When we delve into the myths and stories of the different cultures, lesbianism does not seem to have almost any kind of prominence. There are goddesses who can have some relationship with beings of the same sex, but this is usually somewhat anecdotical in their stories and more than lesbians they would be considered bisexual or pansexual since they usually also have relationships with men. If we know that homosexual relationships in both sexes are as old as humanity, where are the lesbian goddesses?
Detail of “The Magic Circle” by John William Waterhouse.
A few weeks ago a trans man wrote to me because in an LGBTQ + group he joined, they began to try him crazy and insult him only for his transsexual status. The group in question was created to create community and support among the members of the collective but what community and what support can we expect from someone who discriminates against others because they are different? The answer is no so much. Just a few days ago, something similar happened in a witchcraft group where comments first came up against sexual and gender diversity and second against Wiccans, although fortunately the moderators and the administrator cut those comments down. Now, imagine that you are an LGBTQ + person and that you also belong to Wicca. How would you feel if they question and attack two parts of your identity as important as your sexual orientation or gender identity and your beliefs?
The LGBTQ + community is underrepresented globally in society. But if we enter into the great rainbow spectrum that form the different sexual orientations and genres we see that bisexuality is still invisible even within the collective itself. As a result of this invisibility, bisexual people can develop many problems regarding their sexuality and their own identity, but witchcraft can be a way to heal those wounds.
When we talk about Dianic Wicca, we talk about a Wicca focused on the Goddess and that in some cases she relegates the God in the background very small or directly eliminates it from the cult. For a time, especially in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Dianic Wicca was synonymous with lesbian Wicca. It is not surprising that many lesbian wiccans adopted this tradition because it was closer to their life experience, but not all dianismo is lesbian.
No, we are not going to talk about any myth, story or story about a woman who likes women and who in some magical way becomes invisible. The reality is much sadder and today, as part of the Week of the Lesbian Visibility that we organize from the Sanctuary of Eros, we want to talk about the invisibility suffered by the lesbian community both inside and outside of paganism. And it seems that being a woman and a homosexual is less important than being a man and a homosexual, even though homosexuals are still fighting for many rights, they have to fight twice.
The Wiccan Rede Wicca begins: “Bide within the Law you must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust. Live you must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give.” And maybe because it is the first thing that is read in it, it is precisely the first thing that is forgotten or the least important. And I say this considering that many times we make the same mistakes as people who do not know or follow the Rede and we do not create spaces of perfect love and perfect confidence. At the beginning of the Transgender Visibility Week, we wrote an article talking about the situation of transsexualism within paganism and today, coinciding with the International Transgender Day Of Visibility, we want to take up part of the theme.
A few days ago, as the start of the Transgender Visibility Week, we wrote an article on the position of the trans community within paganism. We find that many times transgender people encounter the same difficulties they face in the rest of society in terms of discrimination or even hatred for being what they are. This should not be the case since paganism represents for many a safe place to express themselves, where to find a place to belong. Fortunately the gods do not understand these absurd discriminations that humans do.