Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2
Results 11 to 17 of 17

Thread: Broken Broomsticks; Overcoming Personal Tragedy Within The Craft

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    West Virginia
    Age
    59
    Posts
    3,442
    Quote Originally Posted by Tammy Sullivan View Post
    While I thank you all for your opinions on the title and the subject - the point of this thread was to hear your stories.
    The thing is my stories would have nothing to do with Broomsticks or Besoms or Wicca. Nor would I trully want to contribute to a book of stories that appears to be marketed to Neo-Wiccan's by its title. To me that would simply classify my beliefs and experiences beneath that same heading which I do not claim. Factor in that I do not think the gods / goddesses save us or that the "Craft" enables us to survive but that it is all part of our own desire and determination to succeed.

    My pathwalk is my life as such it is the totality of it all not just a single facet of some aspect that enables me to survive. In my experience the "Craft" no more saves us or enables us than it causes us pain and hardship during the Dark Night of the Soul periods.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Green and fertile Bible Belt land
    Posts
    289
    Quote Originally Posted by Tammy Sullivan View Post
    While I thank you all for your opinions on the title and the subject - the point of this thread was to hear your stories.
    And this is where I reply that I'd be too worried that our stories would show up in whatever you're writing, without permission, possibly even under your own name as your own experiences. We'd certainly get no credit. We're people on the internet, faceless and unbecoming.

    When people who are "writing a book" ask anonymous folks for information regarding their own work, the above is what I see. It appears to me that you're looking for an easy way to fill some chapters.

    Fffffffff, is what I say.
    ---

    [you have been visited by a heliotrope]



    [hi]

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    6,075
    I applaud you all for your caution about what you post on the internet. I don't see that much, anymore.
    "The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common:
    instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views,
    which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that need altering."


  4. #14
    Theres's Avatar
     is offline Alas... Meatball doesn't work that way!
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    At the crossroads
    Age
    62
    Posts
    5,536
    my wife and i were together for 27 years, 24 married. for our ninth wedding anniversary we decided to get handfasted (our first wedding being generally agnostic), and jumping the broom was a very prominant part of that ceremony. we both identified as Wiccan at that time.
    3 months ago my beautiful wife committed suicide at the age of 45.
    broom broken, along with nearly everything else in life.

    i believe the broom is a very definite part of various pagan paths. not only the Wicca significance of representing the hearth and home, but in ancient paths as well. sweepings were often used in rituals and magic in ancient Greek times, representing a purefication.

    i don't dismiss the broom's relevence.
    some people are like slinkies -
    not good for anything, but they bring a smile to your face when they are pushed downs the stairs.

    True enlightenment comes from discovering principles which challenge your spiritual view, not from inventing principles to confirm it.




  5. #15
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    West Virginia
    Age
    59
    Posts
    3,442
    Quote Originally Posted by Theres View Post
    my wife and i were together for 27 years, 24 married. for our ninth wedding anniversary we decided to get handfasted (our first wedding being generally agnostic), and jumping the broom was a very prominant part of that ceremony. we both identified as Wiccan at that time.
    3 months ago my beautiful wife committed suicide at the age of 45.
    broom broken, along with nearly everything else in life.

    i believe the broom is a very definite part of various pagan paths. not only the Wicca significance of representing the hearth and home, but in ancient paths as well. sweepings were often used in rituals and magic in ancient Greek times, representing a purefication.

    i don't dismiss the broom's relevence.
    Sorry to hear about your wife.

    With regards to the broom and Greek times would you say the broom was only an instrument that enabled the action to take place? The offerings to Hecate / Hekate and the cleansing and purification of the home seems to be a right action and though more so than just the usage of a broom. Sort of a means to an end where the item used is of little to no importance compared to the action and final result.

  6. #16
    Theres's Avatar
     is offline Alas... Meatball doesn't work that way!
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    At the crossroads
    Age
    62
    Posts
    5,536
    correct. it is just a tool. but try sweeping without one.

    the tool itself is relevent. just look at the 'trial of the blade' in Athenian sacrifice.


    and thank you.
    some people are like slinkies -
    not good for anything, but they bring a smile to your face when they are pushed downs the stairs.

    True enlightenment comes from discovering principles which challenge your spiritual view, not from inventing principles to confirm it.




  7. #17
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    singing to the storm
    Age
    49
    Posts
    2,353
    Theres, thank you for responding - it is so good to see you! I am very sorry for your loss, I had no idea.

    To everyone else: I understand your caution and see your point. One can never be too careful.
    www.angrywitch.com









    In memory of Flar7

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •