Quite a few of our temple members also believe in the concept of reincarnation; that we live many lives on this earth and after death we are reborn at some point in this or in some cases another world.
The father of American Wicca, Raymond Buckland had this to say about reincarnation:
“Reincarnation is an ancient belief. It is part of many religions (Hinduism and Buddhism, for example) and was even one of the original Christian tenets, until condemned by the Second Council of Constantinople in 553 It is believed that the human spirit, or soul, is a fragment of the divine and eventually it will return to its divine source. But, for its own evolution, it is necessary that the soul experience all things in life. “
– Raymond Buckland in Buckland’s Complete Book Of Witchcraft
It is believed that life, death, and rebirth are a basic requirement of all living things. In physics, the law of conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system remains constant—it is said to be conserved over time. Energy can be neither created nor be destroyed, but it can change form, If we look at our souls as a form of energy too then would they not also fit within this model?
Many of us accept a belief that our spirits go on after our physical bodies have expired, some believe immediately to the next life and others believe there is a period of rest on the other side of the veil, a place called by many names; The Summerlands, The Otherworld, Heaven, etc. For most, this is considered a happy and restful place where we can recover from the rigors of our most recent life on Earth and meditate on what we have learned. There is no proof beyond the recollections of those who have had near death experiences that such a place actually exists, of course, but for many of us, we feel that it is there. Some further believe that we choose our birth circumstances in order to continue the learning process which makes us connected to the lessons we need to learn in any lifetime.