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Author Topic: Re evaluating my path  (Read 2198 times)

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Re evaluating my path
« on: January 02, 2015, 03:08:49 am »
Hello everyone. Ok a bit of background info.

Several years back I was new to Paganism and identified as an eclectic solitary. Very long story short, I ended up drifting away from my path. Fast forward many years later, and a lot of life challenges later, I find myself being drawn back to what I've felt in my essence for a very long time: paganism.

Coming back, I've felt particularly drawn to the Dianic path, yet coming to information and understand many things of which do not resonate (particularly the way it excludes a lot) yet, I resonate with the basic principle that everything is born of the goddess.

With that said, I also find myself calling upon other goddesses than Diana in my solitary practice. Morrigan, Cerridwen, Gaia to name a few.

As I learn more I wonder if my chosen path truly is eclectic and not Dianic afterall.

So here I am.

Blessed Be :)
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Re: Re evaluating my path
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2015, 09:00:20 am »
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So here I am.

Blessed Be :)

 
I think you can still justify calling yourself Dianic. "Eclectic Dianic" maybe? You seem to have a strong social-justice bent to your priorities, and you've said that you work with goddesses, and believe everything came from the Ur-Goddess. I don't see anything wrong with calling that "Dianic" if we're using the term to indicate a feminist spirituality.

Cheers! From my goddess to yours. ;)
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Re: Re evaluating my path
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2015, 11:01:41 am »
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I think you can still justify calling yourself Dianic. "Eclectic Dianic" maybe? You seem to have a strong social-justice bent to your priorities, and you've said that you work with goddesses, and believe everything came from the Ur-Goddess. I don't see anything wrong with calling that "Dianic" if we're using the term to indicate a feminist spirituality.

Cheers! From my goddess to yours. ;)
Yes I do have a strong social justice which is the main reason for my not being sure about the Dianic path. Hmm, eclectic Dianic. I like that :)
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Re: Re evaluating my path
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2015, 07:51:02 pm »
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I don't see anything wrong with calling that "Dianic" if we're using the term to indicate a feminist spirituality.

 
Responding to what RF said, but it's mostly to GoddessGal.

In my response to you here, GoddessGal, I referred parenthetically to other ways 'Dianic' is or has been used. This was one of the most common of them: simply to indicate that the person using it had a goddess-centred feminist spirituality, not part of a specific and cohesive tradition (though generally drawing on Wicca-influenced paganism for its structures).

I say 'was', because when this was moderately common was, roughly, the '80s, in the heyday of the Women's Spirituality Movement (which I should note was not a purely pagan phenomenon; it was pretty pan-religious); I've seen very little of it in the last couple of decades. So it's considerably less useful now to concisely express one's 'flavor' of paganism to someone else. OTOH, the main stumbling block there is that, very often, other people's first thought will be Budapest Dianic - and that was also the case 25 or 30 years ago.

So there's plenty of precedent, in the history of the neoPagan movement, for identifying as independent or eclectic Dianic.

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Re: Re evaluating my path
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2015, 02:16:15 am »
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Responding to what RF said, but it's mostly to GoddessGal.

In my response to you here, GoddessGal, I referred parenthetically to other ways 'Dianic' is or has been used. This was one of the most common of them: simply to indicate that the person using it had a goddess-centred feminist spirituality, not part of a specific and cohesive tradition (though generally drawing on Wicca-influenced paganism for its structures).

I say 'was', because when this was moderately common was, roughly, the '80s, in the heyday of the Women's Spirituality Movement (which I should note was not a purely pagan phenomenon; it was pretty pan-religious); I've seen very little of it in the last couple of decades. So it's considerably less useful now to concisely express one's 'flavor' of paganism to someone else. OTOH, the main stumbling block there is that, very often, other people's first thought will be Budapest Dianic - and that was also the case 25 or 30 years ago.

So there's plenty of precedent, in the history of the neoPagan movement, for identifying as independent or eclectic Dianic.

Sunflower
Thank you for your responses and guidance SunflowerP :)
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