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VxPoem ID: 15020

Category:
liturgical_ritual

Posted: August 8th. 2005 7:19:04 PM

Views: 1041

Charge for New Moon, August 2005

by Thomas Harris

Age Group: Adult



Our way is a more ancient way...
Treat it with respect...
Change little, preserve much...
It matters not by which code of ethics
The Realm around us abides by,
Or the lack of any such code,
But it does matter which is the Law
We together both observe and proclaim,
Especially for ourselves.
Regardless of how the rest of humanity shall do,
We shall be true to the Old Ways,
For in them we see both hope and life.
We are given over to them
By reason of our own choice.
We support by ordinances of the Faith
To be our Law by common consent.
By common consent is our Tradition knit
Together into a web of wisdom and pow'r.
By rites large and small,
We identify ourselves together
For both friendship and kinship.
These are rites whether they seem to be so,
Formally or not, for She hath said:
"All acts of love and pleasure are rituals unto Me".
Let us not forget this simple truth.
By ordianance we are governed,
For we have agreed amongst ourselves
That this Rule and these teachings
Both identify us and bind us together
Into one Body, one Tribe...
It is by willlingly coming to bow
To these precepts that we together come
To form this one Tradition,
Without anyone pressuring us into submission.
It is because we have seen these precepts
At work that we know them to be
Both a good and solid foundation.
We are knit together in common cause,
For the mutual strengthening
And building up of one another into one Tribe;
For the establishment of the principles
By which Tribe is known and sustains itself
For the kindred to survive and be fruitful.

Joy of Nations! Blessing of the Realm!
Cause for shouting and praise
Among the Halls of Humankind!
Effort given for friends!
Whose is the legacy of a thousand angels singing?
Dynasties of Fair Blood walk
Among the Paths of Humankind.
Who has seen the reclaiming of the birthright?
Let us declare the liberty which is our birthright.
Look to the wild, consider the greenwood.
When the times become difficult,
Look to the soil beneath your feet
And choose the Wisdom of the Old Ways
To sustain you in times of distress.
What was not found in the Tomes of Remembrance?

We ought always pray forward the cause
We hold near our souls.
Glory belongs to the warriors of Truth!
To pray is one of the works of love.
It is the basic labor and primary means
Of communication for the person's spirit.
Press into prayer as a man
Putting his shoulder to the plow.
Let the work of it make you sweat
Mercy and Grace, as work of the body
Makes you pour forth sweat of the brow.

You cannot turn your back on anyone
Or anything without turning your back
On the One Family, the Great Family.
In earnest care the seeds of redemption
Are found. It shall be in seeking,
And in seeding, that the beginnings
Of newness are found. It is prepared!
An orchard untended, awaiting these
Who have learned to see.
Who has not heard it said
'In perfect love and perfect trust'?
Wings which were broken shall be mended.
They who were wounded shall fly once more.
That which was broken cannot be mended
Without great expenditure of effort and time.
It does not happen without honest working
And true effort; for without the hovering
Of attention over the subject,
The details are worked out.
Let us be given good leaders,
That the vision be beneficial to all.
Behold, there are those who hunger
For the food we have at our disposal.
Feed them of the bounty,
That the bounty might be multiplied.
They are open as the blossom we've come to see.
They are revealed to the vastness
We have not ourselves come to understand.
Who are we to deny them?
We are welcoming the wayfarer and the seeker alike.
This Tradition recognizes the spiritual equality
Of every person that is called unto our circles
By the Transendant. We recognize the existance
Of the One Family of All-That-Is.
All that are called to the Circle shall be welcomed,
Initiate or Non-Initiate, member of the Tribe or not,
And so shall our circles be reknowned for virtue.
Essence of things beautiful,
Essence of things true!
We are not ashamed of what we are,
For what we are is beautiful!
What we are is magickal!
What we are is sacred.
The power and presence--
The Being of the Transcendant--
Comes through us and defends it.
By this, it is saved. You are placed here
For the healing of the Worlds.
How long must we undergo healing
Before we are healed?
Work to establish virtue
And chivalry among us.
Discern what is beneficial.
Beware of things not beneficial.
Become familiar with that which is not beautiful,
For not everything of beauty is good.

Preparation for ritual adds to the Nature
Of the sacrament by virtue of our approach.
Ours is a more intense sense of the sacred.

Concerning the problems of unity and openness
Which seem to abound:
Beware of the tendency which so often manifests,
To our common detriment,
To close ourselves off from one another
In subsequent ocurrence to dissent,
Even while must guard the Mysteries.
While we are all one great family,
And not just we of the Faith, but all of us...
And so even in our dissent we must at least strive
For some common thread between us.
This is not to dismiss the wrongdoings,
But to urge us to some higher cause.
We have not chosen the lesser thing,
For in it we are blessed with hope.
Any hope which envelops one party
To the exclusion of the other party
Can never be seen as true hope,
For in the one's lack of hope
The other is eventually swallowed and lost.
Our hope...that hope which we teach
As part of the Mystery...is without
Predisposition toward the one or the other...
But is accessible to all.
In forgetting the common cause, Faith fails,
For without the inclusion of all parties,
It becomes less than perfect.
Our common cause is to be the seeding
And nurturing of the Faith
Unto maturity and fruition.
How great an honor, to tend
The Grove in our charge and join
With those of like Faith, to view
The vastness of our Way.
What They see fit to grow
In the field of our Faith,
Who are we to deny Them?
Only They decide which to plant,
Which to nurture, and whichto suffer
drought....and when...
Theirs is the greater labor,
Ours the humble deed.




Author's Notes: This charge was channelled for the new moon rite of August 2005. While some of it is directed toward the group I belong to, the rest of it also seemed to be partially applicable to seekers of all paths, thus I include it here.


Author's Location: Seminole, Oklahoma
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