Promoting Religious Peace = Article #1 When you follow a non-Christian path, it’s almost certain that sooner or later you’ll find yourself on an emotional battleground. This is especially true if you are a Christian Which trying to embrace teachings from two or more traditions. If Christian friends or family members are openly (or even secretly) condemning the Pagan practices that you love, what are you supposed to do?
Christian and Pagan beliefs often appear to be miles apart and navigating between these paths may seem impossible. That’s how I felt when I first started to explore Wicca and other nature based paths. Then I stumbled upon a collection of ancient texts that offered a beautiful bridge between these conflicting beliefs.
In the blog category Pagan vrs Christian, I frequently quote from a collection of ancient Essene writings. The Essenes were a mystic Jewish sect that flourished from the 2nd century BCE to the 1st century CE. Some (including myself), believe they are the same group that we now refer to as the early Christians.
Why is this important? Essene and Pagan beliefs have a lot in common and knowing this can make it easier for an individual with a Christian foundation to understand and embrace Wicca, Which and Pagan ways.
Below are 7 eye-opening links between the Essenes and early Christians that offer strong evidence these two groups are one and the same!
When we learn to connect with Mother Earth and show our deep respect for nature, we draw closer to the Divine and open our lives to many blessings. in the Earth Magic category of the Living Wicca Today blog, you will find a series of posts on Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit. The articles contain excerpts from manuscripts that are nearly 2000 years old. These writings give us insight on how our ancestors communicated with the Divine through nature.
“Messenger of the Sun! There is no warmth without thee, no fire without thee, and no life without thee. Green leaves of the trees do worship thee and through thee the tiny wheat kernel become a river of golden grass moving with the wind. Holy messenger of the Earthly Mother, enter the holy temple within me and give me the Fire of Life!”” Teachings of the Elect Book 4
When it comes to the element of Fire, nothing outshines the Sun. While there are other forms of fire, the sun has been honored and/or worshiped in many cultures throughout history. In folklore, each year the masculine Sun, who was warm and powerful, would cover the feminine Earth who was fertile and nurturing, and life renewed itself again. This time was often referred to as the greening of the Earth.
“Thou shalt celebrate a daily feast with all the gifts of the Messenger of Earth: The golden wheat and corn, the purple grapes of autumn, the ripe fruits of the trees, the amber honey of the bees.“ Quote from Book #4 The Teachings of the Elect
The earth has always represented abundance, strength and stability. In rituals an object may be buried in the ground as an offering, or to allow its energies to disperse and be absorbed by Mother Earth. But by far, the Earth’s greatest gift to us, is the gift of good health. We plant tiny seeds in her rich soil and are rewarded with foods that nourish and heal the body.
“In the midst of the fresh air of the forest and fields, there shalt thou find the messenger of Air. Patiently she waits for thee to leave the dank and crowded holes of the city. Seek her then and draw deeply of the healing draft which she doth offer thee.”
Teachings of the Elect Book #4
This article contains excerpts from Talking to the Goddess by Kardia Zoe
Air is an element through which you receive information about the world around you. If you need help with issues related to communication, wisdom or the powers of the mind, Air is the element to focus on. But how do we incorporate the element of Air into our work with the Divine?
“…for the body is as a mountain pond that reflects the sun when it is still and clear; but when it is full of mud and stones, it reflects nothing.”
There is a spiritual aspect of water that few fully understand. In Wicca and many other nature-based beliefs, water represents emotions. This article is focused on the link between emotions and the element of water, and it explores how we can use that link to heal ourselves and our Mother Earth.
“For only with the eyes of the spirit can we see those golden threads which link us with all life everywhere.” Quote from Teachings of the Elect
Our spirit is more than just the thought-energy within us. It is actually linked to a universal network of energy. This network has been referred to by many names, including the Akashic Records, the Book of Life, the Universal Mind and the Field. It has been described as a universal filing system that has been recording every occurring thought, word and action since the beginning of time. Today, scientists might think of this record as the DNA of the universe. We can debate all day about how to describe it or what to call it, but what is most important is that we have the ability to connect to this source of Divine wisdom through the Spirit.
The Spring Equinox arrives between March 20-23 in the Northern Hemisphere or between September 20-23 in the Southern Hemisphere. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere visit the Mabon sabbat page for celebrating the current Autumn season in your area.
For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, spring is here. Welcome the season by planting seeds in small clay pots and/or start a magical herb garden.