The Great Rite

The Great Rite

A link to a post on my blog, about The Great Rite 🙂


7 comments on “The Great Rite

  1. Well being the way I am I fully agree the polarity is a personal one as I feel it move in me quite distinctly. I don’t really see the GR as a sexual union but as union creating the perfect balance – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually – well it works for me ha ha

  2. I think the “traditional” idea of the “Great Rite” has been very tied up with fertility, but we can give that a rest (though it is worth acknowledging to understand where the forms have come from). A certain generation of Pagan revivalists were quite obsessed with Paganism as a “fertility cult”, but we really don’t have to be. “Masculine” and “feminine” are such conditioned terms, they may have meaning to us, but they are very stretchy. There are quite a lot of things that are traditionally viewed as “feminine” which I don’t accept as such. Similarly there are things regarded as “masculine”, but if a woman has that quality as her own, then it is hers. Does it make her masculine, or does it extend our understanding of “femininity” (or even, dare we say it, humanity)? Similarly, if we think that a rite is about the union of the masculine and the feminine, what do we really mean by this (other than physical male and female)? Do we really want a central rite to be about that, or is another form of polarity more meaningful for us? I think polarity is powerful, and the polarity between male and female is going to be powerful for a heterosexual couple, but is this really the polarity that a gay or lesbian couple would be plugged into?

    • Masculine and feminine need not be about physical male and female at all. Certain traits are considered traditionally masculine or feminine, but can be, and are, present in both physical male and female.
      I personally have no problems considering the Rite as a union of traditional masculine and feminine, as both are present in each and every being, to my way of thinking.
      I also have no problems accepting traits as masculine or feminine, without limiting them to physical male or female form by doing so.
      My God/ess have both traditionally masculine and feminine traits within them as well.
      Whilst acknowledging that some LGBTQ people may have problems with understanding this as a Rite, I think this may stem from limiting masculine and feminine with physical male and female form. I purposely say problems with understanding as opposed to accepting, because of course you can understand something without actually accepting it as your particular belief or practice. This is the main reason I love being Pagan 🙂

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