morals

Spiritual Restrictions

July, 2012

The idea of paying for your actions in reward or punishment are conveyed in concepts of all systems,

whether barbaric or civilized; there has to be a sense of a moral system involved for some mental

discipline of consequences. The ideas of consequences spiritually are viewed in the Buddhist version of

Karma, Egyptian Alchemy with the Emerald tablets “As above, so below”, Kabbalistic concepts of

“Kether in in the Malkuth”, the Wiccan threefold, Christianity version of this is in the concept of

judgment after death, and the old term “you reap what you so”. So the idea of accepting responsibility

is in all religions and cultures, not only found in the Left Handed Path. When you as an individual hit

someone, the odds are you will be hit right back; therefore you have reaped what you have sowed.

 

The dangerous aspect of applying moral laws to spirituality to describe the consequences in a

metaphysical is a form of mind control of something that will transcend beyond the physical, mind

control is therefore a defamation of free will and chaining down the mind to spiritual decision in

dogma. One should have to naturally know the cause and affect without the spiritual. The mainstream

religions like Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and other religion place a claim on this basic

life lesson and label it to patent the idea. How many times have people claimed they are better people

because a religious idea of cause and affect because their holy text told them to be that way? When one

applies spirituality to install a moral system of good or bad it is no more then brainwashing. If one

relies on a religious or faith based excuse for an action, it demonstrates either fear from the universe or

exaltation of the universe.

 

The idea of cause and effect is physical, not spiritual. The individual who does not use spirituality as a

crutch to their actions is doing it based on common sense. Common sense says, “If I were to play with

fire I am going to be burnt”, if we need spirituality for that there is something lacking. How many

people made the claim it was religion or the spiritual that makes them a better person. I do not like the

religious terms like karma because it came from a religious community to make spirituality as a crutch

to make a decision, not common sense.

HearthBeats: Notes from a Kitchen Witch

October, 2011

Morals and ethics or the lack thereof, in our magick and our lives…

Merry Meet and welcome to my Hearth again. Please grab a seat and a cuppa something yummy and lets talk. I have been mulling something over for a while and it has really been bothering me.. and a few people I know.

It is the Morals and Ethics of the Pagan community. Now I know than many who read this are not Wiccan. So they do not follow the Rede. But most of us have some code that we use to guide us in our lives. Wiccans have the Rede “ Harm None”, Christians have the Golden Rule“ Do unto other as you would have them do unto you.”. Each religion seems to have something.

Now in the Pagan scheme of things Goddess and God know that no one is perfect. They know that you will make mistakes and do things in error. And we as Pagans know that God/dess will not smite us down. But we will be reminded of it later when Karma smacks us one.because for every action there is an equal or greater reaction.

But what I would like to know is this…. “why do we treat other in a way we would never allow ourselves to be treated.”

What I mean is this. We work really hard to build something, a craft, a webpage, a group. We have people we think we can trust to help us run the pages, the ritual, and the group. Then after a while something happens to them, they suddenly decide that they have the right to eliminate people, make people uncomfortable, and delete people. They decide that they can control by fear. This is not what you wanted when you did this. But now you have people who are afraid to join in, talk or even come in. and the people who did it are either hiding or prancing around proud that they “got rid of” those they did not like.

It is very hard to spot these people. Often they are people who you think would not ever harm a flea. What you find out is they have one sided ethics, and very little morals.

I often wonder what these people are thinking. Why they do they feel they need to take a beautiful thing and damage it. Why they feel that they can hurt others but get furious if someone hurts them. How they cannot see that what they are doing is hurting people.

Now I know that 95% to 98% of us live by our Moral and Ethics, we try to be the best we can be, we do what we can to not hurt people, to help the needy, to make just a right decisions.  But not everyone does, and these people are the proverbial bad apple, they ruin it for us all. Not only because they hurt us, drive away our members and undermine what we are doing, but because people talk and the damage these people do get around and then it hurts because people do not trust what your are trying to do, they are fearful; and you get nowhere fast if people are afraid of you and your group.

Now we can avoid these folks as often as possible. Or we can cut them out of the group, ritual, website. But we can also start by teaching some kind of Morals and Ethics to our children, or students, our groups. We can start with a few questions to ask ourselves before we act.

  1. Is this really something I want to do or be involved in?
  2. Will someone be hurt by this, directly of indirectly ?
  3. Will this really help the group, ritual, etc..?
  4. Am I doing this to help the group, ritual etc.. or help myself.?
  5. Will the consequences be worth it to me, the group, etc..?

If you have any doubt then you should rethink the issue.

Some basic do’s and don’t that may help are these..

Do’s:
Only actions of positive intent should be considered.
Conduct a spell or rite or a group with happiness, love and kindness.
Hold respect for all living things and their belongings or dreams.
Accept the responsibility for your actions.

Don’ts
Never act out of anger, jealousy or greed.
Never intentionally harm or endanger another living being.
Never do anything to manipulate or change someone free will. Even if it is healing as they may not want healing. It’s best to get permission first. If that’s not possible, do not do it.

Being Pagan and part of a serious Pagan group comes with great responsibility; mainly within your self. Many have fought for years for us to be able to gather in public groups, and if that is undermined from within by greed, anger, jealousy, and a false sense of Godhood then we end up being our worst enemies. This kind of immoral behavior creates discord in a time and place that we need balance.

Now I do not mean for this to sound like a lecture, for it is NOT. What it is meant to be is a heads up from someone who has been seeing this happen in many of the Groups I know of and a few that I belong to and it makes me sad, as well as hurt. It does not make a difference if you have been tapped to lead a ritual in real-time, or made and admin on Facebook or Yahoo. Someone believed in you enough to entrust there group to you, you have a sacred trust to treat it as if it was priceless, because to that person it is. It may well be the thoughts and dreams and plans that this person had for the greater Pagan community to help, teach, support. And every time someone allows discord into it , well it hurt everything and everyone.

I only ask that you, me, we treat other better than we wish to be treated. For one act of kindness or harm causes ripples that you have no control over, and Karma backlashes.  What would you rather have.. a wave of good luck or a wave of disaster. I know what I want.

Now I have page after page of ethics and moral research, but I will not use them here. This is mainly because my moral and ethics will not fit everyone. I am rather strict with myself and try harder than some to avoid hurting anyone. But I do want to ask each of you to soul search, research and create a code of ethic and moral for yourselves. Based on how you think YOU should be treated.. because you should never treat someone worse than you would want to be treated.

Until next time

Blessed Home and Hearth

The Hearthkeeper

PS. If there is anything you would like to see here.. please email me at  thehearthkeeper@gmail.com

New Moon Ethics: Musings on the Morals of Paganism

October, 2009

To Hone In On Tradition

Hello my dear friends and wonderful readers. I trust that the Goddess has blessed you

with a bountiful harvest in your life this past Mabon. Fervent wishes that your celebrations were

merry, joyful, and full of love and family.

This month is a special time of year for the witch, druid, or any pagan. It is the month of

Samhain, the second time of year when the veil between the mundane world and the world of

mysteries is lifted, and those who have traveled forth and those who continue on the earthbound

path can bless eachother with their presence. A time of dark mysteries. A time of the mother

crone and her  consort.

Many a tradition lay upon the month of Samhain. Nearly all of mankind is familiar with

the treat giving and costume dressing that falls upon this celebration eve, but not as many dig into

deeper tradition. Most of Samhain is viewed as a time to frolick about carelessly, a time of pure

play. Certainly nothing wrong with that of course. However, I would like to introduce those of you

who are not familiar with the “other” traditions to a new outlook, a fresher vision on the subject.

For those of you readers who are aware and are in practice, please feel free to help pass along

our knowledge, for we learn from one another.

Samhain, also known as Halloween, or Summers End to others, is a time that has been

rich in celtic traditions. In the deep country, the folk who raised herds of cattle and crops would

prepare for winter, as Samhain was symbolic of the bringing of the first day of winter. Firewood

was redied, hay was bricked, and herds were moved from the grazed over hillsides to the safety

of the shelter near the homes. This was a time when families began to come together after a

long summer of fun and frivolity.

In the early days of Ireland, people would gather in celebration during Samhain, as this

day marked the principle calender feast for them. throughout many homes, hearth fires were

put out, and people would wait for the druids to come and light the new fires, symbolising the

beginnings of the new year. This time of year also represented a time of offerings, of thanks

and even personal sacrifices, given in hopes of a new beginning. A time of hope for many.

Samhain fires throughout the celtic region blazed each Samhain for many years.

There were reports from travelers who spotted the beautiful and festive bonfires all the way from

the 1860s to the first world war. The townspeople would burn these festive fires in a circle of

magic, and after, they would sprinkle the ashes over thier crops to protect them from the

harsh and bitter winter months.

Samhain was, and still remains to this day, a time of mysteries and divination. Since

the veil between the worlds is lifted, it is believed that the “gifted” are more in tune with the

world, and all of its many visitors. It was believed that a child born on Samhain would be

gifted with “the second sight”, or more commonly known as clairvoyance.

The feast of Samhain, which was and still is a time honored tradition for many,

is representative of food offerings for those who have passed on before us. Some households

would set an extra plate of food at the dinner table and eat in silence in reverence to the

deceased, and others would set up alters outside for which to leave offerings upon. Apples,

which are in abundant harvest during the season of Samhain, were often buried under ground

as offerings to the traveling dead.

Other names for this celebrated time of year are Third Harvest, Samana, Day of the

Dead, Hallowmas, Vigil of Saman, Shadowfest, and Samhuinn. Throughout many newer tradtions,

this time of year is referred to as the Witches New Year.

The sybolism, herbs, foods, colors, and stones of Samhain are many, but I would like

to list some of them here to help you integrate these as part of your celebrations if you so

wish.

Samhain symbolises the third harvest of the year, a time of great mysteries, and time of

death and rebirth. Gourds, apples, cats, jack-o-lanterns and besoms are a few of the many

symbols of this time of year. Mugwort, Allspice, Mandrake, Deadly Nightshade or Belladonna,

Oak and sage are among many of the herbs and plants integrated into this time. People set

much of their feasts on turnips, apples, gourds, nuts, mulled wimes, beef, pork, and poultry.

Many people wear black, white, orange, silver or gold garment in commemoration of Samhain,

and stones of black such as obsidian are set forth as symbols of the Third harvest.

As we can see, this next month follows rich in tradition, and a time of blessings.

It marks the beginning of a new season, a time for many a preparation, and even a time

to honor those who have come before us, those who have taken some small part in the

shaping of who we have become.

I wish you the most wonderful blessings on this time of year, and i hope that

you enjoy not only the festivities of the season, but that you also remember the tradition

that lies deep beneath. Not only will this make Samhain more fullfilling, but it will also give

you a whole new, fresh set of eyes to view a new beginning of the year with. For if we see the

world with a fresh set of eyes, we see fresh possibility, which can lead ot a great many

abundances and advances in our lives.

Until next we meet …….

Brightest and most fervent blessings

If you are looking for advice on pagan matters write to Naiyeetu at Naiyeetu@email.com

Shadows from the Past

February, 2009

Hello, welcome and Merry Meet dear readers! My name is Nicholas, and I have been honored with the privilege of writing for PaganPages. My topic is Witchcraft History and Morals. It is my hope that you, my dear readers, will find enjoyment and enlightenment within my work..

As this is my first piece, I would like to tell you all a little about myself. I am currently in the second decade of my life on this plane. I am currently working towards my Bachelor’s degree in History. I have also accomplished much self-study on paganism, magick and the occult. I have been a pagan almost as long as I can remember, have always had a strong connection to nature. About the time I turned 18, I encounter the Wiccan religion. The Wiccan path was my gateway to the greater pagan world. Even though I no longer consider myself Wiccan, I am still pagan and have studied a wide range of material. A little over a year ago, some like minded friends and I put together a coven known as the Black Mist Order. I have been teaching and training new pagans ever since.

As this is an introduction, I wish to present some topics I will cover in the near future.

- Witchcraft has existed in nearly every culture throughout the mists of time and history. As long as witchcraft has existed, it has been tied almost inseparably to magic. We will examine the nature of witchcraft, and how it has been pictured, past and present.

- Myths, Legends and Folklore are an essential part of any culture, and the culture of the witches is no different. I shall take you through the stories and legends that define our beliefs and ideals. Common witchy myths will be examined in depth to help teach lessons. I shall also examine what makes a good myth, and what doesn’t. Are myths true or are they false?

- How did ancient cultures influence modern witches and Wiccans? For this topic we will discuss certain beliefs, practices and ideals of modern witches and study how these pieces have been influenced by our ancient past.

- Morality, such a wide topic in itself. This topic will cover common ethical beliefs of the witchcraft community. Sources for ethics and morals will include the Wiccan Rede, the Threefold law, and Karma in all its various forms. How do we determine what is right and what is wrong? What separates a good witch from a bad one? How do our actions influence others? All of these questions are in the realm of morals and ethics.

Blessed be dear readers, and I hope you will enjoy our adventure together. Let us have an enjoyable journey together.