Every spring for 30 years the Aquarian Tabernacle Church has held a festival honoring the Mysteries of Eleusis.
If you are like me you might be wondering just what ‘Eleusis’ is…. or perhaps you are better educated than I, or have already attended SMF before.
I will say the events of Eleusis are…. well elusive.
It is something you must experience yourself in order to understand, and those attending Eleusinian Mysteries are oath bound to keep secret what happens to those who are not already initiated. For more on this oath, please see this article written by Dusty Dionne.
In order to see both levels of the Eleusinian Mysteries you need to attend two years of SMF and participate in the Greaters and Lessor Mysteries.
This year was my first exposure to the Lessor Mysteries. What some might call a play or an exhibition of theater is so much more when you have Priests and Priestesses fully invoking a Deity they have been working with for half a year if not more. The air practically crackles with the power as you see it unfurl.
The Mysteries are profound and extremely personal, while the Festival is a joyous event I would say be ready.
The Mysteries are work. Ritual is WORK. Ministry is WORK. Self reflection is WORK. With the effort I saw participants and clergy alike put out into this year’s great work alone, I could power the sun itself.
Pagan and Wiccan ministries are going through a revival as the Age of Aquarius settles this world firmly into it’s lap. No more do we have to hide from persecution, no more do our fallen soldiers endure blank headstones when they would have the pentacle guarding their place of rest. No more are the uninitiated left to flounder with poor or unscrupulous teachers.
YOU HAVE A CHOICE.
It is time to embrace that choice. If you are looking for FELLOWSHIP there are many reputable groups out there. Do not be like me and hold on to the poor experiences of the Witch Wars coming out of the 1980s and 1990s. Not all groups are out there to suck you dry, or put you in dangerous and predatory positions of self and soul. There are groups, covens, churches out there who will APPRECIATE your work, your service, your path and who honestly care if you are happy walking it.
There are schools now, recognized places of education acknowledged by our government. Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary is a recognized house of education in the State of Washington. Not just a mail order course with someone without any accreditations who may or may not know a witch from a hole in the ground. There are records, there is accountability, there is opportunity to grow both as ministry and for academics alike.
You too can grow…. if you CHOOSE to.
What it really comes down to is choice. You have it. The scary part is you have always had it, and you let it go… to get further, to make more money, to have more THINGS.
Guess what… those THINGS …. they never made you happy to begin with did they?
MAKE YOUR CHOICE.
It is OK to be LOVED.
It is OK to be HAPPY.
Now that you’ve been reminded, where do you start? You start as with anything in life, research. In day to do day life, referred to as mundania; we do more research into what brand of coffee or tea we buy than what religious house we want to be a part of.
Think about what you would want to know with buying a new home, or taking a new job. All those questions can in some way be applied to place of worship and growth.
CHOOSE to be HAPPY in all areas of life, an you will be.
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