Sunday, March 27, 2005

There is No Part of Me that is Not Part of the Gods

In my last post I discussed how paganism, and specifically Witchcraft, works with a pantheon of gods and goddesses. The title to this post is "there is no part of me that is not part of the gods." This is an affirmation used by many pagan groups, including most branches of British Traditional Witchcraft. It simply states the premise that everything that is within us, as human beings, is of the gods. There is light and dark within each of us, and, therefore, there is light and dark within the gods. In Witchcraft deity is not all good with the all bad half somewhere and someone else with whom the deity is constantly at war. In other words, we do not follow the god/devil model of Christianity. In Witchcraft, deity, like ourselves, has light and dark within them. And, as I've said in the previous post, all gods are really aspects of the one great power. So we are talking about parts of a whole here. There cannot be light without darkness. There cannot be good without bad. There cannot be joy without suffering. Life is a complicated whole and a beautiful dance of opposites. From a witches eyes, it would be foolish to think deity, which is part of the natrual order of things, followed different rules from everything and everyone else. - Az

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