Do you have any advice for someone RPing a vamp on the path of cathari? I wanna do it for a sabbat campaign but I'm not entirely sure how
Mod Lasombra is here to guide you, honey.
The Path of Cathari sees itself as a necessity. Think of the whole philosophy as a candle - There can’t be shadows without light, and the brighter the light, the harsher the shadow. Cathars believe themselves to be that shadow. Unlike Path of Night (THE WORLD BELONGS TO ME AND I GET TO BE EVIL BECAUSE EVERYTHING BELONGS TO ME), Cathars take their roles with almost a solemn seriousness. It’s a very dogmatic principle, that the physical world is corrupt and wrought with evil and depravity, and it is your DESTINED ROLE to be an evil shit, because you will never be pure and good like a newborn soul. As opposed to being a mindless force of indulgence and hatred, you’re performing your god-cursed duty as a monster. Cathars treat evil as a principle, and a purpose.
The interesting thing about Cathari, however, is that their dogma INSISTS that true good exists. There’s no pessimism. They exist to revel in corruption and darkness, sure, but by their very nature they must believe in light. The pure soul of humanity is real - it is just burdened by the evil truths of the physical world. In a sense, a Cathar tests the resilience of light, if only to affirm that the souls that cannot be corrupted are indeed pure and good and untouchable.
Hey I was wondering if you could tell me like the basics of Wicca? I did a project on it once but I got all my info from the internet which has soooo much information that it's hard to know what's true/false. I'm curious to know about it from someone who actually practices the religion because I find it very interesting. Thanks! :)
There’s different things like what I say might be wrong for some other Wiccans, what I do is work with herbal healing and crystal energy, I follow some goddess and all the eight sabbats. I meditate a lot and the only spells I cast is for protection and open minded for myself or someone close for a test, I pray for my goddesses Nyx and Selen, I use chakra stones whenever needed. I feel like a whole person when I’m near any of the elements (water, air, fire and earth). Wicca is a religion, most Wiccans work with witchcraft but witches aren’t Wicca they just practice the witchcraft. There’s one main rule “do no harm others if you don’t wish it for yourself” and those Wiccans and witches I’ve met are very peaceful and calm. I’m not sir what else to say, it would’ve been way easier if you asked specific questions 😌
Ostara (this year, March 20th) is the celebration of the coming of spring, the Spring Equinox. Easter gets its name from the Teutonic goddess of spring and the dawn, whose name is spelled Oestre or Eastre (the origin of the word “east” comes from various Germanic, Austro-Hungarian words for dawn that share the root for the word “aurora” which means ” to shine”). Modern pagans have generally accepted the spelling “Ostara” which honors this goddess as our word for the Vernal Equinox. Because the Equinox and Easter are so close, many Catholics and others who celebrate Easter often see this holiday as being synonymous with rebirth and rejuvenation: the symbolic resurrection of Christ is echoed in the awakening of the plant and animal life around us. But if we look more closely at some of these Easter customs, we will see that the origins are surprisingly, well, pagan! Eggs, bunnies, candy, Easter baskets, new clothes, all these “traditions” have their origin in practices which may have little or nothing to do with the Christian holiday.
For example, the traditional coloring and giving of eggs at Easter has very pagan associations. For eggs are clearly one of the most potent symbols of fertility, and spring is the season when animals begin to mate and flowers and trees pollinate and reproduce. In England and Northern Europe, eggs were often employed in folk magic when women wanted to be blessed with children. The Easter Bunny may well have its origin in the honoring of rabbits in spring as an animal sacred to the goddess Eastre. As a goddess of spring, she presides over the realm of the conception and birth of babies, both animal and human, and of the pollination, flowering and ripening of fruits in the plant kingdom. Sexual activity is the root of all of life: to honor this activity is to honor our most direct connection to nature.
There are some modern Witches and pagans who follow traditions that integrate the faery lore of the Celtic countries. It is customary to leave food and drink out for the fairies on the nights of our festivals, and it is believed that if the fairies are not honored with gifts at these times, they will work mischief in our lives. Certain holidays call for particular “fairy favorites.” At Ostara, it is customary to leave something sweet (honey, or mead, or candy).
The Vernal Equinox usually falls somewhere between March 19th and 22nd (note that the dictionary only mentions March 21st, as opposed to the date of the actual Equinox, which is the 20th this year), and depending upon when the first full moon on or after the Equinox occurs, Easter falls sometime between late-March and mid-April.
This is a very powerful time to do magic, not only because of the balancing of the earth’s energies, but because of the way our own beings echo the earth’s changes. We are literally reborn as we emerge from our winter sleep, ready to partake of all the pleasures of the earth, and to meet the challenges we will face as the world changes around us daily. As we greet and celebrate with our pagans brothers and sisters of the Southern Hemisphere (for whom the Vernal Equinox more closely resembles the beginning of autumn, in physical terms!), we remember that Spring is not only a season; it is a state of mind.
Symbols: Egg (fertility/ reproduction), hare (rebirth), the New Moon, butterflies/ cocoons (rebirth)
Herbs and Plants:crocus flowers, daffodils, jasmine, Irish moss, snowdrops, ginger
Food: Eggs (boiled, deviled, egg salad), ham, fresh greens and early vegetables, honey cakes, fish, cakes, biscuits, cheeses, honey, sweets, seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, pine nuts), sprouts, flower dishes, spice cupcakes
Colors: Grass green, pastels, robin’s egg blue, violet, white
Stones:aquamarine, rose quartz, moonstone
Animals: rabbits/hares, chicks,
Deities: All youthful/ virile Gods/Goddesses, Sun Gods, Mother Goddesses, Love Goddesses, Moon Gods/Goddesses, Fertility Deities. Specifically: Eostre, Persephone, Blodeuwedd, Aphrodite, Athena, Cybele, Gaia, Hera, Isis, Minerva, Venus, Robin of the Woods, the Green Man, Cernunnos, Lord of the Greenwood, The Dagda, Attis, The Great Horned God, Mithras, Odin, Thoth, Osiris, Pan