The Goddess does not rule the world; She is the world. Manifest in each of us, She can be known internally by every individual, in all her magnificent diversity.— Starhawk
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Solidarity is based on the principle that we are willing to put ourselves at risk to protect each other.
The Goddess does not rule the world; She is the world.
To work magic is to weave the unseen forces into form;
to soar beyond sight; to explore the uncharted dream realm of the hidden reality.
The long sleep of Mother Goddess is ended.
May She awaken in each of our hearts - Merry meet, merry part, and blessed be.
Beware of organizations that proclaim their devotion to the light without embracing, bowing to the dark; for when they idealize half the world they must devalue the rest.
Any ritual is an opportunity for transformation.
To do a ritual, you must be willing to be transformed in some way. The inner willingness is what makes the ritual come alive and have power. If you aren't willing to be changed by the ritual, don't do it.
Through the Goddess, we can discover our strength, enlighten our minds, own our bodies, and celebrate our emotions.
Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free.
Energy moves in cycles, circles, spirals, vortexes, whirls, pulsations, waves, and rhythms—rarely if ever in simple straight lines.
Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.
Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power.
I am a witch, by which I mean that I am somebody who believes that the earth is sacred, and that women and women's bodies are one expression of that sacred being.
The terrain of the mysteries is the ordinary.
To seek out mystery, we don't have to go anywhere. We must simply change our preception, our description, our consciousness of where we are.
Witchcraft offers the model of a religion of poetry, not theology.
It presents metaphors, not doctrines, and leaves open the possibility of reconciliation of science and religion, of many ways of knowing.
She changes everything she touches. And everything she touches changes.
In Witchcraft, each of us must reveal our own truth.
Magic is the craft of shaping, the craft of the wise, exhilarating, dangerous - the ultimate adventure. The power of magic should not be underestimated. It works, often in ways that are unexpected and difficult to control.
A spiritual organization with a hierarchical structure can convey only the consciousness of estrangement, regardless of what teachings or deep inspirations are at its root.The structure itself reinforces the idea that some people are inherently more worthy than others.
Magic is another word that makes people uneasy, so I use it deliberately, because words they are comfortable with, the words that sound acceptable, rational, scientific, and intellectually sound, are comfortable precisely because they are the language of estrangement.
In the Craft the Goddess is not omnipotent.
The cosmos is interesting rather than perfect, and everything is not part of some greater plan, nor is all necessarily under control.
Any ritual is an opportunity for transformation.
If Goddess religion is not to become mindless idiocy, we must win clear of tendency of magic to become supertition. Magic - and among its branches I include psychology as its purpose to describe and change consciousness - is an art.
Magic has always been an element of Witchcraft, but in the Craft its techniques were practiced within a context of community and connection.
Another world is possible!' ... Another world is also necessary, for this one is unjust, unsustainable, and unsafe. It's up to us to envision, fight for, and create that world, a world of freedom, real justice, balance, and shared abundance, a world woven in a new design.
To Witches, the cosmos is the living body of the Goddess, in whose being we all partake, who encompasses us and is immanent within us. We call her Goddess not to narrowly define her gender, but as a continual reminder that what we value is life brought into the world ... She has infinite names and guises, many of them male.
Ritual affirms the common patterns, the values, the shared joys, risks, sorrows, and changes that bind a community together. Ritual links together our ancestors and descendants, those who went before with those will come after us.
Identifying as a Pagan, feminist, Witch, and anarchist is possibly a way to alarm great segments of the general public, but at least it keeps me from sinking into a boring and respectable middle age.
Each being is sacred - meaning that each has inherent value that cannot be ranked in a hierarchy or compared to the value of another being.
Now, on the longest day, light triumphs, and yet begins the decline into dark.
We turn the Wheel for we have planted the seeds of our own changes, and to grow we must accept even the passing of the sun Set Sail See with clear eyes See how we shine!
At this moment in history, we are called to act as if we truly believe that liberty and justice for all is a desirable thing.
Systems don't change easily. Systems try to maintain themselves, and seek equilibrium. To change a system, you need to shake it up, disrupt the equilibrium. That often requires conflict.
Without a vision human beings are nasty creatures.
Fascination with the psychic - or the psychological - can be a dangerous sidetrack on any spiritual path.
[On 9/11:] ... those towers represented human triumph over nature. Larger than life, built to be unburnable, they were the Titanic of our day. For them to burn and fall so quickly means that the whole superstructure we depend upon to mitigate nature and assure our comfort and safety could fall.
Panic is not an effective long-term organizing strategy.
Creations, whether they are children, poems, or organizations, take on a life of their own.
In a culture where profit has become the true God, self-sacrifice can seem incomprehensible rather than noble.
Love is the glue that holds the world together.
The word "Witch" carries so many negative connotations that many people wonder why we use the word at all. Yet to reclaim the word "Witch" is to reclaim our right, as women, to be powerful; as men, to know the feminine within as divine.
There are two kinds of power. One is power over, which is always destructive, and the other is power from within, which is a transcendent and creative power.
What affects one thing affects, in some way, all things: All is interwoven into the continuous fabric of being. Its warp and weft are energy, which is the essence of magic.
The Goddess is the Encircler, the Ground of Being;
the God is That-Which-Is-Brought-Forth, her mirror image, her other pole. She is the earth; He is the grain. She is the all encompassing sky; He is the sun, her fireball. She is the Wheel; He is the traveler. He is the sacrifice of life to death that life may go on. She is the Mother and Destroyer; He is all that is born and is destroyed.
Patriarchy values the hard over the soft;
the tough over the tender; punishment, vengeance, and vindictiveness over compassion, negotiation, and reconciliation. The 'hard' qualities are linked to power, success, and masculinity - and exalted. The 'soft' qualities are identified with weakness, powerlessness, and femininity - and denigrated.
Unless I have enough personal power to keep commitments in my daily life, I will be unable to wield magical power. To work magic, I need a basic belief in my ability to do things and cause things to happen. That belief is generated and sustained by my daily actions.
The witches, the wise women, and the healers were also always the counselors.
It's a whole other tradition of knowledge and learning that has been suppressed because it had political implications.
The Goddess is not separate from the world – She IS the world, and all things in it: moon, sun, earth, star, stone, seed, flowing river, wind, wave, leaf and branch, bud and blossom, fang and claw, woman and man.
The test of a true myth is that each time you return to it, new insights and interpretations arise.
Force, punishment, and violence are patriarchy's answer to conflicts and social problems. Patriarchy finds its ultimate expression in war.
Any action, like any act of magic, is in some sense an act of faith .
.. I've seen the desert bloom, the flower that emerges from the barest hint of water, and I know the power of life will rise, stubborn and persistent to be renewed. May our actions be the wind that brings the rain.