Titles, Respect, & Pagan Etiquette

Ethics within the coven…

The best all-around policy is to practice politeness to each other.  That’s when we can use the old titles; they breed respect.  ‘Lady’ Medea…Lady Circe, Lady Persephone.  The word ‘lady’ means "she who makes the loaf"; it is not a class title…This language will help you have dignity and confer honor upon each other. *

When I became legally ordained, I was given options for a title.  This title would appear on legal documents, on my ordination certificate, on the clergical card I carry.  All of the options I was given were based in Christian tradition, and only one of the options was feminine.

I wanted none of these.

So I chose the title of ‘Lady’.

I know that there are Wiccan traditions out there that are very particular about who carries this title, and many of them have very specific requirements or very rigorous studies that must be completed before this title is conferred. 

I respect the effort it takes for the recipient to earn this sacred title. 

But as an electic solitary Witch, I have gone through my own personal initiations, my own rigorous coming of age, my own spiritual growth, complete with unending study, unending accumulation of knowledge and experience– it is an ongoing life-long process.  It is a trial by fire, this pagan path, and we each come through it tempered as is steel, with our strong points forged and our power cast.

This post is in honor of every solitary Witch or Wizard, Shaman or Pagan out there who is working and striving to develop and build their own spiritual path.

Bright Blessings,
Lady Amythyst Raine

Note:  The Quote above is from:  "The Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries" by Z Budapest.  For more information, or to view/purchase this book, follow this url:

http://www.zbudapest.com/books-z-budapest.html

 

Who is Lady Amythyst?

I am a wildly eclectic, self-initiated, solitary Witch. I include in my practice of the Craft hoodoo, various aspects of Wicca—from a variety of traditions, philosophies of Dianic Wicca, Green Witchcraft, ceremonial magick/kitchen wytchery, as well as practices that I have developed for myself over the years and which I have found successful and fulfilling.

I am a legally ordained member of the clergy, receiving my ordination from The Church of Spiritual Humanism, by R. A. Zorger, on November 10, 2007; and I am a Reverend of the Universal Life Church, ordained on March 3, 2010, by Pastor Kevin Andrews. I chose the Wiccan title of ‘Lady’ as my professional clergical title. Currently, I am the High Priestess of the Coven of Bristolwicks, a closed, female only coven of 13 individuals. They are my Sisters, my equals, my friends, and my inspiration.

I am a Reiki practicioner, receiving my Reiki Level I Attunement from my closest friend and Reiki Master, which made the experience moving, incredibly meaningful and spiritually fulfilling. She, in turn, received her attunements from her grandmother. This is a fascinating world of healing and serenity, and I feel I will be a student of Reiki throughout this lifetime and many lifetimes to come. I also practice crystal therapy, herbology, and chakra balancing.

I am a professional tarot reader, psychic, and clairvoyant. I use the intuitve method of reading the cards, and I’m currently working on a manuscript for a tarot book based on this practice, which will hopefully be completed later this spring. I give online tarot readings at my website, as well as live in-house readings at various local new-age shops. I also post video readings on Youtube and Myspace; this is an option I offer my clients at my tarot site. Although the tarot is my favored form of divination, I also use the pendulum for dowsing.

http://ladyamythyst.webs.com/tarotreadings.htm

I am the creator/webmistress of The Witch’s Corner, where I have my online shops—Wytchy Wares, Enchanted Jewelry, and Creations by Isabella. At this website you will find information and links to books, rituals, sabbats, spells, and other topics that will help you on your Pagan path. You will also reconnect with the Mother Goddess. In the course of this endeavor, I’m also an artist, web designer, pagan activist, animal activist, paranormal investigator, and occasional radio personality.

My life is neither glamorous nor exotic– it consists of mountains of laundry, piles and piles of dishes, an often cluttered living space, lots of cats, heavy traffic, conflicting schedules, and always in the background– that wonderful steady ‘hum’ that is Life.

I’m a hit and miss housekeeper—mostly miss if you ask my husband, avid reader, rock hound, chocoholic, master procrastinator, dreamer and visionary, the typical ‘crazy cat lady’, organic gardener, and a very stubborn independent wife.

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