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What is Seax Wica

Seax Wicca is a rather modern invention. Fed up with the egotistic and dogmatic nature of many of the covens at the time Raymond decided to go within himself and write from start to finish a tradition of his own.

 

In 1973 Raymond Buckland produced this such tradition entitled Seax Wicca.  He wrote it's beliefs and rituals in one book called 'The Tree: Complete book of Saxon Witchcraft'.  This book until just recently was out of print.  Only a few copies were ever produced. However after much anticipation Raymond has agreed to re-release this epic with more pictures and references.

 

Seax Wicca differs greatly from most traditions on a number of levels. First of all Seax wicca does not have the traditional three degree system of initiation. Instead there is just one initiation (two if you count the self-dedication ritual).  Everyone in the coven is called a Gesith.  There is one or two leaders of each coven. These leaders are elected democratically and may serve for one year and one day or as the coven see's fit.

 

Before initiation into a coven (or prior to the self dedication ritual) a person is referred to as a ceorl (pronounced Cawl).  This is similar to the seeker stage in other traditions.  Once initated into the coven the ceorl is then referred to as a Gesith and is entitled to all rights and equalities as everyone else.

 

Seax Wicca sabbats and esbats honour both the God and Goddess in ALL rituals. They are seen as equal to each other. One non more important than the other but just as important. The God and Goddess are Woden and Freya respectfully.

The beleifs and teachings are very much based on the Anglo-Saxon pilgramage during the time the British Isle were being formed. Thus there is influence from the Germanic, Angelis, and Norse tribes.

 

One other major attraction to this tradition is the beleif that you do not have to be initiated into a Seax coven to be considered a Seax Wican.  Seax believes strongly in the practicality of wicca and so solitary work is accepted and endorsed.  Whether you are a solitary (like me) or a member of a Seax Coven; you are equal to the other and just as important.

The Seax Gods
 
Léof  Woden
 
 

Also known as Wodenaz, Wodan, Wuotan - Woden is the Seax God.  It is generally believed that he was thought of as a sky deity - perhaps a wind or storm god with great wisdom and powers over life and death.  He had great skill as magician or sorcerer (Galdorcraeftig) and also a shape shifter.  He is also seen in Norse mythology as Odin, the Supreme Deity, son of Bor and Bestla.

 

Woden was bearded, wore a long cloak and either a hood or a floppy-brimmed hat. He leaned upon a huge spear as he walked. He it was who introduced the runic form of writing. While personified as Odin in Norse mythology he was in fact very different from Odin. Woden wasn't concerned with organising battalions of slain warriors, but more with walking the rolling downs and watching over his (living) people.INVOCATION TO WODEN.doc

 

 

Ides Freya

 

Freya was born of Nerthus (Mother Earth), but later took on herself many of the attributes of her mother.  The name Freya means 'Lady'. Freya was originally a fertility goddess but then later through anglo-saxon geonology became the patron goddess.  She wears a sacred necklace called the "Brisingamen". it was stolen by Loki the mischeif maker. Thus it's disappearance sparks the turning of the wheel and the winter months. Its recovery marks the warmer months etc.  The myth of the Brisingamen is also associated by other myths usually of Norse influence.  

 

It must be clearly understood though that Woden and Freya are Saxon in origin and their roots are only linked through similarity with the Norse Gods.INVOCATION TO FREYA.doc

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