Simple and Perfect: The Sum of All Mysteries

Simple and Perfect: The Sum of All Mysteries

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I have described the Housle in my other essays as the “Basic Rite” of the Old Faith. Such a statement is quite correct, but many people automatically interpret the word “basic” in such a way that they think the Housle to be “simple” or even “shallow” somehow. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Housle is “simple” in form and practise. This is intentional and important- the hallmark of the true “Old Persuasion” is a kind of simplicity, an earthy simplicity that appeals to the intuitive, feeling function in the soul of the practitioners. The forms of Old Craft rites are intended to be simple and natural feeling; communicating profound wisdom and truth with a few very meaningful words and gestures. The forms are supposed to “fit right in” with trees, fields, and bonfires, as though they were also grown from the land and the hands of the people of the countryside