There has been a lot of talk latley about Dianic Wicca. It seems mostly sparked from events at Pantheacon. I was not at that event so I don’t have the ins and outs and I wont state what I read happened because well I wasn’t there. But as it is the Day to talk about the Goddess I thought I would brooch the subject of the Goddess and Feminism and Dianic Wicca.
To be honest as we know I can’t even call myself a Wiccan in the true i was initiated by someone who was initiated by someone who was initiated by Gardner. I am a Witch, but as our religion is legal recognized as Wicca I do tell people that is what I practice. As you can see from the title I am not Dianic, nor have I have I ever been. I have practiced with Witches who were and some of thoes experiences were good, some where not. I am also very much a feminist. Heck I was head of my colleges Wymens Center. I am never surprised when feminists find this path.
When I first began teaching my current student she was telling the various people in her life about her new path and got the response from one dear woman friend along the lines of “what woman wouldn’t like the psychology of a religion with a female deity.” As wonderful as this statement is my response is, The God and Goddess are not psychological terms. They are not metaphors, They are real.
When I first began to practice I sort of though of them as metaphors. My original inkling was that the ALL or the Nothingness or the One was to big to understand as a whole and so humans divided them in the the God and Goddess to better understand them. More on this later. As I got more mature in my practice I began to understand that no it is not a metaphor but there are indeed female and male energies, yin and yang, positive and negative (not in the i’m getting a negative vibe from you way but in the current way) essentially the law of polarity, and the law of gender.
Therefor my to walk in truth I must walk in my knowledge. My knowledge and experiences have taught me that with one there is always the other. To leave either the Goddess or the God out would be lopsided and unbalanced. Which of course is why I am not Dianic, and I am not other religions that see their Deity as one gender or the other. I do think that at time you may wish to have a gender specific circle, but this must be done in a respectful way. Also whats good for the goose must be good for the gander. If you have a women’s only circle to celebrate a members first moon blood, then your community should also have a men’s only circle to celebrate a member becoming a man.
Which brings me to my next point. No matter what path you walk it is not an excuse to be hate filled and hateful. The definition of feminist I know means a person who believes all people should be treated fairly and equally. If you are being a bigot you are not a feminist. Nor should any community accept your hate speak unless of course they condone it, in which case I want no part of that community. I don’t care if you are a founder, and elder or a newbie, hate has absolutely no place in religion.
I am not saying that all Dianic’s hate men because of course that would be rubbish. The above is mostly in reference to the stories that are floating around regarding Ms. Z. Though I dear say they apply to others on both sides of the fence. Practice as you choose as long as you are following “an ye harm none”