Paganism, Witchcraft, and Feminism

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The Ohm Gathering of Lunasia

Hello, all. It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I was thinking today- rather obsessively- about patriarchy and how it managed to nearly destroy the matriarchy that much of the world used to operate in. How did that happen? Why? And what does that have to do with Paganism? I’ve had many matriarchy-versus-patriarchy questions brought up during my studies. Today, a bit of a eureka moment hit me, and then I realized I knew it all along- most pagan religions known to us today are headed by women, be it the Goddesses or the matriarchs which lead us. Most of these religions greatly stress the importance of female things, especially the giving of life. They don’t denounce masculinity, generally.

Now pick a major world religion right now. Let’s go with the old favorite, Christianity. From the very beginning of the Bible, we know God is male. Okay, fine, cool. Then the…

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5 thoughts on “Paganism, Witchcraft, and Feminism

  1. I really don’t like when people (non witches) associate being a witch to only females I’ve had that happen many time “your a witch? But you’re a guy” I totally understand the whole labeling when it comes to this but I’m glad someone else sheds light on the subject.

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  2. Yeah for some reason there is a pervasive cultural idea that witchcraft is feminine, probably because most people unconsciously associate it with things like the Salem witch trails, in which most of the accused were women… Funny how that works.


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  3. That’s the one thing I can’t stand is when someone unknowingly just assumes all things witchcraft related was created from Salem I had a teacher in high school that taught on the Salem witch trails and was far beyond stupid when it came to the subject of witchcraft a group of women spreading rumors just to get people killed is not something I would want to be remembered for or labeled with lol

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  4. Agreed. I mean witchcraft has such an amazing and fascinating history, but church paranoia is all they’ll remember. It’s like Satanism, nobody knows shit about lavey, but they do remember every scary movie about satanist sacrificing people. : p


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