dianic

I will stand firm.

Dea is the Divine Mother. Not an androgeny, or a ‘neutral’ God that we just use female pronouns for. She is That Which Creates Life. She is perfection, complete and alone.

Humanity worships many of Her faces, though most of that worship has been twisted over time or by the cultures around it.

Deanism, then, is the pure worship of JUST Dea. Dea alone. She may have chosen to take a consort in other places, to be more understandable to the people who lived there…but to us, She is the Mother, who begat of Herself a Daughter. The pattern repeats, a thousand times around the world.

If you wish her to be partnered, or to be the lesser or ‘equal’ of two (though it hardly ever remains as such), there is an entire spectrum of worship for you to take part in.

But we worship Her, the three in one, alone.

And blessed is Her name.

Witches Being Misunderstood is an Understatement

As I research this brilliant topic of Wiccan practices, origins, and history- lm learning of how stereotyped Im raised to believe witches and witchcraft alike are. Here’s some examples and rebuddles of what I mean…


“DEVIL WORSHIPPER” 

Who has ever claimed that was the point… Because I do not follow Christian beliefs to a T doesn’t make me a worshipper of satan. These claims were made by Christians who believed the worship of ANYTHING besides “God” (the big guy in the white robe) is their devil.


“Dont do black magick on me!”

 Anyone who has ever been remotely freaked out thinking we would curse their soul or ruin their lives with magic, has obviously never read the Wiccan Rede… what was it again? “An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will”? Huh…


“Eye of *animal*, Wing of *bird*” 

These ingredients aren’t literal, at all… Although my young, shameless self believed it to be, these are just names made up for herbs, plants, and flowers that are ingredients to remedies witches didn’t want abused.


“Why don’t you carry your broom to fly on?” 

This one makes me laugh. Woman used to literally ride broomsticks… maybe it’s a long story but people wanted to use an LSD like ointment and it was most affective on arm pits and … genitals. So they would lather up the broom handle and well… ride the broom into the night causing hallucinations. Weird shit right?


“You’re too colourful to be a witch” 

How? Did I miss the dress code assembly? Because I can wear whatever the fuck I want. Being Wiccan is positive and peaceful and colours have magick their own. If a witch does decide to wear only black, good for them- black means protection, safety, and grounding (amongst other things).


“Where’s your black cat?” 

Cats were once worshipped as symbols of multiple goddesses. In the beginning of the agricultural age, people brought cats with them where they went to ward off mice. Kittens were even wedding presents. Men went to war and women were stuck with the cat and were often widowed… since the woman lived alone- she was also likely to be accused of witchcraft. The Pope also claimed cats were satanic (?) so cats were burned alive - just like witches… but then the mice and rat population went sideways and here comes the Black Plague! Jokes on you - “Whatever you do shall be returns to you three times over”.


So here’s my explanation on stereotypes through research and the ability to look things up and not assume. These are based off of personal experience, first reactions… I also stuck to Wiccan beliefs along with my own personal thrown in the first one (sorry). There are witches out side of Wiccan who do worship Satan and that don’t follow the Rede but this is all biased. Correct me if I’m wrong anywhere here- I apologize already!

Blessed Be! )O(

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This is the Goddess Hecate’s symbol. Hecate is used by some as a Maiden, Mother, Crone because of being a Triple Goddess.

Most people use Hecate in reference towards the moon however she is three-fold to others with Earth, Sea and Sky. She is also said to where people got the “old hag” look from for Witches, which couldn’t be further from the truth.

In Greek mythology Hecate was the only Titan who was allowed to keep her power and domain. Zeus shared with only her the power to be able to give humanity whatever they wished for, or withhold it. She was, like her cousin Artemis, a virgin Goddess. She wouldn’t give away her independence for marriage.

Because of Hecate’s association with the moon some Dianic’s use her instead of Diana. Some believe Diana is the same as Hecate; that they’re interchangeable.

We understand the Goddess as an all-encompassing Flow/Origin of all life. We see males and females united in the Mother who can create the same as her (daughters) and the different from her (sons). She is the Tree of Life. Hence in her eyes all living creatures partake of her divine essence. She is the beginning and she is the end. Beyond Mother Nature there is more nature. She is everlasting and self created. Circle within the circle, her symbol is the spiral like our DNA, all is from her and all returns to her in the end. In other words, we agree with the new scientist who see the universe as a huge recycling entity, everything we see out there is also within us, we are made of the same stuff as the stars. We are the children of the stars, rare, complex and beautiful…the Goddess is all women – without exception. She is one mighty force, all-inclusive, all-mother.
—  Z Budapest
My Thoughts on Lilith, and rebuttal to @littledoomwitch

Through my extensive research on Lilith it’s been very difficult to find solid sources regarding her history. It’s only recently I’ve come across the Lilith discourse on tumblr, particularly that of @littledoomwitch. Although I respect what they have to say on the little-discussed niche topic of Lilith, there are certain points I fundamentally disagree with them about. Prior to finding their blog, what little I found regarding Lilith worship was always pro-Lilith in that they viewed her as a feminist demon open for anyone to worship. As I try to be as aware as possible of not accidentally appropriating a closed culture or religion in my witchcraft, i was very surprised yet interested in hearing the viewpoints voiced by tumblr user littledoomwitch which (in more or less terms) view Lilith as an entity that is inappropriate to worship, especially from gentiles. After going through about 10 pages of the #lilithdefensesquad tag, I think I got the general gist and have a couple takes. However I am very open-minded and am still actively engaging in Lilith research, so please feel free to engage or correct me on any of this.

- Firstly, I’d like to clarify how I view Lilith. I strongly disagree with the Dianic Wiccan nonsense that Lilith is synonymous with the mother-goddess, or that she is anyway associated with love, fertility, motherhood, positivity, healing, etc. Wiccans who conflate Lilith with the “Mother” or goddesses from the Greek/Roman pantheon fundamentally misconstrue what little we do know about Lilith, and I believe are very disrespectful. If you are going to worship Lilith, do not try to paint her as some sweet Benevolent Mother-figure. Take her for who she is, and do not simply discount the beliefs of an ancient religion.

- Lilith, to me, is a powerful goddess (I use ‘goddess’ loosely - you could say demon, or otherworldly creature - that’s pretty much just semantics) who represents wild, repressed, destructive feminine energy. I do not believe she is “evil”, because I do not believe in the good/evil binary. She is chaotic, amoral, vengeful, assertive, beautiful, powerful, angry, promiscuous, and defiant. She is associated with infertility and miscarriage, as well as succubi, or demons who would steal men’s semen in the middle of the night and cause premature ejaculation.

I do not worship Lilith on a daily basis. I don’t feel comfortable praying to her or talking to her like I would other more approachable entities. Still, I do make offerings to her, in exchange for keeping me from getting pregnant. I also call on her in cursework and she is a very powerful and destructive force to deal with. I call on her in times where I need her destructive anger and strength backing me. But I am always aware of the price she exacts.

- As for her history, I don’t really buy that she doesn’t show up in other religions apart from ancient Judaism. 600 bc where she’s first mentioned in Judaism she is also briefly described in the Epic of Gilgamesh, and the jury is out about which drew from the other. Mythological figures THAT far back tend to appear in altered forms cross-culturally. So does it really matter whether or not Lilith came exclusively from the Sumerian 'lilitu’ or Jewish rabbinical literature? Probably it was a combination of both, due to the intermingling of different cultures from war, trade, conquest, etc. We don’t have definitive sources because now we’re getting further and further into BC years where there are fewer and fewer written sources. Personally, I’d like to think that Lilith is an archetype that has been passed down orally since almost the beginning of civilization, existing in one demonic form or another. This isn’t to discount her role in Jewish mythology, but you really can’t make the claim that she is closed to worship by modern gentile practitioners of witchcraft, given that a) Lilith was never worshipped by Jews in the first place, and b) she wasn’t a figure exclusively known to the Jews, as the Epic of Gilgamesh also mentions her c) she’s also mentioned in Isaiah later on. You make the claim that gentiles aren’t allowed to worship a Jewish demoness because she’s been historically feared by the Jews in ancient times; but ask any Jew (or anyone, for that matter) who Lilith is today and I’d say 9 out of 10 do not know who she is. Furthermore, I really don’t think this argument stands when you look at all the other biblical villains who are being worshipped in neo-wicca, the most obvious being SATAN himself. Is worshipping Satan/Samael/Lucifer culturally appropriative or antisemitic, as you claim worshipping Lilith is? I’d be skeptical if you said it was, given that so many of us within neo-paganism worship Satan.

- I completely disagree with your point that Lilith cannot be worshipped by Gentiles. Yes, Judaism is a PARTIALLY closed religion. It is not completely closed given the fact that gentiles have been allowed to ritually convert to judaism. Similar to how Christianity is not closed but you still need to go through a ritual baptism in order to be a full-fledged member.  This differentiates them from closed religions like most native american, indigenous, and african tribal religions where outsiders are completely banned. In those cases it would be inappropriate for outsiders to worship Native American deities for example and claim their mythology as their own. But Judaism, along with Christianity and Islam, are NOT closed religions. We should respect other cultures’ beliefs and mythologies, but the Abrahamic religions are not closed from outsider worship of deities/demons/what have you.

- Regardless about whether you personally think the First Wife story is true or not based on the validity of the Ben Sira text, you yourself have admitted that many rabbinical scholars were influenced by this text and it had a profound effect on how Jews viewed Lilith for centuries. Lilith has been taught even in Hebrew school as being Adam’s first wife, to quote yourself. So why are you so pissed that jews AND gentile witches are believing the same thing? Also consider that the first wife tale may not have begun with the ben sira text, since most myths tend to be past down orally for centuries before it is eventually written down. I doubt the author of ben sira made it up out of nowhere - everything originates from somewhere. I really don’t think it’s that far of a stretch, and given that it’s one of the only sources we have on lilith and Jews have been believing and teaching their children that Lilith was Adam’s first wife for centuries, you really don’t have room to shit on believers of the first wife story. You can be skeptical of the text itself and the intentions of the anonymous author, as we should be of ALL ancient documents, but you shouldn’t discount it simply because there’s no other sources backing it up yet to be uncovered. While I personally do believe the alphabet of sirach was a satirical text, I don’t necessarily believe the lilith story was pulled out of thin air. It was also written in 2 parts; the first part being older and largely thought of as the most satirical, and the second part written by a different author containing the lilith story.

- You claim that people shouldn’t worship lilith because that would imply jewish religion is misogynistic because adam tried to dominate her and god took his side and she left…. But really, come on now, MOST if not all major world religions particularly the abrahamic ones are inherently misogynistic. To claim that not even SOME ancient jewish texts / practices do not contain misogynistic elements would kinda be purposefully ignoring a lot of problems with organized religion in general which tends to be inherently misogynistic?? I don’t think it’s a stretch to claim that organized religion in GENERAL is misogynistic and I’m mainly talking about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This is just a fact and it’s not antisemitism but rather being critical of misogyny present in organized religion.

- I think I’m done but one last thought- I’ve heard time and time again that Lilith is viewed as either trans or intersex in some circles but I can’t find any sources. If anyone knows anything about it and can point me in the right direction that would be lovely.

- Again, feel free to dispute any of this, I’m here to learn more.

The Element: Water

Water represents emotions, absorption, subconscious, purification, eternal movement, wisdom, the soul, emotional aspects of love and femininity. In rituals, it is represented in the forms of pouring water over objects, brew making, healing spells, ritual bathing, and tossing objects into of water.

Gender: Feminine

Direction: West

Energy: Receptive

Symbols: Ocean, river, shell, spring, lake, well, rain, fog, cup

Placing on Pentagram: Upper right

Time: Twilight, Dusk

Cycle of Life: Maturity

Season: Autumn

Colours: Blue, turquoise, green, grey, indigo, black

Zodiac signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Sense: Taste

Stones/Jewels: Aquamarine, amethyst, blue tourmaline, pearl, coral, blue topaz, fluorite

Magick tools: Cup, cauldron, goblet, mirror

Metals: Mercury, Silver, Copper

Herbal: Ferns, lotus, mosses, bushes, water lilies, gardenia

Trees: Apple, Apricot, Birch, Cherry, Elder, Elm, Rose, Willow

Animals: Water snakes, dolphin, fish, cat, frog, turtle, swan, crab

Ritual action: Bathing, dilution, washing, sprinkling, preparing cold herbal infusions

If your “women’s mysteries” class is just about menstruation/afab reproductive organs then maybe you should call it afab mysteries instead and use gender neutral language while teaching, because trans women deserve to feel included in women only spaces and trans men and afab nonbinary people should be able to access information about their bodies without feeling alienated or dysphoric.

Let the women who come to my feasts be round like me and fear not their own flesh. Let the soft flesh on their hips imitate my curves, let their laps be soft and receptive, let their hands be warm and silky, and let them stroke their children with their soothing touch. Yes, let my women be round, let their fat bloom on their bones like the fruit on the vine, and let them take up space, lots of space. In my honor let the women grow big and strong.
—  The words of the Full Moon by Zsuzsanna Budapest (from Grandmother Moon).
The Goddess and God

Wiccan views of divinity are generally theistic, and revolve around a Goddess and a God, thereby being generally dualistic, (with the Goddess given primacy or exclusivity in Dianic Wicca). Some Wiccans are polytheists, believing in many different deities taken from various ‘pagan’ pantheons, while others would believe that all the Goddesses are one Goddess, and all the Gods one God. Some Wiccans are both duotheistic and polytheistic, in that they honor diverse pagan deities while reserving their worship for the Wiccan Goddess and Horned God, whom they regard as the supreme deities. Some see divinity as having a real, external existence; others see the Goddesses and Gods as archetypes or thought forms within the collective consciousness.

             

Traditionally in Wicca, the Goddess is seen as the Triple Goddess, meaning that she is the maiden, the mother and the crone. Some Wiccans have a monotheistic belief in the Goddess as One, excluding the God from their worship.

                    

In Wicca, the God is seen as the masculine form of divinity, and the polar opposite, and equal, to the Goddess.The God is traditionally seen as the Horned God or Green Man. 

.At different times of the Wiccan year the God is seen as different personalities. He is sometimes seen as the Oak King and the Holly King, who each rule for half of the year each. Another view of the God is that of the sun god, who is particularly revered at the sabbat of Lughnasadh. Many Wiccans see these many facets, as all aspects of the same God, but a minority view them as separate polytheistic deities.

The first Wiccan authors were Traditionalists who had taken oaths to not make the names of their gods public. As such, they used a variety of descriptions, including simply “God and Goddess.”

Since different Wiccans worship different deities, books often continue to use these terms to reflect whatever pair you are personally following. The concepts are also useful in discussing metaphorical concepts revolving around gender.

Some Wiccans simply address their deities as God and Goddess, either because they haven’t found suitable names, or they see them as the sum of other deities: all gods are aspects of one god and all goddesses are aspects of one goddess. For a variety of reasons, this view has become widely popular in Eclectic Wiccan literature, giving many the erroneous impression that it is the only view of deity that Wiccans have.

-A

Good Luck For Getting A Job Spell

What you will need:

-Frankincense (something I burn during every spell I do)
-Clove Incense (for prosperity)
-Censer
-Coal Disk
-Nutmeg (for luck)
-3 green candles (I use tea lights) (use white if you do not have green)
-1 white candle
-Paper
-Pen
-1 Bay Leaf (or one for every wish)
-Jade Stone (for luck)
-The Application for the job or a paper with the business name on it.
-Money Powder (crushed egg shells, mint leaves, fennel, and bay leaves all ground together in a powder)

• cleanse the space like you normally do.
• call the corners
• invoke your deity
• raise your energy
• light the incense sticks (frankincense and clove)
• light the charcoal disk (to get it ready)
• lay the application in front of you
• arrange the three green candles in a triangle on the application
• put the jade stone in the middle
• sprinkle the money powder in a circle (deosil or clockwise) and say this spell:
“Goddess of all, Goddess of Light
I pray to you with all of my might
Good luck be mine for once this time
So I may find a job that is great
I wish this to be my fate
For the good of all, with harm to none. Blessed be
As I will it, so mote it be.”***

• sprinkle the nutmeg on the charcoal disk (it produces a lot of smoke so open a window!)
• with the extra piece of paper, write down your wish and concentrate your energy and visualize on luck and getting the job that you want
• write the wish on the bay leaf
• burn the bay leaf (it brings prosperity)
• while still concentrating your energy, pick up the jade stone and say this is for luck
• close your circle your normal way
• bury the paper when you can (I put mine in a special tree)
• carry the jade stone with you
• I keep the application on my altar until I turn it in with the money powder on it

*** This is a spell I came up with. If it makes you feel better to come up with your own, then feel free! This is just what I made up for my situation.

Good luck to you all!