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Gifts for Wiccans: Great Ideas for Wiccan Gifts for Mother's Day
Mothers Day for Wiccans
As Mother's Day approaches, you may be wondering what would be the perfect, personalized, heartfelt gift. If your mom is a Wicca, or a Pagan with Wiccan/Witch influences, then why not get her something spiritual? A religious gift can have deep meaning and bring her a great deal of joy.
Of course your mom (daughter, lover, friend) will LOVE anything you get her; you don't need to break the bank. But if you're shopping, these are suggestions. While not every Wiccan, Witch or Pagan in general likes and needs the same exact thing, there are some items that have widespread appeal. Only you know the taste of the woman you are trying to buy for, so ultimately rely on your own instincts.
Mother's Day is Coming
Pretty Triple Goddess Pendant w/Moonstone Set in Center
A Pretty Pendant
It seems to me Wiccan women share an odd love of Wiccan jewelry. Any mom would count herself lucky if you presented her with a pendant to wear that is a symbol of her faith. Instead of a pentacle, which she probably already had, why not give her something that reminds her of the Great Mother herself? Any representation of the Goddess is going to do that.
In Wicca, the Goddess is associated with the moon. The moon phases correspond to a woman’s monthly cycles, plus the moon is a gentle, nurturing reminder of her energy (as opposed to the Sun, which is a symbol of the divine masculine). The “Triple Moon” contains the waxing crescent, full moon and waning crescent joined together. This symbolizes the three forms of the Goddess: the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone.
Moonstones, needless to say, are also representative of the Goddess and are thought to radiate with gentle Goddess energies.
Statues aren’t required in Wicca, but they sure are beautiful to decorate the altar with.
A lot of people of other religions will accuse silly things, saying Wiccans (or Pagans in general) are worshipping statues. They say the statues are “idols”, or false Gods. This is amusing, since Wiccans don’t actually believe statues are Gods or Goddesses. They’re just art—a creative representation of deity.
A statue simply gives you a visual image to focus or meditate on, or can be part of an altar or shrine upon which you venerate your deity. They’re symbols, not sentient beings.
When looking for Mother’s Day gift ideas, consider a statue—this is probably a luxury item that the Wiccan woman in your life doesn’t splurge on for herself so it makes a nice gift. If she has a specific God and/or Goddess to which she’s particularly drawn, you should certainly seek out statues that represent them.
Alternatively, you can give her a statue for Mother’s Day that is the Mother of ALL mothers: Mother Earth herself.
Gifts that Cost Nothing (Or Almost Nothing)
Pick some wildflowers
Color or paint a coloring page of a Goddess or God; frame it for the altar!
Weave silk flowers into a wreath for the altar or her head.
Make a little charm bag full of any herbs and spices to offer her their blessings (look up what they mean first!)
Go on a nature hike, find her beautiful items for the altar: wild flowers, pretty river rocks, shells, driftwood or chunks of fossilized wood.
Print a collection of spells off the internet for her.
Make her anointing oils by steeping herbs in cooking oil.
Gifts for Wiccan Moms
Altar Tools and Decorations
Altar tools are something a Wiccan will collect as they grow in their faith. It's nice to have a collection for the variety of rituals and rites we perform throughout the year. There are no "right" or "wrong" altar tools-- everyone must go with what they feel works best for them. Still, there are common tools found on the majority of altars:
- athame (ritual knife)
- bolline (working knife for cutting herbs or carving candles)
- wand (for invocations and directing energy- not a Harry Potter toy, please)
- pentacle (a plaque with sacred symbols, such as the pentagram)
- chalice (a nice cup)
- censer (for the type of incense she burns: stick, cone or raw)
Some other types of altar tools your Wiccan may use on the altar include:
- cauldron or cast iron pot
- nice candle holders
- a nice set of small bowls for holding items
- pretty altar cloths
In order to find out what the Wiccan woman in your life is interested in, it's a good idea to ask her about her ritual practices. When you get her talking you can find out what she needs.
Great Collection of 40 Taper Candles - 4 of Each Color
Candles -- Always a Safe Bet
Wiccans usually burn a lot of candles. It's not an absolute requirement, of course-- it's not like you can't pray or honor your Gods or live by our tenets without candles. However, candles certainly hold special place in ritual for many Wiccans. Many use them to symbolize the Gods, the Element of Fire, or to simply provide atmospheric lighting conducive to ritual consciousness and meditation. Candles of the appropriate seasonal colors are also a great way to decorate the altar or shrine for Sabbat celebrations.
Wiccans who cast spells and perform magic are even more likely to use a lot of candles, choosing the appropriate color in accordance with their intent. That's why it helps to have candles of every color on hand-- so if you have a spontaneous need, you don't have to run out and make a shopping trip.
The most commonly used type of candle is the taper, because it burns for just the right amount of time for most magical workings. While a Wiccan may use a pillar candle repeatedly for ambient lighting and worship, when it comes to spell casting, virgin candles (candles that have never been lit) are necessary. This is because you need to consecrate them and charge them with energy specifically aligned to your intent-- and spells usually require for them to burn out or be buried.
Show Mom Some Love
Looking for Some "Crafty" Gifts to Make?
If you're the very crafty sort who loves making things by hand, you might want to consider a few of my "Witch crafts" that you can make at home:
Hand milled soaps are fun to make, and don't require working with caustic chemicals because you start with ready-made soap bars. You just have to melt them down and add your own enchanting ingredients.
Scrying is commonly performed on Wiccan Sabbats and Esbats. Your mom doesn't need crystal ball-- a home-made scrying mirror is just as good!
A Great Starter Kit for Herbalism
This comes with 75 bundles of herbs, woods and resins-- common ones like basil and sage, and less common ones like mugwort and frankincense. They throw in a few nice extras: altar cloth, incense charcoals, censer, oils, a mortar & pestle, and E-books on CD about herbal magic.
Herbal Magic for Mother's Day
A lot of Wiccans prefer to make their own raw incense to sprinkle over charcoals. Herbs are a common ingredient (which she might even grow herself!) but other ingredients, such as resins and woods, can be harder to come by. Some incense blends include essential oils as well, and oils are good for anointing things in ritual.
Aside from incense, a lot of Wiccans aslo use herbs in spell craft and magical workings. That's why it's important to keep a stock of a basic supply of commonly used herbs-- especially one who is just starting out learning herbalism.
If your Wiccan enjoys gardening, you might offer a gift basket of seeds or starter plants she can add to her garden. On the other hand, not everyone has the time, interest or space to grow one's own herbs. Most Wiccans would purchase packaged bundles of herbs for this purpose. Providing her with these -- especially those you can't just find at the supermarket or produce center -- can be very useful.
A Wiccan-Themed Tarot Deck
Most Tarot decks are themed in Christianity, or Judeo-Christian symbolism. Robin Wood -- well known artist and illustrator in many popular Wiccan books -- designed this deck specifically with Wiccan symbolism. The imagery here tends to appeal more to Wiccans than the most common decks you find in chain book stores.
Divination isn't required in Wicca, but it's still a common practice. There are many systems of divination, and most Wiccans have at least one favorite. Some popular systems of divination include:
- Runes (a collection of symbols carved into crystals or wood chips)
- Scrying tools (crystal balls, black mirrors, etc.)
- I-Ching (coins; a Chinese divination system)
- Pendulum (swinging weighted object)
- Tarot cards (originally a Christian divination system, which uses a deck of cards with 4 suits and a collection of 'Trump' cards that give insight when lain out for a reading)
Divination tools are something that a Wiccan will treasure, treating them with great respect and using them regularly. While we don't believe they're going to make us omnipotent and reveal the secrets of the universe, we do find them useful for considering the course of our actions and the most likely outcomes-- forewarned is forearmed.
I personally use the Robin Wood deck, and have been for-- oh, since some time in the 90's. Here are a few of my favorite cards, plus the back design of each card: