Sometimes we are faced with situations that don't make any sense to us and even thought we try to make sense of them, they are so out there that we can not even comprehend them. Yesterday I went to PantheaCon for the first time and one of my goals was to participate in Z Budapest's Self Blessing Ritual. This ritual was a women born women only ritual or how they will call it... what was it? Genetically women... something weird like that - end meaning, women who have bled, bleed or will have their periods. Yes - to be a women means that you experience your blood mysteries with your period and you are able to sustain a baby in your belly. I apologize if my oversimplification is upsetting anybody but that's essentially what Women Mysteries mean in a simplified form - fool proof definition if you want to quote me.
As I arrived to my Priestess Sister's house to pick her up, I found out that some women identified women (I think that's the term) were going to be protesting outside our ritual because the rules said you had to be born a woman to participate - not born a man who is a woman now - and that was very upsetting to some. My question to those people is why it was so upsetting to them, what they had to probe if anything. I don't see people protesting outside the Christian Church because they don't allow women to priestess a ceremony or a mass. I did not see women in PantheaCon protesting outside male only rituals. It is ok to be selective. It is ok to write the rules. Nobody complains about the Bible, nobody complains about the Koran, but yes, when it comes to Women's Mysteries we have protests outside our Rites and Ceremonies. Why is that? Why is it ok to protest when we choose to celebrate our mysteries - our sacred blood? I really don't get it and I think there is much to be thought from those groups that were protesting. What do they need to probe? Do you really need to be part of our Rites? Can you leave us have our Rites alone and create your own? Nobody tells you how to be or do, you can write your own book, your own story, your own spirituality. Why fight with those who wrote the book that is specific to one type of spirituality? One thing I like about the USA is that there is freedom of religion, you can find anything you need to practice your spirituality. Don't waste your time trying to change others, focus on yourself and find your path and if you don't find it, just create it.
It is interesting to see that the central topic of PantheaCon was Unity through Diversity. Yes! We are Diverse! We Pagans come in many forms, many shapes, many different traditions and we do not need to try other traditions, we can stick to our own or build our own. "Do as you will as you harm none." That's the rule. If you are ready to protest because you find a boundary, just think again. It's ok to specialize in one area. We are not everything to everyone and if we were, it would not be right. Just find your place and if you don't find it, create it. You have the power. We have enough wars in this world as it is. Let's just have peace and create the world we want to see in the future.