- What Is A Magik Name?
- A magik name, craft name, coven name, a name of spirit, a
spiritual name, witch's name, Shamanistic name, or spell name;
are all labels to describe a name taken by an initiate of the
religion of Witchcraft at the time of initiation or dedication.
- This is much like taking on the name of a Saint in the Catholic
Church for a Priest, Nun or Sister at their ordination. Or for
the common Christian who is given a church name at a Baptism.
In the Catholic Church, a saint's name is given so that the new
Christian will have a patron in heaven to aspire to and to ask
for help from. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "The
name is the icon of the person. It demands respect as a sign
of the dignity of the one who bears it." (2156-2159)
- To whoever is victorious I will give...a white stone with
a new name written on it, which no one will know except the one
who receives it (Rev 2:17).
like Pagan traditions, Christian Orders (more often Catholic
Orders) have different rules for taking on a name. In some orders
a Nun or Priest can continue to use their first or given names
as their names in the religion. They may also have a patron Saint
and take that name in addition or in place of their given name.
But in some orders, custom would NOT allow a young woman to keep
a non-Saint name when she takes her vows of Sisterhood. It very
much depends upon the order involved as to what happens.
- Some actually believe this practice in the church is based
on pagan influence. There is no direct evidence to prove this
concept however. But the similarities between a Christian/Saint
name during Ordination or Baptism is very much the same as taking
on a Magik name in Witchcraft Pagan Traditions.
- Just like the Christians, rules for taking on a magik name
depend on the pagan Tradition or even the coven involved. In
some Pagan Traditions, the spirit name is directed to be the
name of your patron God or Goddess. Much like the Christians
utilize their connection to a Saint. But this is not a common
practice. In other Traditions, the name is given to you by spirit.
This is the more common practice. The idea is that you are not
ready for a magikal name until the Divine Universe gives it to
you. It can be given in meditation, dream or it "just comes
to you". The most common method is through meditation. And
still other Traditions provide practitioners with the freedom
to devise their name on their own. This is less common as following
this method is somewhat contrived.
- In addition some craft Traditions require a person to develop
a spiritual name within the coven or clan to distinguish their
spirit from the physical world. Some Traditions require the taking
on of a craft name at each level of initiation within the coven.
And some Traditions allow non-clergy participants to chose their
name, while anointing a magikal name on students of clergy at
the time of their ordination/initiation within the coven.
- Some Traditions require the magik name to be secret and utilized
only by the practitioner. Others invoke two names, one to be
used in private during rituals (especially spell rituals) and
another to be used in public within the Coven. And still others
have no restrictions on the name at all.
- There is no limit to how many names one can take on. You
might prefer to use a name during magik rituals, another for
Divination, and still another for Healing rituals. Again, this
rule is up to the Tradition and/or Coven you follow. But keep
in mind, fewer names is the better rule. Too many names can indicate
someone who is unsure about their practice, or who expresses
- Your name, whether it's given at birth, a nickname you are
fond of or a name given to you in a spiritual ceremony, can describe
a lot about who you are from a spiritual perspective. It is your
"calling" card for how people interact with you, how
you connect to others you practice with and most important how
you connect to the Divine force(s) around you.
- For instance, are you a Charles, a Chuck or a Charlie?
- When you step onto the path of magik, be it Celtic, Wicca,
Druid, or some other variation, you are creating a new extension
of yourself. A part of your being that knows no bounds, where
everything in the universe can be attained and accomplished.
- The Purpose Of A Magik Name
- So why do you want to create a magikal name, why isn't your
given name good enough? Well, actually it is. You don't need
to create a magik name in order to practice magik. Many people
feel very attached to their given name and desire to be known
and referred to by that name. There's nothing wrong with that.
But some people feel a pull or desire to take on a name of spirit
to distinguish their practices from their every day life. And
there's nothing wrong with that either.
- When a person reaches the level of Priest/Priestess or Shaman,
it is typically customary to refer to that person with their
initiated or accepted ordained name.
- Like other religious organizations, Pagans have labels for
their clergy. A priest who is ordained in the Catholic Church
can become Reverend, Father, Cardinal or Pope. In the Jewish
church, clergy are often known as Rabbi. These titles are often
used in conjunction with the ordained name taken at the time
of their vows. Such as Father Michael, or Sister Mary.
- In the Witchcraft pagan faith, clergy earns the title of
Lady or Lord. And in similar form, the title is used in conjunction
with their magikal name, such as "Lady Ardain", "Lady
SpringWolf", "Lord Finnian or "Lord Tullus".
But it's important to note that these titles are earned, and
not just taken on by an individual. Some Traditions further these
titles denoting the level of the initiate. I know of one Clan
who uses Priest/Priestess for the lowest level of Clergy, Lord/Lady
for the advanced level, and Dame/Duke for the highest level of
- So the creation of a magikal name means many things to many
- For some it means nothing and that's fine.
- To others it is a symbol of shedding the old ideas that can
bind your growth and hold you to old restraints or restrictions.
- It can also mean a sign to the self and the Divine that you
have stepped onto a path with a strong and sincere commitment
- It can be the essence of your true inner spirit that you
share with the Divine forces around you. As a connection between
you and the Divine Universe.
- And to some, and in some Traditions it is part of an initiation
ritual into a coven, or as an acceptance or celebration of reaching
a certain level within your tradition. Such as the ordination
into Priest/Priestess, Mage or Shaman.
- What ever your reasons, if you chose to find your magikal
name, it should be approached with great thought and reverence.
- Using A Magik Name?
- You can use your magik name at any time. Introducing yourself
to other pagans, as your signature or pen name, or as with most
people during magikal ceremonies and rituals.
- In ritual, you call out your name to begin the ceremony,
or when you call your guides, Gods/Goddess' and/or elements of
the four directions to you. A solitary witch may use only one
name in each of these cases. Where a witch in a coven may use
a "Coven" name (a name that is know within the circle),
and a "Magik" name (a name used only in ritual and
ceremony). Some people establish a personal or private magikal
name they use in private. And some establish a magik name to
use only during healing rituals.
- Some people take their name after initiation and perform
a Consecration ritual with the name
to empower it for specific workings. Much like the use of a Sigil. This is actually a very good idea,
especially if you're using different magikal names for different
workings, such as spell craft, Divination and Healings. But it's
also a way to claim a name as your own, even if you chose to
use only one name for all workings.
- In this way you can pack a lot of intent and energy into
the saying of your name. Or you can consecrate your name to release
energy for different uses.
instance, you can consecrate it to release compassion, kindness
and friendship when it is said by someone else who is calling
you. Or you can empower it to release strength, focus or concentration
and spiritual connection or dedication to the Divine spirit(s)
you work with when you say it in a ritual. You can establish
it to invoke a certain feeling of energy or expression of energy
when you say it in coven practices, or healing practices. Such
as connecting your spirit to Divine energy, to channel healing
energy through your name, to you, to who or whatever you are
trying to provide healing to.
- If you want to use your name for a healing ritual, you can
consecrate it to hold Divine green healing light as if it were
a receptacle. You'd do this by connecting yourself to the center
of Mother Earth and to the depths of Divine space to balance
your energies. Then envision the Divine energy of healing coming
into your name as a bottle, holding the green light within it.
Seeing it glow and pulse with the heart of Divine compassion
- This method allows you to fully engulf the name in energy
before a ritual, so you don't waste time, or get side tracked
during a ritual ceremony.
- Later when you are conducting the healing ritual, you can
write your name into your working and when it is invoked, the
bottle is opened and the healing energy is released to the person
or whatever is being healed. The important part of this is to
always see your 'bottle' as full of energy. No matter how much
you release, the bottle remains full of the unlimited Divine
healing energy. You can use your name similarly for your other
workings during private and coven rituals.
- In most cases, a new practitioner should only work with one
name to begin with. As you grow and expand, your personality
will also grow and in some cases outgrow your magik name. It's
important to note that using a special name and the period which
you feel connected and comfortable with it, is entirely up to
- Finding A Magik Name
with anything spiritually significant you don't need to set a
time when you must have a name or nor. You can wait and allow
your guides to bring the name to you, or you can conduct a ceremony
with the sole purpose of finding your name. If your interested
in the ceremonial approach, you might like to take a look at
the Name Ceremony as an example or
a method to follow.
- You can also ask your guides to bring your name to you in
meditation or dream. Let them know you have a desire to have
a name at this time. And explain why you feel this desire. They
may explain to you why you're not ready for it, but then again
it never hurts to ask for help. The worst they can do is say
- And if you are part of a coven who anoints a name to you,
remember it's up to you to accept it or not. Don't be afraid
to speak up and speak your mind to the Priest/Priestess or teacher.
This is your name after all and you should feel connected to
it. Without that, the name has no meaning or value. Don't argue
about it, but voice your concern or impression and offer alternative
suggestions. Ethical clergy and teachers will work with you to
establish the appropriate name for you.
- The important thing is to not think on this too much. You
can over analyze and over think this very easily. Your preconceived
ideas about what you want your name to be can also sell you short
and create limitations for your workings as well. Your name should
come to you like a gift from the Divine Universe in your life.
Just relax and let it unfold as it may.
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- Created: 10.2.1996 Updated: