Archive for March, 2011

A Single Point of Light

One of the critiques I hear most often from Christians who have some understanding of Pagan ideas is this: that one should worship the Creator, not the Creation.

About a week ago, ruminating on this, I wrote the following:

The Creator and the Creation are one in the same.

You who do not understand, it avails you not to lecture us on our faith.

From a single point of light came all things,

Every star, every being, and all matter and energy.

In time, it became aware of itself, and became the Lord and Lady;

And the human seed gave them names and faces, spoke to them,

Became their eyes and ears as the mysteries of their being

Unfolded before them.

Thus it shall continue:

All life, all matter, all energy, shall be reborn,

Shall take on every possible form,

And learn through its changes

Until They have learned everything there is to know.

Then all shall be complete, and all shall be as one again;

And all things that were, are, and shall be will be joined once more

Into a single, radiant point of light.

Friends Along The Path

I have been surprised multiple times by how many friends I’ve met, in the last few months, who were either already on the Path long ago, or who came to it at or around the same time I did.

The anthropologist in me says it’s just about adaptive culture; we’re responding to a culture that, apparently, hasn’t worked for us.

And yet, part of me says it’s something more elemental than that; my intuition tells me that the calling has grown stronger in recent times because the universe, in short order, will need as many souls in tune with what it says as possible. ¬†Perhaps a great time of need approaches.

Whatever the case, to my friends old and new, I am honored to have you by my side, called by the Lord and Lady.  Blessed be, and may the circle be open yet unbroken.

Without Love, What Are We?

I am not one to refer often to the Christian Bible, but this book- as with many others- has many gems of wisdom hidden within, even among the more terrible things it says.

I came across this one today:

1 Cor. 13

  1. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
  2. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

But isn’t this so much in line with what a Witch should also strive for?

Whatever we become, whatever we do, whatever things we learn, see, or grow to comprehend, if we do it without love, we have only a dead faith. We are no better than cold, calculated students of the mystic arts, or worse, workers of maleficia; in short, a witch who acts without love is no better than waerloga (warlock), an oath-breaker.

What does the Rede begin with?

Bide within the law ye must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust.

The penultimate lines of the Rede, before the eight-word injunction, then say this:

Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you.

These two phrases, at the beginning and end of the Rede, to me say it all: Have love in your heart, or disavow the way of the Witch.

We must strive to live in love for the earth, love for all creation, love even for those who the world says do not deserve love.

This much, I think, we should demand of anyone, regardless of what tradition they follow.