Watch it for a moment and see , if you see what I mean ...
Kind of hypnotic isn't it ?
I'm sure your thinking
OK it's a cute little animation ... but what's the point ?
We of the Pagan Paths must balance our lives on strange surfaces
The ebb and flow of learning and growth,
make for constant changes in our lives
The influences from within and without
demand constant reassessment of the self
and our beliefs unlike any other religion on Earth
For many faiths, there is a book,
a guideline that tells one what to think,
what to believe, what to feel and how to act
We on the Pagan path don't get that ...
there is no one book .. no central doctrine to use
nor would we want one if someone tried to limit it in that fashion
question I get asked
very often .. is why not
Here are my answers to that
And this time we are staying :)
The question becomes then,
why don't we organize and become a more centralized faith?
The why not, is an Easy one
History is the reason why
( If there is such a thing as an Average
as that's something of a contradiction in terms )
leaves them doing a
balancing act over their own actions,
with mostly themselves as arbitrator of what's right
Which is the point where many other Faiths
have issues with us ,in that they tend to believe
that some agency outside the self
should be the arbitrator
The Pagan Path and Personal Responsibility
is a Path where we
are the ones who are expected
to study, learn and grow on the Path, on our own
take no ones word for
no matter who says it, or what book it's in
unless it happens to make sense
The individual is the final arbitrator of what we believe
And is responsible for ALL that we do, right or wrong
Which is no different than for any other Faith,
we simply acknowledge what is a fact, for all religions
That everybody weighs the right or wrong
of what they are told through their own perceptions
If three people see a brown horse
they all don't see the "SAME" brown horse
even if they all agree, it IS a horse
But we do not even allow any one person or thing,
to tell us what to name the horse :)
we feel called upon
to become a teacher ... we teach
and are responsible for our students behavior
We do believe in things like ...
When the student is ready the teacher arrives "
..or this one..
" Those meant to walk the path ... will find Us "
Each person is responsible for their own growth
and Service to the Gods, we have no priesthood per sec
Although we have many priests .. I am one such
But I am a Priest with a congregation of one... Me
Even as the leader of my Coven...
I still only have ONE member of that congregation .. Me..
most simple explanation
of a Coven is a group of people
who work together to perform Rites, Ritual and often Magick
They are like an extended family in their own way,
as there are deep bonds forged between people
who work together in this manner
The High Priest or Priestess is simply leader of the Rites
or focus for the powers direction, in the case of Magick
and very often the Elder and or, Teacher
These groups are anywhere from 3 to 13 people in size or more.
But no matter what the number is, it is not enough for organized anything.
And they are autonomous, from every other Coven
They are responsible only for and to, their own members
However, like any Family we have our fights
are some who have
not given up the habit
of demanding that all believe, as they believe
Which is what we are taught in most other Faiths
That if you are X faith, or in our case, X Path
there is only ONE way to pursue that
The bulk of Us, started out as some other religion
Mostly Judeo-Christian, here in the States at any rate,
so we were all exposed to that mind set
When the Pagan Way became active and out in public
in this country, there were and in some cases still are,
many Wars of theology ..
And to be honest I don't foresee this ever stopping,
as we are a VERY eclectic bunch and very independent.
But it is showing signs of chilling out a little
( Maybe because so many of us are getting gray headed
and perhaps a little more wise.. hehehehehe )
The core concepts however,
Most of which I have already mentioned
almost all of us share, with some variations,
even if we don't agree on anything else
The most primary being, that we are independent
and are expected to work out our relationship with the Divine
Ourselves ... Which, as I said before, is not a new idea
We are just a lot more outspoken about it
on your Coming...
Blessings on your Going......
Blessings on All your house