What is an inclusive coven? by Yvonne Aburrow
I think there’s a spectrum of inclusivity – so one coven might score
100% and another might score 80% – but I think we have to accept that
different people will have different ideas and priorities. However, it
would avoid a lot of heartbreak all round if people stated upfront how
inclusive their coven actually is.
Why inclusive Wicca? by Yvonne Aburrow
Exploring the aspects of Wiccan ritual that led me to modify and expand my practice to be more inclusive.
Inclusive Wicca, by Yvonne Aburrow, Pagan Theologies wiki. (PDF)
So, your coven consists entirely of straight people. Why bother to modify your practice at all? Well,
it will make you more aware that gender is an artificial construct and that sexuality is fluid. It will
make you less likely to assume nonsensical things like men don’t knit, boys don’t cry, ladies don’t
fart, blokes don’t like flowers, men drink pints and women drink halves, and so on, and that boys
and girls always settle down together and make babies. Of course, you don’t think any of those
Aspects of Initiation, by Yvonne Aburrow, Pagan Theologies wiki. (PDF)
In my view, there are six separate aspects to initiation. There is the inner process of
transformation; the initiation by the gods and goddesses (making contact with the
numinous); experiencing the Mysteries (that which cannot be spoken, or Arrheton);
being given the secrets of the coven (that which must not be spoken, or Aporrheton);
joining the group mind of the coven; and the joining of the lineage or tradition of which
the coven is part.
Open your hearts and circles by Khristóphoros Hairetikós
A big part of being inclusive is knowing who you are dealing with. We are the officiating priesthood within our circles. Let us adjust them to be accepting of all those that are being welcomed into them. Know your participants, know their needs. Find working alternatives and be ready to adjust. Nobody should ever have to say “I am sorry, I can't do that” in the middle of your rites.
Invocation, by Yvonne Aburrow, Pagan Theologies wiki. (PDF)
Why do we do invocation? Who benefits from it? I would argue that both the
deity and the practitioner benefit (and hopefully so do the other coveners).
Human awareness is finite and local to one particular area of space-time, that
is to say, here and now. Divine consciousness seems to be both spatially and
temporally unfocussed, and potentially infinite. So deities can benefit by
accessing our local, temporal and focussed consciousness, and we can benefit
by accessing their atemporal, non-local and multiple perspective consciousness.
But what do you actually do? by Yvonne Aburrow
Wicca is not just about the words we use in ritual - many covens
within the Gardnerian and Alexandrian communities use different words
for casting the circle, calling the quarters, consecrating and so on.
The point is that we are orthopraxic - we do the same actions and we use the same techniques.
Ritual safety, by Yvonne Aburrow
Making sure that your ritual is physically and psychologically safe for the participants.
The other Inclusive Wicca (a tradition in Australia)
There is already a tradition called the Inclusive Wicca Tradition which has no links with the inclusive Wicca tendency (note small i) in Gardnerian and Alexandrian Wicca.
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