Goddess worship and a celebration of women’s mysteries have been garnering more and more attention lately. The activism of those before us has led us to this point in time – where many women, especially in the West (but also globally) are questioning and rediscovering their histories (or rather, herstories), and that is a powerful thing. As mentioned in other places in this blog, religion is a powerful tool for control, information and indoctrination. Because religion touches so many aspects of people’s lives, the fact that most of the world’s conventional religions are male-focused is important. It is critical to be aware of what it means to be a woman living under the patriarchy, and what it means for half of the world’s population to not be able to find herself in leadership positions within religion. Witchcraft, Wicca and pagan practices are viewed as liberating for this reason – here women take on the role of not just practitioner but priestess, not just one of consumption but control, and that is empowering.
Wicca is a religion of orthopraxy – meaning it focuses more on practice than belief and faith. This is why, whereas many people believe you have to be duotheistic to be Wiccan, this is simply not true (in fact, there are atheists that are Wiccan, and they are valid). In any case, the conventional duotheistic model places at the center a God (usually representative of the Divine Masculine) and a Goddess (usually representative of the Divine Feminine). Dianic Wicca focuses on only goddess worship and the divine feminine.
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There are many different types of witches, occultists, Wiccans and pagan practitioners. In fact a big draw for people into the world of the occult is how freeing it is. While religions like Christianity, Islam and Buddhism have sects of their own, there is usually a strict rigidity to their practices that feels limiting. Witchcraft, paganism and Wicca offer liberation from a lot of things – the rigidity and shame that often stem from growing up steeped in conventional or Abrahamic religions, as well as the sexism that is inherently limiting women in most of the world’s conventional religions. Religion and belief systems have always been powerful, either believed to be means of salvation and peace, or simply influential to the culture and politics around them. Witchcraft (which does not have to be religious to begin with) is liberating because it allows us to discover tools already present all around us – the Earth, plants, herbs, flowers, water, fire, air, and all other living things including ourselves. With witchcraft, one does not need a Bible, a preacher, a priest, all the tools are right there – just waiting to be discovered and utilized by the practitioner. All the power, then, exists in the practitioner and not the external sources around her.
But that said, because of the openness of witchcraft and the practitioners, there are many divisions or sects of witchcraft as well. Kitchen witch, green witch, sea witch, dark witch, faery witch, goth witch – I am certain you have heard of at least some of these. And it is truly great that such diverse traditions and magickal practices exist because they are beneficial to a wide array of people. But a common concern for a new witch or practitioner is simply, what type of witch am I? Where do I fit in? How do I know?
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