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"The Emerging Themis Wicca 'Doctrine' "

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Emergence of Themis Wicca Share -

A large proportion of members in Wicca are known as eclectic and solitary practitioners.

That is, they are not a part of any Wicca craft, sect or tradition and not part of any 'coven'.

Instead, these eclectic Wiccans drew upon several sources to form their own individualized and innovative religious practices.

*Themis Wicca evolved out of debate that challenged ancient mystical rivals and their rituals. Over time a modern eco-theistic spirituality has come to identify as the *Themis Wiccan emergence of a unique new religion.

Many people in recent years of the 21st century have moved away from their traditional religion looking for spiritual satisfaction. Themis Wicca has that potential.



Themis Wicca sees deity in the totality of all life energy in Earth's biosphere and beyond.


Themis Wicca first conceived in 2000, began to emerge and evolve in 2006.

  1. Themis, (a Greek Goddess of Justice) her name meaning 'law of nature' rather than human ordinance, was the mythological Titaness of good counsel. Themis was the embodiment of divine order, law, custom and conceivably the first true Wiccan. Themis is patroness of all existing rights.
  2. Themis Wicca is a forward-looking, modern, eco-theistic, eco-feminist spirituality based on many Wicca traditions but excludes pagan traditional rituals and "Witch Craft".
  3. Themis Wicca has been debated colourfully in the latter part of the first decade of the 21st century from Facebook to Wikipedia because of its resemblance to Dianic Wicca or "Goddess Worship". It is neither.
  4. Themis Wicca was born in discussions of spirituality by University Students at George Mason and George Washington Universities in Washington DC, USA; a student of Cornell University; students of Oxford University in the U.K. and students and teachers at University of Southern California, USA.

Gatherings of Themis Wiccans focus on core values in a natural setting for environmental rescues; conservation; work groups; learning; discussion; sharing; meditation; and spiritual healing.


Themis Wicca

  1. Themis Wicca sings praise for nature-based spirituality, vegan herbivorous habits, feminism and ecology. Additionally, in the spirit of Themis as patroness of all existing rights, Themis Wiccans are strong defenders of the rights of all sentient beings be they vegan or not. The ethics of Veganism are mirrored in the spirit of Wicca but are not concomitant.
  2. Themis Wicca is a religion or spirituality of the 21st century and is not about witchcraft. Themis Wicca is not a cult. Themis Wicca is not about covens but parishes instead. Themis Wiccans may be herbivores, homeopaths and herbalists: yes, most certainly, but not witches in any sense.
  3. Even Christians feel comfortable making the transition to an eco-theistic, ecofeministic, nature-based religion which conflicts with no other religion save maybe in its lack of ritualistic focus.
  4. There is none of the mandatory ancient ritualism but a firm and healthy life-style commitment to the Wiccan practice of "do as you will but harm nothing", a good value to base life-style habits and rituals on.
  5. Gatherings of Themis Wiccans focus on core values in a natural setting for environmental rescues; conservation; work groups; learning; discussion; sharing; meditation; spiritual healing and more.
  6. A Wiccan lifestyle favours a universal practice of enligthtened ecology; conservation; and gives a higher value to all life; plus for some Wiccans of this order, Vegetarianism and for some, even Veganism are part of their Wiccan lifestyle.
  7. "Live the life you choose for yourself" is a mantra of Themis Wicca, "but be responsible for your actions and hurt no living creature".
  8. The feminism aspect of Themis Wicca is based on the focus on the nurturing aspect of "Gaia" ("Mother" Earth as a nurturing biosphere) and is not to be confused with Dianic Wicca which excludes men almost completely.
  9. Themis Wicca is more about the focus on Gaia (Mother Earth) to some believers.
  10. In Themis Wicca spirituality, females are respected as equal but have a slightly higher rank to males perhaps owing to the focus on nourishing, maternal traits of nature plus importance of several pantheistic Titans who while being female are at least in an abstract sense, deities for both genders equally.
  11. The single most controversial distinction of many Themis Wiccans from other Wiccan traditions is the belief in a single Goddess or in other words that "God" is a female and that the energy of all life in the Universe and in particular, Earth's biosphere, including the essence and energy of all living things integrated through all time and all dimensions is a concept of God. Many Themis Wiccans share this belief that combines the God and Goddess in a Pantheism that views the Universe (Nature) and 'God' as identical. Likely, most Wiccans may not believe in a personal, anthropomorphic or creator god.
  12. By that definition, Themis Wicca spirituality is arguably not a pagan religion, nor is any Wiccan sect or tradition, although many religions describe alternative spiritualities to be paganism.

Females are respected as equal but have a slightly higher rank to males



Defining characteristics of Themis Wicca:

  1. A reverence for all nature;

  2. The Goddess/God are seen as complementary polarities in the same entity just as this balance is seen in nature's fertility and within mates where a couple is perceived as being one;

  3. Most Themis Wiccans believe in the ability to harness the earth’s energy to work some form of 'magic' be it medicine and healing, health maintenance, food and nutrition preparation, and other eco-based 'tricks' or 'magik'. This is not generally viewed by Themis Wiccans as "The Craft" or as supernatural but as natural as in herbalism or homeopathy;

  4. Wiccan mantra: "If it harm none, do what you will." Members are allowed to follow whatever path they choose so long as no harm befalls others, including themselves; and

  5. A person's deeds return to him/her. The repercussions of both good and evil behaviour return to their originator.


Do what you will, but harm nothing.



The Special Holidays of Themis Wicca are tuned to the seasons of nature:

  1. Yule/Winter Solstice - Dec. 22 - The winter solstice occurs exactly when the Earth's axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23° 26'. Though the winter solstice lasts only an instant in time, the term is also colloquially used as midwinter or contrastingly the first day of winter to refer to the day on which it occurs. More evident to those in high latitudes, this occurs on the shortest day, and longest night, and the sun's daily maximum position in the sky is the lowest. The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the winter solstice occurs on December 21 or 22 each year in the Northern Hemisphere, and June 20 or 21 in the Southern Hemisphere.

  2. Vernal Equinox - Spring 21 March - An equinox happens each year at two specific moments in time (rather than two whole days), when there is a location on the Earth's equator where the center of the Sun can be observed to be vertically overhead, occurring around March 20/21 and September 22/23 each year. Astronomically, the vernal equinox (usually 20-21 March in the Northern Hemisphere, and 22 September in the Southern Hemisphere), should be the middle of spring (based on the angle of the sun and insolation). The spring equinox is called "mid-spring" by many, but others, especially in the USA and sometimes in England, regard it as the "first day of spring". For most temperate regions, signs of spring appear long before the middle of March, but the folklore of 21 March being the "first day of spring" persists, and 21 June as the "first day of summer" is common in the USA. In South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, spring begins on 1 September, and has no relation to the vernal equinox.

  3. Summer Solstice - June 22 - The summer solstice occurs exactly when the Earth's axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun at its maximum of 23° 26'. Though the summer solstice is an instant in time, the term is also colloquially used like Midsummer to refer to the day on which it occurs. Except in the polar regions (where daylight is continuous for many months during the spring and summer), the day on which the summer solstice occurs is the day of the year with the longest period of daylight. Thus the seasonal significance of the Summer solstice is in the reversal of the gradual shortening of nights and lengthening of days. The summer solstice occurs in June in the Northern Hemisphere and in December in the Southern Hemisphere.

  4. Autumn Equinox - Sept. 22 - Fall - An equinox happens each year at two specific moments in time (rather than two whole days), when there is a location on the Earth's equator where the center of the Sun can be observed to be vertically overhead, occurring around March 20/21 and September 22/23 each year.


Some Themis Wiccans are also Vegans or Vegetarians



Some Themis Wiccans are also Vegans

Veganism is a philosophy and lifestyle whose adherents seek to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose. It's a choice that many Themis Wiccans make but not all do make that choice.

To bring no harm to living creatures is a fulfilling value and a choice omnivores can make.

Vegans endeavour not to use or consume animal products of any kind. The most common reasons for becoming a vegan are human health, ethical commitment or moral conviction concerning animal rights or welfare, the environment, and spiritual or religious concerns. Of particular concern to many vegans are the practices involved in factory farming and animal testing, and the intensive use of land and other resources for animal farming. Well planned vegan diets are healthful and have been found to satisfy nutritional needs, and offer protection against heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.


Veganism and Themis Wicca love of life and nature are perfect parallels.



Brightest Blessings from The Authors

  • We are in Mother Earth's nature, humbled in reverence as if in a temple.
  • Not prone to the arrogance of human technology as they touch our souls, we are healers, teachers, seekers, givers, and protectors of all things. If this path is yours, may you walk it with us in honour, light and integrity.
  • We have a deep love and appreciation of life and find awe in watching the sunrise or sunset, the forest in the light of a glowing moon, a meadow enchanted by the first light of day.
  • We revere the morning dew on the petals of a beautiful flower; the gentle caress of a warm summer breeze upon our skin; and the warmth of the summer sun on our faces.
  • We thrive in the fall of colourful autumn leaves; the song and spirit of the birds and other creatures of the wild.


Blessing

May you be blessed in every day
with flowers that bloom about your feet;
the tender grass so fresh and sweet;
with the song of the bird and the hum of the bee;
and all the beauty you can hear or see.

By the blue of the stream and the azure sky;
the fragrant sweet air and a cooling breeze;
by the beauty and breath of the blooming tree
and the pleasant shade of it's branches high;
we are all truly blessed.

* Themis, a Greek Goddess of Justice, her name meaning 'law of nature' rather than human ordinance, was the mythological Titaness of good counsel. The personification of abstract concepts like "Themis" is characteristic of the Greeks. Themis was the abstract mark of civilized existence, sometimes conveying right custom, proper procedure, or social order. The ability of the goddess Themis to foresee the future enabled her to become one of the "Oracles of Delphi", which in turn led to her establishment as the goddess of divine justice. She was said to be the embodiment of divine order, law, custom and conceivably the first true Wiccan. Themis is patroness of all existing rights.

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