A Fresh Look at Polarity - The Witches Table
 
_Early in my path I was more heavily influenced by Wicca than I am
today.  It was by far the most accessible and easiest route to
Paganism and Magick and many of the first Pagans I met were also
influenced by Wicca.  This meant that my first brush with polarity
(besides "reversing the polarity of the neutron flow") was a binary
gender polarity - the male and female in perfect harmony, Goddess and Consort itself a definite heterosexual relationship.   The idea of
codifying socially constructed gender ideas into a religious and
Magickal system was and is highly unappealing to me.  Later I
came to see how exclusionary it was for GBLT Pagans whose relationships and live experiences were ignored and marginalised by the traditional God and Goddess coupling.  So I pretty much left polarity alone - I ceased calling both God and Goddess into the circle unless I had a specific reason to; the world did not end and my Deities didn't seem to care much.

So I was incredibly intrigued to see that the first part of Fiat Lux
(T.Thorn Coyle's online mystery school) was all about Polarity.  The
first installment went up in October but I have only just finished it;
it did not disappoint.  I have written before about how impressive
T.Thorn Coyle was speaking at Treadwells last year and I have read a previous article here by T.Thorn Coyle on gender and so I knew I would be getting something far more interesting than just *male and female energy*. Fiat Lux did not disappoint!

The working for the month was about uncovering the polarities in our own lives, framed very much in  terms of our own experience - I
naturally chose the push and pull between Driving Stress and Complete Relaxation, two poles I am buffeted between regularly. The starting point is learning to sit between the poles and simply be.  Sounds simple, but if it was so simple I wouldn't have spent so much of my life desperately seeking relaxation and lurching off after stress.  I would imagine that most people have a polarity struggle in their lives of some sort in their lives and it is really valuable to pause and think about how much it might be affecting, consuming or interfering with you achieving your dreams.

I am currently working and dreaming towards a more integrated Magickal Life. Achieving a state where I am at peace with both these forces and being able to stand in the space between them would be hugely liberating and, for the split second I achieved it in the Fiat Lux practice, it was immense. Standing tall in the middle and holding the space between felt almost overwhelmingly powerful and empowering.  Strong stuff I can tell you.

It threw up a reminder of one more thing.  A few years ago I was struggling with learning to drive and did some work on this both with hypnotherapy and the Chariot Tarot card.  Fiat Lux has reminded me of the polarity in the Chariot and I think I might need to go and take another look at it.  Clearly the Chariot is not done with me yet!
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1/20/2012 23:12:45

It's an important state- finding balance but honouring our own channel. Great ideas and important to think more on for me. I think the resonance of being between polar extremes matters- particularly psychologically and in elementals.

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Witch
1/21/2012 05:41:27

Wicca is not only about polarity between male and female and it should be noticed. Many gay people are Wiccans.

I can't understand why some people want to change religion because of their sexual preferences. Gods are not people. I believe gender is only for our understanding them.

I feel connect with Blue God of Feri for it seems to me that he's a little bit "gay" but I want to be initiated to Wicca even if I'm homosexual. Because my sexual preferences are not all and my religion is not about them. Divinity has sex in itself but I think it should be not understand like we want to, but like we feel it. I've never felt uncomfortable with polarity between God and Goddess. I could have not be political correct when I say that searching gay topics because of comfort is strange for me. And yes, I'm gay, but Gods are not gay, hetero or bi. However, they are so sexual! And polarity is not about sexual orientation because even sex is not only about it.

I understand your view and I think you're right but I just can't stand when people all the time want to show that Wicca is about heterosexuality. No, it's about Mystery, Gods, life and Love and it's for everyone.

Blessed Be!

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1/22/2012 01:27:22

There is a difference too between the philosophy of a religion and the people who practice it. We need to remember principles before personalities and focus on the essence of the spiritual message.

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1/23/2012 08:09:06

I totally hear you about how exclusionary the emphasis on the heterosexual relationship of god and goddess can be-- it's great to think about polarity in a variety of ways. ;)

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