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Of all the things I remember about the time I met Maya Angelou, I don’t quite remember how we ended up shopping in Shreveport, Louisiana the day after she visited my college.  As college friends post memories on my Facebook page of her visit, I have been trying all day to remember exactly how we ended up shopping and how she came to buy me this scarf.

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I do remember that the process, the work of bringing her to campus taught me everything I needed to know about political maneuverings, regional pride, and, eventually, what is possible when an entire institution decides to do a thing right.

I got it into my head one summer that I should bring her to my small, private, mostly lily white, college in Northwest Louisiana. I’d read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in middle school in Biloxi, Mississippi when my father was…

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  1. The Law was made and ordained of old.
  2. The Law was made for the Wicca, to advise and help in their troubles.
  3. The Wicca should give due worship to the gods and obey their will, which they ordain, for it was made for the good of Wicca as the worship of the Wicca is good for the gods. For the gods love the brethren of Wicca.
  4. As a man loveth a woman by mastering her,
  5. So should the Wicca love the gods by being mastered by them.
  6. And it is necessary that the Circle which is the temple of the gods, should be truly cast and purified. And that it may be a fit place for the gods to enter.
  7. And the Wicca shall be properly prepared and purified to enter into the presence of the gods.
  8. With love and worship in their hearts, they shall raise power from their bodies to give power to the gods.
  9. As has been taught of old.
  10. For in this way only may men have communion with the gods, for the gods cannot help man without the help of man. 

    High Priestess and High Priest

  11. And the High Priestess shall rule her coven as the representative of the Goddess.
  12. And the High Priest shall support her as the representative of the God.
  13. And the High Priestess shall choose whom she will, be he of sufficient rank, to be her High Priest.
  14. For, as the God Himself kissed Her feet in the five-fold salute, laying His power at the feet of the Goddess because of Her youth and beauty, Her sweetness and kindness, Her wisdom and justice, Her humility and generosity,
  15. So He resigned all His power to Her.
  16. But the High Priestess should ever mind that the power comes from Him.
  17. It is only lent, to be used wisely and justly.
  18. And the greatest virtue of a High Priestess be that she recognize that youth is necessary to the representative of the Goddess.
  19. So she will gracefully retire in favour of a younger woman should the Coven so decide in council.
  20. For a true High Priestess realizes that gracefully surrendering pride of place is one of the greatest virtues.
  21. And that thereby she will return to that pride of place in anotherlife, with greater power and beauty.

    Security

  22. In the old days, when witchdom extended far, we were free an worshipped in all the greater .
  23. But in these unhappy times we must celebrate our sacred mysteries in secret.
  24. So be it ordained that none but the Wicca may see our mysteries, for our enemies are many and torture loosens the tongue of man.
  25. So be it ordained that no Coven shall know where the next Coven bide.
  26. Or who its members be, save only the Priest and Priestess and messenger.
  27. And there shall be no communication between them, save by the messenger of the gods, or the summoner.
  28. And only if it be safe may the Covens meet in some safe place for the great festivals.
  29. And while there, none shall say whence they came nor give their true names.
  30. To this end, that if any be tortured, in their agony, they may not tell if they do not know.
  31. So be it ordained that no one shall tell anyone not of the craft who be of the Wicca, nor give any names or where they bide, or in any way tell anything which can betray any of us to our foes.
  32. Nor may he tell where the Covendom be.
  33. Or the Covenstead.
  34. Or where the meetings be.
  35. And if any break these Laws, even under torture, THE CURSE OF THE GODDESS SHALL BE UPON THEM, so they may never be reborn on earth and may remain where they belong, in the hell of the Christians.

    Disputes

  36. Let each High Priestess govern her Coven with justice and love, with the help and advice of the High Priest and the Elders, always heeding the advice of the Messenger of the Gods if he cometh.
  37. She will heed all complaints of all Brothers and strive to settle all differences among them.
  38. But it must be recognized that there will always be people who will ever strive to force others to do as they will.
  39. These are not necessarily evil.
  40. And they oft have good ideas and such ideas should be talked over in council.
  41. But if they will not agree with their Brothers, or if they say,
  42. “I will not work under this High Priestess,”
  43. It hath ever been the Old Law to be convenient to the Brethren and to avoid disputes.

    New Covens

  44. Any of the third may claim to found a new Coven because they live over a league away from the Covenstead or are about to do so.

  45. Anyone living within the Covendom and wishing to form a new Coven, shall tell the Elders of their intention, and on the instant avoid their dwelling and remove to the new Covendom.
  46. Members of the old Coven may join the new one when it is formed. But if they do, they must utterly avoid the old Coven.
  47. The Elders of the new and old Covens should meet in peace and brotherly love to decide the new boundaries.
  48. Those of the craft who dwell outside both Covendoms may join either but not both.
  49. Though all may, if the Elders agree, meet for the great festivals if it be truly in peace and brotherly love,
  50. But splitting the Coven often means strife, so for this reason these Laws were made of old and may the CURSE OF THE GODDESS BE ON ANY WHO DISREGARD THEM. So be it ordained.

    Grimoire

  51. If you would keep a book, let it be in your own hand of write. Let brothers and sisters copy what they will, but never let the book out of your hands, and never keep the writings of another.
  52. For if it be found in their hand of write, they may be taken and arraigned.
  53. Let each guard his own writings and destroy them whenever danger threatens.
  54. Learn as much as you may by heart and, when danger is past, rewrite your book, an it be safe.
  55. For this reason, if any die, destroy their book an they have not been able to.
  56. For, an it be found, ’tis clear proof against them.
  57. And our oppressors know well “Ye may not be a witch alone”.
  58. So all their kin and friends be in danger of torture,
  59. So destroy everything not necessary.
  60. If your book be found on you, ’tis clear proof against you alone, you may be arraigned.

    Persecutions

  61. Keep all thoughts of the craft from your mind.

  62. If the torture be too great to bear, say “I will confess. I cannot bear this torture. What do you want me to say?”
  63. If they try to make you speak of the Brotherhood, do not.
  64. But if they try to make you speak of impossibilities such as flying through the air, consorting with a Christian devil or sacrificing children, or eating men’s flesh,
  65. To obtain relief from torture say “I had an evil dream, I was beside myself, I was crazed.”
  66. Not all magistrates are bad, if there be an excuse, they may show mercy.
  67. If you have confessed aught, deny it afterwards, say you babbled under torture, say you knew not what you said.
  68. If you are condemned, fear not.
  69. The Brotherhood is powerful and will help you to escape if you stand steadfast, but if you betray aught there is no hope for you in this life or in that to come.
  70. Be sure, if steadfast you go to the pyre, drugs will reach you, you will feel naught. You go to death and what lies beyond, the ecstasy of the goddess.

    Tools

  71. To avoid discovery, let the working tools be as ordinary things that any may have in their houses.
  72. Let the pentacles be of wax so that they may be broken at once or melted.
  73. Have no sword unless your rank allows it.
  74. Have no names or signs on anything.
  75. Write the names and signs on them in ink before consecrating them and wash it off immediately afterwards.
  76. Let the colours of the hilts tell which is which.
  77. Do not engrave them lest they cause discovery.

    Conduct

  78. Ever remember ye are the hidden children of the Goddess so never do anything to disgrace them or Her.
  79. Never boast, never threaten, never say you would wish ill of anyone.
  80. If any person not in the Circle, speak of the craft, say, “Speak not to me of such, it frightens me, ’tis evil luck to speak of it.”
  81. For this reason, the Christians have their spies everywhere. These speak as if they were well affected to us, as if they would come to our meetings, saying, “My mother used to worship the Old Ones. I would I could go myself.”
  82. To such as these, ever deny all knowledge.
  83. But to others, ever say, “‘Tis foolish men talk of witches flying through the air. To do so they must be as light as thistledown. And men say that witches all be blear-eyed old crones, so what pleasure can there be at a witch meeting such as folks talk on ?”
  84. And say, “Many wise men now say there be no such creatures.”
  85. Ever make it jest) and in some future time perhaps, the persecution may die and we may worship our gods in safety again.
  86. Let us all pray for that happy day.
  87. May the blessings of the Goddess and God be on all who keep these Laws which are ordained.

    Valuables

  88. If the craft hath any appanage, let all guard it and help to keep it clear and good for the craft.
  89. And let all justly guard all monies of the craft.
  90. And if any Brother truly wrought it, ’tis right they have their pay, an it be just. An this be not taking money for the art, but for good and honest work.
  91. And even the Christians say, “The labourer is worthy of his hire,” but if any Brother work willingly for the good of the craft without pay, ’tis but to their greater honour. So be it ordained.

    Quarrels

  92. If there be any dispute or quarrel among the Brethren, the High Priestess shall straightly convene the Elders and inquire into the matter, and they shall hear both sides, first alone and then ogether.
  93. And they shall decide justly, not favouring one side or the other.
  94. Ever recognising there be people who can never agree to work under others.
  95. But at the same time, there be some people who cannot rule justly.
  96. To those who must ever be chief, there is one answer.
  97. “‘Void the Coven or seek another one, or make a Coven of your own, taking with you those who will go.”
  98. To those who cannot rule justly, the answer be, “Those who cannot bear your rule will leave you.”
  99. For none may come to meetings with those with whom they are at variance.
  100. So, an either cannot agree, get hence, for the craft must ever survive. So be it ordained.

    Curses

  101. In the olden days when we had power, we could use the art against any who ill-treated the Brotherhood. But in these evil days we must not do so. For our enemies have devised a burning pit of everlasting fire into which they say their god casteth all the people who worship him, except it be the very few who are released by their priest’s spells and masses. And this be chiefly by giving monies and rich gifts to receive his favour for their great god is ever in need of money.
  102. But as our gods need our aid to make fertility for man and crops, so is the god of the Christians ever in need of man’s help to search out and destroy us. Their priests ever tell them that any who get our help are damned to this hell forever, so men be mad with the terror of it.
  103. But they make men believe that they may escape this hell if they give victims to the tormentors. So for this reason all be forever spying, thinking, “An I can catch but one of these Wicca, I will escape from this fiery pit.”
  104. So for this reason we have our hidels, and men searching long and not finding, say, “There be none, or if there be, they be in a far country.”
  105. But when one of our oppressors die, or even be sick, ever is the cry, “This be witches’ malice”, and the hunt is up again. And though they slay ten of their own to one of ours, still they care not. They have countless thousands.
  106. While we are few indeed. So be it ordained.
  107. That none shall use the art in any way to do ill to any.
  108. However much they may injure us, harm none. And nowtimes many believe we exist not.
  109. That this Law shall ever continue to help us in our plight, no one, however great an injury or injustice they receive, may use the art in any way to do ill, or harm any. But they may, after great consultations with all, use the art to restrain Christians from harming us Brothers, but only to constrain them and never to punish.
  110. To this end men will say, “Such a one is a mighty searcher out, and a persecutor of old women whom they deemeth to be witches, and none hath done him harm, so it be proof that they cannot or more truly there be none.”
  111. For all know full well that so many folk have died because someone had a grudge against them, or were persecuted because they had money or goods to sieze, or because they had none to bribe the searchers. And many have died because they were scolding old women. So much that men now say that only old women are witches.
  112. And this be to our advantage and turns suspicion away from us.
  113. In England and Scotland ’tis now many a year since a witch hath died the death. But any misuse of the power might raise the persecution again.
  114. So never break this Law, however much you are tempted, and never consent to its being broken in the least.
  115. If you know it is being broken, you must work strongly against it.
  116. And any High Priestess or High Priest who consents to its breach must immediately be deposed for ’tis the blood of the Brethren they endanger.
  117. Do good, an it be safe, and only if it be safe.
  118. And keep strictly to the Old Law.

    Payment

  119. Never accept money for the use of the art, for money ever smeareth the taker. ‘Tis sorcerors and conjurers and the priests of the Christians who ever accept money for the use of their arts. And they sell pardons to let men ascape from their sins.
  120. Be not as these. If you accept no money, you will be free from temptation to use the art for evil causes.
  121. All may use the art for their own advantage or for the advantage of the craft only if you are sure you harm none.
  122. But ever let the Coven debate this at length. Only if all are satisfied that none may be harmed, may the art be used.
  123. If it is not possible to achieve your ends one way, perchance the aim may be achieved by acting in a different way so as to harm none. MAY THE CURSE OF THE GODDESS BE ON ANY WHO BREAKETH THIS LAW. So be it ordained.
  124. ‘Tis judged lawful if ever any of the craft need a house or land and none will sell, to incline the owner’s mind so as to be willing to sell, provided it harmeth him not in any way and the full price is paid without haggling.
  125. Never bargain or cheapen anything whilst you buy by the art. So be it ordained.

    Law of the Land

  126. “Tis the Old Law and the most important of all laws, that no one may do anything which will endanger any of the craft, or bring them into contact with the law of the land or any persecutors.
  127. In any dispute between Brethren, no one may invoke any laws but those of the craft.
  128. Or any tribunal but that of the Priestess, Priest and Elders.

    Discussion of Witchcraft

  129. It is not forbidden to say as Christians do, “There be witchcraft in the land,” because our oppressors of old make it a heresy not to believe in witchcraft and so a crime to deny it which thereby puts you under suspicion.
  130. But ever say, “I know not of it here, perchance there may be but afar off, I know not where.”
  131. But ever speak of them as old crones, consorting with the devil and riding through the air.
  132. And ever say, “But how may many ride the air if they be not as light as thistledown.”
  133. But the curse of the Goddess be on any who cast suspicion on any of the Brotherhood.
  134. Or who speak of any real meeting-place or where they bide.

    Wortcunning

  135. Let the craft keep books with the names of all herbs which are good, and all cures so all may learn.
  136. But keep another book with all the Bales and Apies and let only the Elders and other trustworthy people have this knowledge. So be it ordained.
  137. And may the blessings of the gods be on all who keep these Laws, and the curses of both the God and the Goddess be on all who break them.

    Use of the Art

  138. Remember the art is the secret of the gods and may only be used in earnest and never for show or vainglory.
  139. Magicians and Christians may taunt us saying, “You have no power, show us your power. Do magic before our eyes, then only will we believe,” seeking to cause us to betray the art before them.
  140. Heed them not, for the art is holy and may only be used in need, and the curse of the gods be on any who break this Law.

    Resignations

  141. It ever be the way with women and with men also, that they ever seek new love.
  142. Nor should we reprove them for this.
  143. But it may be found a disadvantage to the craft.
  144. And so many a time it has happened that a High Priest or a High Priestess, impelled by love, hath departed with their love. That is, they left the Coven.
  145. Now if the High Priestess wishes to resign, she may do so in full Coven.
  146. And this resignation is valid.
  147. But if they should run off without resigning, who may know if they may not return in a few months?
  148. So the Law is, if a High Priestess leaves her Coven, she be taken back and all be as before.
  149. Meanwhile, if she has a deputy, that deputy shall act as High Priestess for as long as the High Priestess is away.
  150. If she returns not at the end of a year and a day, then shall the Coven elect a new High Priestess,
  151. Unless there is a good reason to the contrary.
  152. The person who has done the work should reap the benefit of the reward. If somebody else is elected, the deputy is made maiden and deputy of the High Priestess. 

    Training

  153. It has been found that practicing the art doth cause a fondness between aspirant and tutor, and it is the cause of better results if this be so.
  154. And if for any reason this be undesireable, it can easily be avoided by both persons from the outset firmly resolving in their minds to be as brother and sister or parent and child.
  155. And it is for this reason that a man may be taught only by a woman and a woman by a man, and women and women should not attempt these practices together. So be it ordained. 

    Punishment

  156. Order and discipline must be kept.
  157. A High Priestess or a High Priest may, and should, punish all faults.
  158. To this end all the craft must receive correction willingly.
  159. All properly prepared, the culprit kneeling should be told his fault and his sentence pronounced.
  160. Punishment should be followed by something amusing.
  161. The culprit must acknowledge the justice of the punishment by kissing the hand on receiving sentence and again thanking for punishment received. So be it ordained.

May the blessings of the Goddess and the God be on all who keep these laws which are Ardane


clairvoyance

Clairaudience

Clairaudience is the ability to hear beyond the normal range of hearing. Hearing is not an accurate word to use to describe Clairaudience as you are not hearing with your ears. It is a sound picked up through thought projection in the mind. There are different levels of Clairaudience ranging from hearing the odd sound or voice to full conversations being heard. There are two types of Clairaudience; subjective and objective, subjective being internally heard in the mind, objective is heard externally, the sound does not sound like it’s coming from the mind but around a person. Just as if a person was talking to you, the sound is outside of oneself.

Just as in any Clair-ability it can be vastly different how each person may experience it. Some people hear in first voice, their own. So a thought projection has been received but interpreted through their voice. Sometimes Clairaudience can be experienced just as in normal conversation with another; hearing the individuals voice coming through the mind. The individuals tone, pitch, cadence is heard clearly. This of course means that the receiver can tell whether it’s a male or female voice and get an immediate understanding of the spirits general approach or feeling. Just the same as if another person is talking to you, it’s exactly like that. If a person is talking to us and we close our eyes although we have lost visual clues through body language or facial expression; we are still able to accurately guess whether the person is joking, serious or highly emotional.

That is how it is for hearing a spirits voice and how I hear Clairaudiently. I know if there is shock or fear from the spirits tone as they express their emotions through the voice just as we do. If feeling panicked for example; the speed would be quickened, the pitch raised and be highly emotionally charged. A voice can give a lot away apart from the actual words spoken.

There are various sounds that can be picked up with objective Clairaudience which you don’t tend to hear with subjective Clairaudience. I have heard whistling numerous times either on an E.V.P (electronic voice phenomena; digital recording) or through objective hearing. Occasionally I’ve heard a cough or clearing of the throat but the throat clearing was an exaggerated noise made to draw attention in a ‘ahem, excuse me’ type of way! I’ve also heard someone stood at the foot of my bed and hum a tune quite loudly. My names been called on past occasions and I’ve also heard bangs, chimes and a sound of a gong right in front of where I stood.

When spirit talk to me it is clear to them whether I have picked it up correctly. This is because they have a link to my mind and can ‘hear’ my thoughts when communicating. Also I will answer back or ask for clarification either through my mind or aloud. When they speak to me the sentence spoken will be repeated on a loop and sometimes slowed down or split for me to establish what is being said. As soon as I get it they immediately move on to the next sentence. Spirits have great abilities when using sound and I have a couple of recordings by accident; one on my answering machine message and one on video. With the answer machine message this male voice answered back to the message leaver although she could not hear it, he then overlapped, obliterated her voice and spoke his words. I find it truly fascinating how this is done; the science of it I can’t claim to understand.

A lot of people experience the first signs of Clairaudience through hearing ticking, clicking, hissing or whooshing noises in their ears. I haven’t personally experienced this so can only go by what others say. I know that sometimes it is taken as a method of communication by the receiver. I know of a few people who are open to spirit and on a spiritual path that experience this and I tend not to believe in coincidence. So believe that it is indicative of an ability that has not yet been developed.

Clairsentience

The word ‘clair’ means clear; the word ‘sentient’ means feeling, clear feeling. Clairsentience is an ability that covers a wide area of emotional senses. It is the ability to feel beyond the five senses. It enables a person to be able to pick up feelings; health, emotions and or understandings of another’s state of being. That can be either a person in the physical or a person in spirit. Equally information from an object can be sensed or feelings and emotions can be picked up from a place whether that is past, present or future. Clairsentience enables the person to feel energy vibrations from another and whether the person is of good or bad intention or what emotional state they are in. That is for humans and spirit alike. There is also often openness to the spirit that allows the Clairsentient person to feel tingling sensations on the head, or hands, face or body.

The physical sensations that can be felt with Clairsentience are a feeling of a pressure or tightness, like a band around the head. Tingling also is often felt at the top of the head, the crown area, which is where the crown chakra is located, one of the seven major chakras. This chakra is open to the divine; it’s where we receive divine energy and information. When a person feels this tingling sensation it is often a sign that the crown chakra is opening and the person is becoming open to receiving from the divine.

How many times in your life have you just ‘felt’ something about another? Maybe had a bad feeling about someone who you may have never met before. The more in tune you are, the stronger you will feel this. Some people find it a hard part of Clairsentience to deal with and that is understandable. If everyone was full of good intentions and joy and love it would be easy but that is not the case and a Clairsentient person cannot control who they pick up vibrations from. It is wise to self protect with a visual energy shield around you if you are extremely receptive and open.

Clairsentience also brings with it a sense of knowing about people that aren’t always around you, distance is not an object. Especially if there is a love link between the Clairsentient and who they are receiving about. It can be as simple as knowing when a person is returning home or an awareness of concern about another without seeing them or speaking to them. You can find yourself thinking and worrying about another and not be sure why but have a sense of unease and concern. On following this up it normally is a founded concern.

How do we pick these things up? We are made of energy just as everything that exists is and we exist with an energy field that surrounds us, the human aura. If we have a love connection with someone then there is a link between us, a love link. We are open and receptive in many ways to the individuals we love and are able to receive feelings from loved ones. It can even be if someone is thinking about you, suddenly that person is in our minds. It could be that we are picking up the others thoughts albeit loosely. The link we have with loved ones is strong.

Clairsentience can be a very emotional experience and because a person is so in tune and open, sensitivity increases. Sensitivity about the world around us; tragedy and the sadness of events and experiences can become almost unbearable. Something which saddens a non Clairsentient person can cut to the quick for one who is. It’s like taking sadness of an event; others emotions, personally, as though it has happened to you. A person who gets affected like this, tends to avoid exposing themselves to frequent unhappy news. It’s not a case of being naive and burying their heads in the sand, it’s a necessary method of keeping things on an even keel. I find I do this and allow myself a rationed exposure to news and events of a distressing kind. It’s not wearing rose tinted glasses and pretending everything is lovely and jolly in the world. It’s another form of self protection of the emotions.

There are officially two types of Clairsentience which are Sense Projection and Sense Extension. These are certainly not a description of the limitations of Clairsentience. If a psychic was to use sense projection they would be able to project their senses a distance away from the body. There needs to be an object, location or person the psychic is very familiar with. Once the psychic has projected to the target place they are able to sense things about the location as though they are there.

Sense extension is the ability to extend the senses a short distance away from the body. The normal barriers that block from seeing like a door do not affect information received, if the psychic would be able to see the door from their position then the senses extended would be used as far as can be seen without a door or wall blocking them. The sense of sight is not being used. Whatever was on the other side of that door would be seen or known by the psychic.

On more than a few occasions I’ve experienced my Clairsentience at work. Using a simple example; being out somewhere and suddenly feeling a discomfort but not knowing what, only to turn around and find a person staring intently at me. Most people have experienced this at some time, although maybe many people don’t recognise this as clairsentience. I’ve also been on the receiving end of a clairsentient person who picked up from me. I was on a coach and was sat at the back and decided to make use of the time and proceeded to pick someone out to focus on. This was an experiment to see if I could pick up a persons vibration. I picked out a man halfway down the coach. I sat there looking at the back of his head and within a minute of focusing on him he suddenly turned right round and stared right at me! Oops! He felt a sense and knew where it was coming from.

Clairsentience is not an area which is black and white, there are vast areas that it covers so is a hard Clair to pinpoint specifically. There are almost certainly areas that I have not covered that are part of Clairaudience. The main importance of understanding it is to understand that it is the ability to feel from another using a sense that is beyond our five senses.

Fathers


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Providing Support

by Madisyn Taylor

 

In a time when the sacred feminine is being honoured strongly, let’s not forget fathers.

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The idea of fatherhood is both personal and universal. We all have ideal concepts surrounding fatherhood, and we also have our real fathers—fathers who were there or not there for us, fathers who provided financial support for our families or failed to do so, fathers who loved or neglected us, fathers who were our role models or gave us someone to rebel against. Our father may have been there for us sometimes and not there for us at other times. The process of reconciling the ideal father that resides in our minds with the father that we actually have is a fertile one that can teach us a great deal about ourselves.

Our relationship with our father will often affect our relationships with the other men who will come into our lives. You may have learned to behave and think in certain ways because those were the ways that your father acted and thought. Certain talents that you possess may have been passed down to you by your father. There also may be personal issues that you inherited by virtue of who your father is. Understanding how your relationship with your father has influenced you can help you better understand yourself and the life that you have created.

In a time when mothers, the sacred feminine, and female energy are being honoured, it is important not to forget the importance of fathers. Father energy and mother energy are the two complementary energies necessary to bring a healthy human being to fruition in the world. Many of the ideas surrounding fathers are changing in the wake of more modern parenting styles and the more egalitarian roles that are evolving between the sexes. More men are embodying the mother energy these days, and a woman can provide father energy for her children. Either way, we can all benefit from thinking about our fathers and how they have influenced who we’ve become and the ways that we walk through this world. Let us remember to honour our fathers.

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In most contemporary cultures, where there aren’t many opportunities to go barefoot, few acts are as intimate as touching the feet of another person. Our feet are our primary means of connecting with the earth, yet they usually remain confined in shoes or sandals. Cleansing the feet of a friend or loved one is a sign of trust, closeness, and openness. Cleansing your own feet can be a relaxing interlude that can help you feel refreshed. Foot cleansing also has become a popular stress reliever and beautification ritual.

Ritual foot cleansing has a long and intricate history involving many methods and motivations. It has been used as an initiation, a welcoming gesture, a purification ceremony, and as a means to demonstrate humbleness. Cleansing ceremonies involving the feet are performed in many different parts of the world. In many cases, the meaning of the ritual was twofold. It was a way of cleaning a guest’s feet before entering a home and a sign of hospitality. In Buddhism, clean water mixed with sandalwood to clean the feet is one of the eight typical offerings. By cleansing the feet of an enlightened being, it is possible to cleanse one’s own karma.


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The city of Rome has announced that it plans to soon allow the public to tour ancient tunnels for the pagan god Mithra, which it has been restoring for some time.

 

The tunnels are said to be located under the Baths of Caracalla, and are separate from the Mithraeum, which was discovered last year. The Mithraeum was reportedly found with a fresco of the pagan god on the wall, and also a space for what is believed to be an area for animal sacrifices.

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The Wiccan Rede


The Wiccan Rede

I was really excited about the prospect that there are other Wiccans blogging here, so I went and did some perusing. And what I found was a whole community of Wiccans, Witches and several other people following different paths and it warmed the cockles of my heart. But as I started reading their blogs, my heart was sinking.

Having been able to study Wicca and living Wicca and now teaching Wicca, for the last seven years,  I would say that I know some about it.  It saddened me the more I read. There are people who truly have been living the Wiccan Rede. But most, got it all wrong. First of all, you cannot have Wicca as a religion and have witchcraft as a lifestyle.  Wicca is your lifestyle. We don’t do witchcraft. (anyone can learn a craft) Wicca is not about the spells that can be cast or how much power you can yield in a circle. It is not about being the centre of attention or even being ‘in’. Yes, they are out there, the ones that call themselves Wiccan because it is the ‘in thing’ to do.

Wicca is about living a life of sprituality. It is called a religion because we have divinity, Gods and Goddesses that we work with. You take that away, then we may as well be just pagans. Wicca is about the balance of things, not the positive and negative, yes it is important but it is not what is about.  We believe in the balance of the male and female in all things. Father sky, mother earth, Mother moon, Father sun. We believe that everything, anything and everyone has male and female.  Wicca, most importantly, is about acquiring knowledge about the self. Getting to know yourself. The dark and the light within. It is about learning to take responsibility for oneself and to understand cause and effect.

Being able to call yourself Wiccan, you must have gone through first level or first degree at a Coven.  This is because, the mysteries of Wicca are taught within these covens. It has been brought down from generation to generation.  No where in books will you find this. Even those who have written books will not add all they know. A self initiated ‘wiccan’ does not have this knowledge. How can you then call yourself a Wiccan?

The first thing people are taught in coven is that, you can read all the books you want, it does not make you a Wiccan. You need to join a coven for at least a year and get your first initiation. In doing that, you have now started learning the mysteries.  The initiations itself also prepares you for Wiccan life.  After you have done your first year, you then have a choice to either become solitary or stay to do your next level or degree.  It also depends on the coven itself. Some only have two levels, others have three and then there are those who have four.

We live by the Wiccan Rede.  Our bible if you will. We believe in not harming anything or anyone and that includes oneself.  This is where the Rede starts. Within yourself.  We believe in what you put out there is what you get back. We believe in karma.

I am proudly Wiccan..

There is nothing wrong with following a path you have set for yourself. Whatever your belief, whatever your path, it is of your own choice. Live it in truth.

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