ABOUT BROOKE

Brooke answered her calling to the Wiccan faith at the age of 17. Knowing only that her family's choice of worship did not fulfill her spiritual needs, she crafted her own religion in the privacy of the forest near her childhood home in Pennsylvania. It was only when she stumbled into a tiny Metaphysical shop, that a wise woman recognized her "made-up" system of worship as Wicca, and set Brooke on the path of a solitary scholar and practitioner of the olde ways.

Brooke resided in Salem, Massachusetts for 5 years in her early to mid-twenties, immersing herself in the USA's foremost Wiccan and Pagan community. She learned from, and was mentored by established coven members of Dianic and Gardnerian paths.

Upon returning home to Pennsylvania, Brooke deepened her Wiccan roots in the literal sense, embracing the Pocono Mountains' vast tracts of protected forests, and tilling a Wiccan garden, complete with ritual herbs and flowers, and an abundance of natural produce. She expanded her studies to include the nuances of the Law of Attraction and manifestation.

Brooke is currently pursuing her PhD in Metaphysical Sciences while doing a 1950's retro renovation on her cottage in Jim Thorpe, PA. She resides there with her soul mate, six feline familiars, and one rambunctious Boston Terrier.

WHAT IS WICCA?

To briefly explain, Wicca is an earth-based religion that celebrates nature, the divine within, and the turning of the seasons. We use our knowledge of the workings of nature, energy, and the universe to affect change, which is known as the practice of Witchcraft. Wicca is believed to have roots in ancient Ireland and England, and is based on the Pagan practices of the Celts before their beliefs were forcibly supplanted by Christianity.

Some Wiccans worship only the Goddess, but many prefer to pay homage to the Goddess and the God, as all things in nature are balanced. We honor the divine feminine and masculine in all things, as well as the light and dark. We do not believe in evil forces, the devil, Hell, or demons. We believe in reincarnation, and the evolution of the soul through many lives on Earth and perhaps beyond. We believe we are directly connected to our creator, and that because we are her children, there is no need for another human to communicate on our behalf. We acknowledge no hierarchy, and never seek to have power over others. We do not discriminate on any grounds, and all are welcome.

We worship in covens, or as solitaries. We meditate, pray, perform rituals, and seek to have a positive impact on all we touch. We take responsibility for our choices, and advise others to do the same. Our tenet, or rede, bids us to do no harm, and reminds us that all we send forth comes back to the power of three.

Wiccans do not seek to convert others to the craft of the wise. We feel strongly that if you are meant for this path, you will find it without the interference of another. We also believe that the manner in which you choose to worship the Goddess is very personal. You may find kindred spirits in an area coven, or perhaps the solitary path is what works best for you. No matter the avenue you choose, it is only required that you harm none, including yourself.

If you have arrived here seeking a place to start your journey, please remember that this path begins with you and you alone. If you have plans to be an initiate of a local coven, you still must arrive with a basic knowledge. Your coven elders will not spoon feed you, you must be motivated by self-study. If you prefer a solitary environment, the place you begin is the same as the initiate. I am pleased to offer you the titles of books that were priceless to me when I first began my studies. They still reside on my vast shelves, and I do refer back to them on occasion, particularly when I need to take a moment to reflect on the roots of my study and practice.

Laurie Cabot, "Power of the Witch"
Laurie Cabot, "Celebrate the Earth"
Raymond Buckland, "Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft"
Scott Cunningham, "Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner"
Scott Cunningham, "Living Wicca: Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner"
Scott Cunningham, "Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs" (My most-used book.)
Three Initiates, "The Kabalion: A Study of the Hermetic Principles"