So, the title of the post represents some of what users have used to bring them to my site over the past week. I can’t really emphasize anything in particular – I would recommend the links to the right for more information about Wicca in general. Yet, I do have something interesting within my own life to share, if anyone would be willing to cock a listening ear.
The conversation began as any conversation – and lasted for a long time about secret organizations, and what Wicca would have become if all of its secrets had not been leaked. What if we had a way to exert control over the imposters? An interesting concept, to say the least.
But then it led to me finally asking my high priest: Who taught you? Who taught them? At first, he did begin to delve into our “physical” religious history. He told me of the two different traditions from which he was born – of the charges he was given as a third degree, and where he has gone since then. He told me of the three of the seventy three witches at the ’74 witchmeet who were part of his magical ancestry. He told me of his ex-wife, who nearly went crazy while subjected to all of the knowledge and mysteries of the path in three months, instead of years and years.
But the discussion took a turn while we were talking, and ended at this:
Do not allow me to tell you of those who taught me, nor allow yourself to tell others of me. We gain our spiritual knowledge, we move along our spiritual paths not from the wisdom of humans, but from the wisdom of the universe itself. Our teachers are not our high priests and priestesses, but rather Jesus and Allah and Buddha, Adonis and Anubis and Hecate. Diana, Aphrodite, Ra, Odin – let these be our teachers.
Wicca is a religion. It is a hierarchal path to gain enlightenment. Yet going through the steps – ascending the ‘spiritual ladder’ and gaining our marks of honor are merely recognitions that we have learned *something*.
But what lies between us and God(s)? That’s our path. And that is the single most important thing in any discussion of religions and philosophies.