Dianic tradition is based on a goddess-centered cosmology and the primacy of She who is all and whole unto Herself.
Dianic tradition draws inspiration from the goddesses Diana and Artemis representing female embodiment, autonomy, and sovereignty.
Dianic practices are inspired by the awareness that Goddesses have been known throughout time, by many names, and in numerous cultures worldwide.
Dianic seasonal rituals celebrate the mythic cycle of the Goddess within the earth's seasonal cycles of birth, death, and regeneration, and their correspondence to the female life cycle.
Dianic tradition is a Women's Mysteries ritual tradition that celebrates female embodiment from cradle to grave.
Dianic tradition is celebrated in exclusively female-only circles.
Power is sourced through our wombs, and female embodied magic.
Dianics honor the female body as a manifestation of Goddess in all Her glorious diversity of color, size, and shape.
Dianic ritual and magical practices honor women's creativity, and intuitive ways of knowing.
Dianics recognize that women's magic is a sacred trust; therefore, Dianics do not teach their Women's Mysteries and magic to males.
Sexuality is sacred. When lovers meet in mutual love, trust, and equality, these expressions of love and pleasure are a gift to, and from, the Goddess.
Sacred play is a form of spiritual practice.
The Dianic tradition is a teaching tradition.
Dianic tradition stands in accord with the Wiccan Rede, which states "An' it harm none, do what you will." We honor free will, with the intention that our magical actions manifest for the greater good of all.
(To learn more about the Dianic tradition, read Temple of Diana founder, Ruth Barrett's book Women's Rites,Women's Mysteries)
Our Definition of Womanhood
A woman is a person who is a biological female and identifies and lives as female. Being a woman is to be free to be herself, and express herself as a full human being. This means living her life free from the internal or external limitations of binary gender stereotypes for females dictated by the dominant culture.
Women's Mysteries are at the center of Dianic practice. By "Mysteries" we mean the experiences of the female body from birth, girlhood, into womanhood, and elderhood. These Mysteries include our uterine blood mysteries (menstruation, birthing, menopause), female sexuality and spirituality, and all the ways that our female bodies inform our diverse life experiences. Part of our work as a feminist spiritual tradition is to keep conscious of, and heal from the insidious ways that misogyny affects our lives. This includes our self-perception through the views of the dominant culture, religion, and cultural inheritance. The commonality girls and women share based on our biological sex transcends other differences in race, ability, ethnicity, and class. For us, the exploration and celebration of Women's Mysteries is an embodied experience that defies words, and can only be experienced by female individuals. Dianic tradition has centered on the embodied female mysteries for over 40 years. We affirm our ability to be whole-unto-ourselves and as free as the goddess Artemis. We affirm our right to gather as female individuals within our female-only circles to celebrate our rites.
In the current climate where transgender activists seek to eliminate protections based on biological sex, we will not participate in our own oppression and erasure by pretending that
our bodies are insignificant to what makes us female, as girls and women. As spiritual feminists in community with women from diverse backgrounds of race, ethnicity, and class, our common threads that weave us together has been our courage and mutual support to confront our personal and collective historical experiences of physical and sexual violence, and social, political, and economic oppression – all because of our sex -- and to reclaim our female bodies as sacred and as a source of divine wisdom.
We support male individuals in honoring their unique Mysteries of the male body from birth, boyhood, into manhood, and elderhood.
We encourage transgender individuals to create their own rites of passage that address their significant life cycle events from birth into elderhood.