Kingston Pagans Analytics

Fellowship of the
Lord and Lady

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Introduction to Wicca

What is Wicca?

Wicca is a modern Pagan religion and is the most popular and active of several modern Pagan religious movements. Paganism has been used in a derogatory way to describe uncivilized polytheists—believers in many gods—who have not yet been Christianized. This meaning is out of date and is not representative of what we are. We capitalize the word Pagan to show that it is the proper name of a family of beliefs and practices that are our rightful spiritual heritage. A heritage we are reclaiming.

The history of Wicca is a curious history, steeped in mystery and shadow. The uncontested history of Wicca goes back perhaps a century. Into a world dominated by a powerful patriarchal society that was insular and intolerant of spiritual and cultural diversity. Modern Wicca was launched in the 1930s with the work of Gerald B. Gardner, a retired British civil servant. He claimed to have inherited a fragmentary tradition of rituals, beliefs, magick and folk culture that had been persisting underground in Britain for over 500 years. Since a time when traditional folk religion was still being practiced.

Wicca is a modern revival of that traditional Pagan folk religion. In its modern form it is a blend of polytheism, nature worship, folklore, witchcraft and western occultism, which come together in a structured and systematic way as a complete and viable religion.

What we believe

We believe that the natural world, you, me, the animals, the trees, the air, water and earth are alive and sacred. We do not draw a distinction between the creator and the created. Nor between good and evil. We believe that men and women are equal but not identical, that humans are not superior to other living beings, and that it is our spiritual goal to live and to be in harmony with nature not opposed to it. We identify the forces within nature in complementary halves which we recognize and name as Goddess and God.

We believe the diversity of nature is its strength. And believe that each and every being wants to live in its own way. And that they have the right to choose how they want to live. We believe in karma, that the universe is a great balancing force. But that the outworking of one’s karma is in the hands of the Lord and Lady, never in the hands of the aggrieved.


What we practice

Traditionally, Paganism has always been more about how one practices than about what one believes. This is true of Wicca as well. We put less focus on the theological truth of our beliefs and we care less about the uniformity of our beliefs than about how we live our lives and how we related to nature.

We celebrate eight festivals a year. These are Samhain, Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, Beltaine, Litha, Lughnasadh and Mabon. Perhaps more commonly known in popular culture as Hallowe’en, Winter Solstice, Candlemas, Spring Equinox, May Day, Midsummer, Lammas, and Autumn Equinox. On these sacred days we attune ourselves to the turning of the Wheel. The procession of the seasons and the cycle of the year, the grain cycle and the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.

Who Are The God and Goddess?

How do we relate to divine nature?

The God: The Lord

Our Lord is represented by the Stag. Often as a combination of a man and stag together. The Stag is the symbol of strength, and nobility, but not controlling power over the lives of others. He is strong, honourable, respected, loving, gentle, kind and loyal.

His love for the Lady is beyond compare. He would do anything for her. He would die for her. He protects her. He is her companion, friend, lover and soulmate. The Lord is the embodiment of freedom, individuality and self–confidence.

The Goddess: The Lady

Our Lady is represented as a strong and beautiful woman. She has the wisdom of ages, the beauty of divinity, and the compassion of a loving mother. She is not always easy on us. She sets a high standard. She is agile, dexterous, crafty, witty, mysterious and sometimes cruel.

She is the Lord's perfect partner. She fulfills him as he fulfills her. She loves him, empowers him, and blesses us all. She is the embodiment of nature, beautiful in its diversity and endless creativity.





The God and Goddess are beyond putting into one box. They are very often personified as people with whom we can directly relate. But they are much more than this. And they are recognized, understood and honoured by Wiccans at many other levels, and by means of other symbols.




The God: The Sun

We see the God symbolized in the great celestial light of the day. He is the golden glowing orb that pours forth its radiant brilliance. He endlessly showers the world with light, energy and warmth which we recognize and honour as his life sustaining boundless generosity.

The Sun God cycles once per year. We honour the phases of his life through the cycle of the eight Sabbats. At his death, his journey to the underworld, his rebirth as a child, his youth and growing maturity, his sexual union with the Goddess. His fatherhood, his kingship, his wisdom, aging and final sacrifice, dying each year with the grain.

The Goddess: The Moon

We see the Goddess in the mysterious, misty dim light of the night. She is the fountain of our emotions, the giver of dreams and the hidden dwelling place of the secrets of magick. She is the mysteries of the water and the depths of our souls. A reflection of our inmost selves.

The Moon Goddess cycles once a month. We honour the phases of her life at new and full moon Esbats, as she transitions from the young maiden, to the mother, to the agéd crone. The Moon Goddess is a triple Goddess, who never dies, but who forever becomes young again. The silver shimmering disc that casts its rays upon our deep subconsciousness.

The God: The Sky

We see the God symbolized in the expanse of the sky. The openness, the wind and air, the towering heights and the crucible of fire, light and the stars above us hang from the endless sky. His is the blanket of protection, the source of knowledge and the conductor of rain.

Each year the winds carry the seeds of this generation and plant them with hope eternal into the belly of the Earth. Before the world becomes a dark and forgotten place. The sky turns cold, and the birds become silent, and the light grows faint and weak.

The Goddess: The Earth

We see the Goddess in the earth and soil beneath our feet, in the oceans, lakes and flowing rivers. She is the fertility of the earth that brings forth all the youthfullness of spring. From her body emerge all the flowers of the fields, the trees of the forests and the grasses on the plains. All the wild things roam upon her and partake of her bounty to sustain their being.

She takes the seeds of the season, and buries them deep inside her womb. There they remain, in the darkness, safe, protected and patient. Where in the spring they will sprout again with the promise of renewel.





Wicca is an Earth-based religion. We are creatures native to this planet, and we look out upon the world from within our small and embodied perspective. But in our deepest philosophizing we know that God and Goddess are more, much more than we even know how to describe or relate to. They are the foundation of existence, the soul of nature, and the essence of all being.




The God: Force

The God is all outward flow and energetic push. The force that drives the universe, that gives the vitality to life and causes all things to stand up right. He is the essense that resists all conformity, explores all reaches, and pushes all boundaries.

He is multiplication, she is division. He is endless growth. He is assertion. He is mass and matter.

The Goddess: Form

The Goddess is the shape of all being, the mold through which life maintains its form. She brings order to chaos, reins in excess and harnesses power. She is driven by the force of the God, but she is control. She shapes it, forges it into the tools of being.

He is addition, she is subtraction. She is the necessity of death. She is negation. She is gravity and dark energy.

Who Are We?

We are the Fellowship of the Lord and Lady

Photograph of Lisa

Lisa

Path: British Traditional Wicca
Sign: Taurus
Role: Organizer, Guide

Who is she:

Lisa has been practicing Wicca since 1981. She was born in Kingston, and became a permanent resident in 1987. And began working with a local group right away.

During the last 29 years, she has given workshops and taught courses on Wicca. She has designed and led ritual, contributed to Pagan events and has been a visible face of Wicca in the Kingston community.

Photograph of Greg

Greg

Path: British Traditional Wicca
Sign: Cancer
Role: Organizer, Records

Who is he:

Greg has been practicing Wicca since 1997. He first moved to Kingston in 2000 and became a permenant resident in 2001.

He was integrally involved in the Kingston Pagan community for over a decade. During which time he has given workshops and lectures, designed and led public ritual and been a spokesperson for Paganism in the Kingston community.



Lisa and Greg are spiritual partners who co-lead the Fellowship of the Lord and Lady. It is very traditional for Wiccan groups to be lead by both a woman and man who act as High Priestess and High Priest in ritual and who represent the Lady and the Lord.

They organize the events of the Fellowship, teach classes on Wicca, host community ritual at the Sabbats, and work to educate the community about our traditions. In addition, they provide a variety of religious services to support the spiritual needs of Wiccans in the community. Please refer below for more detail.




Our Mission

Our mission is to foster a positive, healthy and fruitful Wiccan community in our home city, Kingston, Ontario. Our Private Online Community offers a safe place where curious folk can learn more about Wicca and discuss their experiences without risk of social stigma. Wiccan Moot goes one step further. It is an open and public meeting where you can come to meet other Wiccans and to learn about our traditions.

Our Ethical Standards

We abide by the Wiccan Rede, in love and trust.

Live and let live.
We are neither dogmatic nor paternalistic. What we teach is a tradition, it is not the only valid way of living. We will not tell you how to live your life.

Soft of eye, light of touch, speak ye little, listen much.
We are non–judgmental. We are compassionate and accepting of the disposition of others.

When ye have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.
We are not for profit. We do not make money through any of our activities. We will only seek to break even so that we can continue to serve the community's needs.

With a fool no season spend, nor be counted as his friend.
We will not tolerate behaviour in others which is counter to the standards being laid out here. If someone cannot comport themself with dignity and respect the rights of others he or she may be asked to no longer participate.

 

The following statements are of traditional Wiccan laws.

No one may tell any not of the Craft who be of the Wica.
Your privacy is very important to us. We will not reveal your religious and spiritual leanings to anyone without your express permission. We expect you to follow this law as well.

No one may do or say anything which will endanger any of the Craft, or bring them in contact with the law of the land.
You will never be asked or pressured to break the law of the land.

No one, however great an injury or injustace they recieve, may use the Art in any to do ill or harm any.
We are a good people. We do not seek retribution or vengeance against those who have wronged us. For we know that karma and the justice of the Gods will be brought against them in the due course of time.

What Services We Provide

We are available to provide the following religious and spiritual services, in either a private or community context.

Wiccanings.
A Wiccaning is a celebration of the new birth of a child. A ceremony that welcomes the child into the world and into their community. This ceremony does not make a child Wiccan. Each person must walk their own path when they are old enough to make their own decisions. It is traditional for a community to come together in joy and to give thanks to the Lord and Lady for a new child and to help provide the new parents with the support they need in this most wonderful new adventure.

Handfastings.
A handfasting is the spiritual and religious ceremony in which two Wiccans are joined together in marriage. It is a formal but joyous event where the two people take commitment vows before the High Priestess and the High Priest, before the God and Goddess and before the members of their community that they will love and support each other as friends, lovers, companions and soulmates, reflecting the eternal relationship of the Lord and Lady.

A handfasting is a religious ceremony, by itself it is not recognized as a legal marriage by the Government. Additional paperwork, which we do not provide, would be required for a full legal marriage. We support same–sex marriage.

Requiems.
A requiem is the solemn ceremony during which we honour and celebrate the passing of a person from this life to the next. Depending upon the circumstances and the wishes of the family, this can be a time of mourning and great sadness, or a celebration and rememberance of the life of the deceased. We believe that death is an essential stage of life, and a reality of Nature that we all share. But, just the same, it is important for proper health and wellness that we have closure, and an opportunity to formally bid farewell to our lost loved ones, in the presense of our family, friends, spiritual community and the Gods.

Spiritual Guidance.
Wicca is a non–paternalistic religious tradition. What that means is that we do not tell people that they ought to be Wiccan, nor that they ought to live in a specific way. However, when a person feels him– or herself to be Wiccan, and they are looking for spiritual guidance and support to help them through something that is happening in their lives, we are here to listen and if necessary will make the effort to meet with you privately.

However, we are not registered social workers, nor are we trained or suited to issue clinical advice. In the case of a crisis which is beyond the scope of our role of providing spiritual support and religious advice, we encourage you to seek the assistance of a professional healthcare provider.

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We provide the following community oriented services.

Wiccan Moot.
We organize, plan, and pay for space on a monthly basis, where we provide a safe and positive environment where Wiccans, and people who are friendly to Wicca, may gather to study and learn about Wicca and its traditions. We teach, provide the structure for, and facilitate discussion of Wiccan religious, spiritual and magickal topics.

For more information about Wiccan Moot, please see our Wiccan Moot specific webpage.

Private Online Community.
We maintain, host and moderate the private Online Community website for Wiccans and Pagans in the Kingston area. Anyone who has come to a public event is welcome to join the Online Community, subject to its terms of service.

It is our intention to create and maintain a positive and helpful space online, where members of the physical community can share information, links, opinions, resources, notes and more, online. Privacy and freedom from online harassment are of utmost importance to us.

You can Join or Sign In to the Online Community here.