Given I’ve seen a bit of confusion recently about what is a Primary source and what is a Secondary source, I thought we should take a moment to discuss it.
why-are-you-psychic asked: So my boyfriend and I were discussing handfastings and he felt it would be disrespectful to my religion because he was an atheist and I don't know much of the handfasting ceremony so i wasn't exactly able to answer his question. How do you feel about the subject of doing a handfasting with someone who doesn't follow the gods?
A handfasting’s just what you make it. It doesn’t need to involve gods. It’s not one specific ceremony, it’s…. pretty much just what we tend to call a Pagan wedding. You can make it up yourselves and include whatever elements you like. If he can’t make an oath to the gods, it wouldn’t really be appropriate to ask him to.
If you want the gods involved, one idea might be to build a wedding shrine and visit it before or after the ceremony to give your personal thanks, ask for blessings, and make whatever oaths you wish. Your partner can attend this rite without needing to do or say something, or if he’s moved to he could decide to contribute in some way - putting a flower on the shrine or lighting a candle or something.
Anyway, it’s nice that he respects you and your religion so much :) Sit down and talk about what would be important things to include in the ceremony itself for both of you and work from there.
“Be happy now. Don’t worry about if you were happy yesterday, or whether you will be happy tomorrow… eternity is between seconds. You find Deity, the Goddess, the God, now. And your home becomes your sanctuary. You have a sanctuary as your hearth – a candle, one candle, a stick of incense, wherever you are is Heaven. That’s what my message is – yes – wherever you are, should be Heaven.” – Olivia Robertson, co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis
“Sad news for the Fellowship and the wider Goddess community in the world, Olivia passed away last night. It was peaceful and she had her family with her. Her family ask that the families privacy is respected at this time. Many blessings.” - Rt. Rev. Caroline Wise, Fellowship of Isis, London.
Robertson, along with brother Lawrence Durdin-Robertson, and his wife, Pamela, founded the Fellowship of Isis on the Vernal Equinox of 1976 with a goal of reintroducing Goddess worship into the world. This development came for the trio after working together since the early 1960s on metaphysical and spiritual projects, including the Huntington Castle Centre for Meditation and Study.
“With her brother, Derry Durdin-Robertson, she was one of the most influential Priestesses in the Pagan movement. Olivia was a beacon for those who felt drawn to the Goddess. Hers, and her late brother’s contribution to modern paganism cannot be underestimated. May she be surrounded by the wings of Isis on her journey.” – Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone
“Olivia and I were friends for nearly 40 years. I cherish the memories of our conversations and times together, including her delight in my introducing her to some Native American friends at her very first Pow Wow in America. I give thanks for Olivia’s bright spirit and her many contributions to Goddess Spirituality and the world. Blessings to Olivia as she journeys in the Other World and continues to work her Goddess magic from the ancestral realm.” – Selena Fox, Circle Sanctuary
“I’ve just heard that Olivia Durdin-Robertson, who founded the Fellowship of Isis and at 96 was one of the great lights of Goddess spirituality and Druidry, died peacefully in her sleep last night. She was so familiar with the Otherworld, seeming to be often half-immersed in it, that I’m sure her journey to the Summerlands will be a good and peaceful one. She was always so bright and joyful, with a wonderful sense of humour – many blessings to you on your way dear Olivia.” – Philip Carr-Gomm, OBOD
Over the next 20 years the FOI grew a diverse international membership, and in 1993 Olivia Robertson was on-hand at the Parliament of the World’s Religions representing the Fellowship, and spoke at the opening plenary representing modern Goddess Religion. Part of a delegation of groups that introduced modern Pagan religions to the international interfaith community.
“Those who spoke from the platform ranged from Cardinal Joseph Bernadin […] to Lady Olivia Robertson of the neo-pagan Fellowship of Isis […] and when in her turn to offer a blessing, neo-pagan Robertson shook a rattle and shouted, `Holy Goddess Isis, mother of all beings, come to thy children’, nearly every one on the dais sat silently”.
In addition, Robertson was an accomplished artist, writer, and liturgist, who deeply shaped the organization she helped found with her creative vision. A legacy that will continue with the organization she helped found. You can find Robertson’s full official biography at the Fellowship of Isis website, here.
Good journey to Olivia Robertson, may she rest in the arms of her goddess. What is remembered, lives.Send to Kindle
a friend of mine is pagan, and since my conversion she’s been more than happy to help me along the way. we were recently working on trying to find what god/dess(es) i should worship, and she suggested this mediation. she told me i’d be able to see their face, but during it, right as i felt as if i’d be able to see something, i always felt this sort of prickling in my eyes that broke my concentration, like someone was messing with me. she suspects loki. do you think she’s right?
My first thought is that this is probably not Loki, though I might be wrong. If it is Loki he would have a reason for doing this, like, he doesn’t think you are ready for this step. Loki is known to be playful, or mischievous, but my experience and what I have read from other Lokeans, is that there is usually meaning there, even if is only to get someone to relax or have fun - if something is acting up just to screw with someone, my money would be that it is not Loki.
Have you had experience with guided meditations before? There is a chance that this may simply be a matter of inexperience as some of these deeper meditations can be difficult. Also, if this is a longer mediation your eyes may have been playing up due to something like dehydration, irritation if you are burning incense, or if there is some other irritant in the room. Make sure you are hydrated and try the mediation in a different environment to see if some physical external factor is involved,
There is also a chance that there is no Deity there trying to contact you at this point, or if there is, they may think you are not ready yet so are blocking the mediation. In which case this may be a sort of ‘no signal’ or ‘busy tone’ you are getting.
If there is something there, it may not be a Deity. At this point I would recommend divination, done yourself if you practice divination at all, and divination by at least two outside sources to try and work out what is going on. Ask if there is a spiritual entity involved, then if so, what sort of entity it is. If it is a Deity, then try to narrow it down, see what Gods draw your attention, if there is a specific pantheon which catches your eye and so on. Also, check to see if there are other signs in your life and practice which might help narrow things down.
Worth noting too that not everyone is visual when it comes to trance work. In the same way that we learn in different ways, when we meditate, there are some who only get vague impressions, or maybe only hear things. Sometimes it’s just a scent or smell that comes unexpectedly. So if you are expecting sort of movie theater quality visions to suddenly appear before your eyes… it could happen, but most of the times that’s not the way it is.
If you haven’t done a lot of meditating, I would recommend practicing a bit. Just so that you can familiarize yourself with just normal “this is how it feels” type things. That way when you attempt to contact a specific deity, you’ll be in a better position to discern what may or may not be actual contact. Make sure that you aren’t holding your eyes shut too tightly. Not only makes it hard to relax, but could account for funky sensations in that area.
As to which deity, if that’s the only thing that you have to go on, I don’t really think it’s enough to narrow it down to anyone in particular (assuming that it was an actual sign).
the-city-mouse said: Can you suggest any resources for someone interested in hedgewitchery (hedgewitchcraft?)? How did you get into it?
I got into it by spending my childhood reading a lot of books on folklore, folk magic, and charms, and then spending a lot of time thinking about what parts of all of it worked for me. A lot of trial and error, basically.
A big part of hedgewitchery for me is that it’s a way of working with things, not a religious practice.
I recommend folklore really highly too, as it’s helpful for any kind of trad craft, but keep in mind that Hedgecraft is a specific thing, OP, and be aware while researching that some authors tend to slap the word on almost anything. Hedgecraft is a traditional, “pre-Wicca” form of witchcraft that involves the leaving of one’s body in trance and working with spirits. Rae Beth and Silver Ravenwolf are not your friends in this area. ;) (In fact, Silver Ravenwolf is not your friend in any area.)
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