Gender Equity For All

Gender issues within the Wiccan faith are less problematic than in other more mainstream religions. Most likely this is so because gender equity is more common place, even though Wicca often tends to acknowledge a feminine divinity rather than a masculine one. Whether this divinity is singular or manifold, it is always accepted to exist in some form, and adherents of both sexes, sexualities, and gender types are usually able to find acceptance within Wicca.

Within the Wiccan religion, many practice rites that offer insightful perspectives on the sexes, and in some cases the greater mysteries even offer a narrative that involves a divine androgyne. This unique and powerful being is meant to be viewed as possessing all the properties of both male and females simultaneously, while epitomizing a third and unique transcendent being, that is beyond this simple dynamic. This being has various names, as do most Wiccan deities but, it's form is consistently androgynous.

It is this single being within Wicca that may even be considered "The All" or, the equivalent to the all powerful single God of the now existing monotheistic faiths. Typically Wicca has a well known Goddess and, or God operating in a mythic cycle that helps to explain and contextualize all things eschatological. Deity is considered both eminent and transcendent which, when compared with other more monolithic faiths is not all that unusual. But Wiccans all come to understand that even as they honor their deities, they also honor themselves. When they do not honor their deities, they do not honor themselves.
By viewing themselves as deities, and God-like themselves, Wiccans are not so different from the apocryphal figures that exist within the confines of other ethical faith groups.

They place merit in the idea of spiritual and physical realities both being important. Rather than operating through a lens of denial of self, Wiccans embrace this life as being interconnected in a continuing cycle with the next life. Each is in need of the other and can not be easily made separate. People who's gender identity or sexual modality that may be considered fringe within the context of other faiths, can usually find acceptance without fear of religious reprisal or compromise within a group of Wiccans.

Gender modalities, rather than the chromosomal sex characteristics of a person's birth are taken into account by Wicca. A non-dogmatic approach to practicing religious ritual, coupled with the mysteries involved with male / female polarity gives place to a dialog of moderation between the two within the faith. Equity is the norm between gender based rituals, but they are respected as equitable in any case that is open to public practice. This is not always true in the case of insular Wicca groups that do, discriminate based on gender and sex in private practice. This approach to the faith is arguably seen as both protective, and exclusionary, yet while rare, it does exist.

Gender dichotomy obviously makes sense when one looks closely at the importance of spiritual energy and what is typified within cultures where Wicca is practiced as relevant. Males and females are considered to be energetic opposites, which by default means heterosexual. Again, when one realizes the array of LGBTQ persons that exist, certain challenges arise that may thwart the simplest practice within a religion having a well defined creed, or dogma that opposes or denies the persons vary existence.

Sexuality, being fluid rather than static, forces a confrontation, or a continual update of religious interpretations by the top leaders of the large monotheistic faith groups. Wicca has little to gain by shunning people because of what sex they may be concealing under their clothes. And if it is the gods with which the silent language of faith has the final word, then Wicca still has much to say.