Perchance, now that we have a family blog in the works, I should use this to delve more into religions and finding myself again? I know that there are those, including family members, that may read this and be shocked, confused, worried, annoying, upset, frustrated…what have you by my religious choice, but I see no reason not to be open here about who I am and what I believe in. After all, if you are one who loves me and reads this, would you love me any less if you knew me any more? If so, than there may be a problem between us anyhow.
While I do not consider myself Wiccan, only a Kitchen Witch, I have found the most curious site: http://www.wiccacourse.co.uk/intro.htm. Said site is an interesting free course that is to help teach the basic premise of Wicca. Since all Pagan religions follow along the same life lines, I have decided to work through all the monographs, or sections, of this course and post what I find interesting/thought provoking here.
I think part of what really caught my attention was the quote that starts off the entire series of pages:
“To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen
to what the world tells you, you ought to prefer, is to have
kept your soul alive.” — Robert Louis Stevenson.
The reason this strikes me so vividly is that Robert Louis Stevenson is one of my favorite all-time authors. (Many of you will only remember that he wrote Treasure Island.) Needless to say, I feel as though this might be one of those signs that one just can’t ignore.
Before I continue onward, I feel that there may be some myths that I should dispell about Paganism. While I can’t stand doing this over and over again, there seems to be a good deal of people out there that still have no intellectual ability of their own to over-come the common non-truths about Paganism.
MISCONCEPTION #1: PAGANISM IS SATANIC.
For one, Satan is purely a Christian belief. In order for one to even believe in Satan you must believe in Christian ideas. Even “Satanists” don’t really worship Satan, but that’s an entirely different topic.
MISCONCEPTION #2: THE PENTECAL AND PENTAGRAM ARE SATANIC SYMBOLS
The meaning behind the pentagram (this five pointed star) encompases the five pieces of life: earth, fire, wind, air, and spirit. When encompassed in a circle, forming a pentacal, this signifies the five creating the whole. The entire concept of the pentagram and pentacle being “evil” didn’t originate until a mass murdered used the inverted form as his signature and then Hollywood perpetuated it. In reality, the pentagram and pentacle in the normally position (5th point up) means that you are ruled by the spirit and one with the Divine. Inverted, the symbols mean that there is too much going on in your physical realm to put emphasis on the Divine and you are renewing your vows from the bottom up.
Hilariously, these are the only two big things I can think of. I think that mainly has to deal with the idea that other “misconceptions” are not such, they are just people being too lazy to be open minded about things. I will say that I am more than open to answering people’s questions about Paganism as I go along with this. Hopefully this little adventure won’t only help myself, but others as well.