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26 March 2006 @ 05:02 pm
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In interview after interview, Robert Jordan states that he is not some great spiritual leader, he is not some guru, and he does not know how to channel the One Power. Well, duuh. We are highly aware of that, but that is not what this is all about. This is about a bunch of Pagans wanting to have a wotty time in the Circle!

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Seriously, though. What sort of a moron do you have to be to stand up and say "hey, I'll believe that! It's in a fantasy book, so it must be true!"? I don't know, because that is not what we are about. WoT-Paganism started the moment one person realised the similarities between the religious system in the Wheel of Time books and Neo-Paganism.

Consider this: In Paganism, the life force of the Universe is split in two equal but opposite parts, which is known to mankind as "the God and the Goddess", for simple reasons. It is easiest to understand something if you give it a name. In WoT, there are two opposing forces - the Creator and the Dark One. Both in WoT and in reality, there need to be a certain balance between them, like the Yin-Yang sign, which as you probably know, is pretty much the same thing as the old black and white Aes Sedai symbol "parted in two equal parts by a sinous line".

So if you are going to believe in two equal but opposite forces in the Universe - why not refer to them as the Creator and the Dark One instead of the God and the Goddess? They still represent every sort of opposing thing there is: Light & Dark (Shadow), black & white, good & evil, male & female, old & new/young, inside & outside, up & down. (Yes, of course it is determined which one is which! Look: Who gives birth? Women. The Creator is Female. Who tends to be rather destructive? Men. The Dark One is Male. And that's that.)

Earth, Air, Fire, Water... nothing new there... Why not just add a bonus element? Spirit. Calling the four directions is still done the old-fashioned way, the news is calling upon the Creator/Goddess and the Dark One/God as the "Guardians of the Watchtowers of Spirit" (or however you wish to call the elements).

Channeling, though, that still cannot be done, right? Of course not! At least not as in the Books. If you would settle for a much more subtle form than the use of saidin/saidar, you can always do a bit of the old Magick. Why not pretend that when you are gathering energy for a spell, you are in fact channeling the One Power? In a way, you are drawing from the True Source when you do that. It might not be saidin/saidar, but it is as close as we can get outside our own night time dreams.

Tel'aran'rhiod is sort of real. It can be compared with astral travel or astral body projection. Things that happen to you there happen to you in reality. Walking around in the world of dreams is simply to have a lucid dream - you are aware of the fact that you are dreaming, and can therefore change the dream at will. Even the bubbles Egwene sees when being trained by the Aiel Wise Ones are actually based on the truth! You can go to a place where all dreams are gathered, just do not ask me how it is done. I am not a Dreamer... (for that matter, everyone has heard of dreams that later take place!)

Ta'veren are most certainly real. What else would you call people like Hitler, Jesus, bin Laden, Hussein, Bush, etc.? ("massmurdering f***heads" springs to mind, but I doubt that everyone would agree with me... at least not on every account!) No one knows how the Wheel turns.

Ages that come and go - the big one, the Wheel itself. Well, the Ice Age comes and goes, doesn't it? Ages come and go, but if they come back... well, that is something for each and everyone to ponder.

Ta'maral'ailen - the Weave, the Pattern. We are all a part of it. You do not even have to be Pagan to realise that.

The Creator vs the Dark One - well... one of them should not beat the other one. Balance is the key. Shadowspawn? There are creatures of the night in real life. They are generally not called Narg the Trolloc, Hzzzz the Myrddraal or Julio Iglesias the Dragkhar, but they are just as unpleasant. Or worse, actually, because they are a bit harder to get rid of.

People who can channel the One Power are called Aes Sedai and/or Asha'man. People who use Magick are referred to as Witches/Wizards (Magicians, Wiccans, Mystics, whatever). Add to that, the Aes Sedai are referred to as "Witches of Tar Valon". Combine the books with real life, and... I rest my case...

The background was written by Zopheya Sedai.
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(Anonymous) on March 7th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
life immitates art
Looks like your Tower is as un populated as Jordan's.