Witches Sayings and Pagan Abbreviations

Wicca and Paganism for Beginners – every day sayings

Getting to know the Wicca world? This page helps you understand what other witches are saying. In the process you will understand how wicca rituals are built up a bit better as well.

Hello and Goodbye – how to greet a pagan friend

To say hello you can say:

Bright Blessings

or

Merry Meet.

To say goodbye you can say:

Merry Meet, Merry Part and Merry Meet Again.

It basically means: ‘Nice to have met you, take care and hope to see you again soon’. This can also be said when talking to God and Goddess at the end of ritual.

Blessed Be.

As the Christians would say, ‘God Bless’ or ‘Amen’. This is said more often than the Christian Amen. It can be said sometimes at the end of Rituals, Spells or even used to end an email to a fellow Wiccan friend!

I’m going to Circle

As Christians would say, ‘Im going to church’ (Taking part in a ritual of their faith) Wiccans say ‘I’m going to circle’. They mean the same thing.

By the power of three, so mote it be

This is a reference to a Wiccan version of the law of Karma – if you put energy into something, it will get back to you three times more. It’s not a universal Wiccan belief – one way of interpreting it is to not take it literally that you get back three times what you put in. An alternative interpretation is that you will get it back as often as you need it to, to learn your lesson. See also what wikipedia has on the topic more on the meaning of the threefold law.

Sayings used often during rituals

In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.

You give/take/send whatever your subject or objective maybe, with Perfect Love and Trust. This saying can be used when doing Magick or used in a Ritual.

Blessed Be.

As the Christians would say, ‘God Bless’ or ‘Amen’. It is sometimes said at the end of Rituals, Spells.

So Mote It Be.

Sometimes said at the end of spells. It confirms what you have said in your spell, ‘so it shall be’

As I Will It, So Shall It Be or alternatively: As I Wish It So Mote It Be

Basically the same thing: you are stressing that what you just did will really happen.

Merry Meet, Merry Part and Merry Meet Again.

Although this simply means ‘Nice to have met you, take care and hope to see you again soon’ it can also be used to close a ritual by taking leave of the God and Goddess at the end.

As Above And So Below

As Above And So Below is a variation on the old Hermetic Axiom ‘As above, so below’. The original meaning is that everything is connected and what happens below is reflected in the stars (astrology) and vice versa.

In Wicca it means everything is in balance and you would not want it any other way.

Bide the Rede… Respect the Creed…. And Bliss will come your way…
Give perfect love and you’ll get perfect trust, when you live the Witches Way!

Pagan and Wiccan abbreviations

You would close and email with the following abbreviations to shorten the greetings

BB : Brightest Blessings or Blessed Be

MM: Merry Meet

MMA: Merry Meet Again

An it harm none, do what ye wilt.

11 thoughts on “Witches Sayings and Pagan Abbreviations”

    1. actually, jesus was a *judean*. essentially, a member of a *jewish tribe*
      all the talk of ‘gentiles’ in the bible? gentle = non-judeans
      jesus had a major hate on for them, as well, and talked a *lot* of crap about them.

      1. Sure, but Christianity does contain a lot of pagan customs. Easter eggs, Christmas tree… Even the fact that Christianity has a solar calendar, while Judaism (like Islam) has a lunar calendar, is a pagan import.

  1. sorry to but in. Christianity has the pagan customs because it assimilated them. when they invaded the countries with very pagan basis – i.e more tribal / indigenous… and being careful to hint at less tech-advanced. in order to help the “native / pagans” the Christians had a great idea… we will share their customs and help them to use their customs to celebrate within our religion. this made it easier to convert the pagans to Christianity… if you notice the religions where Christianity didn’t take hold don’t have that history. with great respect, the Muslim ancestry for example tended to just take over your country then basically not go away until you went away or submitted, they had no interest in your old ways… Christians had the brains to assimilate and accumulate… it has nothing to do with what anyone ever called Jesus believed or worshipped… Jesus, born in Nazareth and linked back to Jerusalem by his Jewish parents would definitely have been Jewish ! … Im not much of a school swat, and I may be wrong, but I am pretty sure I am right.

    1. Religions always mix – Muslims in Indonesia and India (and together they host the majority of Muslims world wide) – also traditionally practice a religion that is much mixed with local traditions.

  2. Religions may mix, but it is most obvious in Christianity. As someone who has studied religion, Muslim and Judaism maintain much of their history and do not bend to accept the beliefs of others. If that was the case then the Jewish faith and Muslims would accept Jesus and celebrate a part of his life and the New Testament, they do not recognize him other than stating he was a prophet (but obviously not of consequence). Additionally, if one looks at the Christian (Catholic before the split) calendar Christmas did not become a set date in December until some time late in the game. It was set close to the winter solstice to pull in the pagans and have a festival of light. Easter His Resurrection, celebrates Ostara (goddess of spring/rebirth/fertility). Brigid was a goddess in Ireland that had a huge following, she was made a saint (Catholic) in order to pull in her followers to fold. Hope some of this helps clear the air. Christianity has pulled in more of other faiths/practices than Judaism or Muslim. If assimilation was fully practiced there would not be so many issues with what is right or wrong. There is doctrine and that is the foundation of all faiths. Christianity just gives more wiggle room in some areas.

    1. Jews do not recognize Jesus as a prophet. Muslims do.

      Other than that – it’s true that Muslims and Jews don’t officially mix religions in the way that Christianity incorporated some Pagan stuff. However, in practice things are different. The reason Hanukkah is such a big deal in Judaism is in part because it’s close to Christmas. In Islam Sufism has been HUGELY impacted by the religions in India – which is one reason why sufism is under attack from fundamentalist Muslims.

      Religions change – and that is a good thing. Even so called fundamentalist religions are – when you look at them closely – highly modern constructs.

  3. There are Messianic Jews that still follow the the Jewish customs and dietary rules and don’t consider them anything but Jewish but believe that Jesus was the Messiah and he will come again.

  4. I live in Syracuse New York. I’ve been studying Wiccan faith for 5 years. At first, I wanted to cause harm against my ex husband who divorced me after 30 years. Totally against the Wiccan rede. I lost my home, car, husband, friends. Power of 3. I want to find a group, not a coven to commune with. Much like a church. I’m like a sponge. I want to soak up as much knowledge as I can. I’m a solitary but it can get lonely sometimes.

    1. My advice is: do try a coven – or go back to an ordinary (perhaps an alternative) church. Coven by coven the difference is in the people: so see if you can find something locally and just meet the people who organise it. If there is a connection, go ahead with it. If it feels off, try somewhere else.

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