Finding Your Magickal Name

Why People Choose A Magickal Name

Some Neo-Pagan and Wiccan traditions incorporate the practice of a person taking on a magickal name. Also called a "craft name," this is a name other than the name that was given to you by your parents when you were born. This can happen when a person is initiated into their hereditary tradition, it can happen as part of a spiritual dedication or awakening, or it can happen as part of a life change or healing event. Some people choose a new name as a way of keeping their spiritual lives private or separate from their day-to-day existence. There are even traditions where you have two magickal names: one you share with others and one you keep to yourself.

In some name changing ceremonies, a spiritual teacher will give the initiate or student their new name. Other times, a person will find their new name as a result of working with a spirit guide or totem animal, or perhaps by doing a ritual like a vision quest. People find their magickal names through all sorts of connections and forms of significance and it will vary depending on your beliefs and spiritual tradition.


Finding Your New Name

Totem Animals: Some people take on a magickal name by adopting the name of their totem animal. Go to any Pagan gathering and you'll find that names like Bear, Raven, Wolf, Hawk and Dragon aren't uncommon at all. I've also met people named Otter, Mouse, Dog, Toad and Lion.

Nature and the Cosmos: Some people take their magickal names different elements of nature and the universe. There are many names possible from plants and flowers, as well as rocks, trees, stones and the solar system. Willow, Morning Glory, Rose, Holly, Ivy, Sage, Oak and Ash are just a few plant names that are popular. I've also met Thornes, Opals, Ambers, Stars, Moons, Rivers, Trees and Meadows.

Frequently you will find names that combine an adjective and a noun, and these can be written as one word or two. Laughing Bear, FireHawk, Blue Raven, WindDancer. Some people use these written as a single word as their name, and some use their regular given first name with their new magickal name in place of their last name.

Intentions/Qualities: I'm starting to meet more people, especially younger Pagans, who have chosen their magickal names by taking on a quality or trait that they wish to embody for the time being. Honesty, Freedom, Peace, Truth, Hope, Honor, Echo, Serenity... what characteristic would you like to accentuate?

Finding a Craft Name

Exploring Before You Choose

When you take on an intentional name, the one thing most people are trying to do is pick one that really fits and suits them. How the name sounds and feels is part of the decision along with any implied meanings. It's a decision you want to get "right" and not have to change again if possible. So there are some things you can think about which are helpful for the decision-making process.

  • Meditate on colors - see if there's a specific color that has any positive affiliations for you.
  • Totem animals - meditate on the animals to which you are drawn and who possess qualities you wish to share or enrich in your life.
  • Elemental associations - which resonates with you more? Earth, air, fire, water, spirit, metal, wood? What systems and philosophies work better for you?

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Dale Hyde 5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

My perspective on this and what happened to me, is that I did not use any tool or anyone to gain my magickal name..that was picked by me, through what came to me, at the time I was dedicated to my path. As for my spiritual name, it was channeled through another down to me from a Higher Power. Intuition plays a large part in picking either name, which are, in fact, different from one another.

Great article with good advice. Thanks for sharing.

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Daniella Lopez 5 years ago from Arkansas

Great hub! I've been trying to seek out my magickal name. Thank you very much for the information. Voted up!

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bschnabel 5 years ago from Vermont

This was beautiful! Thank you so much!

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ErosRyder 5 years ago from OH

Love this hub!!! Great information!

St.Cyprian 5 years ago

Good information! Thanks!

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Gerber Ink 6 years ago from upstate New York

As usual, awesome hub. Had a lot of fun with the Pagan name generator!

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relache 6 years ago from Seattle, WA Author

Rebecca, for people who are involved with both magical (performance/stage magic) and magickal (spirituality/metaphysics) worlds, the "k" differentiates between the two.

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

This is very interesting and I never really thought of magickal names before. Something to look into. mInd you this is the first hub I have found somewhat interesting in the subject so you will have to forgive me.

Silly question I'll probably find it in one of your hubs... but why magickal ( with a "k")

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relache 6 years ago from Seattle, WA Author

I've always felt that when a magical name finds you, it will let you know when and where to use it.

LunaCrow 6 years ago

I did enjoy this hub very much. I haven't been a Wiccan for very long, but I have this name that repeats itself in my head over and over, and I can't seem to shake it. I feel it's a part of me. Luna Crow is the name, and I believe it to be my magickal name. I can use this name in everyday life, correct?

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Dr. Cherie 6 years ago from Hamburg, NY

Love your guide to various information. Many people do not realize that so much of Christianity and Judaism is rooted in Paganism.

Great hubs

Deborah Sexton 6 years ago

Very nice hub with some great information on how to choose a name. Thank you.

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wannabwestern 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors

This was interesting to read. Even in the Mormon tradition this is practiced, though most Mormons do not consider themselves to be following a pagan tradition.

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relache 7 years ago from Seattle, WA Author

Draconis, different traditions approach magickal names differently and while some may find that important, to others it is never considered.

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draconis7 7 years ago

I like the hub however you have forgotten a very inportant part of creating a CRAFT NAME, OR MAGICKAL NAME. I needs to correlate to your birth number, in which is the basics of numerology. Without this number the name is really not tied to you.

To find out what your bith number is just add your entire bithday together. For example, mine is october 23, 1983

so this would be:




which gives you 2016, then you have to add these to a single number in which the next would be 9. That is my bith number. Which my magickal name has to correlate to.

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travel_man1971 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Nice hub again! I'll never tire reading and bookmarking your hubs.

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Darrell Roberts 7 years ago

Very nice hub!!! Interesting.

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japzlloyd 7 years ago

this is a nice hub at all.. interesting..

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Rapidwriter 9 years ago from UK

I was recently running a workshop in Glastonbury, UK which is a well-known centre of paganism and Wicca. I noticed a great many participants were using their magical names either in their email addresses or when they introduced themselves. I really like the idea of a name reflecting personality or character traits that someone wants to take on.

You might have come across my book 'Goddesses' in your readings. If so, I'd love your comments.

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Kenny Wordsmith 9 years ago from Chennai

Yhank you for this interesting hub. I have a secret spiritual name only. My hub name, equally magical, is Kenny.

Abhinaya 9 years ago

I had no idea about 'magickal names'.Great info and thanks for all the details.

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William F. Torpey 9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

Good hub, relache. Lots of information ... I learned a lot. Being brought up as a Roman Catholic, I was given my Confirmation name of Francis, after my uncle Bill who killed in World War II when his destroyer was sunk by the Japanese in the battle for Guadalcanal. Francis was his middle name, too.

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Poetic Knight 9 years ago from Ottawa

Very nice and I find the info very intriguing.


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Brandy Owens 9 years ago from Wherever life takes me

Good hub. :) It is well-rounded and informative.

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gabriella05 9 years ago from Oldham

Great hub Relache I get fantastic vabes from you spiritualy

Thank you very much

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taylorblue 9 years ago from Canada

I loved this hub like usual...I went and got a pagan name for myself...after many tries I loved this one...I had to share it with you!

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Earth Angel 9 years ago

Wow!! That is GREAT information Raylache!! In many spiritual traditions around the world, Buddhism included, a person is given/takes a new name at their spiritual rebirth!! Thanks for a wonderful Hub!! Facinating!! Blessings and Namaste' to you and yours!! Earth Angel!!

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