The Journey Continues – To Everything There is a Season


In October of 1965, a song entitled “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by the group The Byrds was released. I wasn’t Wiccan back then, but I wasn’t a devote Christian either. It didn’t matter. This song spoke to me. It’s lyrics made sense:

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones
A time to gather stones together

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven

A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace
A time to refrain from embracing

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late!

Of course, in 1965, I was 17 and the Vietnam War as still very much a part of everyone’s reality. Songs like this made us stop and think – consider our choices and our actions.

For me, this song seemed to take up residence in my conscious and subconscious. It even became a signal that something was about to happen in my life. If I heard this song, I knew it was time to pay attention, even more, to what was going on around me. It could be important.

The years passed and I found the path of Wicca. It seemed like this song took on even more meaning. There’s a Coven Law in the tradition of Wicca that I belong to that states:

“And the greatest virtue of a High Priestess be that she recognize that youth is necessary to the representative of the Goddess…So will she gracefully retire in favor of a younger woman, should the Coven so decide in council…For the true High Priestess realizes that gracefully surrendering the ride of place is one of the greatest virtues…”

When you look at what this says, it falls right in line with that omen-signaling song that had become my “familiar” so long ago. I don’t believe in coincides. This became my “rule of thumb” for gauging when it was time for me to step back in any situation.

Hanging onto a position just because you don’t know who you would be without that title and position is both fear-based and egocentric. Whether you’re a High Priestess, High Priest, some other spiritual leader or a leader in any of a multitude of situations that permeate our existence, you should be looking at what is good for the whole. You have to ask yourself if hanging onto your position and title is holding back those you are leading. Would progress better be made by a younger person with some new ideas and perspectives? Seriously. Spock spoke a real truth when he said, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” (“or the one.” replies Kirk) It really is that simple.

Being a High Priestess in Wicca has been, and should be, a big “Get over yourself.” moment for anyone who chooses to take up the privilege and challenge of being the living representative of the Goddess for those who are part of her Coven, Temple, group. Yet, here we are. Youth rushing to the priesthood, wanting to claim that title, to wear it with such egotistic pride, but not wanting – perhaps not even knowing – the responsibility that goes with it.

The young aren’t the only ones though. There are those who have held the position, doing it to the best of their abilities, for years and yet being unwilling to let go and let another have their chance at experiencing what the position has to offer. They hold on with a death-like grip, refusing to budge. For them, the years in this position have come to define them and they aren’t sure who they would be without it.

Then there are those like me who are more than willing to step aside. The year I stopped being Coordinator of Raven-Wolf Nature Sanctuary, I also tried to retire from being a High Priestess. I wanted the opportunity to find out what it would be like to be without all these obligations and responsibilities. Who could I be, if I wasn’t a Coordinator and a High Priestess? It’s been interesting. I’ve found the writer in me along with the energy worker and the counselor (which is actually part of being a High Priestess).

There is life after leadership. More importantly, there is opportunity for self-discovery. Oh, and for those who might fear disappearing into nothingness…let me tell you…it doesn’t happen. Your council is sought, your opinions and advice are asked because you are recognized as being experienced. There’s a lesson in humility even in that. Having been a leader, people see that in you and will sometimes come to you when they should be seeking the current leader. Learning to deflect that and refer them to the present leader is part of the continuing lessons of this path called “Life”.

So, it is true. “To everything there is a season.” Don’t allow fear to stop you from turn, turn, turning and following the next branch in the road. It could be an amazing adventure!!!

Fork in the Raod

Love & Blessed Be