The energy of life is moving!
Despite the current negative state of American politics and the pervasive feelings of powerlessness, The Temple of Ara is responding with positive action – activism in accord!
We’ve always been an activist tradition – we know that just as our lives are our magic, the natural world we live in embodies our Divinity. We “walk our talk.” From our teacher Mother Earth, we learn how to live in a sacred manner because we live in a sacred world.
The problem, of course, is that it’s incredibly difficult to live in a human-made world that is based on the exact opposite beliefs – that man is at the top of the food chain with God-given permission to dominate and exploit and destroy an inanimate Earth and everything and everyone (especially women) on it.
Momma Bear influences our Spring Arising Spell Rebellion this month!Our quarterly Spell Rebellions are one of our antidotes to this destructive mindset and the behavior it justifies. Our Full Moon rituals are another antidote.
They comprise our answer to anxiety and chaos when so much of what we value (i.e. a healthy and cherished Great Mother) seems to be at risk.
At the centerpiece of our solar Spell Rebellions and our Full Moon rituals is what we call Activism in Accord putting our values, and our magic, into practice.
It’s not about what we believe, it’s about what we do.
Personal responsibility and postive action
A recent ritual to bind Donald Trump circulated around the web at lightning speed, probably because the link used the provocative term hex. The simply constructed ritual did not correspond with our ethics. The Temple of Ara’s response explaining our very different ethical perspective also moved rapidly through the community.
Binding someone to stop them from acting doesn’t begin to have the power of taking personal responsibility with positive, constructive, life-affirming actions. That’s the way we make Magic. (And just how well did that binding work? Things are getting worse over here, not better.)
Spell Rebellions and seasonal wisdom
The Spell Rebellions bring us into harmony with the seasonal wisdom of Mother Earth. Activism in Accord draws upon the energy of the Divine that lives inside us and that sustains us in the world around us. It’s magic that empowers us, rather than trying to disempower someone else.
Our Spell Rebellion rituals are held for free at the Equinoxes and Solstices. Because these holidays are reflective of the Sun’s journey throughout the year, we draw upon the characteristics of the luminary Sun. As the Sun puts forth light, so it brings forth life. The Sun’s golden glow is a vital life force which imbues us with strength, energy and a will to succeed. The Sun – and thus our Spell Rebellions – represents our outward activities and our face to the world. Our Spell Rebellions, like the Sun, speak to our creative abilities and our power to meet the challenges of everyday life. Like the Sun, our Spell Rebellions gives strength to others.
The lunar Full Moon rituals focus on the inner landscape, our deepest personal needs, and our basic habits, emotions and reactions. Whereas the solar Spell Rebellions gives us our spirit, it’s the lunar rituals that give us our soul.
During these public rituals, we support one another as we make commitments to actions that embody our central precept – we seek to live in a sacred manner because we live in a sacred world. Our goal is to protect and defend our Mother as a healthy and sacred planet.
We hope you’ll join us – people from all over the world are participating. Our next Full Moon ritual is on March 12 at 7pm ET online. The next solar Spell Rebellion is a SPRING AWAKENING, March 19 at 7pm ET online.