Note on the Journey and hope all is well with you…

Hello dear friends,

So Thanksgiving has come and Gone here in the U.S. and it is now, officially, the mad rush of days of the Winter Holiday Season…

I have some posts I am working on and some synchronicities and experiences involving Practice and the past and the WitchFather that I am integrating and trying to understand more fully before I decide whether or not to share them… nothing BAD, just personal and spiritual and kind of in the Keep Silent/Spiritual Mystery category… at least parts of it…

In the meantime dear friends I hope you are all having a wonderful week and will be back soon…

Peace,

Pax

Please, take a moment to Pray and Work for Peace…

Dear Friends,
One of my dear, dear, friends… Lady Rhavyn is working and living abroad teaching English in South Korea.

She co-Priestessed my dedication ritual when I dedicated to Witchcraft.  She was a dear mentor and guide when I was finding my faith and losing my mother.   Later, she became a dear friend and sister to my spirit.

I am asking each and every person who reads these words to join my in my Prayers and Workings and Spells for Peace in the coming days.

Thank you,

Pax

And now an Important Message….

Dear Friends,

I recently encountered this wise, weird, and wonderful message from The Wombat; it needs to be shared…

“The wombat speaks, and he’s smarter than you, so listen up! In less than a minute, this rapid-fire animation tells you everything you need to know about how to get along on earth for the next million years. By Jason Ables. (For more information, visit www.global-mindshift.org)”

Notes on the Journey and poems…

(Plus, Pax plays with the new linking set up and labeling system for WordPress…)

Dear Friends,

In addition to discovering Veles’ little gem, I have had a both lazy and eventful Friday… working the 11pm-7am shift Friday and Saturday nights means that I sometimes get a nice long Friday to relax a bit it… especially as the week-ends can be chock-full of things..

I awoke to this depressing news on NPR of the recent effort by the Republicans and Teabagger’s to cut NPR funding, probably because they prefer to maintain the conservative media dominance that they have worked so hard to establish.  So this put me in a bit of a mood today.

In order to try and lift my mood I listened to one of Rev. Kathy’s Sermons from the 1U New Membership Service “What we Freely Choose….“, a very inspiring sermon on the power of choices we make and how we have power to change the moral arc of the Universe…

After that I ended up chatting with Veles on Facebook for a bit, always a delight… and finally HAD to sign off there in order to get some writing and copying done as I poked through my archives for old articles and such.

Then since I was in further need of inspiration, and given that the WitchFather as I am coming to call Him (influenced no doubt by some young rascal or another)  is also the Bringer of Wisdom and Inspiration, I re-listened to episode 4 of the Druidcast podcast… the segment where Ronald Hutton gives a talk about the Wiccan/Neo-Pagan Horned God and his modern history… which always brings a smile to my lips and helps inspire me… and I was also looking for a little extra information and inspiration as I want to contribute to that Horned God Devotional, which of course took me over to of Oak and Ivy… where I found a reference to this poem….

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

~William Ernest Henley

Which poem I very much like and find inspiring and in keeping with the themes of Power and Choice and True Will for today…

I also found, as I poked around the archives that I have surprisingly little written down… at least in the computer about the Horned God, so I shall poke around in the old BoS’s and see what I might see to share, and I will hope that some time presents itself in the wee-hours at work where I can work on some poetry and journaling… although this could be a busy week-end with the Thanksgiving Holiday coming up here in the U.S.

although I did find an old piece of mine I had forgotten about and will be including in the new BoS and Grimmoire I am working on for myself….

Let the Circle Be Cast

In this night and in this hour,

I weave once more, Magicks power,

Between the worlds this Circle stands,
A Sphere of light, a ring of clasping hands,
Here incense sweet and bitter brine,
Shall bless each atom, each cell, and empower, and re-awaken the Divine

Remember, Remember oh blessed space,

That you are of, and beyond, all time and place.

Watchtowers and Powers of Earth and Sky, of Sun and Sea,

Please join in this Circle, and Guide, and Guard,

And celebrate with me.

Mother Celestial and Father Divine,

I call on Thee, as I am Thine.

I cry out welcome to thee,

Welcome to the Powers and Principalities!

With the Fruits of the Earth I welcome Thee,

With sweet scented incense in the Air I welcome Thee,

With the warmth and light of the Fires within my Hearth and Heart I welcome Thee,

With cool and refreshing and holy Water I welcome Thee!

Hail and Well Met and Blessed Be!

~ Pax 2007~

~ed. 2010~

And so now I am off to Dinner and to contemplate poetry and spirituality and how best to work and Work and how to engage in Service in order to help to bend that famous and much talked about moral arc of the Universe towards justice..

Peace,

Pax / Geoffrey

 

Holy Father….

Holy Father, you who lives, moves, and has being within every dancing atom and every singing cell of Creation.

I thank You for the gifts You have given and the lessons You have shared Sweet Sacred Lord, and as I find my feet and place and path I cherish Your nearness to me.   You are as close as an indrawn breath and the simple sensational touch-stone of my feet upon the ground.  The kiss of wine and the warm embrace of physical exertion and the erotic inspiration of intellectual stimulation.   In the warmth of wine and the cool rustle of leaves in the trees and in the simple strange cledons of this information age, You are there.

Blessed be, now and always, Sweet Sacred Forceful Father of Us All.

Alyss asks, “8 Virtues Prayer?”

Hello Chrysalids,

In response to my last post Alyss writes…

“Its always so inspiring to hear how others work to better themselves in whatever form that takes. I totally know what you mean about the physical exercise part. I walk my dog every day but trying to fit in anything more seems so difficult – I have to work! And sleep! And watch Anthony Bourdain on the Travel channel ;)

I would love to hear more about your 8 virtues prayer. I’ve never heard of this before at all.”

I know what you mean about inspiration from others, and the questions that you come up with in response to some of those inspiring pieces!

The 8 Virtues prayer is a prayer I developed years ago in my practice as a Solitary Witch, whose craft has been inspired by the popular writings from a number of Wiccan authors.   In particular I found the Doreen Valiente Charge of the Goddess a powerful spiritual touchstone.  At one point, desiring to dig deeper and not having much direction in my studies at that point I just started reading over and thinking about The Charge.  A primitive form of Pagan Lectio Divina (here, here, here, and here).

One of the passages I noticed was…

“Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth, for behold: all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honour and humility, mirth and reverence within you.” ~ from Charge of The Goddess by Doreen Valiente

From that I ended up developing a daily prayer….

Mother Celestial and Father Divine,

Let me walk in Strength and Beauty,

Let me exercise both Power and Compassion,

With both Honor and Humility,

Let me always remember Mirth, as well as Reverence,

That I may be worthy of Thy Perfect Love and Perfect Trust,

And that of those in whose hearts you dwell,

Blessed Be,

So Mote It Be.

As I originally wrote and recited it…

Now what’s wrong/different/interesting about the order of them?!

Yep, I transposed Strength and Beauty…  which has brought up the interesting question in that am I feeling the need for greater spiritual or physical Strength; or do my issues around my looks cause be to place the concept of Beauty as it relates to me as a secondary and less likely characteristic?

Although my original Craft name was Pax Et Fort, “Peace and Strength”, which were what I sought in the Craft in the firstplace… although as I’ve grown and changed so has my name... but still interesting that I still sometimes see myself as needing Strength…

I have been doing a fair amount of meditation on this over the years even as I approach and engage with those questions!

I usually recite it with “Beauty and Strength” in the proper order… although lately I was writing it in my new personal BoS I transposed them again!  More thought and contemplation going on,  on that topic right now I assure you…

So I would say that exploring the inspiring texts and poems that have influenced your Paganism can be a powerful tool for finding the words to engage The Holy Powers in conversation and in moving forward in your Spiritual Practice.

Peace,

Pax