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The Silver Chalice E-Zine, Issue #7, Aug 2008 * FEATURE ARTICLE Lammas: Divine Teamwork
July 31, 2008
Lammas: Divine Teamwork
Editor's NoteMerry Meet! Welcome to the Silver Chalice E-zine!
Well, summer has finally arrived. Since we've waited so long for it this year, I hesitate to be the bearer of unwelcome tidings... but the Wheel of the Year is still turning. So this issue's Wiccan Sabbat article is on Lammas, the first harvest. The first harbinger of the fall to come.
Still, we're not there yet! And even while winter creeps toward us, the shortened days bring the gifts of the land to grace our tables.
Lammas is a time to celebrate the summer's harvest with our communities.
It's also a time to rejoice in our own talents and skills, which are just as necessary to the harvest's success as Divine Grace.
It is in this vein that the book review offered this month is Scott Cunningham's Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner. (Even when we do ritual together, it always begins in our private practice.)
Continuing the notion of developing our skills, Ask the Priestess answers the perennial question: Where can you go to learn Wicca?
As the summer winds on, keeping us busy and perhaps overworked, it is helpful to remember the partnership with the Divine that can sustain us. After all, we don't have to do any of it alone. Indeed, we couldn't if we tried!
Enjoy these precious summer days!
Silver Chalice E-Zine #7 Table of Contents
Events & Announcements
You may be wondering what happened with the Mandala Starter Kit ....
Last issue, I stated that it would be available within the week. Unfortunately, I've had difficulties with my computer as well as with setting up a payment method, so the Mandala Starter Kit has been delayed.
I apologize sincerely for any inconvenience. I hope to have it up before the next issue. Check the blog to keep updated!
Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner has been the classic introduction to Wicca for a whole generation of solitary Witches.
Cunningham's unadorned style and clear instructions on the very basics of the Witchcraft are as useful today as when the book was written.
Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner offers simple rituals that a novice will have no difficulty following. It also includes an Author's Book of Shadows, to get you started.
Sabbats & Esbats & Other Wiccan Rituals
Lammas: Divine Teamwork
The current celebration in the Wiccan Wheel of the Year is Lammas. Lammas (also known as Lughnasadh and August Eve) is a time of ripeness, a time of fruitfulness. The gardens are producing madly; the first grains have ripened and been harvested.
Like all harvest festivals, Lammas is a time to give thanks for the gifts of the Divine.
Lammas also a time when we celebrate our skills, which allow us to work in partnership with the Divine to grow and harvest these gifts.
Ask The Priestess
Learning to Be a Witch
Hi. I am considering the Wiccan religion and I have a question about it. I don't really understand where you can go to learn to be a Witch and practice Wicca. Are there churches or do you do it on your own?
This is a common dilemma for up-and-coming Witches: how to meet other Witches and learn to practice Wicca.
Unfortunately, there aren't really Wiccan churches. There are a few groups around that are designated as churches, but I don't think any of them have a building that you can go to for "Sunday rituals," or anything like that.
Instead, many Wiccans have covens... groups of like-minded Wiccans that meet to celebrate Wiccan rituals, Sabbats, and Esbats. Covens may meet anywhere, indoors or outdoors, according to the desires of the group. And they often meet in different places, rather than in the same location each time.
To many Wiccans being part of a coven, or congregation of Witches, is important. But lots of Wiccans like solitary Wicca; for some people, the Divine is most easily found when they are alone.
Even as a solitary Wiccan, though, you need to learn what to do. Luckily, you can learn on your own.
Most of us learn by one of three methods:
There are many more excellent resource books listed here, as well.
And, of course, I believe reading Wicca-Spirituality.com is a fabulous start!
I wish you well with it; good luck!
Do you have a question you'd like answered? Email the Priestess and your question could be answered in a future issue.
Fave Quotes: Taking Action
If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.
~ P. Aaron
To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
~ Elbert Hubbard
Never mistake motion for action.
~ Ernest Hemingway
When we have done our best, we should wait the result in peace.
~ J. Lubbock
This is getting quite repetitive, but the main energy fields I've noticed are, yet again, fatigue and despair.
These both seem to come in cycles. There'll be a period of tiredness, and then it'll pass, and then it'll return. The despair seems to jump on the head like a sack of cement, and then gradually or quickly fade, only to leap out again after a while.
The fact that these two issues keep resurfacing suggests that we are working our collective way through some very deep-rooted patterns of behaviour, peeling layers away one by one.
This may be a good time to reiterate my perception of energy fields.
Energy fields seem to be emotions, thought-patterns, and even situations that exist on a communal level. That is, this despair (for instance) is not your or my personal despair, rather it is what we feel when we tap into a widespread cultural despair.
It is my belief that when we enter into an energy field, we are participating in that condition in order to relieve it. Every time you conquer despair and reclaim hope and faith, a piece of that communal despair is erased for all time. The energy field of the Earth is lightened.
So the despair that we have been feeling for so long is actually an opportunity! It is an occasion to break through the cultural despair-pattern, and bring healing relief to the planet.
The fatigue, I sense, is something different. It can feel like intense lethargy or being empty of life-force, drained and weak. I think this feeling is the repercussion of all the transformation we are going through.
As the Spiritual Rebirth progresses, we draw on our energy reserves for three purposes...
But it can easily contribute to any tendency to fatigue!
Another condition that is widespread is New Beginnings. Many people are finding themselves wrapping up old tasks, homes, even lifestyles... and starting out on new paths. While this is satisfying and exciting, it can also feel unsettling.
All of these energy fields have been going on since before Yule 2007.
Do you see the bigger picture, here? All of these symptoms outline the change that is taking place on a planetary level. It's too soon to tell what cake is being baked in the fire of transformation, but the ingredients are all coming together.
The most important thing that you can do with these energy fields, for your own well-being and the well-being of the world, is to take heart. Keep perspective on what you're going through, remember it means you're part of the Healing, and talk with others so you don't feel alone in it.
This is what we've come here for.
And I feel honoured to be participating in it with you. See you around the 'fields!
Notice or suspect an energy field going around? Can you confirm this reading, or shed more light on it?
Autumn Equinox Sabbat:
Mabon: Divine Son, God of the Hunt . . . .
See you then!
Word on the Street
Thanks for writing!! I appreciate hearing from you!
What People Are Saying About Wicca-Spirituality.com:
Thank you...thank you!!! I've been looking for someone who explains Wicca as I experience it! Thank for all the great input! I've been a solitary for about ten years - growing and learning as I go. I'm a teacher and Mom of five. Happily married to a wonderful Wiccan man! How can I contribute to the site? Blessings, -- S. in USA
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