We posted a meme recently, the punchline of which being our nightly practice of Witchcraft.
Funny and cute (I mean who doesn't like Pinky and The Brain) but true.
On any given week, we have Online First Year Class on Monday, live First Year Class on Tuesday, New Student Class online Wednesday, live Second Year Class Thursday, Elders on Friday, and live First Year Class on Sunday Morning.
We have one Public Event a month (at least) on Saturday, plus other special events. We have a Sabbat Practice the Sunday before every Sabbat.
In between, we do other public events, Initiations, and Rites Of Passage.
And our Elders and Coveners have their individual practices to attend to as well. As Thorn Mooney said in one of her excellent videos, [You are still a Solitary Witch even when you are a member of a Coven.] I paraphrase, but you get the gist.
This is how Lady Morgana and Lord Mordred did it, and we carry their Lineage. It is our way of life, it is our honor, and it is our responsibility.
It is also as convenient for students (Lady Morgana would call us Witchlings; how I miss that!) as we can make it. Notice I didn't say easy- "but if it was easy, it wouldn't be cool."
by Lord Tanys
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Apotheosis noun, uh-poth-ee-oh-sis, ap-uh-thee-uh-sis
1. the elevation or exaltation of a person to the rank of a god 2. the ideal example; epitome; quintessence:
This poem is the apotheosis of lyric expression.
Sounds nice doesn’t it? Like Imhotep, Amenhotep son of Hapu, and Antinous, who were once commoners, but were so well loved by Kings and an Emperor, were elevated to Godhood.
(Imhotep - "the one who comes in peace" - was an Egyptian chancellor to the pharaoh Djoser, probable architect of the Djoser's step pyramid, and high priest of the sun god Ra at Heliopolis. Very little is known of Imhotep as a historical figure, but in the 3000 years following his death, he was gradually glorified and deified. wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imhotep)
The Apotheosis of Washington in the eye of the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol by Constantino Brumidi in 1865. Architect of the Capitol. https://www.flickr.com/photos/uscapitol/6082318543
Or as in the painting “The Apotheosis of George Washington” which graces the inside of the dome of the United States Capital building. I first read about this in a Dan Brown novel - you know, the one about the Freemasons.
Anyway, it’s a good thing, Apotheosis. And from our mortal, commoner point of view, it’s a very respectful thing. We here at ICS have been celebrating our Founders’ birthdays every year, even after their departure for the Summerlands. We continue to do so, but we also looked around and acknowledged that we ain’t getting any younger either, and someday, there may be just too many Founders and Elders rockin’ the Underworld to celebrate all their first days of this incarnation.
But why “Apotheosis Day” you ask? Why not just “Dead Elders Day?” (I like it - sounds like a Punk Band!)
We feel close to our Lady and Lord, even though they are operating on other planes of existence, much like Gods. The ties that bind us to them are strong, and strengthen us, our rituals, and our magick. We hear their voices (sometimes laughing, sometimes chewing us out) and feel their presence.
As the saying goes (quoting Starhawk, I believe) “What is remembered, lives” and we know this is true. It’s a lot of laughs, food, and fond memories on Apotheosis Day. At Samhain, at least the way we observe Samhain, it’s quite different.
May we all achieve Apotheosis, if not in or at the end of this incarnation, then hopefully the next. And may those we leave behind celebrate our existence on this Earth after we have left Her.
High Priest, Inner Circle Sanctuary
Originally posted 07/01/2021
HAPPY MORDYMAS! Our Lord Mordred, founding High Priest of Temple of the Inner Circle, would be 60 years old today.
He would give you the shirt off his tattooed back, would drive to AZ to ensure you weren't broken down on the side of the road (sans Spaghettios), would administer electric/magical bath salt foot baths to anyone in need, and bend over backwards to take care of his Temple, friends and customers, etc.
Lord Mordred guided us well for many years, and we owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his wise guidance and tireless teaching.
Many of us will be lighting a candle in his honor, dressed with Light Of The Spirit oil today.
Blessed Be Lord Mordred!
I will forever hear his voice in my head telling me " That came over in the Mayflower!”
Inner Circle Sanctuary
Inner Circle Sanctuary is a school for traditional style Wicca and holds eight sabbat festivals every year.