so leave those until you’ve got a solid understanding of your faith and the theory of the rituals that are included in that faith.
There is no such thing as Wiccan clothing. I once saw a cute shirt at a local new age shop that said “I weigh the same as a duck!” but that suggests that you are a witch, or a Monty Python fan, not a Wiccan. If you’re thinking black, voluminous clothing, you’re thinking Mediaeval or Renaissance Goth – not Wiccan. You can’t get clothes for free unless you are the recipient of some sort of organised charity and really in need. Also, what constitutes Wiccan jewellery is sort of subjective. If a pentacle charm on a necklace has religious significance for you, then that is a Wiccan necklace. If you just like stars, not so much. Just like clothes, you can’t get that sort of thing for free.
You can be a Wiccan on a budget (or with no money at all), you just have to be smart and resourceful about it. Nothing is free in this world and that is especially true of superfluous trinkets. My advice would be to hit up your local library, go on a nature walk to gather some things to put on your altar and read, read, read before you go picking up elaborate knives and statuettes without knowing their significance. If you already have a job or allowance, then start prioritising and budgeting your finances and putting aside some money each month for a new book.July 10, 2010 at 8:06 am #381629August 10, 2010 at 11:35 pm #361366January 4, 2011 at 2:11 am #293772January 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm #276470January 31, 2011 at 9:19 am #276157::
Do a Google search for Gardnerian Book of Shadows PDF or Alexandrian Book of Shadows PDF and you will find a pdf file of these respective books that you can then save to your hard drive. If you are a solitary male, I recommend trying to locate the book When I See the Wild God, by Ly De Angeles. I was able to find it through my local library system, and it helped me immensely. I suggest reading as many books as you can find on the subject, as Wicca is not a “standardized” religion, and every coven has it’s own practices. For instance, I personally don’t recommend the writings of Raven Silverwolf, as I found her teachings to be somewhat “hokey”. But of course this is a personal opinion and as such must be taken with a grain of salt. I am sure there are plenty of Wiccans out there who revere the works of Silver Ravenwolf. As for implements, I don’t feel that they are necessary. My most potent rituals have been those performed on the fly whilst on a hike or camping trip without any of the ritual paraphernalia that I keep in my nemed at home.April 18, 2011 at 6:44 am #264424::
i think people are being very rude he this is not what wica is about the soul purposes of wica is to improve your way of life and to help others if they so desier. what many of you people have done here is demine this child we were all beginers once and probly asked these same questions unless born into the practice so i say to this child follow the instructions in previous replys but ignor the negitive attitudeds and there is free wican suplies everywhere you just need to look around prefeably not on the internet i say this from experianceMay 13, 2011 at 6:14 pm #262725::
Sadly, there’s no such thing as getting things free. Only from nature do you get things free. But it’s okay. You can download PDF books on Wicca, you can research how to make your own tools, such as Goddess Prayer Beads.
Not many libraries will have wiccan books. So the internet is the best bet.
The cool thing about Wicca is you can make your own stuff. By doing this, your energy goes into the object and makes it more personal. You can make your own spells, youw own tarot cards, God and Goddess statues out of clay, etc. Wicca is like an individual thing. If it’s your own, it’s more magical. Like spells, for example. If you make your own spells, they usually work better. (And of course, if the spells you cast don’t work, don’t worry. It takes time to discover yourself and your full potential)
If you’re a beginner, I suggest you Google the Wiccan creation myth as well as Wicca’s general beliefs. I’ve been a wiccan for a few years and every day I’ll learning something new.
FYI, I’m glad you asked. People shouldn’t be so unsure about asking questions. And I’m sorry you had some harsh replies.
Blessed BeMay 22, 2011 at 5:49 am #262656::
What most of you have done here is wrong . I cannot believe how mean some of you have been. If i were new to the Craft and had asked this publicly and gotten these responses i would not have accepted this religion easily. So the person doesnt know anything about Wicca yet They asked wich is the first step. Dear do not be demoralized its ok to be honest i thought this very same question myself. As others have said Search pdfs online Silver Ravenwolf and Scott Cunningham are to very good authors for beginnersMay 30, 2011 at 7:25 am #262593::
I do not know why people are so rude to others. I’m 16. And just starting out. Like others have said. You don’t need stuff to he Wiccan. Just a general knowledge of what you are gettIng into. Life is like a flower
It’s your decision as to how you grow and flourish.
Although I wouldn’t mind trying to find someone that can be q mentor to me as I continue this path.
Be happy and not negative You will come across your right path when the energy or everything permits so.June 27, 2011 at 9:00 pm #262393::
I agree with Shadow….As someone who lives by Wicca, I’m kind of shocked and a little disappointed in most of the responses back to her. There is no reason to jump her like that. All you needed to say was that the Library works wonders, give her the Authors & Titles(Cunningham, Buckland, and my all time favorite and one I feel that all should have..”To Ride a Silver Broomstick”~Silver RavenWolf)of the ones that are most accredited, and maybe offer her some kind words and well wishes. I guess some of you think that you’re better than her because you’re more educated on the subject than her. What happened to all the Harmony & Peace?
Blessed Be…:0)June 28, 2011 at 10:39 am #262390June 28, 2011 at 10:42 am #262389::
I found this page very helpful in a lot of ways. I think it’s a good idea not to need supplies, but to use everyday house hol objects to make your tools. I live in an opened minded area, but some people still just don’t understand Wicca at all. There is one thing that keeps coming to me over and over again. Well it’s not so much a thing, but a person. What do you do about sometjing like that. Do you respond to it or Do you just let it go until you are ready to deal with it.August 12, 2011 at 4:00 pm #262219::
Hey night wind, first of dude, you dont know if this girl has a disablitly or not, so dont ever tell someone they need a job! have you looked at the circumstances americans are going thru?? evidently not, considering anywhere you go jobs are scarce, and americans are forced to live off welfare cuz of this, and iffen you are wiccan, you wouldnt be judging others about there lack of being without… so reallly in all reality, if your name aint Obama and you can fix america and the economy, you dont have room to be telling her anything like that!! thats rude and you are just like any other american with a job, think you are better and those less fortunate then you are scum! grow up and change your ways or you are your own biggot of the religion and have no right to judge anyone or anything when you are Wiccan?? last time i read a book if you are wiccan you dont act like others are scum!
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