As we enter into ritual space as a Coven, each of us says aloud, “I enter this Circle in Perfect Love and Perfect Trust”.
At a Ritual a few months ago, I was asked by one of our guests why we say those words. He was concerned that, if it was a requirement of entering Ritual with the Coven, he was not capable of meeting such a standard.
I reassured him that it was not a requirement, but rather an intention, an ideal to which we aspire, and that none of us are perfect in our practice of that ideal.
If we cannot achieve such perfection, why would we use those words? Because words have power, and stating our ideals, our intentions, helps us to remember our common goal, our aspirations, and our commitment to each other to continue to “practice” Perfect Love and Perfect Trust with each other, and with ourselves.
While none of us can achieve Perfect Love and Perfect Trust all the time, there is magick in ritual, when we can reach beyond our limitations, and achieve for a moment, something beyond our own abilities. Each time we reach beyond ourselves and achieve, if only for a moment, a glimpse of our ideal, we expand our own capacity for the practice of that to which we aspire. We “practice” Perfect Love and Perfect Trust. It is not just a quaint twist of language but a Truth that we “practice”.
We, as a Coven, have committed to “practicing” Perfect Love and Perfect Trust with each other. It is an ideal that we have explored as a group and as individuals. We have shared with each other what that ideal looks like, and discussed how we manifest that ideal, with Coven, with Community, with our loved ones and with ourselves. We have all grown and learned and expanded our understanding of what those words mean, and how to put such ideals into practice in ritual and in our lives.
There is inherent risk in such work. Just as we cannot achieve perfection in our practice, we are also, in our humanity, not ascended beings. We all have secrets; we all have shadows. We will each, at some time or another, let another down in some way and we will all be let down by someone we love and trust. This is a truth of human experience, Family, Friends, Lovers, Coven and Community. So, what does it mean to practice “Perfect Love and Perfect Trust” in the light of such Truth? Or do we give up such a lofty ideal in the attempt to avoid the pain that results from the inevitable?
It is my belief that the bonds of emotional intimacy that are forged by such work, and the vulnerability that is inherent in those bonds, hold the potential for greater magick and transformation. The opportunity to learn and to practice forgiveness, resilience, strength, courage, knowledge, wisdom and power with ourselves and with one-another is worth the risks of personal pain, from someone we love failing us, and from us failing someone we love.
Love is worth the risk of failure, and the risk of pain. Love is worth vulnerability. Love is great Magick. Love is the Magick that can re-enchant the world. Love is the magick that can heal our world and ourselves. Perfect Love and Perfect Trust are ideals worth aspiring to and worth practicing.
May you be blessed with both. Blessed Be!