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Paul V. Beyerl (USA)
- The practitioners of fertility religions seem to deal poorly with
sex. Surely, we talk about sex a lot in personal, private discussions,
but where are the serious, educational workshops? Why are the few
serious texts almost always a study of Tantric practices or derived
from a hodgepodge of New Agism? Wicca is a religion which perceives
the manifestation of the Divine through the symbols of nature. Nature
is inherently sexual and reproductive. The deepest realities of
the Universe are the merging of Yin and Yang, of Goddess and God,
of Priest/ess and Priest/ess leading to the Divine spark of conception
and, subsequently, birth. Wicca brings these symbols into its rituals
and while the references made to the Great Rite are many, a study
of our libraries and available published material would seem to
indicate that the Great Rite may have been but another of the myths
permeating the Modern Wiccan Revival (like those about its origins).
Wicca is a fertility religion, celebrating the powers of regeneration,
of birthgiving and the creative process, yet it would seem that
we, as a whole, are uptight.
is a lot of "talk" about sex, sprinkled with innuendo,
with the tittering of discomfort, and only on rare occasion is there
a serious and enlightening discussion which considers sexual interaction
as a serious discipline of Magick and as a ritual expression of
Wiccan theology. Certainly, at the many pagan gatherings I have
attended, the sparks of sexual pursuit are in the air and the grapevines
inevitably indicate that those sparks were set to the flames of
passion. Why, then, are these Mysteries so difficult to find in
open discussion? One possible answer is that the potent forces released
during the Great Rite are Mysteries unto themselves, deserving of
the veils of secrecy. Yet there are too many asking questions and
too many seeking answers and far too many who are taking the roles
of Gods and of Goddesses for this information to be so zealously
can no longer allow our students to have their questions unanswered
for these questions are valid, are serious, and require the sharing
of knowledge by those who have taken the journey and the sharing
of the wisdom of the questions being asked. Over and over I have
been asked to provide suggestions and techniques for the solitaire,
for the Wiccan whose significant other may (or may not) be a willing
participant in the Great Rite. We need to share the titles of books,
to share the knowledge harvested in our individual research.
and sexuality are inseparable. The practise of mystical, ritualized
religion induces sexuality. This is shown as far into antiquity
as the Book of Genesis, in the archaeological research into ancient
civilizations, and in nearly all religions, other than certain of
our modern Western culture. Magick and religion are systems designed
to take one to the Divine Spark of the Universe. The creative force
of the Divine (even when called "God" in Western terminology)
cannot exist without the two polarities coming together and merging
in ecstatic joy. We are but microcosms of that Universe. When the
practises of one's beliefs take you beyond your egocentric self
to experience that creative force, it is sexual. I'd like to see
an educational bumper sticker which would read "God is orgasmic".
(It would probably be too misinterpreted to be of value.)
have an entire generation of Wiccans developing ritual skills and
dancing each Moon and Sabbat with the Divine regenerative power.
As a Wiccan educator, I know that the Wiccan Path creates students
more aware of personal sexuality, who find themselves increasingly
desired by others. All of this is in direct correlation to their
spiritual progress. We MUST initiate these dialogues. We must step
out of our closets and learn to ask our questions. We must be willing
to share and to learn. This column is to be the first of many. Questions
and comments from readers are essential for this dialogue to continue.
Please mail yours directly to Rev. Paul at P.O. Box 8814, Mpls.,
MN 55408 USA (syndicated i8 iv 1989ce) Editorial Note: When we
received this column it decided us on the focus for this particular
forum, and makes a good place to start. Many thanks, Paul .
opposite of "fear" is "love".
The opposite of "hand" is "glove".
The opposite of "have" is "miss".
The opposite of "frown" is "kiss".
The opposite of "one" is "two".
The opposite of "me" is "you".
The opposite of "burn" is "rust".
The opposite of "lust" is "lust".
opposite of "hard" is "wet".
The opposite of "want" is "get".
The opposite of "good" is "better".
The opposite of "soft" is "wetter".
following is reproduced with permission from Julia from a back issue
of Children of Sekhmet. It follows an earlier article in CoS on
"Homosexuality and Paganism" and responds to some anti-gay
sentiment expressed in the pagan press at the time. We thought it
particularly relevant to this forum- Eds).
(NSW, Australia) - This article represents my feelings about
gay people in the Craft; I am not, nor ever have been gay, but neither
do I feel that those whose sexuality differs from my own in any
way are intrinsically perverts or evil (Strange how those who eschew
churchianity so often follow its basic tenets!). I would like to
ask you all to consider why you follow the Pagan faith: is it because
you felt that the organised religions had failed you in some way?
Is it because you feel that through Paganism, you can grow as a
human being in harmony with your surroundings, rather than as their
ruler? Is it because you simply feel the love of the God and Goddess
made manifest on the Earth? Do any of these, or any other paths
to Paganism, exclude our fellow brothers and sisters from sharing
in the love of the God and Goddess for any reason?
can hear some saying, "ah, but you're talking about Paganism
in its broadest sense, but the Craft, with its strong emphasis upon
polarity, is different." Why? The Wiccan revival was initiated
by Gerald Gardner, whose most ardent admirers would accede was at
least an eccentric, and impelled by Alex Sanders, a self-proclaimed
bi-sexual with strong leanings towards homosexuality. As the revival
movement seems to have coped with both men rather easily, maybe
personal sexual preference is no indication of suitability for the
arguments which seek to use the concept of polarity to exclude gays
from the Wicca seem to start with "you can't have life without
man and woman - they have to perform the Great Rite." Very
true, in a physical sense, but are we dealing simply with physical
sex? Or is the great Rite a symbol of something much deeper, which
we, in a limited earthly existence, choose to express in a sexual
created God-dess in their own image." They created deities
to worship, and to beg favours from; they gave anthropomorphic forms
to every natural occurence and change in the weather; they created
their gods male, female and androgynous; they created them in
their own image.
attempt to classify seven or eight thousand odd years of pre-Christian
Paganism as a collective whole would be madness: No doubt there
were societies which did not approve or practise homosexuality,
but equally, there were many to whom its practise was not abhorrent,
and anthropological research suggests that homosexual rites formed
an integral part of the religious worship of many cultures.
we are to consider magical polarity, then again we must ensure
that the tail does not wag the dog. The philosophy of magic is based
upon a very few fundamental principles, one of which is male-female
polarity. Further, the magical male-female polarity does not have
to be expressed in a physical man-woman partnership. In a magical
training, one is taught to understand the male-female within,
and whilst a physical representation of this polarity is undoubtedly
useful, it is certainly not essential.
is important to remember that in both magic and the Wicca we are
dealing with SYMBOLS of things which we cannot express in any other
way. Yes, a man and a woman is an obvious expression of the primal
duality of the universe; so is light and dark, life and death, being
and non-being. We suggest that our Athame is male and our Chalice
female; these are intellectual labels which we use to express a
much deeper concept; and when conjoined they bring forth blessedness:
yes, but not only as a representation of the physical union
between man and woman. There is the greater spiritual union which
centres around the mystery of the Holy Grail and transcends mere
physical being or denominational differences.
the Eagle know what is in the pit
wilt though go ask the Mole?
wisdom be put in a silver rod
love in a golden bowl?" (Blake)
(ACT, Australia) True polarity magic is the balancing of
equals - two huge forces meeting to make one greater whole, which
both play equal roles in creating polarised energy. You can define
polarity magic using many terms - attractive/ repulsive, positive/
negative, electric/magnetic, male/ female, light/ dark etc.
of what you call it, one side of this energy cannot exist without
the other. Magical sexuality is an integral part of this balancing
of energies. It involves the dissolution of personality to a sense
of a single self greater than any other. This self energy is then
combined with the equal/complementary energy of the other polarity.
Two parties channel their opposite/complementary forces to create
something within themselves that is then reflected within the universe.
sense of within and without, macro and micro, is an essential part
of the energy transfer - the awareness of yourself as part of a
greater containing both poles.
working magic, regardless of one's usual sexual preferences, it
is necessary to experience the balancing of these male/female energies.
Without this experience, personal energies tend towards imbalance
and magic becomes like a spinning top at the end of its time - very
balance is, of course, difficult to achieve - as usual, takes years
of work, hard work that can lead to some of the greatest experiences
of your life.
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