Circles For Healing And Working


Om painting by Emily Dewbre-Young
Om painting by Emily Dewbre-Young

Circles
© 1979, 2001 c.e.
words by Gwen Zak (verse 1-4) and Ann Cass (verse 5)
modified by Isaac Bonewits
music by Alan Bell (“Windmills”)
Key of D

In days gone by, when the world was much younger,
We wondered and prayed in the winter’s cold night;
Marveled at the glory of the moon and the sunrise,
We saw then the Lady and Lord of all light.

And around, and around, and around turns the good Earth;
All things must change as the seasons go by.
We are the children of the Lord and the Lady
Whose mysteries we know, but will never know why.

In all lands the people were tied to the good Earth,
Plowing and sowing as the seasons declared;
Waiting to reap of the rich golden harvest,
Knowing Her love in the joy that they shared.

Through Flanders and Wales, and the green hills of Ireland,
England and Africa, Denmark and Spain,
Circles grew up all along the wild coastline;
They worked for the land in the wind and the rain.

And around, and around…

Circles for healing and working the weather,
Circles for knowing the moon and the sun,
Circles for thanking the Lord and the Lady,
Circles for dancing the dance never done.

And we who reach out for the stars in the heavens,
Lifting our eyes from the meadows and rows,
Still live in the love of the Lord and the Lady ­
The greater the Circle, the more the love grows!

And around, and around…
“This was written by SF fans Gwen Zak and Ann Cass. I rewrote the verse about the countries where stone circles were raised to make it accurate. I have a great music video idea for this one…” – Isaac Bonewits

“Far from being the crown of human thought and religion as its supporters have claimed for several bloody millennia, [monotheism] is in fact a monstrous step backwards–a step that has been responsible for more human misery than any other idea in known history.” – Isaac Bonewits


"Christians have oppressed Jews, Moslems, Buddhists, Pagans, and each other throughout their centuries of power, preaching religious intolerance as the word of Jehovah whenever they had the military, political, or economic power to make it stick - and then piously preaching brotherhood, peace, and toleration when they didn't." - Isaac Bonewits
“Christians have oppressed Jews, Moslems, Buddhists, Pagans, and each other throughout their centuries of power, preaching religious intolerance as the word of Jehovah whenever they had the military, political, or economic power to make it stick – and then piously preaching brotherhood, peace, and toleration when they didn’t.” – Isaac Bonewits

Scarborough Faire

Kids ready to go to Scarborough Faire.
Kids ready to go to Scarborough Faire.

So, we’re thinking of going down to Scarborough Faire sometime in May. It’s funny in a way. Neither Em’ or myself has ever been to that particular Renaissance Festival even though it’s practically right in our back yard. Oh we have been to other things like S.C.A. events, Hawkwood ( When it was still around), Middle faire, etc. But not Scarborough faire.

Now, I have told this to some of my Pagan friends and received “the look”. You know the one. That, what’s wrong with you!!!! Look. LOL! But it’s true. Renn Faire’s are a nice, occasional diversion for me but they’re not something I would ever describe as “my thing”. I know, a great many Pagans absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, their Renaissance Faires. It’s a fact so well known that a website I remember sending ripples of discord through the community some years back called “A Fatwa Against Wicca” noted that “Wiccans all believe that every day is a Renaissance Festival.”

A view I, of course, disagree with but one I can see where an outsider might mistakenly believe. In the past, my retort to most of my Pagan friends who just didn’t get why I didn’t share their adoration of the Renaissance Festival was that if you look at Scarborough Faire’s own website they say that their faire is based on Sixteenth Century England during the reign of King Henry the VIII. Certainly a more enlightened time and place than the Dark Ages but by no means a period I would refer to as Pagan friendly according to historical accounts. My own interests actually lie in more ancient times.

So, while I certainly do see Renaissance Festivals as a fun thing to do and a good way to show the kids a little slice of history. I don’t really see them as a particularly “Pagany” thing to do. Of course, as always, your mileage may vary. I wouldn’t mind hearing other people’s points of view on this.

In any event, if life treats us right, we look forward to experiencing this Scarborough Faire thing this year for ourseleves finally. Maybe we’ll see you there?

Blessed Be,

Troy

 

Best Laid Plans Of Mice And Men

Two Trees by Emily Dewbre-Young - Plans
Two Trees by Emily Dewbre-Young

So yeah, I thought I might blog a little this morning and let people know what I have my plans are with this site. As some may already know I am also this year’s Promotion Coordinator for DFW Pagan Pride Day and some of what I plan to do here I also plan to do over on the DFW Pagan Pride Day website and that is help spread the word about what a new seeker in the Dallas / Fort Worth Pagan Community or someone who is already on a Pagan path of one sort or another can find to do that would interest them. So why do this in two different places? Well, one of the primary reasons I have for this actually is that at the DFW Pagan Pride website I intend to keep my opinions, things of particular interest to me but probably no one else, etc. out of it because I think that is the appropriate thing to do on a website that is representing the Pagan Pride in the DFW area.

Here, I feel I have a little more freedom to express my personal points of view, maybe occasionally use some language and humor that others might see as “un-professional” or whatever, etc. In other words I may say things here that I would never say there because it wouldn’t be suitable to all. As for here. I might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I might be your shot of whiskey. Some will like me, others may not and that’s okay. I only seek to inform, enlighten and maybe entertain a little bit here.

So! With that being said, one thing I have in mind to do at both sites is make up a page that will be a directory of local groups, public rituals, gatherings, shops, shows and other things of interest to the Pagan minded out there. I’ll probably throw up a calendar too and ask people to let me know what’s going on as well as see what might already be posted at places like Witches’ Voice and other networking sites like that to help share the information.

When we go places and do things I will probably take pictures, interview people, etc. and blog about it here once in awhile too. Stuff like that. But do understand that when I express an opinion here it is just that and your own opinion might be different and that’s OK. We are all individuals with our own set of likes, dislikes, histories, etc. So, I implore you to go out and seek for yourself. Don’t take my opinion as the absolute truth. It might be my truth but yours might be different. As the Goddess once told me, “If in truth and wisdom ye walk, in truth and wisdom shall ye grow.”

So mote it be.