Strange but true. If I see a Wiccan class for a hundred bucks or so, I’ll say, “Why should I pay for that class when I can get that knowledge from a book at a much cheaper price? Besides I’m Eclectic, not Wiccan.” On the other hand, if I see a Wiccan class for an at-your-discretion donation, I’ll say, “It’s always nice to see if I can learn something. I’ll just kick in the donation and drop in. Besides, those folks can probably use a couple of bucks.” Nevermind the second group may have more cash than the first group. The second group strikes me as engaging in a labor of love. The first group strikes me in engaging in an opportunity.
Quirky judgement aside, I attended my first Wiccan class yesterday. The knowledge wasn’t new — if you’ve read one book on witchcraft, then you know that witchcraft predates Christianity, and Christian temples seemed to pop up on pagan holy sites. The truly interesting things came from the teacher’s experience and knowledge that weren’t related to witchery at first glance. For example, I had no idea that one of the Mormon temples depicted Jesus in his feminine aspect. Also, I wasn’t sure how the Templars, who crusaded for the Church, found themselves on the business side of the Church’s crossbow. According to the teacher, our present credit system is based on the credit system formed by the Templars. Maybe the Church decided to cut out the middleman. The instructor shared his experiences with seances and assured the class Samhain was the best time to communicate with dead loved ones. I’ve yet to experience anything that has convinced me the living can relay messages from the dead. I suspect, however, there are people who have figured out how to turn their knowledge of psychology and their acting skills into profit.
Unfortunately, the reverend/teacher would not commit to creating an autumn equinox salute/celebration for the class. Hopefully, he’ll be more receptive to a Samhain acknowledgement in two months.