I was reading through some of the ‘H’ posts for the Pagan Blog Project and came across a post on Gangleri’s Grove about Humility as a virtue. From what I understand, the Nine Noble Virtues are central to Heathen spirituality.
In many circles it is commonly held that Wiccan ethics end with ‘An it harm none, do as ye will’. Some years ago, a friend of mine wrote an essay refuting this idea and exploring the virtues that the Goddess laid down for us in the Charge.
It’s a great read, although I don’t think that it is published online anywhere – which is a shame. I have always found it really inspiring and have meant to do my own meditations on the Virtues of the Goddess.
For behold: all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honour and humility, mirth and reverence within you.
As 2012 is my return to formal practise, I figure that there is no point in putting it off any longer. They won’t be quick articles, and I don’t think that they will be posted regularly.
I’ll be exploring the virtues in pairs, and meditating on how they relate to each other. Once completed, I may put the articles together into one paper for my BOS.
First off, let there be beauty and strength …
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I struggle with this because I wish sometimes I could better articulate my values as the kind of Pagan I am. Yes, some values are obviously personal but I feel like my practice has specific values. I wish I could ascribed to something that already had them written out for me so I could stop sounding crazy when I try to explain it to my friends who are genuinely curious about what, how, and why I believe. lol
Maybe start with a list. I find freewriting to be very useful when I need to get things out of my head that are hard to articulate. Just let it flow, and make it pretty later.
In the end it can make a good addition to your BOS 😉