Being a woman in the United States of America is one of the greatest, and scariest, things to be right now. Legislation is seemingly bubbling out of the collective cauldron of our psyches and finding its way onto the senate and house floors with ever growing urgency. Much of this legislation seems squarely set upon knocking back the gains that Feminism has made in the last 40 years http://civilliberty.about.com/od/gendersexuality/tp/History-of-Feminism.htm. Even more of it seems to be ignoring that there are many non-Abramic faiths that do not share the views that are being exploited to buttress this onslaught.
Feminism, Racial Activism, Pagan Activism, and basic Freedom to practice life, liberty, and the pursuit of my own happiness and Faith seem to be trodden down lately, like clover in the grass. As a woman and a witch, I find that my peace has been troubled by the malevolent undercurrents of the zealot in my government, and my hometown, and my neighborhood.
Goddess worship is being seen as anti-family, anti-man, and reactionary, instead of as a form of devotion to the deity in the feminine form. As the old guard of pagan elders prepare for the villification of our communities again, there is a curious lack of support for the equality of the views of the feminist in many aspects when speaking at engagements in Michigan.
Yes, there are quite a few covens here. But in the interest of parity, why is it that the majority of speakers at the events that are paid engagements are male dominated? Why is it that the free events seem to mariginalize men? Both these happenings are not on purpose, they just are happening. But why? Where is the polarity in the community at a time when we should be showing the greater society what sacred living is? This is part of many of our Traditions http://www.patheos.com/blogs/camelswithhammers/2011/12/wiccan-theology-and-sexual-equality/ .
And then there is the dragon in the corner of the room – racial identity in the new American neo pagan landscape. In a time where lawmakers are overturning equal protections a line at a time, the climate toward racial separation is becoming heated. Awkwardness in Circle is becoming something that my African American pagan associates are reporting as an increasing factor, where before it was decreasing. And no passes here, it is coming from both sides http://jackadreams.info/tag/racism-in-paganism/.
Wow. That sure is a lot to hold on your shoulders when you go to an open ritual. You are carrying the weight of Feminism, Race, and whatever Pantheon you represent, and are all judged at the tip of your nose. That is enough to make any witch twitch (pun intended). Let us hope, pray, and spin a better climate of acceptance and understanding in our workings this year.
We must heal ourselves and the nation by pouring forth our Love and our Intelligence. Let it begin with you. Let it begin with me. Let the Circle never end. So Mote It Be.