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Beltane: A Revisit May 1, 2012

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While speaking with a family member recently, I casually mentioned the beginnings of Beltane/May Day and the spiritual symbolism of the maypole, dressing in white, etc. I was taken aback by her fascination with the information. In college, younger versions of Tree and Mermaid taught the origins of all the holidays. I have recounted the story so many times that I forgot how many more times I should keep telling it. Eventually, it began to feel like common knowledge amongst my core social circle. It managed to slip my mind just how many people out there do not know these things…and how many of them would find them interesting.

Instead of retelling my run-down of the historic and spiritual origins of this fire festival, I found a really good article on BBC’s website. Click HERE to go to the online article in their Religions section to find out about the beginnings of Beltane as well as how modern Pagans generally celebrate.

Even if you do not generally follow an earth-based spiritual path, I suggest finding a maypole to dance around or a grassy field in which to frolic today. Light a candle and ponder the true abundance around you.  Give thanks to the Universe for all of the love, in its many forms, that exists in your life.

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Charge of the God September 24, 2009

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(The Charge of the Goddess was posted on 9-17-09, if you would like to read both together.)

The Horned God - Cernunnos; Artist info was not listed with image.

The Horned God - Cernunnos; Artist info was not listed with image.

Charge of the God

Listen to the words of the Great Father, who of old was called Osiris,
Adonis, Zeus, Thor, Pan, Cernunnos, Herne, Lugh and by many other
names:

“My Law is Harmony with all things.
Mine is the secret that opens the gates of life and mine is the dish of salt of the
earth that is the body of Cernunnos that is the eternal circle of rebirth.
I give the knowledge of life everlasting, and beyond death I give the promise of
regeneration and renewal.
I am the sacrifice, the father of all things, and my protection blankets the earth.”

Hear the words of the dancing God, the music of whose laughter stirs the
winds, whose voice calls the seasons:

“I who am the Lord of the Hunt and the Power of the Light, sun among the clouds
and the secret of the flame
I call upon your bodies to arise and come unto me.
For I am the flesh of the earth and all its beings.
Thru me all things must die and with me are reborn.
Let my worship be in the body that sings, for behold all acts of willing sacrifice
are my rituals.
Let there be desire and fear, anger and weakness, joy and peace, awe and longing
within you.
For these too are part of the mysteries found within yourself, within me, all
beginnings have endings, and all endings have beginnings.”

~(I am not sure who wrote this version of the Charge of the God.  If anyone finds out who it is, please let me know! Thanks!)

What does The Charge of the God evoke within you?

 

Prayer and Spellwork: What is the difference? September 22, 2009

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Generally, spells are given a bad reputation by those not practicing witchcraft, following a neo-pagan path, or who have bothered to ask a practitioner what they are all about.  Ignorance only breeds more ignorance and out of this comes fear and then people and beliefs are completely misunderstood and then I become very upset.  The worst thing is to judge someone based upon something they believe when you haven’t even done your homework.  So, in the spirit of spreading accurate information, I wanted to write a post about the similarities and differences (if any) between performing a spell and praying.  I also figured that with the coming of Mabon, some of you may have to explain your beliefs to people, particularly those close to you that are not familiar with Wiccan or neo-pagan practices.  Finding some common ground is always a good place to start.

In general, prayer is a part of nearly every major or minor world religion.  The act of connecting to a higher power through words as an individual or group is very common.  Even people who don’t consider themselves to be very religious or even spiritually inclined may find themselves praying at different times in their lives for help with a difficult decision or a particularly undesirable situation.  What does differ is who they believe is hearing their prayers, though even this can be debated as there are many who believe the many higher powers of the different world religions are actually the same Spirit.  What is important for this discussion is what traditionally goes into prayer;  how one might define the act of praying. 

Here is my attempt at coming up with such a definition:  Prayer is the act of saying (either out loud or silently to one’s self) a set of words that can be written by the religious practitioner and improvisational or written by a recognized figure of higher authority within that religion in the hopes of forming a connection with a higher power ,giving praise to that higher power, making an impact on a current earthly situation, or a combination of the three previous reasons.  For example, one might pray to ask for help in times of need or to thank the higher power for help given or simply to demonstrate worship of the higher power.  This act may or may not be accompanied by physical movements (sitting, standing, bowing, making the sign of the cross, etc) and objects (incense, bells, music, etc).  In some cases, time is also an important factor in prayer (time of day or specific occasions, for example).

Now, I would like for you to read the above definition, except replace the word “prayer” with the word “spell.”  This is what a spell is.   True, the two acts may differ in some respects, but at their core, they are very similar ways to interact with a higher power, usually in the hopes of changing something in the material world.  There is nothing wrong with the similarity and I apologize if I offend practitioners of any religion.  This is simply my personal observation and belief. 

Now, as you go about your day, think of the many other things you see in people that you find to be odd or even offensive.  Try to find their counterpart in your own life.  As I said ignorance breeds ignorance, so the more people pushing intelligent acceptance of all, the better.

Blessed Mabon everyone, and Blessed Acceptance!

 

Have you ever had an encounter where you were forced to explain yourself to someone who misunderstood you?  What are your personal beliefs on prayer and spellwork?