Can I be a homosexual and practice Witchcraft?

Are different sexual preferences accepted in Wicca, Witchcraft, and Magick? For example most relegions claim to be against homosexuality.

Throughout most of Wicca, all sexual orientations are considered healthy and positive, as long as the individual sexual relationships are healthy and loving. Sexual orientation is not an issue. Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are almost always welcomed in individual communities, covens, study groups, and circles. Many homosexual Neo-Pagans were initially attracted to Neo-Pagan religions because of this inclusion since their relationships have an equal footing.

They may want to move away from the seeming homophobic pressure in their original religion.

Many Neopagans cite the Charge of the Goddess, which says “All acts of Love and Pleasure are My rituals”. So, all forms and expressions of sexuality, as long as they are otherwise healthy and consensual, are accepted.

Dianic Wicca is attractive to lesbian pagans because it welcomes them and celebrates their perspectives on feminism, sexism, and women’s empowerment within patriarchal culture.

A branch of traditional Witchcraft has provided a home for many Neo-Pagan homosexual men and women. The Feri Tradition is very open to all sexual orientations and some sources encourage bisexuality during rituals to reach states of ecstasy. Faery Witch covens of gay men have been formed and are accepted among the larger group of Faery Witches. Both heterosexual and homosexual couples are married and handfasted in Faery Witch ceremonies every year.

The Minoan Brotherhood was founded in 1977 by Edmund Buczynski who was an elder in the Gardnerian, WICA and New York Welsh Traditions. He created a Craft tradition for gay and bisexual men that would celebrate and explore the distinct mysteries unique to men who love men. The Minoan Sisterhood was founded as the Women’s counterpart to the Brotherhood by Lady Rhea and Lady Miw-Sekhmet in collaboration with Buczynski. Legitimate Minoan initiations and elevations are all conducted in same-sex only circles. Both traditions continue to this day.

The Brotherhood of the Phoenix was founded in the summer of 2004 by seven gay men from diverse traditions which include: ceremonial magick, shamanism, and pre-Gardenarian witchcraft to create an ecumenical neo-pagan tradition for a community of men who love men. The mandate of the Brotherhood is to help gay, bisexual, and transgender men overcome the burden of societal labels. The Brotherhood rejects the limiting beliefs and prejudices of modern culture and religion that preach intolerance and hate. They stress a simple neo-pagan principle: “Find the Divine within your own experience.” They hold public rituals near the eight common holidays of neo-pagan tradition where we celebrate the embodiment of the gay male through the life-cycle of human experience. The Brotherhood is committed to Activism, Outreach, and Education to build positive relationships which benefit our community and our world. The Order sponsors workshops, lectures, social events, and activist campaigns to achieve these aims.

These things are not true of all Wiccans, but there is certainly a place in Wicca for alternative lifestyles.

Rose Ariadne: Providing “Magickal” answers to your Pagan, Wiccan, Witchcraft spell casting questions since 2006.

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