Sunday, February 24, 2013Posted by Morgaine Kildare at 10:11 PM
Last Monday it ended up being just my teacher, myself, and one of the two other students, a guy I'll just refer to as J. The gal who wasn't there (S) ended up missing because she was sick. For the first class, Greyhart discussed the overall history of Witchcraft. There was a lot I'd already read out of Raymond Buckland's "Big Blue Book" but there was just as much that I didn't know such as the actual purposes of the Pyramids at Giza. Yyyyyyeeeeeeaaaaahhhhhh. I know. I totally forgot to post how my first class went last week and now I've got two classes to write about. It's only two classes in, but I am REALLY enjoying it thus far!
Last Monday it ended up being just my teacher, myself, and one of the two other students, a guy I'll just refer to as J. The gal who wasn't there (S) ended up missing because she was sick. For the first class, Greyhart discussed the overall history of Witchcraft. There was a lot I'd already read out of Raymond Buckland's "Big Blue Book" but there was just as much that I didn't know such as the actual purposes of the Pyramids at Giza. Of course, the Witch Trials and Inquisitions were discussed (big, resounding "duh" there LoL). I learned a bit more about the Malleus Mallificarum ("The Witches Hammer"), a book written by Heinrich Kramer. Jakob Sprenger's name was put on there as a means of giving the book a bit more credibility. However, I learned that it was not nearly as unanimously accepted as I thought. There were some places where the Malleus Mallificarum was used in the Inquisitions where the local churches flat-out rejected the book, basically, as complete and total bullshit. I guess it's relieving to know that, as it is today, not all the Catholic Churches stood in agreement with the harshness and cruelty of the witch hunts.
Some of the random discussions centered around Greyhart's personal travels to places like England and Italy. In the first class, Greyhart mentioned (interjected during a discussion of the Greek gods and the Titans) a tour he'd gotten to take in Italy where, in one place, you can almost see the silloughette of a Titan in the hills, similar to how one can see the form of the Goddess in the area surrounding the Glastonbury Tor.
There was so much that we talked about that class (which is scheduled from 7pm - 9pm) ended up going about 20 minutes over. After that, the three of us ended up gabbing for nearly another 3 hours. It was a quarter to midnight when I left. I didn't really talk much, but I very much enjoyed listening to Greyhart and J converse. Topics ranged from a yearly festival called Dragonfest, Greyhart's travels, J's life being in a military family, and there was much talk about guns that piqued my curiosity. I've never shot a gun, but it's something I'd eventually like to learn. Between conversations from both Mondays, I've learned that I'm apparently the only one who's never even fired a gun.
I ended up staying even later the next class. Thus far, I can't seem to help myself. The conversations and fellowship that occurs after the class is over is so enjoyable and I've missed getting to have such interactions. Still, I need to learn to excuse myself earlier than midnight since it is a school night.
Anyway, last Monday, S was able to make it. It was good to meet her; she seems quite nice :-) J & I filled her in on the topics discussed in the previous class. J did more of the filling in than I did anyway. I suck at recalling information when put on the spot. -_- *facepalm* Something I definitely need to get better at doing. After catching her up, the topic for the class was discussing morality vs. ethics, the Threefold Law, and taking personal responsibility. It was definitely a very interesting conversation. I'm not quite sure what to write about that one. It provided a lot of food for thought, much of it consisted of things that I've already believed for several years, and a few things pretty much boiled down to a difference of opinion. Really, it doesn't matter. Bottom line, I'm very much enjoying the classes thus far and I'm looking forward to the one tomorrow. :-) However, one thing that Greyhart asked us to do for homework was to start writing down our personal codes of ethics and WHY we hold to these things. I still need to start that. It's kinda an intimidating project in a way. There's never really been words for the code I live by. Basically it can be boiled down to "Would I want someone to do this to me?" If "no", then I try to not to do those things to others. I try to be a good mother, girlfriend, and friend. I try to treat other people with respect but I'm not afraid to break bitch on someone to protect those I love. Hell, one of my best friends has referred to me as her "guard wolf" for a few years now for that very reason. When she meets new people or when she'd meet a new love interest (even when she got back with the man who is now her husband), she'd tell them, "Fair warning: If you do anything to hurt me, my best friend, Morgaine, will pretty much eat your soul." And that's how I am with all those dear to me.
However, I've also had to learn the value of discernment. I've had to learn to back off unless my help is wanted/needed. I've learned to not do anything unless those I want to protect say that it's ok for me to because, unfortunately, I've caused them needless drama in the past by defending them without their asking me to or allowing me to.
I try to always show appreciation for kindnesses done for me and to not take such things for granted. I try to show people that I don't think myself entitled to anything. I don't think anyone owes me anything. No one owes me any favors or anything. I also try to give back in whatever ways I can. It's these things that, quite frankly, make me infuriated when people try to use me or abuse any help I offer. But then I also realize that I'm not responsible for the way these people act. I can only try to make sure I don't behave that way.