Now, admittedly, what I know about Dianic Wicca could maybe fill half of one of those little plastic buckets kids use to make sandcastles. I've read about it in Drawing Down the Moon, online, talking to other folks in the pagan community, and little bits and pieces from books and articles whose titles and URLs I've forgotten over the years. Basically, as I understand it, it is a women's mystery tradition that was resurrected from what seems to be
There are a lot of people that fight about what it means to be a Dianic Wiccan. At this past year's Pantheacon a big uproar occurred when a group of transgendered women were not allowed to participate, as it was considered to be a ritual for those who were born women and have menstruated. Many folks believe that, unless you are someone who has menstruated, you cannot be a Dianic Wiccan. Many folks also extend the idea to include individuals whose gender identity is female.
According to Adler, there is a stream of the Dianic Tradition that hails from Dallas, TX and began with Morgan McFarland who allowed men into one of her covens. However, they do not seem to be able to take positions of leadership, and are truly there at the whim and pleasure of the High Priestess who can revoke their membership at any time for any reason. McFarland herself recounts that when compared to women-only Dianic covens, her mixed gender covens do not seem to be as empowering an experience for the women.
We have found that women working together are capable of conjuring their past and reawakening their old ascendancy. They are capable of putting together many of the pieces. This does not seem to happen when men are present. Perhaps this is a societal thing. It seems that in mixed covens, no matter how 'feminist' the women are, a kind of competition begins to happen. Among the women, alone, none of this occurs, and a great reciprocity develops, unlike anything I have seen before.
This from the woman who is credited with allowing men into the "Women's Mysteries" Club. Most of the resources I've found online say that women don't like the idea of men getting involved in the women's mystery traditions. So... I have a bit of a conundrum.
What is the deal with Dianic Priests? Like...Why? What? How? Did I mention 'Why?'
Ok. Let me explain my confusion. Do you remember that really old Simpson's episode where they make a No Homers Allowed club? Homer doesn't understand why he can't be in it, but it's explained they already have one Homer and he simply cannot join. Hilarity ensues, and I think there was something about a soda machine and a nearly naked Homer dragging a rock by a chain. I look at Dianic Wicca the same way. No nearly naked with a giant rock, but...well... It was founded, originally, on principles of being a "women's mysteries tradition." A by women for women kind of thing.
When someone puts up a sign that says "No Boys Allowed," what compels a guy to say, "but...but I wanna know what goes on behind that door?" I get how, given some of my recent ideas about secret knowledge this might be a bit confusing, but I also am an advocate for not trying to push when someone says no.
So, I guess I'll come out and say it. From the research that I've done, and from what I understand, I currently think of Dianic Priests as oxymoronic. I'm sure there are plenty of very good reasons why a guy attempts to get into the girls club, but I guess I don't understand them or the principle behind the desire.
But, of course, I put this to the Rioters. Explain Dianic Priests, for I am at a loss. I by no means know or understand all there is to know or understand and my view is not fact. It's my opinion formed from lots of head scratching and going "huh?".
What do YOU think about male Dianic Wiccans/Dianic Priests?
Love and Lyte,