Healing Gaia: Wicca
Topic: A predominantly Western, new religious movement of Neo-Paganism formed in the 1950s centered on aspects of witchcraft and nature worship, using cosmic and psychic energies, magic, spells and rituals with focused intention to bring about positive desired changes.
Intention: To use the best practices of Wicca in a Gaianic healing session.
Framework: To bring the rituals, spells and ceremonies of Wicca into a Gaianic healing session to enhance the outcomes.
Focus: To intuitively sense the best energy of Wicca for use in a Gaianic healing session.
Healing Tools: Awareness, candles, ceremonies, cosmic energy, covens, creative visualization, dreams, Gods and Goddesses, Halloween/Samhain, herbs, incantations, intuition, magic, nature and nature spells, occult, oils, paganism, Pagan Federation, psychic energy, rituals, sacred sites, spells, spirituality, stones, summer solstice, vernal equinox.
Suggested Readings: The Meaning of Witchcraft by Gerald Brosseau Gardner, Wicca by Scott Cunningham, Modern Wicca by Michael Howard.
Wicca is relatively new to the scene, finding its place as a new religious named movement in the 1950s. It is associated with ancient witchcraft, but found its origins in the healing arts, the occult and magic of southeast Asia. It was brought to the western world in the 1940s by a British civil servant, Gerald Brosseau Gardner upon his return after many years of service there, primarily in Sri Lanka, Singapore, British Malaya and Borneo, where he spent considerable time with indigenous tribes. He was fascinated by their approach to the healing arts, association to the energies of the earth and communication with the spirits through the use of spells and magic. Once home again, he became involved with the occult community in Great Britain, and started his Wiccan movement, called Gardnerian Wicca, focusing on a reverence for nature, practice of magic and worship of a female deity referred to simply as the Goddess. Unlike some aspects of witchcraft, Gardner excluded any aspects that were perceived to be associated with Satanism or casting spells on people to cause harm. It is worth noting that magic as referred to in Wicca is not the sleight-of-hand card and parlor tricks, but rather the use of spells using creative visualization, intention, focus, cosmic forces, psychic energy, spirits, prayer and the Universal Life Force Energy to bring about desired changes and positive outcomes. These are often folded into and added to ceremonies, spells, incantations, herbs and various other tools giving rise to the visual image of the witch and the caldron. Most practitioners of Wicca consider themselves witches and practice some aspect of witchcraft, but not all witches associate themselves with Wicca or would call themselves Wiccans.
The original Gardnerian Wicca movement has branched out and now has offshoots that include Alexandrian Wicca, Algard Wicca, Georgian Wicca, Druidic Wicca, Seax Wicca and Eclectic Wicca. There is no world-wide central authority figure and the core set of beliefs, rules and rituals are varied, save for a common theme of the use of magic. It is estimated that there are up to 1.5 million practicing Wiccans in the United States.
The references to the Goddess are associated with the spirit of the Earth Mother, making Wicca ideal for use in Gaianic healing sessions.
If you are already involved in the Wiccan community, look for ways to use the best practices of Wicca to create a Gaianic healing session. If you are new to Wicca, study and read up on it and consider finding a group or coven to see if this calls out to you.
Attend some Wiccan ceremonies. Pay attention to the change of seasons and lunar cycles and hold your Gaianic healing session during them for enhanced outcomes.
Create and un-create your own Sacred Circle to accommodate the number of participants. Nature plays a pivotal role in a ceremony and the Circle, but the Circle can be anywhere. Follow your intuition. It is always about your intention.
Join a coven, find a mentor and help heal Gaia.