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Witchcraft 101 - Lesson 1 - Know Thyself


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January 11th, 2011, 06:41 AM
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Witchcraft 101 - Lesson 1

TO KNOW THYSELF IS TO KNOW THE WAY, Part I



I expect we all think we know ourselves better than anyone else possible could. But Humans have unique talents and one of those is the ability to lie to oneself.


Given the task of listing our good and bad qualities, (and you will be given the task!), some of us can come up with long lists of bad points (mostly imaginary and not one being "Too negative"); some others long lists of good points (again with lots of imagination and wishful thinking). We can run off such lists so quickly, examine them so cursorily, that they mean little.


Part of the problem is, these lists divide a person'snature into "good" and "bad" ; people are more truly a sum of these, that cannot be divided. Some "good" aspects taken to extremes are very bad for a person. (A giving, selfless person may tend to give so much she has nothing left for herself.....)

Some "bad" aspects in appropriate measure are healthy and necessary. (imagine how much better off a person would be with just a touch of selfishness!). Both go into making each of us a unique individual.

Acknowledging the good things in our lives that come from "bad" qualities or habits, and discovering the amount of bad in our lives caused by our "good" qualities or habits, makes us more aware of actions and thus better able to act well; makes us happier, more balanced people. We accept that we are not perfect. We accept the "bad",instead of trying to hide it, deny it, whatever; and use it for betterment of self.


So, what does this have to do with Witchcraft? Lets now look at the rest of the quote - to Know the Way. Without satisfying the first part - To Know Thyself, we never be more than posers and wannabees on ANY religious Path that calls for direct experience of Deity. If we know Self, we can see where Self and Divine meet, where they diverge. If we know Self, we can interpret omens, divination, oracles better by knowing what is there, seperate from what WE feel.


EVERY lesson in this course will teach about Self- how we perceive things, how we feel about things, why we see, think and feel the way we do.


Now, go read Charge of The Goddess







HOMEWORK

1. Make a list of your "good" and "bad"points/habits/aspects. BE HONEST, as it's yourself you are cheating by fudging. So take your time and do major soul searching!


2. For every "good" quality, tell me how it can be, or perhaps has been, a source of trouble in your life. For every "bad" quality, tell me how it can be, or has been, of benefit in your life.

3. Are you happy with your life? Why or why not? What do you need to be happy? (250 words)



(Copyright © 1998 Lady Griddlebone & Celeste Moondancer)

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