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March 10th, 2004


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10:46 am - I am Manganese Carrot-Squirrel
And I have written the following essay:

http://www.chronarchy.com/essays/druidism-wicca.html

Please take a moment to read it and comment on it. Pretty please?
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From:smithing_chick
Date:March 10th, 2004 09:42 am (UTC)
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My old Coven did- still does, actually. I guess the difference is that it's not in any way *required* of them. Plus, there's a difference between holding public rites & being an open-to-the-public group. A lot of the Wiccan groups that host public ritual still don't let just anyone join the actual coven itself.

My only other comment is that in my experience, the idea that there's one single Great Goddess is mostly in the Dianic traditions. Other Trads that have a singular form of diety veiw it as the One, which is the primal creative force which is neither male or female, & the the Great Goddess & Great God are aspects of that.

(Ask 10 Wiccans to describe Wicca, you get 20 different descriptions...)
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From:tlachtga
Date:March 10th, 2004 10:08 am (UTC)
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(Ask 10 Wiccans to describe Wicca, you get 20 different descriptions...)

Good point. It's incredibly difficult to explain what Wicca is, because there are so many different concepts of it, so many different branches.
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From:chronarchy
Date:March 10th, 2004 10:11 am (UTC)
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Yeah. That's what *really* irked me about the original essay. It assumed that there was one kind of Wiccan and one kind of Druid, and there just isn't.
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From:tlachtga
Date:March 10th, 2004 10:15 am (UTC)
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Right--I mean, with Druidry, there's a difference between OBOD, ADF, and Keltria, just to name a few. There are a number of different organizations, and what may apply to ADF won't necessarily apply to any of the others. Same with Wicca. For that reason, I agree--I don't think that essay should be on the website. It needs to be replaced. I'm glad you're doing that.
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From:chronarchy
Date:March 10th, 2004 10:41 am (UTC)
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I've hated that essay since I read it the first time. I actually started this essay when the original went up, but I'm only now getting to finish it. It's been a long road :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:March 10th, 2004 10:13 am (UTC)
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Yeah, the single deity is a Dianic thing, mostly.

But it's also the whole Spiral Dance deity, too, and she's bled into general eclectic Wiccans, as well.

Even without that, though, Dianic is a huge force among traditions. I know I've certainly met more Dianics than Gardnerians.
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From:chronarchy
Date:March 10th, 2004 11:06 am (UTC)
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Yeah, you're absolutely right :)
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From:athanasios
Date:March 10th, 2004 07:57 pm (UTC)
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Its ironic that in the classical Roman period the cult of Diana was lead by a man -- the Rex Nemorensis, or King of the Woods. The Rex Nemorensis was an ex-slave and it was tradition for the new priest to kill the current priest and assume the post.

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