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Roman Goddess whos Greek equivalent is Hecate, triple phase and guardian of the crossroads and graveyardsEleven challenging and interesting questions to test your Witchcraft knowledge. Some obscure trivia and some common sense mixed together to make an entertaining, quick quiz.

The answer to each question is written in white directly after the question sentence. Use your mouse to highlight the white text so you can read the answers, or scroll to the bottom and click "Next" for the answer key page.

1. The majority of Mandrake root (mandragora) sold in herb stores and occult supply shops in the United States is not true Mandrake but is actually:

    • A) Passion Flower (Passiflora)
    • B) May Apple (Podophyllum)
    • C) Ginseng (Panax) 1. B May Apple- also known as "American Mandrake" this botanical has different magickal and physical properties than true mandrake (mandragora o.) The "American Mandrake" does not have the shammanic and magickal history of use but is rather considered a +purgative, +emetic or +vermifuge medicinally. Words marked with a + are defined in the site glossary.

2. True or False: For scrying purposes, very early Witches or seers would most often use either a crystal ball or a mirror for scrying. 2. False- Crystal spheres and mirrors were rare and prohibitively expensive for the average village 'Witch'. They would also have been certain evidence to convict a suspect of Witchcraft. The most popular tools were bowls filled with water, colored bottles filled with water, or hollow glass fishing floats.
3. An Esbat is...

    • A) a regular meeting of a coven of Witches
    • B) A celebration of the Full Moon
    • C) A term used by Margaret Murray
    • D) All of the above3. D. All of the above

4. The best method of discovering whether someone you just met is a Witch is to:

    • A) Try to discretely collect a strand of their hair from their clothing. When you get home, pour some warm water in a bowl, add a pinch of salt. Place the strand of hair in the bowl. If it floats, the person is not a Witch, if it sinks, the person is a Witch.
    • B) Say the Lord's Prayer and if the person seems to be in pain, the person is a Witch.
    • C) Look for jewelry with significant symbolism, drop a few very subtle hints in your conversation and if they seem to be responding to them, become more obvious as you are comfortable. Finally, just ask if you must. 4. C) Of course!

5. Ogma is:

    • A) A Celtic God.
    • B) A Hindu word meaning dogma.
    • C) A Druidic system of Runes. 5. A) Ogma is a Celtic God. Ogham is a Druidic system of Runes.

6. The most powerful spells are those that are:

    • A) Found in ancient grimoires and magickal texts and followed exactly as dictated.
    • B) Designed by or adapted by the individual practitioner or coven.
    • C) Taken directly from quality modern spell books and writings. 6. B) The most powerful spells are designed by or adapted by the individual practitioner or coven. In this way they are tailored to specific needs and are connected to the Witches' energy. Ancient and modern grimoires can be wonderful resources and will provide excellent examples to use as a spring board to your own ideas. They can also sometimes provide the energy of 'collective memory'. In other words, when a spell is repeated by many people over a long period of time, it becomes a type of 'doorway' to a particular energy pocket. Tapping into this energy by repeating a spell found in books can assist newcomers who are not adept at raising power, but it can also be dangerous. These energy pockets are rarely as effective as a Witch's own personal energy and if a Witch cannot raise enough energy to do a spell, they certainly cannot direct energy pockets they may tap into by using another person's spell design.

7. Hugin & Munin are:

    • A) Raven companions of Odin.
    • B) Female & Male magickal practitioners in Santeria or Vodun.
    • C) Druidic words meaning night and day. 7. Hugin & Munin are raven companions of Odin. Hugin is thought, Munin is memory.

8. What is the minimum number of Witches needed to cast a true magick circle?

    • A) 13
    • B) 4, one for each element
    • C) 3, representing the Triple Goddess
    • D) 1 8. D. A single Witch can cast a circle.

9. True or False: Traditionally, Witches never used drugs. 9. False- Flying ointments, medicines and other Shammanic types of drugs were used.

10. Which color of candle is most appropriate for a prosperity spell?

A) Red

D) Green

G) Black

B) Orange

E) Blue

H) Silver

C) Yellow

F) Violet /Purple

I) Gold

10. All are correct! The feelings, energies, and associations you derive from a color is of primary (pun intended) importance. Some colors may have a tradition of use because they are associated by many people with specific energies, however the most important association is with you!

11. All forms of Witchcraft were legal and accepted under ancient Roman law: True or False 11. False: "Black" magick or sorcery that associated with harm or death was illegal, however "White" magick or sorcery was tolerated.


 A Fun Witchy Quiz - Answer Key

1. B May Apple- also known as "American Mandrake" this botanical has different magickal and physical properties than true mandrake (mandragora o.) The "American Mandrake" does not have the shamanic and magickal history of use but is rather considered a +purgative, +emetic or vermifuge medicinally. Words marked with a + are defined in the site glossary.

2. False- Crystal spheres and mirrors were rare and prohibitively expensive for the average village 'Witch'. They would also have been certain evidence to convict a suspect of Witchcraft. The most popular tools were bowls filled with water, colored bottles filled with water, or hollow glass fishing floats.

3. D All of the above

4. C Of course!

5. A Ogma is a Celtic God. Ogham is a Druidic system of Runes.

6. B The most powerful spells are designed by or adapted by the individual practitioner or coven. In this way they are tailored to specific needs and are connected to the Witches' energy. Ancient and modern grimoires can be wonderful resources and will provide excellent examples to use as a spring board to your own ideas. They can also sometimes provide the energy of 'collective memory'. In other words, when a spell is repeated by many people over a long period of time, it becomes a type of 'doorway' to a particular energy pocket. Tapping into this energy by repeating a spell found in books can assist newcomers who are not adept at raising power, but it can also be dangerous. These energy pockets are rarely as effective as a Witch's own personal energy and if a Witch cannot raise enough energy to do a spell, they certainly cannot direct energy pockets they may tap into by using another person's spell design.

7. Hugin & Munin are raven companions of Odin. Hugin is thought, Munin is memory.

8. D A single Witch can cast a circle.

9. False: Flying ointments, medicines and other Shammanic types of drugs were used.

10. All are correct! The feelings, energies, and associations you derive from a color is of primary (pun intended) importance. Some colors may have a tradition of use because they are associated by many people with specific energies, however the most important association is with you!

11. False: "Black" magick or sorcery that associated with harm or death was illegal, however "White" magick or sorcery was tolerated.

Award-winning book by Monica FurlongThere are some wonderful books that Pagans, Witches and Wiccans may be quite interested in, but because they are fiction they are frequently overlooked.  As part of your studies, it is important to develop your visualization skills and imagination.  A simple and fun tool for this is fiction books.  Even if your reading time is spent on non-fiction, or you simply don't have much free time, most of the books in this list are available in paper, Nook®, Kindle® and audio formats.

Most books are available unabridged in audio books, and I've found that listening to them while on long car rides is a great way to flex the imagery muscles of the mind.  Often on such trips with my partner, we end up discussing a magickal theory or idea instead of listening to the book and have to rewind to pick up where we left off.

It is no news that an mp3 player is a great tool for personal listening.  For travel, an mp3 player that plugs into your car stereo, or into an FM transmitter that can be picked up on your car radio, is a great tool for listening to audio books if you do not have the CDs (such as an inexpensive Amazon download) or your vehicle does not have a CD player.

The first book in the Dresden Files series by James ButcherDresden Files by James Butcher

Probably the best audio series I've heard in recent years, with many accurate magickal theories along with some excellent points for debate and exploration.  I first became aware of the series due to its short lived television series.  The show was good, but there are so many facets in each story it could not be conveyed within a reasonable studio budget (imho).  In audio format, most of these are read by the master of narration, James Marsters, and are unabridged.  Over fifteen books in the series so far and even with my short attention span I haven't lost interest and fascination yet!  Some of the books are fantastic, others are just excellent!

Wise Child by Monica Furlong

I don't know how to describe this book, but it is a must-read for my personal students.  It is a quick and fun read, being classified in junior fiction.  It describes a potential paradigm where wise folks grow and live, and is probably closer to true magick and natural Witchcraft teachings than all the Western Occultism books around.  Simple and powerful, this award winning book came out long before Harry Potter.  If you are like me and love this book, you'll want more!  Furlong wrote two more books related to Wise Child in a semi-series entitled Juniper and Colman. Picture of the cover of this book is at the top of the page.

Clearly influenced by modern Witchcraft practitioners this is a great fiction book for PagansCat Magic by Jonathan Barry & Whitley Strieber

This title was clearly influenced by practicing Witches.  The title can also be found as Catmagic (one word).  The book was first published in 1986 with a note from Strieber regarding Johathan Barry being a practicing Witch, but in the 1987 paperback edition he admits that his co-author was in fact his alter ego, and a pen name.  This has been highly criticized by people who do not understand that when you come out of the broom closet, your books don't sell.

Now I'm not saying that Strieber is a Witch or even a Pagan, just that it is quite clear from reading this book that it was highly influenced by true Witchcraft, particularly of the British Traditional, Gardnerian and Alexandrian traditions.  It is a wonderful read and great jumping board for exploration, debate and discussion.  Strieber later moved on to other subject such as in his popular book, Communion, and I haven't found further serious Pagan or Witchcraft influences in his later works.

An excellent independent book by Christopher L. HannahA Walk in the Garden by Christopher L Hannah

A quick read that you'll want to read again, and a simple yet profound story of a boy discovering right from wrong with a classic hero/quest fantasy format that is rarely done well.  Clear Pagan overtones (imho).  I found a signed copy of this treasure when I lived in Northern California around 1996, and couldn't believe the insights and beauty it conveyed.  At the time it was difficult to obtain a copy and the author, Christopher L. Hannah, wrote the following note to the Members of PaganPath:

"Although you might be able to order this book from your local bookstore, I believe it is out of distribution. Tafford is a small press, and without promotion the books don't stay in the warehouses long. You can order one from Phil Gurlik at Tafford Publishing, or send me $14.00 and I would be _delighted_ (read that -- "Tickled Pink") to sign one for you. Just let me know who it is for and the date or occasion if you would like.  Christopher L. Hannah • 159A 9th St NE • East Wenatchee, WA 98802 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  •  Blessed Be! -- ch"

As of 2013-2014, this book is much more readily available and a search at Amazon or half.com will result in several books with low used prices. Publisher: Tafford Pub; 1st edition, June 1996 • ISBN-10: 0962371297 • ISBN-13: 978-0962371295

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Great for visualization developments as well as topics of discussion, exploration and debate.  You probably know about this series, so enough said.

Recommendation from PaganPath Members:

From zanna:

"Just read the article on Pagan Fiction.  I'd love to recommend another, actually a series.  The author is S.M. Stirling and it used to be called The Change Series (now Emberverse Series).  The first book is Dies the Fire. I've actually never "read" any of them, but have listened via Audible.com (great narrator and brings the stories to life wonderfully).  Book 10 was just released so I'll be downloading it soon."

References & Resources:

Pan of the Forest?

Before the internet was around, the author of PaganPath.com published a newsletter in the 1980's and into around 1990 entitled Cognizance & Free Thought (C&FT).

This weird attempt at humour and poetry first appeared in the newsletter.

Ten Psychic Exercises To Lift Your Spirits

Although I cannot guarantee that these Ten "Psychic" or "Spiritual" Exercises To Lift Your Spirits are funny, they are at least original.

  1. Light a candle on your roomie's, friend's, or relative's forehead while they are sleeping. See how long it takes for them to wake up. This will tell you how long you will live.
  2. Tell your future by interpreting the patterns in popcorn, beer cans and cigarette butts left on the floor after your last party. It is a lot like reading tea leaves.
  3. Choose an outfit for the day using a divining rod.
  4. Determine what your friends have done during the day by smelling their odor eaters.
  5. Go outside skyclad, come in and interpret the patterns in your goose bumps. It is a lot like reading tea leaves.
  6. Tape music videos, play them backwards on your VCR and try to find subliminal images and rock stars that take on Satanic appearances.
  7. Interpret forms in your sculptured carpet. It is a lot like reading tea leaves.
  8. At breakfast, eat all but a few bits of cereal, then stir it vigorously and interpret the resulting designs. (I actually did this one!) It is a lot like reading tea leaves.
  9. Develop a 'tarot' style deck using subscription card inserts from magazines.
  10. Lay on the floor under a table in a restaurant and interpret the designs and patterns in the gum wads. It is a lot like reading tea leaves!
Before the internet was around, the author of PaganPath.com published a newsletter in the 1980's and into around 1990 entitled "Cognizance & Free Thought".  This weird humour first appeared in the newsletter.
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