Happy Thanksgiving from Inner Circle Sanctuary!
Any Coven (and in our case Temple till 2014) is like a family; a family of your choosing, a family with its own dynamics, a family devoted to the Art Magical.
Even when we are not in Circle, in class, or one of our events, our Coven does have a social aspect that is invaluable. These are life long relationships, starting in the 90s for some of us.
Beyond Magical practices, Covens are shoulders to cry on, hands to help out, and ears that listen. We grow together, go through good times and not so good together, and share experiences other people can't imagine.
We are very thankful for the people that make up our Coven.
We are extremely thankful for the founders of our Tradition, Lady Morgana and Lord Mordred.
Every class, every Sabbat, everything we do is a living testament to their brilliance and generosity.
We hope you are thankful for the blessings you have in your life, and we hope they are many.
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Veterans Day 2023
By all means, thank Veterans and active military members for their service. It is infinitely better than how Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans were treated. Ultimately, what we are saying is "I'm glad you survived."
Joining the Military whether by choice or draft is an acknowledgment of something greater than oneself, and a sacrifice to it. Hopefully, of course, one does not have to make “the ultimate sacrifice”, but the offer is implicit, and there is time, behaviors, relationships, and more aspects of one’s personal life all laid on the Altar when one makes this commitment.
Until humankind gets smart enough to realize that cooperation and compromise is better for the Human Race than competition and consumption, there will always be war. So dual-natured we are as a race, loving our videos of animals displaying compassion, yet also excusing ourselves as part of Nature, which clearly does compete. While regarding ourselves as the top of the food chain, we often wallow in its basest qualities.
My late Grandfather George was a boxer. He was a fight or two away from boxing in the 1936 Olympics. While training me in the basics of pugilism, he described the process of boxing and becoming a boxer as disgusting. “The Sweet Science” should be understood as ironic.
Multiply this by hundreds of thousands, millions even, and you get the truth about militaries and war.
From the money, blood, death, environmental destruction, families impacted, and maybe worst of all the brain power lost, imagine where humanity would be if we had found a way to avoid war. Longevity? The stars?
Most Veterans don’t want war. We know the truth of it. There is no glory. Only a few hot dogs want to put their skills to the ultimate test. Most just want to survive, help our buddies survive, and accomplish the mission.
For all of the preceding narrative, these people were still willing to offer themselves to a cause they thought was just. They put aside their comfort, relationships, education, and bodily worth. They were instead taught how to survive, forge bonds with strangers, taught things like NOT killing unarmed people (even if they are “the enemy”) and in the end, the mission is more valuable than your life.
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Inner Circle Sanctuary is a school for traditional style Wicca and holds eight sabbat festivals every year.