The Power of Love

Nor does She demand sacrifice, for behold, She is the mother of all living, and Her love is poured out upon the earth.

The Goddess of Wicca is an enigma. Her Law is Love, and that is a fierce and difficult thing. If there is one form of energy both most difficult to master, and most worth mastering, it is Love.

I don’t know about you, but for me that’s a hard lesson to learn. It’s easier to find the worst in people. It’s easier to defend myself in sarcasm, to adopt a mocking tone and to write people off as lost. It’s easy to be aloof. It’s easy to be an island. It’s easy to be all brickbats and barbed wire. It’s easier but it leaves you weak. It leaves you open to despair, open to regret and eases the path of heartache to your door.

My teachers tell me Love is the greatest strength and greatest defense. A little over a year later I’m finally starting to see it. It sounds like an Oprah-ism, but it isn’t. Love, as an energy, as a practice and a way of mindfulness, isn’t blind. It’s seeing things for what they really are, acknowledging that and then moving forward engaged rather than detached.

Love means celebrating, honoring and recognizing our humanity, in it’s flaws as well as it’s glories. Love is often characterized as fiery but it’s earthy as well. In the depths of the earth hot magma pulses, slow and steady, a constant, unruffled heat. A heat that makes even stone pliable. Love is also low like water. It does not stride across the surface of things, but sinks deep to find all the nooks and crannies and crevices. If you need to get to the bottom of something water will show you the way with cool caresses reaching the depths. Love is also like air. When you choose it’s path, it can be as ever-present and natural as breathing.

Love means expanding your comfort zones. It means standing up for the efforts to get Asatru symbols on military graves even though Wiccans have already won the Pentacle Quest. It means hugging a porcupine and entering into tribal ties with other humans, knowing they will sometimes disappoint you.

My priestess has become my model for how Love needs to be a guiding force in your life. She doesn’t give up on people. She is there when you need her and she weaves so many people and energies into her life in a positive way that it continually astounds me. It doesn’t mean she doesn’t grumble or fret or vent. She’s human, but at the end of the day she chooses Love. It makes her strong, it makes the coven strong and it makes me strong for knowing her.

The Goddess of Wicca doesn’t demand sacrifice, she demands Love. That’s harder, I think. Much harder.

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About Star Foster

Polytheistic Wiccan initiated into the Ravenwood tradition, she has many opinions. Some of them are actually useful.

  • http://profiles.google.com/illiezeulette R Sho

    I agree (:

    Well said~

  • http://profiles.google.com/illiezeulette R Sho

    I agree (:

    Well said~

  • http://profiles.google.com/avowensmp87 Audrey Owens

    Indeed, love is a power, an energy that we must relearn how to use in our modern time. I have quite the opposite problem; before I see all the general unlikeable qualities in a person, I see only their good potential. It makes it harder when you realize that sometimes your loving energy can’t help someone, and you need to withdraw it and focus it elsewhere.

    • Beast

      @ Audrey Owens I can really relate to what you said. I have been called
      Pollyanna (PollyAndy?) more than once. My children tell me I am too nice but I
      try to follow something Abe Lincoln is supposed to have said. If you look for
      the good in people you will find it; if you look for the bad you will find that
      also. In regard to bad I try to follow this saying; Once is an accident, twice
      is a coincidence, three, time for one of us to leave.

  • http://profiles.google.com/avowensmp87 Audrey Owens

    Indeed, love is a power, an energy that we must relearn how to use in our modern time. I have quite the opposite problem; before I see all the general unlikeable qualities in a person, I see only their good potential. It makes it harder when you realize that sometimes your loving energy can’t help someone, and you need to withdraw it and focus it elsewhere.

    • Beast

      @ Audrey Owens I can really relate to what you said. I have been called
      Pollyanna (PollyAndy?) more than once. My children tell me I am too nice but I
      try to follow something Abe Lincoln is supposed to have said. If you look for
      the good in people you will find it; if you look for the bad you will find that
      also. In regard to bad I try to follow this saying; Once is an accident, twice
      is a coincidence, three, time for one of us to leave.

  • Diandra

    What a wonderful post.

  • Diandra

    What a wonderful post.

  • http://twitter.com/Athallia Athallia

    The military have so many approved symbols of religions I’ve never even heard of http://www.cem.va.gov/hm/hmemb.asp . I’m surprised they don’t have any Heathen ones in that extensive list, or Hellenic Polytheist for that matter.

  • http://twitter.com/Athallia Athallia

    The military have so many approved symbols of religions I’ve never even heard of http://www.cem.va.gov/hm/hmemb.asp . I’m surprised they don’t have any Heathen ones in that extensive list, or Hellenic Polytheist for that matter.

  • http://twitter.com/MrsBsConfession MrsB

    There’s a line in a certain book (okay, it’s Order of the Pheonix, I just hate to admit I’m quoting Harry Potter) that says “Hatred is easy, compassion is hard.” So true.

    And it’s especially hard to keep the love and compassion in your heart as a writer who keeps on top of what’s going on in the world – and has to deal with all the nastiness you can get for writing about it.

    It’s a great thing to keep in mind every day and hold onto, though. =)

  • http://twitter.com/MrsBsConfession MrsB

    There’s a line in a certain book (okay, it’s Order of the Pheonix, I just hate to admit I’m quoting Harry Potter) that says “Hatred is easy, compassion is hard.” So true.

    And it’s especially hard to keep the love and compassion in your heart as a writer who keeps on top of what’s going on in the world – and has to deal with all the nastiness you can get for writing about it.

    It’s a great thing to keep in mind every day and hold onto, though. =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1471091611 Lin Pyatt

    I have the opposite problem… I see the good in people and love them even if I shouldn’t… I give and give, then I get burned due to my lack of judgment… so balancing my needs and other people’s may be my love lesson…

    • Rayven0511

      You seem to have what we call a “cursed blessing.” However, in truth, it’s more of a gift than you realize. When you can give yourself the same love you give others and set the boundaries you deserve to protect yourself with, you’ll find that your unconditional majick of Love is an example others will learn from and follow. Goddess Bless you always!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1471091611 Lin Pyatt

    I have the opposite problem… I see the good in people and love them even if I shouldn’t… I give and give, then I get burned due to my lack of judgment… so balancing my needs and other people’s may be my love lesson…

    • Rayven0511

      You seem to have what we call a “cursed blessing.” However, in truth, it’s more of a gift than you realize. When you can give yourself the same love you give others and set the boundaries you deserve to protect yourself with, you’ll find that your unconditional majick of Love is an example others will learn from and follow. Goddess Bless you always!

  • http://ianphanes.livejournal.com/ Ian Phanes

    @facebook-1471091611:disqus

    A friend of mine, years ago, gave me a useful question to ask:

    “What is the most loving thing I can do in this situation?”

    She pointed out that sometimes the loving thing was to say “No.”

    She’s the same person who told me at times, “I’ll listen to you talk about a problem three times. If, by the third time, I’m not hearing you make any changes, I won’t listen to that problem again until you’ve got changes to talk about.” She was doing the most loving thing for me in that interchange, even though it wasn’t what I wanted.

    So, love away, but act for what’s best.

  • http://ianphanes.livejournal.com/ Ian Phanes

    @facebook-1471091611:disqus

    A friend of mine, years ago, gave me a useful question to ask:

    “What is the most loving thing I can do in this situation?”

    She pointed out that sometimes the loving thing was to say “No.”

    She’s the same person who told me at times, “I’ll listen to you talk about a problem three times. If, by the third time, I’m not hearing you make any changes, I won’t listen to that problem again until you’ve got changes to talk about.” She was doing the most loving thing for me in that interchange, even though it wasn’t what I wanted.

    So, love away, but act for what’s best.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wyrd-Dottir/100001133462874 Wyrd Dottir

    The military won’t allow you to petition for a religious symbol, until someone has died who was of that faith. So far this hasn’t happened to an Asatru soldier that we know of. Personally I think that this is bureaucracy that should be done at the beginning, so that a soldier will know it WILL happen if the worst befalls them, but for now that’s the way the process is. So while I’d love to see the symbol added, I certainly don’t want to see it added because someone’s life was cut short in battle just yet!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wyrd-Dottir/100001133462874 Wyrd Dottir

    The military won’t allow you to petition for a religious symbol, until someone has died who was of that faith. So far this hasn’t happened to an Asatru soldier that we know of. Personally I think that this is bureaucracy that should be done at the beginning, so that a soldier will know it WILL happen if the worst befalls them, but for now that’s the way the process is. So while I’d love to see the symbol added, I certainly don’t want to see it added because someone’s life was cut short in battle just yet!


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