This trite saying 101
... Anything ... has been used to death..
But it's apt. here's why
But why am I using this
old, worn out phrase 101 to say it
Can't we think of something new ?
Well yes, we could, but
would anybody understand it
when they saw it in print ? Yeah we are all bored to tears with it,
and so is every college professor... but it works...
Everybody " knows" what
you mean when you say it
That it is an introduction
why ? Am I belaboring the obvious?
At one time, everybody
" knew" the Way,
Everybody " knew" the path even if they didn't follow it.
Everybody " knew " where
to get the information
if they didn't know all they wanted to know.
There was no need to introduce
anybody to the path...
The path was the path...
Poor record keeping,
and downright destruction...
A great deal of that is lost to us.
If we recover even a 10th
of what our forebears knew,
we can pat ourselves on the back in earnest. It will not be my attempt
to recount the history of our people here ,
there are many good textbooks out there already
that can give you that information
what are we gonna talk about you ask?
to behave as a 'proper' pagan in the here and now....!
Modern issues, and possible solutions to problems, that as a group we have
Both from within the group and without.
We all "Know" what they
But how to resolve the repeated questions
By neophyte and Elder alike
On what makes for 'proper' behavior in our current day world?
And even more importantly...
..what does Not make for proper behavior
Be prepared for lots of
and a few very blunt words..
If you are offended by mild profanity stop here
If this is information
you would like to hear.. ? Read on...
If this is not what you thought. Then Hail and Farewell and
Thanks for stopping by.............
However, if I have peaked
Then read on Please
The Desiderata was written
1927 and has been a work
since it was first put to paper.
And it makes a perfect
vehicle to discuss
just about any issue a modern day Pagan might face.
See it all put back together
at the end
of our little lessons in life as a modern Pagan
I will use he and or she interchangeably
..no gender bias is intended..
This missive might make a few people angry
for that I am sorry
That they might feel that way,
But I make no apology for my opinion.
placidly amid the noise and haste,
remember what peace
there may be in silence. "
Now what does this mean? Walk softly and carry a big stick? :)
could mean that, but I like to think
what it means for modern Pagans is this.
have all seen the rush to join the "new" religion,
we are, bar none, the fastest growing religion in the world to date.
the world becomes disillusioned with the practices of many
of the current faiths they are turning to the " old ways".
the noise and haste is a thundering herd of folk
heading back to the grove and glen
to re-introduce themselves to the God and the Goddess.
noise is the hew and cry of mono-theists
( read anyone brought up to believe that
there is only ONE way to worship the divine of any faith or creed ... )
to understand that there is no One God...
that all Gods are one God/Goddess.
is a lot to ask...............
We have all been told since childhood
That there is only one way..
Which way was the "right" way
Depended on who you were asking.
first thing new people ask is
"which of the old Gods do I worship and how ?"
boy are most new people pissed off when told
that it don't work like that, that no one is going to tell them
which Gods to favor over any other.They might offer them
a trial in their group or coven to see if they suit. Or hand them a book
or two on "their" chosen path, but tell them who to go with .. NO
You don't get those answers.. of which one do I follow and how.... ?
( I remember this one happening to me.. and boy was I pissed about it... )
of tight-lipped piss ants telling me
that I had to figure it out for myself.. REALLY !
I was wrong to be angry,
they we doing just as they should, as in the days of old,
each person must come to the understanding
of the path to the divine themselves..
hence the peace of silence,
theirs for not " giving you the answers"
and your own peaceful soul......
For only in the quiet of your soul ...... can you understand
like in school.
.. you read the text..
The teacher talks about the text..
But real understanding happens
When the light bulb goes off in your head and you go
Ha! I get it.! I really get it ! This profound mystery is out in plain
but is forever a will of the wisp to those who don't understand.
The Charge of the Goddess puts it this way:
you who seek to know Me, know that your seeking and yearning will avail
unless you know the Mystery:
for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself,
you will never find it without. For behold,
I have been with you from the Beginning,
and I am that which is attained at the End of desire."
far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant, they too have their story.
comes a whole passel of tricky issues all in one bag.
The first, be on good terms, without surrender. What of that?
Just get along with people ?
Could be , if it weren't for that surrender bit.
our modern day world we are challenged from within
And without, about the way
We follow the path to the divine.
Judeao/Christians would have us change our faith to theirs,
And many of our pagan sisters and brothers
would have us worship in "their" path.
This is all about a simple tenet that is hard to maintain...
anybody... For anything..
and in our current day world only one in five could tell you
what the word really means.
your right, your right, for you..
So know your own " path" and do not surrender it
Just because another challenges it..
You worked long and hard to get here.
A big BUT...be on good terms. It's called ,
yeah but you may not like some people
those who are trying to tell you
that you are full of it for what you have worked out
for yourself and are at peace with.
for the sake of harmony, yours and theirs
you have to give in and get along
UP TO A POINT...
far as possible it says
The cut off line is where you would have to give up
who you are and the truth you possess, to get along.
No one has the right to ask that of you.. !
not only that....
Now that you have this hard won " truth" you are expected to speak it
shouted from the pulpit in sermon,
or argued in counsel at your local Pagan community meeting
at the top of your lungs on what rite to use at this years Fall Fest.
quietly and clearly
Truth is truth and does not need embellishment
or anyone's permission to be.
last but not least, listen to the Dull and Ignorant
thought is what could some dim glow have to say
that would be of any importance ?
a Vain person would think that, the dullest person on the planet
can know the right thing to say at least once !
" Even arch fiends and fools can be messengers of the divine "
only "stupid" person is the fool who is so full of himself
that he will not listen to the least of the mother's children.
have led a life that you have not led ,
and therefore know things you don't know.
A wise woman learns to be still and listen.
That first one seems pretty self explanatory, or is it ?
have all been at gatherings where
there's someone who is so full of their own importance
that they come to the festival just to find someone to berate or browbeat.
Which are a bummer for all seasons.
So why doesn't somebody tell her to pack it up and get out ?
not indeed.. Like most groups that are not in the "mainstream"
we tend to put up with arrant members just because they are members..
don't want to lose potential companionship
of like minded by being too picky..
So we endure..
should NOT... differences yes...
Deliberate disruption ..Hell No..
We wouldn't put up with such behavior at a meeting at the office...!
we allowing it to go on
our celebrations of faith,
which are supposed to be acts of JOY
now no one is in the right frame of mind
to celebrate the rites as they should be
We are timid as a group as we have been taught to be.
Where we are told Not to Rock the Boat
HORSE PUCKY !
the fool and be done with it !
Nice.. passive but gets the point across that such behavior will not be tolerated,
no one has the right to come to circle and make everybody miserable
is the Joy of the spirit then?
Some of them will get the point and lead a more reasonable life..
and some won't.
name droppers who have more titles and degrees
than a whole bus load of College professors..
whip out that yardstick of titles to measure up
every new person they come in contact with
should be proud of their accomplishments,
but we all know those persons who are
"Sister Bertha, better than you "
Who can infest any religious gathering of any faith
sound real cool to the newbies
who are impressed with such things
to the Elders who know better,
they are no more than Vain.
will become the greatest danger to others ,
as they will become bitter as time goes by
bitter persons will poison any chance they,
or anyone else, has of Joy.
any group there will be Elders and newbies,
Teachers and students, the Lookie lous and hangers on,
to compare yourself to Any is a waste of time ..yours and theirs
As they are intended to be enjoyed, by what you can do with it..
And plan to do with the knowledge so hard won
Wand of Power is not a Stick,
With which , to beat the back of Another
Who is not yet , or May Never Be
have someone come to circle
whole intent on being there
is to get you into whatever is their most recent "great deal" ?
When you are really happy with the job you have ?
is, unfortunately a common by product
of community gatherings of any kind.
charlatans, the hacks,
" give me 100 bucks
and I will make you a millionaire ",
Buy these books, these jewels, these ..whatever..
times we listen,
Sometimes we don't and
Sometimes we should
We Pagans are not immune to this kind of thing.
We have our share
We had one that the newbies would flock to,
as She was something of a celebrity
we Elders headed for high country
the only reason she was there,
was her annual visit to pick our pockets to pay the taxes on her 500 acre "Preserve"
which was 450 acres too big, had a list as long as your arm of
" things you can't do" when you visited, to live in a hay bail hut with a path,
with no running water, lights heating or cooling,
for which you paid 200 bucks a head, a day to be there
for the privilege of being close to the Mother
in an environmentally friendly way
you she had some ideas that made sense...and headlines...
...but she was also the biggest money grubber on the planet...
As it was the only time we saw her.
the pockets of her brethren, when she should have found a way
to fund it herself and not bitten off more than she could support, with her retreat.
can tell I didn't think much of her
then or now... :)
remember the community was so bitten
by her and persons like her, that I could not even get them to look at
goods I brought for sale once
ASKED to bring.... by the way
and they were cheap..!
wasn't out to make a killing
But no one would even come over to look
and not because they looked like cheap stuff,
just the opposite as others told me later
because they did look good most people thought
I would try to rake them over the coals on the price,
as so many others had tried to do,
with "made by hand " goods
was so upset that so many woman hours had been wasted,
when I got home I took the whole lot apart.
...back down to their basic components...
...And never did it again...
as the bard says, we should not let the fools we meet,
blind us to the " real deal" of the person whom the Mother sent there,
just to tell you a way to make life a little better
Or to sell you something made with care...cheap..! :)
yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is perennial as the grass.
I really wanna get started on this one ?
Yeah I do.
Be yourself that's the first one!
Have you ever met King Aurthur? or Merlin, Or some Atlantian reborn...?
the hell are all the people
from the butcher, the baker
and the candlestick maker ?
I personally believe that the wheel of life turns
and that we have been here before, there can't be that many descendants
of the great ones out there
if they were, those same great ones would spit
if they thought their descendants only claim to greatness
is the fact they ARE descended, riding on their coat tails so to speak... :)
there's the celebrities, the name droppers,
the ones with so many titles they clank
ones that walk in dressed for High ceremony
and its just the weekend Bar B Q.
None of this is US.
This is people out to impress Other's...
Great Mother says,
show that you are free
ye shall be naked in your rites, this does not mean just sky clad,
( although that does take the starch outa the ones with all the do dads and high fancy stuff... )
It also means what the Destraida says ... be yourself
clothes to fool anybody
No showing off of wealth
And power tools
Naked before your deity
And proud of it !
watch the goings on, that are going on
at your average Pagan gathering
is like watching your average soap opera.
am a people watcher,
and some of the things one sees...!
of more concern than,
the Peyton place of dating and mating.
.. It Is
the feigning of affection...
That tends to go on ... on a grand scale..
I said before,
tend to tolerate others
that we wouldn't put up with anywhere else
just because they are members
Not only that, we pretend to like them
that word ..pretend.. how many times the kiss of welcome
to enter the circle was just going thur the motions.?
many times the hug given by your coven member,
would not have made Twiggy notice it..?
Because we feel we have no choice
if we say what's on our mind we will be rejected
and be alone again
Than to go thur hollow motions
With persons with whom
This is not an ice cream social....!
We effect real change if the work is done right!
is not something you try to do with people
you don't love and trust....
can tell I have been to circles
where the only thing raised was my dander !
Once, after a 6 mt drought,
My coven and a half a dozen others
gathered to do rain magick.
The next day was Easter
The next day it snowed
In Tucson Az, In summer
I did ask the coven members, all right
whose the wise guy who asked for snow ? ! :)
by 3 blessed weeks of rain,
which filled the water tables,
made the land flourish,
and we humans didn't have to go
on water rationing that summer.
is the power of love and affection
for the Gods and for each other...
do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
Kindly to the counsel of years huh?
Well not in many gatherings I have seen.
sit in the back and say little
Save to the few who seek them out.
We are a religion that is in revival as I said.
because of that
is a constant influx
of new knowledge and new arrogance both.
knowledge is welcome,
by anyone young or old with any sense,
as it is something we don't know yet.
may know, but never looked at with the young eyes
that are seeing it for the first time.
And may see something in a different light.
Surrender the things of youth?
Not the ones armed with a million books
who think they know better than we gray heads,
who don't speak 3 dead languages.
Elders of any group are the biggest and best resource
for the simple reason we have been there, done that and
gotten over our own pretensions, for the most part..
There are Exceptions to that :)
the story of myself and of how I came to this path
I outline this idea in detail.
in short, all the books and old texts mean diddly,
Compared to the understanding
That it does not matter which one you read
all have the same basic truth to them
and it is this truth , One must understand.
And stop scaring yourself to Death!
one comes harder
than most would like to admit,
but its a simple thing really.
a Pagan we are expected
To take care of ourselves,
Be responsible for our own actions
And take on the burdens
That are asked of us for the betterment of all.
So what does this have to do with good old fashioned guts?
lot. As each of us comes to this path by dint of learning,
knowledge about the past, present and ourselves.
are better armed to deal with things
When they go south on us.
Or Should Be
do not waste time
railing at the Gods for our misfortune, but rather ask for advice and help
while we get on with the business of taking care of the situation.
we are responsible for it,
no matter what happened.
Which does not mean we created it...
means we are expected to know
about life and ourselves,
to deal with whatever is dished out.
brings us back to the Elders for a moment ...they know...
they have been there ... and are a gold mine of information
on what to do if X occurs ... because no matter what it is,
someone is bound to have gone through it already.
the Pagan community one of two things
can happen in this area.
you have a loving family
help get real with yourself
who are honest enough to tell you when you need to work on something.
two, ya have a whole gaggle of silly geese who are more than happy
to jump on the bandwagon that is rapidly running you down
the moment you make a mistake.
they take the words
you are responsible to mean
lets play the blame game
and never let em live it down.
not walk...to the nearest exit...
when you find yourself in among such people
who have a LONG way to go on the wheel yet..
they are children
have not yet learned to walk the way
as it should be walked with gentleness and caring for their fellows
is not at odds with my opinion on persons
whose only reason for being there is to start trouble.
is a large difference between human frailty
and human avarice.
one is pretty self explanatory,
but I have a few words to say on it
path is just that ..YOUR path.. which you have come to
down a long and sometimes hard road.
there will be many who will question the truths
you have fought so hard to get.
not let the " know it alls" challenge your right to be.
in any way you see fit
it harm none...
do what thou wilt...
be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace with your soul.
is more of the same
Be at peace with yourself and YOUR vision
all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy...
And there is no more I can possibly add to that !
Well I have taught, tormented, harranged and harassed you!
But have I made you think...?
Does any of this sound familiar?
Does any of this help?
ya think I'm just a crazy woman with issues ! ? :)
We are the Others
are the Ones
Who have not Forgotten
The Spirits of Earth
must not allow our Faith
To become shallow mouthings
where Dogma Has taken the place
should not allow our gatherings
To be shams and dress up time
For the vain
are the Others
And we should be different.
should have Learned
From the mistakes
Between our time
Of then and now.....
Our Time is Now Again..
Will we Make
Of it this Time ?
All Love and Honor...
be your coming...
Blessed be your going.......
Blessed be all your house
To see the poem in full
form without the interjections
Liked it? hated it?
think I have a point or think I am full of it? let me know.
( and if you think I am full of it..lets keep it clean ok... this is just MHO... on issues that concern us all...)