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Wiccan Voices
with Anne Ellis

I've always loved the story of Diana and the creation of the universe. When I first read the Vangelo Delle Streghe I was awed by the intensity of the witch's story of creation. Whether you consider it a sacred work or not it's a wonderful story of creation, movement, balance and finding one's place in the universe.

In the beginning there was Diana. She was every, all. She was the First consciousness, existing even before chaos and time. Diana's potential was great; within Her she held the seeds of all that could be.

She was the Crone Goddess; She was Spirit and Matter, Yin and Yang.

And She was alone.

She spent unknown amounts of time, resting and dreaming about what could be. She became curious about the power which She held within her. She ached for companionship, but the universe remained empty. Even though she longed for someone to share this lonely space with, she feared the words in her heart, "she must fall to become more than she was."

To do so was a fearful prospect; she must leave all she knew and jump into the unknown void of creation. To cast out her seeds, was to lose part of herself and what the end result would be, even she could not guess.

Her loneliness soon became more than she could bear and it overwhelmed her fear. She allowed herself to fall into Matter, and in doing so split herself in two.

She remained Spirit; dark, ethereal, mysterious and feminine. A second consciousness entered the universe. He was Matter, light, substantial, clear and masculine. He was the God. And he came into existence with a spark, a flame and a big bang.

"Diana was the first created before all creation; in Her were all things; out of Herself, the first darkness, She divided Herself; into darkness and light She was divided. [The God], Her brother and son, Herself and Her other half, was the light."*

God spread out creating the universe, while Diana rested and watched what She had done. As matter cooled, stars formed, then planets with oceans and land. The vibrations that held matter together with spirit slowed as the cooling took place. Energy became less in the cooler matter and spheres of existence began to form.

As God fell into matter Diana's dreams became reality. He was the dynamic force which rules all of creation, making form from the formless. For a time there was complete balance in the universe. But it was not to last, a stagnant universe there could not be.

"And when Diana saw that the light was so beautiful, the light which was Her other half, Her brother the God, She yearned for it with exceeding great desire. Wishing to receive the light again into Her darkness, to swallow it up in rapture, in delight, She trembled with desire. This desire was the Dawn.

But [the God], the light, fled from Her, and would not yield to Her wishes; He was the light which files into the most distant parts of heaven, the mouse which flies before the cat."*

Again Diana was alone. She had created a companion who fled from her. She wished to feel and touch the physical world which the God had created, but She could not. She could only watch from a distance and dream. Wondering what to do She spent much time in contemplation and then seemingly from nowhere a voice came to Her. It was the voice of Her oldest and forgotten self, the voice of Diana before She became two.

"How could I reunite with the God?" She asked this voice. "How can I take matter back within myself?"

And The Mothers and Fathers who were before creation answered, "To rise you must fall. To become the greatest of all Goddesses, You must first become a mortal."*

It was not possible for spirit to take matter back within. To experience Her dream She must enter the physical world. Then, and only then, would the Goddess and God be again one.

So Diana fell once again. As She did She stripped from Herself parts of Her being, they became many souls which would lead many lives and go through many physical forms.

In the physical sphere the Goddess took the form of a cat and in this way She purred Her way into the God's arms. She then returned to her original form and they made love. Thus placing soul within matter. She used Her powers to set the universe into motion.

"She hummed the song, it was as the buzzing of bees (or a top spinning round), a spinning-wheel spinning life. She spun the lives of all men; all things were spun from the wheel of Diana.
[The God] turned the wheel."*

Diana continued to spin the threads of destiny. She put her energy into determining the nature of the souls now in physical form. She became the Nature of Living.

The God turns the wheel creating the journey and giving movement and to the souls, He is the Process of Living.

The very essence of life, the divine spark which animates all living things comes from the Goddess, while the God carries the spark forward through time and space.

Thus the universe remains in dynamic equilibrium where there are no extremes and no stagnation. The primeval deity became polar opposites constantly attracted and repelled by each other, yet with an element of the other within. Like the yin yang symbol the universe rolls over on itself constantly.

In perpetuity the universe moves as energy evolves into matter and then dissipates back into energy. These cycles of transformation are played out on such a cosmic scale that, at times, they seem beyond our comprehension and better left to the Gods.

Our lives move and revolve in cycles and patterns too. At times these cycles can slow, or stop abruptly when we reach points of immense change. We can become stagnant in our spiritual lives or daily routines and become afraid of breaking free of those patterns because heaven only knows what might happen.

People talk about life being a journey and Wicca being a path, so much so that it's become old, a clichè, and I abhor the idea of repeating it again. Sometimes life isn't a path though a glade or the sun dappled woods. Some decisions aren't just a fork in the road but a heart stopping gut wrenching fall off a cliff and there may be jagged rocks or feather pillows at the bottom.

We, like Diana, can guess what the exhilaration of falling, of choosing the dynamic action will be. Will we be met at the bottom with a reward? We can never be sure. I find myself on one of these precipices right now. Many aspects of my life, school, work, and spiritual study have all reached an end and I stand poised to take the next step on all of these paths. But to me it feels more like a leap into the unknown rather than a happy stroll through the meadow of wild flowers.

I find myself in doubt of which way to turn, do I choose the north side of the cliff or the south? And the comfortable suffocating mantle of stagnation slowing settles over my shoulders. As a result I've been thinking of this story and reminding myself of Diana's fear and Diana's fall. She encourages me to squeeze my eyes shut and jump.

*All Quotes are from Vangelo Delle Streghe

An accomplished RuneCaster, Spiritualist/Medium, Consultant Herbalist, freelance writer, and 10-year practising Eclectic Witch, Reverend Anne Fairmoon Ellis is also a certified Reflexologist and Reiki Master/Teacher, and as an ordained First Degree Priestess/Mentor in the Correllian Tradition, is also the Shrinekeeper for The Raven's Moon Shrine in North Vancouver, B.C.

Her current delightful priority is working as a Domestic Engineer for a vivacious two-year-old. You are also invited to visit Anne's website.

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