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Wiccan in Trinidad
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I live in a land where all are caught up in one celebration to another to another. We have religious tolerance here. We have a holiday every month, around this time of year, the island celebrates Divali (Hindu), Eid-ul-fitr (Muslim) and then there is Christmas.
Halloween is also celebrated to a lesser extent, but only in those areas pockmarked with ex pats from the oil industries. There is no autumn, no indications from Nature ending a cycle.
Parties and fetes punctuate every festival. Even if there is no alcohol allowed on the day (Eid and Divali), the day after, or as early as midnight sees a crowd at the bars to “celebrate” the end of the no alcohol ban. We move on to Carnival (more parties), to Easter (more parties) and the cycle continues. (I guess the rum drinking pirates never really left the island).
Some years aback, I symbolically stepped out of the realities of this island, and started seeing them through the eyes of an outsider. I never left, mind you. I still live here. I am just tired of the hollowness that passes for religious celebration, and that hamster wheel of consumerism and party spending that the island seems to be on.
Paint the house and buy new furniture, and presents. (Divali, Eid and Christmas) Costumes for Carnival, and money for alcohol and parties (carnival parties can cost the same as a week’s groceries). New swimsuits and barbeques and boat trips for Easter (let's not forget the parties). Then June to September we spend money on Chorpus Cristi, Independence, Shouter Baptist Holiday, party... party... party! Seriously it’s a frat house heaven and adults keep it going!
My soul needed quiet. My mind wondered if there was more to life. That closeted feeling that followed me since I was thirteen reared its ugly head. I scaled down the Christmas celebrations (I keep some for my children) and stepped out of all other celebrations my large extended family took part in.
I became a recluse in their eyes. My parents disapproved of how I keep away from the family. But part of the burden lifted…I no longer felt that trapped.
Since becoming a teenager the end of October always felt special. I looked wistfully at Halloween celebrations on TV and wished I could be a part of that. But the two times I happened to be in the United States to experience the holiday…well it still felt hollow. Something was still missing.
By accident in recent years I discovered Wicca, and was shocked to find that the core principles were exactly those I follow in my heart. I was Wiccan before I even knew the term.
I can’t believe in the God concept I was taught. Too many things do not add up. I created my own concept…that just happened to be Wiccan. Talk about receiving guidance from the Universal Spirit!
I want to learn more, I feel at peace with this knowledge. I have been creating my own rituals, and doing them in secret, as I do not want to scare my children, two of whom I know would see this as evil.
One of the biggest problems I face is with the references to plant used in rituals. Oak, juniper, ash…. they don’t grow here. Summer, autumn, winter and spring do not exist.
There is only the dry season, and the wet season…. go figure.
Is there a spiritual significance behind the plants? Is their energy connected to age, composition or anything I could transfer to our local plants?
We have our own form of herb medicine here, which still exists among the grassroots. This however is confined to healing properties only, and is a dying craft. But I believe it is a way to start, part of the whole, which is unique to this part of the Spirit of the World.
I also want to explore Faery Magic, as I seem to feel buoyant when I think about certain elements. Also, it speaks to something from my childhood. Since I have made these decisions, the world has become a synchronized, miracle filled place. Everyday I get a signal that I am on the right journey.
I meet people who see the wonder in Dragon Flies; I found a store, which sold healing crystals (they did not know what they were, however. The owners just thought the were pretty), and I also found a Celtic horoscope chart which confirmed that all the dragonflies, and butterflies I have been painting, because it spoke to my Spirit, really was my Celtic nature coming out. Ah the joy of confirmation from around!
Now I see Dragonflies and butterflies a lot, even more so when I am stressed or disturbed. It brings me peace…they bring me peace.
As I sit here in our National Botanical Gardens, taking in all the coolness, the sounds and the smells of earth and tree, I feel connected to something larger than this island. I can see the moss, the ants, and the leaves on the ground… all part of the Universal mind that is consciousness.
That I can sit here and type this is a wonder.
That I can record my words in the middle of a stone path made hundreds of years ago is incredible.
That I feel so at peace with the world is incredible.
I eagerly sought a teacher. I was disappointed to get no response. Slowly it dawned on me that I wanted a teacher to give me the answers right away. But I also realize that the better way to learn is to discover for myself.
If I let my spirit lead me, I will be guided to the things I need for my spirit. This path of learning will be customized for my soul only. This is why I was drawn to it in the first place.
May all who read this have the Blessings of the Spirit………soulful happiness and contentment for all is my wish.
I choose to be a Healer…and I will cut my own trail.
Location: I move around, Trinidad/Tobago
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