The Grace of Love

    When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.”
    And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
    Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.

    – Kahlil Gibran, fromĀ The Prophet

Gibran’s words so aptly approach the very essence of Love. The Wiccan religion speaks little of it, and this is strange, for it is one of the very cornerstones of our faith. The Charge of the Goddess, so often quoted, tells us, “Let My worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold — all acts of love and pleasure are My rituals.” Too often, this statement raises an eyebrow… or a hope… that in Wiccan ritual, there is the legendary ritual orgy, masked under the veneer of respectability by the term “Great Rite”.

But to borrow a phrase, where’s the love?
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Naming Names: Thoughts on what we call Them

The Gods have been called by many names. The Goddess, in particular, is often referred to as “She Whose name is every name”. Technically, then, we shouldn’t have any trouble referring to the Divine as George and Gracey, but I’d be very surprised (and highly amused) to be in a circle where They were beseeched using those names.

Throughout most of Dragon’s Weave’s history, there was never a particular Goddess-form to Whom we called. In most cases, it was left to the Priestess casting the circle to do that, mindful of the purpose of the circle we were coming together to perform. If the primary purpose of the circle was healing, we generally did not call on Morrigan, for example. The God was less varied; He was typically called in one of the Horned aspects, Herne being the name I usually called.

I hadn’t given much thought to the names we used, although I was never really happy about the fact that the Goddess never seemed to have a name, when I called to her.
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