Can you tell me a little bit about your tradition's faith or non Oathbound beliefs?
I'm not sure what you mean by "Oathbound". I believe by a doctrine (Mormonism) which states "swear no oath" so, I am not "oathbound". My tradition and faith are a mixed bag, mostly Mormon by religion, mostly Scottish Traveller Gypsy by culture, with some Huna, MicMac, Kickapoo, Calvanism, Seventh Day Adventist, and a lot of Hoodoo, with a large mixture of New Orleans Voodoo, and a little bit of Haitian Vodou.
Faith wise, I follow the Mormon beliefe system which states that: We have a Heavenly Father who created us with the help of a Heavenly Mother, and set their twin sons Jesus and Lucifer to rule over mankind, however the 2 Princes fought over who should rule what, resulting in Jesus becoming known as the Prince of Peace and Lucifer becoming known as the Prince of War. Jesus sent the heand General of his army (ArchAngel Micheal) and Lucifer sent the head General of his army (ArchAngel Satan) to do battle. Jesus' army won the war, and Lucifer and his army were cast out of this dimension. Jesus won the right to rule over the Earth, and was granted his wish to be born into a physichal body so that he could experiance what life was like for his subjects. None of them live in our solar system, however, living on the solar system which orbits around the star Kolob, and living on the planet by the same name. There are many universes like ours, and each universe has it's own pair of Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother, and each inhabited planet within each universe, is ruled over by one of the Heavenly Parents' children. (Thus Jesus rules ONLY over the planet Earth and not over all creation, or an other inhabitants of any other planets). Each pair of Heavenly Parents comes from universes like ours, and many lifetimes ago started out as beings like us, living in flesh bodies oa planet like Earth. After many lifetimes of progression they eventualy came to learn how to create their own universe and were sent out to do so. Thus as we are today, God once was, and as God is today, we can someday become. We are here on this earth to experiance the wonder of having a physical body, so that we may better understand how to create new life, when we reach the point of becoming Holy Creators ourselves. In a sence, by being born on Earth. we are actually here attending school, for our time on Earth is a learning experiance which we will use in our careers in future lifetimes. Because we are all one great big family, all stemming from one set of Heavenly Parents, it is important to remember our ancestors. Because we can learn from their lives as well and thus we keep careful records of our geneology/lineage. Jesus (and Lucifer) is both our Heavenly Brother and our physical brother through blood line and everyone on the Earth can trace their blood line back to Jesus, which is the goal of the massive Mormon buildings (Temples) filled with billions upon billions of family records.
Faith wise, I also believe in the Vodoun belief system (as it was taught to me - ther are several versions - but this is the one I was taught, which I'm told stems from Egyptian influanced Ethiopian origins of about 5,000B.C.) which states that, we all are children of the One God. The One God (Damballah Weddo) had 3 wives (each of differant skin color - white, black, and red/brown). Each wife had many children. Each of these children needed a place to live, so the Earth was created out of a serpent egg, and each child was given a country to rule over. Each child created a unique language of their own. Many cultures came from this, as the children's children's children grew up and multiplied and spread across the Earth. The One God, though a great magician, shapeshifter, and creator was not perfect, his ability to speak was baddly impared, his language slurred by a hissing stutter, saddly found it difficult to communicate with his beloved children and grandchildren. When the One God did appear on the Earth, no one could look at him in his true form and live so he would appear in the form of a serpent. Because it was so difficult for him to be seen or heard, by those living in physical bodies, that he apointed the dead spirits of his wives and their children (called the loa) to act as mediators to speak to the living children on his behalf. Each wife looked over the children of her lineage, and over the centuries as each living person dies, they become loa and watch over their children's children. Every few generations, the loa return to the physical body, being reborn into the same family from which they decended. The cycle of birth, death, guardianship, and rebirth continues in an ever flowing circle of life, thus the name Vodu (vuvu means "to draw water" or "to give birth", thus vodu means "to give new life to the spirits"). Vodunists keep long and careful records of their ancestors, knowing by name sometimes dozens of generations back. The bones of the dead and kept carefully preserved in family shrines, with offerings left to the loa to let them know you have not forgotten them and are thankful that they are watching over your family. Death is not feared, but rather celebrated as it means going home live with your ancestors at a great big happy family reunion.
Okay, so that is the basic belief system that rules my life. I believe in a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother, living on a planet in another universe. I also believe their names are Damballah and Erzulie (the wife I feel kinship too), and that they are the same whether you call them Zeus and Hectate or Yawee and Mary or Mother Earth and Father Moon. I believe every culture has differant names for them and differant ways of telling their story, but that in the end, they are ALWAYS the same two personages (except the wife may not always be the same, as most creation stories tell of 3, 5, 7, 42, or even more wives, and it is my personal belife that their is in fact ONE God the Creator, but MANY wives, and thus is the reason why their are so many races on the Earth - each culture stemming from a differant wife of God the Creator). I believe that we are all brothers and sisters of each other, because we all came from one Heavenly Father and that we are all different because each race comes from a different Heavenly Mother, and we are all therefor also related to Jesus (like it or not) because he had the same Heavenly Father we did. I also believe that when it comes to Jesus that he was the one assigned to give us the guidelines and bylaws for how we should live, and that it was his wish for us to do EXACTLY what he said, which was "Love one another", only this and nothing more. This was Jesus' one and only comandment, it was plain and simple, and easy to follow: if you love everyone you never hurt anyone, if you have love you have peace, and where there is love for everyone there can be no war. However, while I believe he is our "Lord" by virtue of leadership, I do question the whole "he died so we could live", "savior", "messiah" stuff, which really doesn't make any sence to me, and seems to me, more like egomaniacs using Jesus murder as an excuse to gain control over others. I also belive that the whole concept of "Heaven and Hell" is a great big load of horse shit, created by power crazed church leaders who wanted to scare congregations into paying more money (tithes) so they could build bigger buildings, wear bigger hats, and have fatter bellies than the next guy. I do not believe in the exsistance of eternal paradise or eternal punishment.
I also belive that to take a life, any life, is a grave sin, not a sin as in "God's gonna punish you" but a sin as in: we came here to this classroom (life) in this particular school (Earth) to learn about life, and by taking a life, any life, we will fail the grade and be required to have to retake this class all over again (be reborn here on Earth to relive life on Earth all over again, until we get it right, so that we can move on to the more advanced lessons in more advanced classrooms). My thoughts on heaven and Hell are, Hell is a form of detention, where meat eaters, hunters, and murderers, must go for a waiting period to think about what they have done, before they are allowed to be born again, and start life on Earth all over, and that the only "true" Hell is the gutter slums of the spirit realm, where live the criminals and drop outs who refused to go back to school and be reborn on Earth again. My view of Heaven is Heaven is likewise not a place, but a gateway of progression, a graduation from Schoolhouse Earth, and the ability to progress to the next level, with no more need to be reborn on the Earth because you have finally learned the lessons you came to Earth to learn. I am therefor a very strict vegetarian, as well as being anti-gun, anti-war, and anti-abortion.
I also believe in the priciple of "harm none" which includes yourself, and thus means I am also anti-drug, anti-smoking, anti-drinking, and anti-non-martial-sexual (no sex outside of marriage).
And finally, I believe that God made us all, thus God made us as we were meant to be, and that means that God intended some people to be gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, quasi-sexual, omni-sexual, polygamist, transexual, or transgendered and that no government has the right to deny them marriage.
As for the magic tradition stuff. I follow after the belife system that comes from Scotland: Hoodoo. Hoodoo is a Scottish word meaning "haunted", "spirit", "ghost", or "Faerie". Hoodoo is the practice of communicating with the Spirits to ask them to interceed on your behalf. Christians call this "prayer" if you are a Christian asking for help from a cannonized saint, or "spell casting" if you are a none Christian asking for help from any one saint or otherwise. It is the same thing, regardless of what the Christians tell you. Hoodooing, Praying, or Spell Casting are simply differant names for the same thing, and reap the same results wither you are Christain or not. Hoodoo was brought to the Ozarks by Scottish imergrants in the 1600's, who had escaped from the Salem Witch Trails of New England. In order to hide their Hoodoo practices from Catholic Witch Hunters, they started using Saint Icons for their Hoodooing. These same Scottish families would go on to take part in the "Underground Railroad" and worked to help African slaves escape from plantations. Most of these slaves practiced Vodu, a religion also being quelshed as Witchcraft by Catholics, and so the Scottish folks taught them how to incorperate Hoodoo into Vodu, thus creating Voodoo. Vodu the ancestoral religion and Hoodoo the Scottish Faerie Magic were combined together, than gilded with Catholic Saint Icons, to create what would eventual become known as New Orleans Voodoo, a magical religion, not quite Vodu and not quiet Hoodoo, with a whole lot of Catholic. My family of Scottish Gypsies was right in the middle of all the New England Witch Hunting craze and the tradition was passed down to me from granny to granny. The result of which is, a whole lot of what I do is classified as Scottish/Welsh/Galic/Pictish/Celtic Faerie Magic Tradition, correctly termed as Hoodoo and incorrectly called Voodoo by most locals; but than you throw in the whole Vodu/Damballah/Erzulie/acestoral creation religion stuff I just said above and yeah, that does in fact make the whole thing boil down into Voodoo.
But yeah, there you have it. That's the basics of what I believe.
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