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Wednesday Witch: Phyllis Curott

philliscurotFor the Wednesday witch, I wanted to cover Phyllis Curott, an attorney and Wiccan priestess, as well as author.

I’ve read Witch Crafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic , and found she touches upon the heart of magic, the spirituality of the Wiccan belief system. She covers more in the way of true spirituality rather than practice.

Her site, unfortunately, doesn’t offer much other than a list of her works and some back history, but I still felt she was well worth mentioning.

Here is a video on some of her thoughts-

Her views on forgiving someone who hurts us…

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So, you want to be a priestess?

wiccan01Through the years, I’ve encountered new Wiccans professing an interest in becoming a priestess. They’re generally young, only just beginning on their spiritual path, and full of enthusiasm and vigor.

People ask me if I am one, and I firmly tell them no. I never took any oath or even wanted to serve the gods. I don’t particularly enjoy being in any leadership role, and get frustrated when members of my group want me to mentor them when they can just easily learn on their own.

I expect others to take responsibility for their own spiritual path, and not expect to be spoon-fed learning. But that’s me. I’m not altogether patient or interested in the ego-inducing role of priestess.

So I challenge those who want to be priestess with these questions;

What is your goal to be priestess? What do you see yourself doing as a priestess? Does this include your own coven, or just take on study groups? Do you seek respect, perhaps power?

What do you think it means to be priestess? What role does the priestess play? What things must a priestess know to be a priestess?

Generally you need;

Education. Any priestess not only studies to achieve this role, but continues to do so. It never ends, and she’s open to learning new things.

Dedication. A priestess often makes an oath to Goddess, or to a pantheon of gods, to work in service to them as well as the community. A certain level of selflessness is required.

Humility. Ego is the worst thing a priestess can have since this can often corrupt a leader. A priestess puts on her pants like everyone else, and must acknowledge her own limitations.

Understanding. If you intend on teaching others, you should know many topics thoroughly. You should be able to explain this to others and be able to answer questions.

Patience. Students can show many emotion and even trouble to a group, and you will need to cope with them, to guide them in the right direction.

You generally learn through a coven, to work through the ranks and ‘hive off’ to form your own coven with the blessings of the coven elders.

Education can include a number of lessons from learning ritual, spells, invocation, divination methods, herbalism and other healing methods, how to make your own magical tools, etc. I once knew a coven that expected you to learn elvish (from Tolkien).

What are your thoughts on this topic? What qualities and topics do you feel you need to be a priestess? Post in comments.

Origins of Blessed Be

600_103392972Perusing through Yahoo Answers (one of my time-wasting hobbies) I happened upon the question by a Christian, wondering what ‘blessed be’ meant. Through the replies (some of which were pagan) they didn’t seem to really know, and so I figured I’d include a post on the topic.

The term “Blessed Be” came from the Gardnerian traditions, of the fivefold kiss which is part of the ritual between priest and priestess.

Blessed be thy feet, which have brought thee in these ways,
Blessed be thy knees, that shall kneel at the sacred altar,
Blessed be thy womb, without which we would not be,
Blessed be thy breasts, formed in beauty,
Blessed be thy lips, that shall utter the Sacred Names of the gods.

You often find pagans and Wiccans alike use the phrase as a term of goodwill, wishing you good blessings in your life.

Some fun graphics I’ve found;