Lovely Lori twittered about my silence for the past three days. Sorry! I have been studying up still though, quite a bit in fact, I just haven't been blogging about it.
I have read the first chapter and the introductions to Starhawk's The Spiral Dance. I always love reading the introductions to these kinds of books. I always feel like I could be friends with the author. =]
The first chapter deals mostly with the history of goddess worship. There are people out there who believe that Wicca itself is an ancient religion whose covens went underground during the Crusades and survived to the present day. There are even starry eyed pre-teens who enjoy claiming unbroken lineage back to ancient Witches. I think it is obviously wishful thinking in that department.
However, though Wicca itself was coined in the fifties by one Gerald Gardner, the principles are ancient. We worship what we can see. We see that the sun gives us light and life, and so we call it a god. We see that the moon can give us knowledge about the seasons and the cosmos, so we call it a Goddess. What makes more sense than revering something that literally gives you life?
The thing that amazes me though, is that no matter how much we learn about our world through physics, chemistry, astronomy ect.; Wicca remains to be relevant. That is the wonderful thing about following a religion that has no Dogma, a religion that allows our understanding of the Gods to change as we do, though in no way lessening their power.
I have always loved science (even though I am no good at the math portion of it...) And I think that is one reason why I am so happy that I found a religion that encourages discovery, even if you find out that you were wrong about something. One of the big points about Wicca is the pursuit of truth, as opposed to letting your religion become outdated.
Goodnight. I think i'm dehydrated, i've been dizzy the past couple of days.