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Misrepresenting This Path
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Author: Crystal Blanton
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Sometimes I am saddened by the misconceptions of Wicca in the world, but it is not just those outside of the Wiccan faith who misrepresent our beliefs. It is also some people within our own communities. One of the ways they do this is by wearing the sacred symbol of the pentacle while acting out the opposite of what we represent.
Wearing a pentacle is an honor for me. I don’t take for granted the work that is involved with being able to represent the Pagan path with pride and integrity. I continue to hold myself to the high standards that come with being able to say, “I am a witch” or “I am Wiccan”. I have enough respect for my elders who have fought through adversity in order to practice this path and make it possible for me to do so as well.
I have found myself pondering what my role is in the lack of respect for our sacred symbol and what my role should be. I know that I am not responsible for another’s spiritual beliefs and for that I am grateful. It is enough just to take care of mine.
But I do think that there are those in the community who should not only offer to be of assistance in setting the record straight, but actually also try to live up to the ethics which govern the Wiccan faith.
Our path is full of beauty, mystery and spiritual grace. One of the most important jobs of Wiccans worldwide is to continue to manifest the beauty that our path represents. This is another point where ethics come clearly into the picture.
There are many new people coming into this path who are not getting a clear understanding of the ethics behind Wicca. Unfortunately, there are not enough elders willing to stand up and teach either. It leaves us with a big gap of understanding between some of the newer generations of Wiccans and the older generations of practitioners. This gap creates confusion, misunderstanding and susceptibility to learning and teaching things that are not in line with our belief structure.
Wicca is not about spellwork or being cool. It is not about revenge or anger. It is about spirituality and love. It is the connection to the god and goddess and the universe.
One of the most important parts of the path of Wicca (not Pagan, but Wiccan) is the Rede. It is an essential part of this path. If one does not follow the Rede, then he/she may be Pagan but not Wiccan. And think about it, as a Wiccan, why wouldn't you want to follow a clause that ultimately protects you?
Wiccans should understand that we are a part of everything and everything is a part of us. As above, so below. Whatever energy we send out is ultimately tied to us. It is like throwing a tennis ball to a wall. It is coming right back.
There is a responsibility that comes with the wearing of the pentacle which goes far beyond being cool. In truth, the responsibilities that come with that pentacle around your neck are great.
I have to remember that the moment I put on a pentacle or symbol of this path, I am representing it to the outside world. In essence, it is irresponsible to wear a symbol you cannot respect enough to live up to whatever it stands for.
That means a lot; so let’s be clear.
· Know what it is you believe in and stand for.
· Have enough knowledge of the path to answer questions appropriately.
· Manipulation, dishonesty and deceit are not Wiccan traits.
· Don’t wear a pentacle because it makes you look mysterious or it goes well with your Goth outfit.
· Don’t falsely represent yourself as a mentor, teacher or elder if you have not done the training to be one.
· Don’t advertise for sex on the internet with a pentacle on.
· Don’t throw trash on the ground or abuse our mother with a pentacle on.
· Don’t act in immoral ways in our communities and act like you are better than the book religion people.
· Respect your history and the elders who paved the way for us.
· Be humble enough to still learn and not act like you know everything just because you have a pentacle on.
· Respect this path and your fellow Wiccans or Pagans.
Should I go on? The sad thing is that I could. These are all real examples of what is happening in our community as we speak.
Now, I am in no way immune to this behavior myself. The difference for me on my path is the realization that I don’t want to disrespect this path or myself by partaking in maladaptive, old behavior that does not promote my spiritual self.
So I work on this constantly. Nothing comes easy for anyone, myself included, so I try not to take it for granted. And I never take this pentacle around my neck for granted either…not for one second.
A statement that comes to mind is from JZ knight while channeling Ramtha, and goes something like this, “The best way to worship a God is to act like one”.
I try to follow this with every breath even when it is very hard.
I will repeat this statement because we need to hear this over and over again in our community: the responsibilities that come with that pentacle around your neck are great.
I hope we can all remember that throughout our day and actually be what we are representing.
And if you can’t do that, then it is a simple matter really: Just take the pentacle off.
TAKE THE PENTACLE OFF………………..
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