My first guide and inspiration will always be Gaia. She is the personification of the Earth, the very land we stand upon. She nurtures us and supports us.
Before I became Pagan I became a conservationist, at a very young age. Our house had a large garden and beyond were fields and woods. So nature was just right outside the door. A dead bird on the side of the road took me to conservationism. I found him when I was about 6 and I couldn’t understand why he was there.
My uncle explained he had been clipped by a car and been killed. We took him home and buried him. This little death shocked me. The idea that this beautiful soul had just died randomly because of a car.
This led me to read and study and search. I poured my passion into doing what I could for nature, wildlife, the environment. When I finally found Paganism this all just seemed to fit. Gaia, the Great Mother, the Earth. She had been what I had been protecting and fighting for.
Along with Gaia I honour Artemis, Isis, Bast, Epona, Hecate, Herne, Anubis and Odin.
In a desperate attempt to get myself caught up with the Blog post project I am jumping to M. I feel this will force me to back track and get the other (goddess-knows how many) letters I’ve missed, written.
Mother is the middle aspect in the Triple Goddess.
The first is Maiden, innocence, youth, vitality and curiosity. Finding her feet, overwhelming her senses and living with unbridled hope and passion for every new experience. The last aspect is the Crone, wisdom, knowledge, strength, solitude and understanding. She is the bridge to the next world, armed with her experience gained in life, she is the guide, the one who watches over the other two.
So we move to the Mother.
For me Paganism is very much about nature.
This is its foundation, we are the ones who connect with the seasons, who follow the cycles of the moon, we embrace and rejoice with the elements.
Our Gods and Goddesses reside in all areas of nature and we are the world’s guardians.
Throughout the years I have been a Pagan, I have often come across the term “white witch”. This appears to be the image of a witch who does all good things and uses “white magick” rather than “black magick” and is all manner of sickly sweet awesomeness.
I don’t use these terms, mainly because I don’t agree with them. The idea we can separate magick into black and white makes me shudder.
Most witches/Pagans/Wiccans etc understand that magick is neither considered one nor the other, it is neutral and it is the direction and purpose given by the caster that decides its position on the morality spectrum.