What is WiccanUniverse.com?
WiccanUniverse.com serves three different, yet complementary, functions: first, it is a place that contains a vast array of knowledge regarding the Wiccan belief system. Everything from the history of witchcraft to a collection of spells & rituals are all available here. Second, it is the home of a regular blog series. In addition to a general blog about different topics that pertain to Wicca, I also offer featured articles about the more detailed aspects of Wicca, such as an in depth look at the profiles of the pioneers of Wicca (among many other topics). Third, it is a community, complete with a fully functional forum section where you can interact with people from all over the world who share the same (or similar) beliefs.
Why did you create WiccanUniverse?
I was bored one day. I kid, of course. 🙂 Actually, I decided to create a website where I could share my knowledge of (and passion for) Wicca with the world. Wicca is one of the few “religions” that does not go knocking on the doors of complete strangers asking them if they’ve heard the good news of the merry witch. Rather, Wiccans (as well as many pagans in general) believe firmly that one’s spiritual beliefs should be discovered and nurtured of one’s own completely free will. I’m not here to “witness” to people or try and get them to abandon their spiritual beliefs and convert to Wicca, pick up a broomstick, and ride into the moonlight. Rather, I’m here to educate, to enlighten, and to enrich. If people have questions about Wicca, or about the practice of witchcraft, then I’m more than happy to help in any way I can.
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Who are you?
Who are YOU? HMM?
Wait… you were just being inquisitive. My bad. HI!! My name’s Will. I’m in the general vicinity of my 30s, and I’m the mastermind behind this awesome website you were fortunate enough to come across. For more info about the site itself, check out the “About WiccanUniverse.com” in the tabbed view above. I’m a native of New Mexico, but I’ve lived in Sin City since September, 2013. If you want to read a little bit more about me and about my story, check out the “Why I Am A Wiccan” tab. There’s a short version and a long version, both of which contain generous helpings of my acerbic wit.
What do you do?
Aside from running the site, I work full time as an IT systems engineer in the casino industry in Fabulous Las Vegas. I also volunteer as a paranormal investigator (because being a nerdy gay witch just wasn’t unique enough for me). The team I work with exists solely to work on residential cases of paranormal activity.
Sure, investigating the abandoned asylums and soon-to-be-demolished casinos are fun (and we work closely with a group who does that), but the group I work with truly has a desire to help those who are being haunted or otherwise tormented by paranormal activity. If you live in the Las Vegas/Henderson area and you have paranormal activity you would like investigated, head over to my Contact page and let me know!
And, since being a nerdy gay witch who ghost hunts in his free time STILL wasn’t unique enough, I also offer online Tarot reading services. So if you’re keeping track, that means I can fix your computer, do a prosperity spell for you, redecorate your kitchen (cuz of the gay… I kid, of course; I’m not really all that talented in interior design), kick out the ghost who’s been rearranging your silverware drawer every night, AND tell you what happens next with a Tarot reading… all in one amazing package that is known as ME!
What do you do for fun?
Other than ghost hunting, reading Tarot for people all over the world, and adding new blogs and other content for the site… Hang out with my cats, mostly.
You do jokes, huh?
Why yes, yes I do.
I want to know more!
Cool! Check out the site, and, if you have questions or comments, visit the Contact page.
If you’re interested in booking a Tarot reading, head over to the Tarot Readings section and book a session!
For those of you who don’t want to read the (admittedly lengthy) story below about me, perhaps this shortened version will suit you:
Growing up, I was involved in the Christian church, so spirituality was something I was intimately familiar with. However, as I grew older, I realized that my life was simply not compatible with the Christian faith. I struggled during my teenage years with my sexuality. In my heart and in my mind, I knew I was gay; I also knew that it wasn’t a “choice.”
After ten years in the Christian religion, listening week after week about how the Christian God detested homosexuals, I decided that I’d rather be sent to hell for being who I am than go to heaven for being someone I’m not.
I identified as agnostic during my 20s, but I began to take an interest in the esoteric, which began when I was first introduced to Rhonda Byrne’s bestselling book, “The Secret.” The Law of Attraction resonated with me in a way that nothing, not even Christianity, ever resonated with me before.
As I began life in my 30s, I started to research different spiritual belief systems. It was at that point that I realized that Wicca not only made sense to me, but it explained the origins of the Law of Attraction. This “trendy” thing that everyone was talking about after the release of Byrne’s book, was actually a belief system held by people for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years.
In August, 2012, I began my journey on the Wiccan path, and I’ve never regretted it. This website is my way of giving to the world what was given to me; a message of hope, a message of love, and a message of happiness. It is my hope that I can help others on their path towards spiritual fulfillment, regardless of whether or not that path is paved with the Wiccan belief system.
It was a cold, wintry December night when I was born. Then life happened.
My life has been largely uneventful and fairly predictable when it comes right down to it. Most of it is immaterial to how the “me, today” ties into the website you’re visiting right now. But there are a few parts that are very much an important part of who I am and why I created WiccanUniverse.com.
My Foray Into Christianity
From the time I was about ten years old until I was nearly 20, I was heavily involved in the Christian church. I was of the “Pentecostal” variation, which, for those who know about the different flavors of Christianity, that alone tells you a lot. But for those who don’t, the Pentecostal variation is one of the most radical variations of Christianity in existence today. They’re the holy-rollers who, by and large, tend to be the most radical of the bunch. Dancing down the aisles, speaking in “tongues,” casting out demons – these are all things Pentecostal Christians do on a regular basis.
Unlike many people, who’s story of being in the Christian religion involved their parents forcing them to go to church, my situation was exactly the opposite. I began attending church, and subsequently dragged many of my family members into the “flock” of the church. However, I can’t necessarily say that it was ALL bad. The lady who initially invited me to Sunday School was a colleague of my mother’s. She was a kind lady who, unlike many, truly strived to exude the Christ-like characteristics of love, acceptance, and good will.
I could go on and on about the different experiences that I had (both good and bad) in the Christian religion. But for brevity’s sake, I’ll stick to the main points. Although the “message” that “Jesus” gave of “love and forgiveness” was clearly conveyed in the Sunday School lessons I was taught when I first became involved in Christianity, as I became more and more involved in the church, I began to notice an underlying theme (mostly from the pastors and “special speakers” they would have) of intolerance, judgment, and disdain for those who did not believe as they did.
The God… And the Gay
So when I hit puberty, obviously my hormones were raging through my body at lightning speed. And I began to notice something — I wasn’t attracted to girls (I had noticed this prior to puberty, but never really gave it much thought until my testosterone burst through the gateway of my prefrontal cortex). I was gay. But I quickly learned that being gay was NOT okay, and was, in fact, a horrible sin that makes the Baby Jesus cry. So I would just not be gay, since it pissed God off. Around the time that I began to “struggle” with my sexuality, the Internets had gained sufficient popularity and ubiquity that I was fortunate enough to have a computer with dial-up access to this great world we know as the World Wide Web. And I found a support group for Christian men who were “ex-gay” men. This put the notion into my head that being gay was something you could “get over,” and I became intent upon “praying the gay away.”
Long story short, it didn’t work. After struggling with being someone I wasn’t, trying to live a “normal” heterosexual life, and almost taking my own life because of this battle I was fighting, I finally decided one day that I was done. I was done with the Christian religion. I wish I had written that date down, because it was that day that I was TRULY “born again.” It wasn’t in a church surrounded by well-meaning but misled individuals. It wasn’t the time I was “dunked” in water and baptized a Christian. The day I began a “new life” was the day I walked away from Christianity, vowing to myself, “I’d rather be sent to hell for being who I am than go to heaven for being someone I’m not.”
After that day, I went on to lead the life I live today, and I’ve never looked back. Suffice it to say that, for many years, the notion of anything even REMOTELY spiritual made my stomach turn. There could’ve been a religion that promised free blowjobs from hot male models every day and I STILL would’ve run the other way… Well, okay, MAYBE I would’ve tried that one out. I identified as agnostic for many years. I knew there was “something” out there; a force just beyond the grasp of our feeble, human minds. But hey, I was in my 20s. And I enjoyed the hell out of every single moment.
Return to Spirituality
I was in my late 20s when I first read the best-selling book, The Secret. Actually, I didn’t read it; I listened to it on Audible. I was traveling a lot for work and would often make a 3-hour one-way trip for a consulting gig. It was then that my thought modality began to shift. There was something about the Law of Attraction that just resonated with me. It just made sense. I was enraptured with every facet of The Secret. I bought the book, then watched the movie. And I realized that they were onto something. It would be a few years, however, before I made that last critical connection between this new belief system I had “found” and another belief system that wasn’t too far away from me (in any of the four dimensions).
When I turned 30, I began to realize that spirituality didn’t have to be the dogmatic drivel I was force-fed at the hands of fundamentalist radicals who hated gays and progressive thinking and intelligence. “Spirituality should be something that truly resonates with every aspect of who you are as a being,” I thought, profoundly. So I began to research other spiritual belief systems outside of the Judeo-Christian construct. My initial criteria was somewhat vague: “religions that don’t disapprove of homosexuality” was the first thing I decided to Google. From there I went on to research Buddhism, Taoism, and… yep, enter the leading actor in this rather B-rated movie of my life… Wicca.
It was in my research of Wicca that I realized the Law of Attraction, while a “new and innovative” way of thinking by mainstream media, was actually an ancient belief held by practitioners of ancient pagan and other esoteric belief systems from as far back as history records. Not only that, but a dear friend with whom I had worked on several occasions when I worked at a local diner when I was younger was a Wiccan. I consider her my Wiccan mother, and in her I sought information. She took me under her wing and answered my questions, told me stories of her history in Wicca, and after that, I knew I had found the religion — no, the BELIEF SYSTEM for me. While it can be argued that Wicca is a “religion” in the legal definition of the word, the word religion carries with it a stigma with many people, especially those who have been involved in a Judeo-Christian type of religion. Semantics aside, I knew Wicca was the path I wanted for my life.
And so, on August 16, 2012, I performed a simple self-dedication ritual to mark the official beginning of my journey on the Wiccan path. Now, after three and a half years after dedicating myself to studying, practicing, and growing in this belief system, I’m finally ready to share what I’ve learned.
This website is my labor of love. I want to be a big part of the many other excellent resources out there on the Internet about Wicca and the practice of witchcraft. I view myself as an independent branch of the other reputable Wiccan online resources.
Wicca has allowed me to be me, and to ever strive to be a better person. Unlike Christianity, most Wiccans don’t actively go out and try to “win new souls.” No, your spiritual experience needs to be your own, made of your own volition after having done sufficient research into the belief system you wish to become part of.
I hope the information you’ll find on this site to be insightful, enlightening, and encouraging as you continue on your own life path.
Blessed Be, Dear Friend!