“Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth, for behold: all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you.” -from the Charge of the Goddess, as written by Doreen Valiente
The eight values of the Witch, as recited in the Charge of the Goddess, is something I wrote about before, highlighting the definitions of each. Now I’d like to explore that further with each value, as a framework for journaling in your Mirror Book.
The first, of course, is Beauty. The definition given is:
- The quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit: LOVELINESS
- A beautiful person or thing; esp: a beautiful woman.
- A graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality that contributes to beauty.
And here is what Plato has to say about Beauty:
“But beauty, shone in brilliance among those visions; and since we came to earth we have found it shining most clearly through the clearest of our senses; for sight is the sharpest of the physical senses, though wisdom is not seen by it, for wisdom would arouse terrible love, if such a clear image were granted as would come through sight, and the same is true of the other lovely realities; but beauty alone has this privilege, and therefore it is most clearly seen and loveliest.”
In other words, Beauty is very much intertwined with our physical senses – it is intimate, raw, and down-to-earth. It is an incredibly direct reality that we can both create and experience. And while Plato speaks of sight, there is also Beauty to be found in sound, taste, scent, texture, even literature and poetry. As we see in the definition above, it “exalts the mind or spirit.” There are many ways to engage our senses in the realm of Beauty.
So without further ado, here are a few journal prompts to get you started on contemplating Beauty, and how to bring more of it into your witchcraft and daily life.
Write down the first thing that comes to mind:
- A beautiful color
- A beautiful sound
- A beautiful texture
- A beautiful flavor
- A beautiful scent
- A beautiful memory
Of the four elements (earth, air, fire, water), which do you associate most with Beauty? How can you incorporate more of this element into your daily life and Craft?
What place does Beauty hold in your practice as a Witch? How do you/can you incorporate it in your Craft? For example: decorating your altar, creating beautiful offerings, glamour magick, ritual costume and adornment.
What can you weave into the tapestry of your life to make it more beautiful?
Bright (and beautiful!) Blessings,
Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary. Massachusetts: G. & C. Merriam Company, 1971. Print.
Plato, Phaedrus. Penguin Classics, 2005.