There are many reasons I am on the path that I am on. Finding myself at a college with a substantially high ‘pagan’ community (and I place this in quotations for Fluffly Bunny reasons) – I find myself wondering what drew me to where I am today. Tonight, one of the reasons which seems to stand out among the rest is very, very simple. The Charge of the Goddess. It holds such powerful words and promises.
“And ye shall be free from slavery, and as a sign that ye be really free, ye shall be naked in your rites.”
My religion, my deities, respect me for who I am when I was born, and encourage me to remember that state, that freedom, that peace. My religion teaches me to respect myself.
“Let My Worship be within the heart that rejoiceth, for behold: all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.”
Be joyous when you meet me, the great Star Goddess says. Be happy to see me. Don’t kneel before me in pain, speaking of sin and mistake, but revel in my peace, and let me revel in yours. Be beautiful and strong, be powerful and compassionate, be honorable but not arrogant, be mirthful and reverent – she tells us. These are not just commandments, but life ideals.
“And thou who thinkest to seek for Me, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not, unless thou knowest the Mystery: that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, thou wilt never find it without thee.”
And remember, she says – looking outside of yourself will do no good. My power and knowledge lies within, if you only care to look.
What powerful words.