Quote of the Week
I am not detachment nor salvation,
Nor anything reached by the senses;
I am behold all thought and form.
I am everywhere, and nowhere at all-
I am Consciousness and Bliss.
I am Shiva! I am Shiva!
Jun 7, 2011
Nov 12, 2010
Hello my honeys!
The two weeks have passed, and I hope you have all had your rest and done the things you were supposed to do, but the show must go on. So here we are again in the reality of doing a little reading.
Let us remember that last class we spoke about deities, the most important aspect of Wicca and any religion, even those who are agnostic (who have a lack of deity). Anywho, two basic beings,
God, Goddess .
Wicca understands their duality, none is more important than the other, even if we grow more attached to the God or Goddess. Because everything consists of it’s balance, life, and our gods are no different.
I mentioned how paganism can be diverse, some people believing in their pantheon and say that there is no other; others believing in one supreme god/goddess who is sexless ageless, but overall is a pile of all the gods and goddesses of the world.
And then, there are those who see two gods, the aspects of female divinity and the masculine aspects. It is up to you to choose what it is you believe in.
Nonetheless, Wicca worships two main deities. Male and Female.
Today we are going to analyze the wonders of our male God.
For ages, he has been called Zeus, Yaveh, Shivah, Odin, Ra; and much mucho more.
He is the father, the son, and the magus. He is ever- knowing, ever flowing. He is the perfect representation of the masculine within each man, and the masculine within each woman. In Wicca he is known as “The Horned God”. He is associated with hunting, virility and strength. Those who look for him will find that he is not easy to approach, rather he accepts those who are worthy of his grace.
He is represented as a stag, and so Wiccans normally use the God Pan, or Cernunnos, as patron Gods. Of course this is all up to you.
He is also the consort of the Goddess, and together they form the perfect duality, The One.
We see the God in the Sun, all animal life, forests, mountains and sex. He is the creator father of everything, and so he is throughout the spring blossoms, the harvests, and the dying year.
But most importantly the God is that need for reproduction, the cycle that must continue.
Among many others
The God is virility, frivolous lust that must not be a matter of ‘shh’ (silence) in wiccans. We speak of sex as a part of nature, immune to all our senses, if not for it we could not be, neither could life. Sex is the spark of life, creation. It is the pleasure of every smile, it creates a state of divinity, sacred, and perpetuate.
The God is fertility, protection, and power. Only the strong find his happy gaze, so if you are to invoke his powers be willing to undergo some tests. He does not give for the sake of giving, but like father cares for his children and watches over them. He is also forgiving as he is also a teacher of life lessons.
This was a brief view of God. I cannot explain the greatness in words, but I can give you ideas.
In order to understand the God of Wicca, invoke the presence of the God Pan with the following chant taken from Scott Cunningham’s Wicca : A Guide for the solitary practitioner.
1- Look for reliable sources on information about the God of Wicca. Learn from the information given and jot down your ideas about him.
2- Prepare a bonding meditation, does not need to be more than 15 minutes.
(Light a Candle that represents Pan to you could be colors red, brown or green; say the following chant, and call to the God with love and learning will in your heart. If you do not have this, do not perform the rite. Look into the fire, and meditate in all Pan represents, and what you wish he can do for your path.)
Horned one of the wilderness,
Winged one of the shinning skies,
Rayed one of the splendorous sun,
Fallen one of the Samhain cries,
I call amidst the standing stones
Praying that you, O great one,
Will deign to bless my mystic rites-
O fiery lord of the blazing sun!
3- After you are done, thank the God for his energy and presence, let the candle burn out in a safe spot.
4- Write down your ideas, questions, concerns, or experiences. Send them to me.
The purpose of this assignment.
Many people use the argument that wiccans do in fact worship Satan in disguise by Pan, this is not so. And we must break away from these thoughts.
This week’s goal, is that you become familiar with the Horned God, after all he is Wicca’s upmost male deity. I begin with him, so that we do not forget that God and Goddess are together, and never alone.
It is very normal to lean towards the Goddess, but doing this, is leaving balance, the balance our Gods believe in and so we must strive to achieve.
I would like to again give a warm appreciation to you all, who have been as active as you can, and though I cannot really be present to guide you through, I know you are doing your best. In this paragraph I would like to give you a bit of a clarification. This class will not turn you into a Wiccan, as a matter of fact this can bring you as closer to Wicca as any other book. I am not comparing me to the wonderful works of Farrar, or Conway, in no way, but I say this so that you understand, that studying Wicca does not turn you into one; no matter how much books you read, or covens you attend, and parades you participate in; it doesn’t even matter how much information you have been able to retain, this does not mean you are a Wiccan. So then, what does make you a Wiccan? Heart, only that bud that has truly been planted and bursts into bloom, and with the years grows ever so much lovely.
I give basics, and can point out any mistakes you are willing to share, you have all come up to me and asked which is something I love, but remember religion is more than just the outside part, you have to get deeper. Family, school, work, every little aspects of your lives are affected by this decision and learning process, it is good that you have a second opinion on life in itself; I do not wish to meddle into your own business, and I want to make it quite clear, I have done so with other groups in which some where uneasy, and never confided some mundane things unto me; so never feel that I want to be your “trust” buddy. But then those who did share and asked for my “wiccan” advice manage to find an in depth meaning to this path, and all life aspects that it covers; many of them still contact me from time to time searching for a refreshing counsel, I am much honored to see their growth and being considered a good road towards wisdom.
Now, I do not know why I didn’t put this topic first, somehow I feel this should have been the first lesson, just because it is the whole basics of religion. Gods. To me there is no religion without one; be it whoever it is, and Wicca is not the exception.
To understand Wicca you must absolutely understand its deities, Wicca is a dual religion, and this means that unlike modern religions, our gods are aspects of both feminine and masculinity. Some time ago dual/ity was one of your vocab words, and this is something every Wiccan must know. Paganism understands a concept of duality as infinite and unique. Goddess has become the main focus in mayor feminist pagan groups, it is critical to understand that neither Goddess nor God is more important than the other. We all have the right to worship as we may, but we must acknowledge that Goddess cannot be without God, or God without Goddess, neither is second nor third and this should not be in our lives of worship if we aim for duality and balance.
So Wicca Worships two main deities:
So when does the multi-deity situation come up?
As you well know, pagans are defined as polytheistic, which means that we have “many” Gods, though to many this might be true, to others this is false. We well described that paganism is a religion that honored, and worshiped the earth and its many manifestations, when someone comes up to you and says pagans are those who worship many Gods, you must correct this person, and let them understand the proper definition. No, not all pagans believe in many Gods, while some worship God and Goddess, others worship a pantheon, or Goddess alone, or any other Gods, and yet others only worship the One.
New Age philosophy is the “genre” to put it in words, in which neo-paganism falls in. Wicca as you must be already aware of is a neo pagan religion. Many people state that it is an ancient religion with ancient beliefs, though there is some remote truth in this statement, it is mostly false. Remember the real Wicca comes into being in the 50-60’s with Gardner, and Wicca is a religious adaption to the modern world, with many sets of theories ranging from Thelemites, to even Masonery. Now I will focus on this later on, it is not meant to be a barrier between learning and you.
Now that we see that not every pagan worships “many” gods, this is the normal categorization within the pagan community. All Goddesses and representations of an ultimate female power; if there is an absolute female power, it is referred to as creatorix, and/or mother; as a result, goddesses like Hecat, Isis, and Atabey who are all from different cultures are all manifestations of the same Female energy. And so the same applies to male Gods, Zeus, Thor and Ra, can be seen as different aspects of one ultimate Male Power.
I hope this is not too complicated to understand; as a result most pagans believe that no matter the name, we are all worshiping the same ultimate force, or The ONE, only that we are using different names.
The One can be explained as the combination of both female ultimate, and male ultimate, in a merge that gives you the absolute Energy force, or High Power.
Nevertheless, there are those who choose to believe that there are different lone entities, that guide the people who choose them.
Wicca like I have discussed many times before, has turned into a laughing matter, with so much liberty people have gone to calling themselves Satanic Wiccans, to Christian Wiccans. Everything must be done in an orderly and logical manner, if it is true that Wicca permits a certain freedom of choosing deities, one must also be wise about it. If I am a Wiccan who believe in reincarnation, practices pleasure (sex, and many other happy joys), and does magic, how in the name of whoever, can I be a Christian!? We have to put some sense into everything. So then I can be a Satanist because Wicca lets me choose a deity, and then not even understand the very religious structure of Satanism? Logic, and order above all. Do not get me wrong, you are free to choose your path, but if you do choose to be a Christian, or Satanist, take Wicca out of it. It is not to be a merry go round a la cart, buffet ride! Bring respect to your religion above everything else, and yourself, do not be a fool. With this said, I think I have made my point.
Not turning Wicca into a crazy serve yourself, can sometimes be a tough trip, especially when deities are concerned. To choose deities simply look at what you believe in, like I have said before to many people, you can’t choose out of the blue, as time passes you will see who is more familiar to you, and who makes you feel more comfortable.
Remember to keep balance and peace. Do not mix Hades, with Isis for example; try to be organized and clear. This does not mean that you should not worship Gods from other pantheons, you can, but be careful study them. Why can’t you have a great bond with Athena and Poseidon at the same time? They hate each other, so keep the peace, and be careful!
I will not give you a list of deities, I will post a link that can be useful, this journey is yours. But here are some hints:
1-Ancestry (use Gods your bloodline can be familiar with, if you are Greek by lineage these Gods will probably be good to call on; if you are African American, this would be the perfect blood line to investigate).
2- Place of Birth (Call upon sacred deities from where you were born).
3- Where you live (Each place has a religious history, maybe Romans had conquered some hundreds of years ago? Or maybe there are native ruins?)
4-Do your research (You will be adopting something new and foreign, so read, do not just pick Mayan because they are “cool”, be more spiritual, read their myths and stories, and see who calls to you).
Take your time to look at the lists bellow, choose deities that call out. Write a short “essay” 500 words, telling me who they are and why they call to you. Do not feel pressured take your time to research family history, or in depth information on each Goddess and Gods.
# Promised List of Deities
I exhort you to do your own research, I have given quick eye over these pages, there may be inaccurate, but I have not focused on these pages, or read them, nevertheless, I do not want to make your life's hard, so a facilitate some information, good luck!
IV. What Wicca is NOT
I do hope you have been doing the assignments as asked, bu then again you are responsible for your actions; just remember what you decide in the beginnings can mark your success in a not so easy path.
This lesson will be short, as promised to give you all some more time to get in tune with your new found chakra's, I have not received all of your experiences, but I know you are getting the hang of it from what I have read. Remember to take it easy and slow, change doesn't happen just like that, keep up the good work.
In the study of basic Wicca there are many misconceptions, many misunderstandings, even amongst yourselves there is allot of mud holes, as you learn more about this religion, you get caught in confusion.
For a minute let us leave the chakras and read this mini lesson attentively; I have described in my words what Wicca is. And yet I have not, to me Wicca is an indescribable bunch of sights, beliefs, and mixed emotions. I can say no wrong from it, and less good. Saddly, the same cannot be said about the ignorant media out there. When they ask what Wicca is, they do not see the beautiful sight I see, nor understand the position of my thoughts.
As a matter of fact, most of the people that ask, have either no idea what this is, or have a wrong understanding of the dogma. So I stress out the importance for Wiccans not just to build up their own definitions of how sublime their religion is, but it is important to point out what Wicca is NOT.
After having read this, I want you to post a comment with absolutely everything Wicca is not, and if you miss something and remember tomorrow you may repost, and post and post. Even if your other class mate has posted the same thing. I just want to know what it is not, to see what you have understood from me, and the other sources you use to further your growth.
As a result I also expect that this easy lesson be compensated by your interaction, posting, and review on the other classes that we have given. Review vocab, and lessons, any questions feel free to ask. I will tell you there will be a questionaire "quiz" coming soon. How? Oh, you'll see. ;)
Memorize (practice) the locations of the seven most used chakras. I did not mention this before, but there are other chakra sub levels you might call them like this; examples of such are your palms; you will discover them later on in your practice, for now learn these main one's.
Meditate, simply close your eyes, sit in your meditating position, simply think. Think/ meditate only about each of these power spots, and how you use, and feel them in life. Think about the powers they will grant you when you work your magick. Become familiar with them, know yourself, open your spots and discover a feeling unlike you have felt before, this is your first step in opening up your forgotten chakras. Use the chants provided to open them, if you can't feel anything, perfect; practice makes perfect.
This week you will dedicate AT LEAST, 5 minutes of meditation time to a chakra. There are seven days, and seven Chakras ahead of you.
1. In your hoard, you will label your chakras drawing, writting down the chakra name and characteristics. After each meditation record your experience, and you will share them with me.
What Wicca can Teach us. (You).
Now we are beginning the path of the wiccae, this means you are embracing new knowledge.
The following are other basic characteristics, to which you must become familiar with in order to be wiccan. These are some of the things Wicca teaches, it is some of the things you will deal with and experience in your practice, and will partake in many of your beliefs.
-Achieving a State of ritual consciousness by the use of some of the following tools:
You will find yourself using not just one, but mainly all of these tools in a pagan religion. Later on you will learn the importance all of the above hold in ritual life, magick, and day to day pagan living. All of the mentioned are achieved with the utilization and help of this list.
Wicca teaches, that nature includes a large spectrum of mental and spiritual states, that many of us ignore are real, and existent.
When performing an effective wiccan ritual we slip into these states allowing communication with Goddess, and God.
As a wiccan you will learn that knowledge is a very important part of our spiritual and physical life; wicca is the search of knowledge and understanding in the sactred (nature, and it's many manifestations).
-Expanding Your Knowledge.
1.Knowledge is power
2.Understand the Universe
3.Understand our place within everything
Because Wicca is such a personal religion many people are able to practice beliefs and express them in different form; this is the reason why wicca is so diverse, and does not have a specific way for each of it's devotees. Nevertheless, though wicca is free, there is a list of wiccan common beliefs, that are characteristic, and unbendable (one might say) to it's practices, and to which all practitioners adhere. Every Wiccan must know these, because they will become your mind as a wiccan.
1.Recognizes Deity as dual
2.Physical World is one of many other real ones (other planes).
3.Embraces the doctrine of reencarnation (or a Summerland/ not every wiccan believes in this, but they do not believe in an eternal condemnation or hell).
4."Do what you want, as long as you harm none" (we will have a whole one class about this one sentence).
5.Preserving and Bettering the world.
6.The Sacredness and honor of Nature.
7.View magic as natural and not supernatural. (Wiccans don't believe in the supernatural, because everything exists in nature, thus there cannot be something over the top, they are all natural manifestations).
8.Do not believe in Predestination.
9.Don't believe in ultimate evil, or Satan. (Wiccans acknowledge duality, this means that all dieties, have their good and bad sides, but unlike many popular religions, pagans, do not repremend this, but look at it as a natural and good quality; there is no evil being that causes people to sin, in wicca there is NO sin, wicca does not believe in Satan or the Devil).
10.Free Will (everyone is free to do what they want)
11. Wicca does not seek new members (this means, zero looking for people. Christianity (as an example) seeks for new people, wicca does not, because we understand not everyone is fit to follow wicca, just as not everyone is fit to follow christianity; wicca as a religion is not looking for followers, it just expects it's people to grow).
You will find out, later on, that the variety of Wiccan branches have a set of beliefs appart from the one's I mentioned above. As a matter of fact, many surpass the list above. Everything here is pure Wicca, the rest is optional.
There are so many other things Wicca can teach you, these are just some to get you properly acquainted. When you begin to practice on your own, you will see what wicca can and will teach you, everyone has similar and different experiences.
1. Copy the key points, and any other words, that you didn't understand or you found most appealing to you. (Yes I know copying is a lot of work, but remember in the long run it will pay-off. The notes in your hoard will serve as future and present guides, through your studies.
Though many people would not include this in beginner's Wicca, I will, because I would have liked to have understood the following, when I was learning.
2.In your magick hoard (journal), you will draw a human body and it's chakras. Many images will pop up in Google (I reckon you'll be looking it up there), yes you can copy, please do not print it (save a tree); label them, but do not fill any information on each one. Chakras will be touched next week in class. During this week learn the position of each chakra using your body as a reference, do not do this and you will certainly fall behind. You will see how helpful this will be in your wiccan life.
3.Vocabulary (define the following words).
You can also do readings with these.
Neo-Paganism is all about adaptation of the old with the new. Use the same symbolism as you would with tea leaves or, coffee residues.
Heads up, you have to drink the chocolate to the bottom, and leave the dark part.
Sep 3, 2010
Aug 24, 2010
Jul 16, 2010
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously
for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.
Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up
anyway, it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his
neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to
shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and
cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement, he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was
astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the
donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up on
the dirt. As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the
animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was
amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!
And the moral is....
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting
out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a
stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never
giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!
Remember the Gods help he who helps himself. Strive!
Jun 7, 2010
invocation- The ritual "calling-in" of an entity (or energies) higher than human, either for communication with the caller through a medium or by visible manifestation or else to enter into a human body as in the Drawing Down the Moon. In some traditions, a Prayer.
lammas- August 1st. Witch Festival. The Old Celtic name for this festival is Lughnassadh. It is the Festival of the First Fruits, and is the first of the 3 harvests. This festival also marks the change of the Threefold Goddess energies from that of Mother to Crone.
maiden- An appointment held by one of the women of the coven. She is virtually the assistant High Priestess. This term is also the descriptive term used to describe the first of the aspects of the Threefold Goddess Energies (Maiden, Mother, and Crone). It is traditionally associated with the Waxing Moon, and the period from Imbolc (Candlemas) to Beltane (May eve) where the energies are those of initiating, beginning, and creation.
old religion- another name for the Craft.
paganing/ wiccaning- Presentation of an infant to the Circle and to the Gods.
pentacle- a disc shaped talisman; in particular, the metal disc which represents the earth element among the witch's working tools.
pentagram- The five-pointed star. With a single point uppermost, it represents the human being. Inverted, with two points uppermost, it can have Satanist associations; but not necessarily. Some traditions of Wicca use the inverted pentagram to signify an initiate of the second degree.
quarters- The North, East, South, and West parts of a magickal circle or other ritual area. (See also "Watchtowers")
rede- rule or law.
sabbath- one of the Eight festivals or high holy days of Wicca.
salamander- an entity that dwells in the realm of Fire.
samhain- The festival of remembrance for the dead, held on the eve of Nov. 1st. It is the last of the three harvests. This festival also marks the transition of rulership of the "Wheel of the Year from that of the Goddess to that of the God.
scrying- divination, usually using such methods as crystal gazing, or divination via incense smoke, or water as opposed to tarot or other manipulative means.
spell- a prayer, or verbal direction of magickal energies toward the accomplishment of some goal.
summoner- The male officer of the coven who corresponds to the Maiden. He is the assistant High Priest.
sylph- an "entity" or "elemental" that dwells in the plane of Air or is associated with the AIR Element.
tradition- any of the various "sects" of Wicca such as Gardnerian, Alexandrian, Georgian, Seax, etc.
undine- an "entity" or "elemental" that dwells in the plane of Water or is associated with the WATER Element.