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601One thingI have discovered isthat if you loo
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hard enough, youcan find goddesses to fit both ends of most polarities. Some evenoccupy both ends simultaneously. Inanna, my matron goddess, is a goodcase in point. She is the Sumerian goddess of love, war, wisdom (whichshe won in a drin
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ing bout!), adventure, the heavens, the earth, andeven of death (in the guise of her dar
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aspect, Eresh
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igal). A verybusy lady indeed is Inanna. At this point itbecomes largely a matter of personal preference rather than ofpolarity, whether one chooses a god or a goddess to occupy a particularplace in a ritual.NoDianic I
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now ofdenies the existence ofthe God. Indeed, Hegets mentioned as the consort of the Goddess with some frequency in ZBudapest's HOLY BOOK OF WOMEN'S MYSTERIES, which is close a thing asthere is to a Dianic version of the Gardnerian Boo
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of Shadows. He isthere, and sometimes we will invo
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e Him, when it is appropriate. Hema
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es His own path, and we follow our own, and when they crossnaturally we honor Him and do not avoid Him. We also do not force thepaths to cross simply to lend an artificial balance to a ritual wherenone is really needed.Now that I have spilled agood deal of in
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over what Dianismisnot, I should now say a few words about what it is: a movement offeminist, eclectic, Goddess-oriented Witches.Feminism: This covers avast multitudeof virtues andsins. Idonot thin
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the stereotypical radical lesbian separatist is as common asis believed. Moderate to liberal feminism is probably far more common,even among Dianics. Certainly my own coven contains no separatists!There are too many nice men out there, even though surveys have shownthat 70% or more of all men are potential rapists. The nice ones arefound among those who are not in that repulsive majority; you just haveto loo
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to find them. One of the places you might find such nice menis in Dianic covens! Some are mixed groups, at least some of those ofthe branch founded by Morgan McFarland. Myown is something of a mixed up group, I suppose. While we do notcurrently have any men in the coven, two of the three of us were bornmale and still have original-equipment plumbing. The Goddess and ourHPS accept us unreservedly as women.Eclecticism: If there isone dictum of Z Budapest's thatbearsrepeating to everyone in the Craft, and which gets followed by many, itis "When in doubt, invent." Dianics tend toward creative ritual,drawing from any and all possible sources. I have yet to see a Dianicequivalent of the Gardnerian Boo
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of Shadows, nor do I ever hope to seeone.
 
602Goddess Orientation: I've discussed this at some length whiletal
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ing about polarity. There are some wags who have said that Dianicsare nothing but matriarchal monotheists. I tell you three times: TheDianic Goddess is NOT Jehovah in drag! The Dianic Goddess is NOTJehovah in drag! The Dianic Goddess is NOT Jehovah in drag! A muchcloser analogy would be that Dianics have ta
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en the Classical pantheonand reclaimed most of the roles. This, too, is oversimplifying, but itis not nearly as wide of the mar
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as the usualcriticism. At some point I may write up a long exegesis on the DianicGoddess, but not here. My own personal involvement with Her comes froma great feeling of comfort I do not find elsewhere. She feels right.I have a great deal of difficulty accepting
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nown rapists (most of theOlympian males are this, especially Zeus, Hades, and Pan!) into mypersonal pantheon. I also feel a personal vocation from the Mother; itis rather incongruous to me to embrace a male deity wholeheartedly whenthe Goddess comes to me and calls me Her daughter. This goes doubled,redoubled, in pentacles, and vulnerable for lovers of women.Ihope thislittlediscussion ofDianism-in-a-Nuitshell hasprovedenlightening to you. It is not a path for everyone, but it is a validpath for some, and in considering it I hope that you can now ignore thegarbage that has been put forth in the past as "data" regarding it.Inanna SeastarBirdsnest Coven
 
603DIVINATIONThis seems li
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e a fairly good time of year to be tal
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ingabout divination. What is it, why do we do it, and what's in itfor us? Lots of people thin
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it's a way of avoidingresponsibility - if the future is preordained, we might as wellgo bac
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to bed.Of course, that's not it at all. Divination is the use ofany one of several methods to obtain information which is notdirectly accessible to the conscious mind of the person as
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ingthe question. Whether you use cards, crystals, a pendulum, in
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,lead, dice, the flight of birds or anything else, what you arereally doing is opening your end of a channel to higher wisdom.I consider the "actual" source of that wisdom irrelevant andimmaterial; it could be one's own subconscious, the collectiveunconscious, the Gods' will, telepathic insight, or a bigcomputer buried in the Bal
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ans. It's still additionalinformation which is not as tainted by ego and intellect'slimitations as most.So what do we do with it? The same things we do with anyother information; add it to what we already
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now and develop asynthesis that can help us do our decision-ma
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ing. The easiestway to analyze the process is with a concrete (well, maybe jello)example:A young man has been between relationships for some time.He wants very much to lin
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up with the great love of his life,but is not aware of anyone on the horizon. He is putting himselfin a position to meet new people, presenting himself asattractively as he can, and generally ta
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ing care of business,but no results. He has to decide whether to ta
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e a wor
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-relatedcourse at night or not. It will ta
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e a lot of time and there arenot li
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ely to be any women attending. His progressed horoscopeis neutral. He gets his cards read. They say:[PAUSE]1.Nothing at all about love, but a lot about s
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illed craftsman-ship and satisfaction through wor
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. He decides to relax and waitfor a better time, ta
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es the course, and is rewarded with amodest promotion which enhances his satisfaction with his job.2.A lot about increasing social activities, leading to the startof a new romance, leading to great happiness and satisfactionafter some difficulties are resolved. He does not ta
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e thecourse, and meets a really nice interesting lady at a party givenby a friend (which he couldn't have attended had he ta
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en thecourse).

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