Welcome to the Women of the Goddess Circle! We are a feminist, Pagan spiritual community of women in the Dianic tradition of Wicca. Our mission is:
- To mark the eight Sabbats of the year in ritual with like-minded adult women
- To strengthen the Goddess connection within us
- To share this connection with others, and
- To bring wholeness to the world and to our journey in it as the Wheel of the Year turns
Our Wheel of the Year follows the seasonal cycle of Mother Nature. We begin in the silent peace of winter and mark its zenith at Yule (Dec 21). At Candlemas (Feb 2) we note the coming of spring and make our dedications. We grow, blossom and flourish through Ostara (Mar 21), Beltane (May 2), and summer’s zenith at Litha (Jun 21). Then at Lammas (Aug 2) we sense the season changing and prepare for the end of the year at Mabon (Sep 21). We greet death in confident satisfaction at Samhain (Oct 31) and enter the Underworld in peace until the next cycle begins. Our rituals are on the Sunday of or before the actual date, except for Samhain which is always on Oct 31. Planning for our rituals is usually two Sundays before the event.
The Dianic tradition of Wicca worships the Goddess alone in Her many aspects without reference to the God as in mainstream Wicca. We do not use gender polarity as a source of energy; rather we seek our energy and purpose from Her divine presence within ourselves and in the exclusive company of women. This creates a consistent harmony from which effective magic can arise.
We welcome all women of good intent who sincerely subscribe to our purpose and who have passed their eighteenth birthday. We encourage newcomers to attend a planning meeting first to get acquainted. We gladly receive women of all ages, levels of experience, sexual orientations, and means.
Beyond our Sabbats together, we encourage daily prayer and living mindfully in a Wiccan way. This is especially useful when one cannot be physically present at a ritual. When we are in Circle, we encourage participation. Wicca is not a spectator sport!
We have no high priestess nor hierarchy, although we do recognize different levels of skill and experience. All women are priestesses among us and all voices are heard. Those Seekers who desire to become full Members enter initiation which involves memorizing our ritual practices. Membership is a serious commitment. It means taking personal responsibility for “holding the rim” of our Circle and working consistently and effectively for its health and success. Members pay $24 per year dues. All others pay $5 per ritual they attend.
Finally, we are about fun, too. We laugh. We sometimes make mistakes or forget our lines, but we pick it up and move right on. Yet we constantly strive for our best performance. All who attend are expected:
- To focus on the intention
- To concentrate their energies to perform the best possible ritual
- To respect each other and each other’s confidentiality
- To RSVP in advance
- To show up on time
We promote learning. The more deeply we understand the meanings of our symbols and ritual practices, the more magic we will generate. Here are some of the materials we have found particularly useful. These can easily be found in most spirituality bookstores or on the web.
Starhawk: The Spiral Dance. (1979). Absolutely basic for anyone in the modern Wiccan movement.
Blacksun: The Spell of Making (1995). Practical guide to creating ritual.
Christina Baldwin: Calling the Circle (1994). How a circle works. This is an essential guide for working with others and administering a circle.
Ruth Barrett: Women’s Rites, Women’s Mysteries. (2004). Fundamental source book for creating Dianic rituals, especially working with energy and the responsibilities of a priestess.
Witchvox. International website for all Wiccans at www.witchvox.com. A great resource for articles and finding other circles.
Margo Adler: Drawing Down the Moon (1986). Excellent review of history and diversity of the neo-pagan movement in the United States.
Judy Harrow: Wicca Covens-How to Start and Organize Your Own. (1999). Practical, down to earth and even humorous at times, this book offers sound, non-preachy advice. One caveat: she does treat covens as social support groups and not strictly as a worship circle.
Z. Budapest: The Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries (1979) - Foundation work for Dianic tradition. Source of many of our prayers and rituals.
Diane Stein: Casting the Circle (1990). Good, complete basic manual of ritual for Sabbats, Moons, and Rites of Passage.