So I work at the Universal Studios theme park here in Orlando. I mention this because you’d figure it out anyway if you read the blog regularly and pay attention to this post in particular.
I was working a food service tent near the stage last night durring our month long series of Mardi Gras events. The musical headliner was Heart, and it was an awsome show!!
I got my break just as the parade was starting and was feeling tired and kind of empy inside. I am wading my way through the crowd and not really watching the parade when something catches my eye and I look up at the float passing by.
“The Universal Krewe of Dionysus”
I smile to myself feeling strangely encouraged go to break and continue my evening with a MUCH better attitude…
So as a Witch on a lot of Pagan e-mail lists, who uses G-mail, I sometimes get some interesting ads at the top of my inbox page…
today the headline reads…
“Honest Spellworker – amazingspells.net – thats gets fast results 110% success reuniting relationship”
Now I know I sometimes mix up on spelling and grammar, but “thats gets”… on an ad?
Nevermind the train of thought that started with 110% success…
Is she sitting there minding her own business when suddenly her Psychic senses start to tingle, sensing a relationship in danger so that she can swoop in in her violet tights with a big pink and grey all seeing eye in a heart symbol on the chest and help to repair relationships that are going sour before they can actually break up?!?
Of course the truly disturbing part is that I clicked on the link out of morbid curiosity, and its not just that she’s a spell worker… she use “Wiccan Love Spells” for her 110% success rate. It is people like this who give Witches a goofy image…
A white candle is lit and the sandalwood cone burns bright. A hot bath is drawn and its water, and salt, are blessed. The warmth of the bath and the incense smoke play upon the night air from open windows. The wine is blessed…
I bless thee, oh creature of Earth and Water,
I bless thee by fruit and vine, by seed and stem.
I bless thee oh blood of Dionysus
Blessed be so mote it be.
I raise the goblet up, toasting the Gods and Goddesses of my heart and soul. I drink in the wine, in scent and taste and touch. The rich scents of black fruits and berries in the wine dance with the scent of the sandalwood, and the hints of cedar and citrus blossom in the night air. I am overtaken by a dream of decadent dythrambic dalliances with Dionysus.
I dry myself and go outside to sit in the starlight seeking a moment of silence staring at the stars above. Seeking out constellations familiar and imagined. Staring at a single flickering star, seeking silence as midnight works its alchemy upon both day and night. In a moment I am one year older, feeling both ancient and newly born as my thoughts take flight.
The Gods are as remote as the stars, and as close as our indrawn breaths.
“Keep pure your highest ideal; strive ever towards it;
let nothing stop you or turn you aside.”
~From The Charge of the Goddess by Doreen Valliente
This is one of the many passages from the Charge that has a few different layers of meaning both literally, and personally for me. I thought I would write this post and be done with it, but I find myself wrapped up in ideas and contemplation, so here is what I have so far.
Take a moment to check out these definitions of Ideal, Ideals, and Idealism… don’t worry I should be here when you get back!
So this simple sentence could be telling us to maintain in our minds the archetypes of the Goddess and God and to strive ever towards Them an ideal to exemplify. Or we could be being told to find outstanding and worthy goals and to strive ever towards them.
Although for Pagans there are some interesting metaphysical implications to the philosophical notion of idealism… for if the world only truly exists because there are beings there to perceive it, does that mean the living creatures form the Universes self-awareness? That is that we are a part of the sentience of the universe around us!?!
Thou Art God, Thou Art Goddess, indeed!
Language and definitions are sooo… interesting sometimes!
Most Pagans and Witches I know tend to take the view that this passage relates to Ideal and Ideals in the ethical sense. That is that we must find good and worthy goals and strive ever towards them. I am trying to identify, for myself, what causes and goals in my own life I find worth striving ever towards, letting nothing stop me or turn me aside…
What would I live for… What would I die for…?
More on this later…
Food for thought… an article on the phrase Highest Ideals is next on the cue for this little blog…
I found the quiz whilst wandering online and tried to answer honestly… I remember years ago my friend Nathan, before moving away from Alaska gave me the Empress card from his Tarot of the Cat People, because I was such a caring and nurturing person…
I wonder if this means I have changed or been transformed over the years or if the quiz, or my friend, is daft?
You are The Emperor
Stability, power, protection, realization; a great person.
The Emperor is the great authority figure of the Tarot, so it represents
fathers, father-figures and employers. There is a lot of aggression and violence
The Emperor naturally follows the Empress. Like an infant, he is filled with enthuiasm, energy, aggression. He is direct, guileless and all too often irresistible. Unfortunately, like a baby he can also be a tyrant. Impatient, demanding, controlling. In the best of circumstances, he signifies the leader that everyone wants to follow, sitting on a throne that indicates the solid foundation of an Empire he created, loves and rules with intelligence and enthusiasm. But that throne can also be a trap, a responsibility that has the Emperor feeling restless, bored and discontent.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.