It’s All About Sex: Feminism, Paganism, and Trans Exclusion

A necessary read.

GODS & RADICALS

When I found a first hint of my Goddess, I was twenty and alone.

No one else at my small-town-South, church-affiliated college was openly trans. I wasn’t just socially stigmatized – I lacked spiritual tools with which to understand my alienation. Then one professor, a lesbian feminist with a goddess-symbol pendant, gave me a book: Beyond God the Father by Mary Daly. Daly’s post-Catholic thealogy taught me that a male authority figure wasn’t the only sort of God. Soon, I found a sacred place under an oleander tree and prayed to “the goddess;” within a few years, I’d gone through the Goddess Movement to the Meter Theon’s devotional service and the vows I’m under today.

In large part, Mary Daly set me free.

However, had I actually met her, she would’ve wanted nothing to do with me. Daly helped found what today we call the TERF movement: Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism, a strain…

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30 Days of Hymns, the Morrigan #1: Soil

Praise be upon thee,
lady of the darkened earth
dirt-caked hands
blood-smeared face
life and death
held in your arms
teach me what it is to be
a child of the earth
soil in my blood
rocks in my bones
let me dig in loamy flesh
let me find sparks of new life
let me grow anew in the land
let me bury my dead
let the soil expand, soaking up life-giving rain
let it dry
and starve us out
let us learn the story
of earth betrayed
let us know
the truth of the soil
let us be one
with the cycle
Praise be upon you,
Earthen Queen
dirt-caked face
blood-smeared hands
all the world within your arms
show us what it is to be
of the earth.


30 Days of Hymns: The Sacred Triad

 

Earth-centered vs. the actual Earth

Important stuff here about learning more about how the Earth actually works to make Earth worship a deeper practice.

Between Ocean and Hills

I am taking a class this quarter called Climate Change. It’s a challenging class, and while we haven’t gotten into the change part of climate change yet, we have learned a lot about climate in the first three weeks and it has gotten me thinking about Earth-centered paganism.

Sometimes people define all forms of paganism as being Earth-centered, but that is incorrect. While there is a large focus on the Earth, not all pagan religions are Earth-centered. And Earth-worship…seems to be lacking an important thing, in this day and age, and that thing would be an actual understanding of the Earth, local climate, seasonal shifts, etc.

I think science should very much be a part of paganism, especially paganism that focuses heavily on the Earth. Learning more about the actual reasons why seasonal shifts occur, why storms come in the winter in California, how and why the height of the…

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