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Discussion in 'Religion' started by Tery, Feb 17, 2014.
Loki...? I've got that cat on speed dial.
Gosh, that made me like her! It was her current beliefs that bothered me
Seriously, I was troubled by the automatic assumption by media -- of all stripes -- that her being a Witch was a bad thing. I kinda wish O'Donnell would have said, "Yes, I was. So what of it?"
Every year at Halloween, we still have to address nonsense and misrepresentation. Still. Thank you media and Hollywood
Cunningham's books are the absolute best for learning about Wicca. And you have distilled the essence of it.
Neesy, probably so. Blood was important in many ways. Not least of which was the fact that it was the essence of life.
Well said! I have done both the coven thing and the solitary. At my age now, I prefer solitary.
And you point out an important idea; that we don't need a deity to understand what a miracle we are! "I am made from the dust of the stars and the oceans flow in my veins...." B*B!
Enjoy your Ostara celebrations today!!!! Blessed be.
thanks to Tery...and to everybody else for carrying on a most enlightening conversation
i didn't really learn anything i didn't already know...except, maybe...
that there are alot more thoughtful people out there than i would've assumed when i first read the title page...
reading all this give and take...these responses...has been quite a priviledge...
Good people. Any recommendations on communities in the Boston area?
Hmmmm.... If Salem isn't too far, there is the Temple Of Nine Wells. They are affiliated with the Aquarian Tabernacle Church, where I used to be High Priestess many years ago. Their HPS, Gypsy Ravish, is on the ATC Elder's Board.
Oh, it's been years since I've been up to Salem, I live south of Boston, but I remember her shop--quality. The webpage for the Temple of Nine Wells seems a little out-of-date, so I think a shopping expedition is in order. I'll go up, restock on herbs and things, and ask some questions. Thank you!
Sounds like fun! Please give her my greetings.
But isn't blood, symbolically at least, a vital part of christianity? Why else should Jesus say "this is my body you eat, this is my blood you drink" when he passes out the bread and wine. It is perhaps the most important ritual in christian faith. The Blood hasn't disappeared from rituals. We are just better in hiding it. Just as in other rituals involving blood it is the faith in the ritual that decides its meaning. Then it is of no importance if the blood is real, fake, or symbolic. The faith in its importance is still there.
I was solitary for many years, not really part of a group or anything. Just figuring things out in my own way. I no longer practice any religion, however, after I returned to Christianity a few years ago. Wicca isn't itself a bad religion (that would be a band, actually), and I came out with a reverence for the natural world, a respect for biology, and an awe at the cause and effect of things. I have a lot of respect for those who practice, and sometimes I remember things of it.
Today, my faith in religion is questionable, but I find peace in the concept of science and rational thought. My church is when I am outside letting my mind wander on a mental puzzle.
Might as well throw in for those who only know the rumors, most wiccans don't do animal sacrifice, athames are not used to inflict harm (it would taint them), and they don't typically have skyclad orgies. And I think it was mentioned in the thread, there is no devil in Wicca, nor is there a hell to burn in. Wiccans aren't satanists, either.
Margot Alder, voice on NPR for 30 years, author and Wiccan high priestess, passed away today after losing her battle with cancer.
I enjoyed many of her pieces on NPR over the years.
She has passed through the door. RIP
I'm very interested in religions and faith beliefs of all sorts. Can't think of a single major sect that doesn't have that creedo (in one way or another) at its core. It seems to me that all the rest is window dressing--a matter of how you choose to recognize the Eternal How. Don't hurt yourself and don't hurt anyone else is a fine way to live.
NO! That Margot Alder person that DIO mentioned!
Margot Adler was a bit of a legend in the Pagan community. She was instrumental, with her book Drawing Down The Moon, in sparking interest in the modern Pagan movement. I never had the pleasure of meeting her, sadly. May she dwell with the gods in the Summerland.
skimom, I have also noticed that every religion has a "Golden Rule." And, yes, all the rest is window dressing. If only everyone would understand this.