The image of the Goddess inspires women to see ourselves as divine, our bodies as sacred, the changing phases of our lives as holy, our aggression as healthy, our anger as purifying, and our power to nurture and create, but also to limit and destroy when necessary, as the very force that sustains all life. Through the Goddess we can discover our strength, enlighten our minds, own our bodies, and celebrate our emotions. We can move beyond narrow, constricting roles and become whole.
image quotesgoddess quotesinspires quoteswomen quotesdivine quotesbodies quotessacred quoteschanging quotesphases quoteslives quotesholy quotesaggression quoteshealthy quotesanger quotespurifying quotespower quotesnurture quotescreate quoteslimit quotesdestroy quotesforce quotessustains quoteslife quotesdiscover quotesstrength quotesenlighten quotesminds quotesbodies quotescelebrate quotesemotions quotesmove quotesnarrow quotesconstricting quotesroles quotes
The Goddess is the Encircler, the Ground of Being; the God is That-Which-Is-Brought-Forth, her mirror image, her other pole. She is the earth; He is the grain. She is the all encompassing sky; He is the sun, her fireball. She is the Wheel; He is the traveler. He is the sacrifice of life to death that life may go on. She is the Mother and Destroyer; He is all that is born and is destroyed.
goddess quotesencircler quotesground quotesgod quotesthatwhichisbroughtforth quotesmirror quotesimage quotespole quotesearth quotesgrain quotesencompassing quotessky quotessun quotesfireball quoteswheel quotestraveler quotessacrifice quoteslife quotesdeath quotesmother quotesdestroyer quotesborn quotesdestroyed quotes
Amory Lovins says the primary design criteria he uses is the question How do we love all the children? Not just our children, not just the ones who look like us or who have resources, not just the human children but the young of birds and salmon and redwood trees. When we love all the children, when that love is truly sacred to us in the sense of being most important, then we have to take action in the world to enact that love. We are called to make the earth a place where all the children can thrive.
amory quoteslovins quotesprimary quotesdesign quotescriteria quotesquestion quoteslove quoteschildren quoteschildren quotesresources quoteshuman quoteschildren quotesyoung quotesbirds quotessalmon quotesredwood quotestrees quotessacred quotessense quotesimportant quotesaction quotesworld quotesenact quoteslove quotescalled quotesmake quotesearth quotesplace quotesthrive quotes
In fact they were looking for weapons eager to find something they could justify the millions of dollars and massive deployment of personnel, the collection of stun-guns, tear-gas guns, pepper-spray guns, M16's, horses, clubs, and armored personnel carriers with which they intended to protect the city from our hordes of puppet carriers and potentially illegal gardeners
fact quotesweapons quoteseager quotesfind quotesjustify quotesmillions quotesdollars quotesmassive quotesdeployment quotespersonnel quotescollection quotesstunguns quotesteargas quotesguns quotespepperspray quotesm16s quoteshorses quotesclubs quotesarmored quotespersonnel quotescarriers quotesintended quotesprotect quotescity quoteshordes quotespuppet quotespotentially quotesillegal quotesgardeners quotes
On every full moon, rituals ... take place on hilltops, beaches, in open fields and in ordinary houses. Writers, teachers, nurses, computer programmers, artists, lawyers, poets, plumbers, and auto mechanics -- women and men from many backgrounds come together to celebrate the mysteries of the Triple Goddess of the Dance of Life. The religion they practice is called Witchcraft.
full quotesmoon quotesrituals quotesplace quoteshilltops quotesbeaches quotesopen quotesfields quotesordinary quoteshouses quoteswriters quotesteachers quotesnurses quotescomputer quotesprogrammers quotesartists quoteslawyers quotespoets quotesplumbers quotesauto quotesmechanics quoteswomen quotesmen quotesbackgrounds quotescelebrate quotesmysteries quotestriple quotesgoddess quotesdance quoteslife quotesreligion quotespractice quotescalled quoteswitchcraft quotes
It happens over and over again""a group of people come together, fired up with passion to create change. They begin with huge inspiration and enthusiasm""and a year later, it's all foundered in the mire of conflict. We could have changed the world ten times over""if we didn't have to do it together with other people, those irritating, self-righteous, controlling, fluff-brained, clueless idiots who are our friends and allies.
againa quotesgroup quotespeople quotesfired quotespassion quotescreate quoteschange quotesbegin quoteshuge quotesinspiration quotesenthusiasmand quotesyear quotesfoundered quotesmire quotesconflict quoteschanged quotesworld quotesten quotestimes quotesoverif quotespeople quotesirritating quotesselfrighteous quotescontrolling quotesfluffbrained quotesclueless quotesidiots quotesfriends quotesallies quotes
Our physical senses and our embodied brains allow us to perceive only a small fraction of reality. We cannot see microbes or untraviolet light, for example. We can hear only a small range of sounds. When we try to describe the otherworld of energies and spirits, we are limited not only by our bodily constraints but by the expectations, assumptions, and language patterns ingrained in us by the culture we were raised in.
physical quotessenses quotesembodied quotesbrains quotesperceive quotessmall quotesfraction quotesreality quotesmicrobes quotesuntraviolet quoteslight quoteshear quotesrange quotessounds quotesdescribe quotesotherworld quotesenergies quotesspirits quoteslimited quotesbodily quotesconstraints quotesexpectations quotesassumptions quoteslanguage quotespatterns quotesingrained quotesculture quotesraised quotes
A society that could heal the dismembered world would recognize the inherent value of each person and of the plant, animal and elemental life that makes up the earth's living body; it would offer real protection, encourage free expression, and reestablish an ecological balance to be biologically and economically sustainable. Its underlying metaphor would be mystery, the sense of wonder at all that is beyond us and around us, at the forces that sustain our lives and the intricate complexity and beauty of their dance.
society quotesheal quotesdismembered quotesworld quotesrecognize quotesinherent quotesperson quotesplant quotesanimal quoteselemental quoteslife quotesmakes quotesearths quotesliving quotesbody quotesoffer quotesreal quotesprotection quotesencourage quotesfree quotesexpression quotesreestablish quotesecological quotesbalance quotesbiologically quoteseconomically quotessustainable quotesunderlying quotesmetaphor quotesmystery quotessense quotesforces quotessustain quoteslives quotesintricate quotescomplexity quotesbeauty quotesdance quotes
To work magic is to weave the unseen forces into form; to soar beyond sight; to explore the uncharted dream realm of the hidden reality; to infuse life with color, motion and strange scents that intoxicate; to leap beyond imagination into that space between the worlds where fantasy becomes real; to be at once animal and god. Magic is...the ultimate adventure.
work quotesmagic quotesweave quotesunseen quotesforces quotesform quotessoar quotessight quotesexplore quotesuncharted quotesdream quotesrealm quoteshidden quotesreality quotesinfuse quoteslife quotescolor quotesmotion quotesstrange quotesscents quotesintoxicate quotesleap quotesimagination quotesspace quotesworlds quotesfantasy quotesreal quotesanimal quotesgod quotesmagic quotesisthe quotesultimate quotesadventure quotes
The Goddess falls in love with Herself, drawing forth her own emanation, which takes on a life of its own. Love of self for self is the creative force of the universe. Desire is the primal energy, and that energy is erotic: the attraction of lover to beloved, of planet to star, the lust of electron for proton. Love is the glue that holds the world together.
goddess quotesfalls quoteslove quotesdrawing quotesemanation quotestakes quoteslife quoteslove quotescreative quotesforce quotesuniverse quotesdesire quotesprimal quotesenergy quotesenergy quoteserotic quotesattraction quoteslover quotesbeloved quotesplanet quotesstar quoteslust quoteselectron quotesproton quotesglue quotesholds quotesworld quotes
Patriarchy values the hard over the soft; the tough over the tender; punishment, vengeance, and vindictiveness over compassion, negotiation, and reconciliation. The 'hard' qualities are linked to power, success, and masculinity - and exalted. The 'soft' qualities are identified with weakness, powerlessness, and femininity - and denigrated.
patriarchy quotesvalues quoteshard quotessoft quotestough quotestender quotespunishment quotesvengeance quotesvindictiveness quotescompassion quotesnegotiation quotesreconciliation quoteshard quotesqualities quoteslinked quotespower quotessuccess quotesmasculinity quotesexalted quotessoft quotesidentified quotesweakness quotespowerlessness quotesfemininity quotesdenigrated quotes
The Old Religion, as we call it, is closer in spirit to Native American traditions or to shamanism of the Arctic. It is not based on dogma or a set of beliefs, nor on scriptures or a sacred book revealed by a great man. Witchcraft takes it's teachings from nature, and reads inspiration in the movements of the sun, moon, and stars, the flight of birds, the slow growth of trees, and the cycles of the seasons.
religion quotescall quotescloser quotesspirit quotesnative quotesamerican quotestraditions quotesshamanism quotesarctic quotesbased quotesdogma quotesset quotesbeliefs quotesscriptures quotessacred quotesbook quotesrevealed quotesgreat quotesman quoteswitchcraft quotestakes quotesteachings quotesnature quotesreads quotesinspiration quotesmovements quotessun quotesmoon quotesstars quotesflight quotesbirds quotesslow quotesgrowth quotestrees quotescycles quotesseasons quotes
We need the discipline of magic, of consciousness-change, in order to hear and understand what the earth is saying to us. And listening to the earth, doing the rituals the land asks us for, giving back what we are asked for, will also bring us healing, expanded awareness and intensified life.
The Crone, the Reaper... She is the Dark Moon, what you don't see coming at you, what you don't get away with, the wind that whips the spark across the fire line. Chance, you could say, or, what's scarier still: the intersection of chance with choices and actions made before. The brush that is tinder dry from decades of drought, the warming of the earth's climate that sends the storms away north, the hole in the ozone layer. Not punishment, not even justice, but consequence.
crone quotesreaper quotesdark quotesmoon quotescoming quoteswind quoteswhips quotesspark quotesfire quotesline quoteschance quotesscarier quotesintersection quoteschance quoteschoices quotesactions quotesmade quotesbrush quotestinder quotesdry quotesdecades quotesdrought quoteswarming quotesearths quotesclimate quotessends quotesstorms quotesnorth quoteshole quotesozone quoteslayer quotespunishment quotesjustice quotesconsequence quotes
Only by transforming our own economy to one of peace can we make possible economic democracy in the Third World or our own country. The present economy generates wars to protect its profits and its short-term interests, while squandering the future. Unless we transform the economy, we cannot end war.
It is not easy to be a Witch, a bender, a shaper, one of the Wise; nor is it safe, comfortable, laid back, mellow, uplifting, or a guarantee of Peace of mind. It requires openness, vulnerability, courage and work. It gives no answers, only tasks to be done and questions to consider....It functions in those deeper ways of knowing which our culture has denied and for which we hunger.
easy quoteswitch quotesbender quotesshaper quoteswise quotessafe quotescomfortable quoteslaid quotesback quotesmellow quotesuplifting quotesguarantee quotespeace quotesmind quotesrequires quotesopenness quotesvulnerability quotescourage quoteswork quotesanswers quotestasks quotesquestions quotesconsiderit quotesfunctions quotesdeeper quotesways quotesknowing quotesculture quotesdenied quoteshunger quotes
From a magical point of view, the term 'nonviolence' doesn't work well. Every beginning Witch learns that you can't cast a spell for what you don't want - that the deep aspects of our minds are unclear on the concept of 'no.' If you tell your dog, 'Rover, I can't take you for a walk,' Rover hears 'Walk!' and runs for the door. If we say 'nonviolence,' we are still thinking in terms of violence.
magical quotespoint quotesview quotesterm quotesnonviolence quoteswork quotesbeginning quoteswitch quoteslearns quotescast quotesspell quotesdeep quotesaspects quotesminds quotesunclear quotesconcept quotesno quotesdog quotesrover quoteswalk quotesrover quoteshears quoteswalk quotesruns quotesdoor quotesnonviolence quotesthinking quotesterms quotesviolence quotes
Our way out involves both resistance and renewal: saying no to what is, so that we can reshape and recreate the world. Our challenge is communal, but to face it we must be empowered as individuals and create structures of support and celebration that can teach us freedom. Creation is the ultimate resistance, the ultimate refusal to accept things as they are. For it is in creation that we encounter Mystery...
involves quotesresistance quotesrenewal quotesreshape quotesrecreate quotesworld quoteschallenge quotescommunal quotesface quotesempowered quotesindividuals quotescreate quotesstructures quotessupport quotescelebration quotesteach quotesfreedom quotescreation quotesultimate quotesresistance quotesrefusal quotesaccept quotesthings quotescreation quotesencounter quotesmystery quotes
Sexual integrity means honestly recognizing our own impulses and desires and honoring them, whether or not we choose to act on them. If we value integrity, we must also value diversity in sexual expression and orientation, recognizing that there is no one truth, or one way, that fits everyone.Sexuality is sacred because through it we make a connection with another self - but it is misused and perverted when it becomes an arena of power-over, a means of treating another - or oneself - as an object.
sexual quotesintegrity quotesmeans quoteshonestly quotesrecognizing quotesimpulses quotesdesires quoteshonoring quoteschoose quotesact quotesintegrity quotesdiversity quotessexual quotesexpression quotesorientation quotestruth quotesfits quoteseveryonesexuality quotessacred quotesmake quotesconnection quotesmisused quotesperverted quotesarena quotespowerover quotestreating quotesoneself quotesobject quotes
To Witches, the cosmos is the living body of the Goddess, in whose being we all partake, who encompasses us and is immanent within us. We call her Goddess not to narrowly define her gender, but as a continual reminder that what we value is life brought into the world ... She has infinite names and guises, many of them male.
Wisdom and knowledge can best be understood together. Knowledge is learning, the power of the mind to understand and describe the universe. Wisdom is knowing how to apply knowledge and how not to apply it. Knowledge is knowing what to say; wisdom is knowing whether or not to say it. Knowledge gives answers; wisdom asks questions. Knowledge can be taught, wisdom grows from experience.