The ascetism of early Christianity, which turned its back on the world of the flesh, had degrenerated, in some quarters of the Church, into hatred of those who those who brought that flesh into being. Misogyny, the hatred of women, had become a strong element in medieval Christianity. Women who menstruate, and give birth, were identified with sexuality and therefore with evil. All witchcraft stems from carnal lust, which is in women insatiable, stated the Malleus Maleficarum.
The truth is that while men, in our society, are encouraged to have strong egos and to function in competitive, aggressive, intellectualized modes that may indeed cause them pain, for most women the ego is like a fragile African Violet, grown in secret from a seed, carefully nursed and fertilized and sheltered from too much sun.
As women, however, we need to look very closely at these philosophies and ask ourselves the hard-headed, critial question, What's in it for me? What does this spiritual system do for women? Of course, the gurus, teachers, and ascended masters will tell us that, even by asking such a question, we are merely continuing in our enslavement to the Lords of Mind; that it is simply another dodge of the ego as it resists dissoulution in the All.
On every full moon, rituals such as the one described above take place<br/>on hilltops, beaches, in open fields and in ordinary houses. Writers,<br/>teachers, nurses, computer programmers, artists,lawyers, poets, plumbers,<br/>and auto mechanics - women and men from many backgrounds come<br/>together to celebrate the mysteries of the Triple Goddess of the Dance<br/>of Life. The religion they practise is called Witchcraft.
We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power. Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when