Gender and Paganism Part 1: Let’s sort this out

Mabon: Rituals, Recipes & Lore for the Autumn Equinox from Diana Rajchel Samhain: Rituals, Recipes and Lore: Author Copy from Diana Rajchel

*Lutheranism to my mind is treated separately from other forms of Protestantism for two reasons:
1)Martin Luther’s intent was that it was a REFORMATION of the Catholic church, and to his mind it was just “Catholic, but better.”
2)They, like the Catholics, designate their clergy as priests. Priesthood- something that merits much discussion – is very different from other forms of spiritual service.

Why am I laying this out? Because I feel like we’re getting our terms confused, as we deliberately get our genders muddled. (Gender muddling is A-OK with me, for the record.)

Pagans are a wonderful group of… GROUPS. Pagans, neopagans to Recon, are NOT all one religion. We are many religions, with many subgroups within those religions. When we make our goal “unity” the first step is not finding common ground – it’s finding common need.

Just as some Christian groups are “boo! Birth control! Nobody mention vasectomies where the wimminz can hear us,” to “Yay! Birth control! Can we have some for Africa?” some Pagan groups have equally diverse and oppositional approaches to any moral ground EVER.

Thus I point to the above chart, as an extremely simplified explanation.

Paganism can be a general religion, just as some people claim to be generically Christian. But when it comes to spirituality, we’re all a bit like Smart Phones and web browsers in that we don’t need our add-ons, but we generally choose them.

Our common needs in which we can find unity across at-times wildly different religions:

  • Religious freedom
  • A sense of fellowship
  • A sense of safety and protection
  • A sense of pleasure in our spiritual practice**

 

**this merits discussion, as I know some Pagan Orthodox/fundamentalist types who still don’t think it’s spiritual unless it makes you miserable.