I just bought two necklaces. They will cost me $38.00 combined, including postage. One is a late Christmas present, and the other an early birthday present.!
The blue/purple heart appeals to me for it’s beauty, and the elemental pentagram appeals to me for I am Wiccan.
My spirituality is not something that I talk of very often. It is something always in my heart, but never on my sleeve. For the most part, this is because one of the great tenets of my religion is that we do. not. proselytize. Ever!
Another is that my beliefs stray from the Wiccan norm. Sort of like a Catholic who doesn’t believe in God lol… I’ll get to that part soon enough.
Given my purchases, and the time I have at the moment, I thought I would make a start on this post (it may take me a few days to finish it), and explain exactly where I stand with religion and spirituality on a personal level.
First of all though, my political stance on religion. I believe that everyone should have the right to worship the way that they choose, so long as that worship stays at home, in specific places of worship (such as a church, or forest), or on the person. I have no problem with you going to church, dancing naked under the moon, or wearing a burqa – so long as you do it in your own home or place of worship or on your person, and you don’t try to force your beliefs into my life. Note that there is a difference between talking about beliefs and trying to force them onto others. Talk about your beliefs by all means – I’d like you to, for I love to learn what people hold dear to them – but don’t try and push them onto, or into, me. There is no “one god”. And yet there is only “one god”. Like Schrodinger’s cat theory – until we open the box, or kick the bucket, all theories are possible. And they are all theories – there is no “proof” for any religion!
So, feel free to worship, and do so however you wish, but keep it at the personal level. Be polite about it.
I also believe that government and religion should stay completely separate!!!!! Countries can be ruled without religion. You need neither religion nor spirituality to know that murder is wrong. Indeed, some of the most religious countries on Earth are also the most murderous. And I’m not talking about just the Middle East here. In the heart of the American south, where Christianity rules, they execute minors.
You can plaster a religion on someone all you like – it doesn’t make them a good person. Nor does it make someone a bad person. All religion is, is our feeble attempt to answer the question – who or what created us? And then sometimes, we also go on to worship that deity.
On a personal level, I consider myself to be an Eclectic Solitary Wiccan. Eclectic because my beliefs are not from any one source or set of beliefs, but rather a mishmash of many (and actually, mostly my own musings). Solitary because I do not belong to a coven or group. And Wiccan, because of all the religions, this is the one that fits me most.
Wicca is a great religion. No matter who you ask for a definition, the answer will always be different. Even the one basic rule – the Wiccan Rede, can be interpreted in different ways. Some say it says “an ye harm none, do what ye will”, and they mean it literally. Live your life how you want, on the provision that you do not hurt anyone. This is my personal definition and the one I live by. Others prefer to call the Rede the “three fold law” meaning the same thing, however adding a provision that anything you put out in the world will come back to you times three. Karma. I don’t believe in karma. Not even a little bit.
I do believe in living your own life. This is how I came to be Wiccan in the first place. It is how I came to be an ex-Christian too. I was once a Christian, but I just couldn’t get into it. I read the Bible and it baffled me – why so many contradictions? Why was God such a cantankerous bastard? I prayed on it. I prayed on it for months. I meditated and it came to me that God doesn’t care how we worship, so long as we do. Perhaps not literally, for I don’t believe God hates Atheists either! I mean that God simply wants us to be the best us we can be. If living by the rules of Christianity helps us to do that, then so be it. If it mean turning to Allah, then so be it. And if it means following your true path, and following your personality and your love of nature and your love of animals and your love of ancient ways, then that is alright with him too.
Most Wiccans believe in a God and a Goddess. I still find it hard to break my “God” into two lol. However I do believe that any “God” has both masculine and feminine traits and I hate that the Abrahamic religions are so patriarchal. And then I find that I don’t believe in the concept of “God” at all, really. Not in the sense of an individual. I see the two halves, the God and the Goddess, as a way of representing Mother Nature (for Mother Nature shouldn’t be all feminine either). I believe in a life force of energy, rather than a “God/Goddess” per se. And so while I may speak to the universe, I worship nothing at all.
I also see the five elements (fire, water, earth, wind and soul), as being a part of “greater universe”, and I will often give thanks for them all.
A major area of Wicca is divinity and clairvoyance. I love my Runes and my Tarot cards. I do not believe in telling the future, however I do believe that these tools can be useful in honing our senses to what our subconscious already wishes us to know. So if I “consult” my runes, I’m not fortune telling, but rather I’m trying to hone my attention on what needs it the most. No matter what rune or card comes up, my brain will figure out a way to immediately and without conscious thought, link that to what I need to deal with most.
I don’t believe in reincarnation. I just don’t.
And the big one – Magic. I don’t believe in magic. Per se. And yet I do believe in magic. Confused? Let me explain.
I do not believe that magic – the type that magicians pretend exists – is true. Of course it isn’t. I am a scientist. Magic in that sense is not real. No one can make a rabbit appear from a hat. Most people think of this type of magic when they think of Wiccan magic. Magic is not this to us however. At least, it is not this to me. Instead, think of magic (which is actually spelled magick, for differentiation), as prayer. Magick is prayer. That is all.
So it is with most of Wicca. If people would simply listen, they would notice more similarities with religions such as Christianity, than differences.
Christianity has the Bible and we have a Book of Shadows.
Christians go to church and we cast circle.
Christians pray and we do magick.
We all use candles and incense and water and wine. We all have alters. And that big bowl in the back of the church where the Christian babies get their heads dunked? Looks like a gold cauldron to me! Our festivals and holidays are similar, regardless of whether you believe that the Abrahamic religions stole them or not.
Most importantly – none of us sacrifice living creatures. Despite what popular culture would have you believe, Wiccans will mostly refuse to use living wood even to make their tools, preferring instead to only use wood already dead and on the ground. Our entire religion is based on nature – why on earth would we kill any of it?
So there you have (some of) it. Please feel free to ask me any questions you like. And remember – Wicca is as diverse as the Wiccan you are talking to. We have no ruling elite. There is no Wiccan institution. That lack of authority over our lives is what draws most of us to the religion in the first place.
Not for me though. I liked the cute outfits and the crystals. I love crystals.
One of my goals this year is to find my spirituality again. My religion has always been there – I have remained Wiccan over the years. However I have lost my spirituality. I have lost my focus. I hope to regain it this year, and as someone close to me once said, get back the being the “bad ass Wiccan” I once was!