Wiccans view our planet Earth as a living being. She is Gaia,our Mother and all life (animal, planet, mineral) that flows from her is sacred. No one life is more important or more valued than another. This belief guides our daily interactions not only with the land we reside on, but also with each other, as we are all children of Mother Gaia, making each of us brothers and sisters. We also have the guidance of: The Wiccan Rede, The Law of Return (The Threefold Law), The Witches’ Pyramid, The Eight Virtues of The Goddess, and The Eight Virtues of The God, to direct us along our
Every religion has a starting point. There was a time when Christianity didn’t exist. In fact wasn’t Jesus Christ a Jew following the traditional Jewish customs? The birth of a religion begins with someone experiencing a personal gnosis and sharing it with another who shares it with others; over time a religion is created. Does that make the new religion any less valid than one that was already established at that time? I’m sure for some individuals, it does. But for those who believe the new ideas of that religion and for those who feel the presence of God in them – it does not. At what point does the new religion become a valid religion? Who decides this? At what point did Christianity become a valid religion? It surely wasn’t with Jesus, as we already established; Jesus was a Jew! And at what point did the pagan religions loose their validity? Why would one religion
invalidate the religions that were practiced in the lands at the time Christianity appeared? Is it just because someone, perhaps a leader in that religion, declared it so? And who gave that individual the authority? “God”, you say? What if I did not worship or follow that god? Does that automatically make my religion invalid?
It is my belief that all religions, spiritual truths, ideas, concepts, philosophies and paths originate with deity and it is that Divine Source, which holds the authority to validate or invalidate a particular religion. For an individual, a physical human being, to imply that they alone hold that power to judge whether a religion is valid or not for anyone other than his or her own self, simply illustrates to me that he or she doesn’t comprehend the nature of Deity and ultimately with their limited judgment of any religion or spiritual path, disrespects not only that form of spirituality, but also Deity itself.