Wednesday, 30 November 2011

My Journey....

Last time I posted the Wiccan Rede and got kinda sidetracked (that happens a lot so bear with me...) and I've just realised that I've never chronicled the start of my journey.

I've always had a fascination for all things magickal.  But, I've always had a weakness for Witches.  My first love was for the Wicked Witch of the West, think she was hard done by really!! then Samantha, Sabrina the Teenage Witch (ohh to have a familiar like Salem!) and then onto Practical Magick and Charmed!  

I always knew I was 'different' from an early age, I questioned my Sunday School teachers and I stopped going to Church when I was told that I would be sent to Hell because my mother drank Gin .... I couldn't understand that, especially when Jesus turned water into wine - so when did alcohol become a Sin??? (I'm still puzzled by that one!!) 

I don't follow the herd - if someone tells me to do something I want to know WHY i'm doing it, how will it impact on others if I do it and what will happen to me if I don't do it ...... 

Anyway, for years this was just a vague notion that I didn't 'fit' with any organised Religion and just bumbling around on my own ..... then the Divine stepped in ...... 

You know how it is when you are a wife, mother, work full time and have a house - you never quite have enough hours to do all that you want to do - and when you do find the time you feel like you should be doing something else ..... well, that was me - always rushing to do the next thing - or worrying about this, that and the other until I went to my niece's 18th party and while dancing with my brother I snapped my Achilles Tendon ......... well 12 weeks of enforced rest and suddenly I had all the time in the world to surf the internet ........ now there are only so many games you can play, and so I found myself one day keying in the word Wiccan into google read some sites, read some more, ordered some books, read them, surfed some more, read more books and found what I'd been searching for .......... a name for my beliefs .......... a name for my values ........... a name for me .......... 

love and bright blessings to all 

bunni x x x

(PS: .... for those interested I snapped my tendon whilst dancing the Can-Can........... ) 

Monday, 28 November 2011

The Wiccan Rede

Today I thought I'd talk about the Rede / Law and what it means to me..... First of all here we go in full .. 

Bide within the Law you must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust.Live you must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give. 
For tread the Circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out.To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme. 
Light of eye and soft of touch, speak you little, listen much.Honor the Old Ones in deed and name,let love and light be our guides again. 
Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune.Widdershins go when the moon doth wane,and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane. 
When the Lady's moon is new, kiss the hand to Her times two.When the moon rides at Her peak then your heart's desire seek. 
Heed the North winds mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail.When the Wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast. 
When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss you on the mouth.When the wind whispers from the West, all hearts will find peace and rest. 
Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.Birch in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows. 
Oak in the forest towers with might, in the fire it brings the God'sinsight. Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower. 
Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye. 
Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning adds its strength to the bright fire burning.White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility. 
Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen. 
Elder is the Lady's tree burn it not or cursed you'll be.Four times the Major Sabbats mark in the light and in the dark. 
As the old year starts to wane the new begins, it's now Samhain.When the time for Imbolc shows watch for flowers through the snows. 
When the wheel begins to turn soon the Beltane fires will burn.As the wheel turns to Lamas night power is brought to magick rite. 
Four times the Minor Sabbats fall use the Sun to mark them all.When the wheel has turned to Yule light the log the Horned One rules. 
In the spring, when night equals day time for Ostara to come our way.When the Sun has reached it's height time for Oak and Holly to fight. 
Harvesting comes to one and all when the Autumn Equinox does fall.Heed the flower, bush, and tree by the Lady blessed you'll be. 
Where the rippling waters go cast a stone, the truth you'll know.When you have and hold a need, harken not to others greed. 
With a fool no season spend or be counted as his friend.Merry Meet and Merry Part bright the cheeks and warm the heart. 
Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good.When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow. 
Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you. 
These Eight words the Rede fulfill: 
"An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will"

Now that's one version, there are many, many, many others out there - but the last 8 words are pretty much universally taken as the Wiccan Rede... 

This is my truth, this is how I live my life I am not Wiccan, I am a Witch, but I do live my life by the An It Harm None..... 

However, this does not (as some believe) absolve me from any guilt or wrongdoing .... I can't speak ill of someone and then say "well, they didn't hear me so therefore it harmed none" neither can I go out and do exactly what I want to do regardless because it's MY will ..... 

I, personally, think that we live in a society that at the moment seems to be that of a blame culture, people are being sued left, right and centre because it's so easy - I think the world would be a much nicer place if everyone listened just a bit more to the moral compass inside them.  It doesn't HAVE to be the Rede, it could be the Bible... "do unto others..." - but until that time ..... I will continue to live my truth, in light and love of the Goddess!! 

love and bright blessings to all 

bunni x x x 

Sunday, 27 November 2011

First ever blog............

Well, it's been a bit of a while but finally I've put finger to keyboard to blog - seems like the right time to do so ... what is this blog in aid of......... well, I am on a journey, it's a journey I have been on for a number of years now and it's one I love, so I will be using this blog to post interesting items I find on my travels round the WWW.  To post my thoughts on books, LOL, like me this blog will vary from the comical to the sad and back again - and who knows........... maybe some of my poetry may find it's way here too :D

Love and bright blessings to all

Bunni x x x