I Am A Cis-Woman

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I was born with all the biological markers of the female sex. I was not born with all of the classic traits of the female gender. I was born different. Different enough that I've spent a lot of my life pinpointing that difference. That means I've given a lot of thought to my gender identity and sexual orientation. I am female and I am attracted to men. The fact that I have female reproductive organs almost seems incidental to this. My personality makes more sense in a male gender. … [Read more...]

Hint: It’s Because We Have Vaginas

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In response to my post on veiling yesterday someone responded that in ancient times veiled women were unable to participate in civic life. That is wrong. People with vaginas were unable to participate in civic life, whether or not they wore a veil. There are a lot of Pagans out there studying ancient practices and seeking ways to revive them in the modern world. Women in particular are interested in finding ways to take the best of ancient practice and marry it to a modern … [Read more...]

Veiling: A Different Take On Pagan Womanhood

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[I apologize for the length of this post. You might want to save this for later if it's too long to read on a phone or on a lunch break.] You can't move an inch within Paganism without stumbling across paradoxes, anomalies, or just things that make you tilt your head to the side and ponder. We are a diverse and wonderfully strange people. Within our our small minority (in relation to world religions)  there exist myriad majority/minority distinctions. It fascinates me when Paganism moves … [Read more...]

Hear Ye the Voice of the Goddess

How do you see the Goddess? The Divine Feminine spoken of in Wicca and other Pagan religions? Monolithic woman, the essence of femaleness, the open-armed Mother? I relate better to male Gods, but I recently had an experience that reminded me of how I found the Goddess so many years ago. Not her name, or stories. Not Pagan literature, but her bright spirit. It was through a specific type of music. There used to be this alternative rock station in Atlanta called 99X. Once I achieved some … [Read more...]

The Egg and Mary Magdalen

This incredible painting of the Magdalen by Richard Stodart is not only available as a print, but the original is up for sale.

When I think of Ostara, I think of eggs, and of the multi-colored egg salad that is made the day after Ostara. And when I think of Divine images associated with eggs, I always think of Mary Magdalen. Most Pagans who convert from a Christian background go through a "What do I think about Jesus?" phase. I certainly did, and devoured Margaret Starbird's books. I was able to frame my feelings regarding the Christian faith, not necessarily Christian culture, through books such as The Woman … [Read more...]

Should There Be Freedom Of Religion Within Paganism?

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I was really freaking angry yesterday. I'm still processing my feelings of betrayal and being used over this issue, and angry to see so many people putting their agenda ahead of logic, reason, facts, and other people's rights. In trying to cool down and start seriously thinking about this whole brouhaha over Z. Budapest's ritual at PantheaCon, I realized it boiled down to a single issue: freedom of religion. If you deeply believe in menses magic, in celebrating and honoring the womb, … [Read more...]

Violence, Children and Women

There seems to be a theme of violence in the news this morning, and before I attempt to wrap my head around the concept of idol-worship (stay tuned!) I want to talk about violence. The first regards a local story on WSB of an investigation into child abuse because of a Santeria ritual. A daycare called the police after finding cuts on a 4-year-old girl's chest. Apparently the cross-shaped cuts are made as part of a religious ritual in order to boost the girls strength. This isn't a ritual I … [Read more...]

Living In My Own Mind: A Pagan With Asperger’s

This is a post that I swore I would never write. I thought it would hurt my ability to earn a living. But then I realized that if you Google my name you find I'm a Witch who is pro-GLBTQI, supportive of polyamory, and a whole host of other views that limit your opportunities in the conservative South. So why not write this? I won't garner any more negativity for this post than for any other difficult post I've written. And I did promise myself that my writing would be free and brave this … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Is Heathenry Misogynistic? An Exploration into the Havamal

Through my years as a practicing Heathen in the Northern Tradition, there are certain subjects that invariably crop up when I'm interacting with the more general pagan crowd. One of these subjects is the perceived misogyny of the Northern Tradition.Yet, not only does our tradition have great respect and honor for the Goddesses, and a special cultus to the disir/matrons, but the human women also held a great deal of power as well. … [Read more...]

Finding the Goddess in You

I have been an utter crank lately. So today I want to be completely positive. I've loaded up on chocolate and played some upbeat music (although do you think Britney Spears ripped off the Bellamy Brothers? Difficult to call for me.) I've written before that I have always been closer to male Gods than female Goddesses. I'm trying to work on that. I'm housesitting for a nice lesbian lady who's house is full of Goddess images and feminine energy. I'm working with my female ancestors more. I'm … [Read more...]


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