Goddess Manifesta

The politics of a vegan, Wiccan, Polish-American *Jersey Girl* definately NOT from the Suburbs!

Location: New Jersey, United States

Why I will always hate George W. Bush: "I don’t think witchcraft is a religion and I wish the military would take another look at this and decide against it."

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Reactionist Spirituality

I'm Wiccan because I believe in a fluidly dualistic concept of Deity-- a Feminine and a Masculine concept, I revere the majesty of this gift of Earth and Life and celebrate the Wheel of the Year. While these are the concepts that help me understand the Divine, I know they are more, so I both do and do not take it literally.

I'm not Wiccan in retaliation to Catholicism, or Patriarchy or whatever...

It really saddens me when some Wiccans are so gun-shy of any kind of institution or infrastructure building and say "but that would remind me too much of Church!" Doing these sorts of things in a Wiccan way would ensure that it would not be demeaning, but it would be a step to solidifying a future in this world.

I guess as with any abuse, it takes time to get out of that mindset. Love Wicca and Paganism for what they are, not for what they are not! Concentrating on what it is not, and how it is "soo much better" than what it is not only sells the Path short. I'm not saying that people don't know, I just wonder if we forget a little too often.

I think I've decided on going to New College for my Master's in Women's Spirituality. And if I'm brave enough after that, to Cherry Hill Seminary for their Public Ministry program.

I'd love to see Pagan Community Centers (instead of "church buildings") with library and open ritual space. How about a temporary monastic opportunity like Buddhism has? What if we had cultural exchange opportunities sponsored by the PCCs-- not missionary programs in which we went to places and taught them our beliefs, but opportunities to travel, volunteer, and learn about indigenous spiritualities where they still exist?


Blogger Andygrrl said...

I like the idea of a Pagan Community Center very much. There's an Islam Information Center near my home, I don't see why pagans couldn't have something similar. Like those Christian Science Reading rooms (not that I've ever been in one). But I think it would be a great way to organize the pagan community, help educate and network together.

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