A Wiccan Grove

December 18, 2008

In the Beginning

In the beginning, the earth was without form or void, and there was
nothing but the great “Self”, a lone being floating in the vast
emptiness of space. A single pinprick of light silhouetted against a
boundless sea of emptiness. The “Self” floated out in the profusion
of time for untold millennia before it had a thought. One solitary
thought, but a profound one. Self thought “I am”, and as soon as Self
thought “I am” s/he created the concept of “I” and grew afraid. For
countless years, floating in the blackness of space, Self was afraid,
pondering the concept of “I”, but eventually s/he reasoned and thought
“of whom am I afraid, since there is no one but myself?” By this
reasoning fear was eliminated.

No sooner had Self eliminated fear then s/he thought “I wish there were
another!” And s/he was adrift in the emptiness of space brooding about
his/her loneliness, when a thought suddenly struck him/her. Now Self was a
being about the size of a man and woman embracing, and his/her thought
was, since it is only I, I should separate myself into two beings.
And having this thought his/her body began to tremble and quake in the
first orgasm of being. S/he felt his/her body move, and separate. There
was pain and passion, fire and lightening, and screams of joyful
agony. A horrendous crack sounded and a second voice filled the
silence of space. A soft and melodious voice, an angelic and
bewitching voice, the voice of the first woman.

Self looked upon this new creation and realized that s/he had crafted
duality. From the genderless body of Self, s/he had split himself into
two being, one male and one female. And upon looking at his new
creation he fell instantly in love. Seeing her enchanting beauty
profiled against the bleakness of space he was enraptured with her.
And Self’s mate looked upon him with lust in her eyes, and she mounted
him.  And from that first embrace, mankind was born.

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Why Meditate

Filed under: General Discussions,General Information,Prayers,Quotations — ravenbird @ 6:47 pm

Originally posted by Linda

Why meditate?

“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.”

— Buddha

Meditation is considered an essential practice for those who seek self-knowledge and self-mastery. Why? Basically, meditation brings awareness of how our minds work. Over time, we become watchers, able to detach from the thoughts and emotions that play out in our minds.

With this detachment, we gain the freedom to choose whether or not to act on our thoughts and emotions. We learn to distinguish between objective reality and our mental and emotional dramas.

“Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.”

— Hans Margolius

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December 3, 2008

What are spells, really?

Filed under: Prayers,Spellwork,Wiccan Religion — ravenbird @ 7:25 pm

I’ve always told people that spells are prayers which involve your entire body.

If you stop and think of it, most people pray according to their base religion.  Some stand, some sit, some kneel, some do combinations of all of the above.  The Catholics are really cool in that they keep their congregation from boredom by making them do all of the above during the ritual.

We do the same, but I think we have more fun at it.

We don’t kneel much though (unless it’s to light the fire – unless we can think of a more dramatic way of lighting it).  Maybe, since almost all of us came from a different religious background, should incorporate, instead of run from, kneeling as part of our prayer (spell work).

I’m thinking that if we kneel, then that old (black magic? – sorry, I’m into songs sometimes) religious learning that we’ve had ingrained into our cells will kick in and help us to realize that spellwork is prayer.

Blessed Be All of You,
Raven

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