Spirituality Questionnaire

July 1, 2012 at 9:32 pm (Coven, Pathseeking) (, , , , , , , , , , )

In working to write out the concept and practice of a Pathseeker tradition I created a Spirituality Questionnaire. The purpose is for both myself to articulate my feelings and path as well as to give to those I practice with now (or possibly in the future) to see how their path looks and how to mesh that path into a group setting.

I feel you need an idea of Who/What/How before you can move forward with a project.

If you’re interested, please answer some or all of these questions. You can do it for yourself or if you’d like to share you can email me at maera (at) pathseeker.org.

I am typing up my answers now, and will be sharing them soon.

 

  • Describe a time you felt a close connection with the Divine:
  • Do you feel a closer connection to the Goddess or the God?
  • Can you explain or describe why you have a closer connection to one or the other?
  • Describe your view of the Goddess
  • Describe your view of the God
  • Do you have a patron deity? If yes how did you make that connection?
  • How would you describe your current spiritual path?
  • Explain the importance of initiation in you spiritual practice
  • Explain the importance of the Moon in your spiritual practice
  • Explain the importance of the Sun in your spiritual practice
  • Do you hold solitary ritual or attend group ritual for the New Moon? Full Moon? Why or why not?
  • Describe the place Sabbats hold in your spiritual practice
  • Which Sabbat do you feel the closest connection to? Why?
  • Describe the part tools play in your practice
  • What place does spellworking hold in your spiritual practice?
  • Does divination play a part in your practice? How? Which types?
  • Do you have any connection to spirit guides, totem animals, or other helpers?
  • Have you ever lead a group ritual? What type? If yes, describe the experience.
  • How much time do you devote to solitary practice each month?
  • If you are in a coven, or looking to join a coven, what part would you expect this group to play in your spiritual growth?
  • How much time would you expect to devote to a spiritual group each month?
  • How much time are you comfortable devoting to group practice?

 

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Beltane Ritual

May 6, 2012 at 9:00 am (Ritual) (, )

“Hand to hand we cast the circle,”
Clasp the hand to the left.
“In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.”
Continue around the circle. As each person clasps the hand to the left:
“In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.”

“We consecrate this circle of power to the Goddess and God.
Here may they manifest and bless their children.
This is a time that is not a time,
In a place that is not a place,
On a day that is not a day.
We come now to celebrate Beltane!
We stand before the veil of mysteries.
May the Lord and Lady help and protect us on our magical journey.” Read the rest of this entry »

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On The Importance of Devotionals – Part One – Morning

January 10, 2012 at 3:07 am (Divine, Ritual) (, , , )

How do you start your day? Is it grumbling that you don’t want to leave your warm comfortable bed? Is is full of groggy stumbling until you have that first cup (or pot) of coffee? Does it include any affirmation of your faith and beliefs? Maybe a thankfullness for getting up to experience another day?

I wake up groggy, and I usually don’t want to leave the sanctuary of warmth that are my covers and snuggly puppy. If I could figure out how my alarm clock would be a coffee IV. But my morning also includes a daily devotional. Before I get out of bed, once my eyes can stay open, I center myself and say a little something.

Right now it’s this:

Womb of darkness,
Glimmer of the dawn,
I arise from your embrace.
-Caitlyn Matthews, Celtic Devotional 

Why?

Because I feel starting out the day with a connection to the Divine is just as important as that first cup of coffee, the morning shower, or putting your left sock on first. It establishes a pattern, a ritual and a connection. By starting my day with this little devotional, I tie all of my morning rituals up into a spiritual act.

The devotional I am using right now is not the devotional I always use, or what I will be using once February hits. I like to change them up from time to time. There is a reason behind this too.

It helps wake me up. If I have to think about the words, my mind is more engaged in the devotional itself. This is a fairly simple devotional, and one that took me about a week to memorize. By the time January wraps up it will be too easy for sleepy me to phone it in. And that defeats the purpose.

If you are living your spiritual path every day, why not add a little morning devotional to your mundane morning rituals?

Next Up:

  • The Importance of Devotionals – Part Two – Evening
  • Sample Devotionals

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Saying Goodbye

January 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

This last fall my cat and familiar Luna disappeared. We lived outside of town and up a mountain. One night she went on walk about (not an uncommon thing) but never came back. I want to believe that she left that night (shortly after I found out we were having to move) that she left because she knew I would not be able to have a cat where ever we ended up living. I was devastated. This was during a very busy, stressful time and I wouldn’t let myself get worked up over it. And I kept hoping she would come home. That was August.

This last month about all I have been able to think about is how much I miss her. I miss the bond we had. She was never a terribly cuddly cat, very much the aloof loaner. But she did cuddle, she did purr at me, and she loved magic.

This is a cat who absolutely HAD to be part of ritual if it was done in our house. She was in circle with us every time, often doing the ‘I looove you’ rub on the sides of the alter. She would always cuddle me if I was reading a ‘witchy book’.

She once attacked the page in a book I was reading. Which was hysterical, because it was in the section on The Burning Times.

My Luna was a medium/long hair grey cat with big yellow-green eyes. Her face was lighter than the rest of her and looked like a full moon. I also brought her home on a full moon. The name seemed fitting. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fitness Challenge

January 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm (Uncategorized) ()

Ok, the fitness challenge wanted to know measurements, before and after photos, and a plan.

Here it goes.

1. Measurements.
The only measurement I care about is my waist at this point (she suggests measuring your chest, but if I loose any weight that will be the first place I see a change, whether I want to our not). And since my big goal is to fit my comfy jeans again…
So, my waist is currently 38 (where I wear my waist band). In 3 months I want that to be 34. By the end of 2011 I want it to be 30, but if I can do 4 inches in 3 months I will move that 30 inch goal up.

2. Photos.
Yeah, I’m not sharing those right now.

3. The plan.
I already cut regular soda from my diet.
Next up is all fast food. I will allow myself fast food 1x month, or I’ll start craving and binge on it (know thyself).
Walking more. There is a cool site (will add link in a bit) that had a Lord Of The Rings walking challenge a few years ago. It listed distances walked from different places in the books. In this 3 months I will be walking from Bag End to Rivendell. Thats 397 total miles, or about 5 miles a day. {Off to get a pedometer}
As I get more on a roll I will add in daily crunches and yoga 2-3 times a week.

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