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Tthere is no credo, no summary of belief in Goddess Spirituality. While specific traditions may have defined leading principles, you will not hear – for example – a clear definition of what you are supposed to believe with regards to the Goddess. It seems therefore worth it for me to summarise my personal view, indicating the reasons I have for choosing those particular beliefs. A lot of it is – for me – common sense, relying on analogies to the world which surrounds us.

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Sserendipity provided a book of comparative religions, dug out of my grandmother’s extensive library. I read about Protestantism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Taoism and many others. None of them felt like home. Nowhere did it say that any of the religions appreciated women. On the contrary, many mentioned the same problems I encountered in Catholicism – women being barred from priesthood, considered worse than men, welcome only as mothers. I was heartbroken and pursued my other interests: reading about historical witchcraft (what can I say, I was a bookish kid) and learning foreign languages. Then serendipity provided again: among English books about historical witchcraft I found “The Women’s Spirituality Book” by Diane Stein, which talked about Goddess spirituality, a version of Wicca

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Ii was born and raised in Poland, as a Catholic. You might think that the location wouldn’t be very important, but politics changed everything. The majority of the population was Catholic and the communist government tried to suppress the religion. The Church became one of the elements that unified the opposition. After the first democratic elections, Catholicism became identified with freedom and national pride, and started ruling people’s lives to a much greater degree than before. Poland signed a concordat with the Holy See, which necessitated changes in laws (for example, abortion was made illegal in most cases).

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Iin my opinion, the most important trait that defines a witch is her social standing. A witch is a loner. She exists on the fringe of the society. She voluntarily and gladly engages in activities that “decent” people dislike, are afraid of or find repulsive. For this reason no-one admits to a close relationship with a witch. Even her relatives discreetly cut all ties with her. A witch threatens the social order since she engages in forbidden activities with impunity. She is one of the first candidates for a scapegoat whenever a “witch-hunt” is on.

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