Sunday, December 19, 2010
By Rev. Theresa Commean
It was with a great deal of trepidation that I entered into the studies of Wicca. I graduated from a Baptist college with a degree in Youth Pastoring and have worked in various churches for the past twenty years. When I met my husband, he was a pagan. I had quite a few pre-conceived notions about paganism and the practice of Wicca. I was taught all through my years in churches that messing around with any kind of “magic” or “divination” was an evil practice. I attended my first Florida Pagan Gathering with my Uncle who is a Guardian in the pagan group and my husband who is a lugall within the community. I truly believed that I was entering into an evil place and was scared to death. I found only accepting warm, kind and truly wonderful people. They accepted me for who I was and did not treat me with any kind of disrespect and through the years, I had always wanted to understand more and one of the lady priestesses told me about your seminary.
My greatest regret in life was two-fold. I always wanted to be ordained and could not because the Baptist church and later the Lutheran church would only “commission” and not ordain women. When I received my card from you declaring me a reverend, I cried! Secondly, I am really sorry that I did not take this course sooner!!! I learned so much about the concepts of Wicca and I now have a new found respect for the belief. I do not know if I will ever do any of the rituals I have learned personally, but the journaling exercise was a huge benefit to me. Also the concept of “Harm None” has become my new mantra. I try to think before I open my mouth to say something ugly or mean against another person, because I don’t want it visited back upon me. I always will now light a candle and not feel weird when I say my prayers. I also participate in rituals with my husband and have a true understanding of the altar, the alchemy, the tools and all the parts of the ritual including calling the quarters. All of this came through my taking this course.
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