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 on: March 26, 2015, 05:22:44 AM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by oldghost
Most statutes of Ostara show her with a long white dress in the style of the Greek Chiton but with her left breast and shoulder bare . This is her cradling and nurturing stance . She is displayed as carrying a small bird or rabbit with her hair worn up not hanging loose.

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 on: March 26, 2015, 04:15:49 AM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by lola.s
When I meditated the night before last, I saw a vision of a goddess emerging from a the woods. She had long wavy black hair and was wearing a long sleeveless white dress, which fastened at the shoulders with silver clasps. Was this Ostara? I ended up drawing her whilst I was doodling at work, so who ever she is, she's made quite an impression. :-*

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 on: March 26, 2015, 12:10:55 AM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by Alchymist
Ashe, my answers to the questions you pose are far from simple.

I've been following the Path I'm on for more decades than I care to remember, and have undergone several initiations - at some of which, other humans were present - and have led and co-led innumerable rituals, invoked elemental spirits and Gods and Goddesses, but I don't consider myself to be any kind of priest. My wife Myranda and I are members of a group calling itself the Congregationalist Wiccan Association of British Columbia, which is an odd name for the group since there is no actual "congregation" - no real distinction between "priesthood" and "laity"; and though many of us consider ourselves "Wiccan", not all do. Apparently the "Congregationalist" bit is a legal requirement for us to be recognised in Canada as a legitimate religion on a par with Christianity, Judaism and the rest; and we have to call ourselves "Wiccan" because, again, "Wicca" is a recognised religion, whereas "Witchcraft" isn't. It's all, essentially, a legal fiction.

Now, Myranda is an actual ordained Priestess of Wicca, with the legal authority to perform marriages and funeral rites, sign passport applications, visit prisons and hospitals, and every other function of a clergyperson or a Justice of the Peace. I have not been ordained, and am therefore not a Priest in the legal sense, but I nevertheless perform all the functions of a Priest and have equivalent status within the Association - as I said, officiating at rituals, offering Priestly advice and comfort.....

It's all very confusing, and I literally have no idea what to call myself. Witch, certainly; but more than the bald word itself denotes; definitely not a hedgewitch, which is more or less similar to a herbalist. Freethinker and Seeker are sufficiently descriptive, but, again, not comprehensive enough. Not a Magician, in the ceremonial, Golden Dawn sense. Occultist? Well, maybe. I'd say Mage, but it sounds pretentious, though I suspect I've qualified many times over (by Crossing the Abyss, among other things)......

Help!

Alchymist, Walker upon the Path of the Wise Serpent,
Ordo Meum Sanguinarium Individualis, 33o
Paratheoanametamystikhood of Eris Esoteric, 4o, but I don't talk about that very much.
Reclaiming Witchcraft, 3o at least; OTO,1o;  Zelator, AMORC.

Blessed Be everyone 

 84 
 on: March 25, 2015, 06:00:34 PM 
Started by Valerie - Last post by C_A
While your point about the two Christian denominations is a very valid one, inject, for a moment, a McWiccan in the mix as I portrayed.  While the other two may not be precisely congruent, they're a lot closer than the aforementioned third party would be.  If it makes the point any clearer, take any two Methodist subs.  Or Anglican / American / AME / Presbyterian cloths.  The analogy, (spread regardless), remains valid.  (The schismata of the Catholic church alone) could be illustrative, here, too.  Or the various and sundry sects within Judaism or the unfortunately all too relevant, these days, differences among mohammedans...We'd all be beheaded or stoned.

As far as "the One True"...well...no.  So stipulated.  BUT there is a VAST CHASM between the teachings of the "Big 10" and 99% of what 99% of the people, (within or without the Craft), perceive the Craft to be.  And that's sad.  Even this far into this millennium, the legacy of "Charmed" and "The Craft" and "Sabrina" still hold more sway than our actually tenets.

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 on: March 25, 2015, 05:51:17 PM 
Started by Ann - Last post by Ann
I think I have a better understanding of your technique, Imhotep. Thank you for sharing with me, I plan on putting it to good use since I need to strengthen my concentration. This seems like a good way to do that!

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 on: March 25, 2015, 05:09:11 PM 
Started by Ann - Last post by Imhotep
C_A,
I didn't understand your post.
Arnemetia,
Thanks for pointing that out, I thought I had but for some reason nothing happened. I've since done it again.

Ann,
I'd suggest just using your concentration first, to 'will' the item to move. You may find that is all that is needed.
At a later stage you can do a form of meditation to increase your power, when you know exactly what you want. When I did it I opted to create a path to go down, literally. I walked along a stone path that was bounded by a flower border and stone walls by getting to know each flagstone, the colour and type of each flower and where each rock was in the wall I was able to clear my mind totally and that enabled me to be in a mindset to do stuff. I would clarity that, I was a landscape gardener and I built rock walls so my path was easy for me.
As with all things there are problems though, had I continued along the path at the end was a turnstile, beyond that lay Astral Projection and in that lies great danger to the uninitiated. I created a safe place, a different coloured rock so when I reached that rock I knew to stop.
Also you should be aware of what you want, increase your personal power as much as you want but just remember about doing spells. I kept going until I found it to easy to do magic and I became able to do magic by thought. The point being is to restrict yourself to performing spells to do healing.
My path in life is as a healer, but my self taught doctrine took me to a place where I could remove a persons (I kept it to close friends) pain by thought alone. And that is not a good place to go to.

 87 
 on: March 25, 2015, 04:32:35 PM 
Started by Ann - Last post by Canis
Welcome to TCC Ann.

 88 
 on: March 25, 2015, 04:13:52 PM 
Started by Arnemetia - Last post by Twixt
Luckily, Alch,I believe that life should be spent learning. Without learning and evolving, you become stagnant, and stagnation eventually leads to the death of the "spark" for lack of a better word. I try to learn as much as I can from all those around me, from books and by listening thoroughly. And you're absolutely right, any path that you don't struggle on yourself is one that you won't appreciate down the road. Also, I'm hardheaded and stubborn (got it from both parents) and I've always learned my own way.  :-p

Thank you, too, Drac. I've read a lot of accounts on here that Wicca was the gateway or foundation to many people's final beliefs. It seems to give a very good groundwork or stepping off point into the nature paths, by giving a loose structure for people to build upon. I'm looking forward to expanding my system and learning where my path will lead me.  :)

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 on: March 25, 2015, 03:16:55 PM 
Started by Ann - Last post by Alchymist
Welcome, Ann, to the lifelong quest for truth and meaning. May your Path bring you joy and wisdom in equal measure.

Alchymist.

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 on: March 25, 2015, 03:14:17 PM 
Started by Arnemetia - Last post by Alchymist
Welcome Twixt and Raven and Imhotep (at 70+, doubly welcome!).

Twixt, in the matter of questions without answers in Christianity; you may find some of the answers you seek in Wicca, or Witchcraft (not the same thing....) - but then you might also find that these answers merely lead to more questions.....

Whatever Path you may find yourself on here, or which you may carve for yourself, be assured it is a lifelong quest - or, if it isn't a lifelong quest, is it really worth following?

As in all things, the final arbiter must be your own judgement.

Alchymist.

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