This will be the last ramblings post. Form now on each topic will appear as its own post, it will be short, but that is okay with me.
Sometimes I wonder about old stories, particularly those of the more fantastical side and wonder what truths lie buried in them. Take ninjas for example. Not a whole lot is known abut the for sure, there are rumors, and stories, but most of the myths are exaggerations and lies they probably spread themselves or come form what amounts to at the time dime store romance novels. Now out of all of those there are probably some kernels of truth in there somewhere, and I don’t think all of them are mundane ones.
For instance tales say they can go invisible, now that is not possible, yet, but there are spell that will make you pretty hard to notice, which is to say, invisible, with nocturnal magic and an invisibility spell maybe they could pretty much be as a shadow and be invisible. Techniques such as divination magic, glamor magic, and actual manipulation of the chakras for certain things might make them less living shadows but perhaps proficient nocturnal witches.
Makes me wonder how many other fantastical tales have a bit more truth then they seem once you understand magic.
Initiation, you hear a lot about it, you sometimes hear you have to be initiated, and that further you have to be initiated by another witch.
This is simply not true, for if it takes a witch to make a witch, who made the first hmmm?
And, if you say it was the goddess and god that inspired a self initiation ( Self dedication) then why can it not work for you?
The answer is that it can.
But be you initiated or do a self dedication it is important to do so in Wicca.
Because the path, the life you had before is over, and your new one is awaiting you.
An initiation or self dedication is a piece of ritual magic that formalizes, both to the goddess and god, but also in your own mind.
It is a clear cutting point between your former life and your new one, as clear as any other life milestone.
Now maybe in the long run of things it doesn’t seem like a big deal, and perhaps it isn’t, but it does still matter, as I have said before Wicca is a religion, and it has its rites same as any other one, and an initiation or self dedication is one of them.
Something I see a lot with Wiccans and witches is anti-Christian sentiment.
And this should not be, the most common arguments for are the witch trials and the people who tell you you are going to hell since you are a witch. And it is STUPID.
Blaming a group of people for crap that happened hundreds of years ago is just as bad as black people hating whites because of slavery. The actual people involved are long dead their deeds are long done, that part of the past is not worth keeping alive to a degree that it taints our present. And as for the people ine the present that make you miserable with their comments, yes, they are A-holes I will give you that, but it is not right to condemn a whole group of people and their religion for the action of a few people, and if you do you are doing the SAME thing they are. The fact of the matter is the Christianity is not that bad of a religion, it implores a person to be a kind, generous, and understanding person who places faith in their god and strives to make the world a better place. Now I will admit that some of their practices are archaic, but then again so are ours, even more so since it was all based on more ancient stuff then theirs, so glass houses and stones and stuff. Thus I would have you, hate the person and condemn them and their actions if you must, but try to remember that the religion its self is one of good and meals well.
I think in this day and age even though public perception of witches and Wiccans are beginning to change it is not quite there yet.
And the only way to help it get there is to be a good example to to to others of being one. The easiest way to do this is to make your self available to people whom yu can trust that you are a witch and can help them if they will let you, as well as doing public good works on a local level as a person, now I am not saying out your self as a witch, that is asking for trouble in most cases I find, but I am saying if asked do not deny it and not lie about it.
If you can do this help only a few people and leave a good impression of your self and your faith and practice, and everyone else does the same then in time public perception will change for the better.
Do not ever doubt that Wiccans and witches are still at war with people, especially of other faiths, but this is not a war of violence, this is a war of hearts and minds, and this is a war that we must win, for we have seen what can happen to us if we do not.
So be a good soldier of your faith and your deity and make them both look good as you go throughout your day and life.
Something that occurs to me today we Wiccans, have no religious tales.
Don’t get me wrong, each deity had their own collection of tales and myths about them, but Wiccans, not so much, at least not any that I have encountered.
And I think we need some, just about every other religion has them, and while we do not force our children into our faith as other religions do perhaps we should still have stories designed to illustrate points and teach lessons.
Considering that teens, children, and new people sometimes have a hard time understanding some concepts a set of stories doesn’t seem like such a bad thing to me.
As I learned form a Dalish Elf in Dragon Age Awakening, stories are not just about the stories, not just about teaching, they are part of a past, a culture, and something that generations can connect to, with, and probably most importantly, through.
Something occurs to me today.
How many people REALLY think about the cycle of the year and what it means and takes to have one? For the most part as far as I know most simple see on which of like the three typical days they actually fall on and that is about it as far as charting it goes.
And that is all well and good here on Earth, but the Earth will not last forever. And magic and as well as nature doesn’t stop on Earth. IN space and indeed other plants there are cycles, elements and indeed nature, they are different form what we know here but they are there. And sometimes I worry that when there are in fact spaces Wiccans and witches they might get too use to the same dates and Earth’s cycles to actually chart new ones for the planets they visit and just have a standard one for being in space. Because the Sabbats and the Esabbats are not just about the god ans goddess, they about the passage of time and the making of the cycles of nature, and since the gods and goddess that are worshiped relate to it they are included and tied to it as they should be. But on a different planet, with different cycles for things the times the gods and goddesses hold power and sway would of course be different.
It is something to think about and remember, for if it is not thought about now, it may be too late later, too much of our knowledge was lost had had to be reconstructed, let is not let it happen again due to our laziness.
Necromancy, you hear that word every so often, mostly in a negative way.
And may surprise you to learn the it simply means death magic (dead body divination specificity).
That means pretty much any time you do a ritual to cleanse a ghost, use an Ouija board, or do a spell to help a ghost move one, you are doing necromancy. Out of all magic none os so looked down upon then necromancy, but it should not be so, it is not an evil art no more so then any other magic that I used. One will hear tales of people bring back the dead, and using souls for stuff and being corrupted by using it. Well you CAN bring back the dead, IF they have no reincarnated already, BUT it would only be in spirit form, and they have to WANT to come back to you and it is not going to last all that long. But hey if you want the ghost of your dead granny hanging around go ahead. Also you should also be aware that depending on how you go about it it may be an unethical spell (the so called “black magic”). As for using souls to fuel spells, well my research indicates such a thing MAY be possible, and depending on how it is done MAY be ethical, and mutually beneficial to both you and the soul. As for the being corrupted by it, well if you mess with it and do not know what you are doing, yeah, you could very well end up possessed, which most would consider corrupted if they did not know what was really going on. So in closing Necromancy is just like any other kind of magic, but it is NOT for beginners because it is harder, and the consciences for messing up are often much worse then other kinds of magic, and finally it is harder to find anything creditable about it. I mean, there are still people out there that think the Necronomican is a REAL book, it is not, it is a fictional one that was written about by H.P. Lovecraft. Whether someone has written a book and called it that I can not say, but the one everyone always thinks about is fiction.
Male witches and magic. Honestly I have never given it much thought because I am in fact male and a witch myself. Yet I hear of witches who are male being discriminated against and told they are not really witches because they are male. And all I have to say is “Really?” I mean first off, in Wicca we believe in a goddess and a god, male and female as equals and essential and it is reflected in nature as well. To deny a person being a witch simply because they happen to have a Y chromosome denies the god as well if you ask me, because, and it may piss off the fem-nazis but I don’t care, if a woman is a goddess, and represents her on earth, then a male is a god and represents him. One can not be true without the other. A body’s gender is only a representation of which influence was instrumental in the shaping of their physical self. And what influences they might bring into their life and magic. But even a male has female energies and influences in him, if he didn’t he would not be a complete person, not a very good witch I suspect, because in magic and life we strive for balance and harmony with nature and the world, and how can we bring that influence into the world if we do not posses the balance in our selves? And more over, with all the forces we have to contend with, people who discriminate against us, spells running amok, to name a few, do we REALLY need to discriminate against our own, especially on something as unimportant as gender?
Alters, A lot of new witches are VERY concerned on how to set them up. They do not know how and are afraid they will do it wrong. And I can understand that as if you were building something to honor the goddess and god you would certainly want to do it right because it is for them and because you do not want to run the risk of offending them. The thing about it is that there is really no right or wrong way to set it up. An alter is your personal shrine to the goddess and god, or if you wish to the one’s of your choice. It can be pretty much what ever you want it to be, so long as it makes sense to you, and honors them then it is right. It is YOUR shrine to them after all. Some have candles, tools, shells rocks, statues, and symbols, but what they all have in common is that their alter is their personal place where they honor the goddess and god in what way feels right to them. In the end I firmly believe that if you keep set up your alter to honor the goddess and god in the best way you can then they will not mind. Though, on that, it might be wise to look up what deity you are setting up the alter for if you have a specific one as they may have specific likes and dislikes that you may need to be aware of. But other then that do as you will as long as you honor them, let your alter be a gateway for them to enter your home and life.
Wisdom, that word get thrown around a lot, and not always correctly, for in short it means the right use of knowledge. To me it will always hold a secondary meaning that I picked up from D&D ( Dungeons and Dragons) which is to say what it stat is about. The Wisdom Stat is about being about noticing things in the world around you. Something I tend to do and believe firmly that more Wiccans should do is to observe and learn from the world around them. I see wisdom in unexpected places and learn lessons in ways that are somewhat abstract I find for most people. I can learn wisdom from places people would not think to look for it. And sadly if people are not looking for wisdom, they tend not to see it when it pops up. I have seen this again and again in people, and I find it more sad in Pagans, particularly in Wiccans, our is a nature based religion and as such we should observe the world around us and learn from it whenever we can. I urge everyone reading this to keep their eyes and ears open at all times, for you never know when words of wisdom will come your way. In the words of children, characters in books, T. V. and video games, and even in other religions. Observe, and learn from the world around you, one of the ideals of our religion.