Thought for Tomorrow:
While we are getting to know each other, let me answer one of the questions that is sometimes asked of me: Why Wicca?
Well, there are many reasons why this form of worship calls to me. One of them is the connectivity with Nature that is recognized; calling on the Elements for guidance and assistance, Earth (body), Air (mind), Water (heart), and Fire (Spirit) seem to be calling to all that exists as integral parts of mankind and the world around us.
Second but equally important, is the connection it has created for me with my brothers and sisters in the Pagan community. I have seen love, sacrifice, sharing and caring, and utter devotion to the Mother and her children that I have been overwhelmed and humbled with regularity on my path.
Third, and most important of all of these, is the idea that the Divine Spirit, or God as known by some, is both male and female, being dual in form and design as are all things in the Universe. This is evident in the history of religions. During our history, mankind first worshipped a Primordial Goddess, then a multitude of Gods and Goddesses, then most recently, a single male God. But in these periods in our history, each religion was, in its time, a valid and effective way of expressing the desire of the soul to reconnect with its Creator.
In the 21st century, the time of women recapturing their power and truth is upon us and the movement is growing. Both men and women recognize that they can benefit from the melding of their masculine and feminine sides. More people are searching for ways to worship that validates both the male and female archetypes and Paganism, and Wicca, offers this and much more. They offer a saving vision for our future, one that focuses on togetherness, on respect for our Mother, and love as the divine path that we should all be walking as we connect with our Gods/Goddesses, by whichever name they may be called.
As Starhawk, author of The Spiral Dance, once wrote,
“The image of the Goddess inspires women to see ourselves as divine, our bodies as sacred, the changing phases of our lives as holy, our aggression as healthy, our anger as purifying, and our power to nurture and create, but also to limit and destroy when necessary, as the very force that sustains all life. Through the Goddess, we can discover our strength, enlighten our minds, own our bodies, and celebrate our emotions. We can move beyond narrow, constricting roles and become whole.”
May your journey to wholeness be blessed by the Goddess!