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A Cauldron Full of Quotation

“I think us here to wonder, myself.  To wonder.  To ast.  And that in wondering bout the big things and asting bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident.  But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with.  The more I wonder, the more I love.”

Alice Walker (1970).  The Color Purple.  New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

“I, on the other hand, was insufferably bookish, serious, and studious and preferred the company of babies, mud, trees, fossils, puppies, and microbes to the normal world of adults.  I still do.”

Lynn Margulis (1998). Symbiotic Planet:  A New Look at Evolution.  New York:  Basic Books.

“My friend Mary Catherine Bateson, daughter of anthropologist Margaret Mead and philosopher Gregory Bateson, describes modern women as ‘peripheral visionaries.’  A woman must be almost octopoid in her attentions if she is to survive.  Holding the infant in one arm, Bateson points out, she stirs the pot with the other, while she watches the toddler.  These multiple pressures were not then, nor are they now, wished away by political will and feminist rhetoric.”

Lynn Margulis (1998). Symbiotic Planet:  A New Look at Evolution.  New York:  Basic Books.

“It’s just because I have picked a little about mystics that I have no use for mystagogues. Real mystics don’t hide mysteries, they reveal them. They set a thing up in broad daylight, and when you’ve seen it it’s still a mystery. But the mystagogues hide a thing in darkness and secrecy, and when you find it, it’s a platitude.”
― G. K. Chesterton

“Deserting the human struggle in the name of the spiritual life belies the real nature of spirituality. The truly spiritual person faces every difficult question, every troublesome issue, every unresolved challenge squarely. Spirituality is not about specious consolations gained at the expense of full participation in the human race. it is about developing the courage, the determination, to commit ourselves to living all the dimensions of life with awareness and strength, with depth and quality.”

Joan D. Chittister (1998). Heart of Flesh: A Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

“To step outside of patriarchal thought means: Being skeptical toward every known system of thought; being critical of all assumptions, ordering values and definitions.
“Testing one’s statement by trusting our own, the female experience. Since such experience has usually been trivialized or ignored, it means overcoming the deep-seated resistance within ourselves toward accepting ourselves and our knowledge as valid. It means getting rid of the great men in our heads and substituting for them ourselves, our sisters, our anonymous foremothers.
“Being critical toward our own thought, which is, after all, thought trained in the patriarchal tradition. Finally, it means developing intellectual courage, the courage to stand alone, the courage to reach farther than our grasp, the courage to risk failure. Perhaps the greatest challenge to thinking women is the challenge to move from the desire for safety and approval to the most ‘unfeminine’ quality of all– that of intellectual arrogance, the supreme hubris which asserts to itself the right to reorder the world. The hubris of the god-makers, the hubris of the male system-builders.”

Gerda Lerner (1986). The Creation of Patriarchy. New York: Oxford University Press.

“For someone starting into a new view of unity with the cycles of the earth, the stars, and the energies of the universe, the whole prospect of doing something different– such as choosing a Craft name– may feel strange or arouse feelings of uncertainty. There is nothing wrong or unusual about this. For centuries the Christian churches have tortured and murdered suspected Witches, filled society with a doctrine of damnation and hellfire for any non-conformity, and threatened anyone who dared to defy the standard with social and eternal separation. It is a very big and important decision for people to turn their backs on the terror that has been heaped onto their psyches over the years.”

Ann Moura (1996). Green Witchcraft: Folk Magic, Fairy Lore & Herb Craft. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications.

“The feminist Craft is brashly political and spiritual all at once. Many feminist witches would argue that the split life ultimately leads to self-imprisonment, to being cut off at the roots, to alienation. These women might argue that to live such a life is to perpetuate an ultimately sterile fantasy, as opposed to making a real attempt to create an integrated life.”

Margot Adler (1979). Drawing Down the Moon. Boston: Beacon Press.

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” –Buddha

“Dion Fortune is often quoted as the one who said that magick is the ‘ability to change consciousness’at will. I’ve always been drawn to th idea of magick being a transformational process. If you examine the processes of magick very carefully, you’ll discover that magick is a matter of changing your mind about your relationship to things and people in the world.”

Timothy Roderick, in Sirona Knight (2002). A Witch Like Me. Franklin Lakes, NJ: New Page Books.

(more to come)

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