When we of the Western Mysteries, Occultists, Crafters, Old Religionists, Priests and Priestesses of the Gods and Goddesses are in the public light we are held to a higher standard and others feel that without knowing anything of us as a person, magician, witch, or whatever title they have the right to point fingers and speak behind the keyboard about 9 times out of 10 that have nothing to do with… them at all.
I have been in the Occult for many, many years born into it from a very old blood line and I have to say I see so many who claim to be leaders fall far short of that position. When we stand as Leaders in the Occult we are that Leaders we are to be of a higher standard to set examples by our works, deeds, actions and when we have those who seek us out for healing, protection, counselling, and to teach them we must lead by example. We must stand up and defend when something is wrong, sit down and have a cup of coffee and discuss what is going on instead of pointing fingers and just assuming something of another person, or their teachings. We are to build up those who seek us out, not knock them down, we celebrate their growth as we all as individuals must do our OWN work in order to find the truth, to become a practicing witch, magician, crafter, druid and so on, it is not the teacher, the teacher is a guide who provides the tools and from their example of working with others, teaching, doing their studies and comparing systems and teaching methods also develop.
My “True Mother” told me one time that we are only validated by the Gods, but they too can take it away, they can wipe our minds of what we have been shown and taught when we use our work to harm others, voice false claims or false witness of others. I have learned in this world that unless you have the FACTS and can back up what you are saying it is best to keep your mouth shut. The internet has allowed for many cowards out there to hide behind the keyboard with their words and when called to the carpet they turn and run for they the facts are not on their side.
Too much I see good people, Priestesses, Priests, Magicians attacked in the media or by other parties from other groups, but are you willing to do so to their face are you willing to sit down and have a cup of coffee to make peace when you know you have wronged? Not many would, this is what is wrong today so few have the value or quality that they are willing to step up and take responsibility for their actions. I am not saying that all are false, but when it is and when it affects the community as a whole it is time to have a sit down.
We are draw from the same well and source in our magic and when one brings poison to the well it affects the entire source.
My rant for today.