Today I’d planned to continue our explorations of harvest lore, specifically making corn dollies, but instead, I feel the urgency of this occasion to share these words from two of my dear teachers with you.
September 11, 2001:
Hecate sits on her tripod at the crossroads in the underworld. She holds aloft her torch to light the way for those souls who have died.
We send our love and compassion to them, their friends, and family. Her light also illumines this situation, enables us to see it clearly, and reveals the truth.
We look deeply at the crossroads, and feel the tide pushing us toward a road of more war, militarization, and repression. We hold open the possibility that there is another way. We pour out every drop of love, compassion and hope we can and stir it into her cauldron clockwise, stirring counterclockwise to release negative forces.
We let the waters of her cauldron rise and create a great, flood current that can carry us down the road of hope.
Unity Angel ©2003 Karen Bates
And these thoughts from Donald Engstrom-Reese, from Minneapolis
Choosing Beauty, Balance and Delight September, 2008
The winds of change have been blowing strongly through the streets of my region, my town, my neighborhood, my street. The brutal songs of power-over have tried to drown out the powerful songs of rising Earth Wisdom being sung in the Twin Cities.
Some of my friends and feres have been singled out by the so called ‘authorities’ to be arrested, detained, beaten, tased and humiliated. The poisonous hex of fear and manipulation that has been seeping throughout much of American life, has flowed freely and visibly over this blessed countryside I call home. The texture of life in the Twin Cities will never be the same. There has rarely been a time in my life that the challenge of actively and consciously choosing to live in beauty, balance and delight has been more demanding.
I have noticed a shift in the Midgard tapestry, the morphic fields of consensual reality, the webs of being, these last few days. The Norns have taken the weft threads that we have given Them and have begun to weave those threads into the next chapter of our never ending story.
The Three Norns © Craig Mullins
The foundational violence, intolerance and fear on which the present over-culture is totally dependent has been clearly revealed to all who have the courage to see. A vice-presidential candidate’s ‘church’ calls for the destruction of all Pagan holy sites, Pagan people and all ‘none believers’. Those who question the actions of the current government have been declared enemies and strangers in our own country.
And yet at the same time, the calls for understanding, compassion, transformation and joyful sustainability are arising from every corner, crack and crevice of the Good Green Earth.
Has the clash of cultures deepened?
It appears to me that it is no longer enough for us to just tend our individual organic gardens, our Earth friendly homes, our isolated lives of spiritual safety, our own private concerns limited to only ourselves and those we hold precious. No matter how beautiful and comfortable our current lives may be, the storms of change are heading our way.
It is time for Witches and other folks of spirit to take that next step of cultural transformation. I suspect it is time for us to dare to consciously and actively co-create healthy sustainable communities of compassion and vitality. I suspect it is time to systematically coordinate the full manifestation of the Cultures of Beauty, Balance and Delight. I suspect that it is also time for us to simply stand in plain sight as Pagan communities of power, justice, abundance and compassion.
What does this mean?
I suspect that it is time to publicly organize under the holy powers of the Sun and the Moon. Among other things, it is time to come out as a Lover of the Good Green Earth. It is time to shamelessly dance in the streets proclaiming the sacred joys of life, love and pleasure.
It is time to stand up for the wild at public and private gatherings. It is time to stand up for civility, courtesy and graciousness in the midst of discord and disagreement. It is time to stand up for a sustainable world of justice and fair play.
I know, without a doubt, that it is time to hone our skills. It is time for us to practice the ways of living productive sustainable lives of peace and plenty. It is time to sharpen our understandings around healthy horticulture, earth friendly building and all skills that are needed to nurture enduring sustainable human cultures as a whole.
I also suspect that it is time for us to go out of our way to build durable alliances with folks of like minds and spirits from a wide variety of different traditions. It is time to practice working in groups; in gatherings of our hearth-clans, our feres, our families, our neighbors, our communities, with hearts and minds open to novel possibilities of promise. And as my friend Teri has taught me, it is always time to think well of each other.
Simply put, I suspect that it is the perfect time for Pagans and Witches to shamelessly practice what we preach: The Earth is Sacred, All who dwell on the Good Green Earth are relations, kinsfolk walking the roads of beingness together.
I will be hostessing dinners to explore possibilities of sustainable change. I will be helping to organize public discussions focused on building local alliances. I will be baking spell pies and breads to feed transformative joy into all who taste them. I will be singing songs of healing in public places.
What will you be doing to nurture the Cultures of Beauty, Balance and Delight during these time of swift change? But, just as importantly, what will we do together?
Beauty before us!
Beauty behind us! Beauty to our left sides!
Beauty to our right sides!
Beauty above us!
Beauty below us!
We have beauty surrounding our lives.