The Goddess is the eternal feminine, the embodiment of female ethics and values. She is the creative life force of the universe in all its expressions. She birthed the universe, moon, earth, sun and all the species of life from Her body. As a birth-giving, all-nurturing mother, she has much in common with every woman. As an embodiment of the universe, she is usually seen as immanent, as the earth herself, and as present in every living thing from a blade of grass or a crystal to a wolf or a woman doctor. The Goddess is the earth and universe and everything that lives. She is present in all things and all living Beings are the Goddess-within, containing divinity in themselves. Anyone who is Goddess-within has consequence in the world, and that is everyone.
The Goddess is cycles within cycles. She is the changing moon, the rotating earth and the turning of the seasons., even though Wicca has the turning of the Wheel centered around the Sun God when the sun does not turn! In her earth aspect, she has (as the land has and as life has) her designated times for being, growing up, maturing and experiencing sexuality, giving birth, growing old and dying. In her moon aspect, the form she is most often likened to, her cycle is similar but shorter, and she is Maiden, Mother and Crone. The all-giving mother is also the all-taking mother, in a cycle that moves through the ages of life.
In returning to the Goddess, women (and men who choose it) find deity/divinity within themselves and present in every aspect and part of living. Abuse of another is abuse of the Goddess, and since Goddess resides within, it’s also abuse of thy self. Abuse of the earth is abuse of the Goddess and the self, and abuse of perfection. Every woman is Goddess, a Be-ing to honor and worship. Every living thing is Goddess. In worshiping deity as female, a woman worships her own divinity, herself as Goddess-within, and man worships his own feminine divinity, himself as Goddess within.
If Goddess created the earth, moon and universe, and if she is the earth, moon, and universe, and if women are Goddess, too, and men being part Goddess as well– there is little an individual woman or man cannot accomplish. When women and men discover that they have personal power, have consequence, they discover that they can autonomously direct their lives as well as change and correct the problems of the world.
The actual practice of witchcraft and worshiping the Goddess does not mean returning to what was done thousands of years ago---the remnants of knowledge from ancient times are too fragmented for that. Instead, it goes forward to what women and men need for living in the world we live in now and for reclaiming their self-image and consequence today.
Most women practicing witchcraft and men practicing ceremonial magick and worshiping the Goddess, perform rituals and celebrations. When we celebrate, we come together socially to enjoy and share a Sabbat, etc. When we do ritual, and we generally do Moon rituals in honor of the Moon Goddess, we are working to make a change in consciousness, creating a microcosm world in the cast circle to effect Goddess-within/consequence in the participants. They are creating the sacred rather than the social. This is usually done creating a sacred atmosphere that makes action safe, or by becoming in the ritual what they choose to be and then taking that power out to the larger world. Ritual, therefore, has focus and intent, while celebration is an unstructured gathering. Ritual has sacredness whereas celebration has sociability.
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