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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
One of the most popular myths of Ishtar is about her descent into the underworld using the Eastern entrance in attempt to obtain Ereshkigal's power over the underworld. In order to reach Ereshkigal, Ishtar needed to pass through the seven gates of the underworld, and was not allowed to pass through unless she removed an article of clothing for each of gate. Her clothes were symbollic of her divine power, thus she was systematically weakened in this fashion. By the time she arrived in the inner palace, she was naked and almost dead, but still determined to complete her task, when Ereshkigal arose from her throne, Ishtar took it. Ereshkigal's counselors, the Anunnaki, sentenced her to death for this action & hung her corpse on a hook.
However, before Ishtar had begun her journey, she had instructed her messenger, Ninshubur, that if she did not return within 3 days and 3 nights, to seek help for that would mean she was dead. Ninshubar first sought help with the gods, Enlil and Nanna, but they refused to aid her believing she deserved to die for her ambition. He then asked Enki, the lord of wisdom who had access to the food and water of life, for aid. Enki created 2 creatures, the kurgarru and the kalaturru, from the dirt of his fingernails & instructed them to carry the food and water of life to Ishtar in order to revive her. Their mission suceeded, but the Anunnaki demanded a substitute for her if she was to leave. A legion of demons accompanied her from the netherworld to search for her replacement. Ishtar refused to allow the demons to take anyone who had wept for her during her confinement as a replacement.
When Ishtar came upon her husband, Dumuzi, she found him adorned in a magnificent robe instead of mourning clothing. She told the demons to take him as her substitute. Dumuzi quickly used his magic to change himself into a reptile, & escaped to his sister, Gestinanna. She took pity on him & agreed to take his position in the underworld for half the year, while he would spend the other half the year in the underworld.
This is one of the many possible stories that led to the Christian Story of Easter. But probably not the only one. There is also the worship of Eostre. But much of the myth surrounding this Germanic Goddess has been lost to history.
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Sunday, February 21, 2010
I know that I have left some things out, like Sabbats and Esbats. This is because I talk about them so much on this blog as it is. But I did want to say this, the key to ritual with children is simplicity. Not so simple that you insult their intelligence but simple enough that they can with very little knowledge catch on, participate and enjoy themselves.
Up to this point I have received some feedback, all positive. Yet I am looking for more feedback, either kind is fine. Is there anything that I left out? Anything you want to see in more detail? I am open to adding parts to this series in the future as the requests come in.
Labels: 101 class, children, series, teaching, wicca
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I believe that this a worthwhile argument because there are some tools that can be dangerous for young children. The prime examples being the athame and the bolline. I don't know about you but I don't want my young children running around with knives. Even if I decide that they are old enough to participate in more mature rituals.
But things like wands and cauldrons are relatively harmless as long as they don't run with them. And in fact a wand hunting expedition is a great activity to participate in with your children. If you make the decision to include your children in your family tradition and in small family rituals, then you will want to give considerable thought to gathering items for the children's own altar and ritual tool box.
These tools could include, but not be limited to;
- Athame (Depending on age)
- Bolline (As above, depending on age)
- Gemstones (Both precious and semi-precious; A great example are quartz points)
- Pentacle Altar Tile
Labels: 101 class, children, series, tools, wicca
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Here is something you can do with your children after ritual is the tree exercise. This simple but fun exercise will help you and your children to get grounded and centered.
First have them stand and put their feet firmly on the ground. Tell them that they are going to imagine being a tree.
Next have them raise their arms and stretch really high. Tell them that their arms are the branches. And then blow out your breath saying that it is the wind. And ask them to sway like a tree in gentle breeze. Say that trees pull their strength and food from the Sun and the Earth. Ask them to imagine the sun shining on them, unless it is daytime and you are outside. In that case just have them turn their faces up with closed eyes and feel the sun warm their faces and bodies.
Now tell them to wiggle their toes and feel the Earth, solid, beneath them. Have them imagine the Energy and strength flowing up through their feet and into their bodies. Ask them if they feel any stronger. This may take some practice for your kids to get down to get down, especially if they are real young. But stick with it and you will see some great results, I promise.
Labels: 101 class, children, grounding, series, wicca
Monday, February 15, 2010
But still I am feared because I bring death soon, robed in black I bring the scythe that cuts down the wheat. Yet do not worry for does not the wheat continue your life? See my willing death in the waning sun and the leaves turning crimson and orange.
Yet remember my death is willing for in my death I end the battle between Son and Father and I spare the Earth. Look for me on the other side of this world in Summerland for I will be there to guide the souls of the dead and give them a chance at rebirth.
Anubis, the Jackal God of the Egyptians is a good example of the power of this aspect. Even though he was shunned and made fun of by the Romans his worship continued at least until the second century in Rome.
As the God of dying and later of death, he was the guide of the souls through the veil. And as such he was known and prayed to as the protector of lost souls, such as orphans. Anubis was also the weigher of souls and this makes him a god of judgement as well.
The lame smith God of the Greeks Hephaestus is another God that falls into this aspect. His lesson is that you can be unpopular and not have good looks but still be in great need. The myths tell us that he was given the hand of Aphrodite because of his great crafting skill.
In fact his skill was in such demand that he wound up making most of the necessary items of legend for the other Gods and Heroes of old.
Hermes' winged helmet and sandals, the Aegis breastplate, Aphrodite's famed girdle, Agamemnon's staff of office, Achilles' armor, Heracles' bronze clappers, Helios' chariot, the shoulder of Pelops, and Eros' (Cupid) bow and arrows.
Labels: 101 class, children, God, series, wicca
Sunday, February 14, 2010
The first two I think are easy for children to understand. But the third can be harsh for children, so I have taken the Grandmother traits of this aspect and tried to show those in a kid friendly manner.
Hear the words of the Maiden:Specific Goddesses
I who am La Primavera, The Springtime. I who am the promise of Life and the hope for immortality. The one who from beneath my dancing feet spring flowers. I who am the Virgin, untameable. Robed in white, pure and untouched by the world's strife.
I bid you to be merry in all you do. When you make love be sure to think of me for your little deaths are a chance for the beginnings of a little life. And at every birth think of me. For whether boy or girl I am also born there.
Every drop of rain is a blessing falling from my lips, so rejoice in the falling rain. I represent life unbridled, untamed. So I bid thee remember to be unashamed to sing or dance when the mood takes thee.
For every dance and every song is but an expression of the Song of Creation and the Dance of the Creatrix.
Count thy blessings every day and let not sadness take thee for every ending and misfortune leads to a new beginning and greater fortune. There is no room for sadness in the worship of Me.
Also remember not to fear the night for after every night there comes a new dawn. And I promise tht if ye look careful you can see me arrayed in clours wondrous on every morn at the rise of the Sun.
This is the aspect of the Goddess pertaining to Youth and Innocence. She is the Eternal Virgin but not in the patriacharchal sense of a woman before sex or marriage but in the older sense of the word, a woman that belongs only to herself.
The Maiden aspect has many lessons for us. To love without bounds, to view the world through the eyes of innocence and to live in the moment. Through her we learn mercy and compassion. She is also a goddess of passion and gracefulness.
But as much as the Maiden lives in the now, she does not forget her duties. Nor does she let her innocence allow her to be taken advantage of. She is the Huntress, the Warrior Queen as much as she is the Midwife and the Gardener.
There are many Goddesses that fall into this aspect. One example is Artemis who was born after a short and painless labor. After her birth she then turned around and became midwife and nurturer to her Mother, Leto, and helped her mother to give birth to her own twin brother Apollo. Because of this Artemis became the Goddess of childbirth, the protector of children, and the goddess who listened most closely to the appeals of women. This Goddess' association with the wilderness around us, symbolized her own untamed nature. Because of her independence she became the best huntress of the Gods. She was also often depicted carrying a torch to light the way for others, leading them through territories yet uncharted.
There is also the Goddess Kuan Yin who's story best tells us about her. In her youth she was Miao Shan a maiden that wanted to become a Buddhist nun but was forbidden to do so by her Father. He tried to have her married off and when she refused he sent soldiers to kill her. She was saved by a tiger but then descended into the Land of the Dead and freed the souls in bondage there. Rose again and was greeted by Buddha himself who sent her into hiding on the isle of P'u T'o Shan where she reached enlightenment. Yet her suffering had taught her mercy and compassion so that she stopped short and turned back with the pledge to save mankind. That she would not reach enlightenment until everyone else before her reached there.
Listen close and hearken to my words:Specific Goddesses
I who am Demeter, giver of fruitfulness and abundance; I who am Arianrhod, the Turner of the Heavenly Wheel; I who am Selene, Queen of the Starlit Heavens and Goddess of the Moon; I who am Hera, Goddess of the Hearth.
As I am the Goddess of the Moon. I am the bringer of change in your life. And although you may not see the wisdom, all I do is done for the betterment of each and every one of my children. But fear not for I am also Hera, Goddess of the Unchanging Hearth and I bring that growing power to each of your ventures, if they follow the Rede.
But also remember that for each of these gifts that I offer you, you must in turn spread your gifts to the people around you. Be a light in the world to show the way of love and the way of peace and passivity. But do not think that I counsel you to let yourself be trodden upon. Stand firm in your beliefs and for your rights. Yet do this while remaining calm and loving. And I assure you that if enough of you do this then it will spread like all wondrous things will and the world will be united in peace and love.
Let each person lead their own lives. yet counsel in love if you see them doing harm to themselves or others. Also lead by example. Live these words and others will follow. For do not actions speak louder than words?
I give you all my blessings and shower you in my Love. Blessed Be!
The Mother is an aspect of the Goddess that at first glance seems self-explanatory. The Mother is the mother right? While she is that nurturing force, she is also self-sacrifice personified. But not self-sacrifice for its sake, rather she will sacrifice her needs and desires and even herself for her children and those she loves.
As the Maiden was the Virgin, so has the Mother commited herself to her lover and to her children. Now that she is grown older she can no longer worry only about today and how she is affected, for she has brought new life into the world and she carries that responsibility.
She is the gateway to life and the womb that grows the seed. She is the Moon and the Earth and the controller of tides. She is universal love and the path to peace.
Demeter as the Goddess of grain and fertility was an important deity to the ancient Greeks. She was the mother of Persephone who was also called Kore. And in that story we see the dedication found in this aspect. She never stopped seeking for her lost daughter and when she found her she braved all things, even death, to rescue her.
Before her marriage to Zeus, Hera was called the Queen of Heaven because she ruled over the heavens and the earth and was responsible for every aspect of existence, including the seasons and the weather. She was also known as Juno in the Roman pantheon, the Goddess of weddings. Her sacred animals were the peacock and the cow. The cow symbolizing Hera's watchfulness over her children and the peacock symbolizes her beauty and immortality. She has been called upon in olden days to bless and protect a woman's marriage. Bringing fertility and protection for her children.
Specific GoddessesCharge of the Crone
Come closer my grandchildren sit at my feet and hear my words. Let me tell you the story of my life and the lessons I have learned. Know that I am the Darksome terrible Goddess, but I only bring terror to those who do not understand.
I am Hecate, the Crossroads. I am Morganna, Raven of Battles. I am the widow descending to the Underworld to find my lost husband and my future son. And I am the womb that they are born from.
Know that at lifes end I will be waiting for you; to guide you through death and into rebirth. And that I will be there at birth to guide you through birth into life.
To truly taste life is to worship me. For Magick and art are my domains and my greatest lesson is love itself. So let there be compassion in your anger, power in your humbleness and mirth balanced against discipline.
Yet remember that if you seek to remove my veil and see my true face you have only to look within for I am always with you from the beginning to the end.
Who is the Crone? She is the one who, wrapped in mystery, brings the wisdom that is key to unlock the ancient mysteries. She is blunt and sometimes harsh but that is only because she has learned the value of unfettered honesty. The end of her life draws near and she has no time to indulge people in their illusions. She can be turned to when the world has baffled you, because she has lived a long life and more likely then not she has already solved the puzzle that faces you.
See her face in the dark of the Moon and the cool night shadows and look within to know that she has always been with you from birth through death. She is the tomb that is the womb that leads from death into the rebirth and new life.
The Crone goddess of the Welsh was Cerridwen. A shape-shifting goddess of divination and enchantment. Her cauldron is a symbol of death and of life. It represents the womb and the tomb through which we have all passed and will pass again.
Her cauldron can contain the elixir of immortality that allows us to pass through death and into rebirth to live again. It may also contain the waters of Knowledge. Which would make it the Grail that Arthur seeked so long for. For a king of the Celts ruled by the will of the Goddess.
The ancient race of the Slavs worshipped a Goddess called Baba Yaga. She is the old crone that guards the Water of Life and Death. She is oftentimes represented as the wild untamed forces of nature but as we know the storm brings the water of life allowing for rebirth.
Her symbols are the birch tree, the tree of beginnings and endings. She was also known as the White Lady as she is stiff and white and carved of bone.
Labels: 101 class, children, Goddess, series, wicca
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Family is defined by a common sense of morals and traditions. I know that seems to be common sense but bear with me as I go on.
- Tolerance - Webster defines as tolerance as 'sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own.'So how does one, as a parent, teach this to their kids? It is my belief that children are born tolerant. The idea of bigotry and racism is, in my opinion, something that is taught. So the real question here is not what can be done to teach it, but what can be done to encourage it to stick around.The first step would be to examine yourself. Are you tolerant of all? Do you ever speak unkindly of people in a general manner? Children have few else to learn from other then their parents.Then you need to wipe these things out of your thoughts and vocabulary.If this doesn't apply or you are ready to move on then you can work to expose your kids to different cultures and (if they are old enough) different religions. I know that in the plans for homeschooling my youngest, that when she gets old enough that the religious books of other faiths will be required. Tolerance comes from true knowledge of others.
- Charity - Webster defines this as benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity.
The love I speak of is not just passionate love, or even brotherly love. The term for this love is Agape. Defined as the selfless love of one person for another without sexual implications (especially love that is spiritual in nature).
I know, its a mouthful, but what better lesson can you teach your kid then love?
Children start off being obsessed with me and mine, so for them to not just be tolerant of others but to love them and to have goodwill towards, they must have good examples i.e. Parents.
Teach your children to love others and to do nice things for others. It has been my experience that to make them do so, is a wrong choice. They will only rebel. Point out the world around them and step back to give them chances to develop a sense of Charity for their fellow man.
- Humility - I think that humility is something that is missing in our culture. We are afraid of letting our kids lose, at anything. They have done away with keeping score and/or lowered the standards in school, so that no one's self-esteem is damaged. And what has been the result? We have a generation of children with no drive. They do not understand that they have limitations and so they can't understand why they fail in the real world.
- Devotion - I define this as the following and worshiping of the Gods, and all that that entails.
- Patience - Probably one of the hardest things for anyone to learn. But also one of the most important lessons to learn. My spiritual teacher always talks about Wicca and the organic method. Meaning that things happen in the time and way they are supposed to happen, we just have to be patient enough to wait for it to happen. Now this doesn't mean that we can sit idly by and wait for the bills to be paid. Rather it is to take life one day at a time and to just let things flow.
- Kindliness- Probably one of the easiest of the virtues to learn. So what is kindliness? Well simply speaking it is the act of being kind. And it is the end result of following the Wiccan Rede, 'An it harm none, do as ye will. For doing no harm is the end result of being kind.
- Forbearance - Forbearance is the art of self-control. Yes, I know short answer but it is the easiest to say.
Forbearance is the act of restraining oneself and not giving into our baser natures. It is what keeps us from being vicious and cruel and allows us to show compassion and love.
All good parents already teach this to their children whether they call it that or not. We teach our kids the difference between right and wrong. Some of us probably even say to them, "control yourselves."
On another level forbearance becomes the act of letting things go. To not hold grudges or to turn the other cheek. Now this doesn't mean that we should let the world walk all over us, but rather that we should not be ruled by our anger and our hate. Rather that we do not act as the world acts
- Sincerity - This means truth in word and act. That when you say something that that is what you mean and follow through. It goes far beyond just honesty and good follow through.
Rather it is knowing that you can do what you say and not saying what you know you can't do. I know that I keep falling back on the old cliche. But it continues to be true. Lead by example. If your kids know that you mean what you say then they will eventually seek to emulate that in their own life.
- Courage - defined by Webster as: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. The ability to face fear and overcome it so that we can persevere. Whether that fear is a fear of ones self or of failure.
But this must not be confused with bravery. For fools are brave and rush into things with fear and thinking. But wise people are courageous and overcome adversity.
- Precision - is being precise in thought, word and action. Meaning that we should strive to be unambiguous in speech and action.
To many people I have met seem to have a problem just speaking their mind. We couch ourselves in half truths and hesitate to speak our minds. Instead we should be upfront and honest with first ourselves and then with everyone else in our lives.
- Efficiency - This goes back to my post on cutting out the clutter in your lives. If we have to much then our energies are scattered and we cannot be efficient.
- Discrimination - is the ability to be able to discern the truth in others. To see the real meaning of what people say. In other words to not be gullible.
- Wisdom - is the proper use of knowledge and thoughts. We can have knowledge but if we don't act on it in a proper and "wise" manner, what good is it?
Wisdom is also that which allows us to make decisions that do not involve ourselves getting drowned in drama or calamity. And as to be expected, wisdom cannot be taught. It can only be gained through experience, whether in this life or in past lives.
Labels: 101 class, children, Ethics, series, wicca
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Starhawk is a world renowned Wiccan author and activist. She is the author or coauthor of eleven books, including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess. Starhawk's newest book is a picture book for children, The Last Wild Witch. Starhawk is often considered the pioneer of the reemergence of earth-based and feminist spirituality. While those titles and words sound important, what exactly do they mean? An activist is someone who is involved in organizations and their community, with the intention of making positive change. An activist is usually involved in a specific cause or organization they are not necessarily an activist for everything. For example an environmental activist is someone who is actively involved in improving and saving our natural environment. Starhawk is considered an environmental activist, and she is very involved in the Pagan community as well. She believes it is very important for Pagans and Wiccans to use their spiritual beliefs to be politically involved in their communities. She is a community organizer and supports efforts to end war and causes like global justice.
In addition to her political activism Starhawk is famous for promoting the idea of feminist spirituality. Feminism is the belief that women are equal to men in all areas of life. This does not mean that feminists believe men and women are exactly the same, just that they are equal in value. Feminism is usually seen as a political movement where men and women are fighting for the legal rights of women to be equal to men’s. Feminism can also be applied to religion though. Before the reemergence of Pagan religions, America and other westernized countries’ religious beliefs and culture were predominantly Judeo-Christian based (still are). The religious beliefs and practices within the Judeo-Christian religions directly affect how women are treated in society. The religious teachings of Judeo-Christian religions are focused around a male-only system. They teach that there is only a male god, male angels, male prophets, male spiritual teachers, and that men are in charge of women. These beliefs have lead to the oppression of women for thousands of years. People like Starhawk are helping to bring awareness to the oppression that religious beliefs like this have on women. Starhawk promotes Pagan religions that are not only earth-based, but also centered around the “Sacred Feminine.” The Scared Feminine is the idea that there are feminine deities and spiritual energies just like there are male ones. People who embrace the Sacred Feminine usually worship a Goddess (or multiple Goddesses). They see femininity within the spiritual world and religion. They also allow women to become spiritual leaders or priestesses within the religion. Starhawk has been a powerful leader within the Sacred Feminine movement and she continues to promote the rights of women both politically and spiritually.
Labels: 101 class, children, feminism, guest post, wicca
Monday, February 8, 2010
All of this interest led a man, named Raymond Buckland, to fly to the U.K. from America to be trained in this new religion. After training and returning to the states he was the first in America to admit to practicing Wicca. His books helped to shape modern Wicca as we know. From making a new tradition based upon the Gardernerian teachings but with Anglo-Saxon influence.
Now up to this point to be trained in Wicca one had to find a coven willing to teach and that you got along with. But this was soon to change. Because a man named Scott Cunningham was to publish a book for Solitary Practitioners. Although faced with much controversy, this book was probably one of the most influential books in modern Wicca/Paganism.
There are many other famous authors that I could talk about but these are the major, with one exception, players that have helped to shape the modern face of Wicca and Paganism. From Gardner and Valiente to his students and their students. To Buckland bringing the Craft to the Americas and Cunningham opening the door and revealing the Mysteries to all that could just pick up and read his book. Stay tuned for a guest post tomorrow on the last biography of this series.
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Sunday, February 7, 2010
Later, with some hesitation, he initiated a woman named Doreen Valiente into the Craft. She later became the High Priestess of his coven and helped him to rewrite his Book of Shadows, making it into what we see and some of us practice today. This led to her being called the 'Mother of Modern Witchcraft' by Dr Leo Ruickbie.
Doreen was the author of the famous Charge of the Goddess and Charge of the God. Both of which have helped to shape Modern Wicca as well.
I have chosen to take time this week to talk, albeit in brief, about the founders of the modern Wiccan/Pagan movement. There are some I will leave out due to constraint on time, but I am always open to adding them later if their is enough demand.
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Friday, February 5, 2010
Continuing from yesterday's post here are the last seven of the Thirteen Principles of Witchcraft and my thoughts on them.
7. We see religion, magick and wisdom-in-living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it -- a world viewand philosophy of life which we identify as Witchcraft, the Wiccan Way.
Wicca is not about just celebrating the Sabbats and the Esbats. Rather it is how we live our lives everyday. We see the Goddess and God in all things. Whether it is a thunderstorm or a sunrise.
8. Calling oneself "Witch" does not make a Witch -- but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees and initiations. A Witch seeks to control the forces within her/himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and well without harm to others and in harmony with Nature.
We must live a good life and be a good example to the world around us. Just like the last one this is not just about celebrating it is about Living It.
9. We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness, that gives meaning to the Universe we know, and our personal role within it.
We believe that all things change. Some good and some bad but that is how we learn.
10. Our only animosity towards Christianity, or toward any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that its institutions have claimed to be "the only way," and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practice and belief.
I think that this is pretty self-explanatory. We do not have any thing against other religions as long as we can practice our own.
11. As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the Craft, the origins of various terms, the origins of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and our future.
While we are not an 'old' faith we know that what we do works. And rather than focus on what came before we are focused on now and what is coming.
12. We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as "Satan" or "the Devil", as defined by Christian tradition. We do not seek power through the suffering of others, nor do we accept that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.
This reflects well the concept of the Wiccan Rede; 'If it harm none do as you will'.
13. We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.
I know that many of us use herbal teas at the very least. That may be a beginning to a way to explain this to our kids. Explain that many of our medicines come from the natural world, they have just been copied in a lab.
I hope that you have enjoyed these posts. I start next week on the History of the Craft, hope you tune in and let me know what you think so far.
Labels: 101 class, series, wicca
Thursday, February 4, 2010
I am going to post the first six today and my comments on them. The rest will be forthcoming tomorrow.
1. We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross Quarters.
If you have been following this blog then your kids should be familiar with the Esbats and the Sabbats.
2. We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility towards our environment. We seek to live in harmony with Nature, in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.
The Earth is a symbol of the Goddess and if we want to honor and show Her respect then we should work to keep the Earth clean and not litter.
3. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that is apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary it is sometimes called "supernatural", but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.
Now this is one that you will have to choose whether your child is ready to understand. Personally I have not talked to my youngest daughter about this. I think she is to young to understand the concepts of magick.
4. We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity-as masculine and feminine-and that this same Creative Power lies in all people, and functions through the interaction of the masculine and feminine. We value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive of the other. We value sex as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magickal practice and religious worship.
The same goes for the last line of this one. If you haven't talked about the 'birds and the bees' then leave it out. But they do need to understand that Deity is expressed in the Wiccan faith as Goddess and God or by whatever names you understand them by. (More on deity is coming during this series)
5. We recognize both outer and inner, or psychological, worlds -- sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, Inner Planes, etc. -- and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magickal exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.
To explain this one I have asked them if they can see the Goddess and God the same as she does my wife or myself. Of course her answer was no. Then I told her that this is because the Gods live on a different plane or in a different world. That sometimes if we think about or pray to them then we can hear them and feel them.
6. We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.
Of the six posted today this is one of the hardest to explain. My daughter knows about other religions, so it is easy to show her the Pope and explain the power of the Catholic Church and then show that we don't have a Pope. I also in rituals allow her a little spontaneity so that she can understand that their is no 'Right Way'.
I hope that todays post is a good start for you all to begin exposing your children to more of your faith. Whether it is their first time or they have been learning about and experiencing it for a while. Any comments would be appreciated, positive or negative.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
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