Silver Chalice E-Zine Feature Articles:
The Witches' Silver Rule and Beltane: Let the Fires Burn
Welcome to the Silver Chalice E-zine!
Ah, Beltane! Fires are rising everywhere: in the Sun's warmth, in the Earth's yearning seedlings and tree sap rising, in the birds' mating, and not least in the fire of our own blood.
This is a time when creativity and sexuality peak. New beginnings abound!
With this new beginning, I would like to take a moment and send you my appreciation, dear reader, for subscribing to the Silver Chalice.
Silver Chalice subscribers are a very special group. It's so easy to get caught up in spiritual materialism, dabbling with this and that. And Wicca in particular seems to attract fly-by-night spiritual seekers.
But when you read this e-zine, you set yourself apart as a person of deep spirituality. Someone who wants more from Wicca than a spell to make the cute kid down the block ask them out.
I wanted to let you know how much I sincerely appreciate having you to write for! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
It means the world to me to know that I'm not alone in my quest for the spiritual essence of Wicca. And it is a privilege and an honour to share that quest with you!
I wish you a most beautiful Beltane. . .
Table of Contents
|What's New on the Site
||-- Moons and More
|Events & Announcement
||-- Summer Intern Position Available
||-- The Witches' Silver Rule
||-- Loving the Goddess Within
| Sabbats & Esbats & Other Wiccan Rituals
||-- Beltane: And the Fires Burn
|Quote of the Month
||-- Hold Your Passion
|Energy Field Barometer
||-- Hunger Fluctuations, Perception Shifts, and Wacky Electronics
|Ask The Priestess
||-- Can Anyone Stop Me From Being A Wiccan?
||-- Litha: Midsummer
|Word on the Street
What's New On The Site
If you've been to wicca-spirituality.com lately, you may have noticed a whole new section . . .
The Power of the Moon is a whole section devoted to that most mysterious and magickal entity: the Moon.
"From [the Moon's] awesome creative power comes the Moon's influence on Wiccan philosophy, and especially Wiccan magick."
The first article, Grandmother Moon: Grandmother of Life, explores how the Moon creates the conditions that allow life to exist on Earth.
And what power the Moon has over all life on the planet! The 5 Moon Tides looks at the Moon's effect on all the Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Spirit, as well as Water!
There is a long history of Full Moon's Effects on humans, and other life forms. Here is a collection of the ways the Full Moon affects us.
The Moon Phases and Wicca Magick is one of the most fun Moon pages. It explains the Moon's phases and the magickal energy of each phase. It also describes how to tell if the Moon is waxing or waning. And there's a nifty animation showing the Moon shifting through all her phases!
For a peak into the importance of the Moon in religions modern and ancient, see Moon Worship In History.
And finally, an exploration of The Moon in Wicca.
Another new addition is an article exploring the difference between religion and spirituality, along with a handy dandy comparison chart.
How to Be A Wiccan has 9 (count 'em, nine) steps to being a Wiccan. I know... it sounds hokey, but actually they're pretty profound, if simple, aspects to being Wiccan.
Also, I've developed the bit on smudging that used to be on the Sacred Scents & Wiccan Incense page, and given it its own space. Learn how to wrap and use a smudge stick.
Lastly, there are some new ritual tools articles: Harvesting Wiccan ritual tools from nature, and How to choose and buy ritual tools.
Lots of neat new stuff . . . come see!
Events & Announcements
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The Witches' Silver Rule
Have you ever heard of the Witches' Silver Rule?
You know the Golden Rule. It's a popular, dogma-free version of the Wiccan Rede. "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."
It's a good guideline for living. It's the kind of guidance that comes from the Sun . . . Take action, but don't hurt others.
Well, did you know about the Silver Rule? This guidance comes from the Moon, and is equally crucial for a life well-lived.
. . . Read the Whole Article: Witches' Silver Rule
Sabbats & Esbats & Other Wiccan Rituals
Beltane: And The Fires Burn
Beltane fires come in many different forms! They begin with the fires within.
In this season the sap is rising . . . not only in the trees and birds and bees, but in humans as well. The whole Earth seems to be rising up in joyful celebration.
Beltane is poised at the cusp between spring and summer.
. . . Read the Whole Article: Beltane Fires
Ask The Priestess
Can Anyone Stop Me From Being A Wiccan?
I was wondering something about my path to becoming a Wiccan. I am actually only 11 years old, and I am worried that I will be prevented somewhat from my path because of my age. Is that true?
-- Young Wiccan
Dear Young Wiccan,
Don't worry. You can't be prevented from any spiritual practice, because spirituality is an internal matter. The rites and rituals don't matter; they can help us focus, but they are just props, not the path itself.
The connection with the Divine is always available to you. How wonderful that you are beginning to reach for that connection at such an early age! It will make a huge difference in your life!
I hope my site will be of help to you. There will be more information on Wicca for beginners in the Being a Witch section, as we go along. Lots of it will be aimed at developing the spiritual connection, rather than using the props and tools.
For instance, all the wicca practices and other spiritual practice tools are aimed at developing the skills you need for Wicca -- or any other spiritual path. They don't require anything but your own mind. You can be developing these spiritual skills without anyone knowing about it. (And what a great head start you'll have, starting so young!)
See, it's not really about saying the words and setting up a pentacle somewhere. It's about . . .
- your mental discipline,
- your emotional awareness,
- your connection with your body and the Earth,
- and your relationship with Spirit.
You might also want to consider why you are interested in Wicca. Your family, I assume, has its own belief. What is it that Wicca offers you, that theirs doesn't?
Maybe it's not so much about the specific religious tradition. Truth can be found everywhere. Can you feed your spirit while following the path that your family follows? Or does it demand blind obedience and intolerance? Only you can answer that question.
I don't mean to be pushing you off Wicca. Personally, I think it's a wonderful path for this part of humanity's spiritual journey. My intention is to encourage you to consider your motivations. If your family is not religiously tolerant, you could be setting yourself up for some hard times. Is Wicca important enough to you to be worth it, at this time of your life?
Remember, there's always the rest of your life! If Wicca is really right for you, it'll still be here when you're free of other people's restrictions.
If you still want to pursue Wicca, one last piece of advice. You might want to hold off on subscribing to the blog or e-zine if you're worried about your family's reactions if they found them.
Good luck on your path! And thanks for writing.
Bright Blessings to you!
Do you have a question you'd like answered? Email the Priestess and your question could be answered in a future issue.
(Note: questions may be edited for brevity or clarity. No real names will be disclosed. For reasons of legality, all questions become the property of Wicca-Spirituality.com.)
Loving the Goddess Within:
Sex Magick For Women
Loving the Goddess Within: Sex Magick For Women, by Nan Hawthorne, reveals the sensual aspect of spiritual worship.
Hawthorne writes, "Love and sex are essential parts of magick, being the re-enactments of the Goddess's initiating and sustaining energy and of the cycles of fertility."
The premise of Loving the Goddess Within is that sexuality and the passionate interplay of energies is integral to Wicca.
Read The Review: Loving The Goddess Within
Hold your passion … and I promise: what you love will find a way to sweep you up from the earth, high into its joyful scary answers for every question you can ask.
~ Richard Bach, Bridge Across Forever
Spiritual Rebirth Barometer
Transformation seems to be the name of the game, these days. If anything, it seems to be happening faster than ever!
While this can be challenging, it's also extremely hopeful. If we are to survive as a species/planet, things need to change fast. And even though quick changes may be scary or difficult, do we really want to drag out the current worldwide misery a moment longer than we absolutely must?
So take heart! The healing you want for yourself and the planet IS underway, and coming along quickly.
And you are part of this transformation! If you are reading this newsletter, there is a part of you that answers to this Call.
So you will be undergoing changes, sometimes very rapidly. Sometimes it feels like being in the rock-tumbler of spiritual evolution.
At least you can take comfort in knowing that, every time you allow or encourage growth within yourself, you are healing a piece of the world's pain. You can even actively pursue your own development, and through that process, be an active agent in the salvation of our dear planet.
On that note, see if you've experienced some of these "symptoms" of the transformation.
Voracious Days and Non-Eating Days
This has been occurring, off and on, since last summer. Do you find you have days when you are wanting to eat non-stop? And then days when you don't feel like eating anything at all, and can't even think about heavy, rich foods (even chocolate!)?
If so, this is actually a good sign! Your body is making a transformation, right along with your soul and mind. It too is adjusting to a new vibrational level.
How can you help? Be gentle and compassionate with your body's needs!
That, all by itself, is a huge gift of healing to the world! And your body will find its way through this transformation with much more ease and beauty.
And allow it what it needs. You may want to avoid porking out on a lot of fatty foods, which aren't good for you. But don't punish your body or reject it for its needs.
Try to assess what your body really needs. Sometimes it will simply be a near-constant intake of food. In that case, I recommend noshing on light, healthier snacks. Organic fruit and vegetables, baked rice crackers, etc, take the edge off nicely.
Sometimes, you may find what you need is simply self-care.
- Take a quiet break with nature (even if merely contemplating sunlight shining through the leaves of a potted plant, or petting a cat.
- Go for a contemplative walk by yourself or with an animal friend.
- Dance, stretch, work out, sing, reflect on a dream, write poetry, draw a mandala . . . do something that liberates your body and soul.
- Give yourself the gift of thinking, for a few minutes, of what is good in your day, right now... and feeling these beneficial sensations.
Shifts in Thought Patterns
Another thing that you may be experiencing is looking at things in an entirely new way.
Perceptions are changing dramatically, and very quickly.
- One person has a breakthrough in seeing the door through her block to career success.
- Another suddenly perceives gender in a whole new light.
- Another begins to clarify how she has been manifesting the opposite of what she wants, and understand how to manifest exactly what she desires... and finds it working! (Okay, that one's me.)
What is transforming in your thoughts and beliefs?
Another (and more troublesome) occurrence is in dealing with electronic gadgets: TVs, stereos, DVD players, ... even cars.
It's like they're suddenly busy with their own stuff. "Sorry, can't think about volume levels right now... I'm busy."
They may turn off or on unexpectedly. They may be slow in responding. They may not always behave as expected. They may crash and burn.
Here's a (very synchronistic) example for you. As I was preparing to send out this e-zine, the local internet server crashed! It seems the entire North Island is off-line. They don't seem to know what went wrong, or when it'll be fixed. It's kind of funny, for this to happen just as I'm trying to write to you about it!
(In fact, this kind of amazing coincidence is something you might also notice happening more and more frequently.)
What's going on? Well, maybe something is happening in the electronic field. Or maybe, if these things are happening in your life, your personal energy field is in a state of flux. In the case of our internet situation, it could be masses of people who have energy fields out of alignment.
That's to be expected, when big changes are happening fast.
If it's happening a lot, or is getting to be a real problem, you can try calming and grounding your own energy field.
You already know some things that do this for you. It may be meditation, or exercise, or grounding visualization, or being near water . . . .
When you do this, and you begin to feel happier and "smoother," you will likely notice that your electronics come back into alignment as well.
Try to allow and enjoy these transforming experiences. It will ease your transition.
Notice or suspect an energy field going around? Can you confirm this reading, or shed more light on it?
I'd love to hear what's happening for you! Please let me know.
Litha, Midsummer (Summer Solstice) . . . . See you then!
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