Bastard from a Basket (blantoncirith) wrote in grimoire_online,
Bastard from a Basket
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Well I'm new here; was referred by the lovely Moderator. I'm not really a practicing Wiccan, I just have a firm faith in most of their beliefs. For example, all the references to nature. I have felt a strong connection to nature for a while now, and feel as if there's something behind it, some greater force or being... which leads me to my beliefs on there being one Creator for all. He (not specifying gender, for its beyond us to understand. Merely using that particular pronoun for lack of a better word) caters to whatever religion people may use towards him, whether it be Catholicism, Hunduism, Islam, Protestant Christianity, or whatever other religion; even non-monotheistic types. What most people fail to see is that there isn't one all-mighty and true religion because humans created religion and religious ideals in the first place. We don't know. And we can't just believe what's fed to us. We must go with what we feel in our hearts to be true. And that is something else I admire about Wicca beliefs: everyone seems to go with what they feel in their hearts and what they are revealed by nature. Earth gives such beauty, such brilliance that none of us could ever understand, and how Wiccans appreciate and cherish it with their lives is exactly how I feel about it. The way society burns and ruins and tears apart nature in favor of some form of concrete fantasy... honestly, i don’t see how they could do it whole-heartedly.

I also am in favor of a more magical sense to life. All kinds of magic exist.. but it’s not the kind that is shown in movies. I feel as though the magic is within us and can be drawn out only if we let it. Humans are capable of such beautiful dreams and such horrible nightmares; where do you think they come from? And how are they possibly flashing before our eyes? It seems more of our inner spirirt showing us things that are important to us, things that we should see or want to see, and things that we may desire. for example, I often dream about the most beautiful forest I’ve ever seen with a small calm river and with a lavender-colored sky (may have been a perpetual-sunset sort of scene. not certain. but it sure seemed like it). This is because I yearn for such a place, and this sort of thing does not exist anywhere on earth. But yet, it seems, nature could form such a place perhaps in a paradise not of this world (an afterlfe where everything starts over. no society to mess things up) because all there was was nature... no manmade flaws and destructions (except for perhaps a small rowing boat of an exotic shape).

That’s what I mean, though. That’s the type of magic that exists (to my reckoning): the magic inside us that let’s us see such beautiful things and frightening things at the same time. It is our own magic. It lets us imagine and it takes us farther than where we are now. When this magic fills you completely (perhap meditation or deep reflection or perhaps even thinking while staring off into the sunset beneath a tree) you get a soaring feeling of peace and serenity 9atleast when i do it) and that is the magic of peace flowing from us. It’s what we want. It’s what we desire. But we can’t always have it; the magic gives it to us, and in the end it will be our own magic that will give us the ultimate paradise after death; the place where we can be in perfect harmony and happiness for the rest of eternity. eh, I’m not leaving the Creator out of all this. Ofcourse not. He is at the top of everything. Where do you think such magic would come from? Where do you think the spirits of nature come from? Such beauty is not devised out of thin air you know, but then where would the air come from then? You see, the Creator is necesary. SideNote: I’m aware that some (I say ‘some’ because I’m not sure if this goes for everyone in the Wiccan circle. no pun intended) believe that the goddess (the moon) is what controls what i just mentioned. The Creator I speak of and this are equivalents; interchangeable. It’s just my perception of the power behind the moon. Please don’t be offended.

This higher being (the Creator) I spoke of coincides with Wicca’s beliefs on the “supernatural” perfectly: a higher force, or depth of power far greater than is apparent to the average person.



I wrote this about a year and a half ago on an older website of mine and thought I’d share it with you. It’s more of an essay than anything else (I write lots of religious-based essays. Helps me to straighten out my thoughts). If you’d like to read it, then by all means click below. If not, I have used the LJ cut tag to save space on people’s friend lists.


Curiosity has driven me to do a little research on the subject of Wiccan Religion. Knowing what I know now, my viwpoint has shifted 180 percent. There were those in history who believed to use witchcraft for the devil's purposes and to kill, destroy, and desecrate those who think otherwise. But it occurs to me after doing this project, that even though the so-called "Witches" were (most of the time) members of the Wiccan religion, the majority of Wiccans then and now are completely separate. I've put aside this page to show people the real Wiccan religion, and what Wiccans believe. I have found it most enlightening and have discovered that most, if not just about all, of these aspects of faith coincide with my beliefs. I was astonished at this, considering I am Catholic. Catholicism was the faith that was given to me, and what was expected of me. But the truth is, I really don't belong in the Catholic faith. I truly don't feel I agree with many aspects of Catholicism, even though I try to hide that fact when I know it will upset or disappoint others. If I told what I think in it's entirety to my Catholic religion teacher, I would not have passed her class, considering my beliefs don't agree at all with what is supposedly "the one true and only way" which is what the Catholic church preaches to all who may listen. And though they -say- they respect other religioins, they don’t and they would gladly convert anyone willing in a heartbeat to the “true way”. Sad, but true.

Now before you come over here and kill me, Ricky, let me say that I
have not joined an occult or anything. I've just always had a curiosity
about this sort of thing, and had naturally adopted the idea of "witches"
as being these evil Satan-worshipers that dedicate their lives to ruining
others. The problem is, there is a false stereo-type that apply to Wiccans.
People automatically think of a Wiccan or Witch as the entity I just
described. But a true Wiccan is absolutely nothing like that. That
description only fits outcasts of Wiccan society that went their separate
ways because of their hardened hearts. But sadly, people judge by
horror and atrocities done by the few rather than serenity and acts of
peace done by the many.

I was astonished when I discovered that so many of these beliefs of true Wiccans touched so close to home. And so, I decided to show others
who Wiccans really are and what they believe in the hope that others
may be enlightened as I have been.



-) Wiccans practice rites to attune themselves with the natural rythm of life forces marked by the phases of the moon and the seasonal quarters and cross quarters.


-) Wiccans recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment. They seek to live in harmony with Nature, in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.


-) Wiccans acknowledge a depth of power far greater than is apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary, it is sometimes called "supernatural" but they see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.


-) Wiccans acknowledge that it is the affirmation and fulfillment of life, in a
continuation of evolution and development of consciousness, that gives
meaning to the Universe we know, and to our personal role within it.


-) Wiccans do not accept the concept of "absolute evil", nor do they worship any entity known as "Satan" or "the Devil" as defined by Christian Tradition. They do not seek power through the suffering of others, nor do they accept the concept that personal benefits can only be derived by denial to another.


-) Wiccans recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological worlds
sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, the
Inner Planes, etc. and they see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and/or magical exercises. They neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for fulfilment.


-) Wiccans view the Creative Power in the Universe as manifesting through polarity-as masculine and feminine- and that this same creative Power lives in all people and functions through the interaction of the masculine and feminine. They value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive of the other. They value sexuality as the symbol and embodiment of Life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magical practice (only by some) and religious worship.


-) Wiccans do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.


-) Wiccans see religion, magic, and wisdom as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it-a world view and philosophy of life, which they identify as “Witchcraft” or the “Wiccan Way”.


-) Calling oneself "Witch" does not make a Witch-but neither does heredity itself, or the collecting of titles, degrees, and initiations. A Witch seeks to control the forces within him/herself that make life possible in order to live wisely and well, without harm to others and in Harmony with Nature.


-) Wiccans’ only animosity toward Christianity, or toward any other religion or philosophy-of-life, is to the extent that it's institutions have claimed to be "the one true right and only way" and have sought to deny relevance to other religions and to suppress other ways of religious practices and belief.


-) As Witches, they are not threatened by debates on the history of the Craft, the origins of various terms, the legitimacy of various aspects of different traditions. They are concerned with their present, and their future.


-) Wiccans work within Nature for that which is contributory to their health and well-being.



This project has opened my mind and changed the way I view the
Wiccan society. Wiccans are a society dedicated to serenity, an abiding
bridge between the outer world and our inner consciousness, and
harmony between Humans and Nature. Now I know there are people in
this world who feel the same way I do concerning Nature, our
development of consciousness, and our role in the universe.

One day, Man's infatuation with conquering nature will be his
undoing. But I know that I, as well as true Wiccans, will not help in this
undoing. My wish is that I am not here to be a part of the downfall,
because when it comes there will be nothing here to stop it. I myself am
greatful for the curiosity that led me to do this research, because it has
led me to some very enlightening aspects of life, nature, and the
supernatural.



Now, almost two years later, I have thankfully thrown out any belief-system others expected me to have in favor of what I feel is right, which is a much more worthy cause than merely believing something because you’re told to. I have openly admitted to my beliefs and stand firmly now behind them. I could not before because I knew not what those beliefs were. But over the past year, I have come to terms with my inner self and discovered, through reflections, self-revelations, and lots and lots of writing out my thoughts what I truly believe to be right. Though I will not say it is the “true and only way” because then I would be a hypocrite. No one knows the way, but the beliefs I have are more inclusive of everything and make a whole lot more sense than alot of the ideals out there. Though I have not explained all my beliefs in this entry, for that would take a whole book to explain in its entirety, I have discussed some basic ideas about nature and magic in relation to Wicca ideals that inspired me and brought me to what I believe today. I still cherish and truly believe the listed ideals in that essay from the link (I think I found some and changed them into the third person from Ravon’s site. I don’t have the link handy, nor do I remember it. She makes beautiful art though :p) and will hold them close to my heart, thankful for the changes Wiccan ideals have made to my life these past 2 years.
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