Nine Pagan Virtues: Vision

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The ADF Manual defines “vision” as …

the ability to broaden one’s perspective to have a greater understanding of our place/role in the cosmos, relating to the past, present and future.

When I think of what “vision” means to me, I immediately think about our Third Eye Chakra. That place that we are able to receive messages from and connect with the Divine, Spirit, etc. Thinking of “vision” in this sense means that we are able to connect to our inner and outer worlds, allowing for some self reflection. The Third Eye is where we receive spiritual messages of guidance. We can use our vision to become an observer of our world, where we can then make choices of how to best participate.

I also think of “vision” in the terms of visionaries. People who work on a spiritual path to help unlock their hidden potential. Constantly looking for ways to connect deeper to the Divine, to improve themselves and the world around them.

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Nine Pagan Virtues: Piety

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ADF defines Piety as the…

“correct observance of ritual and social traditions; the maintenance of the agreements, both personal and societal, that we humans have with the Gods and Spirits. Keeping the Old Ways, through ceremony and duty.”

There are many things that one must have in order to walk a spiritual path: faith, belief, knowledge and action among some of these. I believe that are spiritual practice must be one of action before all the others. We must be able to practice what we belief in order to have a spiritual practice.

I believe that piety and the practice of a spiritual path should be something we do on a daily basis not just say on the High Holy Days. This is like any other religious practitioner who maybe goes to church on Sunday but doesn’t live a very religious life during the rest of the week.

Our spiritual practice must be something that we are constantly putting into action and practicing on a regular basis. Through our daily spiritual practice we must honor the kindreds. We can do this through study, meditation, daily devotions, honoring the elementals and kindreds and other spiritual rituals.

Through piety and our personal practice we can create space to become closer to and honor the kindreds as well as ourselves.

 

 

 

Nine Pagan Virtues: Wisdom

012015wisdom_timThe dictionary defines WISDOM as …

the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise

Personally, I find WISDOM hard to define. Not only because it encompasses so much, but because what it means can vary from one person to another. When we look at WISDOM as something one gains through life experiences then that can mean different things from one person to the next.

Your life experiences may not be the same as my life experiences. It is very rare to find one person who has similar life experiences to another person. The things that I have had happen in my life that have helped to shape me, the things that I have gone through in my life and have grown from, will be different than those of your own life experience.

So experiences and what we learn about life can be so varied. We all have so much to learn from each other. Through sharing our own personal WISDOM we can use good judgement in how we treat each other and the world around us. Hopefully, for the best.

I have always believed that it is very important, that in life, first and foremost, we are always students. We have so much to learn about our world, from each other, and that is always changing. I think once we stop trying to learn then we become stagnant and stuck. So WISDOM can be ever changing. As we learn, what we think we know either grows or shifts. As we live through new life experiences, our WISDOM can grow and shift.

And as Aristotle said …

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”