The art of facing death

In this season when Wicca calls me to face the fact of mortality, I found a short piece on the poet Thomas Lynch to be deeply touching. Mr. Lynch says, “Mortality as a condition is one that I don’t think we should rail too much against. Living as if you’re going to be dead sometime is more sensible than living as if you’ll live forever.”

When I pay attention to the rhythms and realities of nature, I find that death is an integral part of them. Wicca teaches me to respect that and helps me learn how to face it. This is one of many reasons Wicca is a positive force in my life.


About Literata

Literata is a Wiccan priestess and writer. She edited Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, and her poetry, rituals, and nonfiction have appeared in works such as Mandragora, Unto Herself, and Anointed as well as multiple periodicals. Literata has presented rituals and workshops at Sacred Space conference, Fertile Ground Gathering, and other mid-Atlantic venues. Literata offers healing and divination services as well as customized life-cycle rituals. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in history with the support of her husband and four cats.
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1 Response to The art of facing death

  1. Grafton says:

    It is interesting that I was considering this, also, this morning as I was getting ready for work. for me, it occurred in the context of my mother dying, whenever that time comes, and how she and I would handle that event and then how I might handle my own. I find, for today at least, I am comfortable with the idea of my own mortality. Guess we’ll see how that changes when I’m faced with it more directly.

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