Dianic Tradition is a Goddess and female-centered religion, revived by the author and activist Zsuzsanna Budapest in the early 1970’s in the United States, which combines the spirituality of the matriarchal religion of the Great Mother with modern witchcraft and feminist politics.
Dianic Tradition is an initiatic path based on female blood mysteries and women's creative power, and its practices and rituals are developed mainly through the physical, spiritual, cultural and social experience of womanhood from birth to death.
The Main purpose of this spiritual path is to make women free from patriarchal conditioning and the return of the Divine Feminine through a process of deep knowledge of themselves, an individual sovereignty and the recognition of the divine within and around us.
Dianic Tradition aims at awakening of feminine consciousness in order to raise human beings awareness and achieve a spiritual maturity which can contribute to improve societies and future generations.
Dianics believe and worship the Great Mother of ten thousand names. In the cosmology of the Tradition the Goddess is the source of life and universe with many characteristics of Herself which are all the Goddesses archetypes. She is conceived as "one in three", in Her aspects as Maiden (bright and dark), Mother and Crone, as well as the most important passages of women's life. These archetypes are also linked to the principle phases of the Moon: crescent and waning Moon, full Moon and new Moon.
The Divine is perceived as "female being" because she is the Primordial creative matrix. She created herself through the process of parthenogenesis (impregnation and creation without sex), thus emanating diverses life forms (terrestrial and galactic) from the center of Her spiral-self.
The dualism between man-God and Divine Feminine, introduced by the patriarchal ideology, in the Dianic belief it is not contemplated. The male polarity is considered part of the primordial "One" which is the Goddess Herself, and he is energetically cultivated in Her wholeness.
Diana is the icon-Goddess of Dianic Tradition. She is the Goddess of hunting and spells, protector of children and women and She is also identified with the moon and the wild nature. She is the Goddess Who hunts Herself, the prey and the huntress at the same time, because She is the whole circle of life.
Diana represents the inviolability of nature, which if profaned, produces death. Her attributes are maidens and wild animals and She is often depicted with Her hunting dogs, an archer bow or a torch, wearing a very short and light tunic as symbol of freedom. She got the eternal virginity, which, according to the original meaning as "woman which is not engaged/married", has to be interpreted as an emotional independence and self-sovereignty.
In the ancient religion of Italics and in the Mediterranean area, Diana is a Mother Goddess, the one who presides over life and death. Cicero defines her as Lucifera, "bringer of light", Horace invokes her as Virgin of mountains and forests and triformis, "three-shapes/forms", because within Her are the three phases of the moon: the full moon - the Mother, the moon in its manifested creative life force - the black moon - the Crone, symbol of death and transformation - and the waxing moon - the Maiden, the stretched bow of the Goddess which appears after the new moon as symbol of rebirth.
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To Know more:
DOMINA LUNAE - Paganism, Dianism, Stregheria
Dianic Spiritual Organization