The ‘F’ Word

monkeyWe live in a fast paced world. That much is certain, but what does it cost to live by the watch. Think about it, we have designed our clocks to be small, to have the ability to be strapped to our body, and to be a fashion statement. Time is our ruler, at least it seems that way. I was recently at a meeting and found myself looking at the watch, not because I had other plans, but simply to know the time. This habit, no, this obsession with time is rooted not only in our culture, but also our own psyche.

We are taught growing up to schedule our time wisely. To create a budget for time, as if it is a commodity which will soon be gone.  This is the culture side of things. Whereas an obsession with beauty and youth is a result of time seeping into our psyche. How many songs have been written with the theme, “die young.” Where the vain and the desperate sing their melodic anthems on top of hard beats and perhaps a guitar solo. Now, before we go further, I want to address that this is not a generational theme, but an industrialist theme. Since the rise of the industrial age and beyond, developed nations have increasingly worshiped youth. While this desire for eternal youth can be seen historically as well, i.e. the search for the fountain of youth, but in a world where time is our god or goddess, we take youth to the extreme.

Likewise, the worship of time leads to a need for success at any cost. If we continue using this analogy that time is a god or goddess among men and women, then what is sacrificed to this unkind deity? In any faith with a deity there is always a form of sacrifice or libation. Tithing in many Christian faiths, berries and nuts in many Pagan faiths, as well as tobacco in some Native American traditions of faith. So, time, also requires a sacrifice. I believe it is the most strict of sacrificial criteria, our own essence, our soul, our youth, our ability to love and grow. When it’s “crunch-time” we get stressed and when we get stressed our mental and physical health falters. To satisfy the clock, is to sacrifice your own self.

This leads me to the focus of this blog post. It is not to point fingers at any group, nor to criticize a behavior, but to perhaps warn the public. The ‘F’ word is a diabolical little word that can be perceived as flippant, or unnecessary to our success-driven, youth-hungry society. Yes, my friends, I’m talking about ‘fun’. When is the last time you settled down, put your watch away, and actually lived? Let’s take a moment for ourselves and no longer work for the clock, but live for today.

Just a thought. 

 
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Dearest all!

I hope this new post finds you well. In case you have been wondering where I have been, well….The answer is not so easily nor quickly answered. Long story short, I am about to receive my Master’s degree here in the USA and have been working on about 6 projects. One of which I will tell you about NOW!

I have written and self-published my very own book. Yes, my friends, I am now a published author. 🙂 (Hold the applause). The book, entitled “The Lythia Tradition of Paganism and Witchcraft” Within the confines of its pages you will find tons of information on the faith that I follow (Lythia) and many many many practical uses of its teachings. I have also included in-depth ritual examples for each major holiday!

I know that many of my readers are interested in spell work, SO as to not disappoint  I have also included several spells, incantations, and prayers. As well as many examples of how to and when to use each one.

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The Rule of Three

The Rule of three is closely related to Karma. In Karmic beliefs, the basic idea is, “You reap what you sew.” Many faiths have adopted this spiritual check and balance system, but have added another element to it. The rule of three states that what you send out will return to you three fold (Times Three). This is an interesting principal to uphold because it is not a specific deity punishing its worshippers, but the practitioner themselves. It is their choice to send blessings, or curses out to the world. In return, that person will either be rewarded or punished by their own actions.

Below are a few links that explain the Rule of Three within different faiths even Christianity. Enjoy! Love and light to all!

Christianity

http://www.endlesssearch.co.uk/philo_lawof3.htm

Pagan in General:

http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usfl&c=basics&id=2872

Wicca

http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/wiccaandpaganismbasics/a/Rule_of_Three.htm

Love and Light to all!

Sheldon!

Pagan Ethics

I have been wrestling with the direction I wanted to take this post for awhile now. Of course within Wicca there is the final line in the Wiccan Rede: “An if it harm none, do as you will,” but where does that leave most of us? Ethics seems to be mixed with the Law of the land. For example, if you steal a cow from your neighbor to feed your family, it is illegal to steal the cow, but is it ethical? You are feeding your family, sustaining life for those you love, but you are being dishonest and taking what is not yours.

This discussion of Ethical vs. Legal was presented in my Ethics course today. It provoked me to think, is there an ethical code that is accepted by most or all Pagan community members? Sure, it’s a great concept to do what you want, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone, but then the cow argument can be discredited. If the cow owner were wealthy and the cow was meaningless to him, then it is not harming him or his family. It is a Robin Hood type situation, but is it right to do so? Are ethics subjective to situation? or in reality, should they be solidified?

When we teach our children right and wrong we don’t specifically tell them, “This is ethical. If ‘A’ happens, then you respond with ‘B'” No, we simply lead by example. We tell the truth, keep our promises, return what we borrow, ask before taking an item, play nice. Kindergarten ideas and lessons really do follow us throughout life. There is a poem by Robert Fulghum that expresses this idea. It is presented below.

“Most of what I really need
To know about how to live
And what to do and how to be
I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top
Of the graduate school mountain,
But there in the sandpile at Sunday school.

These are the things I learned:

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Flush.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life –
Learn some and think some
And draw and paint and sing and dance
And play and work everyday some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world,
Watch out for traffic,
Hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.”

In truth, every faith can learn something from this. Don’t steal, don’t kill, don’t hurt those around us. Treat others how you want to be treated.

Ethical conduct is a serious discussion that needs to be brought forth by Pagans. As much as we wish to say we don’t want organized religion, Paganism is an organized, ritual-based faith. We have steps on worship and instruction on how to worship our deities, we may be void of a book, but that does not mean we can operate however we want. We are a faith based in love and gratitude, we are not vengeful, we are not spiteful, we forgive (we don’t always forget), we don’t get even, that’s karma’s job, we give love and receive love, it is time to make our ethical choices known. We are not without structure, we are the epitome of structure. Let’s publish our love, let’s be known as a force of purity.

Love to all!

Blessed be!