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Fairy Tradition Creation
Alone, awesome, complete within Herself, the Goddess, She
whose name cannot be spoken, floated in the abyss of the outer darkness, before
the beginning of all things. And as She looked into the curved mirror of black
space, She saw by her own light her radiant reflection and fell in love with it.
She drew it forth by the power that was in Her and made love to Herself, and
called Her, "Miria, the Wonderful."
Their ecstasy burst forth in the single song of all that is,
was, or ever shall be, and with the song came motion, waves that poured outward
and became all the spheres and circles of the worlds. The Goddess became filled
with love, swollen with love, and She gave birth to a rain of bright spirits
that filled the worlds and became all beings.
But in that great movement, Miria was swept away, and as She
moved out from the Goddess She became more masculine. First She became the Blue
God, the gentle, laughing God of love. Then She became the Green One,
vine-covered, rooted in the earth, the spirit of all growing things. And last
She became the Horned God, the Hunter whose face is the ruddy sun and yet dark
as Death. But always desire draws Him back toward the Goddess, so that He
circles Her eternally, seeking to return in love.
All began in love; all seeks to return to love. Love is the law, the teacher
of wisdom and the great revealer of mysteries.
A Dianic Creation Myth
In the infinite moment before all time
the Goddess arose from chaos
and gave birth to Herself.
This was before anything else had been born... not even Herself.
And when She separated the skies from the waters
She danced upon them.
As She danced, so did Her ecstasy increase.
In Her ecstasy She created everything that is.
Her movements made the wind and the element Air was born and did breathe.
And the Goddess named Herself:
Arianrhod, Cardea, Astarte
And sparks were struck from Her dancing feet so that She shone forth as the
and the stars were caught in Her hair. Comets raced about Her,
and the element Fire was born.
And the Goddess named Herself:
Sunna, Vesta, Pele'
About her feet swirled the waters in tidal wave and river,
and flowing stream.
The element Water did move.
And She named Herself:
Binah, Mari Morgaine, Lakshmi
And She sought to rest her feet from their dance, and She brought forth the
so that the shores were Her footstool, the fertile lands Her womb,
the mountains Her full breasts, and Her streaming hair the growing things.
And the Goddess named Herself:
Cerridwen, Demeter, the Corn Mother
She saw that which was and is and will be,
born of Her sacred dance and cosmic delight,
and infinite joy.
She laughed, and the Goddess created Woman in Her own image,
to be the Priestess of the Great Mother.
From Her Elements; Earth, Air, Fire and Water,
the Goddess created for Herself a Consort-
for love, pleasure, companionship and sharing.
The Goddess then spoke to Her daughters, saying:
"I am the Moon to light your path and to speak to your rhythms.
I am the Dancer and the Dance.
I whirl without motion.
I am the Sun who gives you warmth in which to stretch and grow.
I am All that will Be.
I am the Wind to blow at your call and the sparkling Waters that offer joy.
I am the Fire of the Dance of Life,
and I am the Earth beneath your dancing feet.
I give to all my priestesses three aspects that are Mine:
I am Artemis, the Maiden of the Animals, the Virgin of the Hunt.
I am Isis, the Great Mother.
I am Ngame, the Ancient One who winds the shroud.
I shall be called a million names.
Call unto me, daughters, and know that I am Nemesis."
We are Virgins, Mothers, Old Ones- All.
We offer our created energy:
to the Spirit of Women Past,
to the Spirit of Women yet to Come,
to Woman Spirit Present and Growing.
Behold, we move forward together.
by Mike Nichols
Once upon a time, there were two Witches. One was a Feminist Witch and the
other was a Traditionalist Witch. And, although both of them were deeply
religious, they had rather different ideas about what their religion meant. The
Feminist Witch tended to believe that Witchcraft was a religion especially
suited to women because the image of the Goddess was empowering and a strong
weapon against patriarchal tyranny. And there was distrust in the heart of the
Feminist Witch for the Traditionalist Witch because, from the Feminist
perspective, the Traditionalist Witch seemed subversive and a threat to "the
The Traditionalist Witch tended to believe that Witchcraft was a religion for
both men and women because anything less would be divisive. And although the
Goddess was worshipped, care was taken to give equal stress to the God-force in
nature, the Horned One. And there was distrust in the heart of the
Traditionalist Witch for the Feminist Witch because, from the Traditionalist
viewpoint, the Feminist Witch seemed like a late-comer and a threat to
"Tradition". These two Witches lived in the same community but each belonged to
a different Coven, so they did not often run into one another. Strange to say,
the few times they did meet, they felt an odd sort of mutual attraction, at
least on the physical level. But both recognized the folly of this attraction,
for their ideologies were worlds apart, and nothing, it seemed, could ever
Then one year the community decided to hold a Grand Coven, and all the Covens
in the area were invited to attend. After the rituals, the singing, the magicks,
the feasting, the poetry, and dancing were concluded, all retired to their tents
and sleeping bags. All but these two. For they were troubled by their
differences and couldn't sleep. They alone remained sitting by the campfire
while all others around them dreamed. And before long, they began to talk about
their differing views of the Goddess. And, since they were both relatively
inexperienced Witches, they soon began to argue about what was the "true" image
of the Goddess.
"Describe your image of the Goddess to me," challenged the Feminist Witch.
The Traditionalist Witch smiled, sighed, and said in a rapt voice, "She is the
embodiment of all loveliness. The quintessence of feminine beauty. I picture her
with silver-blond hair like moonlight, rich and thick, falling down around her
soft shoulders. She has the voluptuous young body of a maiden in her prime, and
her clothes are the most seductive, gossamer thin and clinging to her willowy
frame. I see her dancing like a young elfin nymph in a moonlit glade, the dance
of a temple priestess. And she calls to her lover, the Horned One, in a voice
that is gentle and soft and sweet, and as musical as a silver bell frosted with
ice. She is Aphrodite, goddess of sensual love. And her lover comes in answer to
her call, for she is destined to become the Great Mother. That is how I see the
The Feminist Witch hooted with laughter and said, "Your Goddess is a Cosmic
Barbie Doll! The Jungian archetype of a cheer-leader! She is all glitter and no
substance. Where is her strength? Her power? I see the Goddess very differently.
To me, she is the embodiment of strength and courage and wisdom. A living symbol
of the collective power of women everywhere. I picture her with hair as black as
a moonless night, cropped short for ease of care on the field of battle. She has
the muscular body of a woman at the peak of health and fitness. And her clothes
are the most practical and sensible, not slinky cocktail dresses. She does not
paint her face or perfume her hair or shave her legs to please men's vanities.
Nor does she do pornographic dances to attract a man to her. For when she calls
to a male, in a voice that is strong and defiant, it will be to do battle with
the repressive masculine ego. She is Artemis the huntress, and it is fatal for
any man to cast a leering glance in her direction. For, although she may be the
many-breasted Mother, she is also the dark Crone of wisdom, who destroys the old
order. That is how I see the Goddess."
Now the Traditionalist Witch hooted with laughter and said, "Your Goddess is
the antithesis of all that is feminine! She is Yahweh hiding behind a feminine
mask! Don't forget that it was his followers who burned Witches at the stake for
the "sin" of having "painted faces". After all, Witches with their knowledge of
herbs were the ones who developed the art of cosmetics. So what of beauty? What
of love and desire?"
And so the argument raged, until the sound of their voices awakened a Coven
Elder who was sleeping nearby. The Elder looked from the Feminist Witch to the
Traditionalist Witch and back again, saying nothing for a long moment. Then the
Elder suggested that both Witches go into the woods apart from one another and
there, by magick and meditation, that each seek a "true" vision of the Goddess.
This they both agreed to do.
After a time of invocations, there was a moment of perfect stillness. Then a
glimmer of light could be seen in the forest, a light shaded deepest green by
the dense foliage. Both Witches ran toward the source of the radiance. To their
wonder and amazement, they discovered the Goddess had appeared in a clearing
directly between them, so that neither Witch could see the other. And the
Traditionalist Witch yelled "What did I tell you!" at the same instant the
Feminist Witch yelled "You see, I was right!" and so neither Witch heard the
To the Feminist Witch, the Goddess seemed to be a shining matrix of power and
strength, with courage and energy flowing outward. The Goddess seemed to be
holding out her arms to embrace the Feminist Witch, as a comrade in arms. To the
Traditionalist Witch, the Goddess seemed to be the zenith of feminine beauty,
lightly playing a harp and singing a siren song of seduction. Energy seemed to
flow towards her. And she seemed to hold out her arms to the Traditionalist
From opposite sides of the clearing, the Witches ran toward the figure of the
Goddess they both loved so well, desiring to be held in the ecstasy of that
divine embrace. But just before they reached her, the apparition vanished. And
the two Witches were startled to find themselves embracing each other.
And then they both heard the voice of the Goddess. And, oddly enough, it
sounded exactly the same to both of them. It sounded like laughter.