New Things

Once I was celebrating a festival with some druids. I saw a mound of earth near the ground where we were going to be celebrating, made some comment about it and got in return “oh, that’s just a new mound” to which I answered that everything was new once.

Just because something is new or is neo-pagan does not mean that it doesn’t work. Everything is worthy of investigation. I’ve used a weeping willow as my circle, which is a new thing, but it works. Our ways become stale and hidebound if we never try anything new.

Just because something is old it doesn’t mean that it will work. There are recipes for flying ointments which no-one would use today because we know they are poisonous.



  1. Elisa said,

    October 26, 2013 at 2:28 am

    I wonder and consider and then try to share for discourse the ideas behind an item used or chosen. Why is it chosen, why was it remembered from history, is there back up data that we haven’t chosen a wooden altar because we latched onto the idea that wood had some special meaning, but at that time, they used an extra bit from a tree that wasn’t needed in a barn raising. Very carefully, I say that anything can be charged with intent, and used for focus, at least.

  2. October 26, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I like what you do, it’s the meaning we imbue to something that makes it a valid part of your practice.

    Having said that, you can’t just pick up a piece of plastic and say “it has meaning because I say it has” or something like that. The meaning behind things is no good unless it actually means something.

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