For those of you interested, I will be bicycling from Medina, NY, to Pittsford, NY this morning and afternoon.
Number 7: Witches + Grammar = Bad
This post could also be known as: Memorizing The 13 Principles? Are You Nuts?!
But, having immersed myself in Pagan Literature (the classics, mind you), I’ve found that we do indeed have a horrible sense of grammar. I’m not sure who our magical ancestors were trying to impress with the “thees” and “thous”, but it gives me a headache sometimes just trying to remember exactly how a particular text goes. The best example out of the principles is probably number nine, which states:
We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal role within it.
Who writes like that?1 There are too many little bits to that one sentence for it to make sense in the first three or four times you read it. I understand it, but that’s after having looked at it for nigh on six or seven years. The Old Laws, of which I do not have a copy posted on this site, are no better, nor are some parts of the Charge of the Goddess, or even the Wiccan Rede. We get too wrapped up in our own words, sometimes, for what we’re saying to make any sort of simple sense.
Even the second part of the Charge is a bit of a tongue twister:
Hear ye the Words of the Star Goddess: She in the Dust of Whose Feet are the Hosts of Heaven, Whose Body encircleth the Universe.
Try saying that five times fast. Or how about this? Do we not believe in using ” ‘s “?
For Mine is the Secret Door which opens upon the Land of Youth; and Mine is the Cup of the Wine of Life, and the Cauldron of Cerridwen, which is the Holy Grail of Immortality.
Cup of the Wine of Life. Need I say more?