Tuesday, June 27, 2017 15:32

The wheel turns again…

– Wiccapundit

Samhain has come, and the Wheel of the Year turns again.  Last night under a cold, clear sky, Elphaba and I joined the circle of witches to celebrate Wicca’s preeminent Holy Day: Samhain, or All Hallow’s Eve.  As I felt the balefire’s warmth, smelled the wafting scent of incense, saw the starry sky through the trees, and listened to the familiar words of the liturgy as they washed over me, I was reminded why The Old Religion speaks to me so powerfully.

In the Craft, this is the beginning of the Wheel of the Year, the Wiccan New Year, so to speak.  It is a time when we say farewell to those we have lost in the previous year; it is the time of the final reaping.  The dark of the year is upon us, when we must recognize that all that lives must die, but that all that dies shall live again.

Death is not to be feared, it is only to be accepted and acknowledged as the expected resolution of the lives we have lived.   As I spoke in a Samhain ritual some years ago, in the role of the Dark Lord of the Underworld:

The Goddess awaits you, at that which is the end of all Desire. But none shall cleave unto her, save that you within my bending sickle’s compass come.

We recognize that death is not an end, it is only a transition.  In many ways, this is the central mystery of our faith.

Samhain is also a time to recognize that true change comes from the ending of the old; old patterns, old ways, old ideas.  I cannot think of a more powerful metaphor for the moment that is to face this nation in two days.  I sincerely believe that the majority of people in this great and wonderful country will take a hard look at where we are and where we are going.  I believe that choices will be made and a path set for the future that will restore us as a people to the greatness that is our birthright.

Hoof and horn, hoof and horn, all that dies will be reborn

Corn and grain, corn and grain, all that falls shall rise again.

To all our fellow witches and pagans, Blessed Be!

To all those who do not follow our path but have so kindly graced our little blog with your presence and your interesting comments, thank you and Happy Halloween!

(Herne image by Angela Barnett)

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17 Responses to “The wheel turns again…”

  1. Morgan Stanton says:

    What a wonderful blog. I feel lucky to have discovered it, days before my first ever vote in an election (I became an American just recently). Happy Samhain to you and to your readers, and I certainly hope that you’re right about a new path for our country.

  2. This is a beautiful explanation, WP. The Wheel is a very powerful metaphor in this case, and very true, just as Janus was in Roman myth.

    Blessed be from a Christian, friends, and may this November 2nd bring the kind of change we need!!

  3. Sebastian Page says:

    Well put, brother. I’m happy to hear that teh Samhain rit went well for you and yours. Mine, unfortunately, was cancelled due to operational requirements at work. I envy you the balefire though. We’re kinda stuck with mere candles, since the landlord insists the fires be small in the house. Oppresive, eh?

    My warmest Samhain regards to you, Elphaba, and the whole RSW gang (that includes you too, Aggie, our token Christian).

  4. Laura says:

    See, if I was a Wiccan I would go to these things naked and with a dead chicken- well, probably a bucket of KFC because I wouldn’t want a dead chicken in my car. All the other Wiccans would be “OH HELL NO!” and I’d get thrown out. Just like I do at Bingo Night at St. John’s.

    And I hope you know I mean no disrespect with my craziness. I love Wiccans and Pagans!

    • Dead chicken? Wrong ritual, honey. You want the Santeria weirdos. Or maybe not. Stay well away from those people. They make voodoo look like Robert Frost.

      I bet the Wiccans would take a look at you naked and say, “WHOO HOO!!”

      • Wiccapundit says:

        Aggie, the problem with skyclad rituals is that those you’d least want to see naked are the most enthusiastic, and those you’d most like to see naked are the least enthusiastic. We don’t practice skylad, which is much to EVERYONE’S relief.

        Plus, you’d freeze your nads/tatas off during winter rituals and get them gnawed off by bugs during the summer ones.

        The perils of worshipping outdoors.

    • Wiccapundit says:

      Laura, some Wiccans may be vegetarian, but I always believed that if the Goddess hadn’t intended us to eat her creatures, she wouldn’t have made them so tasty.

      Some of our people may be a little thin-skinned, but I have no problem with being made fun of, especially when it’s funny.

  5. ghostbear says:

    A Joyous Samhain to you! (well,a few days late perhaps). I wanted to tell you how happy I am to have found this site!!!! I have often felt out of place within the pagan community because of my right-of-center perspectives ( I am a practicing Druid/ Native American paths also- primary focus on Warrior spirituality). So, thanks for putting this out there- I am enjoying all you offer here.

    • Wiccapundit says:

      Merry Meet, ghostbear! You have been approved for comment. We’re glad you found us, and we hope you’ll join us regularly. Interesting path you have. I spent time on a Vision Quest at one time, and it was an interesting contrast to my own path. I also know a few Druids as well.

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