Circle Of Transformation
Building Community Through Education
Igniting A Renaissance of Spirit Through Magick, Mystery, and Majesty
A Quote By Albert Einstein
The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the source of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists,manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms -this is knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.
The one thing that separates pagans from other religions is that we are a self-governing belief system. This means that we have the freedom to critically think about what values, ethics and lifestyle we feel is right for us. We have found that due to this philosophy, we should hold ourselves to a higher standard. When we recognize that we can attain the attributes of deity, we become more understanding and respectful of the rights of others and encourage them to live their lives to the fullest under the mandate ..."If it harms none..."
Below is the philosophy that we at Circle of Transformation adhere to in order to live a life of ethical freedom.
1. The Craft is a life to live, not a path to follow.
"To follow" means to us that someone else is leading the way. We believe that each individual should embrace the fact that they create their on reality. Only you control how you react to the world around you. The Craft is not something to dabble in, but a lifestyle you create to experience everyday.
2. The duality of nature.
For every positive there is a negative. This is just fact. That gentle breeze that caresses your face, can relocate your home in a storm. The important thing to remember is that bad things happen. It is how we handle those events that can make for positive end results. The other important fact to remember is that humans have no problem being bad. We have struggles with being good. One has to embrace the fact that we can cause harm in order to control those impulses. In denying our basic nature of good and bad, we lose control of our emotions and responses.
3. Magic is not pulling a rabbit out of a hat.
What we consider a fact of life, early man saw as magic. Rain,snow, lightning, fire...these things were Magickal to primitive man, for he had no idea where they came from. In learning how to make cold water hot, by using fire, he learned to manipulate his environment to better himself. This is true magic, -"to bend or shape"- ,ourselves, the way we think and our environment to better ourselves and things around us for the good of all.
4. Full Moons.... Time for spells.
So often we have found that people "pull out" their paganism only at full moons to work spells. They have forgotten that this is a time of renewing. The full moons are the time of the month that is the most powerful. We feel the pull of the cosmic forces. This should be a time of reflection, a time to stop and look at your mundane world and see where you are, what goals are being met, and what changes need to be made.
5. Sabbats....Mischief and Mayhem.
Pagans love to have a reason to party. Many feel that Sabbats are made for that purpose. The Sabbats mark the turning of the wheel of the year. We should never forget that this is the time we recognize that we are not the universe but simply a part of it and give the God and Goddess due respect for what they have provided for us, birth, growth, and rebirth of our life.
6. Last but most important...The inner bell.
At some point you realized that the current mythology does not ring true for you. We do not proselytize. Usually those who have listened to their inner bell, seek out other like-minded people. This is not an easy life style to follow. Many that have decided to follow the Craft of the Wise, find that they cannot freely tell family and friends of their beliefs. The Burning times were a very real event in history. Persecution still remains for many in this religion. We are a community and should embrace each other as family as well as friends. We should support those who have no one to turn for sharing their enthusiasm. For this reason, we urge all that are interested to truly think, read and study the philosophy of the Craft and if this rings that inner bell for you, know that you will be welcomed. One should not dabble in the Craft Of The Wise, for it is a powerful religion that can transform your life.
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