Suzy is the founder of the twenty-five year old, Neo-Wiccan Tradition of Taoist Wicca , and the author of the forthcoming book: Discovering Taoist Wicca & the Wisdom of the Seasons.
Take a cross-cultural look at the Wiccan Wheel of the Year and you'll find a ritual self-coaching system for personal growth. Blending Taoist principles with Chakra wisdom, Taoist Wicca is a process of applied introspection combined with ritual. The result is an Interfaith spiritual practice that works with the sabbats as thematic and energetic connections between the body, mind and spirit: the Unseen, ourselves and our planet.
Each of us is a hero on a quest to reveal the inner truth that would collectively and personally empower us. Even though not all of us cultivate our own food, each of us must still cultivate ourselves and offer our potential for the collective good of our family, community and planet.
As a Massage Therapist and Hypnotherapist, I have observed that people who had nothing to do with Wicca would come through my healing practice with physical and emotional issues relating to the chakras with same themes as the upcoming or recently passed sabbat! I began to postulate that the seasons are hardwired into our bodies and psyches to do certain emotional work at certain times of the year.
Furthermore, my training in Asian Medicine, which is based on Taoism, helped me to see the Wiccan Wheel of the Year as a Tao. In this system, the longest and shortest days of the year, the Solstices, function as the turning points between the creation cycle, or Yang half of the year with planting rituals. The destruction cycle or Yin half of the year darkens as the light goes into decline and harvest time composts and lays things to rest. This sets the stage for not only the sun’s rebirth at Yule, but also our own.
In Taoist Wicca you can work with the deities, archetypes and qualities that work for you. This makes this practice an Interfaith system. Ritual is a powerful, ancient and cross-cultural form of hypnosis that creates a relaxed and suggestible trance state. Then through the use of symbols and symbolic actions you can experience the shifts you want to create in your life.
This practice is not intended as dogma, but to offer an avenue of spiritual inquiry and creative expression. If you are interested in finding out more, subscribing to the Circle email list, arrange for me to train you and your friends or want to chat please contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org
I wish to acknowledge that the foundation of this work is based on the themes of the sabbats as outlined by Starhawk in her Tenth Anniversary Edition of The Spiral Dance. Starhawk,
The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (San Francisco: Harper 1989)
Taoist Wicca uses the Wheel of the Year as a spiritual self-coaching tool and calendar system for personal insight and growth. This system is a process of applied introspection that sees the seasons and the sabbats (holidays) as thematic and energetic connections between the body, mind and spirit: the Unseen, ourselves and our planet.