Wicca – A Branch of Paganism

Wicca is a “religion” that falls under the umbrella of Paganism. Please read the Brief Introduction to Pagan Theology to understand more about this categorization. (https://earthdna.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/theology/#more-782)

By Fey Fand, High Priestess, Celestine Circle of Southern Africa

Wiccans, generally speaking, are happy people. Wicca is a celebratory religion, encompassing a love for and responsibility to all living things – from stones and trees to animals and humanity to Mother Earth and the living Universe. Wiccans do not expect another entity to save their immortal souls – and indeed, most of us believe that our souls are immortal. We also do not believe that after Earthly death there is nothing – we know and understand the functioning of the Universe and the meaning of our many lives here. We acknowledge the laws of Karma, and know that, as the old saying goes “life is like a mirror; what you put in is what you get back”. We endorse this Law three-fold – whatever you do comes back to you – times three. We also don’t expect all our Karmic rewards and punishments to be meted out to us in lives to come – Karma can be pretty instant in its action.
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Paganism is a very broad umbrella term encompassing many different belief systems from Shamanism, African Witchcraft, Druidism, Odinism (the Norse traditions), Goddess Spirituality, Wicca (including various branches/traditions such as Alexandrian, Gardnerian, Dianic & Correllian) and Eclectic Paganism (which, as the name implies, is a “bit of this and a bit of that”). What these belief systems share in common, for the most part, is:
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What Do You Believe? An Anonymous Spiritual / Religious Poll:

Spiritual Quotes

“We are not human beings learning to be spiritual, we are spiritual beings learning to be human.” – Jacquelyn Small

“A truth’s initial commotion is directly proportional to how deeply the lie was believed. It wasn’t the world being round that agitated people, but the fact that the world wasn’t flat. When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic” – Dresden James

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the the appalling silence of the good people.”  – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“This is the time of a great awakening by humanity, but we must not just wake up if we wish to effect positive change in the world, we must get out of bed!!! We have unlimited opportunities to educate ourselves about what’s really happening in the world and be a voice for peace.” – Sharon Pacione

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive…” Eleonora Duse

“See the world as if for the first time; see it through the eyes of a child, and you will suddenly find that you are free.” – Deepak Chopra

“Love is a force that connects us to every strand of the universe, an unconditional state that characterizes human nature, a form of knowledge that is always there for us if only we can open ourselves to it.”  – Emily H. Sell

“Awareness is our true self; it’s what we are. So we don’t have to try to develop awareness; we simply need to notice how we block awareness with our thoughts, our fantasies, our opinions, and our judgments. We’re either in awareness, which is our natural state, or we’re doing something else.”  – Joko Beck

“If the day and night be such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more immortal – that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself.” ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“One joy scatters a hundred griefs.” ~Chinese Proverb

“In our bodies, in this moment, there live the seed impulses of the change and spiritual growth we seek, and to awaken them we must bring our awareness into the body, into the here and now.” – Pat Ogden

“The secret of beginning a life of deep awareness and sensitivity lies in our willingness to pay attention. Our growth as conscious, awake human beings is marked not so much by grand gestures and visible renunciations as by extending loving attention to the minutest particulars of our lives. Every relationship, every thought, every gesture is blessed with meaning through the wholehearted attention we bring to it. In the complexities of our minds and lives we easily forget the power of attention, yet without attention we live only on the surface of existence. It is just simple attention that allows us truly to listen to the song of a bird, to see deeply the glory of an autumn leaf, to touch the heart of another and be touched. We need to be fully present in order to love a single thing wholeheartedly. We need to be fully awake in this moment if we are to receive and respond to the learning inherent in it.” – Christina Feldman and Jack Kornfield, Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart

“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest-a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein

“I am the dust in the sunlight, I am the ball of the sun . . .
I am the mist of morning, the breath of evening . . . .
I am the spark in the stone, the gleam of gold in the metal . . . .
The rose and the nightingale drunk with its fragrance.
I am the chain of being, the circle of the spheres,
The scale of creation, the rise and the fall.
I am what is and is not . . .
I am the soul in all.” –  Rumi

“Even before I could speak, I remember crawling through blueberry patches in the wild meadows on our hillsides. I quickly discovered Nature was filled with Spirit; I never saw any separation between Spirit and Nature. Much later I discovered our culture taught there was supposed to be some kind of separation – that God, Spirit and Nature were supposed to be divided and different. However, at my early age it seemed absolutely obvious that the church of the Earth was the greatest church of all; that the temple of the forest was the supreme temple. When I went to the sanctuary of the mountain, I found Earth’s natural altar – Great Spirit’s real shrine. Years later I discovered that this path of going into Nature, bonding deeply with it, and seeing Spirit within Nature – God, Goddess, and Great Spirit – was humanity’s most ancient, most primordial path of spiritual cultivation and realization.” – John P. Milton, Sky Above, Earth Below

Lakota Instructions for Living:
“Friend do it this way – that is,
whatever you do in life,
do the very best you can
with both your heart and mind.

And if you do it that way,
the Power Of The Universe
will come to your assistance,
if your heart and mind are in Unity.

When one sits in the Hoop Of The People,
one must be responsible because
All of Creation is related.
And the hurt of one is the hurt of all.
And the honor of one is the honor of all.
And whatever we do effects everything in the universe.

If you do it that way – that is,
if you truly join your heart and mind
as One – whatever you ask for,
that’s the Way It’s Going To Be.” – passed down from White Buffalo Calf Woman

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” -Kahlil Gibran

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” – Chief Seattle, 1854

Lakota Prayer:
“Wakan Tanka, Great Mystery,
teach me how to trust
my heart,
my mind,
my intuition,
my inner knowing,
the senses of my body,
the blessings of my spirit.
Teach me to trust these things
so that I may enter my Sacred Space
and love beyond my fear,
and thus Walk in Balance
with the passing of each glorious Sun.

According to the Native People, the Sacred Space is the space between exhalation and inhalation. To Walk in Balance is to have Heaven (spirituality) and Earth (physicality) in Harmony.”

“There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of LIFE…Getting back up is LIVING…….”

“I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud” – Carl Jung

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished” – Lao Tzu

The Little Soul and The Sun – A Children’s Parable

by Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations With God

Once upon no time, there was a little Soul  who said to God,
“I know who I am.”

And God said, “That’s wonderful! Who are you?”

And the Little Soul shouted, “I’m the Light!”

God smiled a big smile. “That’s right!” God exclaimed. “You are the Light.”

The Little Soul was so happy, for it had figured out what all the souls in the Kingdom were there to figure out.

“Wow,” said the Little Soul, “this is really cool!”

But soon, knowing who it was was not enough. The Little Soul felt stirrings inside, and now wanted to be who it was. And so the Little Soul went back to God (which is not a bad idea for all souls who want to be Who They Really Are) and said, “Hi, God! Now that I know Who I am, is it okay for me to be it?”And God said, “You mean you want to be Who You Already Are?”
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Modern Church Views of Paganism (via Earthpages.ca)

Pagan Pagan is an often but not always pejorative term denoting a polytheist or someone who is not a Christian, Jew or Muslim. During the Middle Ages accused pagans were often lumped together with the idea of witchcraft, and the Christian Church sanctioned successive waves of barbaric torture and killing under the guise … Read More

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Primal Priestess

Speech on Pagan Freedom Day, 27 April 2007 (Botha’s Hill, KZN)
By Fey Fand

2000 years of patriarchy is ending and womankind is emerging from the shadows. As women start to make a come-back whilst Christianity fades, surely one of the first questions we must ask ourselves is: what is our true place in the Divine Order? Can we resurrect the feminine aspect, which has been nearly choked to death? Creation requires both sexes and to deny one means a return to the wasteland both spiritually and materially.
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