A Wiccan of 25 years, Sage likes to put her background as a writer and teacher to use by helping people learn about this NeoPagan path.
Mother's Day for Wiccans
As Mother's Day approaches, you may be wondering what would be the perfect, personalized, heartfelt gift. If your mom is a Wiccan or a Pagan with Wiccan/Witch influences, then why not get her something spiritual? A religious gift can have deep meaning and bring her a great deal of joy.
Of course, your mom (daughter, lover, friend) will LOVE anything you get her; you don't need to break the bank. But if you're shopping, these are suggestions. While not every Wiccan, Witch or Pagan in general likes and needs the same exact thing, there are some items that have widespread appeal. Only you know the taste of the woman you are trying to buy for, so ultimately rely on your own instincts.
6 Gift Ideas
- A Pretty Pendant
- Pagan Statuary
- Altar Tools and Decorations
- Herbal Magic (Incense, Herbs, or Seeds)
- Divination Tools
1. A Pretty Pendant
It seems to me that Wiccan women share an odd love of Wiccan jewelry. Any mom would count herself lucky if you presented her with a pendant to wear that is a symbol of her faith. Instead of a pentacle, which she probably already had, why not give her something that reminds her of the Great Mother herself? Any representation of the Goddess is going to do that.
In Wicca, the Goddess is associated with the moon. The moon phases correspond to a woman’s monthly cycles, plus the moon is a gentle, nurturing reminder of her energy (as opposed to the Sun, which is a symbol of the divine masculine). The “Triple Moon” contains the waxing crescent, full moon and waning crescent joined together. This symbolizes the three forms of the Goddess: the Maiden, the Mother and the Crone.
Moonstones, needless to say, are also representative of the Goddess and are thought to radiate with gentle Goddess energies.
2. Pagan Statuary
Statues aren’t required in Wicca, but they sure are beautiful to decorate the altar with.
A lot of people of other religions will accuse silly things, saying Wiccans (or Pagans in general) are worshipping statues. They say the statues are “idols”, or false Gods. This is amusing since Wiccans don’t actually believe statues are Gods or Goddesses. They’re just art—a creative representation of deity.
A statue simply gives you a visual image to focus or meditate on or can be part of an altar or shrine upon which you venerate your deity. They’re symbols, not sentient beings.
When looking for Mother’s Day gift ideas, consider a statue—this is probably a luxury item that the Wiccan woman in your life doesn’t splurge on for herself so it makes a nice gift. If she has a specific God and/or Goddess to which she’s particularly drawn, you should certainly seek out statues that represent them.
Alternatively, you can give her a statue for Mother’s Day that is the Mother of ALL mothers: Mother Earth herself.
3. Altar Tools and Decorations
Altar tools are something a Wiccan will collect as they grow in their faith. It's nice to have a collection for the variety of rituals and rites we perform throughout the year. There are no "right" or "wrong" altar tools—everyone must go with what they feel works best for them. Still, there are common tools found on the majority of altars:
- athame (ritual knife)
- boline (working knife for cutting herbs or carving candles)
- wand (for invocations and directing energy, not a Harry Potter toy, please)
- pentacle (a plaque with sacred symbols, such as the pentagram)
- chalice (a nice cup)
- censer (for the type of incense she burns: stick, cone or raw)
Some other types of altar tools your Wiccan may use on the altar include:
- cauldron or cast iron pot
- nice candle holders
- a nice set of small bowls for holding items
- pretty altar cloths
In order to find out what the Wiccan woman in your life is interested in, it's a good idea to ask her about her ritual practices. When you get her talking you can find out what she needs.
4. Candles—Always a Safe Bet
Wiccans usually burn a lot of candles. It's not an absolute requirement, of course—it's not like you can't pray or honor your Gods or live by our tenets without candles. However, candles certainly hold special place in ritual for many Wiccans. Many use them to symbolize the Gods, the Element of Fire, or to simply provide atmospheric lighting conducive to ritual consciousness and meditation. Candles of the appropriate seasonal colors are also a great way to decorate the altar or shrine for Sabbat celebrations.
Wiccans who cast spells and perform magic are even more likely to use a lot of candles, choosing the appropriate color in accordance with their intent. That's why it helps to have candles of every color on hand-- so if you have a spontaneous need, you don't have to run out and make a shopping trip.
The most commonly used type of candle is the taper because it burns for just the right amount of time for most magical workings. While a Wiccan may use a pillar candle repeatedly for ambient lighting and worship, when it comes to spell casting, virgin candles (candles that have never been lit) are necessary. This is because you need to consecrate them and charge them with energy specifically aligned to your intent-- and spells usually require for them to burn out or be buried.
5. Herbal Magic for Mother's Day
A lot of Wiccans prefer to make their own raw incense to sprinkle over charcoals. Herbs are a common ingredient (which she might even grow herself!) but other ingredients, such as resins and woods, can be harder to come by. Some incense blends include essential oils as well, and oils are good for anointing things in ritual.
Aside from incense, a lot of Wiccans also use herbs in spellcraft and magical workings. That's why it's important to keep a stock of a basic supply of commonly used herbs—especially one who is just starting out learning herbalism.
If your Wiccan enjoys gardening, you might offer a gift basket of seeds or starter plants she can add to her garden. On the other hand, not everyone has the time, interest or space to grow one's own herbs. Most Wiccans would purchase packaged bundles of herbs for this purpose. Providing her with these—especially those you can't just find at the supermarket or produce center—can be very useful.
6. Divination Tools
Divination isn't required in Wicca, but it's still a common practice. There are many systems of divination, and most Wiccans have at least one favorite. Some popular systems of divination include:
- Runes (a collection of symbols carved into crystals or wood chips)
- Scrying tools (crystal balls, black mirrors, etc.)
- I-Ching (coins; a Chinese divination system)
- Pendulum (swinging weighted object)
- Tarot cards (originally a Christian divination system, which uses a deck of cards with 4 suits and a collection of 'Trump' cards that give insight when laid out for a reading)
Divination tools are something that a Wiccan will treasure, treating them with great respect and using them regularly. While we don't believe they're going to make us omnipotent and reveal the secrets of the universe, we do find them useful for considering the course of our actions and the most likely outcomes—forewarned is forearmed.
I personally use the Robin Wood deck and have been for, oh, since some time in the 90's. Above are a few of my favorite cards, plus the back design of each card:
Gifts That Cost Nothing (or Almost Nothing)
|Inexpensive Gift Ideas|
Color or paint a coloring page of a Goddess or God; frame it for the altar!
Weave silk flowers into a wreath for the altar or her head.
Make a little charm bag full of any herbs and spices to offer her their blessings (look up what they mean first!)
Go on a nature hike, find her beautiful items for the altar: wild flowers, pretty river rocks, shells, driftwood or chunks of fossilized wood.
Print a collection of spells off the internet for her.
Make her anointing oils by steeping herbs in cooking oil.
Pick her some wildflowers.
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on May 10, 2018:
What a great slant on this theme! Your ideas are superb, and generally easy on the budget.
Some of those herbs can be hard to track down, so it's good if you have a nearby store, with knowlegable proprietors. Buying online, I would say, is best left for those with more experience, IMO, and not beginners/explorers such as myself. ;-)
Cheers and Peace!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on May 01, 2014:
Thanks heidithorne. I love that statue, too, I have an affinity for Earth Mother type art. Thanks for your comments and votes!
Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on May 01, 2014:
Beautiful gift ideas! The statuary would be a nice touch for any mom. Voted up and beautiful!
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 30, 2014:
Hi Ms. Lizzy, glad to see you! I am glad you found the article useful. My dad (also no longer with us) was Christian but he was very open to my beliefs, he'd even ask me to send him things sometimes, like crystals or herbs or whatever. That's as it should be I guess, all helping and learning from each other. I think we have a great online little Pagan community here at hubs, so remember, you're not all alone!
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on April 29, 2014:
Most interesting. Voted up ++
My own mother was not Wiccan, but rather "nominally" Christian...but not overbearing in her beliefs.
She is no longer with us; and I, myself am a stumbling, exploring lone Pagan; so I find all of these kinds of articles most helpful.
Mackenzie Sage Wright (author) on April 29, 2014:
LOL, for you Billy, I will consult with some Wiccan guys to see what they really like. :-)
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 29, 2014:
Now, if you only had an article for gifts for Wiccan sons, it would be most helpful....hint, hint! :)