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Silver Chalice Wicca 'Zine #46: Sacred Dawdling; Adam & Eve & the Serpent, Revisited
August 01, 2015
Silver Chalice Wicca 'Zine #46
Sacred Dawdlers of the World: Unite!
Isn't it amazing how the Wheel turns? One month you're scraping the bottom, trying to scratch your way up out of the dirt... and the next month you're riding high and everything seems to be carrying you effortlessly forward.
Or is that, one minute?
Life is churning so fast these days, that the only thing we can hold to is the surety that This Too Shall Pass, and soon!
A lot of the challenge is simply to go with the Flow, I'm finding. When I check in with the Resonance of the day and follow that, everything seems to work. When I let my ego/brain tell me, no no no! you have to do this other thing, even though you're paddling up a waterfall the whole way... well, you can imagine how that goes.
Life is challenging these days, no doubt about that. (See the Energy Field Barometer for insights into the process.)
But we can make it more difficult, or less, depending on how we interact with it, whether we resist it, and what we tell ourselves about the entire business.
If we let our Intentions and Ideals lead us, and use the power of Attention to keep focused on the right things, it's a lot more like coasting down a quiet river on an inner tube. Well, maybe not quite that cozy! But at least it's not an all- out battle against the tide of life.
I wish you the best of this crazy Tilt-a-Whirl we call life! Enjoy whatever parts of it you possibly can... and with Summer really hitting its stride, at least some of it will be easy to enjoy!
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|Wicca Students Speak Out||"A Profound Impact"|
|Website Highlights||The Power Of The Moon|
|Feature Article||Confessions of a Sacred Dawdler|
|Bonus Article||Adam & Eve & the Serpent, Revisited with a Pagan Eye|
|Ask The Priestess||My Dog Chewed My Wand!|
Nature Is The Way
|Word on the Street||"To Hold My Head High And Be Proud"|
|Energy Field Barometer||Activation Challenge: Intense Fields Coming Up|
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Spotlighting some of the Wicca Spirituality articles you may not have seen yet!
As Earth is the mother of life, the Moon is our grandmother. It seems that on an Earth without the Moon, there would be no life at all... Continue...
The Moon in Wicca religion is highly revered. She is a primary Pagan Goddess. Through her various phases and faces, the Moon guides us through the Mysteries of life.
The Moon is aligned with the element Water. And She is Queen of the Night, sailing through the heavens with Her starry host.
But what makes the Moon become a Wiccan icon? ...Continue...
The Full Moon's effects on the biology of living organisms, including people, are very odd indeed. And the range of its effects is very great.
When you consider the astonishing power of the Moon on the 5 tides, this influence is understandable.
Even so, it's amazing to realize the power of the Moon on humans and other living beings, that goes almost completely unnoticed!
To remedy this cultural blindness, I have compiled a list of effects of the power of the Full Moon...Continue...
If the key spiritual practice is to be in the moment, awake and aware of What Is, how does that tie in with a cultural value of multitasking, overwork, and rushing at full tilt all the time?Imagine, as an alternative lifestyle, being slow. Looking around you. Actually, truly smelling the flowers! And how perfectly natural for Wiccans, to wander the world: wide-eyed, awake, and loving it all! Can you imagine dawdling, then, as a powerful spiritual practice? Yet instead of honouring this quality, our culture shames us for it. For example, here is the story of a born dawdler: me. When I was a child, I was well-known as a dawdler. Going anywhere with my mom, or especially walking to school with my older brothers, my attention would be captivated by some small miracle no one else noticed:
|the glory of a sunlit dandelion|
|a friendly dog|
|the pattern of cracks in the sidewalk|
|a curious-looking bug|
|the smell of lilacs in bloom or fresh-cut grass|
|the patterns of clouds and leaves on the brilliant blue sky|
|the silky flesh feel of iris petals|
|and on and on in an endless profusion of wonders!|
|Seeing the beauty everywhere is acknowledging Her presence|
|Sharing it with others... that's a gift, a duty, and a privilege|
Dawdling has become has always been a part of my spiritual practice... long before I knew about spiritual practices.Sacred dawdling is waking up to the world around you, and to the Divine within the world. It wakes up the Divine within yourself! What could be a better use of time than that? I invite you to join me on this slow, meandering, miraculous Path. And if you're already a dawdler, I invite you to claim this quality in yourself with pride! Sacred dawdlers of the world, unite!
The Biblical story of the Garden of Eden, man's fall from grace, and Eve's "sin" of seeking (and sharing) self-awareness, is one of the most annoying and dangerous of Christian fables in my humble opinion. Such a perfect misunderstanding of, well, just about everything!The snake symbol of the Goddess since ancient times is evil? Seeking knowledge and self-awareness is wrong? The Garden of Eden our connection with Nature was taken from us forever? Women are supposed to eternally suffer, because Eve aspired to be more than an ignorant child obedient to a tyrannical father's efforts to keep humanity under His thumb? This is just wrong in so many ways! And as a Wiccan, my perception of these events is naturally a lot different. One day, some years ago, I came across Ralph Hodgson’s biblical-themed poem, “Eve,” which deals with this subject. I was incensed by the whole idea of it. So I was inspired to do a rewriting of and response to that poem. I wanted not only to set the record straight on the events (from a Pagan point of view ), but to highlight the transformation that humanity has embarked upon... returning to the Garden, which was never lost except for our ability to recognise it! And to be completely clear, I don't intend this to "poke" at Christians. My goal (as always) is to bring ideas closer to Divine Truth (as close as I can get, anyway ) and help us all awaken to greater levels of consciousness and inspire a vision of the future we intend to create. As Wiccans, we celebrate this Garden, which we call Nature and Mother Earth. And so we're playing a key part in this scene of humanity's deliverance from what the Vedics call "the Dark Age."
This story reveals a path a very Wiccan-resonant path back to the Goddess and the Earth, through self-knowledge (which is to say, realisation of the Divine Within). I hope you enjoy it...
Surveying land he was
Visioning shopping malls
Down in the bells and grass
Up to his knees;
Not seeing at his feet
Berries and plums so sweet,
Berries and plums to eat
Under the trees.
Mute as a mouse in a
Corner the Cobra lay,
Curled round the bough of a
Sleeping the centuries,
Leaving the tense hurries,
Waking as chainsaws loomed
Over it all.
“Adam!” Each syllable
Light as a flower fell,
“Adam!” She whispered the
Soft as a bubble sung
Out of a linnet’s lung,
Soft and most silvery
“Adam!” She sang.
Picture that Dapper Dan
Suited with such élan:
Silks and cool linen to
With a cigar butt
Half-way to his lips.
Adam in brain’s torment,
Seeing the voice from this
Out of the boughs She came,
Whispering still his name,
Tumbling in thirty rings
Into the grass.
Here was the strangest pair
In the world anywhere,
Man in Armani suit
Kneeling, and She
Telling Her story low . . .
Happy birds saw them go
Through the deep woods to
The Forbidden Tree.
“Now see the wondrous Tree
Of sweetest Mystery,”
Thus spake the Goddess
“There was no sinful Fall;
You are one with the All;
There is no sin nor death
Now taste the truth.”
Eating it not, because
He’d heard how dreadful was
God’s awful wrath.
“Adam,” the Wise One mused,
“Can you be so confused?
No true God could forbid
Your soul's own path!
“There is no harm to see
What you might truly be.
‘Evil’ is good confused;
Taste the fruit of this Tree,
Know it’s the flesh of Me,
Know that the Garden waits
Here all along.”
Adam fell weeping to
See this sweet glen!
Picture Divine delight
Ringing through Heaven's height
As the Creatrix sang
"Blesséd this day will be!
Blesséd this sacred Tree!
Finally Adam will
Wake and be free!"
Tossing aside his suit,
Gaily he ate the fruit,
Sharing it freely with
Women and men:
Adam, a vale of sweet
Berries and plums to eat,
Adam at last in the
I bought a new wand from a holistic shop. When I brought it home I put it on my table I left the room for 5 minutes and my dog chewed on the tip.
Is there anything I can do? Or is it no longer useful?
L.K. in USA
Is your dog, by any chance, your Familiar? ;-)
That kind of thing happens all the time, especially with Familiars. They do this to put their Energy stamp on the object, or adjust it in some way (like change the length or shape). Or if they do a lot of destruction, this can indicate their disapproval.
And, let's face it, sometimes they can simply give in to their animal nature and gnaw on this thing which has attracted them by its magickal Energy.
You can tell if your ritual tool is still useful in the standard ways: by asking in divination, dreams, speaking with Guides or your Familiar about it, dialoguing with the Wand itself, and so on.
Or you can test out the Wand, as you would a new ritual object. Does it feel like it still holds and channels energy well? Maybe less well... or maybe better (who knows!).
There's nothing saying that you can never use an item that your dog has chewed or your cat has clawed or whatever, just because they've marked it.
Explore it and find out what the Wand itself shows you.
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Feel like your life is exploding? Like everything's going crazy? And you have absolutely no time for anything any more?
That's part of the Energy Field that's going on, and has been for a while. It's very similar to the Energy build-up to 2012, which opened and relaxed into expansiveness for a while (thank goodness!) after popping through that transition point.
But again, everyone's life seems to be exploding these days.
What's going on is that it's part of our collective human journey to learn to walk our talk and stay aligned with our values and intentions, despite what's going on around us.
It's like a challenge... as a species, we've been dodging and running blind, letting mechanical behaviour and patterns and programming run us for millennia as if we were mindless machines.
And the Earth is saying, now we can't do that anymore... not without (often-) immediate consequences.
The pressure is on, at a planet-wide level. As the climate changes, the entire Earth is being forced to shift and adapt at a breakneck speed: plants, insects, animals, and humans.
As humans, though, we're not merely having to adapt where we live and how we feed our families. We're having to alter at a core level: where the ego struggles with the soul; where illusion/delusion struggles with Reality.
So we're learning to do things in a different way:
|We're learning to keep aligned and soft and compassionate, and to stay in service... even when life seems to be demanding us to react and get distracted and harden ourselves.|
|We're learning to let our values and Intentions lead us, rather than being pulled off course by the frenzy and lures of the ego-world.|
This can be challenging, confusing, even incredibly painful.
On the plus side, though, it's how we as a species are evolving, and for every person who joins this process we're a step closer to healing the planet. :)
There are currently six (count 'em: 6!) planets in retrograde. Holy handcuffs, Batman! It's like we're tied to the past, all the baggage we're still hauling around and needing to clear up.
If you're feeling particularly tired or sore lately, feeling tense and oversensitive, this mega-retrograde is taking its toll.
But that's not all there is to it.
It seems likely there's a major planetary upgrade on its way in late September. And as you know, before we can move forward we have to let go of the past.
That's the work that all these retrogrades are giving us: virtually every aspect of our lives is being held up to the Light, and everything not yet healed or released is flaring up to give us another chance to clear it now.
It's showing up as pain, stiffness, and fatigue in the body, as our physical selves strive to catch up to the upgrades we're integrating.
And then there's Saturn, who's insisting on down-to-Earth pragmatism and limitations all this year. This can be frustrating, especially for spiritual types, but there's a good side to it: it helps us create solid structures to serve as launching pads for our visions.
In other words, castles in the air are fun to imagine, but they don't do anyone any good. We need to ground those dreams with some solid practicality, before we can live in them.
This is especially going to challenge any "spiritual materialism" tendencies late in the year, when Saturn squares off against Neptune's spiritual tendencies. It's like the Universe is insisting on us really walking our spiritual talk, and going deep into one path rather than dabbling with this and that.
Time to make spiritual practice a solid part of every day, folks, that's what this is saying!
(Making January the perfect time for starting your Year-and-a-Day of Wiccan training, I'd say. )
Right now, the goal is to pay attention to the details and face all the things from your past that are still holding you back.
It seems that September will really be ramping things up. There's a partial solar eclipse on September 13, followed by a total lunar eclipse on September 28! (Which is also a Harvest Moon, which seems ominous, and it's also a Supermoon!)
There's (unsubstantiated) speculation that a very large asteroid will hit the earth on September 24, along with a number of end-of-the-world kinds of prophecies for late September.
What all this points to, in my opinion, is that the Energy is ramping up for another big upgrade.
What's happening is we're being triggered to start facing things that we've previously been able to ignore (especially within ourselves).
Chaotic things are happening for a purpose: to Call us to higher levels of consciousness and behaviour.
And all the ways that worked for us before don't work anymore.
Unfortunately, this often means that Shadow parts of ourselves start to show up in graphic detail, and the lies/delusion we hold dear suddenly fail and make the truth plain.
One way this is showing up is interpersonal conflict. In other words, people are pissing us off.
Underneath that, though, our own issues are getting triggered, and that's why we get so mad at them. We don't want to have to deal with our stuff! And if the rest of the world (especially our families) would just get on board and quit triggering us, we'd be fine! LOL
As awareness starts to shift in the midst of chaos, we might feel very lost and confused, not sure which way to go or what we're supposed to do next.
The solution to that feeling is the Labyrinth practice: taking the step that is before us, being as present and mindful as possible, and knowing that the Way unfolds, one step at a time.
Only one step at all time.
We can't see far ahead, and often all we can see ahead is a wall. But once we reach it, the wall turns out at the last moment to be a corner: changing our direction, leading us to the next phase of our journey.
So we just keep taking the step that's in front of us always making sure that it's aligned with our values, ideals, and Intentions.
One thing that often happens in this kind of situation is that the ego can feel really threatened and it starts coming up with ways to avoid all this: distractions, problems, fears, fatigue, etc.
It's like in meditation, when it really starts to get results, the ego often brings in the heavy guns... and it knows exactly what can distract us most effectively. It starts complaining about being uncomfortable or bored, or saying we don't have time for this and coming up with lists of stuff we have to do right now, or we fall asleep, etc etc.
And it always makes perfect sense and sounds utterly reasonable after all, why would we argue with ourselves, right?
If you meditate, I bet you know just what I mean.
It's amazing how much it can help, simply to speak to the ego with love and compassion, affirming that everything's okay, that you're safe, that you can take control of things and make it come out right.The ego is like a child or an animal in this way: all it knows is survival, and when it gets scared, you need to calm it with reassurance that you're safe and all is well.
The upside to this Energy Field is, we're opening up to greater awareness and intention.
The challenge is, it's confusing and there are lots of distractions and the way ahead seems unclear.
And it's difficult to follow the way that's truest, when the ego keeps switching the signs around and putting up banners and red flags to lead you astray.
Boy, do I know what that's like!
I've had to stick with my Intention for Service, even when it's the last thing in the world I wanted or felt capable of doing. I'm constantly struggling with this... and trying not to struggle.
It's something I have to keep reminding myself!
It seems like we're being Called...
|To put aside our self, our desires, over and over|
|To face the distractions and the part of us that feels weak and says "I can't" and then blow up those delusions|
|To dissect our needs fairly ruthlessly to see what's at the core of them and what we truly need|
|And then to assess how that rates in comparison to what the Goddess needs of us|
|To let the Goddess work through us, even when we want/"need" to be doing something else|
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