Monday, April 13, 2015

A to Z Challenge -- K -- CAUSE, EFFECT, AND, KISS


Endless Knot Symbolizing Karma
KARMA --  One of the most influential concepts for not only Buddhism, Shintoism, Taoism, but for Wicca and Christianity as well.

Karma is the concept that (and I'm paraphrasing here) actions, thoughts, deeds, and words have either a good or negative effect on a person.  Basically it is cause and effect.  Do good and receive good; do bad and receive bad.  In Buddhism, karma takes this and has the effects going from the next life to even many lifetimes after.

We've all heard 'reap what one sows', right?  Also the phrase 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you'.  Or  'Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.'  They are all similar to the concept of karma.

Wiccans also have a version as well.  (See I did work it in there, didn't I?  Had ya worried, huh?)  It's called the Threefold Law, which I will talk about in T.  (Sorry to keep you hanging, but I can't give away the goods yet! Muhahahaha!)


KISS, FIVEFOLD -- This is a sacred rite performed in a coven circle.  The High Priest and Priestess are usually the ones to perform it.  It is a series of eight kisses altogether.  Beginning with the right foot, both feet are kissed.  The knees are next, again starting on the right.  Next, the lower belly above the genitals. The breasts, then the lips.

The ritual words are spoken as the kisses are placed:

Blessed be thy feet, that have brought thee in these ways.
Blessed be thy knees, that shall kneel at the sacred altar.
Blessed be thy womb/phallus, without which we would not be.
Blessed be thy breasts, formed in beauty.
Blessed be thy lips, that shall utter the Sacred Names.

This is where the phrase "Blessed be" comes from.

The Fivefold Kiss is Not Sexual in anyway.  It symbolizes the Goddess and God paying homage to one another.  It's up to the individual covens if they wish to perform it or not.



Disclaimer: None of these pictures belong to me.  I found them on Google.

18 comments:

  1. That's interesting! The kissing ritual sounds very beautiful.

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    1. In the reverent it is meant, I bet it is.

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  2. I had no idea about "Blessed be"-that it originated there. It reminds me of the coloured stones and how they relate to the body(it escapes my mind at the moment)

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    1. The chakra? The seven energy centers of the body. I didn't know either.

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  3. I never understood the origins of these phrases and rituals.
    Thanks for your comment on my blog today!

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    1. You're welcome. That's what this A to Z is for. It's to demystify.

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  4. I've seen a few other blogs talk about Karma today. It's an interesting idea and there is definitely something to it.

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    1. I did too. It is a fascinating read.

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  5. I had wondered where "Blessed be" originated, and now I know. Thanks for that. And I'm a believer in Karma--not sure about the Threefold Law, but we'll save that discussion for later. ;)

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    1. I'll take you up on that offer. :)

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  6. I had never heard of the fivefold kiss - fascinating. A new piece of information to cram into my over stuffed brain :) I believe people actions do come back to bite them - a lot of it is because if you can stab someone else in the back you suspect other people of it so you never feel secure.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. It's one of the more-- I guess you can say-- more sacred acts of Wicca. It's hard to equate it with something.

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  7. I don't believe in religious concepts, but karma is one spiritual force I would definitely like to be true!

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    1. Since I don't remember my past lives, I shudder to think what they have done and if I'm on the receiving end of it. Scary thought.

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  8. We used to have a peculiar, Wiccan landlord and she had a bumper sticker on her car that said, "Blessed Be"! My husband and I still say that to each other. I LOLed when I read your post.
    Also, on the subject of Karma I was interested to hear from a friend who used to practice Buddhism that Karma is not about immediate repercussions (that's what I used to think), but is about good or bad actions over a lifetime.
    Loving your theme!

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    1. Thank you. I'm having fun with yours as well!

      Can you imagine how much nasty stuff you would have to do to have it come back multiple lifetimes after the deeds. Gives me the chills.

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  9. The kiss ceremony sounds interesting. I totally believe in Karma.

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    1. It does. And karma, I think, is a universal concept under different names.

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