That Real Old Time Religion
I have been a practitioner of a rather ecumenical form of Wicca for 25 years. I am oriented especially to shamanistic journeying. I believe that spirituality is our consciousness of our connection to the Divine, and religion is whatever way we choose to honour the Divine. I do not accept the cultural baggage that has been incorporated into so many forms of worship, and I reject any religious practice that diminishes women, children - or men, either. I believe that our connection to the Divine exalts us, it does not belittle or humiliate us. I love the respect for the individual, and the freedom of ex
I like having a male aspect of divinity for masculine matters. I treasure having a female aspect of the Divine, feeling so understood by Her. And men should have a goddess, too, when dealing with matters ruled by women. For me, for many subjects, talking with a male god is like talking to a male gynaecologist - you can explain until you're blue in the face, but he's never really going to understand what you're talking about!
Throughout my life I have studied many forms of religion. When I was 13 I knew that Christianity was not for me. Later I realised that it was not the teachings of Jesus, but the teachings of the church that repelled me. I perceive Jesus, Buddha, Siddhartha and other spiritual teachers as holy men, and wish there were more acknowledged holy women! My spiritual group embraces many forms of worship - Native Canadians, Buddhists, Druids, Jews, Christians, Wiccans, etc., and we are enriched by the interchange of teachings.
I am most drawn to earth-based practices. I like to observe the phases of the Moon and the Solar Wheel of the Year. These are holy days that make sense to me. I am enriched by animistic teachings and the many inspirations of Nature. I like to feel my connection to my ancestors back to the beginning of time. I am honoured to use what talents and gifts I have, "For the Good of All and the Harm of None".