Song of Avalon

A Grove of Wise Women and Men

       

  The Charge of the Goddess


Hearken the words of the "Great Mother"!!

For behold, I am the Mother of all things, the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven, whose body encircles the universe.

I who am the beauty of the green earth and the white moon, among the stars and the mysteries of the waters. I call upon your soul to arise and come to me.

For I am the soul of nature that gives life to the universe. From me all things proceed and unto me they must return. Let my worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold all acts of love and pleasure are my ritual.

Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.

And you, who seek to know me, know that the seeking and yearning will avail you not, unless you know the mystery;

For if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without. For behold, I have been with you from the beginning and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.

...as above so below....blessed be!!


The Charge of the God


Listen to the words of the Horned God, The Guardian of all things wild and free, and Keeper of the Gates of Death, whose Call all must answer:

I am the fire within your heart. The yearning of your Soul. I am the Hunter of Knowledge and the Seeker of the Holy Quest; I who stand in the darkness of light; I am He whom you have called Death. I am the Consort and Mate of Her we adore, call forth to me.

Heed my call beloved ones, come unto me and learn the secrets of death and peace. I am the corn at harvest and the fruit on the trees. I am He who leads you home. Scourge and Flame, Blade and Blood these are mine and gifts to thee.

Call unto me in the forest wild and on hilltop bare and seek me in the Darkness Bright. Osiris, Adonis, Zeus, Thor, Pan, Cernunnos, Herne, Lugh and by many other names. Come dance and sing; come live and smile, for behold: this is my worship.

You are my children and I am thy Father. On swift night wings it is I who lay you at the Mother's feet to be reborn and to return again.

Thou who thinks to seek me, know that I am the untamed wind, the fury of storm and passion in your Soul. Seek me with pride and humility, but seek me best with love and strength. Hear my call on long Winter nights and we shall stand together guarding Her Earth as She sleeps.



  Pagan Pledge 


I am a Pagan and I dedicate myself to channeling the Spiritual energy of my inner self to help and heal others and myself. I know that I am part of the whole of Nature. May I grow in understanding of the Unity of all Nature. May I always walk in balance. May I always be mindful of the diversity of Nature as well as its Unity. May I always be tolerant of those whose race, appearance, culture and ways differ from my own. May I use my psychic powers wisely and never use it for aggression or for malicious purposes. May I never use it to curtail the free will of other’s. May I always remember that I create my own reality and that I have the power within me to create positivity in my life. May I always take responsibility for my actions, be they conscious or unconscious. May I always act in honorable ways, being honest with myself and others, keeping my word whenever I have given it, fulfilling all my responsibilities and commitments I have undertaken to the best of my abilities. May I always remember that whatever is sent out returns magnified back to the sender. The forces of Karma will move swiftly to remind me of my spiritual commitments when I have begun to falter from them. May I use this Karmic feedback to remain strong and committed to my spiritual ideals in the face of adversity or negativity. May the force of my inner Spirit eliminate all malice directed my way and transform it into positive light. May my inner light shine so strongly that malice can not even enter my realm of existence. May I continually grow in wisdom and understanding. May I see every problem that I face, as an opportunity to learn and grow and to develope spiritually. May I act out of love for other beings on this planet, to other humans, plants, animals., mineral, elementals, spirits or other entities. May I ever be mindful that the Goddess and God in all their forms dwell within me and that this divinity is reflected through my inner Self, my Pagan Spirit. May I always channel love and light through my being. May my inner Spirit, rather than my Ego self, guide all my thoughts, feelings and actions.                                

 So mote it be!

                                             

Selena Fox 1980      




  Principles of Paganism


1. You are responsible for the believes you choose to adopt: 

You are in control of what you choose to believe, especially when it comes to ideas about spirituality, ethics, values, the nature of the Divine, the nature and purpose of the physical world, and your place in it. The power to choose your believes resides in you- not in an institution, church, or government. It is important that you take responsibility for the beliefs you adopt because beliefs act as templates around which you built your reality. You will tend to interpret experience and information to fit what your beliefs tell you to expect, while filtering out information that doesn't fit.To a great extent, then, your beliefs shape both the interior and exterior world you create for yourself. Regardless of the beliefs impressed on you in the past, you are in control of what you choose to adopt as your beliefs now. Pagans accept their responsibility to become more self aware, identify the beliefs they are allowing to operate their lives, and then to examine the merits of those beliefs periodically.


2. You are responsible for your own actions and your spiritual and personal development: 

The development of a conscience, or personal ethic, and then that application of that ethic to everyday life is the responsibility of every person. Any resource, teacher, practice, or holy writing that helps you move toward your goal of spiritual maturity can and should be used. Resources, teachers, and holy books cannot substitute for the effort each person must give to his or her own growth, however since growth is a muscle you must exercise yourself. Pagans strive to become spiritually mature and to take responsibility for their beliefs, actions, and spiritual growth.


3.You are responsible for deciding who or what Deity is for you, and forming a relationship with that Deity:

Someone who joins a particular faith has gone through the process of deciding what Deity is for them and that the faith they are joining is a good match. Pagans openly acknowledge this process and are open to a variety of ideas about Deity. Pagans have many images of Deity, including multiple images, male, female, animal, energy or spirit images, or no images at all.


4.Everything contains the spark of intelligence:

From the smallest atom to the largest planetary system, each part of the world contains a form of consciousness or spark of intelligence. In the physical realm, consciousness exhibits as awareness, personality, energetic vibration, or other characteristics that are in keeping with the  particular physical form. Science and mysticism both suggest that consciousness is multidimensional, that it folds and unfolds into physical reality from unseen realms, and its expression in the physical world is only a part of its greater reality.


5. Everything is sacred: 

Sacredness means different things to different Pagans. To some it means that all parts of the universe are precious, and worthy of respect and careful handling. To others it implies a feeling of kinship, of connection, a kind of cosmic brother- or sisterhood. To others sacredness means that something is holy, having been created, blessed. or approved by a Deity.  The result of this particular view, however, is that if Deity permeates everything then everything is sacred. Nothing is cut off or isolated from the Divine Ground. The dualism that says that the physical is bad and the spiritual is good has no meaning to a Pagan. This brings us naturally to the second point, then, since nothing is cut off from the Divine Ground, then neither are you. Your human nature is not inherently flawed. Do not confuse this issue with one of behavior. People can choose to act in ways that are destructive, but Pagans tend to treat behavior as a separate issue from the question of whether or not human nature is corrupt.


6.Each part of the universe can communicate with each other part, and these parts often cooperate for specific ends:

Here is the crux of magick. Magick is a completely natural process, which, in its simplest form, is communication and cooperation of many consciousnesses. Other religions call this same process prayer, meditation, inspiration, synchronicity, or miracle.


7.Consciousness survives death:

Consciousness, as was earlier suggested, exists on multiple levels simultaneously, and physical reality is only one expression of it. Physical existence can be seen as the intrusion of consciousness into the world of matter, and death as the withdrawing, or enfolding, of it back into other dimensions. Pagans hold a variety of views of what happens after death, and most, though not all, believe in an afterlife.


From Paganism: An Introduction to Earth- Centered Religions by Joyce and River Higginbotham




Pagans Celebrate the Wheel of the Year Sabbats (see image below - dates approximate) and most also celebrate the Full Moon Esbats.