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An update

Posted in Update with tags , , on November 5, 2014 by The Starry Path

A lot of water underneith the bridge!

I will give you an update of what I’ve been up to. In March this year, we moved yet again, this time far away. In less than a month we will relocate again, but in the same little town. This time we will probably stay a long time because this is the first property we’ve bought! It’s a big old house and we’re very excited! Hopefully our cats will find it to their liking too.

The moving away resulted in a sort of break up with my coven. There’s really no possibility for me to commute there. And to be honest, the coven’s activity was in a long, dry period, but I still miss the good old days. We haven’t ended it officially though.

Luckily for me there is a coven from the same tradition not too far from my current position. I got in contact with the HP and HPS and we arranged a meeting. They were very pleasant and we clicked right away. As it were, we all felt like we could begin working and circling the next day! I felt really inspired and happy after our meeting. The next step was to meet with the rest of the coven and if they all thought I was a good fit I could join. Thank you old Gods, they did! I’m now a dedicant within that coven, but since I am already initiated within the tradition, I can get an initiation quite soon. I’m not really in a hurry, I’m just enjoying the ride. I know where my power lies regardless of initiations.

Apart from my dedication ritual, our first ritual together was Samhain. I’m smiling now, just thinking about it. In a ritual you can really sense how people’s energies blend and we seemed to be a good mix. Truly happy about it. Also, I got to experience my first drawing down by my HPS. It was an awe-inspiring moment within the ritual, and I could finally realize the true essence of service to the community that is made by that act.

To sum it up, it feels like all of this was meant to be.

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PBP: Inner Strength

Posted in Pagan Blog Project with tags , on May 12, 2012 by The Starry Path

I´m terribly late for this one… Anyway!

What is inner strength? To me, it´s vital to my faith and should be a part of coven training. To be a good companion, we can´t expect to crack under pressure, act aggressively or get delusional. If I ever do form a coven of my own, I will emphasise it. Inner strength is needed for the discipline of Wiccan practice, for the continuity of a sometimes tough road, and for following our moral compass. Inner strength is integrity and stamina.

How do you find inner strength? I think it´s a process and a commitment to growth throughout all of your life, all the stages and aspects of your life. It surely doesn´t happen over night. Someone once said something like: “How can you expect to harvest wisdom without allowing time for sowing?”

I said it should be part of coven training, but can you train inner strength? Yes, I think so. Well, at least cultivate it. Inner strength is gained through self knowledge. Reflection, meditation, inner work and openhearted discussion are some of the keys. Learn about how you react in different situations, how you feel, what you think. Take a step back, evaluate. Think about different ways of handling it. Strength isn´t about controlling others, it´s about controlling yourself and choosing the wisest path to your goal. Strength is gentle, like resilient water. True strength doesn´t harm, it heals.

PBP: Emptiness – The End of a Cycle

Posted in Pagan Blog Project, Ramblings with tags , , , , on March 4, 2012 by The Starry Path

Lately I´ve felt very ambivalent about my faith. Not whether I should desert it of not, but about my direction. Indeed, I´ve always had a lousy sense of direction! 😉

What I´m feeling is this, and I think most of you can recognize it; I´ve reached somewhat of a plateau, the end of a spiritual cycle. I´ve had approximately two years where I´ve been living far away from my coven. I´ve had to implement my coven training into my personal rites, as a detached solitary. It has been a lot of work, but fun and creative at the same time. I´ve missed working with my coven but felt that the tradition is being somewhat upheld through my practice. I´ve also discovered new ways I like to do things. Therefor, I don´t think that the time apart has been wasted, I have continued on the same path. I have done decisively more ritual these past two years than before, and many of them have been outside, which I thoroughly enjoy.

But now I sense the stirring of something new… I´ve felt a bit frustrated and empty, mixed with a sense of wonder. I feel like I know more, and yet less! How can that be? I think that more and more I have wandered away from Wicca 101 and onto the Mystic´s path, which I think is a natural progress for one dedicated to Wicca which actually is a mystery religion at its core. I´ve let go of the simple images in black and white, and as you can see in my earlier post about deity, that is an area of great indecisiveness!

Wicca 101 is safe, harmless and cute. But if I wanted that, I would rent a movie about penguins! I want the real deal and I want the challenge, growth and yes, mystery. True mystery. I want the transcendent human experience that is the ultimate goal of any spirituality. I don´t want to be fed nonsense, I want to discover for myself, but right now every step is a blindfolded stumble into darkness. One cycle is complete and now I stagger into the next, stripped and innocent.

PBP: Dedication

Posted in Pagan Blog Project with tags , , , on February 18, 2012 by The Starry Path

For the letter D this week I´ve chosen to write about Dedication.

For me, dedication to my path has always been essential, because I believe that what you put in is what you get back. When you show dedication to your Gods you get their attention back in return. What goes around, comes around!

As I see it, dedication is two things. Firstly, dedication is when you make a statement, that this is the path you want to follow in life. This should not be taken lightly! It´s about letting go of something and inviting something new. That is one reason for the tradition of studying “a year and a day”,  before you dedicate yourself in Wicca. It is also a reason why most serious coven don´t allow anyone under the age of 18. There´s so much going on around that age, and not many people have the stability to focus on religion, definitely not a new one. A young person´s priorities are usually elsewhere. But in the quest to discover one´s identity, some turn to religion, alternative religion. I did, and I´ve certainly never looked back. But most people I met at that point were much older than me.

The second kind of dedication is probably the most important, and then I mean the continuous dedication to your path. Some people may surely become a bit lazy after doing a self dedication and feel that they´ve done their part. Now it´s done, right? No, my friend, it is only beginning! Dedication is not a one time thing, it´s continuous through daily practice and deepening your knowledge, wisdom and know-how, eventually to possibly serve the pagan community as a whole by teaching or sharing in some other way.

Dedication, in both regards, usually looks different depending on if you´re a solitary practitioner or  working with a coven. If you´re a solitary, you will probably at some point do a self dedication ceremony to dedicate yourself to your path. You have to design the ritual yourself, or follow one in a book. As for the continuous practice, I find it relatable to exercise: it´s easier to keep it up with the support of others. Many make new year´s resolutions, only to return to old habits after a month. It takes a huge inner drive to follow a new routine. Many beginners can keep it up a few months, but when the first surge of enthusiasm fades, they drop the ball.

If in a coven, one gets the support and guidance of others who have already wandered before you. It´s a quite different guidance than books. I started out as a solitary practitioner but later found a coven. It´s a great experience to have others make a dedication ceremony for you, letting you experience it rather than creating it yourself. It´s a touching experience. The self dedication I made a few years before was a dedication to keep on deepening my path within Wicca, while the other was more of a dedication to the coven experience. Different, but a natural succession for me! Since then I´ve also taken my first initiation, which also feels like a step in the continuous dedication on my path and to my gods.

So to summarize, I feel that dedication is very important. When I feel that something fits me right, I wanna do it wholeheartedly. Because honestly, I think that both I and the path deserve due honor that I can give by dedicating myself.