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Jan. 3rd, 2023

Wheel

About

I realized I'd never really posted a kind of capsule description of this path on this journal. So here's one now. This entry is also post-dated and will remain towards the top of this journal.

What is Sorgae?

Sorgae is a revealed (i.e., given to us directly from the Gods) form of religious Witchcraft, influenced by Wicca and other European traditions, but also comprised of group/shared gnosis, much of which has been subsequently verified through our research. We celebrate our Esbats as the thirteen New Moons in a calendar year, as opposed to the Full Moons. Our holidays occur at the same eight points on the calendar as other Wiccan/Pagan paths, but in most cases, these have different names and different foci. We recognize eight Directions, Elements, and Powers (as opposed to Wicca’s four), and honor Deities associated with these directions.

In addition to the Directional Deities, we also honor a High God and High Goddess, a Goddess of the Rim (as in the outer edge of a circle or ring), and an as-yet indeterminate Deity form of the Center. Our ‘Craft works heavily with Fae, two sorts in each of the four Cardinal Directions, and also Familiar spirits (animal and human forms, from both ancient and modern myth).

Now and again, this information will include non-English words. These are Vaska, a language taught to us by Deity, and one we believe may be a forgotten precursor to Basque. The name of our ‘Craft is Sorgae (“SOHR-gay”), which means, “what Witches do.” A male Witch is called a Sorg, and a female a Sorga (at this time we do not have terms for gender expressions outside the traditional binary, however the word Sorgitsais plural for Witches, and Sorgitsak means "all Witches across all of timespace"). Our holidays are called Sabeot/ds (“SAH-beh-ohtds”). Just to list a few examples.

I wrote about Sorgae in 2013 for the Pagan Blog Project, posting entries to this journal. It is fully public and set to accept anonymous comments, so please feel free to browse and ask questions. The PBP posts are linked in a sticky post at the top of the journal, and all posts are tagged. I'm working on compiling a more coherent and cohesive table of contents, complete with links to the appropriate entries.
For now, the cut at the end of this entry has a suggested reading order.

In 2014 I began working with my Coven to create Tarot deck based on Sorgae ‘Craft, which can be seen at sorgae_tarot. The card descriptions for this deck will also include information about the relevant Deities and concepts addressed, and all artwork featured there (aside from any images from the Rider-Waite deck) are original works by our High Priestess for the purpose of this Tarot deck.

I'm happy to answer any questions anyone may have about this path.

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Oct. 30th, 2015

Wheel

Colors

Some Pagans assign colors to the compass Directions. Most commonly, North/Earth is green, East/Air is Yellow, South/Fire is red, and West/Water is blue, though there are variations, depending on practice, Tradition, and culture. Some also include Spirit/Akasha/Æther/Center/Unification, and assign it purple.

My High Priestess and I spoke about this in relation to Sorgae, when a mutual friend wanted to cross-stitch a compass with appropriate colors. These are the associations we came up with.

Northeast- Smoke, the Infinite, Potential, Journeying, Astral, Crossing Boundaries of Spacetime= Grey

East- Air, Knowledge, Beginnings, Fae Teachings, Elder Children of the Gods= White

Southeast- Spark, Decision, Divine Wisdom, the True Quest, Firestealer= Pale Yellow

South- Fire, Will, Action, Dynamism, Witches, Doing= Red

Southwest- Steam, Blood, Sacrifice, Desire, Ecstasy, Indulgence, Frenzy, Lust = Dark Red-Purple

West- Water, Otherworlds, Emotion, Inspiration, Death, Hounds = Dark Blue-Grey

Northwest- Clay, Magick, Formation, Realization, Manifestation, Inherent Lifeforce= Silver

North- Earth, Silence, Communion, Gateway Between Past and Future= Black

Oct. 16th, 2015

Consorts

Witchgender

For my own purposes and interests, I've recently been hunting for different gender/sexuality/fetish pride flags. During such a search, I came across this:


This is the flag for being Witchgender/Magusgender/Magegender/Venefigender, which is defined as, "[a] gender that has a closeness or connection to witchcraft and magic. It is, in a way, a magic gender." And that got me thinking.

In some Witchcraft Traditions, the biological sex of the body determines whether the Witch acts as a Priest or a Priestess, and whether they Channel a God or a Goddess. In Sorgae, though, as I've mentioned before, the gender identity of the spirit inhabiting the body at the time of the ritual/invocation, is the determining factor. A further quote from the given definition, "You could use it to perform strange gender magic." A female body Channeling a male Deity might fit that bill to some.

This gender identity is, apparently, "also associated with a feminine or androgynous gender expression." This is another interesting twist, since a.) Witches are often assumed to be women, and b.) the soulbonding/Familiar phenomenon, as it manifests today, seems to happen to women far more often than men, with cross-gender pairings seemingly the norm, especially for the primary 'bond/Familiar. While this last point somewhat excludes men who practice Witchcraft of any stripe, and those who experience soulbonding/have Familiars, it is nonetheless an interesting one.

My overall thought is this; a Sorg or Sorga, when Fronting their cross-gendered Familiar and then Channeling a Deity Who is also cross-gendered, could potentially be said to be Witchgendered. Because at that point, the internal, personal gender identities of the Witch, the Familiar, and the Deity become somewhat less consequential, and instead, all three, regardless of biological sex, act in accord to harness the desired energy.

Oct. 5th, 2015

Wheel

Ritual Elements

I met with my High Priestess some time ago now, and we went through the elements of a Wiccan-style ritual (which is the format we’re both the most well-versed in), deciding what was needed/appropriate for a Sorgae ritual. This list is not in any specific order, but these are the aspects of ritual that we feel are important. For most of it, we haven’t entirely decided on how we’re going to express the concepts, just that they need to be incorporated somehow.

1. Direct contact with the Gods via Channeling (and/or meditations).
2. Acknowledge the Directions (and all related components; Elements, Powers, Gods, Fae, etc.).
3. Acknowledge the Source and the High Gods.
4. Acknowledge our Sacrifice for the Gods (as part of #2).
5. Acknowledge the inherent Divinity in participants (similar to the Hindu concept of Namaste).
6. Include Gobah, a Vaska word meaning, “I give so you may give” (via a Cakes and Wine style rite).
7. Tools will be determined as needed and/or requested by Deity.
8. If the Directions etc. are specifically invoked, a dismissal is also necessary.
9. Rituals will be performed at or near the New Moons, with adjustments for the seasons/Sabeotds(holy days) made as appropriate.
10. Familiars will play a vital and prominent role (for both she and I, the specific Familiars in question are male, human, and come to us from modern media myth).

We managed to iron out a few details and a few pages of script from material/planning we’d already had and done. It's a start.

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Jun. 30th, 2014

Bear Kiss

Arduina, Priestess and Goddess

One thing that has been a puzzlement to me, is Arduina talking about Mama Erta, a Mother-Earth Goddess She says She worshipped and served "when She was a Priestess." It always made me wonder what She meant. How was She once a Priestess, but now a Goddess? A possible answer has come from two places.

One, is something I've mentioned before the similarities between the words "Sorgitsak" in Vaska as the Gods have taught it to us, and "Sorginak" in modern Basque. As was stated then, "...it is deemed unclear by scholars whether 'Sorginak' refers to actual, physical Witches, or mythological beings. This is significant, because Sorgitsak, Witches who practice Sorgae 'Craft, are considered a race of Fae. So Sorgitsak are both physical, practicing Witches, and 'fabled beings.' We are the Fae of Will, in that we are the vehicles of Divine Will on this plane of existence." I doubt it is a point of any contention that Arduina was/is a Sorginak/Sorga. So from there stems the conflation between Priestess and Goddess; She is both human and so-called "mythological being" Who served an Earth Goddess.

However, that still begs the question of how this is at all possible. Aside from the assertion of Sorgae 'Craft that Witches are also Fae, I'll let a quote from the novel Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny address that issue:

Godhood is more than a name. It is a condition of being. One does not achieve it merely by being immortal, for even the lowliest laborer in the fields may achieve continuity of existence. […] Being a god is the quality of being able to be yourself to such an extent that your passions correspond with the forces of the universe, so that those who look upon you know this without hearing your name spoken. […] Being a god is being able to recognize within one’s self these things that are important, and then strike the single note that brings them into alignment with everything else that exists. Then, beyond morals or logic or esthetics, one is wind or fire, the sea, the mountains, the rain, the sun or the stars, the flight of an arrow, the end of a day, the clasp of love. One rules through one’s ruling passions. Those who look upon gods then say, without even knowing their names, ‘He is Fire. She is Dance. He is Destruction. She is Love.’ […] they do not call themselves gods. Everyone else does, though, everyone who beholds them.


Arduina is a Goddess because we (and presumably someone, somewhere, before us), recognized Her as one. Just as Deity names being agreed upon by consensus between Witches and Gods, so too is the very condition of Her Godhood. She is a Goddess, because we name Her as such, and She does not object.

Mar. 23rd, 2014

Wheel

Yearly Cycle and Deities

I had a bit of an epiphany about Deities and Sabeot/ds and such.

Some background, every year at B/Pelatin, my Coven performs a Tarot reading to determine our purpose and goal for the coming year. After laying a card for each of the eight Sabeot/ds, we discuss how they fit together as a whole, like a story, and then determine which Deities we feel need to be Called and/or honored at each point. This seems to change every year.

It caused me some anxiety, in relation to making the Sorgae system in general more public; if the Deities shuffle about every year, how could we possibly standardize rituals (whether the formal, elaborate sort, or the Tarot ritual I devised)? Because other Pagan paths always honor, say, Brigid at Imbolc, or Lugh at Lammas, the Holly and Oak Kings at the Solstices, or the Horned God at Samhain.

Then it hit me. Sorgae is not like this. Sorgae is an organic, living system. Why should the Deities remain static if the year's purpose doesn't? And why should the purpose for our Coven be the same for everyone else who may practice Sorgae? The answers are, they shouldn't. If Sorgae is going to keep its organic, living qualities, then everyone who follows it needs to discover for themselves what the Gods want of them each year, and when They need to be honored in relation to the Sorg or Sorga's progression through the year. Each Sorg/a and Sorgae Coven should find out how they, individually, contribute to the renewal of the Wasteland. Because the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

So my thinking now is that, with the sorgae_tarot deck, we need to include the (very simple) instructions for the yearly Wasteland Renewal reading, so that those who buy the deck and begin to work with this system and its pantheon, can add their energy, their Gobah, to the whole of the Sorgae collaborative effort.

Mar. 1st, 2014

For the Love of You

Updated

Some of you may remember that my original post for Ghiana, Gwenhevar, and Goh'len was lacking, to say the least. However, I've just updated it. So to read more about these three Deities, go here.

Feb. 16th, 2014

Consorts

Quizzes

I know I haven't posted here in some time, my focus has shifted over to sorgae_tarot. But, my High Priestess devised a Directional quiz some time ago and recently fixed it so it functions again. Both Cervus and I took it today.

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Nov. 7th, 2013

Bear Kiss

Witches

Vaska has several words pertaining to Witches. A Sorg is a male Witch, and a Sorga is a female Witch. Sorgae, the name we use for this 'Craft, means, "what Witches do." Last week I introduced the Basque word "Sorginak" in connection with our Vaska word "Sorgitzak," because they both refer to Witches.

The first point to expand on, is that it is deemed unclear by scholars whether "Sorginak" refers to actual, physical Witches, or mythological beings. This is significant, because Sorgitzak, Witches who practice Sorgae 'Craft, are considered a race of Fae (I've even mentioned that they were categorized as such). So Sorgitzak are both physical, practicing Witches, and "fabled beings." We are the Fae of Will, in that we are the vehicles of Divine Will on this plane of existence.

Growing from this, is the significance of the Goddess of the Sorginak, Mari. She is the primary Deity of the ancient Pagan Basques, along with Her Consort, the God called Sugaar. Mari is a cave-dwelling Goddess, the very personification of the Earth. Her name may mean "mother," and She is sometimes associated with cows. This is strikingly similar to Arduina, our Mother Bear.

But Sugaar is not to be discounted either. He is associated with serpents and flames. He sometimes takes the form, in the sky, of a sickle of fire. This aligns strongly to the position and office of the Tsaranos.

This provides us a North-South axis, which is seen in shamanic practice as the path to Divine communion, the World Tree, the North Star Road. But also, specific to Sorgae, we Witches, the Sorgitzak, are associated with the South; and Arduina, the North Goddess, was not only the first to speak to us about this path, but the North represents that place and condition of ultimate communion with the Divine, with the All.

"Sorgae" means "what Witches do," and what we do, is honor and serve our Gods, through ritual, communion, and Gobah.

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